Women in Philanthropy will hold its annual membership meeting at noon on Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Drs. Bruce & Lee Foundation Library, Stukes Meeting Room. Susie Shannon, general counsel for the Lake City Partnership Council and director of research for the Palmetto Institute, will be speaking on the valuable role women play in philanthropy. The event is open to the public. A light lunch will be served. Membership in Women in Philanthropy (WIP) is open to anyone who cares about the quality of life in the Pee Dee. Tuesday, February 24, 2015
KINGSTREE – A benefit, Hunter’s Race 5K, is planned for Saturday, April 25. Since age 9, Hunter Matthews has been battling a brain tumor. The race will go toward helping his family. Start time is 9 a.m. at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, 412 N. Academy St. The cost is $25 for one, $65 for a group of three and $80 for a group of 4.
Florence Duplicate Bridge Club winners on Feb.17 were Phenie Killham and Molly Poole, followed by LuEtta Harris and Ted Rodgers, Jack Gurley and Happy Powell, Pat and Bill Hovatter. Winners on Monday afternoon, Feb.16, were Jack Gurley and LuEtta Harris, followed by Richard Brunk and Bill Hovatter. Feb. 13 winners for the open afternoon game were June Hucks and Margaret Gause, followed by Bill and Bobbie Stricklin, Bill Hovatter and Richard Brunk.
Wednesday, February 25, Poetry Night with Debbie Stewart 7:30-8:30 Café Thursday, February 26th FloWriters, come join the group of writers who are passionate about the craft and who encourages each other in the development of writing skills and presentation, open to all genres. 6:30-8 p.m. Gallery Friday, February 27, Singer Songwriter Duet from Columbia South Carolina “East to West” 7-9 PM Cafe Saturday first for the Pot – Book Reading & a Door Prize Drawing of the new novel “Willows of Fate” (must be present to win) Saturday, February 28. Suzanna J. Linton, local author and FMU Professional Writing degree graduate; will read from her new urban fantasy novel, “Willows of Fate”. 6:30 p.m. Café Coming up: Saturday, March 7, Open Mic Night Café 7-9 p.m. Sunday, March 8, Dinner with Singer Songwriter Grover Windham 12-2pm Café Friday 13, Joke Night with Steve O 7:30pm-8:30pm Café Sunday, March 15, Dinner with Singer Songwriter Frederick Ingram “Tides of March” 12-2pm Café
Chief Apostle Diana Wright will be at Barnes & Noble for a discussion of her book, “Opening the Matrix, A Journey Beyond the Veil,” on Feb. 28 from 3 to 5 p.m. Also known as “Mother Rebecca,” Wright is a national bestselling author. She will also be available to sign her book. A celebration will follow at 6 p.m. at Golden Corral. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Helm, National Commander of the American Legion, visited Columbia on Jan. 27. He came to announce his 4X4 program. The program plans to grow the American Legion membership to four million members and raise $4 million for Legion charities. Legionnaires from around the state greeted Helm at the Marriott in Columbia. The Department of South Carolina Legion Headquarters hosted his visit. The Department conducted award ceremonies for those posts that met their membership goals. Tuesday, February 10, 2015
COLUMBIA – Thanks to an agreement between the two Girl Scout councils in South Carolina and BlueChoice® HealthPlan Medicaid, girls across the state will have a greater opportunity to participate in Girl Scouting. BlueChoice® Medicaid will provide the councils the $15 membership fee and limited funding for select program materials for eligible BlueChoice Medicaid members who want to join a Girl Scout troop. Tuesday, February 10, 2015
The Timrod Park Neighborhood Association will be hosting an introductory session, "Researching your Home's History" presented by the SC History Room research librarian at the Florence Library on Tues., Feb.10 , 6-7 PM in the E.N. Ziegler SC History Room. -- Monday, February 9, 2015
The winter weeds like henbit and annual bluegrass are making an appearance in the landscape, adding a little bit of green to the brown background of dormant turfgrass. Personally, I enjoy the tiny purple henbit flowers in what is otherwise a rather drab time of year. If you don’t share that sentiment, you are not alone. Weeds seem to be public enemy number one when it comes to lawns. Thursday, February 5, 2015
Paulo André Gualdi, Italian pianist and assistant professor of music at Francis Marion University, will present a program of piano music for the Epiphany Concert Series at St. John’s Church on Sunday, Feb. 8. The concert will be in the Old Parish Hall at 6 p.m. The church is located at 252 S. Dargan St. Gualdi needs no introduction to Florence audiences. He has delighted international audiences with his masterful command of the piano. He has played recitals in Italy, France, Brazil and the United States. Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Thomas Reaves Gasque, a chapter member and officer, will speak on “The Marriage of Two Counties: The 1923 Highway Bridge at Pee Dee,” at the meeting of the Pee Dee Chapter, S.C. Genealogical Society, on Sunday, Feb. 8. The meeting will be held at 3 p.m. in the meeting room at the new Marion Fire Station on Senator Gasque Road. The public is invited to the meeting. After decades of crossing the Great Pee Dee River by ferry, the citizens of Florence and Marion Counties voted to fund the building of a toll bridge at Mars Bluff. Tuesday, February 3, 2015
GOLDEN K KIWANIS members read a book to a class of first graders at Briggs Elementary on Monday, Jan. 12. Pictured from left are Bobby Holland, Ed Melton and Jay Black. Each student gets to pick three books to keep as their own donated by the club as part of a reading program they have sponsored for over 20 years. Kiwanis is a global organization celebrating 100 years of service dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. Tuesday, February 3, 2015
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) can 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 2 or 3 practices a week. For more information contact Cindy Averitt at the Florence Family YMCA at 843-665-1234.
Interested neighbors in the Lucas Park area are invited for a final walk-thru of the park before the city removes diseased trees. The walk-thru will take place on Jan. 30 at 1 p.m. starting at the playground. Recently, city arborist Jenny Lee made a final inspection of the park. She found a number of additional diseased/rotten trees and made a final marking of trees to be removed. The tree removal begins in mid-late February. During this final walk-thru, the rationale behind the plan and the removal of marked trees will be explained. Both the City and the Briggs Neighborhood Watch want everyone to have an opportunity to voice their opinions before the removal begins. The tree removal has much to do with the natural cycle of life in a park that is the age of Lucas Park. Additionally, there are safety and environmental issues that play an equally important part to the big picture of the park’s revitalization.
Florence Duplicate Bridge Club lists its winners at the Jan. 20 game. Overall winners, tied for first place, were LuEtta Harris and Ted Rodgers, Jack Gurley and Happy Powell. They were followed by Donna Reilly and Jack Morais. Section B winners were: first place, Beverly Thomas and June Hucks, followed by Molly Poole and Phenie Killham, Karen and Rich Myers. Winners on Jan. 16 were LuEtta Harris and Ted Rodgers, tied with Bill and Bobbie Stricklin, followed by June Hucks and Margaret Gause. Tuesday, January 27, 2015
The Florence premiere of the movie “Black Coffee” will take place in the auditorium of Poynor Adult Education Center on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 4 p.m. as a fundraiser for the Barnes Street Teen Center. A $2 donation is requested. “Black Coffee” is a romantic comedy that allows young Americans to see themselves on the big screen as positive people involved in healthy relationships. It is part of the African American Movie Awareness Series. Eric Small of Bishopville and Mark Harris are the producers. 1555 filmworks is the name of the company. A question and answer session after the film allows time to explain what it takes to be a part of motion pictures. Doors open at 3 p.m. Light refreshments will be served Poynor is located at 301 S. Dargan Street. For more information call 843-665-3253.
U-N-I (pronounced “You and I”) Jazz will bring the sound of jazz, swing, and blues to the Epiphany Concert Series on Sunday, Jan.18, 6 p.m. The Epiphany Concert Series is a fixture of the winter music scene in Florence, and is sponsored by St. John’s Church, 252 S. Dargan St., across from Francis Marion’s Performing Arts Center. The series is in its tenth season. This concert will be in the Fellowship Hall, at the East end of the church campus. All other concerts are held in the Old Parish Hall, at the rear of the courtyard beside the church. Tuesday, January 13, 2015
NEWBERRY – Florentine and popular Palmetto State crooner Clay Brown and his band will salute the greats of soul music at the Newberry Opera House on Friday, Jan. 23, at 8 p.m. Music has been a part of Clay Brown’s entire life. By the age of five Clay Brown was showing his relatives how much he loved music. While they rehearsed their Southern gospel tunes at their Florence home, Clay hid under the bed and listened, taking it all in. His brother encouraged him to join in the harmony, and from then on he was part of a trio harmonizing songs with groups like the Soul Stirrers and the Dixie Hummingbirds. Tuesday, January 13, 2015
The Trustees of the Florence Museum announce the opening of the 2015 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition. Works by regional artists will be on exhibit in the Waters Gallery, located at 135 South Dargan Street, from Jan. 15 to March 29. An opening reception will be held Thursday evening, Jan, 15, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thanks to this year’s sponsor, Chick-fil-A, the reception will be free of charge and open to the public. The Pee Dee Regional Art Competition showcases contemporary art (created within the last two years) by artists located in the Pee Dee region. The works on exhibit were selected by Judge, Lese Corrigan, from a total of 172 submissions. Tuesday, January 13, 2015
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 at their next meeting and see how BNI can build their business. BNI is the largest business networking organization in the world. Call James Sheehy at 843-669-3142 or Pat Carnell at 843-665-2667 if interested in attending.
The McLeod Mobile Mammography Unit has announced upcoming visits in the Pee Dee. Visits that are open to the public during January, February, and March are: • McLeod Family Medicine Timmonsville (755 E. Smith St., Timmonsville), Tuesdays; Jan. 6, Feb. 3, and March 3; 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Jane Spillane, wife of the famous mystery writer Mickey Spillane will be speaking about her book, “My Life with Mickey”, on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at 3 p.m at Central United Methodist Church in the Spears Hall. The program is sponsored by the Sidney Lanier Literary Club. Copies of Jane’s book will be sold and signed by the author. This meeting is open to the public. For more information please contact Licia Stone 665-6704.
Legwarmers For Literacy 5K Resolution Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. from Fitness World Gym, Second Loop Road. Dress up in your favorite ‘80s fashion, or as your favorite celebrity or cartoon character from the 1980s to run, walk, or breakdance your way to the finish line. Call Christina Lawson at 843-667-1908 for the 411 about this totally awesome race.
The Pee Dee Chapter of Business Networking International (BNI) meets every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at Victors in downtown Florence. BNI Business Builders meets Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. at Shoney’s on W. Lucas Street. Local business men and women are invited to come and see how BNI can build their business. BNI is the largest business networking organization in the world. For Pee Dee Chapter call James Sheehy at 843-669-3142 or Pat Carnell at 843-665-2667 if interested in attending. For Business Builders, call Charles E. Saverance at (843) 260-4780.
The Quinby Garden Club hosted their fall 2014 meetings at the following sites: The December meeting was a covered dish held in the Quinby Baptist Church fellowship hall. Members brought gifts for the Toys for Tots Campaign and a “white elephant” gift to exchange with each other. Forest Lake Greenhouse was the site for the November meeting. Carol Harris and Martha Brown were hostesses. Lisa King presented a program on fall plantings. The October meeting was held in the fellowship hall of Quinby Baptist Church with hostesses Linda Page and Judith Kelly. President Karen Belissary briefed the club concerning the meetings and decoration of the FMU President’s home in December. The annual tree lighting, to be held Dec. 5 at the Windy Hill Fire Dept., was discussed by chair Louise Rallings, The September meeting was held at the home of Larry and Linda Matthews with co-host Mary Haskell.