Community Calendar - March 26, 2014

$5 Brown Bag Sale
The Barnwell County Helpline Thrift Store will host a $5 Brown Bag sale March 19-31. Stuff as much as you can in a brown grocery bag and you only pay $5 per brown bag.
Store hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday thru Thursday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays. The thrift store is located at 29 Allen Street, Barnwell in the shopping center on Allen Street (building with the purple awning).
For more information, contact the Axis I Center of Barnwell at (803) 541-1245.

Blood Drive
Shepeard Community Blood Center's blood mobile will be in the Anytime Fitness parking lot Saturday, March 29, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in honor of Robert Hutto from the Barnwell area. Hutto is battling liver cancer. Donors will be entered for a chance to win a $250 Visa gift card.

Rabies Clinics
Barnwell Vet Clinic
Barnwell Vet Clinic will hold rabies clinics 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.
For questions concerning clinics, 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.  

Look Good,
Feel Better
A Look Good Feel Better session will be held Monday, March 31, at 6 p.m. at Barnwell City Hall. This free session is for cancer patients in Barnwell, Bamberg, Allendale and Hampton counties who are dealing with the side effects of cancer or cancer treatment. Cosmetology professionals will help with makeup application, tips on wig selection and wig care, dry skin, discolored nails, and scarves, turbans and hats.

Horse Show
The Carolina Dirt Road Ryderz's 9th Annual Festival and Horse Show will be April 4-6 at the Reed Family Farm (1796 Izlar St., Blackville).
Festivities will begin on Friday, April 4, with Kids Day at 4 p.m., including food, fun, games and prizes. A Meet and Greet will be held Friday night. On Saturday, April 5, there will be a 10-mile early morning trail ride (including wagons), a gospel singing starting at 11 a.m., horse competitions, food, a live DJ and dancing.
Anyone interested in participating in the gospel program or for any other information can contact Cynthia Mole at (803) 571-2030, Eunice Williams at (803) 300-8399 or Tonya Thomas at (803) 300-7041. Find more information at

Passion Play
The Barnwell County Passion Play at Hagood Avenue Baptist Church will be April 4, 5 and 6 at 6:30 p.m. No tickets are required.

CPR Class
A CPR and First Aid class will be offered on Saturday, April 5, at 9 a.m. at the Barnwell Fire Department. It's offered on a first come, first serve basis until class is full.
It costs $30 per person, but you must register by calling the fire department at (803) 259-1930.

Lunch with
Easter Bunny
Children are invited to join the Easter Bunny for lunch and activities on Saturday, April 5, at 1 p.m. at Barnwell City Hall. Enjoy hot dogs, chips and a beverage. Kids will be able design and decorate their Easter eggs. It costs $3 per child and pre-registration is required.

Health Dept.
Open House
The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control will hold an open house at the Barnwell County Health Department (11015 Ellenton St., Barnwell) on April 7 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The open house will offer free resources to the public, including: BMI testing weight checks, light refreshments, nutrition information, information about what your health department does, and how we can help you, tours of the health department, information about local resources and more. No signup is required. 

Spring Fling
A Spring Fling will be held Thursday, April 10, from 5-7 p.m. on the Circle in downtown Barnwell. Join the Barnwell Development Association and the City of Barnwell Parks and Recreation for an evening of entertainment and activities. Music will be provided by Loose Stone. Kids will have lots of activities to enjoy (quarter-carnival with games and prizes, paint your own Easter Eggs, and lots more). Hot dog dinner and fixings will be available from the Boy Scout Troop 392. Other businesses will be open or on the Circle. 

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

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 for either class.

Easter Egg Hunts
The City of Barnwell's Egg Hunt for children ages 2-10 years old will be Saturday, April 12, at 1 p.m. at Lemon Park. Children will be divided into their appropriate age groups. Prizes will be given to those who find the "prize eggs". 
The Town of Williston Easter Egg Hunt will be held at the Williston Town Park on Saturday, April 19, at 1 p.m. Age groups will be: 3 and under, 4-6 and 7-10. 
For more information, call Shannon Mundy at (803) 300-1912.


Plant Sale
The FFA Plant Sale at Barnwell County Career Center begins March 31. Veggies, annuals, perennials and beautiful hanging baskets grown by the agriculture students will be sold Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the school. Proceeds will be used for future projects of the FFA and student leadership opportunities.
Contact Mindy Sandifer at 259-5512 to schedule a greenhouse visit outside of the hours listed.

Shrine Club Golf Tournament
The El BAB Shrine Club will hold a fundraiser golf tournament April 5 at the Sweetwater Country Club. The Captain's Choice four man team tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.
Refreshments will be served on the course and a meal will be held at the Shrine Club after the tournament. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $50 per player.
To register before the tournament or for more information, contact David Barnette at (803) 259-6520.

Yard/Bake Sale
Selena's Pink Promise Relay for Life Team will have a yard sale/bake sale on Saturday, April 5, at 7 a.m. at Hair Design Studio on Jackson Street in Barnwell. There will be a limited number of tickets for Boston butts ($30 each) to be purchased at the yard sale and picked up at Relay on April 25.
Cost is $15 per rider. Proceeds benefit Missy Reece's cancer treatments.
There will also be entertainment after all prizes have been given away or auctioned off. There will also be a yard sale at 8:30 a.m. Leg quarter plates will be sold for $6 at noon. Riders eat free with meal ticket.
For more information, call (803) 383-1532 after 5:30 p.m.

Cancer Run
A Breast Cancer Awareness Run for Missy Reese will be held April 5. There are two signup points beginning at 9:30 a.m.: Skynards in St. George and Ashley's Sports Bar and Grill in Williston. First bike will go out at 10 a.m. with last one at noon.
For more information, call Ashley's at (803) 266-7919, Marci at (803) 270-6554, Marion at (803) 645-1737, or Prin at (803) 571-3306.

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
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.
Register online at (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.

Frog Jump Pageant
The 48th Annual Governor's Miss/Master Frog Jump "Semi-glitz" Beauty Pageant will be April 12 at Old Springfield High School auditorium (210 Brodie St., Springfield).
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 and Photogenic are $50. All applications and fees must be turned in by April 5.
For more information, contact Melissa Bonnette at (803) 259-1317 or Jeanette Knight at (803) 671-3570. Email/Paypal:

Chamber Golf Tournament
The Barnwell County Chamber of Commerce Benefit Golf Tournament will be held Friday, April 25, at Sweetwater Country Club in Barnwell. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with a Shotgun start at 10 a.m. The format is 4-person Captain's Choice and cost is $200 per team. Many prizes will be awarded, including Hole-in-One, Closest to the Pin, and Longest Drive.
Hole sponsorships also are available for $100.
Call Sweetwater Country Club at (803) 259-5004 or the Chamber of Commerce at (803) 259-7446 to register or for more information.

FFA Rodeo Pageant
The Miss BCCC FFA Rodeo Pageant will be held April 26 at 6 p.m. at Barnwell Primary to benefit autism research.
Applications and additional information can be found at or picked up at the Barnwell County Career Center. Applications and $40 fee due by Friday, April 11.
Contact Mindy Sandifer at or (803) 259-5512 for more information.


­­Barnwell Library
Preschool to 2nd Grade Storytime: Thursdays (March 27) at 11 a.m.
Friday Family Movie: Fridays at 3:30 p.m.
March 28: "Planes" (free popcorn and drink)
LEGO club: Third Wednesday each month.
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 259-3612 for more info.

Blackville Library
Preschool Storytime: Second and fourth Tuesdays (April 8 and 22) 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 (April 10 and 24) at 11:30 a.m.
The Williston Library hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed from 1 to 2 p.m.).
Call Jo Crider at (803) 266-3027 for more information.


Planning Commission
The Town of Blackville Planning Commission will meet on Thursday, March 27, at 3:30 p.m. in the courtroom of the Blackville Town Hall to revisit their Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance. The public is invited to attend.

Diabetes Support
The Barnwell County Diabetes Support Group meets every Tuesday night from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Gail Reyes Senior Center (11403 Ellenton St./U.S. 278, Barnwell). It is a free group. The first diabetes support group will be April 15.
The facilitator is Darlene Sheets, A.S., B.S., M.S. & PhD Student in Psychology.
Please call (803) 300-3845 if you are planning on attending.


Basketball Tournament
The City of Barnwell Parks and Recreation is organizing an outdoor basketball Street Ball 5 on 5 Tournament for those 15 and older for Saturday, April 5, at Fuller Park basketball courts.
There is a team fee of $50 in advance or $60 day of event. Come out and enjoy music and see some friendly "Street ball" competition. Register at City Hall.
For more information, contact event coordinators: Jermaine Moore at (803) 571-9542 or Bobby Carter at (803) 571-3305.

Golf Camp
A Spring Break golf camp will be held April 14-18 for teens 11 & up. It will be held Monday thru Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Lemon Park and Sweetwater Country Club. Cost is $15.
Participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of golf through chipping, putting, club stance, grip etiquette, and basic rules of the game. Clubs will be provided for the program. Registration is limited to 10 students per class. 


Carroll Family
The 40th annual Jacob Carroll family reunion will be held with lunch at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 13, at the Barnwell State Park community building. Bring a covered dish, beverages and desserts.
For more information, call Suzette Carroll at (706) 833-1113 or Diane Carroll at (803) 541-5009.

BHS Class of 74
Barnwell High School Class of 1974 will hold its 40-year reunion on Saturday, May 10, at 7 p.m. at Sweetwater Country Club. Everyone is invited. Tickets purchased by April 25 are $25 per person. Send checks to J. Martin Harvey, P.O. Box 1005, Barnwell, SC, 29812. Former faculty are invited free of charge.
For more information, call Ricky Black at (803) 259-7474 or Ellen McCall at (803) 259-7066.