Mary McLeod Bethune NCNW to meet Friday

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Central Carolina Technical College invites the public to tour the Central Christmas Trees. Visit the college during normal operating hours through Dec. 15 to tour the trees and get in the holiday spirit. More than 20 Christmas trees will be on display for public viewing and voting. Can't make it to the campus? You can also vote for your favorite tree by visiting CCTC's Facebook page. Come start your holiday season with CCTC and Central Christmas Trees.

The Mary McLeod Bethune section of the National Council of Negro Women will meet at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8, at the South Sumter Resource Center, 337 Manning Ave. All members and persons interested in joining this organization are invited to attend. Call Miranda Davis-Choice at (803) 651-8540 for information.

The Town of Mayesville Annual Christmas Parade will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, in downtown Mayesville. Parade line up will begin at 10 a.m. at Mayesville School, 55 Pringle St., Mayesville. Call Jeannie Jefferson at (803) 495-8181 or Nancy Williams at (803) 453-5037.

The Lee County Christmas on Main will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9. Chicken bog plates will be available beginning at noon. At 2 p.m., there will be a car show as well as arts and crafts vendors. The lighted parade will begin at 6 p.m., featuring Mr. and Mrs. Claus as well as cookies and hot chocolate.

The Sumter Branch NAACP will meet at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10, at St. James United Methodist Church, 720 Broad St. The national board of directors election will be held.

Central Carolina Technical College will offer a free salt scrub class from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Health Sciences Center, 133 S. Main St., Room H183. It's the perfect time of year to make a gift for someone special. RSVP by Dec. 14 to (803) 774-3337 to save your spot. Space is limited.

Sumter Animal Control will hold an adoption event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 1240 Winkles Road. The adoption coordinator and volunteers will be on hand to introduce you to the dogs and tell you a bit about each one. Animal Control has many loving dogs who need new homes. What better way to bring joy into your life than to give a homeless dog a forever home this holiday season? The adoption fee is $40 and a spay/neuter agreement is mandatory to adopt any of the animals.

The Sumter Civil Air Patrol's annual Wreaths Across America ceremony will be held at noon on Saturday, Dec. 16, at Sumter Cemetery, 700 W. Oakland Ave., to remember, honor and teach about our fallen heroes, those currently serving and our U.S. military veterans. Retired Brig. Gen. Hugh Cameron will speak. If you would like to sponsor a wreath for this occasion, go to www.wreathsacrossamerica.org. For more information, contact Denise Owen at owenmom@aol.com.

Sumter High School Class of 1978 will hold a 40th class reunion planning meeting at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Sumter County Library, 111 N. Harvin St. Contact Sumter High Class of 1978 on Facebook or email sumterhigh1978@gmail.com.

The South Sumter Resource Center's Performing Arts for the Holidays will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18, at Patriot Hall, 135 Haynsworth St. The event will feature singers, musicians, praise dancers and more. Call (803) 436-2276 for more details.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11078 of Summerton will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at the VFW Post on Cantey Street, directly behind First Citizens Bank. Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Call Carl A. Farley at (803) 478-7593 or (803) 460-8910 for more information.