The Auxiliary of Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center will host its SECOND ANNUAL LIGHTS OF LOVE on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 4:30 p.m. on the hospital grounds. This event consists of an outdoor tree lighting ceremony with music followed by refreshments in the outpatient lobby. Lights are currently available for purchase. Each light is $10 and can be purchased in honor or in memory of a loved one. Acknowledgement cards will be mailed to commemorate the honor, and all the names will be published in the program. To purchase a light, please visit Carolina Gifts on the first floor of the hospital. Proceeds from this event will fund special projects for the Auxiliary along with yearly scholarships awarded to students pursuing an education in the medical field.

OCT. 3

Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center will host SENIOR SCENE Oct. 3 from 10 to 11 a.m. Learn more about the services offered by the Darlington County Council on Aging and how they may benefit you. The event will be in the private dining room in back of the cafeteria.

The DEMOCRATIC WOMEN’S COUNCIL OF DARLINGTON COUNTY will host a meet and greet for all candidates for the city of Darlington mayor and city council on Thursday, Oct. 3, 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Bethel AME Church Annex, 1321 S. Main St. Darlington voters will elect a mayor and three city council members in November. Hoyt Campbell, Darlington County Elections and Registration director, will be on hand with the new voting machine. For more information, call Davita Malloy at 843-339-8967 or Shari McFadden at 843-206-4285.

The SWAMP FOX QUILTERS GUILD monthly meeting will be held on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 9:30 a.m. at John Calvin Presbyterian Church located on the corner of Marsh Avenue and Third Loop Road, in Florence.  Visitors and new members are welcome.

OCT. 6

The Art of Great Gospel music comes to an end for 2019 with the final concert in the GOSPEL IN THE PARK SERIES on Sunday Oct. 6, from 4 until 7p.m. at Hartsville’s Pride Park, 630 S. 6th St. with the theme of Bringing Unity into Our Community. In recognition of Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness Month, information will be available. The event will feature a special tribute to the late ministers Ricky McDuffie and Thelma Scarborough from the Sumter Violiniaires. Devotional service will be led by the Rev. Reginald Alford and the Church of God family. Live entertainment will be by national gospel recording artist Monica Lisa Stevenson of Atlanta, The McDuffie’s and Community of Grace Choir, both of Bennettsville, the Golden Echoes of Hartsville and the Sumter Violiniaires. Bring your lawn chairs and an open heart. For more information, call Barbara Carraway at 843-409-5241.

OCT. 10

The MENTAL ILLNESS FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP will meet Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 167 S. Irby Street, at the corner of Irby and Cheves streets, 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.

OCT. 12

The public is cordially invited to attend the Hartsville Branch NAACP ANNUAL FREEDOM FUND BANQUET on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Jerusalem Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 301 S. 6th St., Hartsville. The event will feature great entertainment, food, fellowship and awards. For more information, call Lunella Williams, president, at 843-616-1294.

OCT. 17

Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center will host a LUNCH AND LEARN session Oct. 17 from 12 to 1 p.m. in the education classroom. Dr. Patrick E. Sizemore will present a program on breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. To learn more or to RSVP, call 843-339-4563 or visit online at

OCT. 19

The fourth annual SC Yoga & Healing Arts Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19. This is a family friendly event and free to the community. Preregister online for free. The SC Yoga and Healing Arts Festival is a full-day event celebrating the practices & services that help us all become fully alive! Nestled in the quiet and beautiful Burry Park in Downtown Hartsville, “The Small Town with A Big Heart,” you will find your tribe family awaiting you with open arms. Contact the Black Creek Arts Center, 116 W. College Ave., Hartsville, 843-332-6234 for more information.

OCT. 21

The HARTSVILLE BRANCH OF THE NAACP monthly members’ meeting is set for Monday, Oct. 21, at 6 p.m. at Jerusalem Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 301 S. 6th St. Meet and greet with all elected public officials and candidates of Darlington County. We’ve invited local public officials and candidates to the October meeting in order to communicate with the public. Refreshments provided. For more information, call Lunella Williams, president, at 843-616-1294.

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