Community Calendar - Jan. 1, 2014

First Day Hike
Start your New Year's resolution out on the right foot and hit a state park trail. Two area state parks are hosting the First Day Hike on Jan. 1.
Meet at the Memorial Grounds of Rivers Bridge State Historic site (325 State Park Rd., Ehrhardt) at 10 a.m. or Barnwell State Park's office (223 State Park Rd., Blackville) at 2 p.m.
The hike is free, but be sure to bring water, binoculars, insect repellant, hiking shoes and a camera if you want. Along the way, they'll stop and talk about both nature and history topics related to the park.
For more information, call Rivers Bridge at (803) 267-3675 or visit, or Barnwell State Park at (803) 284-2212 or

Relay for Life
The 2014 Barnwell County Relay for Life Kick-Off will be Jan. 9, 2014, at 5:45 p.m. at the Southern Carolina Alliance Building Edisto Room. Anyone interested in having a team for the 2014 Relay is encouraged to come. The speaker for the evening is Ron Still. They will also reveal their theme for the 2014 Relay.
For more information, contact Event Chair, Teresa Sanders at (803) 541-5756 or

Driving Course
Refresh your driving skills with the AARP Smart Driver Course on Jan. 16 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Gail Reyes Senior Center on Ellenton Street in Barnwell.
You will learn defensive driving techniques, proven safety strategies, and new traffic laws and rules of the road. Plus, there are no tests to pass. Upon completion you could receive a multi-year discount on your car insurance.
It costs $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Lunch will be provided for a nominal fee.
Call Betsy Harvey at (803) 259-4599.

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


Angel Tree
Looking for a thoughtful gift?
Visit an Angel Tree at the Barnwell, Blackville, and Williston libraries from now until Jan. 2. Be an Angel and donate a young adult or children's book to honor or commemorate a loved one.
For a contribution of 20 dollars a book plate will be placed a book selected from one of our Angel Trees. Acknowledgement cards are available to give to the honoree or family.
Contact Jennie Beck at (803) 642-7572 for more information.

Pretty in Pink Pageant
The Pretty in Pink Relay for Life Pageant will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m. at the Hilda Community Center (145 Church St., Hilda). Deadline to enter is Jan. 11.
Choose from natural or glitz. Supreme Package is $50 per pageant or do both for $80. Admission is $5 for everyone, though children under five are free.
Divisions (age as the day of the pageant): Boys: 0-2, 3-5, 6&up; and Girls: 0-11, 12-23, 2yr, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-15, 16-19, 20&up (single/married).
For more information, contact Melissa Ruggiero at (803) 259-1317 or Jeanette Knight at (803) 671-3570. Mail to: Melissa Ruggiero P.O. Box 86, Barnwell, S.C. 29812 or email your applications and fees to

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 a 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.


BPS Montessori Interest Meetings
Attention parents of children 3 years old by Sept. 1, 2014: Montessori Interest Meetings for the 2014-2015 school year will be Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 7:30 a.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Barnwell Primary auditorium. Parents must attend one meeting to receive an application.
Meetings will explain Montessori education and the application process. Montessori includes Individualized Instruction, Hands-on Learning, Multi-age Classes, and Emphasis on discovery learning and independence.
Parent must provide application with Certified Birth Certificate, S.C. Shot Record, Child's Social Security Card, and two Current Dated Proofs of Residence by March 14, 2014, to be eligible for lottery drawing.


Barnwell Museum Art Contest
Art Contest: 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, 2014; Be completed and submitted to the museum by April 17; Contain the artist's name, address, phone number and age.
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.


Coaches Needed
The City of Barnwell Parks and Recreation is recruiting youth Basketball and Cheer coaches for boys and girls ages 5-13. Practices begin in November and league play will be held January to March. Applicants must be at least 18 and clear a background check.
For more information, contact Michael Shumaker at 259-3317.


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

Hospice Care of S.C.

Have one extra hour a week? Love to bake, take care of pets or spend time talking with someone? Become a volunteer and make a difference in the life of hospice patient and family.
For additional information, contact Lyne Hufham, a volunteer specialist, at (843) 312-2295 or

Regency Hospice
Regency Hospice is seeking volunteers and Spanish-speaking volunteers in Barnwell County.
Opportunities range from social contact for the patient and caregiver, providing spiritual support, running errands, assistance with house/yard maintenance to office assistance as requested. By visiting an assigned patient regularly, you give a much needed break to a caregiver, a gift of listening and compassion, and a gift of support and assistance.
Free training is available and no medical background is needed.
For more information, call Sue King, volunteer coordinator, at (803) 648-2117.

Caris Healthcare
Caris Healthcare is seeking volunteers to assist local hospice patients! 
If you're interested in volunteering, contact Michelle Robinson, volunteer coordinator, at (803) 794-4141 or