Community Calendar - December 5, 2012

‘A Christmas Story' at Circle
Circle Theatre's production of Jean Shepherd's A Christmas Story, brought to you by USC Salkehatchie, and directed by Ric Douglas, is Dec. 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 3 p.m.
This classic American Christmas tale is a hilarious account of Ralphie's quest to get the perfect Christmas gift, and Barnwell County audiences don't want to miss the chance to see it performed locally.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students. Season ticket holders are also encouraged to make advance reservations.
Tickets are available at Evelyn's on the Circle in Barnwell, or by calling 259-7046 and making advance reservations.

Democratic Breakfast
The Allendale County Democratic Party will host ‘A Holiday Breakfast' Saturday, Dec. 8 at 9 a.m. in the Brandt Building conference room (Hwy. 278 next to Allendale County Courthouse). The breakfast is $7.
The guest speakers include: S.C. Sen. Brad Hutto (District 40), S.C. Sen. Clementa Pinckney (District 45) and S.C. Rep. Lonnie Hosey (District 91).

Signal Corps Band concert
A free community Christmas concert featuring the Fort Gordon Signal Corps Band will be held Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at Barnwell First Baptist Church's Merge Student Center. It is sponsored by the Barnwell FBC, Barnwell County Arts Council and City of Barnwell.
Seating is limited, so those with tickets will be seated first. Free tickets are available at the church, Barnwell City Hall, Evelyn's Jewelry, Willie's Hardware in Blackville and Rivers Pharmacy in Williston.

Blackville Christmas Parade
The town of Blackville's annual Christmas parade along Solomon Blatt Avenue will be Dec. 8 at 11 a.m.
Those wishing to enter should pick up an application at town hall.
For more information, call Ann Pernell at (803) 383-5155 or (803) 284-0102 or Vivian Alston at (803) 383-1368.

Pictures with Santa Claus
Pictures with Santa will be held at Edwards Heating and Cooling (19385 Solomon Blatt Ave., Blackville) Dec. 8 from noon to 4 p.m.

Nativity Festival
Williston United Methodist Church (6030 Springfield Rd., Williston) will host their annual Nativity Festival Dec. 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. and Dec. 9 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Stroll through displays of unique nativity scenes. There will also be Christmas crafts and baked goods for purchase. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. All proceeds benefit the church's Women Mission projects.

Blackville Tree Lighting
The town of Blackville's annual Christmas tree lighting will be held Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. on Main Street.

Holiday Market
Barnwell High School's School Improvement Council will host The Holiday Market in their gym on Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They are currently seeking vendors.
Space is limited for vendors. Registration is $35 and should be made payable to the Barnwell High School SIC. It includes individual space, an 8-foot table and access to an electrical outlet.
For more information, contact the school at (803) 541-1390 or stop by their office.

Candy Cane Hunt
The city of Barnwell's Candy Cane Hunt will be held Saturday, Dec. 15 at 10:30 a.m. at Lemon Park. It is free for children ages walking to 12.

Theatre Auditions
Auditions for Circle Theatre's production of Don't Cry for Me Margaret Mitchell will be held Monday, Dec. 17 and Tuesday, Dec. 18 beginning at 7 p.m. at Circle Theatre. This play will come to the Barnwell stage in February.
Three men and one woman are needed for this entertaining comedy, which is based upon actual events of Gone With the Wind's journey from novel to major motion picture. Backstage crew members are also needed.
For more information, call director Chrissy Holliday at 300-7501.

Christmas Decorating Contest
The Ivy Garden Club of Williston is sponsoring their annual Christmas Decorating Contest on Dec. 17. The judging will start at 6 p.m. Please have your lights on as the evening darkens and remember the judging will be done from the street.
The following categories will be judged with first, second and third places being awarded.
1. DOORWAY - Light only the doorway entrance for judging. If spotlights are used do not place them in the middle of the lawn. They should be hidden from view behind shrubbery or a camouflaged cover.
2. OVERALL - The exterior of the house and yard will be judged.
3. FANTASY OF LIGHTS - This will be judged on creativity and use of lights.
A theme should be chosen as you decorate. During the time of judging inside lights in the front of your home should be off and no one should be in the yard at the time of the judging

Blood Drive
A community blood drive will be held Dec. 28 from 1 to 6 p.m. in the Shepeard Community bloodmobile in the parking lot of The People-Sentinel (9988 Dunbarton Blvd., Barnwell).

Relay Kick-off
Kick-off for the 2013 Relay For Life will be Thursday, Jan. 10 at the SouthernCarolina Alliance Business Meeting Room at 6:30 p.m. All interested in having a team or would like more information are welcome to come. Relay will be held April 26, 2013 at Veterans Park.

Free Art Club
Jade Bolin and the Art in My Heart Club (children ages 10-18) meet at the Barnwell County Museum every Wednesday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. It is free to the public; just bring your own supplies.
For more information, call (803) 259-1916.

Monthly Bingo
UniHealth Post Acute Care of Barnwell (31 Wren St.) hosts a monthly community Bingo game the fourth Wednesday of every month at 2 p.m.
There will be lots of prizes and light refreshments.
For more information, call Shannon Miller at (803) 300-1045.

Rivers Bridge Tour
The Rivers Bridge State Historic Site (near Ehrhardt) offers guided tours of the battlefield the first Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. Visitors are to meet at the park community building for demonstrations of Civil War equipment and stories.
Park admission is free, but the tour costs $5 for adults and $3 for students (ages 6-16).
For more information, visit or call (803) 267-3675.

Pick of the Litter
Pick of the Litter Hours:
The store is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Donation Hours:
Merchandise donations are accepted from the public on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Scholarship Gala
The Denmark Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. cordially invites you to their Annual Scholarship Gala on Friday, Dec. 14 at 9 p.m. on the campus of Voorhees College (Human Resources Center).
Please call (803) 793-5784 for further information.

Pet Santa Photos
Dr. Renee McHenry of Barnwell Vet Clinic is sponsoring the Pet Portraits with Santa fundraiser for The Animal Advocates Sunday, Dec. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Pick of the Litter Shoppe on the Circle.

Chamber Discount Card
The Barnwell County Chamber of Commerce is selling Discount Cards which includes discounts from local businesses. The cost of the card is $20 and it is valid until Sept. 30, 2013.
Request your card by calling (803) 259-7446 or by contacting any of the Chamber Board of Directors.


­­Barnwell Library
Angel Tree: Through Jan. 3 
With a $20 donation, patrons may choose a title from the Angel Tree and designate a bookplate in honor or in memory of a loved one. Choose from a variety of picture books for preschoolers, juvenile fiction and non-fiction for children of elementary age, and fiction for teens. The Angel Tree program can provide a wealth of much-needed children's materials to supplement the library's collection. Be an angel and donate a children's book this year to support your library.
The Polar Express Family Night: Dec. 20 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Bring the whole family for a reading of a classic Christmas story, The Polar Express, as well as hot chocolate and crafts!
Jobseeker class (Overcoming Barriers to Employment): Dec. 18 from 10 a.m.-1p.m.
Sign up today at the circulation desk.
Friday Flicks: Fridays at 3:30 p.m.
Family friendly movies with free popcorn and a drink!
December 7 - Arthur Christmas (PG)
On Christmas night at the North Pole, Santa's youngest son looks to use his father's high-tech operation for an urgent mission. (
December 14 - Elf (PG)
After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. (
December 21 - Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG)
Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon another adventure after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world. (
Reading to Rover: Tuesdays (Dec. 4, 11 and 18) from 3:40-5 p.m.
Struggling readers in grades K-5 can sign up for a weekly 20-minute session to read to Tess, a trained therapy dog who loves to listen to stories. To sign up, stop by the library or call 259-3612.
Preschool to 2nd Grade Storytime: Thursdays at 11 a.m. (Dec. 6 and 13;, will resume Jan. 17)
Ages 3 to 5, join us for stories, songs, special crafts, and more!
Outreach Story Time
Can't make it to our regular story time? We can bring the magic of reading to your daycare or classroom with stories, songs, puppets and more!
Contact Kindra at 259-3612 to schedule in the New Year!
Country Line Dancing: Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Come get a workout with Generations Unlimited for free and learn a new dance! Classes are held in the library community room and no special equipment or clothing is needed.
For more information, contact Generations Unlimited at 541-3688.  
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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: Every other Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
Stories, activities and snacks for ages 3-5.
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: 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 11:30 a.m.
Stories, songs, crafts and more for ages 3-5.
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.


Barnwell County Museum
December: Holiday Drop-In (to be announced)
To schedule a class for a field trip to the museum, call (803) 259-1916.
Membership: There are four membership levels: individual for $15, family for $30, friend for $50-$249, or benefactor for $250.
Checks can be made payable to P.O. Box 422, Barnwell, S.C. 29812 or given to Mary Griner, membership chairperson. Please include your name, address and phone number.
Volunteering: Volunteers are needed to help at the receptionist desk and with projects to fix up the new home at the Holman Fuller House.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Marie Peeples, the museum's manager, at (803) 259-1916 or

Williston Museum
The Williston Museum is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m. It is located at 5121 Springfield Rd., Williston.
To visit the museum at another time, schedule an event or volunteer, call Julia Ravenscroft at (803) 266-3985 or the town hall at (803) 266-7015 or Janice Wakefield at (803) 266-3475.


Barnwell Area Dulcimer Club
The Barnwell Area Dulcimer Club announces their new meeting schedule at The Little Red Barn Gallery (12080 U.S. 278, Barnwell).
The club will host beginner classes to show how to play the mountain dulcimer, jam with others, and get help restringing or tuning. On the third Saturday of every month, the club will host more advanced play and jam time with other acoustic instrument players welcomed from 1 to 2:30 p.m., covering a different musical theme each month and introducing new music.
For more information or directions, call Liz Ringus at (803) 541-7900.

Tea Party Patriots
The Barnwell County Tea Party Patriots meets the second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Gail Reyes Senior Center (Route 278, Barnwell).
Everyone interested in a limited constitutional government, fiscal responsibility and a free market is invited to attend.

Lions Club
The Barnwell Lions Club meets every second and fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Barnwell Presbyterian Church fellowship hall.
New members are welcome.

Overeaters Anonymous
Is food a problem for you? Do you eat when you're not hungry? Do you binge, purge or restrict? Is your weight affecting your lift?
Come to Overeaters Anonymous at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at First Baptist Church, 161 Allen St., Barnwell.
No dues. No fees. No weigh-ins. No diets.

Barnwell Board Gamers
The Barnwell Board Gamers will meet twice a week on Monday and Friday evenings for family game nights from 6 to 8 p.m. at Common Grounds Coffee House.
For information, call (803) 259-1488 or Barbara Wilhelm at (803) 259-1774.

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
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.

Salk Vietnam Vets
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.

Woodmen of 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


Honor Flight
Honor Flight of South Carolina is seeking applications from World War II veterans who would like to participate in a future flight.
For more information, call (803) 582-8826 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 Sheila Brooks at (803) 259-4599 and make a reservation at least one day in advance.


Meal Deliverers
Generations Unlimited needs volunteers to assist with delivering meals to home bound citizens of Barnwell County. Volunteers are needed for Williston and Barnwell routes and takes no more than one hour to complete.
To volunteer, please call Emmylou Brown, Senior Center Director, at (803) 259-4599 for more information.


AHS Class of 1977
The Aiken High School Class of 1977 will hold its 35 year reunion on Saturday, Dec. 29 from 8 p.m. to midnight at Newberry Hall (117 Newberry St. SW, Aiken).
Tickets are $35 per person in advance and $45 per person at the door.
Send your check, made payable to AHS Class of 1977 to: AHS Class of 1977 Reunion (c/o Mary Ward), 25 Clemson Dr., Aiken, S.C. 29803.
For more information, email or