Community Calendar - January 9, 2013

Relay for Life
Kick-off for the 2013 Relay For Life will be Thursday, Jan. 10 at the SouthernCarolina Alliance Business Center's Edisto 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.

AARP Driver Class
An AARP driver safety class will be held Friday, Jan. 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Generations Unlimited in Barnwell.
The cost is $14 for non-members and $12 for AARP members. Lunch is provided.
For more information or reservations, call (803) 259-4599.

Band Camp Scholarship
The Southwestern District of the South Carolina Federation of Music Clubs (SCFMC) will hold auditions for summer scholarships will be held Saturday, Jan. 19 in the Trinity United Methodist Church fellowship hall in Bamberg at 10 a.m.
Scholarships to Furman University, University of South Carolina or Bob Jones University are for students in grades 8-12, while those for Brevard Music Center are for ages 14-18. Any student living in the Southwestern District is eligible, which includes Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Hampton and Orangeburg counties.
Applications and a $5 registration fee are due Jan. 12 to the scholarship chairman, Claudia Sandifer (P.O. Box 31, Bamberg, S.C. 29003).
To receive an application or for more information, call (803) 245-2354.

Unity March
In observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday holiday, the African American Culture Center will sponsor the second annual Dr. MLK Unity March on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. in front of Simpson United Methodist Church. The walk will proceed up Memorial Avenue to the grounds of the Allendale County Courthouse where a brief program will be held.
For more information, contact Wilda J. Robinson, president of the Culture Center Board, at (803) 584-3289 or (803) 646-2177.

M.L. King Jr. Celebration
The Barnwell-Blackville Branch of the NAACP will host a Martin Luther King Jr. program Sunday, Jan. 20, at 3 p.m. at Tabernacle Baptist Church (3076 Dexter St., Blackville). The speaker will be Dr. Herman L. Wallace.

MLK Walk
Williston Community Service Club will host their annual Martin Luther King Jr. walk in downtown Williston on Jan. 21. The walk will start at 10 a.m. in front of the Williston District 29 district office and go to the Clubhouse for a program. Transportation will be provided for those who are unable to walk.
Questions and comments can be directed to Kenneth Bryant at (803) 645-2580, Judd Bing at (803) 530-4684, or Ronald J. Brown at (803) 541-2799.

Early Childhood Conference
Barnwell County First Steps and Aiken Barnwell Head Start will host the "Bridging, Understanding and Learning Conference 2013" on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Barnwell Primary School. The free conference is for parents, early care and education professionals, local partnering agencies and the broader community to overcome educational barriers and strengthen Barnwell County's system for quality early childhood development.
To register and for more information, call (803) 284-3160.

Unity Breakfast
The Allendale County Democratic Party will host the second annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Allendale-Fairfax High School (Hwy. 278 E., Allendale).
This year's special focus is the recognition and celebration of Allendale County African-American elected officials past and present. The guest speaker is Sen. Clementa Pinckney representing S.C. Senate District 45.
The cost is a donation of $15 per person or $100 for a table of eight.
For more information, contact Allendale County Democratic Party Chairperson Willa Jennings at (803) 584-2998, (803) 686-0042 or

Kidney Class
A Kidney Smart education class will be held Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. at Davita Dialysis Center in Aiken (775 Medical Park Dr.).
The free class encourages participants to take control of their kidney disease, make a plan and stay the course.
To sign up, visit or call (803) 641-4222.

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.


Raffle Fundraiser
A raffle fundraiser to benefit Philip Fail is going on through Saturday, Feb. 23. The prize is a 12'x8' utility barn with siding and shingles made by Don's Utility Barns.
Ticket locations include: Fairfax Pharmacy (c/o Carol Beth Davis), Gordon's Barber Shop in Barnwell (c/o William DeFreest), and Country Cutters in Hampton (c/o Lindsay Jones).
For more information, contact Jo or Larry Fail at (803) 300-2158 or (803) 266-7568.

Arts Council Membership Drive
The Marvelous Wonderettes will perform during the Feb. 5 membership drive fundraiser for the Barnwell County Arts Council starting at 7 p.m. in the Barnwell Primary School auditorium.
Tickets are on sale for $10 at Evelyn's Jewelry in Barnwell, Willie's Hardware in Blackville, Rivers Pharmacy in Williston, Brooker's Hardware in Denmark and the Salkehatchie Arts Council in Allendale. They will also be available at the door.
There are a variety of levels residents can become members - from $10 to $3,000.
For more information, visit or email


Montessori Meetings
Barnwell Primary School will hold meetings Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m. for parents of children (ages 3 years old by Sept. 1, 2013) interested in their child being in the Montessori program for the 2013-14 school year. The meeting will be held in the school's auditorium.
The meetings will share the purpose of a Montessori education and the application process
All applications including child's certified birth certificate, SC shot record, social security card and two current dated proofs of your residence must be turned in to Phyllis Martin in building #1 registration office by March 15, 2013 to be eligible for the lottery drawing.

BPS Registration
Registration for 4-year-old Pre-K and 5K at Barnwell Primary School will be held the following dates from 8 to 11 a.m. in building 1: Jan. 15-18 for 4 Pre-K; Feb. 12-15 for 4 Pre-K; Feb. 20-22 for 4 Pre-K & 5 K; March 26-29 for 4 Pre-K & 5 K; and April 24-26 for 4 Pre-K & 5K. Children must be four or five years old on or before Sept. 1, 2013.
The following records are required for registration: S.C. Shot Record (long white form from your doctor or the health dept.); Certified Birth Certificate; Child's Social Security Card; two current dated proofs of residence in parent's name and address; and a $15 material fee due at registration (5K only)
For registration questions, call (803) 541-1322.


Barnwell Library
Friday Flicks: Fridays at 3:30 p.m.
Family friendly movies with free popcorn and a drink!
Reading to Rover: Tuesdays 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. (resumes 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.
For more information, contact Generations Unlimited at 541-3688.  
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
There will be a meet and greet with the December Artists of the Month, sisters Sandra Wizorek and Christina Wizorek Bailey, from 3-5 p.m. Jan. 20.
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.
The hours of operation are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3-5:30 p.m.
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.


Youth Council
The Lower Savannah Workforce Development Board's (LSWDB) YOUTH COUNCIL will meet Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Allendale-Fairfax High School (3581 Allendale-Fairfax Hwy. (#278), Fairfax) at 10 a.m. The Council will discuss and make plans for the Youth Forum in March 2013.
If you have any questions pertaining to this meeting, please contact Benella Floyd, Assistant WD Administrator, at (803) 649-7981, or e-mail her at

Denmark Alumnae
The Denmark Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will meet on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 10 a.m. at Voorhees College, Denmark.

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.

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.


Class Instructors
Do you have something to teach? Can you share your specialty with the community? If so, please contact the city of Barnwell today! 
They are currently looking forward to adding great classes like the ones below. We need top notch instructors to teach: Junior Golf, Chair Exercise, Music Specialties, Oil Painting, Mommy and Me programs, Watercolor Painting, and Children Art Classes.
If you are interested in joining our class instruction team and have qualifying experience teaching formalize or leisure classes, please complete our instructor application and submit it to the Recreation Department (130 Main St., Barnwell).

Meal Deliverers
Generations Unlimited desperately 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.