Community Calendar - April 23, 2014

Driver Safety Class
AARP Senior Driver Safety will hold class on Thursday, July 17, at Generations Unlimited (10913 Ellenton St., Barnwell). Class will begin at 9 a.m. and run until 3:30 p.m. You may bring lunch or purchase it for a nominal fee from Generations Unlimited.
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 the class.

South Fork River Clean-up
The Bamberg County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a clean-up of the South Fork River on Sunday, April 27, at 2 p.m. and Saturday, May 10, at 9:30 a.m. at Bobcat Landing on U.S. 301 (north of Bamberg). Volunteers needed to clear a navigable path for paddlers. Jon boats are needed to carry volunteers and as a working platform.
For additional information, call: The Chamber at (803) 245-4427 or Jerry Bell at (803) 300-1972 or email

Drug Take Back
The Barnwell County Sheriff's Office is hosting a drug take back event Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents are welcome to drop off of any unwanted or expired pills, which will then be properly disposed of. Syringes and liquid medicines are not accepted.

CUP Program
The Community Uplift Program (C.U.P), a youth organization created to educate, empower and expose, girls ages 7-19, will have a meeting on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Williston Town Park. All girls ages 7 -19, are invited to attend and participate in C.U.P. This event is free and refreshments will be served.
For more information, contact Ferlecia Cuthbertson, president, at or (803) 671-2249 or Jackie O'Neal, vice president, at (803) 671-5680.

Young Men of God
The Young Men of God (Y.M.O.G), a youth organization created to prepare young men ages 9-19 for their destined leadership roles by instilling lifestyles and principles of service and love that honor God as the leader of all of our endeavors, will have a meeting Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Williston Town Park basketball courts adjacent to Williston-Elko Middle School. All young men ages 9 -19 are invited to attend and participate in Y.M.O.G. This event is free and refreshments will be served.
For more information, contact Ernest Parker, president, or John Cuthbertson Jr., vice president, at

Hotdog & Talk
The Hotdog & Talk Youth Organization's next event is Saturday, April 26, at noon at the Barnwell library. The topic will be Core Values for Your Child that Lead to a Life of Success. There will be a free lunch.

Gospel Fest
The Denmark Alumni Chapter of Voorhees College and High School presents the 2nd annual Gospel Fest Saturday, April 26, at 3 p.m. at Massachusetts Hall (Voorhees College). Admission is a $5 donation.
Anyone interested in participating should contact Sis. Lassie Tobin at (803) 284-2890, Sis. Wanda Johnson Jones at (803) 240-3095, or Sis. Eartha Hammond at (803) 259-6859.

Author's Day
The Barnwell County Museum is having Author's Day! Sunday, April 27, at 3 p.m.
Local artists interested in participating should contact the museum at (803) 259-1916.

‘Annie' Play
Circle Theatre's production of Annie will be May 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. with matinees May 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 3 p.m. The play is sponsored by USC Salkehatchie.
Before the May 3 performance, The Animal Advocates are sponsoring a dinner fundraiser in the Barnwell Presbyterian Church fellowship hall from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Pick of the Litter, Barnwell Veterinary Clinic, and Evelyn's Jewelry & Gifts.
Make reservations by calling the theatre at (803) 259-7046 and leaving a message or going to Evelyn's in downtown Barnwell.

Walterboro Rodeo
The Walterboro Pro Rodeo 25th anniversary spectacular will be held May 2 and 3 at the Double D Arena in Walterboro.
Gates open at 6 p.m. with the rodeo starting at 8. With every adults paid admission, they may bring two children under the age of 10 free of charge.
Admission is $18 in advance and $20 at the gate.
This is a non-alcoholic family friendly event so bring the kids for a clean, fun filled night.
For more information, contact Tommie Derry at (843) 893-2001, (843) 909-4849 or Visit their website at

City Clean-up
The city of Barnwell's annual Pick up with Pride clean-up event will be Saturday, May 3, from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Groups of all sizes as well as individuals are encouraged to participate. Those with trucks to haul bags are needed.
Supplies will be provided. Meet on the Circle in Barnwell. T-shirts available to those participating on first come, first served basis.

Vendor Fair/Yard Sale
Sell or search for treasures at the Barnwell County MOPS vendor fair and multi-family yard sale on Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gail Reyes Senior Center in Barnwell. Food and family activities will be available.
Reserve a vendor spot for only $25 by April 19. It goes up to $40 after that. Yard sale spots are $10.
To request a vendor form, call MOPS coordinator Amie Sanders at (803) 259-1167.

Book Signing
The Allendale County Democratic Party will host a Book Signing and Reception in honor of U.S. Congressman James "Jim" Clyburn on Thursday, May 15, at the Allendale County Library (297 North Main Street, Allendale) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Clyburn's book "Blessed Experiences" is a compelling memoir of a civil rights leader's journey from the Jim Crow Era South to the Washington, D.C. Beltway.
For more information, contact Willa Marian Jennings, ACDP Chairperson, at (803) 584-2998, (803) 686-0042 or

Blackville Music/Art Festival
The Blackville Music & Art Festival Committee presents its 3rd Annual Music & Art Festival on May 16-17 starting at 4 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday. They hope to make the event bigger and better and invite vendors, performers and others to take part.
For information on how to be a vendor, performer, display your art, car and bike show, parade, barbeque cook-off, donations, and to be a sponsor email us at or visit our webpage

Family Fishing Clinic
The Department of Natural Resources will hold a Family Fishing Clinic Saturday, May 17, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The clinic is designed to introduce families to the basics of fishing. Come learn how to tie fishing knots, rig rods, cast fish and more. Pre-registration is required and the class is limited to 25 participants ages 4 and up.
Call (803) 737-8483. Email or visit to register. The clinic is free. All equipment is provided.


Plant Sale
The FFA Plant Sale at Barnwell County Career Center is underway. 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.

Hotdog Plates
UniHealth Post Acute Care of Barnwell (formerly Barnwell Nursing Home) will sell hotdog plates April 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to benefit Camp Cocoon, a grief camp for children who have lost a loved one. They are located at 31 Wren Street in Barnwell.
Tickets are $5 and include two hotdogs, baked beans, chips and a drink.
Call (803) 259-5547 to reserve tickets or stop by the day of the event to purchase to go plates.

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. Join the Chamber for a day of fun and networking.
Please call Sweetwater Country Club at (803) 259-5004 or the Chamber of Commerce office at (803) 259-7446 to register or for more information.

Relay for Life
Cancer survivors are invited to Relay for Life of Barnwell County as honorary guests on April 25 for opening ceremonies at 7 p.m. (registration begins at 6 p.m) at Barnwell Veterans Park.
When the sun goes down, hundreds of luminaria light the way under the stars to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember our loved ones who have lost the battle, and honor those who have fought back against the disease and won. This ceremony of light starts at 10 p.m. and symbolizes the hope and perseverance with which we all continue to fight. Buy luminaries at
For more information, contact Marnie Wall at

Cooter-Fest Fish Fry
The Allendale County Democratic Party will sponsor a Cooter-Fest Kick-off Fish Fry on Thursday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Allendale Community Center (downtown Flat Street, Allendale, across from SRP Federal Credit Union).
Meals are $8 and include golden fried fish, Carolina baked beans, cole slaw, slice of homemade cake, drink and bread. Dine in or take-out (Tickets must be purchased in advance for all dinners.)
For more information, contact ACDP Chairperson Willa M. Jennings at (803) 584-2998 or (803) 686-0042.

Chicken Dinner
Boy Scout Troop 392's High Adventure Crew will hold a chicken dinner fundraiser Sunday, May 4, from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Barnwell United Methodist Church fellowship hall. You can eat in or take out for $6/plate. Dinners include chicken leg quarter, baked beans, slaw, roll and tea, though desserts will be available for donation.
This fundraiser will assist the youth crew members on a Boy Scout High Adventure hiking trip to Philmont this summer in New Mexico.
For tickets, contact scout members or call (803) 300-2083.

The Barnwell County Career Center FFA Pro-Rodeo will be May 9-10 at 8 p.m. at (703 Red Oak Road, approximately two miles from Walmart. It includes bull riding, barrel racing, and team roping events, plus a mechanical bull to try your hand at.
Adult admission is $12, $10 for students, and kids 6 and under are free. Proceeds to benefit agricultural leadership opportunities for Barnwell County's youth!

Watermelon Festival Pageant
The 72nd Hampton County "Natural" Watermelon Festival Pageant will be held on May 17 at the Varnville Recreation Center (361 Pine Street, Varnville). Deadline is May 10.
For more information, contact Melissa Bonnette at (803) 259-1317 or Jeanette Knight at (803) 671-3570. Email:


­­Barnwell Library
Mental Health Awareness: An informative display will be set up all during May to promote National Mental Health Awareness Month.
Summer reading: Registration for the summer reading program begins May 22
Preschool to 2nd Grade Storytime: Thursdays at 11 a.m.
Come for stories, songs and more.
Friday Family Movie: Fridays at 3:30 p.m.
April 25 - "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2"
May 9 - "Epic"
LEGO club: Third Wednesday each month (May 21)
Call (803) 259-3612 for more information.


Hiers Family
The annual Hiers Family Reunion will be held April 27 at Mt. Pleasant Lutheran Church (Mt. Pleasant Road, off Hwy. 64 west of Ehrhardt) at 1 p.m. Bring a picnic lunch and drink. Paper goods and ice will be provided.
For more information, call (803) 960-3666.

Deer Family
The S.C. Deer Family Reunion will be held on Sunday, April 27, at Great Salkehatchie Baptist Church in Ulmer, beginning at 12:30 p.m. All descendants of Henry, Duffie, John, and Thomas Deer and Elizabeth Deer Ulmer are invited and encouraged to attend. 
Ice, utensils, paper products, and old time barrel lemonade will be provided. Please bring covered dish/picnic basket dinner. 
For more information, call (803) 632-3108.

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.