Community Calendar - March 12, 2014

Water Media Display
The Barnwell County Museum is having the S.C. Water Media showing during the month of March. The Water Media exhibit will be through March 27. The museum is open Tuesday through Wednesdays from 3-5:30 p.m.
For more information, contact the museum at (803) 259-1916.

Salkehatchie Stew
Salkehatchie Stew's "What Matters Most" play will take you back to the 1960s. Performances are at 3 p.m. on the following days: March 15 at Circle Theatre (325 Academy St., Barnwell; March 22 and 23 at The Palmetto Theatre (108 Lee Ave., Hampton; and March 29 at The Dane Theatre (131 South Palmetto Ave., Denmark).
Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students. Group packages are available for groups of 12 of more. Tickets will be available at the door until sold out.
County Historical Tour packages are available for each Saturday performance. All tours are from 10 am to 2 pm and cost $10.
Call (803) 584-6084 for reservations.

Senior Fun Day
Generations Unlimited will be hosting a day of fun and entertainment for seniors age 60 and over on Saturday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gail Reyes Senior Center. There will be outdoor games, BINGO, a cookout with hamburgers and sides and a Country Western concert of old country favorites. Lunch is free to eligible seniors and can be purchased by guests.

Herb Festival
The 15th Annual Spring Herb Festival will be held Saturday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Little Red Barn Gallery (12080 Hwy. 278, Barnwell, near junction of S.C. 37). The event is a special partnership with The Animal Advocates of Barnwell. Herb plants are by Williams Farm and Garden. There is free parking and no admission charge.
There will be two short informational programs at 11 a.m. (Herbal Teas with Lil Stoltzfus of Wisteria Cottage & Garden, and Pets & Plants with Annie Logan from Dr. Renee Givens-McHenry's Barnwell Veterinary Clinic), Sweet Grass Basket maker demonstration, Duck Pond fishing game for kids to benefit Animal Advocates, Herbal products, food, garden decorations, and much more!
Call (803) 541-7900 for more information.

Rabies Clinics
Barnwell Vet Clinic
Rabies clinics will be held at the following locations: Saturday, March 29 at Barnwell Vet Clinic on Hwy. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday, April 5 at the Williston Fire Dept. from 9 a.m. to noon; and April 5 at the Elko Fire Dept. from 1 to 4 p.m.
Dog and cat rabies vaccinations are $5. Other vaccinations will also be available. All profits will go to the Animal Advocates.
Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a box or carrier.
For questions, contact the Barnwell Veterinary Clinic at (803) 259-2650.
Dogwood Animal Hospital
Dogwood Animal Hospital will hold an Animal Health Clinic on March 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tractor Supply store in Barnwell. They will offer rabies and annual vaccines, heart worm test, Microchipping and other products at a discounted rate. In conjunction, the Barnwell Animal Shelter is having a hotdog sale starting at 11 a.m. to raise funds for items such as an animal weight scale.  

Taste of Blackville
The 8th annual Taste of Blackville will be held Saturday, April 12. Tickets are available for the BBQ grill raffle at Enterprise Bank in Blackville ($2 each or three for $5). Drawing will take place at the festival.
There will be vendors, BBQ, inflatable slides, Blackville-Hilda High School step team and band, pictures with the Easter Bunny, hat parade, and best dressed pet parade. Vendor forms are available at Enterprise Bank in Blackville.
For more information, contact Sylvia Quattlebaum at (803) 284-2000 or sylviakq@yahoo.com.

Driver Safety
AARP Senior Driver Safety will hold classes on Thursday, April 17, and Thursday, July 17, at Generations Unlimited (10913 Ellenton St., Barnwell). Class will begin at 9 a.m. and run until 3:30 p.m.
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.

 

Pet Supplies
The Animal Advocates is seeking donations to their "Pot of Gold", including items like dog toys, cat toys, Purina brand dog and cat food, treats, and cat litter. You can find a "Pot of Gold" at the Friends for Life Center or Pick of the Litter Shoppe.

Golf Tournament
The Williston Fire Department's golf tournament (four-man captain's choice) at Sweetwater Country Club March 15 with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Entry is $50.
A BBQ chicken lunch will be served after the tournament. There will be door prizes and prizes for closest to the pin. Also, raffle tickets can be purchased for a chance to win a $350 gift certificate to Mahuron's Building Supply or a 35-quart tan YETI cooler.
All proceeds are going towards the refurbishment of Old Glory, an old fire truck.
For more information or to register a team, call John Melton (803) 300-0988.

Miss/Master Springfest Pageant
The Allendale County Miss/Master Springfest "Natural" Beauty Pageant, in honor of the Allendale County "Cooter" Festival, will be March 22 at 465 James Brandt Blvd., Allendale. Deadline for applications is March 15.
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 (single/married).
Beauty pageant package costs $60 (Beauty, Spring Wear, Photogenic, hair, eyes, smile).
Applications can be found at Glam Up Salon in Barnwell, at www.cooterfest.com or by contacting Melissa Bonnette at (803) 259-1317 or Jeanette Knight at (803) 671-3570. Email/Paypal: whowantsthecrown@yahoo.com.

St. Patrick's Story
A fun-filled evening awaits those who want to learn "The Real Story of St. Patrick" during a fundraiser on Saturday, March 15, at the Blackville Community Center. The event, which begins at 5:30 p.m., includes dinner, entertainment, cooking contest, auction, ice cream bar, photography shoot and skits. Proceeds will help build Noah's Ark and purchase property in Barnwell County.
They are looking for people to enter their cooking contest.
Tickets are $10 each and available at: In Blackville: Healing Springs Country Store, Russell's Pizza, Millers Bread Basket; In Barnwell: The Country Cupboard and Tractor Supply; In Williston: Rivers Pharmacy, Russell's Pizza and Valli's Country Garden Café; In Wagener: The Little Bake Shop and Hoover's Flooring; In Aiken: Tractor Supply and Weeks Farm and Garden; or by calling 803-284-3117 or 803-541-2004 between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Warhorse Club
The Barnwell Warhorse Club will hold their 28th annual dance and auction on Friday, March 21, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Sweetwater Country Club. The cost is $10 per person. There will be heavy hors D'oeuvres, silent and live auction, and music provided by Gary Brantley.
This will be followed Saturday, March 22, by their annual golf tournament (four-person captain's choice). Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the tournament beginning at 9 a.m.
The tournament costs $50 per person (includes green fees, cart and lunch). There will be a $10,000 hole-in-one shot and $5,000 50' putt.
Reserve your spot by calling (803) 259-5004.

Coloring Book/Crayon Donations
As part of the Southeastern Region of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.'s Color St. Jude initiative, members of Eta Gamma Sigma Chapter and the Eta Omicron Chapter (Voorhees Chapter) are collecting coloring books and non-toxic crayons for patients receiving life-saving treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Members of the Eta Omicron Chapter will collect donations on the Voorhees College campus. If you need someone to pick up your donation, you may email etagammasigma@gmail.com or call (803) 793-3644.
The last day to collect coloring books and crayons will be Wednesday, April 2.

Easter Pet Photos
Hop! Hop! Hop! right over to the Friends for Life Center to have Pet & People Pictures made with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, April 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The photographer will be Trudy Collins with Treasure's by Trudy. The sitting fee is $25 which includes a flash drive of all of the pictures that are taken.
Walk-ins are welcome, but you can make an appointment by calling Kimberli at (803) 584-8274.

Susie Rosier 5K Run/Walk
The 8th Annual Susie Rosier Character of Fitness 5K Run and Walk will be April 12 at 8 a.m. at the Barnwell Veterans Memorial Park. Dogs are welcome to walk.
The $20 registration fee includes a T-shirt. Proceeds benefit the Barnwell County Animal Shelter Foundation's No Cost/Low Cost Spay/Neuter program. The funds also contribute to the foundation's support and improvements of the animal shelter.
By participating as a sponsor ($100 or more), you can help continue efforts to control the county's pet population.
Register online at www.active.com (keywords Susie Rosier) or pick up forms at Dogwood Animal Hospital or the Property Shoppe. 
Call (803) 259-1050 or (803) 259-5606 about being a sponsor or volunteer for this year's race.

 

Friends of the Libraries
The annual Friends of the Libraries of Barnwell County will be held Thursday, March 13, at the Barnwell County Library conference room at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to hear a report of the 2013 annual activities and make plans for 2014.

Tea Party Patriots
The Barnwell County Tea Party Patriots will meet Thursday, March 13, at 7 p.m. for our regular monthly meeting at Common Grounds Coffee Shop (1458 Jackson St., Barnwell). For the fellowship hour prior to the meeting, a pulled pork sandwich, slaw, and tea or coffee will be available for $7.50.

Green-eyed Pets
All green-eyed pets up for adoption at the Friends for Life Foster and Adoption Center in Barnwell will be $10 off in March in recognition of St. Patrick's Day. Adoptions of pets without green eyes will be entered into a pot of gold for a chance at a discount.

Reunion Basketball
The Blackville-Hilda Class of 1988 Reunion Basketball Tournament will be held Saturday, March 15, at the Macedonia Elementary gym. It will be recreation and high school style format.
Divisions: 9-10 year old boys (Small Fry), 9-13 year old girls (Misses), 11-13 year old boys (Mites) Recreation League Divisions and High School Divisions (12 players maximum per team).
The entry fee is $30 per team (guaranteed two game minimum). Deadline is March 12. Admission is $4 for adults/general public and $2 for students.
There will also be a free throw, 3 point & dunk contest. Prizes will be awarded.
For more information, contact Rick Arnold at (803) 671-2654.

City Basketball Tournament
The City of Barnwell Parks and Recreation will host the 11 & 12 year olds Boys & Girls Division II SCAP Basketball Tournament Saturday, March 15. "SCAP" is the South Carolina Athletics Program of the South Carolina Parks and Recreation Association.
Teams from the Eastern and Western areas of the state will begin at 10 a.m. at the gymnasium at Barnwell High School and the Championship game will be at 5:30 p.m.
Youth all over the state participate in their cities youth basketball program and All-Star players are chosen towards the end of the season to represent their District.
A spectator admission fee of $3 for youth (6-17 years old) and $5 for adults will be collected at the gate. Concessions will be sold.
For more information, please contact Michael Shumaker at 803-259-3317.

Basketball Fundraiser
The City of Barnwell Parks and Recreation is organizing a really exciting event that will include; music, Slam Dunk Contest, All Star Team Challenge and a surprise basketball game challenge between Barnwell and Allendale. It will be held Saturday, March 22, at Guinyard-Butler Middle School gym at 6 p.m. Admission Fee: Student $2 and Adults $6.
This event's goal is to raise funds to supplement the City of Barnwell's Youth Basketball Program. Monies raised will help offset program costs and fund the scholarship program for the 2015 season.
Come out and enjoy music, register for the Slam Dunk Contest and see some friendly competition.
For more information, contact event coordinators Jermaine Moore at (803) 571-9542 or Bobby Carter at (803) 571-3305.