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File photo of a past SpringFest art exhibit.

SwingShift, a band performing beach music and oldies, will kick off the North Augusta Cultural Arts Council's 2019 Music in the Park series this Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m. The free hour-long outdoor concert will be held in North Augusta's Maude Edenfield Park, adjacent to the North Augusta Community Center. Sponsors are the North Augusta Cultural Arts Council, the City of North Augusta and the University Health Care System. Concerts are moved inside the Community Center in the event of inclement weather. For more information and and a complete season lineup, visit

The Astronomy Club of Augusta invites everyone in Augusta, Aiken and the CSRA to celebrate National Astronomy Night at Redcliffe Plantation, Beech Island, SC on Saturday, May 11 from 7-11 p.m.

Friends of the Greeneway will hold a bluebird trail behind the scenes tour on May 11 at 11 a.m. The tour will begin in Boeckh Park in Hammond's Ferry. Email or reply to their Facebook event page to reserve your space.

The May Luncheon of the Aiken Newcomers’ Club, an organization for women, will be held on Tuesday, May 14. Cost for the program which includes lunch is $15, cash or check. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. with the business meeting at 10:15 a.m. and lunch at 11:30. This month’s program will feature speakers from the Aiken County Historical Museum. Community Service will be collecting cash or checks for Equine Rescue of Aiken, a nonprofit organization that rescues unwanted horses. Reservations/cancellations must be made by noon Thursday, May 9 by email to; the website at; or by phone: A-L Chris Losch 610-360-2575, M-Z Chichi Peak 706-289-5292.

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

Paladin Productions presents the play “The Ladies Foursome” at the Mount Vintage Town Center on Thursday, May 16 at 7 p.m. Pat Williams will direct this golfing comedy written by Norm Foster. Seats are $15 per person with payment by cash or check payable to “FTCAC.” Sorry, no credit cards. For more information or to reserve your seat, call 803-624-7265.

Student artwork will be on display May 16 through June 2 at the North Augusta Arts and Heritage Center. The center, housed in the North Augusta Municipal Center at 100 Georgia Avenue, is open the first Sunday of each month. The art show, sponsored by the North Augusta Cultural Arts Council, will kick off with a free reception May 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The public is invited. Elementary, middle and high school awards, as well as Best in Show, will be presented at the 6 p.m. awards ceremony. For more information, visit

The Edgefield Preservation Association is hosting "A Day with the Gang" on May 18 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The event will assist in the restoration and preservation of the building and cemetery, and they are asking anyone who has recollections, photographs and/or artifacts from the old Chain Gang Building in Edgefield. If anyone has any information about the old Chain Gang Building, contact Tanya at 803-637-4010.

Hammond's Ferry will host "Porch Walk for Paws" on Saturday, June 1. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., guests will be invited to visit 10 themed porches on Crystal Lake Drive for a beverage and appetizer. At 8 p.m. the evening will transition to a party in the garden with food from neighborhood restaurants; live music by Tom Reed and Jaycie and Taylor; and dancing. Tickets will be $35 per person and are sold online on EventBrite. The event is in conjunction with the city of North Augusta to raise funds in order to with with Team Shelter USA, an animal welfare consulting firm.

Retired teachers and staff of Belvedere Elementary School are invited to attend an annual reunion luncheon set for Thursday, June 13 at noon. at Bobby's Bar-B-Q and Buffet, in Warrenville at 1897 Jefferson Davis Highway. A senior discount is available. 

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 or email or contact Pam at

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 pm while the Party Executive Committee conducts a business meeting separately. At 7:00 pm 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