Voter ID Workshop
The Barnwell County Voter Registration & Elections office will conduct an educational workshop for the public on Photo ID on Wednesday, Feb. 20. The presentation begins at 6 p.m. in County Council Chambers (34 Pechman St., Barnwell).
They will explain new types of identification required to vote at the polls. Information will include: five ID's allowed for voting, how to obtain a Voter Registration Card with a photo, and provisional voting without a photo ID.
For additional information, call 803-541-1060.
Circle Theatre Play
Don't Cry for Me Margaret Mitchell will make its Lowcountry debut at Circle Theatre Feb. 22, 23, 28, March 1 and 2 at 8 p.m. as well as Feb. 24 at 3 p.m.
This mostly true story follows the hysterical drama of "Gone With the Wind's" journey from novel to major motion picture in 1939. Tomorrow may be another day, but you won't have another opportunity to experience this entertaining performance of sleep deprived men stuck in an office for seven days surviving only on bananas and peanuts! Don't Cry for Me Margaret Mitchell contains some politically incorrect themes and content and mild adult language.
Make reservations by calling (803) 259-7046 or picking up tickets from Evelyn's Jewelry & Gift Shop.
Big 7 Banquet
The Big 7 Association will hold their 19th Annual Scholarship Banquet on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Barnwell Elementary School cafeteria. Tickets are $15, which will assist some seniors in each of the school districts with scholarships.
For more information, contact James Wallace at (803) 259-0630 or David Kenner at (803) 284-4621. Also visit www.big7association.org.
Angel Wings Food Bank will have a food giveaway on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to noon for anyone in the community in need of food.
Kidney Smart Class
Kidney Smart class will be held Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. at 775 Medical Park Dr., Aiken.
Classes will teach how kidneys function, causes of chronic kidney disease, how medications, diet and nutrition work together, and how to continue educating yourself and what treatment choices are available.
Sign up at KidneySmart.org/Class or by calling (803) 641-4222.
Youth Black History Program
Destiny Leaders, Inc. will have a Black History program on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for youth ages 11-18 in the North Augusta Garden Apartment Community Center (310 West Hugh St., unit 1801, North Augusta). Light refreshments will be served.
As seats are limited, please RSVP by calling 1-888-444-5772 or emailing email@example.com.
Organic Growing Conference
The State Organic Growing Conference will be held Saturday, March 2, at the Longleaf Middle School near Columbia. It's sponsored by the SC Organization for Organic Living.
The agricultural education event will feature premier organic growers from South Carolina who will discuss a variety of timely subjects including Growing Organic Fruit and Vegetables; Grass Fed Beef Production and Marketing; Organic Dry Farming; Mushroom Production; Plant Propagation for Fun and Profit; Agri-Tourism, and Marketing and Branding.
For more information, visit www.scorganicliving.com or contact Rebecca McKinney at Rebecca@scorganicliving.com or (864) 414-5337.
The Knights of Columbus Council 9161 will hold their annual fish fry fundraiser Friday, Feb. 22 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at St. Andrew Church Hall. Plates are $7 for adults and $4 for children and include fish, cole slaw, fries and hush puppies.
For more information, contact John Zawacki at (803) 259-0587 or Gary Willis at (803) 259-1639.
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.
Julius Daniels Blues Festival
The Julius Daniels Memorial Blues Festival will be back at The Dane Theater Saturday, Feb. 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. with Jeff Liberty as the opening act. Funds raised will help establish a Bamberg County Museum.
Tickets for the festival start at $10 for a seat in the balcony and $15 for a first floor seat (excluding the rows 1-4). Gold Sponsors are $50 per seat in the front four rows and Platinum Sponsors ($500) get a table for eight.
To be a sponsor or for group rates (10 or more), contact Nancy Foster at (803) 245-1000. Tickets can be reserved by phone at (803) 245-4427 or online at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sandlapper League's annual SPUDS luncheon will be Friday, March 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (eat in or take out). Funds raised will benefit the Barnwell County Library. Tickets are $7.
Contact a league member for tickets.
Taste of the Seasons
The Barnwell County Detention Center is sponsoring a "Taste of the Seasons" fundraiser for the Relay for Life on March 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gale Reyes Senior Center in Barnwell. It will include featured foods from Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter cooked and donated by county employees as well as local restaurants like Country Cupboard.
Tickets are a $6 donation and are available in advance from the Barnwell County Detention Center.
Night of the Unleashed
The Animal Advocates will host the second annual Night of the Unleashed fundraiser, an evening of "cat"tails, hors d'oeuvres, auction, raffles and dancing, on Saturday, March 2 from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Sweetwater Country Club.
Tickets are $25 per person with all proceeds benefiting the Friends for Life Foster Center. There will also be a cash bar. The attire is dressy casual.
Sponsorship opportunities (which can be anonymous) are available from $100 and up. They include tickets to the event and recognition at the event. All other amounts will be considered donations. All sponsor and donation amounts are tax deductable.
Tickets are available at Evelyn's Jewelry in Barnwell, Williston Charm in Williston, or from any board member.
The Ronny Bruner golf fundraiser will be held March 22 at the Sweetwater Country Club. The shotgun start will be at 9 a.m. The style will be four man captain's choice and costs $200 per team.
There are several score enhancers: ladies tee option ($5 per man per hole), mulligans ($5 per man per hole), blind tee off ($5 per man per hole), and ball adjustment rope ($5 per man one hole).
All proceeds go to Quentin and Ronny Bruner and their family to help offset the cost of a brain aneurism. Donations are also welcome.
For more information, contact Gibby or Annie Sanders at (803) 259-1167 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. or the Sweetwater Country Club.
FFA Rodeo Pageant
The Barnwell County Career Center FFA Rodeo Pageant will be held Thursday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Barnwell Primary School. Applications must be received by March 22.
Pageant participants will collect donations for Autism Awareness. There will be three age divisions broken down similar to the riders who will ride in the upcoming S.C. High School Rodeo Association event April 26-27 hosted by BCCC FFA and Edisto High School FFA chapters.
Applications can be picked up at the BCCC, from an FFA member, or by emailing email@example.com to request an application.
Rosier 5K Race
The 7th Annual Susie Rosier Character of Fitness 5K Run/Walk, benefiting the Barnwell County Animal Shelter Foundation, will be April 13. The race starts at 8 a.m. at Barnwell Veteran's Park on Hwy. 278 near the airport.
Pre-registration is $20 until April 1, which includes an event T-shirt. The late fee is $25 and can be done until 7:30 a.m. the morning of the race. Children under 6 are free; however a T-shirt is $10.
The money raised goes to provide spay or neuter for low-income Barnwell resident's pets at no cost or low cost. In 2012, the money raised provided over 250 spays and neuters.
Print a registration form from www.dogwoodanimal.net or pick one up at The Property Shoppe or Dogwood Animal Hospital.
For more information, call (803) 259-5606.
Financial Aid Workshop
The Denmark Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., in cooperation with Allendale-Fairfax High School will offer a free financial aid workshop Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. at AFHS. It is open to Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, and Hampton county high school students.
The workshop will assist parents and students who are seniors in preparing their FAFSA forms online and will also provide all students with a comprehensive overview of the financial aid process, different types of aid, etc. Questions will also be answered regarding paying for college.
All senior attendees need to bring a copy of their parent's 2012 federal tax return, your social security number, and information regarding your family's untaxed income such as public aid, social security, child support, etc.
The Kelly Edwards Elementary School's School Improvement Council will sponsor the 1st African-American Heritage parade Sunday, Feb. 24, beginning at 4 p.m. in Williston.
For additional information and registration forms, contact Ferlecia Cuthbertson, KEES SIC chairperson, at (803) 266-3737.
KEES Black History Program
Kelly Edwards Elementary School will have their African-American Heritage Celebration on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 1:15 p.m. The community is invited to attend this event.
AFHS Black History Program
Allendale-Fairfax High School will host a Black History Program on Feb. 28 in the gymnasium at 1:30 p.m. The guest speaker is Senior Pastor Daniel R.P. Greene of Greater Glory Jubilee Deliverance Tabernacle in Williston.
Kelly Edwards Elementary School will host a community drive for books to be distributed to families who are in need of books to read in their homes. The books will be distributed on March 1 in conjunction with the school's Dr. Seuss Read Across America Carnival.
All donations of used and unused books are welcomed and greatly appreciated. The books or contributions are requested to be received prior to Thursday, Feb. 28 and may be dropped off at the KEES front office.
D-45 Title 1 Meeting
Barnwell District 45's Title I planning meeting will be held at the Barnwell Primary School Library on Tuesday, March 12 at 5:30 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.
Friday Flicks: Fridays at 3:45 p.m.
Family-friendly movies with free popcorn and a drink!
Feb. 22 - Won't Back Down (PG)
Two determined mothers, one a teacher, look to transform their children's failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children. (IMDB.com)
Reading to Rover: Tuesdays in February from 3:40-5 p.m.
Students who love to read 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. (Through Feb. 28, then resumes April 11-May 23)
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!
Call Kindra at 259-3612.
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.
Preschool Storytime: Every other Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
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.
Preschool Storytime: 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 11:30 a.m.
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.
With baseball season almost here, the Barnwell Baseball Association is hosting signups Thursday, Feb. 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Barnwell County Library.
The cost is as follows: $45 (5-6) T-Ball, $55 (7-8) Machine Pitch/Darlings, $55 (9-10) Minors/Angels, $55 (11-12) Majors/Ponytails, and $75 (13-15) Dixie Boys/Dixie Belles.
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