City of Aiken Calendar of Events

May
17
Mon
2021
Red Recycling Week
May 17 all-day
47th Annual Hopelands Concert Series
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Concert Series Returns to Hopelands Gardens this Summer

Aiken, SC – After a one-year hiatus, the highly anticipated Hopelands Concert Series returns this April, May, and June. The series will kick off on April 5 at 6:30 PM.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. Picnic dinners are welcomed, but alcohol is strictly prohibited. Face Coverings and social distancing are encouraged. All concerts are family friendly and have free admission. In the case of inclement weather, concerts will take place at the Odell Weeks Center at 1700 Whiskey Rd. in Gym 2. Masks will be required indoors.

Event parking is provided across the street from Hopelands Gardens at the Green Boundary Club, 780 Whiskey Road. Handicap parking is available at Rye Patch on Berrie Road.

For more information, please call 803-643-2161. The rain-out hotline is available at 803-643-4661 for more information in the case of inclement weather.

The 2021 Hopelands Concert Series performances are listed below. Dates and performers are subject to change:

  • April 5, 2021, 6:30pm: Josh Martin and Friends, sponsored by The Aiken Homes Team at Meybohm. A funky blues group who, in 2018, performed in the #1 blues club in the world, owned by actor Morgan Freeman.
  • April 12, 2021, 6:30pm: The Experiment and the I20 Horns. The Experiment and the I-20 Horns is THE choice in the CSRA for an eclectic mix of old-school and modern dance music.
  • April 19, 2021, 6:30pm: Aiken Brass Band, sponsored by Cumberland Village. Aiken Brass is made up of six members and has been performing for over 20 years at church services, weddings, festivals, and parties. Members of the group often perform with many other organizations throughout the community.
  • April 26, 2021, 6:30pm: Southern Elite Cloggers and Dance. Why have two groups when they are better together? TWO multi-national award winning teams have formed together to form the NEW Southern Elite Cloggers and Dance. Their high energy performances put a modern twist on the traditional clogging folk dance.
  • May 3, 2021, 7:00pm: Aiken Youth Orchestra. The Aiken Youth Orchestra provides over 50 area students the opportunity to participate in a strings and orchestra program, currently under the direction of Adam DePriest and Angela Shaw.
  • May 10, 2021, 7:00pm: Preston and Weston. An Aiken favorite, Preston & Weston offer spirited renditions of R&B classics, shag, beach and pop music. Their mix also includes jazz standards, reggae, blues and even some country. Preston and Weston have lots of vocals, lots of laughs, and lots of fun.
  • May 17, 2021, 7:00pm: Christ Ndeti & Mama Says Band. Chris Ndeti, also known as Acoustic Chocolate, is a dynamic and versatile female acoustic rock/soul performer and songwriter. You can find Mrs. Ndeti somewhere in the CSRA almost every weekend wowing audiences with her powerhouse vocals and soulful tunes.
  • May 24, 2021, 7:00pm: Swingsation of Aiken, sponsored by Women of Woodside. Established in 1990, Swingsation, is a 15-piece big band with vocals performing music from the 30′s and 40′s up to today.
  • May 31, 2021, 7:00pm: Aiken Civic Ballet Company, sponsored by the Friends of Hopelands Gardens & Rye Patch, LLC. The Aiken Civic Ballet Company, South Carolina’s longest continuously-operating dance company. ACBC produces original ballets and contemporary dance works under the direction of Artistic Director, Diane Toole Miller.
  • June 7, 2021, 7:00pm: Aiken Community Theatre – Broadway Review. The Aiken Community Theatre is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to entertain, educate, and enrich our community by providing a quality theatre experience. They have put together a Broadway Review for the Concert Series, showcasing some of their most beloved songs and a variety of performers.
  • June 14, 2021, 7:00pm: 4 Cats in the Doghouse, sponsored by The Willcox. 4 Cats in the Doghouse is a jazz quartet that plays jazz and pop/dance music for all occasions.
  • June 21, 2021, 7:00pm: Southern Meltdown. The Southern Meltdown Band has been together for over a decade, with deep roots in Country and Southern Rock, with a little bit of the Oldies thrown in.
  • June 28, 2021, 7:00pm: Parris Island Marine Band, sponsored by the Friends of Hopelands Gardens & Rye Patch, LLC. The Parris Island Marine Band has been a part of the Hopelands Concert Series for over 30 years, performing patriotic staples like John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.” This crowd favorite completes the Hopelands Concert Series on a high note.

 

For more information, please call 803-643-2161. The rain-out hotline is available at 803-643-4661 for more information in the event of inclement weather. Further details and schedule updates can be found online at https://www.cityofaikensc.gov/hopelandsconcerts/.

 

 

 

Media Contact:

Amber Coffey, Recreation Program Coordinator

City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism

803-643-2161

May
18
Tue
2021
Aiken Municipal Development Commission
May 18 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Story Time at Rye Patch
May 18 @ 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

Story Time at Rye Patch, a cherished reading program that promotes literacy in our community’s youth, begins its spring season on Tuesday, March 2, at 4:00 p.m. Story Time is free to attend and is held on the grounds of Rye Patch, located at 100 Berrie Rd.

Parents are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket; snacks and drinks are welcome. A free book is given to each family in attendance at every reading session. This program occurs every Tuesday afternoon in March, April, and May. Story Time will not be held the first week in April. Tuesday May 4th Story Time will be moved to Gyles Park, located at 412 Park Avenue, adjacent to the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum.  Families are encouraged to bring used books from home to help stock the Little Free Library in Hopelands Gardens. The Little Free Library, installed in April 2017, is a free book exchange that further encourages the mission of Story Time.

Story Time in the Gardens would not be possible without support from these gracious sponsors: Aiken Rotary Club and United Way of Aiken County, both of who are Literacy Laureate Sponsors, Friends of Hopelands and Rye Patch, Pediatric Therapy of Aiken, Kitfox Pediatric Dentistry, Smith, Massey, Brodie, Guynn & Mayes, P.A., Bradley L. Boni, LLC and Tee Up to Read, a program provided by the Kisner Foundation.

In the event of inclement weather, Story Time will be moved to the Lessie B. Price Aiken Senior and Youth Center, located at 841 Edgefield Ave NW. Please call the City of Aiken Rain Out Hotline at 803-643-4661 for location updates. You can also check the City Channel 4 on Atlantic Broadband, the City of Aiken website, City of Aiken PRT social media accounts, or download the City of Aiken Explorer app for instant notification of any changes. You will need to sign up and enable notifications.

All attendees over the age of 5 are required to wear a mask during the event and should practice social distancing.

Media Contact:
Amber Coffey, Recreation Program Coordinator
City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism
803-643-2161

May
19
Wed
2021
PUPPY CLASS (AKA S.T.A.R. PUPPY PROGRAM)
May 19 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
PUPPY CLASS (AKA S.T.A.R. PUPPY PROGRAM) @ Weeks Center, Rooms 1 & 2

PUPPY CLASS (AKA S.T.A.R. PUPPY PROGRAM)
This class is a six-week course of instruction for puppies ten weeks to twenty weeks of age. The puppy class is designed to provide owners with tools to handle a new puppy. Puppies will learn various skills and commands and take the S.T.A.R. Puppy Test at the end of the course. Puppies must have a record of 2 sets of shots.
Wednesdays, April 21 – June 2 (No Class May 12): 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Ages: Puppies approximately 10 – 20 weeks old
Cost: $100 or $125
Weeks Center, Rooms 1 & 2

Basic Dog Training
May 19 @ 10:15 am – 11:15 am
Basic Dog Training @ Weeks Center, Rooms 1 & 2

Basic Dog Training
Wish your dog’s manners were a little more polished? Dogs approximately five months and older will learn the basic commands of come, sit, down, stay, wait, stand, etc. Topics will include basic care of dogs and what to expect as training progresses. Dogs must be current on rabies vaccination and registered with the City of Aiken if residing within city limits.
Wednesdays, April 21 – June 2 (No Class May 12): 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Ages: Dogs 5 months or older
Cost: $100 or $125
Weeks Center, Rooms 1 & 2

Beading with Dianne
May 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Beading with Dianne @ Weeks Center, Room 4

Beading with Dianne
Learn to make one-of-a-kind beaded jewelry. You will leave with a finished piece to gift to a friend or enjoy for yourself! There is limited space in order to get one-on-one guidance from Dianne. Sign up early at Odell Weeks.
Wednesday, April 14 and May 19, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Ages: 14 & up
Cost: $20 or $25
Weeks Center, Room 4
Call (803 )642-7631 for more information

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May
21
Fri
2021
Advanced Aiken Saber Academy
May 21 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Advanced Aiken Saber Academy @ Odell Weeks Activity Center

Join us at Odell Weeks to learn the sport of fencing using specialized lightsabers. IN addition to fencing skills, you will learn self discipline, focus, and other values taught in martial arts.

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Basic Aiken Saber Academy
May 21 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Basic Aiken Saber Academy @ Odell Weeks Activity Center

Join us at Odell Weeks to learn the sport of fencing using specialized lightsabers. IN addition to fencing skills, you will learn self discipline, focus, and other values taught in martial arts.

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May
24
Mon
2021
Blue Recycling Week
May 24 all-day