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  • Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Celebration for Jones Feb. 9

A life celebration honoring the 82nd birthday of Emily Cooper Jones will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at Mount Carmel AME Church.
The church is located at 1059 Old Black Oak Road in Moncks Corner.
The celebration is being hosted by her family. In lieu of gifts, donations in Mrs. Jones’ honor may be made to Juanita Hamilton Scholarship Fund, PO Box 1103, Moncks Corner, SC 29461.

Free wellness classes begin

Roper St. Francis Families for a Healthy Heart program teaches easy ways to be healthy and active. The program is offering a series of free wellness classes to be held at Howe Hall AIMS school in Goose Creek from January to April.
A health fair and kick-off event for the program was held Jan. 26 at the school.
“High Blood Pressure and Hyperextension: How to Shake the Salt Habit” will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. Other classes are set for Feb. 21, March 9, March 21, April 11 and April 27.

Tax aid sessions announced

AARP Tax Aid sessions have been scheduled at the Berkeley County Library Goose Creek and Farmers and Merchant Bank in Moncks Corner (221 East Main Street), on Monday and Thursday from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment at Farmer’s and Merchant. Call (843) 761-0390 or (843) 270-7881 for an appointment.

Pancake supper Feb. 12

The members of St. Stephen Episcopal Church in St. Stephen will have a pancake supper in the Parish House located behind the church on Feb. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m.
The cost is $6, and $3 for children.

Book sale set for Feb. 16
The Friends of the Berkeley County Library will hold a Book Lovers Book Sale on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Sangaree Library (595 Sangaree Parkway in Summerville).
The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to Noon. Everyone is invited.  
For more information please call 695-1208.

Red Cross volunteers needed

The American Red Cross is actively recruiting volunteers. Sign up for the class by visiting www.lowcountryredcross.org or by calling (843) 764-2323.

Master Gardener booths announced

A Master Gardener booth will be at Central True Value in Moncks Corner on Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and at Lowe's in Goose Creek on Feb. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Bring two cups of dry soil for a soil test ($6). Results will be sent back to you in two to four weeks.

Candidate forum Feb. 16

FreedomWorks has announced that it will be hosting a candidate forum for South Carolina’s First Congressional District from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Embassy Suites Hotel Airport/Convention Center in North Charleston.
For more information contact wneal@freedomworks.org.

Sweetheart dinner, dance Saturday

A Sweetheart Dinner and Dance sponsored by the Berkeley Ladies Club is set for Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Berkeley Shrine Club. Music by The Oasis Band will be featured.
Only tickets sold in advance are available; call Linda Crank at 761-3419 or Frankie Herndon at 729-5416.
Doors open at 6 p.m.; dinner begins at 6:30 and the band plays from 8 p.m. to midnight. There will be a cash bar and door prizes.

Free concert Saturday

A free concert by the Woodwind Quintet of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 in the Berkeley High School Auditorium.
This event is a gift to the public from the Town of Moncks Corner and the Recreation Department. Please come and enjoy a quiet evening with good music, just in time for Valentine's Day.
Call 899-4708 on Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for more information.

Friends book sale set for Feb. 16
The Friends of the Berkeley County Library will hold a Book Lovers Book Sale on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Sangaree Library (595 Sangaree Parkway in Summerville) from from 9 a.m. to Noon.  
Everyone is invited. For more information, please call 695-1208.

Alzheimer’s support groups continue

The local Alzheimer’s Association has three caregiver support groups in the area held at different locations on the second Monday of each month.
Locations are the Goose Creek library (5:30-6:30 p.m.) on Old Moncks Corner Road, Moncks Corner Medical Center (11 a.m – noon) on N. Live Oak Drive, and the Otranto Road library (1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.) in North Charleston.
For more information, please contact Cawana Wilson at (843) 571-2641.

Free computer classes continue at TTC

The Public Computer Center at Trident Technical College’s Berkeley Campus is offering the following computer courses to the public, free of charge.
• Tuesday, Feb. 12: Improving Typing Skills, 3 p.m.
• Thursday, Feb. 14: Microsoft Word, 3 p.m.
• Saturday, Feb. 16: Microsoft Word, 11 a.m.
• Tuesday, Feb. 19: Microsoft Excel, 3 p.m.
• Thursday, Feb. 21: Microsoft Excel, 3 p.m.
• Saturday, Feb. 23: Using Smart Gadgets, 11 a.m.
• Tuesday, Feb. 26: Using Microsoft Templates, 3 p.m.
• Thursday, Feb. 28: Questions and Answers, 3 p.m.
All course participants will need to bring a USB flash drive to save their work.
The Berkeley Campus is located at 1001 S. Live Oak Dr. (Hwy 17-A) in Moncks Corner. The Public Computer Center is located in the Learning Resources Center (Library), Room 106C. Please call 899-8029 to register or for more information.    

Seniors encouraged to apply for State Fair scholarship

The South Carolina State Fair, an independent, non-profit organization, is now taking applications for its 2013 Ride of Your Life Scholarship Program.
This year, the State Fair will again award $300,000 in scholarships to 50 high school seniors from across the state who will be attending an in-state school or university. The students will receive $6,000 each, in $1,500 increments for up to four years.
“The citizens of South Carolina really came out and embraced the fair in 2012,” said the fair’s general manager, Gary Goodman. “We had nearly half a million attendees, including people from every county in the state.
“This success allows us to continue our tradition of giving back to the community by awarding these scholarships to deserving students.”
The State Fair has provided this kind of educational assistance to South Carolina high school students for 16 years. What began with 10 students in 1997 has grown into one of the largest independently funded scholarship programs in the state, all made possible through admissions, ride tickets and food sales during the 12 days of the fair.
“It is very gratifying to be part of an organization that supports 200 of our state’s best students every year,” said Goodman. “In some cases, the Ride of Your Life Scholarship Program has helped break a cycle of poverty, allowing students to be the first in their families to attend college.”
All high school seniors in South Carolina are eligible to apply to be State Fair Scholars. Prospective scholars will be judged on overall performance and involvement, need, communications skills and ability to complete the application process.
Applications can be found at scstatefair.org/scholarships.
Fully completed applications must be postmarked by March 15, and successful applicants will be notified in early May.
For more information on the South Carolina State Fair Ride of Your Life Scholarship Program, contact Betsy Cooper at (803) 799- 3387, ext. 10 or betsyc@scstatefair.org.

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