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The Clarendon County Guardian ad Litem's fourth annual Candlelight Awareness Ceremony in honor of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month will be held at 7 p.m. today at the Clarendon County Gazebo, 102 S. Mill St., Manning. Jerry Allred Jr., executive director of John K. Crosswell Home for Children, will speak. Call Celestine J. Cooper, coordinator, at (803) 435-8012.

South Carolina Legal Services will hold an expungement workshop at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 19, at Clarendon One Community Resource Center, 1154 Fourth St., Summerton. This is your opportunity to put your past behind you. Come let attorneys Christina Kelly and Tiffney Love begin or continue the process of clearing your legal record. Call Kathleen L. Gibson at (803) 485-2043 or (803) 225-0832 for information about this free workshop.

The Shepherd's Center will hold a one dish cook-off from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 226 W. Liberty St. Tickets are $6 each.

The General George L. Mabry Jr. Chapter 817, Military Order of the Purple Heart, will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, at the Sumter Combat Veterans Group building, 529 N. Wise Drive. All Purple Heart recipients and those interested in association membership are invited. Call (803) 773-0658.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 202 Ballard-Palmer-Bates Post 202 will meet from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, at 310 Palmetto St. Call Barbara at (803) 469-7133.

The Sumter Branch NAACP will meet at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church, 4620 Queen Chapel Road, Dalzell.

Donate blood and help save lives this spring. 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 American Red Cross blood donation opportunities: Tuesday, April 25, 8:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Lakewood High School, 350 Old Manning Road; Thursday, April 27, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Shaw Army Central, 1947 Gabreski Drive, Shaw Air Force Base, and 2-7 p.m., Grace Baptist Church, 219 W. Calhoun St.; and Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., First Church of God, 1835 Camden Highway.

The Sumter County Education Association of Retired Teachers (SCEA-R) will meet at noon on Wednesday, April 26, at the North HOPE Center, 904 N. Main St.

Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Pursue Excellence) will hold a mentoring and tutoring seminar on Saturday, April 29, 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. For more information, contact Mr. Cooper at (803) 435-4417 or

The Sumter Combat Veterans Group will hold their annual black tie gala at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, at the Sumter County Civic Center, 700 W. Liberty St. Meet and greet from 6 to 7 p.m. Call (803) 236-0488 or (803) 509-2868 for tickets or details.

American Legion Auxiliary Post 202 will hold its fifth annual fashion show in review from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, at 310 Palmetto St. Call Mrs. Davis at (803) 469-7133.

Lee County Adult Education will offer free computer classes 5-8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, May 1-11, at 123 E. College St., Bishopville. Students will learn computer skills, keyboarding skills, Internet searching skills and emailing skills. Registration is required as space is limited. Call (803) 484-4040.

The Sumter County Library will hold its 2017 Local Authors Fair from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, in the main meeting room of the library, 111 N. Harvin St. Visit .

The Sumter Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9, at Shiloh-Randolph Manor, 125 W. Bartlette St. Transportation provided within their mileage area. Contact Debra Canty, chapter president, at (803) 775-5792 or

The Shepherd's Center will hold a "Spring Bazaar: Make It, Bake It, Grow It, Sew It" from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 226 W. Liberty St.

An Evening of Pure Elegance with Carole Glover will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, at the North HOPE Center, 904 N. Main St. Enjoy an evening of food, fun, fashion and entertainment. Tickets for this St. Jude Children's Research Hospital fundraising event are $25 each. R&B singer, actress and American Idol Season 12 winner Candice Glover will provide entertainment. Contact Carolet Thomas at (803) 410-1371 for advance tickets.