Community Calendar - January 22, 2014

‘Annie' Auditions
Circle Theatre will be holding auditions for the spring production of "Annie" in two sessions.
Children's auditions are over, but auditions for all other roles will be held Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Barnwell First Baptist Church. Specifically, they are looking for four men (ages 25 - 50), four women (18 - 50) and several other non-speaking roles for men and women (16-40). The primary characters will have either solo or duet singing roles with the rest of the cast singing ensemble.
Production dates are May 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 & 11, 2014. Rehearsals begin Feb. 3 and will be every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
For questions, contact the director, Dennis Knapp, at (803) 300-0869 or

Education Conference
Barnwell County First Steps will hold their annual Early Education Conference 2014, "Bridging, Understanding and Learning," on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Macedonia Elementary School (556 Jones Bridge Rd. Blackville) from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
For more information, contact Barnwell County First Steps at (803) 284-3160 or Nigel Fisher at

Hotdog & Talk
The Hotdog & Talk youth organization presents part 2 of "Education Is Power" on Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. at the Barnwell library. Guest speaker LoAna Cooper will give information that will arm children with the right ammunition to prosper in a school environment and life.

Tax Clinic
The Benefit Bank is coming to the Barnwell Arms Community Room on Feb. 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to help the public file their taxes for free.
If your adjusted gross income (AGI) is $65,000 a year or less, or if you're married filing jointly and your AGI is $90,000 or less, then you can come to this tax clinic and get face-to-face assistance filing your taxes.

‘Les Miserables' Play at WEHS
Williston-Elko High School will present "Les Miserables School Edition" on Feb. 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. each night in the auditorium. It will be performed entirely by students.
The house will open at 6:30 p.m. Only limited seating may be available at the door. No seat reservations will be made so ticket holders should plan on arriving early. Any seats left open by curtain time will be sold to waiting customers.
The musical, written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, is based on Victor Hugo's novel. It is performed with permission and materials provided by Music Theatre International.
Tickets are $6 per seat and can be purchased from cast members or by calling Linda Alsept at WEHS at (803) 266-3110.

Black History Program
Author and historian Mark R. Jones, a 1977 graduate of Barnwell High School, will lead a Black History Month program at the Barnwell County Museum (9426 Marlboro Ave., Barnwell) on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m.
Jones will discuss his book, "Doin' the Charleston: Black Roots of American Popular Music & the Jenkins Orphanage Legacy." The book focused on Rev. Daniel Jenkins, who was born into slavery in Barnwell County in 1862, and his move to Charleston to establish the Jenkins Orphanage House. His main fundraising tool was a boys' brass band which performed up and down the east coast for donations. The band's dance steps and music inspired a composer to write the song "Charleston" that led to the dance craze.

Community Uplift Program
The Community Uplift Program (C.U.P), a youth organization created to educate, empower and expose, girls ages 7-19, will have a meeting on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Williston Community Service Club. All girls ages 7 -19, are invited to attend and participate in C.U.P.
This event is free and refreshments will be served.
For additional information, contact Ferlecia Cuthbertson, president, at or (803) 671-2249 or Jackie O'Neal, vice president, at (803) 671-5680.

Blackville Music/Art Festival
The Blackville Music & Art Festival Committee presents its 3rd Annual Music & Art Festival on May 16-17 starting at 4 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday. They hope to make the event bigger and better and invite vendors, performers and others to take part.
For information on how to be a vendor, performer, display your art, car and bike show, parade, barbeque cook-off, donations, and to be a sponsor email us at or visit our webpage


Wonderland Circus
The Barnwell Primary School PTO is sponsoring the Wonderland Circus Friday, Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the Guinyard-Butler Middle School gym. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Advanced tickets are $4 for students and $5 for adults, and can be purchased at the BPS office #2. Tickets at the door cost $5 for students and $6 for adults.

Relay for Life Pageant
The 1st Annual Miss Barnwell County Relay for Life Semi-Glitz Pageant will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the Guinyard-Butler Middle School gymnasium. Application deadline is Feb. 7.
Winners will be recognized at the 2014 Barnwell County Relay for Life on April 25 at Veteran's Park.
To get an application or for more information, contact Teresa Sanders at (803) 541-5756 or, Mary Ann Haskell at (803) 259-7863 or Tanya Rudd at Also applications can be picked up at Barnwell Offset Printing Co., SRP Federal Credit Union and Circle Cuts in Barnwell or Meeting in Main in Williston.

Arts Council Membership Drive
The Barnwell County Arts Council is proud to present its annual membership event entitled, California Dreaming, on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Barnwell Primary School auditorium.
California Dreaming is a sun-kissed song and dance tribute to the pop music of a new generation. Songs like "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Turn,Turn,Turn," "Teach Your Children Well," "Surfin' U.S.A.," and "California Dreamin'" make this the sunniest, most nostalgic stage show in America!
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Evelyn's Jewelry & Gifts in Barnwell, Enterprise Bank in Blackville, Brooker's in Denmark, Rivers' Pharmacy in Williston, and the Salkehatchie Arts Center in Allendale, or by emailing the Arts Council at  

Sweetheart Ball
The Creation Station is hosting a Sweetheart Ball Feb. 21 in The Merge (behind Barnwell First Baptist Church. Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30 and dancing beginning at 7 p.m. Register by Feb. 18.
This semi-formal event is for fathers, grandfathers, uncles, guardians, and their special princesses as well as moms, grandmas, aunts and guardians and their special princes.
Admission is $25 per couple and $10 for each additional child. It includes activities, dinner, DJ, and dancing. A photographer will be available to take pictures. Tickets can be purchased at The Creation Station of FBC office.
For more information, call Tori at (803) 259-2700.

Financial Aid Workshop
Barnwell High School Guidance Office is offering a free Financial-Aid Workshop to seniors and their parents on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the school's media center.
Julie Hadwin, Financial-Aid Director at USC Salk, will conduct the workshop. Joey Hughes, admissions counselor, will also be available. Many questions will be addressed concerning every possible aid available to finance further education as well as information concerning the U.S. Government Financial-Aid Forms.


Barnwell Library
Preschool to 2nd Grade Storytime: Thursdays at 11 a.m. (Jan. 23 and 30)
Come for stories, songs and more.
Friday Flicks: Fridays at 3:30 p.m. (Jan. 31)
Watch an awesome movie with free popcorn and a drink!
LEGO club: Third Wednesday each month. Next meeting is Jan. 22. 
We provide the LEGOs, you bring the imagination
Barnwell County Public Library hours are Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Call (803) 259-3612 for more information.

Blackville Library
Preschool Storytime: Second and fourth Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
The Blackville Library hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 to 6 p.m. (closed from 1 to 2 p.m. for lunch) and on Wednesday from 2 to 6 p.m.
Call Ruthie Hewitt at (803) 284-2295 for more information.
Williston Library
Preschool Storytime: Second and fourth Thursdays at 11:30 a.m.
The Williston Library hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed each day from 1 to 2 p.m.).
Call Jo Crider at (803) 266-3027 for more information.


Barnwell Museum
The Barnwell County Museum is having an art contest for Barnwell County artists ages 16 and up.
The sketch must: Contain an historical event, person, place, object (or combination thereof) that is of significance to Barnwell County; Have an animal in the painting in recognition of the Animal Advocates; Be approximately one foot by one foot on poster board (does not need to be in oil or acrylic but does need to be in color); Be submitted to the museum, P.O. Box 422, Barnwell, S.C. 29812 by Saturday Feb.15; Be completed and submitted to the museum by April 17; Contain the artist's name, address, phone number and age.
The final painting must be in acrylic or oil on a four foot by four foot stretch canvas which will be provided by the museum.
The winner will be selected by an unbiased board of Barnwell County citizens on or before Feb. 28. There will be an unveiling and a reception for the winner along with prize presented on May 3.


Barnwell District 19 School Board
The Barnwell District 19 School Board (Blackville-Hilda Public Schools) will hold a special-called meeting Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. in the board room to hear information from the Green Way Group.


GU Lunch Club
Generations Unlimited has a lunch club for people 60 years old or older that meets Monday through Friday at the Gail Reyes Senior Center at 11403 Ellenton Rd., Barnwell.
Activities include Bingo, line dance classes, Bible Study and other activities.
Call (803) 259-4599 and make a reservation at least one day in advance.


Baseball/Softball Registration
The Barnwell Baseball Association will hold registration for baseball and softball for boys and girls ages 4 to 15 at the following locations: Jan. 23 at the Barnwell library from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 25 at the Barnwell library from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 28 at the Barnwell library from 9 a.m. to noon; Jan. 30 at the Barnwell library from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; and Feb. 1 at the Barnwell library from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Registration fees: tee ball (5 and 6 year old boys and girls) is $45, boys baseball (ages 7-12) is $55, girls softball (ages 7-12) is $55, bells softball (ages 13-15) is $75, and Dixie boys baseball (ages 13-15) is $75.
For questions, call Ron Shuler at (803) 571-0055.


Meal Deliverers
Generations Unlimited desperately needs volunteers to assist with delivering meals to home bound citizens of Barnwell County. Volunteers are needed for Williston and Barnwell routes and takes no more than one hour to complete.
To volunteer, please call (803) 259-4599 for more information.

Hospice Volunteers
United Hospice of Aiken
Are you going in the health field? Are you going into the social work field or are you just a caring person?
We are in need of volunteers in the Barnwell area to sit with our patients. You can read to them, play them music, play games or just be their friend. Some folks have no one to visit them. You could see them in their home or in the nursing facility. Come join our team. Training provided.
For more information, contact Kathy Thibault at (803) 641-0060 or