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Posted: October 23, 2012 - 12:03pm
The 2012 Western Carolina State Fair Pageant was held Oct. 13 in Aiken. The overall winners were Eden Calvert and Kaley Turner. Age division winners were Brynsly Gregory, Haleigh Bagwell, Kandace Vencill, Julie Calvert, Lily Livingston, Natalie Nordeen, Emily Metzger and Jayde Brooks.  SPECIAL
The 2012 Western Carolina State Fair Pageant was held Oct. 13 in Aiken. The overall winners were Eden Calvert and Kaley Turner. Age division winners were Brynsly Gregory, Haleigh Bagwell, Kandace Vencill, Julie Calvert, Lily Livingston, Natalie Nordeen, Emily Metzger and Jayde Brooks. SPECIAL

Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign

The American Red Cross is encouraging people to participate in the annual Holiday Mail for Heroes effort.

Through Dec. 7, people can create and send holiday cards for members of the military, veterans and their families. The cards should not contain monetary donations or care packages. Glitter and inserts should not be used with the cards, according to a news release.

The cards can be mailed to Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box. 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456.

Once received, the cards will be screened prior to being sent to military members, veterans and their families.

The American Red Cross of Augusta’s Youth Board will have a card- making event on Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. at its headquarters, 1322 Ellis St., Augusta. People can stop by and create holiday cards to send to Holiday Mail for Heroes. The activity is free and open to the public.

For more information and card requirements, visit redcross.org/holidaymail. For more information about the local event, call (706) 922-8490.

Items being collected for those in need

Johnston United Methodist Church is collecting clothes, coats and blankets for the needy.

Drop off items between 8 a.m. and noon Monday-Thursday at the church, 471 Lee St., Johnston, S.C., or at the Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce, 416 Calhoun St., Johnston, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Gingerbread contest

The Literary Structures Gingerbread Contest will be held Dec. 6-8 at the Aiken County Historical Museum and the Aiken Center for the Arts.

Entries must be crafted after a literary structure, according to a news release. Registration forms are available at both venues and the deadline to register is Nov. 19.

Cost to enter the competition is $10. Entries must be submitted to either venue by Dec. 5.

Awards will be given for Best of Show, Best Depiction of a Literary Structure, Most Creative/Original and Most Traditional.

For information, call the museum at (803) 642-2015 or visit www.aikencountyhistoricalmuseum.org.

Dog parade will be part of Woofstock

Woofstock, a festival for dogs with bluegrass music, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Highfields event center in Aiken on Nov. 10 by Friends of the Animal Shelter.

The event will feature dog contests for best kisser, trick and costume. There also will be a Mutt Strut parade featuring adoptable dogs.

Vendors and exhibitors will be available with crafts, balloons, dog supplies, dog demonstrations and food.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. For information, call the Aiken County Animal Shelter at (803) 642-1537.

Festival focuses on innovation

The CSRA Innovation Festival will be held Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Augusta State University’s amphitheater and adjacent field.

The festival will include an innovation competition, display of innovations by area organizations and students, elevator pitch contest, camp to learn how to program simple code, deconstruction derby, business mentor table, a play area for children and entertainment.

There will also be a Hackathon focused on education from 6 p.m. Nov. 2 through noon Nov. 3.

For more information, contact Dr. Tony Robinson at tony@csrainnovation
festival.com.

Career expo to be held at church

The second annual Hispanic Diversity Career Expo is Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Warren Baptist Church, 3203 Washington Road, Augusta.

The expo, sponsored by Goodwill’s Job Connection, will feature more than 30 employers with job openings currently available and community resources.

Participants include ASCO Numatics, AAFES Army & Air Force Exchange Service, BridgestoneFirestone, Family Y of Greater Augusta, Helms College, Hispanic Council of the CSRA/El Augustino, Shaw Industries, United Way and Teleperformance.

The expo is open to the public.

SRR’s Got Talent show to benefit Toys for Tots

Savannah River Remediation employees and their family members will perform in SRR’s Got Talent Show on Thursday at the URS Performing Arts Center, 126 Newberry St., Aiken.

The show will feature 22 acts who will sing, dance or play a musical instrument.

Judges for the show are Sharon Rodgers, president of the Aiken County United Way; Pres Rahe, former URS executive; and Charles Lampley, SRR Training Manager.

Doors for the show will open at 5:30 p.m. and seating is on a first-come basis.

Admission is a monetary donation or a new, unwrapped toy for the Salvation Army and Marine Toys for Tots drive.

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