Clarendon District 2's fine arts extravaganza is March 16

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Clarendon School District 2's annual fine arts extravaganza will be held at 6 p.m. today at Weldon Auditorium, 7 Maple St., Manning. This program will feature a display of artwork and performances by students in grades K-12. Billie Jean Shaw, WIS-TV reporter and a 2009 graduate of Manning High School, will serve as mistress of ceremonies.

Did you know that March is recognized as Red Cross Month in celebration of the volunteers who help those in need by giving their time, money or blood? Blood donation is now easier than ever with the Blood Donor App and RapidPass. With this free app, donors can schedule and manage donation appointments, access their donor card, earn rewards and more. You can help save a life by becoming a blood donor during one of the following blood donation opportunities: Tuesday, March 28, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Central Carolina Technical College, 506 N. Guignard Drive; Wednesday, March 29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., USC Sumter, 200 Miller Road; and Thursday, March 30, 2-7 p.m., Grace Baptist Church, 219 W. Calhoun St.

Volunteers from AARP will offer free tax preparation from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays through April 12 at the Shepherd's Center, 24 Council St. Applicants are advised to bring the following with them: photo ID; Social Security cards for all household members being claimed; tax documents - W-2 forms, 1099R, 1099SSA, interest income and all other income statements; 2015 tax returns and power of attorney forms if filing for someone other than yourself. For more information, call Henry Dinkins at (803) 499-4990 or Lula King at (803) 316-0772.

The Sumter County Chapter of AARP will meet at 2:30 p.m. today at Sumter Senior Services Center, 119 S. Sumter St. All persons age 55 years old or older are invited to attend. For further information, call Johnny Jones at (803) 773-9681.

The General George L. Mabry Jr. Chapter 817, Military Order of the Purple Heart will meet at 6 p.m. today at the Sumter Combat Veterans Group building, 529 N. Wise Drive. All Purple Heart recipients and those interested in association membership are invited. For more information, call (803) 773-0658.

The Lincoln High School Preservation Alumni Association will sponsor a dinner fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, March 17, at the Lincoln High School cafeteria, Council Street. Cost is $9 per person and the menu will consist of turkey wing, seasoned rice, string beans, dessert, roll and a drink. Dine in or take out. Call James L. Green at (803) 968-4173.

The 17th Annual Cavalier Pride Auction will be held on Saturday, March 18, at Robert E. Lee Academy in Bishopville. Food will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Bidding will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the first table closing at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Call the school office at (803) 484-5532 for more information.

The Lincoln High School Preservation Alumni Association will meet at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, at the Lincoln High School cafeteria, Council Street. All Lincolnites, friends and community members are invited. Call James L. Green at (803) 968-4173.

The Sumter County Education Association - Retired will meet at noon on Wednesday, March 22, at the North HOPE Center.

Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Pursue Excellence) will hold a mentoring and tutoring seminar on Saturday, March 25, at Manning High School, 2155 Paxville Highway, Manning. Registration will be held at 8:30 a.m. Opening session will be held at 9 a.m. and mentoring / tutoring will be held 9:30-11:45 a.m. Students in seventh through 12th grade are invited to attend. Parents should complete registration forms upon arrival or register online at https://goo.gl/forms/geT61YsJuYDbgIpc2 . For more information, contact Mr. Cooper at (803) 435-4417 or ecooper@csd2.org

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 202 Ballard-Palmer-Bates will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, at 310 Palmetto St. Call Barbara at (803) 469-7133. New members and Palmetto Girls State are welcome.

The Pilot Club of Bishopville will present Lee Haw Lee County has Talent at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, at the Bishopville Opera House. Suitable for the whole family. Tickets can be purchased at Bishopville Drug, Little Florist and State Farm insurance and are $15 for adults and $10 for under age 17.

The Sumter Branch NAACP's annual Women in the NAACP Program will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, at St. Paul AME Church, 1495 St. Paul Church Road. Minister Earline Howell-Smith will speak.

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office Boys and Girls Youth Inc. will hold its first fundraising banquet at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 31, at the Imperial Restaurant, 451 Broad St. Rep. J. David Weeks will serve as keynote speaker. This year's theme is "Above and Beyond Expectations." Tickets are available at the Sumter County Sheriff's Office for a donation of $25 per person. VIP tables (a table of eight) are also available with a $250 donation. These donors will have reserved tables and will be recognized on the banquet program and at the 2017 Youth Conferences. Call Lt. Petrina L. Wiley at (803) 436-2026 or Senior Cpl. Albert Harvin at (803) 436-2364.

The Rembert Area Community Coalition's 5th Annual Spring Parade will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 8. The parade will begin at the Rembert Community Car Wash and continue onto Lee Street, along Young Street, down McLeod Chapel Road, down Pisgah Road, onto U.S. 521 and end at 8420 Camden Highway. The parade will be followed by a family and friends event until 3 p.m. There will be food, beverages, live music and entertainment and more. Participation, sponsorship and vendor forms are available on the RACC website under "News & Events."