Sumter Combat Veterans Group to meet Friday


The Sumter Combat Veterans Group monthly meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 15, at 529 N. Wise Drive. Dinner is $5 per plate and will be served after the meeting. Dinner will consist of sausage dog with chili, coleslaw, chips and a drink or water.

A Juneteenth celebration will be held beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, at the Mary McLeod Bethune Park, 1175 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Road, Mayesville. Bring your lawn chairs and umbrellas. There will be food, drink, music and more.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart, General George L. Mabry Jr. Chapter 817, will host a cookout from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, at the VA Outpatient Clinic, 407 N. Salem Ave. Members of the chapter will be serving all veterans visiting the clinic on that date.

The Carolina Coin Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, at the Parks and Recreation Department building,155 Haynsworth St. The club meets on the third Tuesday of each month and visitor are always welcome. Call (803) 775-8840 for more information.

Because of God We Can Outreach Ministry will hold a giveaway at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 23, at the home of Viola Shaw, 186 Green Lane, Bishopville. Food will be served at noon. Tickets will be drawn for cash prizes. Donated items to be given away include clothes, toys, shoes, coffee tables, televisions and more. Call Viola Shaw at (803) 428-3488.

In observance of "Homeownership Month," a housing and job fair will be held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, at the South Sumter Resource Center, 337 Manning Ave. Find out if you qualify for a home. A drawing contest for ages 6-18 with theme of "My Dream House" and an essay contest (100-plus words) for ages 6-18 with the theme of "What Home Ownership Means to Me" will be held. Deadline for entry into contests is 5 p.m. on Monday, June 18. Refreshments, door prizes and fun for kids.

The Heart of Sumter Neighborhood Association (HSNA) and the Sumter County Cultural Center will present a brass quintet from the Charleston Symphony Orchestra 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, in front of Patriot Hall. Finger desserts and lemonade will be provided. Bring a chair and umbrella. HSNA will be accepting new members. Membership fee is $10 annually per family. Visit

The Sumter Branch NAACP will meet at 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, at Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church, 7355 Camden Highway, Rembert.

A Red, White and Blue Ball, presented by American Legion Post 202 Women's Auxiliary, will be held from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, at 310 Palmetto St. Event will feature DJ Smoove as well as free food. Tickets are $20 each. Semi formal attire. Call Janetta at (803) 406-8038.

The Sumter Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, at Shiloh-Randolph Manor, 125 W. Bartlette St. Contact Debra Canty, chapter president, at (803) 775-5792 or

The 12th Annual Art in the Park will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Memorial Park. Art and craft, community corner and children's craft center vendor applications can be downloaded at