Community Calendar - May 21, 2014

Memorial Day Celebration
The local Marine Corps League is sponsoring this year's Memorial Day celebration on Monday, May 26, at 10 a.m. at Barnwell Veterans Park (U.S. 278 by the airport).

Farmers Markets
Barnwell: The Fuller Park Farmers Market will be opening for the season on Tuesday, May 27. The market is open to local artisans and crafters this year and we encourage those in the area to participate in the market.
They are accepting vendor applications for the 2014 season.
For more information, contact Michael Shumaker with the City of Barnwell Parks and Recreation Department at 803-259-3317.
Elko: The Elko Farmers' Market is seeking vendors for its 2014 season, including farmers and gardeners with cool weather crops, early spring produce like salad greens, broccoli, cabbage, beets, garden peas, spinach and other greens. Berries and bedding plants are also good sellers in the spring and early summer. Crafters and bakers are also welcome.
It's every Saturday until mid-fall, at the corner of Hwy. 78 in Elko. WIC vouchers and senior checks are also accepted.
For more information call (803) 266-2463 or (803) 300-1251.

Sports Camp
The Blackville Recreation Department is sponsoring an eight-week summer sports camp June 2 thru July 31 from 3 to 9 p.m. It will offer a variety of activities, including cheerleading, football, soccer and board games. It costs $20 for youth ages four to 17.
To sign up for the camp, call Jessie Dukes, Blackville Recreation director, at (803) 300-1962.

Character Camp
The Barnwell County Sheriff's Office will host weeklong "BE SMART" character camps this summer for rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders. The free camps will be held June 9-13 at Williston-Elko High School, June 16-20 at Barnwell Elementary, and July 14-18 at Blackville-Hilda High. All camps are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.
During the camp, students will learn from agencies such as SRS Ecology Lab, DNR, Barnwell Fire Dept., SCHP, Axis 1 and many more. "BE SMART" camp will educate students on safety and character. The camp is free.
Registration forms are available from the schools or sheriff's office.

Independence Day
During Barnwell County's Independence Day celebration Thursday, July 3, at Veterans Park, the men and women (first responders of the county: fire, EMS, police, deputies and electrical companies) who worked to get power on and keep residents safe during and after Winter Storm Pax will be honored. In addition, the evening will be full of food, music and a bigger than ever professional fireworks display. Festivities begin at 6 p.m.
Bring your chairs and picnics, several vendors will be there with good summertime food. Tune in to 90.5 FM within .5 miles of the park and listen to the music along with the fireworks.

Driver Safety Class
AARP Senior Driver Safety will hold a class on Thursday, July 17, at Generations Unlimited (10913 Ellenton St., Barnwell). Class will begin at 9 a.m. and run until 3:30 p.m. You may bring lunch or purchase it for a nominal fee from Generations Unlimited.
The cost for class materials is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members, cash or check (payable to AARP). Completion of this class may result in a discount on the participant's automobile insurance.
Contact Betsy Harvey at (803) 259-4599 to register.

Plant Sale
The FFA Plant Sale at Barnwell County Career Center is underway. Veggies, annuals, perennials and beautiful hanging baskets grown by the agriculture students will be sold Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the school. Proceeds will be used for future projects of the FFA and student leadership opportunities.
Contact Mindy Sandifer at 259-5512 to schedule a greenhouse visit outside of the hours listed.

Potted Plants/Bake Sale
Holy Apostles Church of Barnwell will hold its annual potted plant and baked goods sale from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 24. The sale will be in the vacant lot at the corner of Hagood Avenue and Patterson Street diagonally across from the church. Plants for sale include zinnias, basil, peppers, other flowering plants and herbs.

Shag to End Alzheimers
The Barnwell County Alzheimer's Association will present its 2nd Annual Shag to End Alzheimers Dance on Saturday, June 21, at 7 p.m. at the El BAB Shrine Club in Barnwell. DJ Pat Patterson with The Large Time Network will be playing beach, boogie and blues. There will be light Hor D'oeuvres, cash bar, door prizes and raffles.
Tickets are $25. All proceeds benefit the Alzheimer's Association.
Tickets may be purchased at Evelyn's Jewelry in Barnwell, River's Pharmacy in Williston, or by calling Chris Pritchard or Rebecca Willis at (803) 259-5533.

Wine Tasting/Auction
The Rotary Club of Barnwell County's 4th annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction will be Thursday, May 22, at the El BAB Shrine Club in Barnwell. Social time will be from 6:30 to 7 p.m. with wine tasting at 7 p.m. Opportunities will be available to order wines.
This fundraiser supports the club's community service projects.
Tickets available from any Rotary member or by calling Lynn Cox at (803) 300-2083.

Jailbreak 5K Run/Walk
The Lexington County Sheriff's Foundation invites you to join us for a morning of fun and competition at the 8th Annual Jailbreak 5K Run & Walk on Saturday, May 24, at the Lexington County Sheriff's Department (521 Gibson Rd., Lexington). Packet pick up and late registration begins at 6:15 a.m. with the race starting at 8 a.m.
The entry fee is $25 prior to race day or $30 on race day. It benefits the foundation which purchases equipment, materials, training, and supplies for the department when not otherwise provided for in the department's annual budget. The foundation is a 501(c) 3 organization.
For more information or directions, call (803) 785-8230. Register online at

Salk Golf Tournament
The USC Salkehatchie Athletic Scholarship Golf Tournament will be Friday, May 30, at 9 a.m. at Sweetwater Country Club in Barnwell. It will be a four-man captain's choice style and costs $50 per player. There will also be food, beverages, goodie bags and a silent auction.
For more information, contact Marian Easterlin at (803) 584-3446, ext. 148.

Barnwell Primary Registration
Four-year-old pre-kindergarten registration for the 2014-15 school year at Barnwell Primary has been extended until May 30. It will be held every weekday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Parents should bring the following to register their children: SC Shot Record, Certified Birth Certificate, Child's Social Security Card, Two Current Dated Proofs (must provide current dated power bill at time of registration and one other proof of residence in parent's name & address). There is a $15 material fee due at registration.
For questions, call the school at (803) 541-1322.

Barnwell Academy Registration
Barnwell Academy is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year for Preschool-6th grade. Application fees will be waived for all those who apply before May 1. Barnwell Academy is a faith-based, SCISA accredited Christian school now located on Ellenton Street.
Please call (803) 259-4465 or visit for more information or to get an application.

Jefferson Davis Academy
Jefferson Davis Academy is now accepting applications for 2014-145 school year. Grade levels for enrollment are 3K - 12th grades. They also offer an afterschool care program from 2 to 6 p.m. for a very nominal fee.
For more information, please contact the Heads of School at (803) 284-2476.

Winfield Heights Kindergarten
Winfield Heights Christian Kindergarten is enrolling for the 2014-15 school year for grades K3, K4 and K5.
Call the office at (803) 266-3832 between 8 a.m. and noon Monday thru Thursday. Summer hours are: Tuesday thru Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Barnwell Library
Book Sale: During the month of May, the library is having a half price sale on all of our nonfiction items in their "Friends of the Library Book" sale.
National Mental Health Month: An informative display will be set up all during May to promote National Mental Health Awareness Month.
Summer reading: Registration for the summer reading program begins May 22
Preschool to 2nd Grade Storytime: Thursdays at 11 a.m.
Come for stories, songs and more.
Friday Family Movie: Fridays at 3:30 p.m.
May 23 - "Freebirds"
LEGO Club: Third Wednesday each month (May 21 from 4-5 p.m.)
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.

Retired Educators
The Barnwell County Retired Educator Meeting will be Wednesday, May 21, at 10 a.m. at the Barnwell County Library (40 Burr St., Barnwell). All retired teachers and staff from Barnwell, Blackville and Williston schools are invited to attend.
For additional information, call Jerry Bell at (803) 300-1972 or email

Diabetes Support Group
The Barnwell County Diabetes Support Group meets every Tuesday night from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Gail Reyes Senior Center (11403 Ellenton St./U.S. 278, Barnwell). It is a free group.
The Barnwell County Diabetes Support Group will help diabetics to gain information concerning the following in self-management such as: Diabetes education, Diabetes nutrition (Eat Smarter), Exercise (Be Active), Diabetes medication, Diabetes and your emotional health (Stress Less), Blood sugars, and How to avoid diabetes burnout. In general, the Barnwell County Diabetes Support Group will help diabetics understand diabetes and why it is very important to keep diabetes under control.
The facilitator is Darlene Sheets.
Please call (803) 300-3845 if you are planning on attending.

Cancer Support Group
The Barnwell County Cancer Support Group meets monthly on the third Thursday, unless there is a conflict with church calendar, at Elko Baptist Church.

Barnwell Lions Club
Come join the Lions Club, the largest service organization in the world. The Lions' mission is to assist needy citizens in their efforts to obtain proper vision care. Barnwell County Lions Club meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday evening in the Fellowship Hall of the Barnwell Presbyterian Church. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. with a community related program beginning around 7:30.
For more information call John Young at 259-7768.

Alcoholics Anonymous
Alcoholics Anonymous (This is it! Group) meets on the following days at Refuge Outreach on Main Street in Williston between Hardee's and Family Dollar: every Sunday at 6 p.m. (open discussion; speaker on last Sunday); every Monday at 6:30 p.m. (open step/tradition study); and every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. (open big book study). They also meet every Tuesday at and Thursday (open beginners) at 7 p.m. at Gateway Church (8678 Marlboro Avenue, Barnwell).
Everyone is welcome.
For more information, call or text (803) 508-3831.

Blackville High 60s Reunion
There will be a 60s Reunion for the classes of 1960 to 1970 from Blackville High School on Saturday, September 6 at the Community Center (old gym) at 5 p.m.
Cost is $30 per person.
For more information, call Sandra Lott at (828) 447-6729.