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home : calender of events : area events August 27, 2015

Guided canoe trip
Environmental Discovery Center and Lynches River County Park will host guided canoe excursions on Saturday, Sept. 5, at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Enjoy a scenic five-mile guided paddle from Lynches River County Park to the boat landing at Highway 52. This excursion is free, but space is limited. 
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Bob Bennett to be in concert here
Bob Bennett, guitarist, singer, and songwriter, will be in concert in Florence on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of Saint Paul United Methodist Church, 1629 W. Palmetto Street, and again on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 4 p.m. at Highland Park United Methodist Church, 1300 Second Loop Road. The community is invited. Admission is free though donations are appreciated. Bennett will also be a part of the worship services at Highland Park at 9 and 11 a.m. on that Sunday morning.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Rising Stars

The fall session of FLT’s Rising Stars workshop begins Tuesday, Sept. 1. Classes meet weekly on Tuesdays from 5-6:30 p.m. Each session is $200. The fall session will conclude with performances of ”Crazy for You” on Dec. 18-19. The workshop is directed by Brad Sponic and underwritten by Chick-fil-A. For more information, call 662-3731.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

League of Women Voters to host program
The Florence Area League of Women Voters marks 95 years of women’s right to vote with a program on Tuesday, Aug. 25.The meeting will be held at 219 Third Loop Road. David Alford, director of the Florence County Voter Registration and Election Commission, and league members will be on hand from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. to welcome women interested in registering and voting in upcoming elections.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Florence Film Society to screen "The Stranger"
The Florence Film Society will have a screening on Sunday, Aug. 23, of “The Stranger,” a 1946 film directed by Orson Welles. The screening will take place at Lula’s Coffee Shop. Before the movie, they also will host a brief 10-minute play titled, “Flows from It” by Brooke Mogy. Doors will open at 7 p.m. The cost of admission is $2. Coffee will be available for purchase. Funds raised will go towards securing future screenings. The Florence Film Society was founded in October 2013.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Gala planned to benefit Pee Dee Speech & Hearing

Sounds of Broadway 2015 Benefit Gala will be presented by The Pee Dee Speech & Hearing Center, Thursday, Aug. 27, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Florence Little Theatre, The event will feature show tunes performed by local artists, a silent auction, wine, beer and signature cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Advance rickets are $50 and $55 at the door. For more information go to http://peedeespeechandhearing.ticketleap. comp/2015gala/ or call the Pee Dee Speech & Hearing Center at 662-7802.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Carolinas' support groups
  • Parkinson’s Support Group meets the second Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at Carolinas Rehabilitation Hospital Cafeteria, 121 East Cedar Street. 
  • Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets the third Tuesday of every month, 5:30 p.m., Carolinas Rehabilitation Hospital Community Meeting Room. 
  • Amputee Support Group meets the fourth Tuesday of every month, 5:30 p.m., Carolinas Rehabilitation Hospital Cafeteria. 
  • Stroke Support Group meets the fourth Thursday of every month, 4 p.m. Carolinas Hospital System’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, 1925 Hoffmeyer Rd. 

To register call 661-3746.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Parkinson's Support Group meets on Aug. 11

The next Parkinson’s Support Group meeting will be on Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Carolinas Hospital System. This will be a special meeting with a panel discussion featuring panelists from the following groups: Senior Issues Nutritionist Psychology Pharmacist LSVT Big and Loud Rehabilitation Legal Occupational Therapy Physical Therapy Speech Language Nursing Please have some questions available for the panelists. Email your questions to to have time for the panelists to prepare.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Time to register for school
Registration for the 2015-16 school year for students in Florence School District One will take place Aug. 3-7 for high school students and Aug. 5-6 for elementary and middle school students. Registration for elementary and middle school students will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 5, and Aug. 6. All elementary and middle schools will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. for registration. 
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Senior adult jewelry, crafts to be exhibited

The senior adult participants of the City of Florence Recreation Department will present the first Lifelong Recreation Summer Camp Jewelry and Craft Exhibition on Wednesday, July 29, from noon until 2 p.m. at Levy Park Community, 356 Jeffords St. Their handcrafted works will highlight the uniqueness, creativity and originality of the participants.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


While The Clay Pot is closed for the summer, FloWriters meetings will be held at Barnes and Noble (cafe area) at Magnolia Mall from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursdays, Aug. 13, Aug. 27, and Sept. 10. Interested writers may join the group to share samples of their work (any genre) and receive gentle critique, as well as enjoy writing onsite from prompts.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Love me, love my dog intermediate classes
Ready to continue what you and your dog have learned in basic class? The intermediate class includes games and fun exercises to strengthen stays, improve loose leash walking, increase dog’s focus on handler, greet other dogs, proof “leave it” and more. Teams will also learn about the AKC Canine Good Citizen program. Margi Baldwin Moore, APDT Professional Member #77711, is the instructor for the class in the Poynor Adult Education Gymnasium, 301 South Dargan Street. 
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Parkinson's Support Group meeting

Parkinson’s Support Group meeting will be on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015.  This will be a special meeting as we will have a panel discussion featuring panelists from the following groups: 

Senior Issues
LSVT Big and Loud
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Speech Language

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Support group for amputees

An Amputee Support Group meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Carolinas Rehabilitation Hospital, 121 East Cedar St. The next meeting will be on July 28.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Auditions begin Sunday for 'Crimes of the Heart'
The Florence Little Theatre will host auditions for “Crimes of the Heart” on Sunday, July 26, and Wednesday, July 29 at 7 p.m. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. There are roles for four females and two males, ages 17 and up. Production dates are Nov. 6-14, The play was written by Beth Henley. It will be directed by Brad Sponic. Raldex is underwriting this production. The scene is Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

'Play Me I'm Yours' reception set for Thursday

As a thank you to all who participated in making the first “Play Me I’m Yours” Street Piano Festival a huge success, a reception will be held on July 23 at Victors Bistro in the Hotel Florence, from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. Artists, pianos donors, location hosts, musicians, sponsors and all those who enjoyed playing are invited. The invitation is from the “Play Me I’m Yours” team: Reynolds Williams, Roger Malfatti, Uschi Jeffcoat and Robin Thompson. The 2015 sponsors for Play Me I’m Yours are Duke Energy, IGA, Magnolia Mall, FDTC, Willcox, Buyck and Williams and King Cadillac, Buick, GMC.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Basic dog training classes offered at Poynor Adult Ed
Love Me, Love My Dog Basic Training Classes will be held in the Poynor Adult Education Gymnasium next month. Learn positive methods to teach your dog sit, down, loose leash walking, coming when called, wait, stay, back, leave it, polite greetings and more. Instructor is Margi Baldwin Moore APDT Professional Member #77711. Orientation night (without dogs) will be held on Thursday Aug. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. 
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Darlington Recreation offering summer day trips

DARLINGTON – Mark your calendars for the following out of town trips with the Darlington Area Recreation Department. You must register for trips at least two days prior to trip dates. Lunch is on your own for all trips. For questions or to register, call Programs Director Crystal Gibson at 843-398-4030. 
July Trips 
Columbiana Mall on Friday, July 24. Depart at 9 a.m. Cost: $7. Mullins Tobacco Museum and Webster Manor on Thursday, July 30, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $7. 
August Trips
Back-to-school shopping at the Village at Sandhills on Thursday, August 13. Depart 9 a.m. Cost: $7. Hamlet, N.C., Train Museum on Thursday, Aug. 20. Depart at 10 a.m. Cost: $7. 
September Trips
Shopping at Tanger Outlet on Friday, September 11. Depart at 9 a.m. Cost: $7. Charleston, S.C., Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist on Monday, September 14. Depart at 9 a.m. Cost: $10. Lunch at IHOP and a movie on Friday, September 18. Shopping in Downtown Newberry, S.C., on Monday, September 21. Cost: $7. Tour Darlington Fire Department on Friday, September 25.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Florence YMCA offering H20 camp

Summer is the time for fun in the water. Don’t allow your kids to be bored. Enroll them in H2O Camp at the Florence Family YMCA. This water experience camp will be July 20-24. Participants, ages 8 to 15, will learn a new water sport or skill each day, such as SCUBA, and snorkeling, water polo, Jr. guarding and personal safety skills, springboard diving and kayaking and boating safety. For more information contact Cindy Averitt at 665-1234 or visit

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Come visit House of Hope Men's Facility on July 16

The House of Hope’s Men’s Facility is hosting a Drop-In and Open House on Thursday, July 16, from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. The public is invited to come tour the facility, meet with staff and board members and see how the Lord has blessed this ministry. The men’s facility is located in Effingham, 1327 Olanta Highway, behind Elim Baptist Church.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Parkinson's Support Group

The next meeting of the Parkinson’s Support Group will be on July 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Carolinas Rehabilitation Hospital, 121 East Cedar Street. The speaker will be Emily Rogers, a registered dietitian who has been practicing for approximately five years. Emily has worked as an inpatient and outpatient clinical dietitian at hospitals in Illinois, the U.S. Virgin Islands and South Carolina. She has been in Florence for 18 months, and currently specializes in nutrition support. The group meets the second Tuesday of every month.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Tennis Program
Florence Tennis Association will offer  six-week Kick Start Tennis program beginning July 27.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Parenting class to be offered in mid July

Jim Holder, MA, LPC, is offering an introductory session for a free family education class, “Parenting With Positive Intentions.” The introductory session is one hour and will be held on Tuesday, July 16, at 1 p.m. in the North Dargan Innovation Center, 150 N. Dargan St. Come and learn with other parents how to find solutions for those times when parents become frustrated, angry, guilty, hurt or discouraged. Register online at on the “appointment” tab. Registration is held to 16 participants. Holder is a licensed professional counselor and a licensed professional counselor supervisor. He is also a nationally certified Master Addiction Counselor, MAC. You may contact Holder at 843-621-0791.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Cornhole tournament slated prior to Florence After Five
Florence After Five features “The Embers” and a cornhole tournament on Friday, June 26, in downtown Florence.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Compassionate Friends will host balloon release

The Compassionate Friends of the Pee Dee area will host a “I Love You, I Miss You” balloon release on June 27 at Creek Ratz Restaurant from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. This event is sponsored by the family of James Tyner. Helium balloons containing Forget-me-not seeds will be provided. Participants may write a message to a loved one and release a balloon. There is no charge, but donations are accepted. Light refreshments will be served. Compassionate Friends of the Pee Dee Area supports family after a child dies. For more information, call 843-496-3254.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Elmcroft Summer Blast

Elmcroft Senior Living’s Summer Blast will be held on June 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3006 Hoffmeyer Road, The festival will include food and music, games for all ages and a bounce house and slide. Come and help support the Alzheimer’s Association.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Summer programs for teens
The Florence County Library announces its Spring/Summer Teen Programs. Movie Tuesdays Rising 6th through 12th graders can come on Tuesdays for showings of popular movies out on DVD that appeal to teens. Dates are: 
• June 16 (2-4) 
• June 23 (2-4) 
• June 30 (2-4) 
• July 7 (2-4) 
• July 14 (2-4)

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Line dancing classes offered

Line dancing classes are held every Monday night at Poynor Adult and Community Education Center. Advance registration not required. Sign in nightly for the classes. The fee is $5 per class. Classes are held in the gymnasium from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for beginners and 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. for advanced.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015


The East Florence Community Organization and Flotown 102.9 will host a Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 13, from noon to 8 p.m. at Levy Park. There will be a car show, bike show, vendors, games, music and give-a-ways. Special guest will be Doug Banks from the syndicated “Doug Banks Show.” To be a food or arts/ crafts vendor, non-profit vendor, please call 843-472-9420.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Lunch and Learn about knee problems

Suffering from knee pain? McLeod Health will host a Lunch and Learn on knee arthritis and knee replacement June 10 at noon at McLeod Health & Fitness Center. Dr. Pat Denton, Orthopedic Surgeon with Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates, will be the speaker. A light lunch will be provided. Please call McLeod Reservations & Scheduling at 843-777-2005 to register. Space is limited.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Darlington Rec activities
DHS Volleyball Camp will be held June 22-24. Info: 843-398-4030. First Baptist Church Basketball Camp will be held July 6-9 at the Harmon Baldwin Recreation Center, 300 Sanders St., and the First Baptist Church gym, 216 S. Main St. Info: 843-398-4030. Join the Darlington Area Recreation Department for Game Day every Tuesday in July from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Harmon Baldwin Recreation Center, 300 Sanders St. Info: 843-398-4030. Football Camp S.A.M. will be held July 27-31. Info: 843-398-4030. Summer Basketball League will have games in June through mid-July. Info 843-398-4030. For information on karate, boxing, dance, or swimming lessons, call 843-398-4030 or stop by the Harmon Baldwin Recreation Center, 300 Sanders St., to register.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Florence Events
Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Mary Poppins auditions set
The Florence Little Theatre will host auditions for “Mary Poppins,” beginning Saturday, June 6, at 3 p.m. for boys, age 6-12 and girls, ages 8-12. Children must be able to come for call backs on Sunday, June 7. Auditions for the role of Mary will be held on Sunday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m., ages 18 and up.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Free movie night at Bethea

Bethea Baptist Retirement Community will host an outdoor movie (family friendly) on Friday June 19, 8:15 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Popcorn and water will be provided. Please bring a blanket or lawn chair. Contact Shane Bailey at 843-395-4402 or sbailey@ for more information.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

CityWide Prayer Gathering

The June CityWide Prayer Gathering will be held on Monday, June 1, at 7 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 167 N. Irby Street, with Pastor William F. Milambri III. This month’s gathering is co-hosted by Landon Reynolds of The Whosoever Church.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Outside showing of 'Finding Nemo'

The City of Darlington and Darlington Area Recreation presents a free showing of the film, “Finding Nemo” at 8 p.m. Friday, May 22, at Virgil Wells Stadium in Darlington. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Info: 843-398-4030.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

Meets the Third Tuesday of every month

5:30 p.m.

Carolinas Rehabilitation Hospital

 Community Meeting Room

121 East Cedar Street • Florence

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Parkinson's Support Group

Meets the Second Tuesday of every month

5:30 p.m.

Carolinas Rehabilitation Hospital


121 East Cedar Street • Florence

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Stroke Support Group

Meets the Fourth Thursday of every month

4:00 p.m.

Carolinas Hospital System’s

 Outpatient Rehabilitation Center

1925 Hoffmeyer Rd• Florence

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Amputee Support Group

Meets the Fourth Tuesday of every month

5:30 p.m.

Carolinas Rehabilitation Hospital


121 East Cedar Street • Florence

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

MS Support Group
Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets May 19 at 5:30 p.m. in community room at Carolinas Rehabilitation Hospital, 121 E. Cedar St.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Men's Choral Society to perform

The Florence Men’s Choral Society will present their Spring Concert on May 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church on Cherokee Road. The Choral Society is in its 8th year as a non-profit all male choral organization performing for concert goers in Florence, the Pee Dee region, and in New York City at Carnegie Hall. The concert features sacred and patriotic pieces directed by Julian M. Young and accompanied by Betsy Johnson. Admission is free.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

BNI anniversary celebration

The Pee Dee Chapter of Business Networking International (BNI) and Victor’s are planning a celebration marking the chapter’s 15 year anniversary and BNI’s 30th anniversary. A social networking event will be held on May 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Victor’s in downtown Florence. All past and present members of the Pee Dee Chapter are invited and encouraged to attend. Present your business card and receive a complimentary draft beer or glass of house wine. For more information, you may contact James Sheehy at 843-669-3142 or Pat Carness at 843-665-2667.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Darlington Recreation offering day trips
DARLINGTON – Mark your calendars for these great trips with the Darlington Area Recreation Department. You must register for trips at least two days prior to trip dates. Lunch is on your own for all trips. For questions or to register, call Programs Director Crystal Gibson at 843-398-4030
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Carolinian hosting Classic Car Cruise-In on Thursday
The Carolinian will be hosting a Classic Car Cruise-In on Thursday, April 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. at 718 South Dargan St. The event will include an array of classic style cars on display as well a cook-out featuring ‘50s diner food and music. In the event of rain the Cruise-In will be rescheduled for a later date. Please call 843-665-9314 for reservations and further information.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Darlington Rec to host Mother Son Date Night

DARLINGTON – Darlington Area Recreation Department presents Mother Son Date Night on Thursday, May 7, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Harmon Baldwin Recreation Center, 300 Sanders St. This event is for young men ages 4 and up and their mother, grandmother, or legal female guardian. This event includes a full-course dinner, keepsake photo and musical entertainment. The fee is $25 per couple and $10 for each additional person. You must register at the Darlington Area Recreation Department. Deadline for registration is Tuesday May 5. For additional information, call 843-398-4030.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Soul Art Pop Up Festival to be celebrated here May 2
The Soul Art Pop Up Festival comes to Florence on May 2. This event is organized and headlined by international jazz musician and S.C. native Ezra Brown. The festival will feature a visual art show, poetry, and music performances as well as a master class and children’s activities. Ezra Brown started the festival in 2014 in Jackson, MS, mainly to share what he has learned about other peoples’ values and cultures. “I’ve done a lot of things, not just regionally or in the U.S., but globally.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Library offering financial workshop series
To help people manage their money more effectively, the Florence County Library System will be offering a Take Control of Your Money workshop series starting on April 23 at 6 p.m. at the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library in Florence. Other dates for the series include April 28, May 5, and May 7. Taught by Francis Marion University School of Business Professor Pam Turner, these free workshops are designed to help people improve their relationship with money by giving them unbiased information on eliminating debt and building savings, thereby reducing the financial stress in their lives.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Hope Relay for Life this Saturday

The Hope Relay For Life of Florence County 2015 takes place on April 25 starting at 1 p.m. at Freedom Florence Recreational Complex 1 p.m. – Opening Ceremony 1:30 p.m. – Survivors Lap, Caregiver Lap 8 p.m. – Luminaria Ceremony 10 p.m. – Closing Ceremony It’s an 80’s theme. Relay then and now “Let’s make cancer a thing of the past” Relay For Life is a tobacco-free, alcohol-free, pet-free event. For more information visit: florencesc or email us at

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Junior League to host Touch-A-Truck
DARLINGTON – The Junior League of Florence (JLF) is preparing for hundreds of children and families to attend its Touch-A-Truck event on Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Darlington Raceway, 1301 Harry Byrd Hwy. For the first time ever, JLF is hosting the Touch-A-Truck event. Attendees will get to explore, climb, touch and crawl through trucks ranging from big rigs to emergency vehicles for an admission fee of only $5. Children under two enter free.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Screen on the Square-Darlington
Friday, May 8, at dusk at Darlington Public Square showing Finding Nemo

Friday, June 12, at dusk at Darlington Public Square showing Tangled

Monday, April 20, 2015

Indoor Yard Sale
7 am to 12noon at Harmon Baldwin Recreation Center, 300 Sanders St., Darlington. Register for a table by April 29. Info: 398-4030
Monday, April 20, 2015

Southside hosts Swinging With Seniors

Southside Middle School presents its 17th Annual Swinging with Seniors on April 23 beginning at 10 a.m. This year’s will be a New Orleans theme entitled “Mardi Gras” with entertainment to include the Southside Music Department. The Southside Middle School Consumer Science Department hosts this event in hopes of bridging the gap between students and the senior generation. For questions, contact Christen Legette at 843-664-8467.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Flo-Town 5K Run/Walk this Saturday
The City of Florence Employee Wellness Program and Florence Track Club have partnered to host the Flo-Town 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 18, at 9 a.m. The Flo-Town 5K will feature a certified course that begins at the City’s Waste Water Management Facility quickly accessing the Florence Trail System’s Freedom Florence Connections. These trails, located in East Florence, make up approximately eight miles of the City’s Trail System. The course is comprised of natural beauty and history adjacent to the tranquil Jeffries Creek and the Florence Stockade.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

YMCA offers PYSCES swim class

The Florence Family YMCA offers a Progressive Youth Swimming for Competition, Exercise and Stroke Technique class. PYSCES is designed to emphasize stroke development and techniques related to the four competitive swimming strokes. Children, ages 6 to 15, who can complete at least a 25 yard front crawl swim and a 25 yard backstroke swim (or passed the Y Minnow Level) may join. This class is excellent for those children who want to experience swim team and is great for exercise. Practice times offered for developmental levels as well as intermediate and advanced swimmers. Swimmers can attend two to four practices a week. For more information contact Cindy Averitt at the YMCA at 843-665-1234.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Lunch & Learn

Central United Methodist Church will host its “Lunch and Learn” program in Spears Hall at 11 a.m. on April 21. The public is invited to lunch and a special presentation by a talented musician, Bobby Floyd. Spend the afternoon and enjoy music, fellowship, and a complimentary meal. There is no cost for the event.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

YMCA plans Kids Day, Fun Walk/Run
Florence Family YMCA will host a Healthy Kids Day & Family Fun 1 Mile Walk/Run on Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m. to noon at the Florence Family YMCA Front Sports Fields. The 1 Mile Fun Walk/Run begins at 9 a.m. with the registration fee per walker/runner on or before April 19 is $10 per Y member and $15 for other participants. 
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NCNW meets April 21

DARLINGTON – The Darlington County Section of the National Council Of Negro Women (NCNW) will be meeting in the Man Stanley Gym meeting room, 100 Magnolia Street on Tuesday, April 21, at 4:30 pm. Plans are being made for the 2015 Ebony Pearls of Darlington County, The Mary McLeod Bethune walkathon, Relay For Life participation, and regular business. For more information, call Louise Jordan at 393-0743, Liz Samuel at 393-2186, Ralphine Boston at 395-6115 Dorothy Heatley at 332-4522 or Carolyn Marine at 332-5732.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Marine Corps League to meet

The Marine Corps League monthly meeting is April 14 at the Elks lodge, 2220 W. Jody Rd. The 2015 officers will be installed at this meeting. Upcoming events are the Camp Lejuene Expo, April 22 and 23 and the Marine Corps Junior ROTC Awards. The league is looking for a few good members. If you are an honorably discharged Marine or Navy Corpsmen come to the monthly meeting and check us out. You may find us on Facebook at MC League Julian D. Dusenbury Detachment 410 The league meets every third Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

FMU hosts spring career fair

Francis Marion University’s Office of Career Development will host its spring 2015 Career Fair on Wednesday, April 8, at noon in the Smith University Center Commons. Local, state, and regional businesses and schools are expected to participate at the fair. The fair will offer employment information and opportunities for FMU students who are seeking internships and part-time employment. It will also include career networking opportunities for FMU seniors and alumni who are seeking full-time employment. All FMU students and alumni are invited to meet employers and apply for available positions.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

AARP meets Wednesday

An AARP 2401 meeting is scheduled for April 1, at 9:45 a.m. at the Leatherman Senior Center on Senior Way. The speaker will be Belva High on Saving Lives and Building Futures.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Moonlight canoe excursion

COWARD – The Environmental Discovery Center at Lynches River County Park will conduct a Moonlight Canoe Excursion on Saturday, April 4, from 6:30 until 9 p.m. This will be a guided moonlight canoe excursion on the Lynches River, paddling from Lynches River County Park to the Hwy. 52 landing under the light of the moon. The excursion is free, but space is limited. Participants must be 10 years old and at least 50 pounds. One person in each canoe must be 18 or older and two people per boat. Call 843-389-0550 to reserve a space.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Camp Jessie's Kids to be held April 18
Camp Jessie’s Kids, a day camp for children who have suffered the loss of someone they care deeply about (for example, a special family member, relative or friend) or for those who have someone in their family who is very sick at this time, will be held on Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The camp is open to children ages four through 16. Parents or guardians are asked to accompany children who are four to six years old. Camp Jessie’s Kids is held to help children learn about grief and understand their feelings; to learn ways to cope with feelings of loss and concern when someone is sick; to talk with other children who are going through similar experiences; and to meet new friends and enjoy a day of fun activities.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Community family event to be held at Boys, Girls Club

In recognition of April as Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month, the public is invited to a free, family-friendly community event on Saturday, April 11, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of Florence, 310 Roughfork St. Enjoy music, activities, food, drinks, and more with your families and neighbors while you learn about the prevalence of child abuse and sexual violence and what you can do to prevent and report it.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Parkinson's Disease Support Group
A meeting of the Florence area Parkinson's Disease Support Group will be held Tuesday, April 14, between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm. This month’s meeting will be an Open Forum held at 121 E Cedar Street, Florence and  is open to people with Parkinson's, caregivers, family, and friends.  The group meets the second Tuesday of each month.  For more information call 843-673-0854
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Swamp Fox Quilters to meet

The Swamp Fox Quilters Guild monthly meeting will be on Thursday, April 2, at 9:30 a.m. at John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 2000 Marsh Ave. Anita Bowin will present a lecture and trunk show with a class in the afternoon. Class is entitled “What a Nine Patch Can Do for You.” Class attendees are reminded to bring a bag lunch. New members and visitors are welcome.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Addiction Counseling

Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call for free screenings or referrals: 800-431-1754

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

City Prayer Gathering

The next monthly CityWide Prayer Gathering will be held on April 7 at 7 p.m. at Abundant Life Church, 3030 S. Irby St. The church phone number is (843) 669-2629

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Walk to Remember
The Compassionate Friends of the Pee Dee Area will host a Walk To Remember on Saturday, March 28, at the Rail Trail at Ebenezer Park. Registration starts at 10 a.m. The two-mile walk begins at 11  a.m. There is no charge for this event, but donations are appreciated.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Lunch & Learn is on Tuesday
“Lunch and Learn” will be held at Central United Methodist Church in Spears Hall at 11 a.m. on March17.  Larry Hubis will present a Power Point program entitled “Elephants in the Garden.” He will discuss raised and semi-organic beds. There will be some special door prizes. Public welcome, no charge.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

FNRA Banquet

Friends of the National Rifle Association (FNRA) will hold its annual banquet and fundraiser on Friday, March 20, at the National Guard Armory in Florence. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a social hour, followed by a dinner, live and silent auctions. Special drawings and door prizes for NRA merchandise, collectibles and firearms. Funds raised provide grants to various shooting clubs, youth groups, and Wildlife Action, Inc. Tickets are $50 for couples, $30 for singles, and $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets available at the door or in advance at 843-662-7370 or 843-229-8162.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

This weekend at Freedom Florence
The Sweet Sixteen youth softball tournament will be held at Freedom Florence the weekend of March 14-15. It is sponsored by the World Fastpitch Connection.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Radio Free Florence Phone-A-Thon

Tune in to Radio Free Florence for its Phone-A-Thon, March 9-11, to assist in reaching the summer budget goal of $7,500. Turn the dial to 92.5 or stream online at www. and hear stories from our listeners, live musical performances, and financial updates. Donations may be made online at www.RadioFree. cc/donate or mailed to: Radio Free Communications, 1937 W. Palmetto St. PMB#130, Florence, SC 29501

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Free clothing

The Closet at Calvary Baptist Church is offering free clothing to anyone facing economic crisis. A Free Shopping Day will be held on Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Doors will open for registration at 9:15 a.m. Shoppers must be registered by 11 a.m. to be guaranteed a shopping time. Upon arrival, shoppers will receive “closet dollars” for each of their family members to spend in the store and given a shopping time. When their time comes, they will have 30 minutes to make selections before being asked to check out. As they check out, the racks will be re-stocked and other shoppers will be allowed to shop. Clothing and shoes are available for infants, children, women, and men on a first come, first serve basis. Questions call Louanne at 662-5921.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Line dancing classes at Poynor
Poynor Adult and Community Education Center offers line dancing every Tuesday night in the gym. No advance registration is required. Sign in nightly for the classes. The fee is $5 per class. Instructors are Cindy Dowdy and Ray Knight. Lessons are 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for beginners; 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. for advanced. Poynor is located at 301 S. Dargan St.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Mornings at the Museum

The Florence County Museum offers Mornings at the Museum, an interactive story time for children ages two to five. Sessions will take place the first and third Wednesday of each month. Mornings at the Museum will begin at 10 a.m. with each session to include 30 minutes of gallery time and a 30 minute hands-on studio activity. Space is limited. Register online at www.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Kalmia Garden Study Club hosts district meeting

DARLINGTON – The Kalmia Garden Study Club will play host to the East Sandhills District meeting on Thursday, March 5, at Darlington Country Club from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes lunch. For information, call Myra Bumgarner at 843-393-7302.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Digital photography class starts this week at Poynor

Digital photography will be taught at Poynor Adult and Community Education on the following dates: Feb. 26, March 5, 12, 19, and 26. The instructor, Mark Spurling, is an experienced, professional photographer. To register for the class, come to Room 101 at Poynor. Payment must be received at time of registration. The cost is $75. Go to for more information.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

BNI meets Wednesdays
The Pee Dee Chapter of Business Networking International (BNI) meets every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at Victors in downtown Florence. The local chapter invites business men and women to join them and see how BNI can build their business. Call James Sheehy at 843-669-3142 if interested.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AARP meeting set for March 4

An AARP meeting is scheduled for March 4, at 9:45 a.m. at the Leatherman Senior Center on Senior Way. Guest speaker will be Mike Henderson who will talk about Walking Across England.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Parkinson's Disease Support Group Meeting

A meeting of the Florence area Parkinson's Disease Support Group will be held Tuesday, March 10, between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm. Catherine Earnhardt will speak on Parkinson’s Effects on Cognition and Communication.  The meeting at 121 E Cedar Street, Florence is open to people with Parkinson's, caregivers, family, and friends.  The group meets the second Tuesday of each month.  For more information call 843-673-0854 or


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Lynches Park to demonstrate rag quilting

The Environmental Discovery Center at Lynches River County Park will host a hands-on rag quilting demonstration with Sharon Cooper-Murray, The Gullah Lady, on Saturday, March 7, at 10 a.m. Registration is required for this event and will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 17; advanced postings are appreciated. This program is sponsored by The Humanities CouncilSC, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

1215 Magna Carter micro seminar
Steven C. Smith, chancellor of Henricus Colledge (1619)®, will present an “800th Anniversary Magna Carta Micro-Seminar” at the Clay Pot Coffee House on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. The fast-paced, 32-minute micro-seminar is free. Seating is limited, first come first seated. Smith, from Florence, has several decades of historical interpretative work at 18th century Colonial Williamsburg, 17th-century 1607 Jamestown Island, and has operated a cruising classroom along the James River.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Bethea offering wills, estates workshop

Bethea Baptist Retirement Community will host a Wills, Estates, And Grandma’s China Workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 25, in Bethea Baptist Fellowship Hall at noon. This workshop will give advice on how to formalize your wishes for passing along your assets and assist with planning issues that everyone needs to address. Lunch will be provided free of charge. It is sponsored by the Baptist Foundation of South Carolina. RSVP to Shane Bailey at 843-395-4402 or sbailey@ by Feb. 18.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mini seminars offered on Magna Carta

The 800th anniversary of the historic 1215 Magna Carta is being celebrated worldwide during 2015. In the Florence/Myrtle Beach area Henricus Colledge (1619), America’s first college, revived, is offering 32-minute mini-seminars ideal for churches, school assemblies, Bible study groups, clubs, etc. To schedule contact Steven C. Smith, chancellor, at 843-618-9229 or email magnacarta800thflorence@ Love offerings accepted.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Lunch and Learn
“Lunch and Learn” will be held in Spears Hall at Central United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. on Feb. 17. Join us for lunch and a special presentation by Robert McCready. McCready will discuss “Starting the Writing Process.” He will review action and reaction techniques that can be used to build a story. Robert is pursuing a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from Queen’s University in Charlotte, NC. His works are published regularly in “The List,”a local magazine. His work has also been featured in “Tweetspeak Poetry” and “Cattywampus Magazine”, online literary publications. The public is invited to attend. There is no cost for the event
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Anti-Valentine program for teens

Florence County Library will host an Anti-Valentine’s Day Program for teens on Feb. 12. Teens may celebrate being single by joining in the Anti-Valentine’s program at the Florence County Library from 6-7 p.m. They will smash chocolate hearts, listen to break up songs, make duct tape roses, and other fun activities. Join others who are dreading the day of flowers and valentines. Open to all 6th through 12th graders. For more information, contact 843-292-7382 or

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Time to sign up for spring adult sports
The City of Florence Recreation Department announces their spring adult sports schedule for the Freedom Florence Recreation Complex. For the first time, the schedule includes an Adult Kickball League. The registration period for teams is Feb. 2 thru March 2, for both the Adult Softball and Adult Kickball Leagues. There will be six available divisions for softball and kickball: Adult Open, Adult Church, Adult Industrial, Coed Open, Coed Church and Coed Industrial. 
Tuesday, February 10, 2015


The YMCA offers PYSCES (Progressive Youth Swimming for Competition, Exercise and Stroke technique) swim program. Children ages 6 to 15 who can complete at least a 25 yard front crawl swim and a 25 yard backstroke swim (or passed the Y Minnow Level) can join. For more information call Cindy Averitt at 665-1234.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Black Heritage Month Program

Francis Marion University will host its annual Black Heritage Month Program on Monday, Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. The featured performers are dancers from Justine Roberts Performing Arts Academy. The event will be held in Chapman Auditorium on campus. Roberts is a professional dance instructor and owner of the Justine Roberts Performing Arts Academy in Marion.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

FMU Winter Band Concert will be presented Tuesday, Feb. 10

FMU Winter Band Concert will be presented on Tuesday, Feb.10, at 7:30 p.m., at the FMU Performing Arts Center. The 62-member concert band is composed of a combination of FMU student and community musicians. The ensemble will present a program of classic and contemporary music for concert band. All students who show an ID and children are free; all remaining tickets are $5 each. Tickets must be purchased by calling the Box Office (843-661-4444) or visiting the Box Office Monday-Friday from 12-5 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door the night of the concert. To keep up-to-date with Francis Marion’s cultural events please visit:

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Build a blue bird house

The Environmental Discovery Center at Lynches River County Park is kicking off blue bird nesting season with Build a Bluebird House workshops on Saturday, Feb. 7. The workshops are free and will be held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Registration is required and workshops are limited to 10 groups per session (limit one house per group). Call 843-389-0550 to reserve a spot.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Florence events Calendar - February
Monday, February 2, 2015

Taste of Central 1/29
Taste of Central, Thursday, January 29, 2015  Preview Silent Auction starts at 4 PM and Auction starts at 6 PM.  The Food tasting starts at 6:30.  Lots of great food and auction items.  Proceeds go to replacing 2 ovens in church kitchen  $10.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door.  Everyone is welcome, tickets can be purchased at the church (Central United Methodist Church office on Cheves Street near Irby.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

CityWide Prayer Gatherings
On January 10th, 70+ souls representing 17 churches met at Grace Baptist Church to worship the Lord and pray for revival in Florence.

Together we prayed for Christian Ministries, Community Organizations, personal concerns, the lost and hurting, the churches of Florence, and for revival throughout our city.

Everyone said it was wonderful and they are excited about February's Prayer Gathering. Bring someone and join us February 3,  King of Kings Church of God at 7pm. Location: 625 Cannon St.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Gamecock Club plans annual luncheon with signing report
The Florence County Gamecock Club will be hosting their annual Football Signing Day report with Tony Morrell of 247 Sports/Big Spur on Thursday, Feb. 5. The luncheon will be held at Roger’s Bar-B-Que at 2004 Second Loop Road in Florence. Tickets are $20 each at the door, cash or check, and include a buffet lunch.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Clay pot this week
Clay Pot’s daily operation hours are Wednesday – Saturday 6:30a.m. – 9:00p.m. and Sunday 8:30a.m – 3:00p.m. We are sorry for the inconvenience and look forward to seeing you often!  
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Red Cross calls for blood donors as unique as the patients they help
In honor of Black History Month this February, and in the spirit of Dr. Charles Drew, an African-American surgeon who was the first medical director of the American Red Cross and a modern blood-banking pioneer, eligible donors as diverse as the patients who need their blood donations are encouraged to give blood to ensure a sufficient blood supply.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Charlotte, N.C. (Jan. 20, 2015): Anyone who has spent time in the Carolinas during springtime knows there’s no place finer to spend the blooming season. This year, the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show returns to its roots (an apt metaphor for a show that celebrates plants!) with a Carolina theme.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Daddy-daughter dance to be held Feb. 12

DARLINGTON – The Darlington Area Recreation Department 2015 Daddy/Daughter Dance will be held on Thursday, Feb. 12, at the Harmon Baldwin Recreation Center, 300 Sanders St. The dance will be from 6 to 8 pm. Couples will enjoy a meal, a picture, and DJ Dan E. Lockemy. The cost is $25 per couple, there will be a $10 charge for each additional date. Sorry moms this is just for daddy and daughters! You must pre-register. Info: 843-398-4030.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Relay For Life kickoff

Relay For Life 2015 kicks off the 2015 Relay Season on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 6 p.m. in the McLeod Medical Plaza Auditorium, 800 E. Cheves St. The 2015 theme will be unveiled. For more information, contact Chinel Boateng at 843-245-8538.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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