Community Calendar - May 11, 2016

‘1776’ Play at Circle Theatre
Remaining performances for ‘1776 the Musical’ at Circle Theatre in Barnwell are May 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees on May 15 at 4 p.m. and May 22 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door, but $15 in advance.  
Season ticket holders can call the theatre at (803) 259-7046 to leave a message with reservation info. Tickets for non-season ticket holders are available at Evelyn’s Jewelry in downtown Barnwell or online at (small service fee added on).
Fishing Rodeo
The annual free Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs Fishing Rodeo will be Saturday, May 14 from 8 a.m. until noon at the fish hatchery on Dunbarton Boulevard beside Fuller Park. Ages 13 and under should be accompanied by an adult. Bring your own poles (no reels). Bait will be provided but you can bring your own. No adult fishing. There will be free hot dogs and drinks as well as prizes. Event is handicap accessible. 
It is sponsored by SC Department of Natural Resources, Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, Barnwell County Chamber of Commerce and Academy Sports. 
Preregistration is preferred but onsite registration will be provided. Preregister at Call (803) 755-1822 for more information. 
Confederate Memorial Day
The local camps of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will have their Confederate Memorial Day ceremonies on Saturday, May 14 at 4 p.m. at the Confederate Monument in Calhoun Park near the Courthouse. Events will include re-enactors and speakers. 
Jazz Gala
The bands of Bamberg School District 1 and their band booster club will hold a jazz gala will be held Saturday, May 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bamberg First Baptist social hall. The theme is “Jazz Through the Decades: How the Roaring 20’s helped shape jazz!” Tickets are $15 each. Sponsorships are $100. Includes a catered meal and music by BEHS Jazz Band. 
For additional info contact members of the Jazz Gala Committee: Davia Smith at (803) 873-0985, Vicki Dean Whitaker at (803) 707-3797, Iona Murdaugh at (803) 596-4083, Jessica A. Brown at (803) 533-9162, or Olympia Latoya Tuten at (917) 502-7129.          
Revolutionary War Exhibit
Opening May 6 at the Barnwell County Museum, The American Revolutionary War in South Carolina, a South Carolina State Museum Traveling Exhibit, will feature some of Barnwell District’s once forgotten local heroes and heroines. Discover lost stories, war sites and Barnwell District’s role in winning the war to free America from the rule of the Monarchy.
On Saturday, May 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. the Barnwell County Museum will host a full afternoon of Revolutionary War exhibits, speakers, genealogy, and much more. Admission is free. Enjoy a Colonial Era Buffet Supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance at Evelyn’s or the Barnwell County Museum, 617 Hagood Avenue, Barnwell. 
Visit for additional details or call (803) 259-1916.
Rivers Bridge Confederate Event
The 140th Rivers Bridge Confederate Memorial Day celebration will be May 13 at Rivers Bridge Historic Site State Park in Ehrhardt. Music starts at 10 a.m. with the program at 11 a.m. 
Pastor’s Retirement Reception
Williston United Methodist Church will hold a retirement reception for Pastor Cindy Fuller on Sunday, May 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the church, located at 6030 Springfield Road, Williston. RSVP to
Senior Breakfast
Pastor Pamela Richards of Beulah Baptist Church, Beldoc, will host another senior’s breakfast at Hardee’s in Allendale on May 17 from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Sign up will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call Rev Richards at (803) 474-5903 for more info. 
County Republican Dinner
The Barnwell County Republican Party is having a dinner meeting on Tuesday, May 17 at the Barnwell County Career Center, 5214 Reynolds Rd., Blackville. The event begins at 6:30 pm, and a catered meal will be served. All the Republican candidates who are running for office in the June 14th primary, and the November 8th, Presidential election, have been invited to speak. The cost is $10 per person.
Blackville Music & Arts Festival
The Blackville Music and Arts Festival will be May 20-21 in downtown Blackville. 
For more information on being a vendor, musical performer or car/bike show participant, call (803) 671-3121, (706) 339-4614, (803) 450-8697, or (803) 300-3486. Also visit
Blackville Alumni Member Drive
The Blackville Public Schools Alumni Association, Inc. will conduct a membership drive during the Blackville Music & Arts Festival on May 20 and 21.
Elko Farmers Market
Vendor applications are being accepted for the 2016 season. Farmers, market gardeners, crafters and home bakers are invited to join the market. This year’s opening day is Saturday, May 21, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market will open every Saturday (weather permitting) until mid-fall, and is located across from the post office, on Hwy 78 in Elko. The Elko Farmers’ Market supports the concept of buying and selling locally when possible. Items sold are usually grown, raised or handcrafted within a 50 mile radius. WIC Vouchers and Senior Checks are also accepted.
For more information call 803-266-2463 or 803-300-1251.
Food Giveaway
Angel Wings food giveaway will take place at 150 Charles Street in Barnwell on Saturday, May 28 from 9 to 11 a.m. First time applicants need a picture ID. For more information call 259 0405.To read the non-discrimination act go to:
Pinwheels for Mental Health
Pinwheels are available for purchase at any Aiken-Barnwell Mental Health Center office for $1 as part of Mental Health Month. Proceeds will be donated to the ABMHC Indigent Transportation Fund which provides transportation for persons without. Please contact Cindy Smith at 803-508-7871 to purchase pinwheels. 
Blood Drive
A blood drive in honor of burn victim Todd Grubbs will be held Saturday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Hagood Avenue Baptist Church in Barnwell. For an appointment, visit Sponsor code: grubbs..
Bingo/Dinner at Barnwell Academy
Barnwell Academy will have Bingo and dinner on Friday, May 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. Game and door prizes will be awarded. Cost is $2/card. Hot dog dinners and pizza will be sold. 
Call (803) 259-4465 for details.
Church Yard/Bake Sale
Seven Pines Baptist Church (22 Seven Pines Road, Snelling) will have a yard and bake sale on Saturday, May 14 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. to raise funds to send children and youth to camp. 
Car Wash 
The Barnwell County Animal Shelter Foundation with the generous help of Barnwell County Beta Clubs will have a free car wash fundraiser on Saturday, May 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bethany Baptist parking lot on Dunbarton Boulevard beside CVS. Donations are accepted and appreciated. There will also be a meatball hoagie and dessert bake sale. Funds raised will help purchase a newer vehicle to be used for rescue transportation. 
Bargain Sale
Barnwell First Baptist Church will hold another bargain sale on June 10 to 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 21 Allen Street (corner of Allen and Jackson streets). The sale will benefit the elevator fund. Bargains include: furniture, outdoor furniture, clothes for all ages, toys, household items, and more. 
Golf Tournament
The Tee One Up golf tournament will be held June 4 at Sweetwater Country Club. Cost is $50 per player. Tournament benefits the Uganda mission trip for Barnwell First Baptist. 
Call First Baptist Church at (803) 259-1128 or contact Don Alexander, Gary Brantley or Belinda Sanders for more information.
Kelly Edwards 5K Registration
5K registration at Kelly Edwards Elementary will be held from May 9-13.  Please bring the following information: South Carolina Immunization Record (required), Official Birth Certificate (required), two Required Proofs of Residency (required), and a Social Security Card (not required). One of the proofs of residency must be a Current Tax Notice or Lease/Mortgage Agreement and the other item can be any proof that shows a physical address such as but not limited to the following: Current power bill, water bill, satellite/cable bill, automobile tax/automobile registration card. Your child must be 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2016 to register for 5-year-old kindergarten.   
Belcher Scholarship
The Barnwell County Arts Council is accepting applications for the Jean Orr Belcher Scholarship. This one time, $500 scholarship will be awarded to a Barnwell County student who plans to pursue a career in the arts.  
For an application or more information, contact the Barnwell County Arts Council at All applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, May 20.
Barnwell Academy Registration
Registration for the 2016-17 school year at Barnwell Academy (10982 Ellenton Street, Barnwell) is now open for 3K through sixth grade. 
Call (803) 259-4465 or visit the school 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for details and applications. 
Barnwell Library
-Tech Trouble Tuesdays: Every Tuesday beginning May 10 from 10 a.m. to noon.
-Adult coloring class: May 19 from 7-8 p.m.
-Preschool Story Time will be held Thursdays (until May 26) at 11 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, and more for ages 3-5.
-LEGO Club will be held every third Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. LEGOs are provided. Just bring your imagination.
-Friday Flicks: Every other Friday at 3:30 p.m. Free popcorn and drinks. Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult.
•May 20 – Norm of the North (PG)
-Signups for summer reading begin in May.
Barnwell First Steps Board
The Barnwell County First Steps Board of Directors will hold their monthly meeting on May 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the Blackville Municipal Building, located at 5997 Lartigue Street, Blackville.
Allendale County School Board
The Allendale County School Board will hold a special-called meeting on Tuesday, May 17 at 6 p.m. for a budget work session at the district office in Fairfax.
Allendale County Council
The next Allendale County Council meeting is scheduled on Thursday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the J.W. Wall Jr.’s Council Chambers at the Allendale County Courthouse.   
Black Top Basketball Battle
The City of Barnwell Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor a Black Top Battle on Saturday, May 14 at Fuller Park basketball courts. Tip-off is at 5 p.m. Team registration is underway at Barnwell City Hall for $60 or at the park on game day for $70. This is for ages 15 and up. Event is free to spectators.
Free Football Camp
Former Gamecock, NFL veteran Henry Taylor, & former Clemson star running back Raymond Priester along with the South Carolina all-stars will hold the 2nd Annual Take Action Now football camp & Health Combine June 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Barnwell High School stadium. The Take Action Now camp aims to provide some of these resources to the youth/families of South Carolina. This free camp will be available to kids 6-17. Each camper that registers will give their families’ unlimited access to the health screenings provided by local health and wellness organizations. Families will also be able to attend the nutritional breakout sessions. 

To learn more about the Take Action Now Camp, visit the official website at 
Knopf Family
The descendants of William Henry Knopf and Idoma Grainger Knopf Creech will hold their annual family reunion on May 21 at Friendship Baptist Church Activities Building from 10 a.m. until.
Bring a covered dish, drinks or tea, and a dessert. All eating utensils and plates and cups will be furnished.
Also bring any photos of the past generations as well as memories to share with the younger generations. 
For more info contact: Shelby Knopf at 803-596-8777, William Knopf at 803-513-1918, Bill Knopf at 803-482-3891, Ima Jean Still at 803-259-5395 or Debby Mungo at 803-920-4359.
Chavis-New Family
The Chavis-New family reunion will be held May 21 at the Legion Ministry Center, 320 Reynolds Rd., Barnwell. Dinner will be served at noon. Please bring a covered dish and a drink. Plates, cups, napkins, spoons, forks and ice will be provided. Donations will be taken up to help cover the cost of the building rental. Anyone wanting to bring an old family photo to be displayed is welcome.    
For more information, contact Barbara Carter at (803) 259-7171 or Melissa Chavis at (803) 671-2164.