Florence Alcoholics Anonymous: For more information, visit Area62.org or call 843-445-7119. Shady Group: Noon, 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. each Monday to Saturday, 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday at 413 S. Church St., Florence. Tranquility Group: 12:30 p.m. Monday, 7 p.m. Tuesday and 8 p.m. Saturday at Parkwood Presbyterian Church, 2307 S. Cascade Ave., Florence. Rule 62 Group: 6 p.m. Monday at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1629 W. Palmetto St., Florence. Primary Purpose Group: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Cross & Crown Lutheran Church, 3123 W. Palmetto St., Florence.

McLeod Farmers Roadside Market: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at McLeod Farm, 29247 S.C. 151 South, McBee. The market has fresh fruits and vegetables, bakery treats, old-fashioned slow-churned ice cream and gift items. For more information, call 843-335-8611.

Pee Dee State Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Saturday at 2513 W. Lucas St., Florence. The market features fresh local produce and products. For more information, call 843-665-5154.

ArtFields 2019: Today to Saturday at ArtFields, 110 E. Main St., Lake City. This event will include live concerts, Southern chefs, artist workshops, a farmers market, crafts, and dancing, in addition to the art competition. General admission is free; special event tickets are for sale separately. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit artfieldssc.org.

Coffee with a Cop: 7:30 to 10 a.m. today at Shoney’s, 905 S. Fifth St., Hartsville. Officers from the Hartsville Police Department will be available in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. All community members are invited to attend.

You Pick/We Pick Strawberries: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday to Saturday) today to May 31 at Dargan Farms, 1301 S. Charleston Road, Darlington. The strawberry fields will be open to pick your own or purchase what has been kicked. For more information, visit darganfarms.com.

Garden Open: It’s All About the Art: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today to Saturday at Moore Farms Botanical Garden, 100 New Zion Road, Lake City. There will be various art exhibits located around the Garden, along with seasonal flowers such as tulips, lilies, and other annual displays. The viewing will be self-guided walking tours only. Please dress accordingly. Admission is free but registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, visit moorefarmsbg.org.

Museum of the Moon: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today to Monday at the Florence Center, 3300 W. Radio Drive, Florence. Museum of the Moon is a touring artwork by UK artist Juke Jerram. This scale model of the moon, featuring detailed NASA imagery of the moon’s surface, will be on display for the public and tour groups. For more information, call Roger Malfatti at 843-260-6210 or Reynolds Williams at 843-615-2646.

Tech Talk AM: 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. today at the Drs. Bruce & Lee Foundation Library, 509 S. Dargan St., Florence. Get a 30 minute appointment to help with various technology questions, including tablet use, reading system, smart phones, and safety and security for devices. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 843-413-7074.

OWLS Fit & Strong: 10 a.m. today and Friday in the multipurpose room at 513 Barnes St., Florence. This program is open for active adults over 50. Registration is $12 a year. For more information or to register, email SWebb@CityofFlorence.com.

TOPS SC 101 – Take Off Pounds Sensibly: 10 a.m. today at College Park Baptist Church, 1501 Third Loop Road, Florence. Weigh-in at 9:30 a.m. and meeting at 10 a.m. Lots of incentive. Call Linda at 843-662-0210 for more information.

Mornings at the Museum: 10 to 11 a.m. today at the Florence County Museum, 111 W. Cheves St., Florence. This interactive program is for children ages 3-5 and their accompanying adult. First Wednesday programs will feature history-related topics. Third Wednesday programs will feature visual arts related topics. Each program will include a gallery visit, story time, and hands-on studio activity. Admission is free, but registration is required. For more information or to register, visit flocomuseum.org/mornings-at-the-museum.

Art of Gardening Tours: 10 a.m. to noon today to Saturday at Moore Farms Botanical Garden, 100 New Zion Road, Lake City. This tour will emphasize garden design, sculptures and creative elements, turf designs, art pieces, and the green roof and living way. Registration is $5 per person. Tours are limited to the first 20 people and will occur rain or shine. Plan on wearing comfortable shoes and spending 1.5 to 2 hours on the tour. For more information or to register, visit moorefarmsbg.org.

Quick Start—Internet Basics: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. today at the Drs. Bruce & Lee Foundation Library, 509 S. Dargan St., Florence. This workshop covers internet browsers, on-line applications, searching the internt, using correct search results, using email, and safety. Participants should be comfortable with general computer use before registering. For more information or to register, call 843-413-7075.

Stemming the Plastic Tide: 5:30 to 7 p.m. today at the Drs. Bruce & Lee Foundation Library, 509 S. Dargan St., Florence. Kelly Thorvalson, Conservation Programs Manager of the South Carolina Aquarium, will speak on the danger plastic pollution poses to water and wildlife, and the research being done by South Carolina Aquarium to mitigate the problem. There will be a Q&A session during the program. Participants can also participate in a short litter sweep by meeting at the library at 5 p.m. For more information, call Sam Dargan at 843-616-0510.

Night OWLS Tai Chi Yang 24: 6 p.m. today at the Maple Park Community Center, 915 Gregg Ave., Florence. This Tai Chi style features more movement and is easier to learn than other styles. Beginners are welcome. Please wear loose/comfortable clothing and soft soled shoes. Class minimum is 5, and maximum is 14. An annual fee of $12 is due at registration. To register, visit the Barnes Street Activity Center. For information, email Sharon Webb at SWebb@CityofFlorence.com or call 843-665-3253.

Al-Anon Meeting: 6 p.m. today and Monday at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1629 W. Palmetto St., Florence, and noon Thursday and Tuesday at 413 S. Church St., Florence. These meetings are for friends and relatives of alcoholics. Call 843-662-4938 for more information.

Back to Basics Narcotics Anonymous Support Group Meeting: 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at 406 S. Kemp St., Florence. There is a closed group meeting on the first, second and third Wednesday of each month and an open group meeting on the fourth Wednesday.

Mamma Mia!: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. today to Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Florence Little Theatre, 417 S. Dargan St., Florence. ABBA’s hits tell the story of a young woman’s search for her birth father on the eve of her wedding. Recommended minimum age is 12+ (some adult language). The play is 2 hours. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors 62 and up, and $18 for students/children. For more information, visit florencelittletheatre.org.

Swamp Fox Quilters Guild Meeting: 9:30 a.m. Thursday at John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 2000 Marsh Ave., Florence. The program will be a presentation and trunk show by Kathy Stuart on Whole Cloth Quilts. Members are reminded that Challenge Quilts are due. The guild’s purpose is to educate membership and the community in the art of quilting. New members and visitors are welcome.

The Camera In Your Pocket: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Moore Farms Botanical Garden, 100 New Zion Road, Lake City. MFBG Executive Director and professional photographer Carlo Balistrieri will teach participants about how to use the camera app on their phone to take great photographs. Registration is $35 per person. The class will take place indoors and outdoors, so dress accordingly. Lunch will not be provided; a refrigerator and microwave will be available for use. For more information or to register, visit moorefarmsbg.org.

Mission Possible: Gardening for Challenging Environments: 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursday at Moore Farms Botanical Garden, 100 New Zion Road, Lake City. Participants will learn about plants capable of filling difficult planting conditions and take home a variety of unique, MFBG-grown plant selections suited to these difficult spaces. Registration is $20 per person. For more information or to register, visit moorefarmsbg.org.

OWLS Yoga: 10:45 a.m. Thursday and Tuesday in the multipurpose room at 513 Barnes St., Florence. This program is open for active adults over 50. Registration is $12 a year. For more information or to register, email SWebb@CityofFlorence.com.

Florence Chamber’s Spring Golf Classic: 11 a.m. (lunch) and noon (tee time) Thursday at Traces Golf Club, 4322 Southborough Road, Florence. This will be a day of golf, food, beverages, and fun. There will be a $25,000 cash prize shoot out with 4 participants chosen at random. For more information or to register a team, call Mandy Howle at 843-665-0515.

Lake City Farmers Market: Noon to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Bean Market, 111 Henry St., Lake City. Local vegetables, crafts, and more are available to purchase. For more information, call 843-374- 1500.

Tours at the Florence County Museum : 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Florence County Museum, 111 W Cheves St., Florence. Exhibit themed public tours take place every Thursday. No registration is required, and they are led by museum docents. Tours are free and open to all.

Ovis Hill Farmers Market: 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Naturally Outdoors, 2519 W. Palmetto St., Florence. For more information, visit ovishillfarm.com.

Clemson Prowl & Growl: 4:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Florence Center, 3300 W. Radio Drive, Florence. Fans will be given the opportunity to learn about what’s happening at Clemson University while showing their support for the Clemson Tigers. This year’s tour will include football and basketball coaches and Athletic Department Administrators. Tickets are $25 per person. Reserved tables with seating for 8 are available for $300. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit florencecenter.com.

Coker Community Music Program Spring Recital: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Hannah Lide Coker Recital Hall at Coker College, 300 E. College Ave., Hartsville. Students in the Coker Community Music Program will present this program.

Night OWLS Pilates Mat & Chair Exercise: 6 p.m. Thursday at the Maple Park Community Center, 915 Gregg Ave., Florence. This class will encourage the development of strong and flexible muscles without adding mass, with a focus on core stabilization and strengthening. No experience required. Exercise equipment will be required, but participants are welcome to bring their own. Please wear comfortable workout clothing (sweat pants or yoga pants are fine). An annual fee of $12 is due at registration. To register, visit the Barnes Street Activity Center. For information, email Sharon Webb at SWebb@CityofFlorence.com or call 843-665-3253.

Bone-E-Fit: 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday outside the Waters Building, 135 S. Dargan St., Florence. This event will feature cocktails, appetizers, a silent auction, and music by the Root Doctors. Tickets are $75. Attendees must be 21 or older; please bring ID. Proceeds will benefit the Florence Area Humane Society.

Informal Dance Concert: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Watson Theater, 300 E. College Ave., Hartsville. This event is free and open to the public.

Leaf Castings: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Moore Farms Botanical Garden, 100 New Zion Road, Lake City. Rebecca Turk will walk participants through the process of casing sycamore or Alocasia leafs. Each participant will make two casts to take home. Registration is $40 per person. All materials will be provided; a 2 foot by 2 foot piece of plywood is needed to ensure the casts travel well, so make sure there is room in your car. Clothes will likely get dirty, so dress accordingly. Lunch will not be provided; a refrigerator and microwave will be available for use. For more information or to register, visit moorefarmsbg.org.

Pee Dee Growers Market: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 3215 Bluff Road, Marion. Fresh and local vegetables, fruits, and specialty goods will be available to purchase.

ICG Golf Tournament: Noon (lunch) and 1 p.m. (shot gun start) Friday at Traces Golf Club, 4322 Southborough Road, Florence. Registration is $240 per team; lunch and dinner are included. A Captain Choice format with $20 Mulligan packages will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Tim Wilson at 843-665-3253 or via email at twilson@cityofflorence.com.

Cinco de Mayo: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday on the 100 Block of S. Dargan Street in downtown Florence. This event will include cultural food, cold drinks, a kids zone, Chihuahua races, a costume content, and more. The Fantasy Band will be performing. Admission is free; food and beverage tickets are $1 each. Proceeds will benefit the Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity.

Share Your Heart Live & Silent Auction: 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at Black Creek Arts Center, 116 W. College Ave., Hartsville. This auction will feature original artwork from local artists. There will also be heavy hors d’oeuvers, adult beverages, and live music. Tickets are $50 per person and $180 for four online, or $60 per person with $25 designated driver tickets at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Black Creek Arts Council. For more information, visit blackcreekarts.org.

Little Pee Dee Night Life: 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Little Pee Dee Night Life, 8505 E. Highway 76 North, Mullins. Live bands and dancing every weekend. No alcoholic beverages will be served. For more information, visit facebook.com/littlepeedeenightlife.

Johnsonville Heritage Festival Pageant: Saturday at Johnsonville Elementary School, 160 E. Marion St., Johnsonville. This event will feature a beauty competition, photogenic, portfolio, best dress, best hair, and best smile. Age groups for girls are 0 to 18 months (Baby Miss), 19 to 35 months (Toddler Miss), 3 to 4 years (Tiny Miss), 5 to 7 years (Mini Miss), 8 to 10 years (Petite Miss), 11 to 13 years (Junior Miss), 14 to 16 years  (Teenager Miss) and 17 to 21 years (Miss). For more information, email stevens1023@yahoo.com

CAPES for Kids: 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at Briggs Elementary School, 1012 Congaree Dr., Florence. There will be a 5k and 10k run/walk and a kids Fun Run. This event is run by CARE House of the Pee Dee, and is in memory of Tylashia Grant. Registration is $25 in advance and $40 the day of the race for the 10k, and $25 in advance and $30 the day of the race for the 5; and $5 without a shirt or $15 with a shirt (only guaranteed through early registration) for the Fun Run. Proceeds will benefit the work of the CARE House of the Pee Dee and their fight against child abuse. For more information, visit capesforkidsrun.itsyourrace.com.

Doggie Dash 5K: 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Hartsville YMCA, 111 E. Carolina Ave., Hartsville. This dog-friendly 5K will benefit Byerly Park’s Dog Park. Registration is $30 for Hartsville Young Professionals members and $35 for non-members., and $40 the day of the event. Early registration guarantees a t-shirt. For more information, visit doggiedashsc.itsyourrace.com.

Spring Coin Show: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at American Legion Post 13, 1752 Harry Byrd Highway, Darlington. Hosted by the Pee Dee Area Coin Club. Admission and parking are free.

City Center Farmers Market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the back parking lot of the City Center, 369 W. Cheves St., Florence. The market features local farmers and artisans from the surrounding cities and counties. Ovis Hill Farmers Market is an anchor tenant at the market. The market will also host live mini concerts featuring local musicians. For more information or to become a vendor at the market, email jpeze@cityofflorence.com.

Touch-A-Truck: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Darlington Raceway, 1301 Harry Byrd Highway, Darlington. Children of all ages will be able to explore their favorite big trucks, emergency vehicles, and more. They will also have the chance to meet the workforce that protects, serves, and builds our community. There will also be local sports teams, face painting, and food vendors. 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. will be a “quiet hour” free of honks and sirens. Admission is $5; children 2 and under are free.

Spring Book Sale: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Drs. Bruce & Lee Foundation Library, 509 S. Dargan St., Florence. This sale will feature thousands of used books in a variety of genres, including multi-bound periodicals and rare books from the 1800s and early 1900s. Proceeds will go to the Friends of Florence County Library in support of library programs and collections. For more information, visit florencelibrary.org or call 843-413-7070.

May Market: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at New Ebenezer Baptist Church, 307 S. Ravenel St., Florence. Participants will have the chance to purchase specialty gifts from unique vendors and local artisans. There will also be a silent auction. Admission is $5; children under 12 enter free. Proceeds will benefit the church’s Mission on the Go. For more information, call 843-615-2933.

Colorblast with Perennials: 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Moore Farms Botanical Garden, 100 New Zion Road, Lake City. MFBG Horticulturist Bennett Dowling will show participants how to use plants for continuous color, texture, and year-long interest in your garden. Registration is $20. This class takes place inside and outside, so dress accordingly. For more information or to register, visit moorefarmsbg.org.

River Jamboree: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Lynches River County Park, 5094 County Park Road, Coward. Events are free and include hayrides, guided canoe rides, snakes and birds of prey, stage entertainment, balloon art, jumpy houses, food, and vendors. For more information, visit lynchesriverpark.com.

Wild Weekends: 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Environmental Discovery Center at Lynches River County Park, 5094 County Park Road, Coward. See live animals and have the opportunity to meet the animal up close.

SEBGA Concerts: 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Darlington Music Hall, 1945 Harry Byrd Highway, Darlington. There will be socialization and an open mic along with the monthly performer. Admission is $10 for the general public, $7 for members, $5 for students, and free for children under 12. Light snacks and soft drinks will be available for purchase. For more information, visit sebga.org or call 843-373-2003.

Run for the Roses: 5 p.m. Saturday at the Home of Coker College President, 222 E. Home Ave., Hartsville. There will be a raffle drawing and prizes for the winner of the big race. Raffle tickets will be sold at the event and drinks and appetizers will be served. Wear your best Derby attire for Best Bow Tie and Best Hat prizes. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Coker Society members can enter free with an RSVP by contacting peggy.smith@coker.edu. Proceeds will support the Annual Scholarship Fund.

Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace: 7 p.m. Saturday at West Hartsville Baptist Church, 1003 W. Carolina St., Hartsville. This piece written by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins includes many beautiful and unusual elements. It will feature the Hartsville Community Choir, the Hartsville High School Singers, and the Long Bay Symphony. For more information, visit hartsvillecommunitychorus.org.

Pims Corn Maze: Fairy Tale: 2 to 6 p.m. (Sundays) Sunday to Nov. 10 at Pim Farms, 464 Dovesville Highway, Darlington. This maze for young children (3 to 7 years old) includes gem mining buckets with shells, rocks, and gems. Adult and teen gem mining includes soccer gold and human fuse balls. Admission to the fairy tale maze is $5; adult and teen gem mining is $7. Groups of ten or more must make an appointment. For more information, visit pimfarms.com.

Gospel in the Park: 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday and June 9 at Pride Park, 630 S. 6th St., Hartsville. More information coming soon.

OWLS Tai Chi: 9 a.m. (beginners) and 9:45 a.m. (continuing class) Monday in the multipurpose room at 513 Barnes St., Florence. This program is open for active adults over 50. Registration is $12 a year. For more information or to register, email SWebb@CityofFlorence.com.

Ballroom Dance Classes: 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. Monday, May 13, May 20, and May 27 at Palmetto Arts Academy, 110 South Acline St., Lake City. Participants will learn the Salsa dance. Registration is $60 per couple for each class with a $20 registration fee for new students. For more information or to register, call 843-319-1493.

Alzheimer’s Community Forum: Noon to 2 p.m. (lunch) or 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (dinner) Tuesday at the Florence Center, 3300 W. Radio Drive, Florence. People who are caring for or related to a person with Alzheimer’s, or who are living with the condition themselves, can ask questions about the condition, learn about local resources, and get involved. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, visit alz.org/sc or call 800-272-3900.

Diabetes and Nutrition Classes:  2 p.m. Tuesday at the Floyd Conference Center, 1592 Freedom Boulevard, Florence. These free classes will provide self-management tools needed to help avoid serious but preventable complications with diabetes. These classes are taught by a certified diabetes instructor and registered dietician. For more information or to register, call 843-674-4525.

Tech Talk PM: 2:15 to 4:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Drs. Bruce & Lee Foundation Library, 509 S. Dargan St., Florence. Get a 30 minute appointment to help with various technology questions, including tablet use, reading system, smart phones, and safety and security for devices. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 843-413-7074.

Quick Start Files & Email Management: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Drs. Bruce & Lee Foundation Library, 509 S. Dargan St., Florence. This class covers using and managing email and managing files. Participants should be comfortable with general computer use before registering. For more information or to register, call 843-413-7074.

TOPS SC 101 – Take Off Pounds Sensibly: 6 p.m. Tuesday at Dawsey United Methodist Church, 2711 Dawsey St., Florence. For more information, visit tops.org or call 1-800-932-8677.

Night OWLS Dance/Stretch: 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Maple Park Community Center, 915 Gregg Ave., Florence. This series will feature cardio movements in a choreographic format, using traditional dance techniques and emphasizing dance fundamentals and core strengthening. No dance experience required. Please wear comfortable workout clothing (sweat pants or yoga pants and street shoes are fine). An annual fee of $12 is due at registration. To register, visit the Barnes Street Activity Center. For information, email Sharon Webb at SWebb@CityofFlorence.com or call 843-665-3253.

Line Dance Class: 6 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesday at Poynor Adult Education, 301 S. Dargan St., Florence. Beginner and advanced beginner dancers are invited to learn new dances every week. Beginner-level class is from 6 p.m. to 6:50 p.m., and advance-beginner-level class is from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. The fee is $5 per class. For more information visit Heart & Sole Line Dance, Florence SC on Facebook or call Cindy Dowdy at 843-506-2998.

Florence Regional Arts Alliance Arts Awards Night: 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Waters Building, 135 S. Dargan St., Florence. Four awards—the John W. Baker Distinguished Service Award, the Business and Arts Partnership Award, the Outstanding Arts Organization Award, and the Greg Fry Arts Educator Award—will be presented. For more information, visit florenceartsalliance.org/awards.

Florence Little Theatre Friends Meeting: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Florence Little Theatre, 417 S. Dargan St., Florence. There will be discussions of upcoming projects and opportunities to sign up for volunteer work. The mission of the FLT Friends is to promote and support the endeavors of the Florence Little Theatre through fundraising projects and volunteerism. Membership may be obtained at any meeting. Annual dues are $20.

Dillon Historic School Foundation Meeting: 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Dillon County Chamber of Commerce, 100 N. MacArthur Ave., Dillon. Visitors and new members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

South Florence High School Arts Show: 7 p.m. Tuesday at the FMU Performing Arts Center, 201 S. Dargan St., Florence. South Florence High School will present an art show and performance featuring art, band, chorus, dance, orchestra, poetry, and theater students. Tickets are $5. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit fmupac.org.

 

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