The General George L. Mabry Jr. Chapter 817 Military Order of the Purple Heart will meet at 6 p.m. today at the Sumter Combat Veterans Group building, 529 N. Wise Drive. All Purple Heart recipients and those interested in association membership are invited. Life membership is available for only $25. For more information, call (803) 773-0658.
The Sumter AARP Tax-Aide Foundation will offer free tax assistance and preparation on a first come, first served basis on Mondays and Wednesdays from Feb. 5 through April 17 at the Lincoln Historical Center (former home of the Shepherd's Center), 26 Council St. On Saturday, Feb. 17, assistance will be available on an appointment basis only. Call Lula King at (803) 316-0772 for information.
Sumter County Active Lifestyles (SCAL) is sponsoring a walk around the exercise track at Dillon Park on Saturday, Jan. 20. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the walk starting at 10 am. Sumter County Council members will be joining SCAL in this informal walk. This is a good opportunity for community members to enjoy walking and being active on the recently resurfaced track as well as a time to visit with County Council members, strengthen relationships within the community and make new friends. Call (803) 469-6509 or (803) 464-8292 for information.
Hillcrest High School Class of 1978 will hold a 40th class reunion meeting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20, at High Hill Baptist Church, Meetinghouse Road, Dalzell. All classmates welcome to attend. For information, call Mable Butler at (803) 565-1225 or Mary Roach at (803) 464-7664.
The Lincoln High School Alumni Association will meet at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 21, at the historical Lincoln Center cafeteria, Council Street. Call James L. Green at (803) 968-4173.
The Westside Neighborhood Association will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22, at the Birnie HOPE Center, 210 S. Purdy St. Contact Jim McCain at (678) 429-8150 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
SCEAR (South Carolina Education Association of Retired Teachers) will meet at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the North HOPE Center.
The Sumter County Democrats will host its 2018 Precinct Reorganization at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Sumter County Judicial Center, 215 N. Harvin St., in the jury meeting room on the first floor. All local Democrats are encouraged to attend to elect precinct leaders to serve the county party. Contact Allen Bailey at (803) 316-1976 or email@example.com.
The Sumter County Historical Society will meet at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 28, at Temple Sinai, Church Street. Elizabeth Moses, of the Sumter County Museum, will present an update on the partnership of the temple and the museum along with providing insight into the history of the temple and the plans for the future.
The Lee County Branch of the NAACP will sponsor its annual Freedom Fund Banquet at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Lee Central High School cafeteria, 1800 Wisacky Highway, Bishopville. Retired Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Detective Garry McFadden, of Investigation Discovery's "I Am Homicide," will speak. Tickets for the event are $25 and must be purchased in advance from a committee member. For additional information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sumter Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Shiloh-Randolph Manor, 125 W. Bartlette St. Rebecca Sears, director, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Sumter Senior Services, will speak. Contact Debra Canty, chapter president, at (803) 775-5792 or email@example.com.