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April 11


• The S.C. Botanical Garden at Clemson University hosts Ali Riehm in concert from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the amphitheater. Admission is free.


April 11 & April 12


• The 12th anniversary of The Family Unity Festival is held April 11 and April 12. The fashion and talent show will be held at 7 p.m. at The Dream Center Auditorium, 200 W. D Ave. in Easley. Admission is free. The Unity Festival is held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 12 and the Unity Parade will be held at 1 p.m. on Main Street.


April 13-19


• The third annual Clemson Blues Festival is held featuring The Swingin’ Medallions, Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’Blues, Greenville’s True Blues Band and ReggaeInfinity. Visit www.clemsonbluesfest.org for the schedule of events and more information.


April 14


• A service of recognition is held at 1:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church in Pickens for the Friends of Pickens County Guardian ad Litem for their service to the children of Pickens County. A reception will be held after the event. Sen. Larry Martin and Rep. Davey Hiott will present the recognition.


Dr. Bruce E. Baker gives a lecture from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. in Hardin Hall at Clemson University on A.F. Lever an the Cotton Futures Act of 1914. Baker grew up in Easley and graduated from Clemson in 1992. He is currently a lecturer in American history at Newcastle University in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.


• The April Steppin’ It Up Coalition meeting is held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Clemson Police Department, 1198 Tiger Blvd. Meetings are open to anyone interested in educating youth on the dangers of alcohol, tobacco use and drug use.


April 16


• The Easley Business and Professional Women’s April meeting is held at 12:30 p.m. at Fatz Cafe. The speaker will be Nicole Hemphill with the Rape Crisis Council of Pickens County. The cost of lunch is $10. To make a reservation, call 864-420-4545 or send an email to tgweeks@gmail.com before April 14.


• The Southern Wesleyan University Jazz Band performs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Pickens Amphitheater, 114 W. Main St. in Pickens. Call 864-878-6421, visit www.cityofpickens.com or www.historicpickens.com for more information.


April 18


• The S.C. Botanical Garden at Clemson University hosts Tugalo Holler in concert from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the amphitheater. Admission is free.


April 18-19


• The 30th annual Pickens Azalea Festival is held in downtown Pickens. The inaugural Azalea Festival Baking Competition hosted by Francine Bryson will be held on Saturday. Visit www.pickensazaleafestival.org for more information.


Through April 30


• The Pickens County 4-H sells five-pound bags of Vidalia onions for $5 per bag. Drop by the Clemson Extension Office, 222 W. Main St. in Pickens, with your money and the number of bags you want. Onions will be ready in early May.


Ongoing events


• The Easley Rotary Club meets from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. each Tuesday at West End Hall in the Carr Center, 201 S. 5th St. in Easley.


• The Clemson Sertoma Club meets at noon the first and third Tuesday of each month at the University Inn, 1310 Tiger Blvd. in Clemson. New members and visitors are welcome. Call Randy Shaw at 864-423-5469 for more information.


Outside Pickens County


Anderson County


Alverson Center Theatre, 133 Whitner St. in Anderson, holds auditions for Oklahoma! at 3 p.m. April 13 and 6 p.m. April 14. Auditions are open to adults and children. Come prepared to sing.


Hospice of the Upstate is offering a five-week educational grief series at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. April 14, April 21, April 28 and May 5. The meetings will be held at the Randall E. Sadler Bereavement & Education Center located at Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road in Anderson. Sessions are free. Call 328-1950 to reserve a seat.


Greenville County


The Producers is staged at Centre Stage, 501 River St. in Greenville, through April 19 on Thursday through Sunday of each week. Tickets range from $25 to $35. Sunday shows are at 3 p.m. and all other shows are at 8 p.m. Call 864-233-6733 or visit www.centrestage.org for tickets or more information.


Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas perform at Charter Amphitheatre in Simpsonville on May 9. The Devil Makes Three will also appear. Tickets are on sale.


Oconee County


The World of Energy, 7812 Rochester Highway in Seneca, holds an Earth Day program on April 29 for homeschoolers in grades k4 through grade 6. Participation is free but registration is required. Visit www.duke-energy.com\worldofenergy and click on the Upcoming Events tab. Call 864-873-4600 for more information.


Community Calendar items can be submitted in writing to P.O. Box 709, Easley, S.C. 29641; in person at 205 Russell St.; via fax to 864-855-6825; or via email at easnews@civitasmedia.com. Call 864-855-0355 for more information. Items run on a space-available basis.

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