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The Evening Optimist Club is accepting applications for the Summer Christmas Parade

EDITOR’S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events may be canceled or postponed unexpectedly.

The Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem Program, a division of the South Carolina Department of Child Defense, is offering free online training beginning Nov. 7 for those interested in becoming an ad litem volunteer guardian for abused and neglected children who are involved in legal proceedings before Family Court through the Clarendon County Department. social services (DSS). Prospective volunteers must be at least 21 years old, have a clean criminal record, no history of DSS, and be able to contribute four to five hours per month of your time for a child. If you are interested in participating, submit a completed application by November 4. Visit for more information and to download an app. Contact Cassandra Hilton in the Florence County office at (803) 530-9190 for details.

The Evening Optimist Club is accepting applications for the annual Summer Christmas Parade, which will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 4. The theme for the 2022 Christmas Parade is “Christmas at the Movies”. If your school, civic club, church or business would like an application, contact Gail Hyatt at (803) 983-3916 or by email at [email protected] The deadline for registration is Friday, November 4.

Take part in the Double Dutch Fun Day Thursdays for adults at the South HOPE Center, 1125 S. Lafayette Drive, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday. Adults 30 and over are welcome to come play games, hula hoop, double Dutch, hopscotch, dancing and more.

The Sumter Ballroom Dance Club meets 7-9 p.m. every Wednesday at the Sumter County Parks and Recreation Department, 155 Haynsworth Street. Beginners are welcome. Classes are $10 per lesson and are held in the Carolina room. Registration is not necessary. For more information, call (803) 968-4760.

Sumter Senior Services and Sumter’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Seek Volunteers to support the missions of non-profit organizations in Sumter County. RSVP connects the talents and skills of people 55 and older with nonprofits, community organizations and agencies looking for volunteers. Sumter’s RSVP has ongoing partnerships and volunteer opportunities available with Christian Charities of Sumter, Community Juvenile Arbitration, National Federation of the Blind: Sumter Chapter, Sumter Senior Services (Meals on Wheels), Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital and Hospice, United Ministries of Sumter and the Veterans Administration Community Outpatient Clinic. Volunteer opportunities include delivering meals, sorting non-perishable food donations, mentoring youth, administrative tasks and more. RSVP volunteers can make a difference by investing a few hours a week. If you are 55 or older, a Sumter County resident and would like more information, contact Rebecca Sears at (803) 773-5508 or [email protected]

The Sumter Coin Club meets from 7-8 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Patriot Park Pavilion. All ages are welcome. Join us to learn more about coins and currencies. We have a door prize, a raffle and an auction at each meeting.

Seniors in Motion Program, offered by Paxville Community Development Corp., takes place from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Wednesday. The program offers a variety of personal skill sets, including technology skills, senior life skills development, bingo and other games, a health and wellness workshop, and a Bible study. Programs operate on the Clarendon School District 2 schedule. For more information, call (803) 452-5124 or email [email protected]

Santee-Wateree Regional Transportation Authority (SWRTA) offers free rides to COVID-19 vaccines and COVID-19 testing sites. Contact SWRTA from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at (803) 934-0396.

The Sumter Newcomers’ Club welcomes residents at our coffees with guest speakers on the second Friday of each month and our lunches on the fourth Friday of each month at a local restaurant. The club also offers various card games and other games and a book club. If you’re looking for friends or just something to do, come check out the Sumter Newcomers’ Club. Call Shelly at (803) 968-0024 for more information.

General George L. Mabry Jr. Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 817 meets at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Combat Veteran Building, 529 N. Wise Drive, Sumter, SC 29153. The meetings are held to foster an environment of goodwill and camaraderie among veterans injured in combat as well as to promote patriotism, help find information and resources, and provide services to all veterans and their families. For more information, visit or call (803) 983-3770.

The “Republican” meetings of the GOP are held at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Restaurant at Second Mill (the Quality Inn restaurant), 2390 Broad St., across from the Golden Corral. Meetings are open to anyone 16 years of age or older. For more information and questions, call (803) 972-4555.

Marine Corps League Detachment 1202 meets at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at VFW, 1925 Gion St. All Marines present and past are welcome. Dial (803) 972-4555.

American Legion Post 15 meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month (except September when they meet on the second Monday) at 34 S. Artillery Drive. All veterans, past and present, are welcome. Dial (803) 968-5115.

The Sumter County Recreation Department offers after-school programs 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for $5 per week per participant at the following locations: Catchall-Shaw Community Center, Cherryvale Community Center, DeLaine Community Center, Eastern Community Center, Ebenezer Community Center, Rembert/Rafting Creek Community Center, Salterstown Center community and community center of Shiloh. Call (803) 436-2248 for more information.

The Sumter Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol meets from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Tuesday at 2945 Airport Road. There are cadet programs, aerospace education programs, and emergency services programs. Call Lt. Col. George Stanley at (803) 847-7640. Visit for information.