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File photo of a past SpringFest art exhibit.

A newly formed chess club will meet at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the Hope Center School, 6 Hickman St., Graniteville. For more information, call Mike at 803-270-3048.

The Astronomy Club of Augusta will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center on the campus of USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway. Dr. Amy J. Lovell will be the guest speaker. Her topic will be "Asteroids, Comets and Recent Results from NASA and Other Space Missions." Lunar and star observing will be held after the meeting. For more information, visit

A Jake Smith Spring Training clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays Jan. 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26, at Fox Creek High School, 165 Shortcut Road, North Augusta. The clinic is open to sixth, seventh and eighth graders. The cost is $200. For more information, email

The Aiken Standard will hold a Health Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, in the gym of Millbrook Baptist Church, 1920 Whiskey Road. The health fair will feature screenings and information on blood pressure, dental, BMI, diabetes/glucose, drug abuse, flu vaccine, weight, nutrition and vision. For more information, call 803-644-2362 or visit

The Aiken Newcomers' Club will meet Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Leanna Iwanta, executive director of the Kisner Foundation, will be the guest speaker. Her topic will be creating a positive environment for children to grow. The cost is $15. To make a reservation or cancel a reservation, call Kathy McGee at 803-426-6899, email or visit Reservations or cancellations must be made by noon Thursday, Jan. 9.

Artrageous, a troupe of 12 artists, singers, dancers and musicians, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Etherredge Center on the campus of USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway. The performance is part of the USCA Cultural Series. Tickets range in price from $15 to $50. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 803-641-3305 or email

The Belvedere Fire District Commission will hold a regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Belvedere Fire Department located at 204 Hampton Avenue. The meeting is open to the public.

The Art and Heritage Center will be having the opening reception for their Winter Exhibit featuring the work on Henry Wynn, Ridge Clay Arts and Alex Foltz on Thursday, Jan. 16 from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Arts and Heritage Center at 100 Georgia Avenue.

The Aiken County Republican Party meets the second Thursday of each month at the Aiken County Historical Museum-Banksia, 433 Newberry Street, SW in Aiken. A social begins at 6:30 p.m. while the Party Executive Committee conducts a business meeting separately. At 7 p.m. the Monthly Party meeting is held including formal speakers. All members and prospective members are invited. For more information or an agenda, please contact the chairman at

Parents of Addicted LovedOnes will meet Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 1002 Carolina Avenue, in North Augusta. PAL is a faith-based group open to anyone who has a loved one with addictions. For more information, contact Jeff at 706-260-8791, email or contact Pam at