A.A. Meetings - If you drink, that’s your business. If you want to be sober, that’s our business. A.A. (843) 697-3321.
Traffic Safety Checkpoints - The Lane, Greeleyville, and Kingstree Police Departments will be conducting traffic safety checkpoints during the month of October.
Traffic Safety Checkpoints - The Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting traffic safety checkpoints during the month of October.
Support - If you are a parent or guard-ian with a child or children with special needs and may be interested in becoming a part of a parent-to-parent support group, please contact Tommy and Michelle Russell at (843) 373-0912 or (843) 356-5714 or email them at pillaroutreach@ yahoo.com.
Seniors Patrol - The Kingstree Police Depart-ment is offering a seniors patrol wellness check. Any elderly, ill or bedridden residents of the Town of Kingstree who would like for the police department to contact them on a regular basis should call Chief Robert Ford. Chief Ford can be reached at 355-5435 or come by the police department and leave your name, phone number, and address.
Memory Dish - Hospice Care of South Caro-lina's Grief Support Group, known as the "Memory Dish" is held the second Thursday of each month from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the Williamsburg Technical Col-lege (Administrative Office Building Conference Room). The Memory Dish is conducted by Chaplain Willis Broughton. The contact number for this group is (843) 213-8507.
Program - Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Weight Program will meet on Thursdays at 9:15 a.m. at Ina Miles Store. For more information contact Lillie Jean at (843) 355-3002 or Ann at (843) 382-9696.
Senior Bingo - The senior citizens of Lane invite any senior citizen to join them every first and third Tuesday at Lane Recreation Center on Broomstraw Rd. for “Senior Bingo.”
Weight Watchers - Weight Watchers 2012 meetings will be held at the First Baptist Church of Kingstree. Classes are on Thursdays at 5 p.m.
Screenings - Williamsburg County School District Office of Special Ser-vices, located at 500 North Academy Street, Kingstree, (843) 355-5533, will hold child find screenings each month.
Meeting - The Housing Authority of Kingstree will meet every third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at 1022 Lexington Ave., Kingstree.
Parade - The Andrews Veterans Association (AVA) is proud to announce a Veterans Day Parade and service will be held in Andrews on Saturday, November 3, at 1 p.m., with a service to follow at 3 p.m. The parade will be held on Main Street and the service will be held inside the local National Guard Armory. For further information about the Andrews Veterans Day Parade please contact Andrews Veterans Association Chairman Thomas Alford at (843) 833-3267 or Assistant Secretary Greg Bennet at (843) 325-9275. Veterans and military members are most welcome to join the Andrews Veterans Association.
Exhibit - “African-Americans on Postage Stamps”this extraordinary exhibition includes the stamps issued by the USPS celebrating the people, events and cultural milestones of African-Americans from October 2 to October 31, Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at C. Williams Rush Gallery Of African-American Arts & Culture, 200 Hampton Avenue, Kingstree.
Showcase - The second annual “A Beautiful Black Christmas”Will be held from November 5 to December 31. A showcase of black angels, Santas, nutcrackers, nativity scenes and Christmas trees decorated with black ornaments from Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at C. Williams Rush Gallery Of African-American Arts & Culture, 200 Hampton Avenue, Kingstree. Please call for group and other appointment times, (803) 397-1859 school groups are encouraged to attend all of the educational exhibits.
Festival - The Kingstree/Bi-Lo Pig Pickin’ Festival is scheduled for October 18 to October 20, at the Kingstree Recreation Center. Vendor and cooker spots are still available, but they are going fast! If you would like to reserve your spot, please call (843) 355-7484 and speak with Amanda for pricing and availability.
Workshop - Williamsburg County is sponsoring a small business workshop on “The Fundamentals” (success and failure and no grants and limited resources) Thursday, October 25, from 6 p.m. til 9 p.m. in the Alex Chatman Complex Courtroom, 147 W. Main St., Kingstree. Refreshments will be served. Mike Bell of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Florence-Darlington Technical College will be the presenter. The workshop is free but registration is required. Please reserve your place by calling Mary Rome at (843) 355-8993 or emailing your reservation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Horse Trials - McCutchen Training Center and the Williamsburg HomeTown Chamber invite you to the 17th annual Running of the King’s Tree Trials, Saturday, November 3. Tickets went on sale October 9. For more information call the Williamsburg HomeTown Chamber at (843) 355-6431.
Poets - Local poets are welcome to send one poem of 21 lines or less to Poetry Idol Auditions, PO Box 3561, Ashland, Oregon 97520 or enter online at www.freecontest.com. The deadline for entering is November 10.
There are 50 prizes totaling $5,000 with a $1,000 grand prize for the last poet standing. Entries submitted may be written on any subject using any style, and the Contest Director Dr. Joseph Cameron will have the final say on judging the contest. Entrants should include their name and address on the same page as the poem, and a winners’ list will be sent to them. Also a winners’ list will be posted online. “I am so excited by this contest,” says Dr. Cameron. “We are helping poetry, the Cinderella of the Arts, find her glass slipper.”
Book Presentation - The Friends of Williamsburg County Library will be hosting Sherman Carmichael, on Thursday, October 25 at 6 p.m. Sherman Carmichael is a Johnsonville native, and Williamsburg County Library is pleased to have him return for a presentation of his new book, Legends and Lore of South Carolina. Sherman researched the stories in this book for over a year. Copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing. His first book, Forgotten Tales of South Carolina, was published 2011. South Carolina residents know that around every corner there’s another legend. Join them for an evening of thrilling and chilling tales. The public in invited and there is no charge.
Pig Pickin’ Parade - The Pig Pickin’ Parade will be held on Saturday, October 20, at 10 a.m. The lineup will begin at 9 a.m. Entry is opened to the public. There is no charge for entry; however, an entry form is required. The Felician Sisters of Pennsylvania will be the grand marshall. Color guard will be provided by Kingstree High School JROTC Unit.
Other entries will include and will not be limited to local schools and organizations, areas churches, local elected officials, candidates vying for public offices, area businesses, area police and fire departments, day cares, non-profit organizations, the South Carolina Forestry Commission, military units, sport teams, bands, and horses. The parade will also feature the emphasis on “texting and driving.” Entries and participation for the parade are still available. Contact the Town of Kingstree at (843) 355-8156 or stop by the town hall to obtain an entry form. Information regarding the Town of Kingstree and Bi-Lo Annual Pig Pickin’ Festival may be obtained by calling (843) 355-7484 or on Facebook.
Fall Festival - Family Connection South Carolina will sponsor its Williamsburg/Georgetown Fall Festival for families of children with special healthcare needs and disabilities on Saturday, October 27, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at TilluRide Ranch, 242 Stephanie Lp., Hemingway. Please RSVP with Tracie at (843) 556-5010 or Minnie Lambert at (843) 325-4495. The rain date will be November 3. Bring your entire family to enjoy games, horse riding and to meet other local families who have a family member with special healthcare needs. Visit http://www.tilluride. com/ or call (843) 485-1871 for information regarding changes due to the weather.
Free ID cards - Woodmen of the World Youth Unit 1246 and Adult Lodge 27 of Kingstree will sponsor free ID cards on Saturday, October 20, which includes DNA, fingerprinting, pictures, etc. for ages three to 17. Parental permission is required. Look for the Woodmen of the World tent at the Kingstree/Bi-Lo Pig Pickin’ Festival.
Play - The Swamp Fox Players and the Historic Strand Theater located in Georgetown will present the 2012 season must see finale “Dracula,” by Steven Dietz from the novel written by Bram Stoker! Show dates are October 26, and October 27, November 1, November 2, November 3, November 9, and November 10, at 8 p.m. with a Sunday matinee November 4, and November 11, at 2:30 p.m. For tickets call (843) 527-2924 to reserve your seats now. “Dracula” is sure to be a sell out show so get your tickets early. Group sales available and the Strand Theater is a handicapped friendly venue. Hearing assistance devices are now available at no charge.
Volunteer - Kingstree Senior High School’s Guidance Department would like to ask graduates to volunteer as classroom and large group speakers on topics that will inspire current students to continue to excel academically, better understand workplace expectations, postsecondary opportunities, and other information relative to effective career preparation during the 2012 KSH Alumni and Homecoming Week Celebration, October 15 to October 19. Interested KSH graduates are asked to contact Ms. Shauntee Pressley, Kingstree Senior High Career Specialist, at (843) 355-6525.
Homecoming - Kingstree Senior High School will celebrate Alumni and Homecoming Week, October 15 to October19. Please contact the school at (843) 355-6525 for further information.
Morning Coffee - Family Connection of SC hosts morning coffee for parents of children with special healthcare needs and disabilities to share information and talk with other parents with similar experiences at Hardee’s in Kingstree on Friday, October 26, at 9 a.m.
For more information, contact Minnie at (843) 221-4027 or Tracie at (843) 556-5010.