EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly.
The Sumter County Recreation Department is accepting registrations through Friday, May 26, for youth ages 5-12 (proof of age required) for the 2023 Summer Enrichment Program. The program will be held 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. June 5-July 14 at the following locations: Catchall-Shaw Community Center, Cherryvale Community Center, DeLaine Community Center, Eastern Community Center, Ebenezer Community Center, Rembert-Rafting Creek Community Center, Salterstown Community Center and Shiloh Community Center. Register online at www.sumtercountysc.gov or at the Recreation Department, 155 Haynsworth St. Cost is $115 per participant and includes registration fee and all six weeks of the program. For more, call (803) 436-2248.
You can be someone's hero by donating blood or platelets during one of the following American Red Cross blood donation opportunities: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today, USC Sumter, Nettles Building/Gym, 200 Miller Road; 2-7 p.m. today, Grace Baptist Church, 219 W. Calhoun St.; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, Creech Roddey Watson Insurance, 23 E. Calhoun St.; 8 a.m.-noon Monday, June 12, YMCA, 510 Miller Road; 2-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, Christ Community Church, 320 Loring Mill Road; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, Palmetto Health Tuomey, 129 N. Washington St. To make a donation appointment, download the Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Cars and Coffee Sumter will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 27, at Gamecock Lanes, 817 Broad St. Cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome. Coffee, water and donuts will be available - first come, first served. Donations will benefit Helping South Carolina Inc.
The Mary Hinson Standard Flower Show, sponsored by the Council of Garden Clubs of Sumter Inc., will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 27, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, May 28, at the Alice Boyle Garden Center, 842 W. Liberty St. (next to Swan Lake). The show will include floral designs and horticulture specimens. For more information or to enter designs or horticulture, call (803) 968-2534. Find more information on Facebook at Council of Garden Clubs of Sumter Inc.
The 50th World Invitational Double Dutch Championship will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday-Saturday, June 8-10, at the Sumter County Civic Center, 700 W. Liberty St. Admission is free. Participating teams: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Washington, D.C. Each team will compete for world championships in their respective grade levels. T-shirts and other souvenir items will be available for purchase.
Backcountry Brews, presented by the Sumter County Museum and Sumter Original Brewery, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13, at 122 N. Washington St. Learn all about beer brewing, past and present, while enjoying beer samples, barbecue and live music. This event is for age 21 and older. Limited tickets available. Register at www.sumtercountymuseum.org or call (803) 775-0908.
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