The American Red Cross encourages all eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and others during the month of October, which is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Schedule your donation appointment by using the free Blood Donor App, by visiting www.redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Help save a life by participating in one of the following American Red Cross blood donation opportunities: 2-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, Grace Baptist Church, 219 W. Calhoun St.; and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church, 7355 Camden Highway, Rembert.
The United Way Diamonds will hold a "Roots and Wings Workshop" from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at the Sumter County Magistrate's building, 115 N. Harvin St., first floor. This free workshop is for parents and trusted adults (aunts, uncles, teachers, coaches, youth pastors, etc.) to get tips for talking with young people about love, sex and relationships. Light refreshments will be served. Diamonds is the United Way's teen pregnancy prevention program. Call Melanie Dees at (803) 773-7935, extension 113, to RSVP.
Disabled American Veterans Gamecock Chapter 5 will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at 18 Hardpack Road (off of Peach Orchard Road / S.C. 441).
A Lincoln High School sports program will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Lincoln High School cafeteria, Council Street. Speakers include Joe Hoskins, Walter Washington and Dr. Dill Gamble. Cost is $15 at the door. Call Titus Duren at (803) 315-4880 or Carl Baker at (803) 775-4088.
The DeLaine Community Senior Center will hold a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the DeLaine Community Center, located at the intersection of Cane Savannah and Eagle roads. Call (803) 422-0980 or (803) 494-9410.
VFW Post 10813 will host a barbecue / fish and chips sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 610 Manning Ave. Call Walter Johnson at (803) 847-0212.
The Ain't No Stopping Us Aerobics annual health and wellness fair and trunk-or-treat will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the South HOPE Center, 1125 S. Lafayette Drive.
Active Day of Sumter Adult Daycare Center will hold its first Oktoberfest from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 930 Oswego Road. There will be free health screenings, free flu shots, costume contest for kids and adults, games, prizes and food. The children will enjoy trunk-or-treat. Call Cassandra Wise at (803) 775-4281.
Halloween Trunk-or-Treat, sponsored by Sumter's Super Heroes, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31, at Sumter Law Enforcement Center, 107 E. Hampton Ave.
The Friends of the Sumter County Library Big Book Sale will be held as follows: 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, preview night for members of Friends of the Library only (join at the door); from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 3-4, and 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 9-11; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, "Bag O' Books Day," fill up a bag for $5 (bags issued at the door). Sale is located at The Sumter County Library, 111 N. Harvin St. www.sumtercountylibrary.org
The Sumter Branch NAACP 34th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, at the Sumter County Civic Center, 700 W. Liberty St. The Rev. Dr. James S. Cooper, presiding elder of the Northeast Conference Sumter District AME Church, will speak.
The Rembert Area Community Coalition will hold a barbecue from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 7530 Pisgah Road, Rembert, in front of Dennis Grocery.
The Marine Corps birthday dinner will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, at the Restaurant at Second at the Elk's Lodge. Call Fay at (803) 775-5768 for information or reservations.
The Sumter County Veterans Association's Veterans Day program will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11, at the old Sumter County Courthouse on North Main Street. The program will begin at 11 a.m. with General Garrett of the Third Army will serve as keynote speaker. Prior to the parade, there will be a Veterans Day parade at 10 a.m. on Main Street. The program will honor all veterans, living or deceased, for the service they have given and continue to give to keep our country free. Call Larry E. Huff, chairman of the Sumter County Veterans Association, at (803) 236-1203 or (803) 494-2894 for information.