EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events may be canceled or postponed unexpectedly.
Santee-Wateree Regional Transportation Authority (SWRTA) offers free rides to COVID-19 vaccines and COVID-19 testing sites. Contact SWRTA from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at (803) 934-0396.
Summer Newcomers Club welcomes residents to our coffees with guest speakers on the second Friday of each month and our lunches on the fourth Friday of each month at a local restaurant. The club also offers various card games and other games and a book club. If you’re looking for friends or just something to do, come check out the Sumter Newcomers’ Club. Call Shelly at (803) 968-0024 for more information.
Marine Corps League Detachment 1202 meets at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at VFW, 1925 Gion St. All Marines present and past are welcome. Dial (803) 972-4555.
General George L. Mabry Jr. Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 817 meets at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Combat Veteran Building, 529 N. Wise Drive, Sumter, SC 29153. The meetings are held to foster an environment of goodwill and camaraderie among veterans injured in combat as well as to promote patriotism, help find information and resources, and provide services to all veterans and their families. For more information, visit purpleheart817sumtersc.com or call (803) 983-3770.
The “Republican” meetings of the GOP are held at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Restaurant at Second Mill (the Quality Inn restaurant), 2390 Broad St., across from the Golden Corral. Meetings are open to anyone 16 years of age or older. For more information and questions, call (803) 972-4555.
American Legion Post 15 meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at 34 S. Artillery Drive. All veterans, past and present, are welcome. Dial (803) 968-5115.
McLeod Health Clarendon will accept applications for its teen volunteer program for summer 2022. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work with healthcare professionals in areas such as patient registration, rehabilitation services, wound care, medical-surgical nursing unit, informatics, women’s services and the gift shop. Teen volunteers must be at least 13 years old by March 1, 2022, with at least a B average in school and parental consent. Volunteers will need a letter of recommendation from a school guidance counselor, teacher, or pastor and a copy of their most recent report card. Interested teens should pick up an application from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday from the Volunteer Department. Applications must be returned by May 19 with a one-page essay explaining why they want to volunteer. Contact Stacy Mosier at [email protected], (803) 435-5287 or (803) 435-3392.
The Sumter Coin Club meets from 7-8 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Patriot Park Pavilion. All ages are welcome. Join us to learn more about coins and currencies. We have a door prize, a raffle and an auction at each meeting.
Summer High School Class of 1975 will hold a class reunion Sept. 2-4 at 34 S. Artillery Drive. For more information, see the Sumter High School Class of 75 Facebook page.
Seniors in Motion Program, offered by Paxville Community Development Corp., takes place from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Wednesday. The program offers a variety of personal skill sets, including technology skills, senior life skills development, bingo and other games, a health and wellness workshop, and a Bible study. Programs operate on the Clarendon School District 2 schedule. For more information, call (803) 452-5124 or email [email protected]
The Sumter Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol meets from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Tuesday at 2945 Airport Road. There are cadet programs, aerospace education programs, and emergency services programs. Call Lt. Col. George Stanley at (803) 847-7640. To visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com for information.
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 12-1 meets at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at the Summerton Fire Station, North Cantey Street, Summerton. Membership is open to any US citizen 17 years of age or older. Prior Coast Guard service is not required. The primary purpose of the Auxiliary is to promote safe boating on Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie by providing safe boating courses, courtesy vessel checks for required safety equipment and patrols on lakes offering help to anyone in need. The Auxiliary is also ready to assist the USCG in its search and rescue mission. We encourage anyone interested in participating in our mission to attend a meeting and learn more about the auxiliary.
The Temple Sinai Jewish History Center is looking for docents. Guides must be 18 years or older and willing to undergo teacher training before starting. This is a voluntary position and you will be asked to commit a few hours per week (Thursday or Friday afternoon or Saturday morning) for a minimum of three months. The museum will work with students who wish to arrange class credit through their college. The Center covers South Carolina and Sumter’s Jewish history, the Holocaust, and Sumter’s ties to the Holocaust. Guides should be friendly and comfortable with children and adults. Contact Diana Roof at (803) 468-8630 or [email protected] or Annie Rivers at (803) 775-0908 or [email protected]
Lac Marion Poste VFW 11078, Summerton, meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 1 Duke St., Summerton, behind First Citizens Bank. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. All VFW members are encouraged to attend. Call Carl A. Farley at (803) 460-8910.
The Bishopville/Manning/Shaw Air Force Base Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. meets at 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month at the South Sumter Combat Veterans Group Headquarters Building, 529 N. Wise Drive. Call James Munford at (803) 795-2903 or Kenneth Benjamin at (803) 773-8514.
The Institute for Single Parents meets 5:45-6:45 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Birnie HOPE Center. Meetings are open to teenage single parents, custodial and non-custodial single parents. You are welcome to bring your children as the Institute for Single Parents is for the whole family. Contact Dr. L. Quaneck Walkes at (803) 223-9408 or [email protected]