Community Calendar - January 23, 2013

MLK 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). 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

Blood Drive
Shepeard Community Blood Center will host a blood drive Friday, Jan. 25, from 1 to 6 p.m. in a bloodmobile located in the parking lot of The People-Sentinel (9988 Dunbarton Blvd., Barnwell).

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.

Food Giveaway
Angel Wings Food Bank will have a food giveaway on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon for anyone in locally in need of food.

Merchant Drop-in
The Blackville Downtown Development Association invites area residents to a drop-in honoring the Blackville merchants Monday, Jan. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Blackville Community Center. Light refreshments will be served.
For questions, call the Blackville Town Hall at (803) 284-2444.

Relay Captains' Meeting
A team captains' workshop for the Relay for Life of Barnwell County will be held Monday, Jan. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Barnwell Public Library Community Room. The meeting will talk about registering and leading your team, fundraising, setting goals and tying it all back to why we are Relaying. Supper is provided, so please RSVP.
Team captains, team members and survivors are encouraged to register at
For questions, comments or concerns, contact Teresa Sanders at (803) 541-5756 or or Stephanie Reely at (877) 227-9398 option 3 or

Food Drive
UniHealth Post Acute Care of Barnwell (31 Wren St., Barnwell) will host a community food drive beginning Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. through Jan. 31 at 11:30 a.m.
Nonperishable and household items are needed and will benefit the Axis 1 Center of Barnwell. Items include: canned meats, rice, beans, boxed food, tea, drinks, toilet paper, napkins, soap and dish liquid.
For more information, contact John New at (803) 259-5547.

Free Breakfast
J's Café will serve breakfast every first Sunday in the fellowship hall at Greater Faith Ministries (179 Calhoun St., Barnwell). The next date is Feb. 3 from 8 to 9:45 a.m.

Daddy/Daughter Sweetheart Ball
The third annual Daddy/Daughter Sweetheart Ball will be Feb. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Guinyard-Butler Middle School. Activities will include a dinner buffet, dancing, a take home craft and songs.
Registration is limited and is on a first come, first serve basis at Barnwell City Hall. The cost is $20 per couple and $5 for each additional child.
For more information on this great event, call the Parks and Recreation Department at (803) 259-3317.

‘Oklahoma!' Play
The Williston-Elko High School Drama Department will present Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" Feb 8-9, in the W-E District Auditorium at 7 p.m.
OKLAHOMA! is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals ( musical is based on the play "Green Grow the Lilacs" by Lynn Riggs. The original stage production was famous for its lyrics and music written and composed by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and for its dances staged by Agnes de Mille.
Admission is $6, though children three and under are free if they sit in a parent's lap. No seat reservations will be made and patrons are encouraged to arrive early to get choice seating. The house will open at 6:15 p.m.
Tickets are on sale from cast members or by calling WEHS at (803) 266-3110.

Marriage Conference
A marriage conference, hosted by Winfield Heights Baptist Church (315 Chester St., Williston), will be held Saturday, Feb. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dr. Danny Akin will be the guest speaker.
Tickets are $30/couple in advance or $35 at the door. It includes breakfast, lunch, childcare and the conference.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call (803) 266-3832.

Hotdog & Talk
The Hotdog & Talk youth mentorship program will be Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. at the Barnwell County Public Library to discuss gun violence and how to control anger as a youth. Food will be provided.


Wonderland Circus
The Wonderland Circus is coming to Barnwell on Friday, Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Guinyard-Butler Middle School gym. It's the annual fundraiser for the Barnwell Primary School Parent Teacher Organization.
There will be a variety of acts, including trampoline, chair balancing and hand balancing, clowns, foot juggling, trapeze, illusions, poodles and music. Concessions and souvenirs will be for sale.
Advanced tickets can be purchased at the BPS office #2, and cost $3 for students and $4 for adults. Tickets at the door cost $4 for students and $5 for adults.

Valentine Gala
The Third Annual Valentine Gala benefiting the Salkehatchie Arts Center will be held Saturday, Feb. 2, from 7-11 p.m. at the USC Salkehatchie Conference Center in Allendale. There will be live and silent auctions, an open full bar, live music and dancing, and A Taste of Salkehatchie, a buffet of dishes from over 50 regional restaurants and chefs.
Tickets are $30/person or $50/couple. Tables of eight can be reserved in advance for $200. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Salkehatchie Arts Center, The Frock Shoppe, Brooker's, and Evelyn's.  
All proceeds benefit the Salkehatchie Arts Center, a non-profit retail shop featuring the works of regional artists, authors, and craftspeople.
To reserve a table or for more information, call (803) 584-6084.  

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.
For more information, visit or email


Barnwell Library
Friday Flicks: Fridays at 3:45 p.m.
Feb. 1 - Dolphin Tale (PG)
A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap. (
Reading to Rover: Tuesdays in February 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.
Preschool to 2nd Grade Storytime: Thursdays at 11 a.m. (Jan. 10-Feb. 28)
Country Line Dancing: Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Call (803) 259-3612.