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 Mary McLeod Bethune Section of the National Council of Negro Women Inc. will meet at 5 p.m. today at Morris College. The group is soliciting new members. If interested in joining, please attend this meeting. Call Miranda Davis-Choice at (803) 651-8540.
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.
Sumter High School Class of 1982 will sponsor an appreciation cookout for Sumter law enforcement and first responders from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Sumter County Health Department parking lot, 105 N. Magnolia St. This free event is to show those who sacrifice for our community that we appreciate them. Call Michael Tindal at (210) 625-2578 or Sonya Singleton at (803) 464-8494.
The Lincoln High School Alumni Association will meet at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15, at the historical Lincoln Center cafeteria, Council Street. Call James L. Green at (803) 968-4173.
The Sumter Amateur Radio Association (SARA) will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 16, at Palmetto Health Tuomey in classroom 2. More information is available online at www.sumterhamradio.org or on the group's Facebook page.
South Carolina Legal Services will offer a FINAL free expungement workshop at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at Clarendon One Community Resource Center, 1154 Fourth St., Summerton. This will be the last expungement workshop offered so you don't want to miss out on this final opportunity to put your past behind you. Come let attorneys Christina Kelly and Tiffney Love begin or continue the process of clearing your legal record. Call Kathleen L. Gibson at (803) 485-2043 or (803) 225-0832 for information about this free workshop.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11078 of Summerton will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 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.
Carolina Coin Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 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 for more information.
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 Robinson, pastor of Union Baptist Church. Open to the public and clergy are strongly encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP for the survivors reception by calling Yolanda Wilson at (803) 773-7158.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Ruth Ellen Hardee at (803) 256-6238 or email@example.com.
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.
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.