The Country Club of South Carolina will host its first annual “Champagne & Shopping” extravaganza on Friday, Sept. 12, from 5-8 p.m. This special event is open to the public. Proceeds will go to support the Florence Area Humane Society. This event offers the opportunity to enjoy a little sipping and savoring while browsing some of the Pee Dee’s finest shops and give back to animals in need. Upon arrival, guests will receive a complimentary glass of champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries. A donation to the Humane Society is requested at the door for general admission into the event. While ladies are partaking in Champagne & Shopping therapy, gentlemen are invited to enjoy “Men’s Albatross Hour” downstairs in The Grille Room. Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Harvest Hope will host its 4th annual fund-raiser dinner on Sept. 16 at the SiMT Building. Entitled H.O.P.E NOW (Help Our People Eat now), this event will help feed hungry people in the eight counties served by Harvest Hope in the Pee Dee. A reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by program at 7 p.m. The SiMT Building is located at 1951 Pisgah Road. If you want to attend or make a contribution, contact Michael Murphy or Nicole Echols at 661-0826 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or nechols@ harvest hope.org.
Author Mary Ann Claud will appear at the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library on Thursday, Sept. 4, from 10 a.m. to noon in the lobby of the library for a signing of her novel, “The Dancin’ Man.” In her role as columnist for The Times News in Hendersonville, N.C., she traveled the back roads of western North Carolina, talking and listening to the people who make the area unique. Her book tells a classic family story of secrets kept and passions revealed. Tuesday, September 2, 2014
LAKE CITY – The latest work by Florence sculptor, Alex Palkovich, will be unveiled Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m. at the corner of Main and Acline. The public is invited. The sculpture is of the late Huey Cooper. He was born in Williamsburg County. He lived a long life and died in 1978 at age 105. He was a fixture in the community and spent the majority of his life on the corner of Main and Acline with a rabbit’s foot. People were offered the opportunity to pay a nickel to rub the rabbit’s foot for luck. Mr. Cooper was known as a happy and honest man who was loved by everyone in the community. He was a permanent figure, a landmark of Lake City for more than 80 years.
Donn your pearls and come enjoy the Pee Dee Doll Club’s 28th Annual Doll & Toy Show and Sale on Saturday, Aug. 30. This year’s event be held in the SiMT Conference Center, which is behind Florence-Darlington Technical College at 1951 Pisgah Rd. This is a new location for the show. The Pee Dee Doll Club members will be celebrating their “Pearl Anniversary: Thirty Years of Doll Collecting.” Members will display some of their most favorite dolls from their collections, and each doll will be adorned with pearls. Ladies wearing pearls will get a dollar off admission. Show times are 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and children under 12 are free. Door prizes will be given away every half hour. Tuesday, August 26, 2014
The Art Trail Gallery issues its final call for artists who wish to enter the Sculpture Exhibit and Photographic Interpretations of Shape. September features the imaginative 3-D sculptural works of artists in all mediums – metal, wood, fiber, glass, etc. For the walls, photographers are asked to focus on interpretations of the concept of share. Sign up online and bring entries on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 28-29, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 1, from 2-8 p.m. Maximum pieces are four and three out of four must be for sale. Participation fee is $20, commission on sales is 20 percent. Sign-up online at www. art-trail-gallery. com/how-to-participate-in-the-gallery. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Sept. 5, 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. The Pink Exhibit: Touched by Cancer is planned for Oct. 3-23.
DARLINGTON – The Market on Darlington Square committee encourages kids to come out Saturday, Sept. 6, to participate in its 2nd Annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest. It’s free to enter, and youth, ages 18 and younger, are eligible to compete for a cash prize in one of two categories, ages 12 and younger, or ages 13-18. Register the day of the event beginning at 9 a.m. Chalk will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis, and children can compete in teams. Children 6 and younger may have parental assistance. Judging will begin at noon, and awards will be announced at 1 p.m. The theme for this year’s event is the natural world: animals, plants, landscapes, seascapes, etc. Tuesday, August 26, 2014
There’s a unique combination at the Florence Family YMCA. Kids and teens share the basketball court for a friendly game, while others share their talents on the racquetball court. Seniors socialize, toddlers splash, and people of all ages learn and grow together. The Florence Family YMCA is more than a gym. It’s a gathering place that strengthens our community, both inside and out. Join now during our September Membership Special.
DARLINGTON – Kalmia Garden Study Club will present “Meet Me in the Garden,” a small standard flower show in Darlington, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, inside the Trinity United Methodist Church Youth Building, 115 Orange St. This free show is open to the public and will feature horticulture specimens, container plants, floral designs, and educational exhibits. Any amateur gardener designer is encouraged to enter. Horticulture specimens and designs will be accepted on Thursday, Sept. 5, from 2 to 6 p.m. and on Friday, Sept. 5, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. The judging will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday. No entrance fee is required. Reservations are required for design entries. For more information or a copy of the show schedule, contact Linda Howle at email@example.com or 843-616-2561. For design reservations, contact Diane Langston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Florence-Darlington Technical College medical students in the College’s Continuing Education program and degree classes have received a software donation from the electronic medical records company, iMedicor, worth over half million dollars. The Florida based company is donating 20 user licenses that will allow students to experience “real world” situations. Their value is $590 thousand! Angie Brown, director of FDTC’s CE Healthcare programs, reviewed several electronic medical records software providers. “We are thrilled to have this opportunity,” said Brown, “After searching for the most modern and effective health information exchange systems, we decided that none we had examined could match up to iMedicor’s.” “This gift will help our students achieve their goal of entering the medical field,” Florence-Darlington Technical College President, Dr. Ben Dillard said. “I just can’t express enough appreciation to iMedicor for their generous donation. With these licenses, our students will obtain even more hands-on training, therefore, strengthening our Continuing Education program.” Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Are you interested in learning about the shofar? Steven Smith, president of T’KIY’AH Sounders of South Carolina, will conduct a Ram’s Horn Workshop here on Tuesday, Aug. 26. The workshop will be held in the cabin behind Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2301 Second Loop Road. Smith will discuss the four sounds of the shofar, their names and meanings. He’ll also demonstrate how to sound it. He will also talk about the helix shape of the shofar – a shape found in DNA, music scales and galaxies. The Hebrew time concept of the Bible will be explained as well. The workshop is free, but a love offering will be accepted. All ages at any skill level are invited to come sound the shofar. For more information, send a text message to Smith at 843-618-9229 or email email@example.com.
The Closet at Calvary Baptist Church is offering free clothing to anyone facing economic crisis. A free Shopping Day is planned for Saturday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The doors will be open for registration at 9:15 am. Shoppers are encouraged to come before 11 a.m. to register for a shopping time. Clothing and shoes are available for infants, children, women, and men on a first come, first serve basis. Upon arrival, shoppers will receive “Closet Dollars” for each of their family members to spend in the store. They will also be given a shopping time for their family. When it is time for their group to shop, they will be given 30 minutes to make selections and then check out. The racks will be re-stocked and other shoppers will be allowed to shop. The church is located at 915 Cherokee Road. Call Louanne at 662-5921 for more information.
Auditions for “Christmas Belles” will be held at the Florence Little Theatre on Sunday, Aug. 10 and Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 7:30 p.m. (Ages 18 and older.) Production dates are Nov. 7-15. It’s Christmas time in the small town of Fayro, Texas, and the Futrelle Sisters – Frankie, Twink and Honey Raye – are not exactly in a festive mood. In this sequel to last season’s production of “Dearly Beloved”, a cranky Frankie is weeks overdue with her second set of twins. Twink, recently jilted and bitter about it, is in jail for inadvertently burning down half the town. And hot-flash-suffering Honey Raye is desperately trying to keep the Tabernacle of the Lamb’s Christmas program from spiraling into chaos. Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Lucy Gibson and Juanita Hardwick, former roommates in the late 1960s, recently met for lunch at Victor’s Bistro after 45 years. Although they have kept in touch through events, such as family weddings and funerals, this was the first time they had met for lunch together. “We have gone for several years without seeing each other or talking with each other, but we are there for each other when needed,” commented Lucy. Tuesday, August 5, 2014
The Florence County Library has planned a variety of programs for children. Registration is required for fall programs and begins Aug 1 and runs through Aug. 22. Daycare centers may call for a separate appointment for Preschool Storytime. Tuesday, July 29, 2014
NEBRASKA – Add color to your landscape year-round by joining the Arbor Day Foundation in August. Everyone who joins the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation with a $10 donation will receive 10 free white flowering dogwood trees through the Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting in each member’s area, which falls between Oct.15 and Dec. 10. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. Planting instructions are enclosed with each shipment of trees. Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The deadline to save on 2014-15 memberships for the Florence Little Theatre is Thursday, July 31. An adult season subscription, which includes all five of the regular season shows, is $80 if purchased before July 31. It increases to $95 after that date. Student subscriptions, offered to full-time students up to age 21, are $55 before July 31 and $65 after. The season opens with Fiddler on the Roof on Sept.5, followed by “Christmas Belles,” “Crowns,” “Noises Off” and ending with “Spamelot.” Call 662-3731 or go by the theatre before Friday for substantial savings on box office costs.
The Art Trail Gallery invites the public to an opening reception for its newest show, Visualicious, on Friday, Aug. 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visualicious is an exhibit of 2-D and 3-D works. It will be up Aug. 1 thru Aug. 28. Musical entertainment will be provided by Robert Brown, saxophone and Thomas McBratney, guitar. The Art Trail Gallery is located at 185 West Evans Street, and is open Monday thru Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit their website at www.art-trail-gallery.com.
Oysters are essential to healthy coastal waters in South Carolina. They provide habitat for the fish we catch, filter our water, and protect our shorelines from erosion. Oysters are the staple of one of our most iconic social traditions: the oyster roast. Over the last three years the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) has taken significant steps to ensure that future generations enjoy the benefits of healthy populations of oysters as we have. Showing great vision, the CCA recognizes the keystone role of oysters and has chosen to invest in programs that protect and enhance South Carolina’s oysters. Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The July Florence After Five will take place Friday, July 25, in the 100 block of South Dargan Street in downtown Florence, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Finesse Band from Columbia will perform. The Finesse Band is comprised of some of the top musicians and vocalists in the southeast! They feature a wide variety of music including Top 40, Motown, Soul, R&B, Classic Rock, and Carolina Beach Music. They pride themselves on their choreographed high-energy show with tons of audience interaction. Finesse was recently chosen from hundreds of bands by the director of the major motion picture, “Nailed,” to be the band for the wedding scene with Jessica Biel and Jake Gyllenhaal. Florence After Five is from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. with the band taking the stage at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014
A Grateful Dogs Benefit Run and Concert will be held on Saturday, July 26, to help local humane societies and animal shelters. Registration will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Black Jack Harley Davidson. Donations are requested, $5 for a rider and $20 per vehicle. The last stop will be at Southern Hops and the last bike in is at 5 p.m. There will be two stages of live entertainment, a beer garden and a silent auction with great items, door prizes, a fifty, fifty, Florence’s Cutest Pooch Contest, vendors and more. Pets are welcome. First stop is Black Jack Harley Davidson, second stop is Long Branch Saloon in Lake City, third stop is Rosie’s Bar in Florence, fourth stop is Mike’s Corner in Darlington and last stop is Southern Hops.
Bethea Baptist Retirement Community will host a Business Before Hours on Tuesday July 29, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the fellowship Hall. A hot Southern breakfast buffet will be served, along with complimentary tours. Bethea is located at 157 Home Ave. in Darlington. Call (843) 395-4402 for more information.
Little Pink 2014 Tour of Hope is stopping in Florence next week. Join the tour on Tuesday, July 29, from 10:30-11:30 for a Pink Power Brunch at Central United Methodist Church. Little Pink Houses of Hope (LPHOH), founded in 2010, helps cancer survivors and their families by promoting wellness and recovery through its beach retreat model. This year, LPHOH embarked on a cross-country US road trip to highlight its mission, increase awareness and raise funds for its programs. “Little Pink reminds women of the ‘normal’ and provides positive memories for families who are battling cancer together,” says Ryan Poston a 2013 retreat alumni. Little Pink’s founder and executive director, Jeanine Patten-Coble, will share how her vision continues to make dreams come true for breast cancer families. This event is open to the public and all proceeds will benefit Little Pink Houses of Hope.
DARLINGTON – The Market on Darlington Square invites individuals, churches, civic groups, business, and others to set up a carnival-style booth on Aug. 2 and raise funds for the charity of their choice. This can include mission trips, medical funds, The Lord Cares, animal shelter, etc. Each one willing to set up a carnival game/booth (typically with small prizes that charges 25 cents and up per play) to raise funds for a charitable cause will receive a booth space at no charge and name recognition in press releases. Find game ideas online (Pinterest, www.carnivalsavers.com) or create one of your own. Booth game ideas: Coin toss, ducks in a row, baseball throw, can knock down, hole-in-one, fish cup game, lollipop tree, soda pop toss, ring toss, giant dice toss, treasure dig, duck pond, lucky key, toilet paper toss, and corn hole. Other booth ideas: Face painters, candy apple station, sand art, cotton candy station, colored hair spray booth, balloon animals, etc. Regular vendor spaces are still available too. Call Lisa at 843-398-4000, ext. 103, to find out where to get a registration form.
The Quinby Garden Club met at New Generations Adult Day Center for its May meeting. Karen Belissary and Kathy Reesheng were hostesses. The April meeting was held at Quinby United Methodist Church with Linda Byers and Louise Rallings as the hostesses. Quinby Baptist Church was the site of the March meeting. Carole Harris and Martha Brown hosted this meeting. Lou Murphy and Ruth Sandifer hosted the February meeting, which took place in Quinby Baptist Church’s fellowship hall. At the February meeting, Tony Melton of the Clemson Extension spoke about planting trees. Ann Angelides and Nellie Clayton hosted the January meeting.