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: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, Palmetto Health Tuomey, 129 N. Washington St.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, USC Sumter Arts & Letters Building, 109 Miller Road; 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 Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11078 of Summerton will meet at 6 p.m. today at the VFW Post on Cantey Street, directly behind First Citizens Bank. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Call (803) 478-7593 or (803) 460-8910.
VFW Post 10813 will meet at 6 p.m. today at 610 Manning Ave. Call (803) 968-1344.
Carolina Coin Club will meet at 7 p.m. today at the Parks and Recreation Department building, 155 Haynsworth St. The club meets on the third Tuesday of each month and visitors are always welcome. Call (803) 775-8840.
A "Bridging the Gap Between Spirituality and Domestic Violence" forum will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at USC Sumter, Nettles Auditorium. Keynote speakers will be Valerie L. Williams, domestic violence survivor and author, and the Rev. Walter Robertson, pastor of Union Baptist Church. Open to the public and clergy are strongly encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served. Call (803) 773-7158 to RSVP for survivors reception.
The Sumter County Chapter of AARP will meet at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, at Sumter Senior Services Center, 119 S. Sumter St. All persons age 55 years or older are invited to join us. Call (803) 773-9681.
The General George L. Mabry Jr. Chapter 817 Military Order of the Purple Heart will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, 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. Call (803) 773-0658.
The 14th Annual Sumter Coin Show will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the fellowship hall of Bethesda Church of God, 2730 Broad St. (next to the Honda dealership). Buy, sell and trade. There will be door prizes and a drawing for a gold coin. Free appraisals. Numismatic curiosities and more. Call (803) 775-8840.
Join Sumter County Active Lifestyles for a Halloween-inspired walk on Main Street on Saturday, Oct. 21. Sign-in / registration will be held at 11:30 a.m. by the old courthouse with the walk beginning promptly at noon. The walk should last approximately an hour. Water, comfortable shoes and a camera are recommended. Costumes are encouraged but not required. All costumed walkers will be eligible to get their picture on SCAL's Facebook page.
Sumter High School Class of 1978 will hold a 40th class reunion planning meeting at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22, at the Sumter County Library, 111 N. Harvin St. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or join the group on Facebook.
The Sumter Branch NAACP will meet at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22, at Mount Glory Baptist Church, 841 N. Main St. The public is invited.
The Sumter / Clarendon Chapter of the Building Industry of Central South Carolina will host a golf tournament on Monday, Oct. 23, at Beech Creek Golf Club, 1800 Sam Gillespie Blvd. The tournament is limited to 32 four-person teams for $300 per team. Fee includes green fees, golf cart, door prizes, drinks and dinner. Several charitable organizations will receive donations from the event. Contact Nelle Tomlinson at (803) 775-6800 or email@example.com or Ruth Ellen Hardee at (803) 256-6238 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The United Way Diamonds will hold a "Roots and Wings Workshop" from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 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.
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.
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.