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|Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00|
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Notary Public Seminars
Secretary of State Mark Hammond is offering free regional notary public seminars for South Carolina notaries and those interested in becoming a notary. Notaries public hold an important position of responsibility.
It is critical to understand the duties and responsibilities of notaries under South Carolina law. Once commissioned as a notary public, it is the responsibility of the notary to maintain a level of training necessary to perform the duties of the position as required by law. This seminar will address state laws governing the duties and responsibilities of notaries. The unauthorized practice of law will also be addressed in a joint session with a representative from the South Carolina Bar. Attending a Notary Public seminar is not required. The seminar is a public service of the Secretary of State’s Office. For a complete list of seminars offered across South Carolina, visit www.scsos.com.
Doors will open at 5:30 pm on the day of the seminar; seminar will begin promptly at 6:00 pm and end by 7:30 pm. Below are two seminars that will be in your general area. For a complete list of seminars offered across South Carolina, visit www.scsos.com.
St. Martin de Porres to host SOULFEST
St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church invites you to come out and enjoy “SOULFEST” on Saturday, August 24, 2013 from 11a.m. – 4p.m. at 2229 Hampton Street, Columbia. “SOULFEST” is a multicultural event being held in the Historic Waverly Community.
This event will feature a southern style cuisine of chicken, fish & chopped BBQ, a free health fair, kid’s finger printing by CPD, children’s story teller, a bounce house, and live entertainment from local artists. Vendors can contact us at, (803)776-8752 or, (803)254-6862 for more information.
The Health Fair takes place from 11a.m. to 3p.m. Get free; prostate cancer and diabetes screenings by calling (803)296-2273 to pre-register. Additional health services include; sickle cell trait screening; vision screening; BMI & weight assessment; blood pressure checks; dental, cancer, stroke, cholesterol, heart disease, nutrition education, CPR demonstration, benefit bank and more.
Old Landmark Service
ATC Life Changing Ministries is sponsoring an Old Landmark Service on Sunday, August 19, 2013 where they will be singing, shouting and praising God in the “Old Time Way.” Mothers, bring your daughters, fathers, bring your sons. Minister Kylie McBride of Life Changing Ministries will be the speaker. The service begins at 4p.m., and will be held at Life Changing Ministries, 928 Kennerly Road in Irmo, South Carolina. For more information call, (803)776-3390.
Let’s Move Initiative
Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin recently held a press conference at Greenview Park to officially announce open registration for a major City of Columbia Let’s Move initiative. The Mayor’s Annual Back-To-School Drills and Skills Clinics and Health Fair takes place August 12-16 across city parks and Mayor Benjamin will be encouraging parents to come out and get children registered.
This year, golf has been added to Drills and Skills and will be included in the week’s offering of intense instructional sessions conducted by some of the area’s best collegiate and high school coaches. Drills and Skills clinics are free and open to the public. All clinics will be held from 6 p.m. to 8p.m. each night at the following locations: Hyatt Park, 950 Jackson Avenue (basketball – boys, ages six to 9), Greenview Park, 6700 David Street (basketball - boys, ages 10 to 13), M.L. King Park, 2300 Greene Street (basketball – boys, ages 14 to 17), R.C.S. Family Life Center at Reid Chapel AME, 712 Gabriel Street (basketball - girls 6 to 17); Greenview Park (tennis - boys and girls, ages six to 17), James E. Clyburn Golf Center, 2911 Slighs Avenue (golf- boys and girls, ages six to 17).
The week of activities will conclude on Saturday, August 17, 10a.m. to 3 p.m. at Greenview Park with a Health Fair and free physicals for all Drills and Skills participants. Registration is required for Drill and Skills. The deadline to register is by Friday, August 9. Registration forms are available at City of Columbia Parks and Recreation’s main office, 1111 Parkside Drive and at all Parks and Recreation community centers. For more information about the Mayor’s Back-To-School Drills and Skills Clinics, call City of Columbia Parks and Recreation at, (803)545-3100. The registration form can be downloaded by visiting www.columbiasc.net.
City of Columbia Municipal Election
In 2012 the Columbia City Council made a bold and selfless move in changing the election date to November of odd-numbered years. This was done with the voter in mind. We hope to build on the voters’ natural inclination to vote during the month of November and to increase voter turnout.
The 2013 Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 in the City of Columbia. The following offices will be included in this election: Mayor, District I Councilmember, District 4 Councilmember and At-Large Councilmember. Citizens desiring to vote in the upcoming election must be registered by Saturday, October 5, 2013. To register, one must contact the Richland County Elections and Voter Registration Office at, (803)546.2240 or online at, www.richlandonline.com.
Citizens desiring to be candidates for one of the above listed offices must pay the required fee and file a Statement of Intention of Candidacy with the City Clerk at City Hall, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina. Books will be open for filing on Thursday, August 8, 2013, and remain open during regular business hours, 8:30a.m. until 5p.m. until Friday, September 6, 2013. For additional information please contact Erika Moore at, (803)545.3043 or visit, www.columbiasc.net/elections.
Student-Athletes to Sign Official Team Posters
Cocky, the cheerleaders, Sir Big Spur and the fall sports student-athletes from football, men’s soccer, volleyball and cross country highlight the annual Colonial Life Fan Appreciation Day.
The free event is set for Sunday, August 11, 2013 at Colonial Life Arena from 1p.m. – 3p.m. Parking is available for free in the Colonia Life Arena lots. Doors will open at 1p.m. and the football team is expected to be on hand from 1:15-2:45p.m.
Student-athletes will be available to sign autographs. Please note, due to our commitment to NCAA compliance, student-athletes will only sign the official South Carolina Athletics team posters that are provided for free at the event. Please do not bring or ask student-athletes to sign other items. Your cooperation and support for the athletics department in complying with NCAA regulations is greatly appreciated. With a large crowd expected and a limited amount of time available, it is highly unlikely that fans will be able to receive an autograph of every player in attendance. To accommodate as many people as possible, we ask that fans limit their autograph signings to one poster per person. Phone (803)777-5204 for additional information.
Augusta City Classic
The Board of the Augusta City Classic is pleased to announce The “Annual Augusta City/ Capitol City Bank Classic.” This event will be held at the Lucy Laney Stadium, September 28, 2013. This year the game will feature the Tigers of Benedict College taking on the Wildcats of Fort Valley State University with events beginning at 8a.m.
There will be a Pee-Wee Football game, Battle of the Bands, BBQ Cook-off, Football game, College Halftime show and a Hall of Fame Induction. Ticket price starts at $10 and can be purchased at various locations. You can follow us on Face book at, www.facebook.com/augustacityclassic. The Augusta City Classic Banquet will be held September 26, 2013 at 7p.m. at Augusta Marriot River Front, 2 Tenth Street Augusta, Georgia. The 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees will be announced later this week. You may call (706)826-9800 for more details or call Mike Meyers at, (706)495-0049.
Mental Health Summit
August 2013 At-Large Open House
The August 2013 At-Large Open House with Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine will be held on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 from 5-8p.m. at City Hall, located at 1737 Main Street. Please contact Libby Gober at, (803)545-3061 for more information or to make an appointment.
Free Cruise-In Car Show and Art Show in Irmo
On August 24, 2013, classic car enthusiasts and owners alike are invited to attend Irmo, SC’s second annual classic car show, which will be held from 9a.m. to 1p.m. More than 130 classic cars participated last year and more than 200 are expected this year.
The event will be sponsored by Columbia Conference Center and DuBose Web Group and is being coordinated by Mike DuBose, a member of the Capitol City Corvette Club and Columbia Classic Chevy Club. Owners of classic cars from 1989 and older are invited to enter the show. There is no fee to enter, and the public is also invited to attend free of charge. Cars participating in the show must be parked by 10:30a.m. Trophies will be awarded at 12:15p.m. in the following categories: Best in show, Pick-up, Mustang, Mopar, Ford, Paint job, Street Rod, Corvette, General Motors, Foreign Car, and Oldest Car.
Ample parking will be available at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 6952 St. Andrews Road, Columbia. Attendees not entering a car in the show should park across the street at Crossroads Middle School. A police officer will assist guests in crossing the street. Attendees will receive free hot dogs and bottled water. The church will also host an art show with exhibits from local artists. Air-conditioned bathrooms, seating, and children’s activities will be available inside the building.
City Of Columbia Office of Business Opportunities Second Session Workshop
Due to overwhelming interest, the City of Columbia Office of Business Opportunities will host a second “Understanding Key Elements of Financial Statements” workshop on Thursday, August 15, 2013 from 11a.m. to 1p.m. at 1230 Main Street, Suite 700 for small business owners who have been in business two or more years.
ZOOvie Nights are back
Family movie night will once again take on a wildly different twist when ZOOvie Nights return to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden on select Fridays this August. Beginning Friday, August 9, 2013 guests are invited to enjoy family-friendly outdoor movies in the Zoo’s Palmetto Plaza.
Seating is not provided, so don’t forget to bring a lawn chair. Guests are also encouraged to arrive early to grab a good spot for viewing. Prior to show times, guests are invited to meander through the park (most animals will be off-exhibit). Concessions will also be available for purchase. No outside food or drink is allowed inside the park.
ZOOvie Nights takes place at the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway. The dates are Friday, August 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2013. Gates open at 7:30p.m. and, movies begin at dusk. Admission is $3 for Riverbanks’ members and $5 for the general public. Tickets may only be purchased at the gate on the night of each show. Parking is on the main Zoo side only. To see a complete list of ZOOvie night showings visit, www.facebook.com/riverbankszoo.
Red Cross issues emergency call for Blood and Platelet Donors
The American Red Cross has issued an emergency request for platelet and blood donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give because many fewer donations than expected were received in June and the first week of July.
Nationwide, donations through the Red Cross were down approximately 10 percent in June, resulting in about 50,000 fewer donations than expected. The shortfall is similar to what the Red Cross experienced in June 2012. June can be among the most challenging months of the year for blood and platelet donations as regular donors delay giving while they adjust to summer schedules.
High school and college blood drives account for as much as 20 percent of Red Cross donations during the school year. Donations from those who usually give at these drives drop by more than 80 percent when school is out for the summer. In addition, a mid-week Independence Day holiday reduced the number of blood drives scheduled in early July. Many sponsors, especially businesses, were unable to host drives because employees took extended vacations.
The Red Cross urgently needs donations to ensure an adequate blood supply is available for patients all summer long. Each day, the American Red Cross South Carolina Blood Region needs approximately 500 donors to step forward and give blood. Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to give. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.
There is also an urgent need for platelet donations. Platelets, a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, must be transfused within five days of donation, so it’s important to have a steady supply of platelets on hand. To schedule an appointment to give blood or platelets, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
Currently accepting Head Start Applications
The Orangeburg-Calhoun-Allendale-Bamberg (OCAB) Community Action Agency, Head Start/Early Head Start Programs are currently accepting applications for the 2013-2014 program year.
Head Start serves economically disadvantaged three and four year olds, including those with disabilities, in programs in Orangeburg, Neeses, Santee, Saint Matthews, Elloree, Eutawville, Denmark, Bowman, Bamberg and Allendale. Early Head Start serves infants, toddlers, and pregnant women in Bamberg County.
All children participate in a wide range of learning experiences to foster intellectual, social, and emotional growth. Children with disabilities and their families receive the full range of Head Start developmental services in a mainstream classroom setting. Community agencies assist the Head Start Programs with additional services to meet the needs of families with disabled children.
The child must be three years old on or before September 1, 2013. Parents and/or legal guardians must bring the child’s birth certificate. Applications will not be processed without all of the necessary documents listed; up-to-date certificate of immunization – DHEC 1148 (no pink cards); Social Security cards for parent and child; Medicaid/health insurance card (if applicable); proof of family income—2012 W-2 forms or tax forms, DSS printout, official statement from agencies showing income received and/or information from employer(s) verifying the last 12 months of income, or any other documentation of household income as applicable; documentation of child’s disability or special needs if the condition has been diagnosed by a public agency and the child requires special education and related services with an Individual Education Program (IEP).
Note the application process is ongoing at the Head Start Central Office, 1822 Joe S. Jeffords Highway in Orangeburg, the Denmark Early Head Start Office, 102 Faculty Grove Lane in Denmark and at the Allendale, Bamberg, Denmark and Neeses Centers. For additional information please contact Sharon D. Daniels, Family and Community Partnership Manager at the OCAB Head Start Central Office at, (803)536-1027.
145th Church Anniversary
Saint James A.M.E. Church located on Wheeler Hill, 413 Henderson Street, Columbia, will celebrate its 145th Church Anniversary on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 10a.m. The Reverend Stanley R. Flowers will be the speaker. We are asking the community, family and friends to come out and celebrate in this historic event with us. For more information, please contact Reginald Phelps Sr. at, (803)561-9624.
Fan the Heat Program
CPD needs your help to keep citizens cool. Interim Columbia Police Chief Ruben Santiago asks your help with the Columbia Police Department’s annual “Fan the Heat” Program. The CPD is collecting fans, air conditioning units and financial contributions for needy citizens from now until the end of the summer. Since the Fan the Heat program started by the CPD in 1995, approximately 7,000 Columbia citizens have received a fan or air conditioning unit. The program is primarily designed for senior citizens, residents with health concerns or disabilities and families with small children. Citizens can donate fans, air conditioning units, and monetary donations. Air conditioning units are preferred. Citizens who wish to make a monetary donation can make a check payable to: The Columbia Police Foundation and mail it to 1737 Main Streeet, Columbia, SC 29201 (Please note “Fan the Heat” Program on the check.)
Donations will be received at the CPD Headquarters, #1 Justice Square in Columbia any time from now until August 30, 2013.
First Nazareth to host Farmers Market
1st Market, First Nazareth Baptist Church Farmers Market will be held on Saturdays, June 15-November 23, 2013 from 8:30a.m. – 12:30p.m. in the Millwood Parking Lot across from the church. This is an opportunity to purchase seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables. Senior vouchers and SNAP/EBT will be accepted. Local farmers and community gardeners are encouraged to participate and should contact the church office at, (803)254-6232, if interested. Come out and support our farmers and enjoy healthy eating!
Registration opens for Women’s Health Conference
BlueChoice® HealthPlan of South Carolina will host its 12th Annual Women’s Health Conference on August 24, 2013 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Registration is open now. Themed “A Total Body Experience,” this year’s conference will include presentations by local physicians on these topics: “Pretty Shoes, Ugly Feet,” “Sexual Health at Any Age,” “Caring for Your Skin,” and “Women’s Heart Health.” The agenda begins with a breakfast buffet at 9a.m. and continues with the educational sessions and a Zumba demonstration between 9:05a.m.–1p.m. Attendees can also visit exhibits by local health care organizations. BlueChoice® is seeking exhibit vendors who will help attendees with whole-body wellness issues, financial planning and beauty and health care. Admission to the conference is $8 and all women are invited to attend. Participants and vendors wishing to register may phone (803)282-5952.
Hunters Education Class
The Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District, the SC Department of Natural Resources and Town of Kershaw have planned a hunter’s education class on Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kershaw Country Club and Golf Course. The class, for individuals 12 and over, will be taught by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. The class is free. Snacks and drinks are allowed. Students may bring their own lunch or leave for lunch and return if they have transportation. Anyone born after June 30, 1979 is required to take the hunter education class before he or she can receive their hunting licenses. If you plan to hunt out of state some states require you to take this course before you can purchase their hunting license. Deadline to register is Wednesday September 4, and the classroom is located in the Kershaw Country Club at 301 Clubhouse Drive on the second floor of the building at The Kershaw Golf Course. Class is limited to 40 people. You can register online at, http://www.register-ed.com/events/view/33331 or you may call the Conservation District Office at, (803)286-4455 extension 3 for more information.
Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital presents Camp Burnt Gin
Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital and the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, have teamed up to launch a week-long camp session of Camp Burnt Gin for children with bleeding disorders. Camp Burnt Gin, led by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, is a summer camp for children who have physical disabilities and chronic illnesses. From June until August Camp Burnt Gin operates four six-day sessions for children ages seven-15, two six-day sessions for teenagers ages 16-20 and a four-day session for young adults ages 21-25. Activities include instructional and recreational swimming, boating, fishing, arts and crafts, sports and games, fine arts and nature study. Most of the children at Camp Burnt Gin are unable to take part in other camp programs due to their special health care needs. These kids will have an opportunity to meet others who have the same diagnosis that they do and will be able to find the support of their peers and community. They will also have a chance to participate in typical camp activities and just be a regular kid. Camp Burnt Gin is located at, 1980 Burnt Gin Road, Wedgefield, South Carolina. From Columbia take I-76 east. Take a slight right onto South Kings Highway then turn left on Burnt Gin Road. Camp Burnt Gin is approximately one mile on the left.
Nominations open for Richland One Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame nominees may be alumni of Richland One schools or individuals who did not attend school in Richland One. Current district employees, current school board members and other current elected officials are not eligible for nomination; however, former district employees, former school board members and other former elected officials may be nominated.
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