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Posted: June 19, 2012 - 6:53pm  |  Updated: June 20, 2012 - 2:35pm

Aiken Beach Blast

The Aiken Downtown Development Association will hold Beach Blast at the Newberry Street Festival Center in downtown Aiken on Thursday.

There will be beach sand, virtual beach scenes, a dance floor and beach music, according to a news release.

Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cruise-in by Aiken Horsepower Association. Dancing starts at 8:30 p.m. with music by Tony Baughman of WKSX-FM (92.7) until 10 p.m. Area businesses will be selling food and offering activities.

Call (803) 649-2221.

Activist to speak at church anniversary

The Rev. Al Sharpton will speak at a 225th anniversary celebration of Augusta’s historic Springfield Baptist Church. Limited seating will be available for the event at 3 p.m. Aug. 12 at the church, 114 12th St.

Springfield Baptist, founded in 1787, is believed to be the nation’s oldest continuously meeting black church.

Sharpton, a Baptist minister, is the founder and president of the nonprofit civil rights organization National Action Network.

Go to historicspringfield baptistchurch.org.

Aiken Pest Control receives award

Aiken Pest Control has become a QualityPro Schools company as it “recognizes that pests in schools and classrooms need to be managed in a careful and environmentally responsible way,” according to a release.

“Becoming QualityPro Schools was important to us because we believe the management of pests in a sensitive environment like a school demands special care,” said Scott Heath, co-owner of Aiken Pest Control. “This designation …offers schools solid proof of the careful way our company offers its services in schools.”

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