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File photo of a past SpringFest art exhibit.

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 Beech Island Historical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the society's History and Visitors Center located at 144 Old Jackson Highway in Beech Island. Society President Jackie Bartley will present the program on her mother's French ancestors, the Tavelles, who came to the Jackson-Beech Island area in the 1850s and lived in the Kathwood area until the 1960s. The presentation will include lots of 1800s-1900s family photos and memorabilia. The public is invited to attend. For more information, email Jackie Bartley at or call 706-833-3651 or the society at 803-867-3600.

The public is cordially invited to the Edgefield Preservation Association (EPA) meeting on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 3 p.m. in the Lynch Building Annex of the Tompkins Library, 104 Courthouse Square, Edgefield. The guest speaker will be Mr. Donald Ferguson, who will discuss photo restoration and time period identification. Ferguson was born and reared in Augusta, Georgia, attending school at Richmond Academy and Augusta College, majoring in history. He married Karen (Kadi) and has three children and two grandchildren. He became interested in photography while in his 30s – first by opening a camera store. After four years, he decided to open a studio and worked out of Augusta for several years before moving to Corvallis, Oregon. There, he had a studio for 22 years. In addition to studio portraiture, etc., he came to specialize in photo restoration, art copy and custom printing. Also, he has done some photo journalistic work and self-published a couple of books. When he decided to retire, he and his wife felt that Edgefield would be a good fit and they moved here this past June. If you have any tintypes, daguerreotypes, cabinet cards or any other type of old photographs that you are interested in learning how to preserve or date to a particular time period, bring them with you to the meeting. Refreshments will be served.

Beginning Feb. 4, the Aiken Beekeepers will, over a six-week period, present the basics of beekeeping. The course will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church 2724 Whiskey Road in Aiken (across from Tractor Supply). The cost is $70 per person. Children under 17 with a paid adult are free. Space is limited and anyone interested should pre-register. For more information, visit and access the registration form or call 803-649-4626

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 Loved Ones 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