Sumter Chapter of AARP to meet today


The Sumter County Chapter of AARP will meet at 2:30 p.m. today at Sumter Senior Services Center, 119 S. Sumter St. All persons 55 years old or older are invited to join us. Call Johnny Jones at (803) 773-9681.

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, 529 N. Wise Drive. All Purple Heart recipients and those interested in association membership are invited. Life membership is available for only $25. Call (803) 773-0658.

Paxville Community Development Corp. (PCDC) will hold a family fun festival from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, at PCDC Community Center, 10183 Lewis Road, Paxville. This event will feature food, music and games. Bring your own chairs. No coolers or alcohol allowed. Call James Zeigler at (803) 452-5805 or (803) 464-3487.

A picnic in the park with live entertainment will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the North HOPE Center Park, 904 N. Main St. Sponsored by the James R. Clark Memorial Foundation Sickle Cell clients, this event is being held in recognition of Sickle Cell Awareness Month.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 202 will hold its harvest ball meeting 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 310 Palmetto St. Call (803) 469-7133.

The Scotts Branch High School Alumni Association will meet at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Eagles Nest in Summerton (old district office on Larry King Highway). Your support and help are needed for a major project planned for the near future. Call Eliza at (803) 460-1726 or Robert at (803) 225-4085.

The Sumter Branch NAACP will meet at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24, at Rafting Creek Baptist Church, 3860 S.C. 261 North, Rembert. The public is invited to attend.

VFW Post 10813 will hold its "4th Sunday Wine & Cheese Affair" from 5 to 9 p.m. at 610 Manning Ave.

The Westside Neighborhood Association will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 25, at the Birnie HOPE Center, 210 S. Purdy St. Sumter County Council Chairman Jim McCain will give an update on the county and Penny for Progress updates. Contact Jim McCain at (678) 429-8150 or

The Disabled American Veterans Gamecock Chapter 5 will hold their regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 18 Hardpack Road, off of Peach Orchard Road.

The SCEA-R monthly membership meeting will be held at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the North HOPE Center. A membership party, compliments of the state SCEA-R, will be held.

The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 5 will hold a pancake dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, at the DAV building, 18 Hardpack Road, off of Peach Orchard Road. Tickets are $6 each and can be purchased at the door.

The Sumter Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Shiloh-Randolph Manor, 125 W. Bartlette St. Guest speaker will be Wendy O'Steen, nurse educator with Vanda Pharmaceuticals of Washington, D.C., which specializes in the circadian rhythm disorder Non-24. Visit the chapter's booth at the Sumter County Fair. October is blind awareness month. Contact Debra Canty, chapter president, at (803) 775-5792 or Donations are welcome and can be mailed to NFB Sumter Chapter, P.O. Box 641, Sumter, SC 29151.

The Mayesville Area Community Coalition will celebrate its 10th breast cancer awareness celebration on Saturday, Oct. 14, with a breast cancer walk and banquet. Sign in for the walk will be held at 7:30 a.m. at St. Mark UM Church, Mayesville, with the walk beginning at 8:30 a.m. on the Mary McLeod Bethune Nature Trail. The banquet will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at St. Rest Apostolic Church, Mayesville. Cost is $10 per person. Call Katherina Carolina at (803) 453-5974, Neola Davis at (803) 453-6078, Margie Jefferson at (803) 453-5441 or Jessie Washington at (803) 795-9343.