Help save a life by participating in the Boots & Badges Sumter Police / Fire departments American Red Cross Blood Drive 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today at 111 N. Harvin St. Blood and platelet donors of all blood types, especially types O negative and O positive, are urgently needed. 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).
The Sumter County Library's Forrest Ray 5K will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, beginning at 8 a.m. at the library. Visit www.sumtercountylibrary.org
The Sumter Combat Veterans Group will hold its annual golf tournament on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Crystal Lakes Golf Course, 1305 Clara Louise Kellogg Drive. There will be a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Registration fee is $50 per golfer limited to the first 20 teams. Fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, souvenirs, cart, green fees, refreshments during play and door prizes. Team format will be Captain's Choice Four-Person Team. There will be first and second place prizes for men's and women's teams. Call Earnest Roland at (803) 840-0935 or Dutch Holland at (910) 973-3223.
The Lincoln High School Preservation Alumni Association will host its second Little Miss Pageant and Scholarship fundraiser at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the South Sumter Resource Center, 337 Manning Ave.
The Lincoln High School Alumni Association will meet at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Lincoln High School cafeteria, 22 Council St.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11078 of Summerton will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the VFW Post on Cantey Street, directly behind First Citizens Bank. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Call Carl A. Farley at (803) 478-7593 or (803) 460-8910.
The Carolina Coin Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 155 Haynsworth St., the Parks and Recreation Department building. The club meets on the third Tuesday of each month and visitors are always welcome. Call (803) 775-8840.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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 email@example.com. Donations are welcome and can be mailed to NFB Sumter Chapter, P.O. Box 641, Sumter, SC 29151.