Community Calendar - April 30, 2014

‘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.

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 $40. Yard sale spots are $10.
To request a vendor form, call MOPS coordinator Amie Sanders at (803) 259-1167.

Confederate Memorial Day
The S.C. 17th Regiment of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp 2069, will sponsor a Confederate Memorial Day celebration Saturday, May 10, at 5 p.m. at the Confederate Memorial at Calhoun Park (in front of Courthouse) in Barnwell. There will be speakers, singing, bell ringing for Confederate ancestors, re-enactors and musket salutes.

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.
The clinic is free. All equipment is provided.
Call (803) 737-8483. Email or visit to register.

Elko Farmers Market
The Elko Farmers' Market is seeking vendors for its 2014 season, including farmers and gardeners with cool weather crops, early spring produce like salad greens, broccoli, cabbage, beets, garden peas, spinach and other greens. Berries and bedding plants are also good sellers in the spring and early summer. Crafters and bakers are also welcome.
Opening day is Saturday, May 17, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and every Saturday until mid-fall, at the corner of Hwy. 78 in Elko. WIC vouchers and senior checks are also accepted.
For more information call (803) 266-2463 or (803) 300-1251.

Character Camp
The Barnwell County Sheriff's Office will host a character camp this summer for rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders. "BE SMART" is a week long camp from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. that will be held in Barnwell, Blackville and Williston.
During the camp, students will learn from agencies such as SRS Ecology Lab, DNR, Barnwell Fire Dept., SCHP, Axis 1 and many more. "BE SMART" camp will educate students on safety and character. The camp is free.
Registration forms are available from the schools or sheriff's office.


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.

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.)
Tickets are available from any member of the Allendale County Democratic Party.
For more information, contact ACDP Chairperson Willa M. Jennings at (803) 584-2998 or (803) 686-0042.

Chicken Dinner
A chicken dinner fundraiser will be held May 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Williston Fire Department to raise money for Kaylee, a three-year-old who was paralyzed from the chest down after a car accident in January. All proceeds benefit her medical supplies.
Dinners are $6 and include a leg quarter, baked beans, cole slaw and a roll.
Tickets are available at Enterprise Bank in Williston, Miller's Bread Basket in Blackville and Mary Country Kitchen.

Dinner Before Theatre
The Animal Advocates presents Dinner before the Theatre on Saturday, May 3, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Barnwell Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. It is in conjunction with Circle Theatre's production of "Annie" which begins at 7 p.m.
The dinner tables will be decorated by various individuals and local businesses that evening. 
Tickets are $10 per person. Coffee and desserts will be available for an additional donation. They are available at Barnwell Vet Clinic, Evelyn's Jewelry & Gifts, and Pick of the Litter.

Scout 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!

Team Zeta Golf Tournament
The 5th Annual Team Zeta Golf Tournament will be Saturday, May 17, at Sweetwater Country Club in Barnwell to honor the life of Zeta Brabham and continue to mission of helping other special needs families. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.
The cost is $300 per team, though registration is limited to 25 teams. Hole ($50) and event ($250) sponsorships are also available.
For more information, contact Jennifer Henzler at (803) 606-5398 or or Matthew Connelly at (803) 300-0984 or

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:

Wine Tasting/Auction
The Rotary Club of Barnwell County's 4th annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction will be Thursday, May 22, at the El BAB Shrine Club in Barnwell. Social time will be from 6:30 to 7 p.m. with wine tasting at 7 p.m.
This fundraiser supports the club's community service projects.
Tickets available from any Rotary member or by calling Lynn Cox at (803) 300-2083.


D45 Title 1 Meeting
Barnwell District 45's Title I planning meeting for Barnwell Elementary will be held at the school's media center on Tuesday, May 13 at 6 p.m. The purpose of a Title I school-wide program is to upgrade the entire educational program in school in order to improve academic achievement so that all students, particularly the lowest-achieving students, demonstrate proficiency of the state's academic standards. Public input is encouraged and residents are invited to serve on the planning team.

Barnwell Primary Registration
Four and five-year-old registration for the 2014-15 school year at Barnwell Primary School will be held every Wednesday and Thursday through May 1 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Students must be 4 or 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2014 to enter school in August 2014.
Parents should bring the following to register their children: SC Shot Record, Certified Birth Certificate, Child's Social Security Card, Two Current Dated Proofs (must provide current dated power bill at time of registration and one other proof of residence in parent's name & address). There is a $15 material fee due at registration.
For questions, call the school at (803) 541-1322.

KEES Registration
Registration for 5-year-old Kindergarten at Kelly Edwards Elementary School will be held the following dates: Monday, May 5 to Monday, May 19 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Children must be five years old on or before Sept. 1, 2014.  
The following items are required for registration: South Carolina Immunization Records, Official Birth Certificate, 2 Required Proof of Residency: 1 must be a Current Tax Notice or Lease/Mortgage Agreement and the other can be any proof that shows a physical address such as but not limited to the following: Current electric bill, water bill, satellite/cable bill, automobile tax, automobile registration card.  
For registration questions, call (803) 266-3737.

Barnwell Academy Registration
Barnwell Academy is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year for Preschool-6th grade.  Application fees will be waived for all those who apply before May 1. Barnwell Academy is a faith-based, SCISA accredited Christian school now located on Ellenton Street. 
Please call (803) 259-4465 or visit for more information or to get an application.

Jefferson Davis Academy
Jefferson Davis Academy is now accepting applications for 2014-145 school year. Grade levels for enrollment are 3K - 12th grades. They also offer an afterschool care program from 2 to 6 p.m. for a nominal fee.
For more information, contact the Heads of School at (803) 284-2476.

Winfield Heights Kindergarten
Winfield Heights Christian Kindergarten is enrolling for the 2014-15 school year for grades K3, K4 and K5.
Call the office at (803) 266-3832 between 8 a.m. and noon Monday thru Thursday. Summer hours are: Tuesday thru Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Barnwell Library
National Mental Health Month: 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.
May 9 - "Epic"
LEGO club: Third Wednesday each month (May 21 from 4-5 p.m.)
Call (803) 259-3612 for more information.

Blackville Library
Preschool Storytime: Second and fourth Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
Call Ruthie Hewitt at (803) 284-2295 for more information.

Williston Library
Preschool Storytime: Second and fourth Thursdays at 11:30 a.m.
Call Jo Crider at (803) 266-3027 for more information.


Baseball Competition
Pitch, Hit & Run, the official skills competition of Major League Baseball, is coming to Lemon Park Saturday, May 3 at 10 a.m. This free program for children ages 7-14 provides youngsters an opportunity to compete in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball/softball skills. Register by May 1 at City Hall (Birth certificate is required).
Boys and girls are divided into four age divisions and have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championships at Major League ballparks and the National Finals at the 2014 MLBTM All-Star Game®.
For more information, contact the City of Barnwell Parks and Recreation Department at (803) 259-3317.

Softball Tournament
Blackville First Baptist Church will host a co-ed softball tournament on Saturday, May 17, at Maloney Field in Blackville starting at 8:30.
The cost is $200 per team and the team should consist of seven men and three ladies. There will also be a homerun derby. The cost of entering the derby is $10 per participant. All proceeds will be used toward a mission trip to Brazil this July.
If interested in participating, contact Matt Lightsey at (803) 300-9755 or the church office at (803) 284-2461.


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.
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.