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Library adds several programs to virtual offerings

on Tuesday, 01 December 2020. Posted in Good life, News, Education, Local News

Library adds several programs to virtual offerings

The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library has announced several additions to its virtual program lineup. All programs are available on the library’s Facebook page at 

Fall Cooking with Chef Corey Green 

Just in time for the cooler weather, Executive Chef Corey Green will prepare two dishes perfect for a chilly December. The first dish is a rutabaga bisque, which is a twist on a classic potato soup using rutabaga. The second dish is curry crusted seared scallops and creamy grits. 

Chef Green is originally from Camden. He realized he had a passion for being a chef at an early age when he moved to New Orleans and experienced the taste and smells of the local cuisine, as well as the overall culture of Louisiana. 

Green studied culinary arts at the Art Institute of Atlanta, where he also trained with one of the best chefs in the country, certified Master Chef Daryl Shular, a culinary Olympic Gold medalist. He then became a sous chef at the Garden Brasserie, in France, where he worked in all aspects of the kitchen brigade and learned classical and new techniques. He has won numerous culinary competitions, including gold and silver awards in American Culinary Federation certified events. He also ran a small restaurant in his hometown and today he continues to give back to his community and build bridges of knowledge and wisdom to transform his neighborhood and beyond. He is currently the executive chef at Chartwell’s Food Management Service for Florence School District One. Sharing his knowledge of healthy eating is important to him. His philosophy is “to eat well is to live well.” 

GoodLife Fitness Instruction 

A virtual workout with GoodLife Fitness, CPR has been added to the library’s virtual lineup. 

The husband and wife duo of Herbert and Nicole Goodman founded GoodLife Fitness, CPR in 2019 on the principles of faith, family, fun, and fitness. Herbert, a retired professional baseball player, is a certified fitness trainer who is passionate about health and wellness. Nicole is a licensed master social worker who understands the importance of helping others to recognize the behavioral changes needed to reach their goals. With the holiday season rapidly approaching, many of those desired goals will involve exercise and weight loss. 

In this 30-minute video, Nicole and Herbert will offer six exercises while identifying the specific body part targeted as well as explaining the proper form. Viewers are encouraged to take hydration breaks, work at their own pace, with 40 seconds of exercise, and then 30 seconds of rest. 

GoodLife Fitness, CPR is located at 400 E South Village Blvd. For information, call (843) 616-1995 or visit their website: 

A Day at the Spa 

This program showcases Katrina Judge-Woods’ business – k.Niccole… the Salon & Spa. Judge-Woods gives a personal tour of the facility, located at 166 West Evans St., and describes its various services and treatments. She also gives tips on pin curls and wrapping. 

Judge-Woods has been in the cosmetology industry for 26 years. After high school she decided to go to Dudley’s Cosmetology University. She graduated with honors in 1995. She was a platform artist for Bronner Brothers which took her around the world working with, educating, and inspiring her fellow hair professionals. She also started her own virgin hair company, k.Niccole. 

Judge-Woods’ core belief “as a hairstylist is to ensure that the guest that sits in my chair gets the best customer service that they ever had, know that their concerns and ideas have been heard, give them an experience of a lifetime every time and have them walking out of the salon with a confidence that don’t have to be heard but is seen!” 

For additional information about k.Niccole… the Salon & Spa visit 

Dickens’ Scrooge According to Gullah 

This seasonal comedy will be available for viewing on the library’s website and Facebook page from Dec. 1 until Dec. 25. 

Donald Sweeper, an African-American storyteller and Gullah historian, will reenact Scrooge, according to Gullah. The comedy is based on the Ebenezer Scrooge character from the Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. The stage performance features Donald Sweeper acting the part of Scrooge in the rich Gullah tradition. 

Sweeper is a native of the South Carolina Lowcountry and has been a storyteller and reenactor for more than 10 years. His expertise is in coastal environmental and oceanic atmospheric sciences, and he is a rice, slavery, and Gullah historian. He is currently employed as a middle school teacher in the Midlands and is a member of the South Carolina Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. 

This adaptation of A Christmas Carol is made possible by a grant from the South Carolina Humanities Council and supplemented by the support of Friends of Florence County Library. 

Cake decorating with Bakery 

In this program, Karen Dawkins, owner of Sweet Tooth Bakery, demonstrates how to bake and decorate a cake. 

Dawkins started out baking and decorating cakes for her grandchildren’s birthdays. A photo uploaded of one of her cakes on Facebook created a lot of requests, so she started her own baking business from home. She soon realized that having a full-time job with her own baking business on the side did not leave time for much else. After much prayer and deliberation, she opened open up a small bakery inside a restaurant. The business flourished and after three months she expanded the bakery. 

In August, Dawkins opened up two new locations. When asked why she does it, Dawkins responds, “Well, when our customers come to us and allow Sweet Tooth to be the one to bake them something to celebrate their life’s special moments and I see the huge smile on faces and the sparkle in their eyes… that’s my why. That brings me joy and that keeps me coming back every morning to do it all over again.” 

For additional information about Sweet Tooth Bakery contact Dawkins at (843) 245-7697, or visit 

The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library is located at 509 S. Dargan St. For information about the library’s programs call the Reference Desk at (843) 413-7074, or visit the library’s webpage at

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