The American Red Cross encourages all eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and others during the month of October, which is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Schedule your donation appointment by using the free Blood Donor App, by visiting www.redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Help save a life by participating in one of the following American Red Cross blood donation opportunities: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, Coldwell Banker, 1229 Alice Drive; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, Palmetto Health Tuomey, 129 N. Washington St.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, USC Sumter Arts & Letters Building, 109 Miller Road; 2-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, Grace Baptist Church, 219 W. Calhoun St.; and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church, 7355 Camden Highway, Rembert.
The 21st Annual NAMI Mental Illness Awareness Candlelight Vigil will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Birnie HOPE Center, 210 S. Purdy St. We will be lighting the candles of truth, healing, understanding, hope, thankfulness, faith and steadfast love for awareness and support for our loved ones who suffer from mental illness. Phil Leventis will speak and Kipper Ackerman will provide a musical interlude.
The Lee County Branch of the NAACP will meet at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8, at the Dennis Community Center, 410 W. Cedar Lane, Bishopville. Rep. William Wheeler will speak.
The Sumter Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Shiloh-Randolph Manor, 125 W. Bartlette St. Guest speaker will be Wendy O'Steen, nurse educator with Vanda Pharmaceuticals of Washington, D.C., which specializes in the circadian rhythm disorder Non-24. October is blind awareness month. Contact Debra Canty at (803) 775-5792 or email@example.com. Donations are welcome and can be mailed to NFB Sumter Chapter, P.O. Box 641, Sumter, SC 29151.
McLeod Health Clarendon will hold a community health fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at The Cypress Center, 50 E. Hospital St., Manning. Area residents will receive free health screenings and educational materials regarding body mass index, blood pressure, McLeod Hospice, McLeod Home Health and more. Call (803) 435-5246.
The Mayesville Area Community Coalition will celebrate its 10th breast cancer awareness celebration on Saturday, Oct. 14, with a breast cancer walk and banquet. Sign in for the walk will be held at 7:30 a.m. at St. Mark UM Church, Mayesville, with the walk beginning at 8:30 a.m. on the Mary McLeod Bethune Nature Trail. The banquet will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at St. Rest Apostolic Church, Mayesville. Cost is $10 per person. Call Katherina Carolina at (803) 453-5974, Neola Davis at (803) 453-6078, Margie Jefferson at (803) 453-5441 or Jessie Washington at (803) 795-9343.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11078 of Summerton will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the VFW Post on Cantey Street, directly behind First Citizens Bank. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Call Carl A. Farley at (803) 478-7593 or (803) 460-8910.
A "Bridging the Gap Between Spirituality and Domestic Violence" forum will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at USC Sumter, Nettles Auditorium. Keynote speakers will be Valerie L. Williams, domestic violence survivor and author, and the Rev. Walter Robinson, pastor of Union Baptist Church. Open to the public and clergy are strongly encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP for the survivors reception by calling Yolanda Wilson at (803) 773-7158.
Sumter High School Class of 1978 will hold a 40th class reunion planning meeting at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22, at the Sumter County Library, 111 N. Harvin St. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or join the group on Facebook.
The Sumter / Clarendon Chapter of the Building Industry of Central South Carolina will host a golf tournament on Monday, Oct. 23, at Beech Creek Golf Club, 1800 Sam Gillespie Blvd. The tournament is limited to 32 four-person teams for $300 per team. Fee includes green fees, golf cart, door prizes, drinks and dinner. Several charitable organizations will receive donations from the event. Contact Nelle Tomlinson at (803) 775-6800 or email@example.com or Ruth Ellen Hardee at (803) 256-6238 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The United Way Diamonds will hold a "Roots and Wings Workshop" from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the Sumter County Magistrate's building, 115 N. Harvin St., first floor. This free workshop is for parents and trusted adults (aunts, uncles, teachers, coaches, youth pastors, etc.) to get tips for talking with young people about love, sex and relationships. Light refreshments will be served. Diamonds is the United Way's teen pregnancy prevention program. Call Melanie Dees at (803) 773-7935, extension 113, to RSVP.
The Marine Corps birthday dinner will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, at the Restaurant at Second at the Elk's Lodge. Call Fay at (803) 775-5768 for information or reservations.