Community Calendar - December 25, 2013

Blood Drive
Shepeard Community Blood Center's blood mobile will be in the parking lot of the Anytime Fitness on Dec. 27 from 1 to 6 p.m. Each donor will receive a free T-shirt and movie ticket. 

First Day Hike
Start your New Year's resolution out on the right foot and hit a state park trail. Meet at the Memorial Grounds of Rivers Bridge State Historic site (325 State Park Rd., Ehrhardt) on Jan. 1, 2014, at 10 a.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 (803) 267-3675 or visit

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

Senior 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 Guniyard-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 Library
Preschool to 2nd Grade Storytime: Thursdays at 11 a.m.
Friday Flicks: Fridays at 3:30 p.m.
Country Line Dancing: Mondays and Wednesdays; Beginner from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m., Advanced from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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.


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.

Real Talk of AA
The Real Talk Group of Alcoholics Anonymous now meets at Gateway Church (8678 Marlboro Ave., Barnwell) every Monday and Friday at 7 p.m.

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 please call John Young at 259-7768.

Marine Corps League No. 1227
Marine Corps League Detachment No. 1227 holds its monthly meeting the fourth Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Joey Zorn Law Enforcement Center.
All marines and FMF corpsman are invited to attend.
For more information, contact Bud Bazemore, Adjutant, at (803) 259-5734 or (803) 671-0646 or visit

American Legion Post No. 75
The American Legion Post No. 75 meets the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hut in Williston.
A women's auxiliary is also offered. All veterans are welcome.

Alcoholics Anonymous
Alcoholics Anonymous meets in Barnwell at 7 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in the small classroom behind First Baptist Church in Barnwell.
For support or assistance, call the state AA help line at (888) 534-0192.

Alcoholics Anonymous
A new group of Alcoholics Anonymous is now meeting in Barnwell at Axis 1. The group name is "The Real Talk AA Group of Barnwell County and meets Monday through Saturday at 7 p.m. 
The following is the subjects for each night: Monday: Big Book (Closed meeting); Tuesday: Living Sober (Open meeting, focus on beginners); Wednesday: Open discussion meeting; Thursday: Twelve Steps/Twelve Traditions (meeting Closed); Friday: Open discussion meeting; and Saturday-Big Book (Closed meeting).
Closed meetings are strictly for those who have a problem with alcohol. Open meetings are open to the public.
For more information, call Fran B. at (803) 671-4710.

Al-Anon meets every Thursday in the room behind the Chapel of the Barnwell First Baptist Church at 7 p.m.
For more information, call (803) 266-2296.

Salkehatchie Vietnam Veterans
The Salkehatchie Chapter 828 of the Vietnam Veterans of America meets the second Thursday of each month at the American Legion Post 91 building on U.S. 78 in Blackville.
Veterans of all wars are encouraged to attend, and the public is welcome to all meetings.

of the World
The Woodmen of the World organization, Williston Post 231, meets monthly on the last Thursday of each month at their lodge in Elko at 7 p.m.
For more details, call Jack Kirby at (803) 266-5881.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support
The Alzheimer's caregiver support group meets the second Tuesday of every month at the Barnwell County Library. It is conducted through the Alzheimer's Association.
For more information, contact Suzanne Creech (803) 335-8044 or e-mail


Animal Advocates
The Pick of the Litter Shoppe is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations are now accepted Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Heavier donations such as furniture should be taken to POTL on Wednesdays and Saturdays when men are working.
The Animal Advocates' Friends for Life Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment by calling (803) 259-(LIVE) 5483. They are closed to the public on Sunday and Monday.

Funding Available
Eat Smart Move More Barnwell County has received funding to partner with faith-based organizations in Barnwell County on implementing 100 percent tobacco-free policies for their facilities and grounds. The implementation of this tobacco-free policy will have a large impact and benefit the overall health of your congregation.
ESMMBC will provide information and education on the harms associated with tobacco use and secondhand smoke for your key leaders and congregation members. Each faith-based organization that adopts and implements a 100% Tobacco-free policy will receive a $500 stipend.
Contact Eat Smart, Move More Barnwell County Project Coordinator Ferlecia Cuthbertson at (803) 541-1245 or or Pam Rush, ESMMBC chair, at to initiate this process with your faith-based organization.

Cancer Foundation
Savannah River Cancer Foundation provides help to anyone, regardless of age, affected by any type of cancer, being treated at any facility residing in Aiken, Edgefield, Allendale and Barnwell counties.
For more information, call 866-870-LIFE (5433) or visit

GU Lunch Club
Generations Unlimited has a lunch club for people 60 years old or older that meets Monday through Friday at the Gail Reyes Senior Center at 11403 Ellenton Rd., Barnwell.
Activities include Bingo, line dance classes, Bible Study and other activities.
Call (803) 259-4599 and make a reservation at least one day in advance.


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.