The LYDIA RED SOX BASEBALL TEAM is seeking players 15 years of age and up for the new season. For more information or to apply, call Luke Arthur at 843-858-2332.
The HARTSVILLE COMMUNITY CHOIR is holding rehearsals for its spring concert in the choir room at Hartsville High School. The ensemble (accompanied by the Long Bay Symphony) will be performing "The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace" by the Welsh composer Karl Jenkins on Saturday May 4 at 7 p.m. at West Hartsville Baptist Church. For more information, contact James Beaumier at (843) 857-3778 or visit the website at: www.HartsvillecommunityChorus.org.
The HARTSVILLE CHILDREN’S CHORALE is holding rehearsals for its spring concert in the choir room at Wesley United Methodist Church. The ensemble will be performing a spring concert in April. For more information, contact Alex Morrison at (843) 307-2794 or visit our website at: www.HartsvillecommunityChorus.org.
On Friday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. the Coker Singers will present the South Carolina premiere of "SEVEN LAST WORDS OF THE UNARMED" in Watson Theater on the campus of Coker College. Written in 2015 by living composer Joel Thompson, “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed” is a multi-movement choral work memorializing seven unarmed black men killed by police or other authority figures. The text of each movement highlights the last words spoken by Kenneth Chamberlain, Trayvon Martin, Amadou Diallo, Michael Brown, Oscar Grant, John Crawford, and Eric Garner. The Coker Singers will then be joined by the newly-formed Coker Civic Chorale to present Gabriel Fauré's “Requiem,” featuring soloists Dr. Christi McLain and Justin Staebell. Both Thompson's “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed” and Fauré's “Requiem” will be presented with a chamber orchestra, directed by Dr. Jerron Jorgensen. This event is free and open to the public, with a free-will offering being accepted to support the Boys & Girls Club of Hartsville. A talk on gun violence will follow the concert.
MINI GOLF at the Hartsville Memorial Library will be Friday, April 26, all day. All week children’s librarian Kristi Jeffords she will be hosting "BOREDOM BUSTERS" at the library. The library is located at 147 W. College Ave., Hartsville. For more information, call the library at 843-332-5115.
The One More Round boxing team and Boxing Hall of Fame coach Larry Frazier present SHOW DOWN IN THE PEE DEE III on Saturday, April 27, at the A.. Stanley Gym, 100 Magnolia St., Darlington. Doors open at 3 p.m.; the event begins at 4 p.m. Featured fighters include Deshawn Perry of Florence, Thaddaus Dolford of Hartsville and Devonta Hickman of Bishopville. VIP seats are $25. General admission is $10. VIP ringside tables for six are available for $500. Food will be catered by Bizzell’s Food & Spirits. For more information, call Christopher Frazier at 843-259-2770.
The SOUTH CAROLINA CANCER ALLIANCE of Columbia is seeking men and women to participate in a free discussion about prostate health. This is for men 40 years of age and older. We encourage bringing along your spouse, significant other or family member. The event is Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Hampton Inn between Darlington and Florence, 1735 Strokes Road, Florence. The first 25 men aged 40 or older who register and attend the educational session will receive a $20 gift card. To register, call 803-777-1502 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by April 24. A free lunch will be served.
The Hartsville Police Department will host its next COFFEE WITH A COP at Shoney’s at 905 S. Fifth St., Hartsville on May 1 from 7:30 to 10 a.m. The Police Department has hosted this event at this location before and had a great turnout. Come out to meet and greet with the citizens in the community and meet some of the officers who are working in the community.
The SWAMP FOX QUILTERS GUILD monthly meeting will be held on Thursday, May 2, at 9:30 a.m. at John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 2000 Marsh Ave., (corner of 3rd Loop Road and Marsh Avenue) in Florence. Members are reminded challenge uilts are due. The program will be a presentation and trunk show by Kathy Stuart on whole cloth quilts. Visitors and new members are welcome.
The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics will present “PHOTOGRAPH 51,” a play by Anna Ziegler on Friday, May 3, at 8 p.m. at the Davidson Hall Theater at Coker College. The play tells the story of the search for the structure of DNA.
The GOSPEL IN THE PARK SERIES returns to Pride Park, 630 S. Sixth St., Hartsville, for its 12th season on Sunday, May 5, from 5 until 8 p.m. The theme is Bringing Unity into Our Community. A devotional will be led by Pastor Rico Antonio Newkirk and the Kay Branch Missionary Baptist Church of Hartsville. Live gospel music will be provided by many groups. For more information, call Barbara Carraway at 843-409-5241.
The JACOB KELLEY HOUSE MUSEUM will be open for tours from 3 to 5 p.m. on May 5. The Jacob Kelley House Guild will be focusing on children’s activities and will have several for children to participate in during the afternoon. The barn will also be open. The tours are free and open to the public.
MENTAL ILLNESS FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP will meet Thursday, May 9, at 6:30 p. m. at Central United Methodist Church, 225 W. Cheves Street, at the corner of Irby Street and Cheves Street, in Florence. This will be an informal hour of sharing and caring for family members and friends of someone living with a mental illness. Discussion is directed toward helping care-givers cope by providing positive ideas for improving their situations. This meeting is sponsored by NAMI Pee Dee. For more information, call 843-413-1500.
Chesterfield’s annual YARD SALE OF THE CAROLINAS will be Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 7 a.m. to noon, located between the 200 & 300 blocks of West Main Street (in front of the Chesterfield County Courthouse), in Chesterfield. Single booth spaces (one parking space) are available for $15, and multiple spaces may be reserved. Registration is available at Sunshine Shoppe, 122 Main St., Chesterfield. For more information, call 843-623-3938. The event will be held regardless of weather. It is sponsored by Chesterfield County – Discover the Undiscovered, the Greater Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce and Sunshine Shoppe.
The Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce will host the TASTE OF HARTSVILLE: HARTARITAVILLE on May 16 at Burry Park in downtown Hartsville from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This year’s event will bring some changes. Those include a student discount. Anyone between the ages of 21-25 with a student IDcan purchase a ticket for $25. Another change is the introduction of a fast pass. For $75 you can arrive at the Taste 30 minutes early and get front-of-the-line service at the bar at all times. The event will also feature chef sponsors with 10 $200 pick-your-spotslots where you have the option to pick where would like your table to be located. Call the chamber today if you want that table closest to the bar or front door. Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 after May 10, $50 the day of the event, $25 for students with student ID, $75 for a fast pass. Because libations will be served, no one under 21 years of age will be admitted.
The DARLINGTON COUNTY VETERANS AFFAIRS OFFICE will host its fourth annual cook-out on May 24 at the American Legion Post 13 located at 1752 Harry Byrd Hwy., Darlington, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The American Legion posts within Darlington County have partnered with the Veterans Affairs Office in this event. We cordially invite our Darlington County veterans to show our appreciation for their service. There will be hot dogs, sausage dogs, barbeque sandwiches, chips, drinks, and door prizes. Please call the Darlington County Veterans Affairs Office at 843-398-4130 with any questions.
The Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Outlook Series continues with a HEALTHCARE FORUM on June 19 at the Butler Heritage Auditorium, 1103 S. 6th St., Hartsville from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include lunch.The session will be led by Christian Soura, vice president of policy and finance for the South Carolina Hospital Association, who will discuss the future of healathcare and how it pertains to the business community. For more information, call the chamber at 843-332-6401 or visit the website www.hartsvillechamber.org.