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Week Ahead

Lancaster Christmas Parade

The Lancaster Christmas Parade is 6-8 p.m. Dec. 9 on Main Street in the Cultural Arts District of Lancaster.

Beginning at noon, enjoy caroling at the Historic Courthouse, 100 N. Main St., and children can enjoy a snack with Santa at Chastain’s Studio Lofts, 107 S. Main St., at 3 p.m. before the parade.

Participants are encouraged to decorate floats and vehicles with the “Misfit Toys” theme in mind. 

For applications and information, visit www.lancastercitysc.com or contact Events and Promotions Manager Joe Timmons at (803) 289-1498 or events@lancastercitysc.com.

Community center meeting

The annual business meeting for Lancaster County (Barr Street) Community Center, 508 E. Meeting St., Lancaster, is 3-4 p.m. Dec. 10. The theme is “Yesterday, a Dream; Today, Revitalization.” For details, call (803) 285-4860.

Lighting of the Way Dec. 10

The Lighting of the Way is 4:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Van Wyck Post Office on the corner of Old Hickory and Steele Hill Road. 

There will be hundreds of candles lining the village and stops for short programs at local churches.

 For details, contact Claudia Thompson at (803) 285-2148 or claudiathompson@comporium.net.

Grace Place open house Dec. 11

Grace Place, 214 E. Brooklyn Ave., Lancaster, will hold an open house from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 11. Grace Place is an after school program run by volunteers.

NAACP meeting Dec. 11

The Lancaster Branch of the NAACP will hold an executive membership meeting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at The Living Word Church, 117 E. Market St., Lancaster. All are welcome. For details, call (803) 283-3863.

DAV to meet

The Disabled American Veterans will meet at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the American Legion, 823 Kershaw Camden Highway, Lancaster. The next meeting is Dec. 11. For details, call (803) 285-4081.

Non-profits breakfast Dec. 19

The J. Marion Sims Foundation is hosting an informational breakfast for the local non-profit community from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Dec. 19 in USC Lancaster’s Pete Arnold Special Events Room, 476 Hubbard Drive, Lancaster. For details or to RSVP by Dec. 11, e-mail kormand@jmsims.org.

Pro Se Divorce Clinic at library

S.C. Legal Services will hold a Pro Se Divorce Clinic at 1 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Lancaster County Library, 313 S. White St., Lancaster. Preregistration is required. No one will be allowed inside after 1 p.m.

This will be an instructional clinic, conducted by an attorney, for people who have been separated from their spouse for over one year and who are seeking a divorce on the grounds of one year continuous separation only. You must know where your spouse lives in order to participate in this clinic. For details or to register, call (803) 327-9001 or (800) 922-3853.

Free pictures with Santa

Free pictures with Santa may be taken at Food Lion, 1730 Airport Road, Lancaster, from 4-8 p.m. Dec. 14, 15 and 16. Bring your own camera.

Friends of Buford Battlefield to meet

The annual meeting of the Friends of the Buford Massacre Battlefield is 10 a.m. Dec. 15 at Del Webb Library, 7641 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land. The meeting will include the election of officers, annual report of activities, treasure report and setting of projects and goals for 2018. All are welcome.

NASC hosts event Dec. 15

USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center, 119 S. Main St., Lancaster, will hold an event, “Challenging the Narrative of Extinction: Reclaiming Taino,” at noon Dec. 15. The event will tell the story of Taino and will enlighten on Columbus and the indigenous people of Puerto Rico.

‘The 8 Reindeer Monologues’

“The 8 Reindeer Monologues,” an R-rated holiday comedy features eight reindeer who spill all of Santa’s and the elves’ secrets. The performances will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 15-16 at Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio, 217 E. Gay St., Lancaster. 

Presented by the Lancaster Community Playhouse of Lancaster County, tickets are $10 each (season passes not accepted). Adult beverages will be available for donations.

Class of ’73 celebrates

The Lancaster High School Class of 1973 will hold a Christmas gathering at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q, 2453 Lengers Way, Indian Land. 

Community Christmas party

The New Town and Gay Street Reunion Committee will host a Christmas party at 9 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Lancaster County (Barr Street) Community Center, 508 E. Meeting St., Lancaster. DJ Boogie Down Brown and Chris Brown will perform. The event is for ages 30 and older and admission is a $10 donation.

Hospice seeking volunteers

Hospice of Lancaster is seeking volunteers. Volunteers are needed to work with patients, provide administrative duties, help with events and other duties. For details or to volunteer, call (803) 288-2477 or (803) 286-1472.

UW seeking tax season volunteers

United Way of Lancaster County is seeking volunteers for the upcoming 2018 tax season. Those interested will be trained with Internal Revenue Service tax materials to help those whose income is $54,000 or less with federal and state income tax returns. Volunteers will work around four hours each week at a designated VITA site using computers to prepare and electronically transmit tax returns. Accounting experience is not required.  For details or to volunteer, call Deborah Boulware at (803) 283-8923.

TOPS meets on Thursdays

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) is a nonprofit organization to support weight loss.

- Chapter No. 0314 meets from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays at Springdell Baptist Church, 1420 Springdell Church Road, Lancaster. For details, call Mary Rouse at (803) 285-0590.

- Chapter No. 0181 meets from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays at Canaan Freewill Baptist Church, 1525 Kershaw Camden Highway, Lancaster. For details, call Lisa Newton at (803) 246-2295.


Christmas door decorating contest

The King Alfred Garden Club of Kershaw will hold a Christmas Door Decorating Contest on Dec. 18. The contest will be judged from 6-9 p.m. and is open to all who live within two miles of the Town of Kershaw. Winning signs and ribbons will be placed on doors Dec. 19.

The decision of the judges is final, back flood lights should be concealed in a safe and attractive manner and fresh and artificial plant material and other accessories may be used.

For details or to compete, call (803) 475-8705 or (803) 475-4800.

Free Christmas gifts for children

Ellen Haggins will give away free Christmas gifts to children in the community at 4 p.m. Dec. 18 at 327 Elm St., Lancaster.

Tickets for free gifts must be picked up before Dec. 18. All parents must have a ticket to pick up gifts. Donations are being accepted for gifts. Donations include items such as baby dolls, games, footballs, basketballs, board games and trucks. For details, to purchase tickets or to donate, call (803) 577-3822.

Upcoming area blood drives

American Red Cross

- Dec. 19: 2:30-7 p.m., Covenant Baptist Church, 165 Craig Manor Road, Lancaster

- Dec. 20: 1:30-6 p.m., Chik-fil-A, 901 SC 9 Bypass, Lancaster

For details, visit redcrossblood.org or call (800) 733-2767.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

- Dec. 21: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Lancaster County Council Chambers, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster

NASC closed for holidays

USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center, 119 S. Main St., Lancaster, will close on Dec. 21 for the holidays and will re-open on Jan. 2. For details, call (803) 313-7172.

Book Santa Claus through Dec. 25

Book Santa Clause for a $25 per hour donation to HOPE in Lancaster until Dec. 25. For details, call (803) 287-9483.

Musical Christmas light show held nightly

A musical Christmas light show will be held nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. through Dec. 31 at 7248 Flat Rock Road, Kershaw. Park across the road and tune to 104.5 FM to listen as more than 10,000 lights flash in sync with music. 

There will be 17 musical sequences, 5 narrative sequences and more than 40 computer controlled outputs. For details, visit the Flat Rock Christmas Lights page on Facebook.


Financial Bounce Back program

HOPE in Lancaster now offers the free Financial Bounce Back program for Lancaster County residents who are experiencing financial challenges and are either currently employed or have recently lost a job.

The program offers financial counseling, food and nutrition counseling and job and career counseling. Some financial assistance is available. For details or to apply, call Christal Childers at (803) 288-5867 or e-mail cchilders@hopeinlancaster.org.

Senior adult food program

HOPE in Lancaster now offers a senior adult food program to residents of Lancaster County who are 65 and older and would benefit from healthy food once a month. Qualified applicants will have a monthly appointment to receive free food. Applications can be submitted in person 8:30-11 a.m. Monday through Friday at HOPE, 2008 Pageland Highway, Lancaster, and should include a S.C. picture ID, Social Security card, DSS form (if receiving SNAP) and proof of all income. For details, call (803) 286-4673.

Hospice seeking volunteers

Hospice of Lancaster is seeking volunteers to work with patients, provide administrative duties or help with events. For details or to volunteer, call (803) 288-2477 or (803) 286-1472.

NAMI seeking volunteers

The National Alliance on Mental Illness and Piedmont Tri-County of Lancaster County are seeking volunteers to facilitate family and recovery support groups and present presentations that include personal testimonies and symptoms to teens. For details or to volunteer, call (803) 283-7437 or e-mail lsw220@hotmail.com.

Citadel House seeks volunteers

The Citadel House emergency shelter project, 1242 Trestle Lane, Lancaster, is seeking volunteers to donate personal hygiene products and other items and to provide meals or to stay overnight.

The Citadel House is a local nonprofit homeless shelter that provides supportive services and intensive case management to homeless individuals in Lancaster. It’s a violence- and drug-free, zero-tolerance facility. For details, contact James Pringle at (980) 328-2390.

Reunion committee meets

The Clinton Avenue-Market Street Reunion Committee is planning its annual reunion for Aug. 4-6. For details, call Johnita Myers at (803) 416-2080, Lavonna Watts (803) 529-2177, Lynette Stover (803) 286-4528 or Darlene Cureton (803) 577-0465.

Sexual Assault support group meets monthly

The Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault support group meets at 6 p.m. every third Tuesday each month at Clyburn Mangum Center, 106 N. York St., Lancaster. This is a closed group. For details or to register, call (803) 286-5232.

NAMI support groups meet

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) holds support group meetings each month for adults living with mental health conditions and their loved ones.  NAMI’s Connection is for adults living with mental health conditions, and NAMI’s Family Support Group is for their loved ones.

NAMI’s Connections and Family Support groups meet the first Monday and third Thursday of each month at First Presbyterian Church, 700 N. Main St., Lancaster. NAMI’s Family Support Group also meets each month from 7-8:30 p.m. in room 203 at Transformation Church, 8978 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land.

For details, visit www.namipiedmont.com.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets

For details on Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, call (803) 285-4131 or visit www.area62.org.

Lion’s Club meets

The Lancaster Lion’s Club will meet at noon the first and third Thursday of each month at Seagull’s Grill, 1305 S.C. 9 Bypass West, Lancaster.

Marine Corps League meets

Marine Corps League meets at 7 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month at 347 Brooklyn Ave., Lancaster. Active-duty and former active-duty Marines, Fleet Marine Force corpsmen and Fleet Marine Force chaplains are eligible to join as regular members. Others are eligible to join as associate members.

The league perpetuates the traditions and spirit of those who have served our country and supports programs to aid veterans and communities. For details, call Jerry Holt at (973) 897-9251 or visit www.tinyurl.com/marineleague1169.

Clinton Avenue/Market Street Committee meets

The Clinton Avenue/Market Street Committee meets from 10 a.m.-noon the first Saturday of each month at the Lancaster County Library, 313 S. White St. For details, call (803) 577-0446.

Magic Needle Quilt Guild meets

The Magic Needle Quilt Guild meets the second Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. in the fellowship hall of Douglas Presbyterian Church, 2325 Sunday Place. Guests are welcome.

Events run on a chronological, first-come, first-served basis, as space allows.

Lancaster Fatherhood Project

The Lancaster Fatherhood Project, 105 S. Wylie St., Lancaster, invites fathers to join its program to receive tools to become positively engaged in the lives of their children, family and community. For details, visit www.lanfatherhood.org or call (803) 283-3444.

Grace Bleachery reunion meetings

The Grace Bleachery reunion meeting is held 3-6 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month at the Lancaster County Library, 313 S. White St.

All are welcome. For details, call (803) 285-2564 or (803) 286-6291.

Dementia support group meets

Hospice Care of Tri County will hold a dementia support group at 1 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Council on Aging Building, 5353 Kershaw Camden Highway, Heath Springs.

The group provides emotional, educational and social support for caregivers. For details, call Julie Trott at (803) 432-1195 or (800) 675-4368.

American Legion Christmas dinner

American Legion Post 31, 823 Kershaw Camden Highway, Lancaster, will hold a Christmas dinner at 6 p.m. Dec. 4. For details, call (803) 283-2394.

Veterans coffee club meets

The veterans coffee club meets at 8 a.m. every Tuesday at Inspiration Ministries, 3000 World Reach Drive, Indian Land, in the café/bookstore.

All veterans, military branches and ranks are invited to come tell stories, mingle and make new friends. For details, call (803) 230-4856.

Reading Pals seeking volunteers

United Way of Lancaster County is seeking volunteers for its Reading Pals program. Volunteers are required to work one-on-one with a child at Brooklyn Springs Elementary School for at least one hour each week.

To qualify, all volunteers must fill out an application on the Lancaster County School District’s website, www.lancastercsd.com, and must attend United Way Volunteer Orientation. For details, call (803) 283-8923 or e-mail exec.director@uwaylcsc.org.

Grief support group meets

GriefShare, a 13-week grief support group led by trained counselors, will meet on Tuesday mornings by request and Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. at Pleasant Dale Baptist Church, 133 S Potter Road, Lancaster. For details, call (803) 804-7769 or (803) 554-2846.

Lancaster High multi-year reunion

Lancaster High School classes 1980-1989 are planning a multi-year reunion. For details or if interested in participating, call (803) 283-7289 or send your contact information to kennithstewart@aol.com.

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Events run on a chronological, first-come, first-served basis, as space allows.

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