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Posted: December 11, 2012 - 4:54pm
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions donated $50,000 towards the construction of Aiken Technical College's Center for Energy and Advanced Manufacturing. The company has also pledged an additional $100,000 toward the contruction. Pictured Dwayne Wilson, SRNS President & CEO, presents Aiken Technical College President Susan Winsor with an envelope containing the $50,000 check. SPECIAL
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions donated $50,000 towards the construction of Aiken Technical College's Center for Energy and Advanced Manufacturing. The company has also pledged an additional $100,000 toward the contruction. Pictured Dwayne Wilson, SRNS President & CEO, presents Aiken Technical College President Susan Winsor with an envelope containing the $50,000 check. SPECIAL

Hildebrandt’s celebration

A celebration of Augusta’s oldest grocery and deli will be held Dec. 29.

Rediscover Hildebrandt’s will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hildebrant’s, 226 Sixth Street, Augusta. The event will feature prizes, giveaways, old photos of Augusta scenes, class photos from the 1940s and 1950s, and Hildebrant family photos.

Hildebrandt’s was founded in 1879 and specializes in deli sandwiches in addition to selling groceries and gift items, according to a news release.

Students interested in culinary arts sought

Goodwill’s Helm College, 3145 Washington Road in Augusta, will have an open house for potential students from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 19 and 2 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20.

Helms College offers certificate, diploma and associate degrees in culinary arts. The open house will include tours of the campus facilities and opportunities to speak with instructors and admission counselors.

Classes will begin Jan. 14.

Christmas in Hopelands opening

The 21st annual Christmas in Hopelands light exhibit will be open Thursday through Dec. 23 and Dec. 26-27 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. each night.

The exhibit features more than 100,000 lights along lighted pathways and holiday displays in Hopelands Gardens in Aiken.

There will also be concerts several nights starting at 7 p.m. The concert schedule is: Thursday, Chukker Creek Boys’ and Show Choir; Friday, AAA Homeschool Band; Saturday, Suzuki Strings of Augusta; Monday, Aiken High School Wind Ensemble; Tuesday, The Aiken Singers; Dec. 20, Harmony River Chorus; and Dec. 21, New Horizons Band.

At the Rye Patch Center, there will be local artisans displaying and selling their handmade items each night and Crafts for Kids. Children can make and take home a holiday craft. Past crafts included reindeer antlers, magnets and ornaments. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

The Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and The Doll House will also be open during the event.

Shuttles will pick-up and drop-off guests at Citizens Park, 1060 Banks Mill Road. The last shuttle to view Christmas in Hopelands will leave at 9 p.m. each night. All non-handicap guests must park at Citizens Park and ride the shuttle. Handicap parking is available at Hopelands’ parking lot on Dupree Place.

All events and activities are free. Donations will be accepted.

Groups interested in performing or for more information about Christmas in Hopelands, contact the City of Aiken Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department at (803) 642-7631.

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