Community Calendar - May 24, 2017


BINGO in Allendale

BINGO will be held every first Thursday (June 8, July 6 and August 3) at the Allendale Community Center from 6-8 p.m. It is hosted by Minister Pookie Smith and Gwen Walker. Vendor slots are available.

Barnwell Farmers Market

The Fuller Park Farmers Market is open Tuesdays and Thursdays through August from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fuller Park (9987 Dunbarton Boulevard, Barnwell). There will be fruits, vegetables, baked goods, eggs, artisans and crafters.

For more information, contact Pamela Davis at (803) 259-3317 or

Food Giveaway

Angel Wings Food Giveaway will be Saturday, May 27 from 9-11a.m. at 150 Charles Street, Barnwell. First time applicants must bring ID.

For more information call 803-259-0405.

Slithery Snakes Program

A “Slithery Snakes” program will be held May 27-28 from 1 to 2 p.m. each day at Shelter 4 at the Barnwell State Park in Blackville. This is a free event to educate about the common native venomous and non-venomous snakes in South Carolina. There will be snakes to hold or touch.

100 Men in Black/Ladies in White

Brickyard Lodge #55 will host its 3rd Annual Distinguished Men in Black & Elegant Ladies in White Worshiping Program on Sunday, May 28 at 3 p.m. at the Brown Chapel Missionary Baptist Church (3300 Hwy 70, Barnwell). Evangelist Cathy Etheredge will be the keynote speaker.

Blackville Public Safety Outreach

The Town of Blackville will conduct a Public Safety Outreach meeting on Tuesday, May 30 at 4 p.m. at the Blackville Community Center (19464 Solomon Blatt Avenue). It is specifically geared toward residents of the South Boundary neighborhood.

The Blackville Police Department, town leadership and members of the recently formed Blackville Neighborhood Watch will be present. Topics include: getting involved with the Neighborhood Watch program, building relationships with law enforcement and general crime prevention techniques that can be implemented.

Older Americans Month Cookout

A celebration for Older Americans Month will be held on Wednesday, May 31 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gail Reyes Senior Center in Barnwell. There will be a cookout, outdoor games, music and fun.

Hike with a Ranger

Experience the natural beauty of the hiking trails at Rivers Bridge State Historic Site (325 State Park Road, Ehrhardt) and learn about the trials of a Civil War soldier and how the landscape impacted the defense of the Salkehatchie River during February 1865 while you Hike with a Ranger on June 3 at 9 a.m. Meet at the community building. Bring water, insect repellant and comfortable clothes.

Blackville Clean-Up

The Blackville Public Schools Alumni Association (BPSAA) is proud to display pride in the town of Blackville by adopting a highway in the community located at on Izlar Street Ext. from Valley Road to Hereford Road. They are planning a litter pick-up on Saturday, June 3 at 8 a.m. Please show your pride in the Blackville community by volunteering with this great community project. Your assistance as a volunteer would be greatly appreciated.

If you are interested, please reply to:

Free Swim Program

The Barnwell Rotary Club is sponsoring the FINS Swimming Program to ensure B.B. Baxley’s dream continues. Youth in Barnwell County are being offered free swimming lessons June 5-8 and June 12-15 in Barnwell and June 12-15 in Blackville. During these one-week sessions, youth will learn water safety knowledge.

Parents with children ages 4-16 are encouraged to complete an application for their children. Each child may register for only one session. This program has had great success and we are very excited to continue this program this year. It is extremely important to everyone involved in this project that the youth in Barnwell County know how to swim, and even more importantly they know how to swim safely.

Applications may be picked-up at AXIS I Center of Barnwell, local stores, school offices, or at your local library. For more information, please call 541-1245.

Cancer Survivor Lunch

While May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and June is Cancer Survivor Month, the Georgia Cancer Center in Augusta, Ga invites cancer survivors to a free Cancer Survivor Luncheon to be held on June 10 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Cancer survivors can register by May 31 online at Registration is limited to the first 100 survivors.

Senior Food Program

Senior citizens in need of free nutritious food can apply for assistance through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. Bring proof of income and identification on June 16 to 59 Callahan Circle in Blackville from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The program provides free monthly nutrition information and nutritious food.

For more information, call Bishop George Burckhalter at (803) 709-0158 or (803) 284-0948,

Hampton Pageant

Hampton County’s 75th Watermelon Festival Pageant

will be held June 10 at the Varnville Recreation Center. Cost is $60 (includes Beauty, Melon wear, best hair, eyes, smile). All applications, fees, and signature money must be turned in by June 3.

Groups: Boys: 0-2, 3-5, 6-9 Girls: 0-11, 12-23, 2yr, 3, 4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-15, 16-19, 20&up.

For applications or more information, contact Melissa Bonnette at 803-300-8299 or Jeanette Knight at 803-671-3570. Applications are on

AARP Driver Safety

AARP Driver Safety will hold their next class Thursday, June 22 at Generations Unlimited (11403 Ellenton St., Barnwell). Class will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You may bring a snack to have during class.

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 Karen Patterson at 803-541-6825 to register for class or if you have any questions.


Yard Sale to Support Missions

Gateway Church (8678 Marlboro Avenue, Barnwell) will have a big family yard sale on June 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. All money goes to missions.

They will also have a Women’s Salad, Scripture and Soup luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. every first Wednesday of the month. All ladies welcome. A fun and fellowship filled Women’s Bible study.

Jailbreak 5K Run/Walk

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Foundation invites you to the 11th Annual “Jailbreak 5K Run & Walk” on Saturday, May 27 at the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department (521 Gibson Rd., Lexington). Race starts at 8 a.m. with packet pick up and late registration beginning at 6:15 a.m.

Entry fee is $25 prior to race day or $30 on May 27.

For info or to register go to:


STEM Summer Enrichment

Dreams, Imagination & Gift Development Program will hold a summer enrichment program Monday through Friday between June 5-30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students in grades first through eighth will gain math, science and literature enrichment, interactive learning, engineering principles and recreation. Camp will be held at Winfield Heights Baptist Church in Williston.

Cost is $35/child per week. Additional children are $25/week.

Register online at


Allendale County Council

Allendale County Council’s regular meeting will be Thursday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the J.W. Wall Jr.’s Council Chambers at the Allendale County Courthouse.


Soccer Club Meeting

The Barnwell Soccer Club is hosting their annual Open Meeting on June 2 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Barnwell County Library on Burr Street. The meeting is open to the public.