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Weekly Update City of Darlington

Join us downtown for a Community Karaoke Party from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday as the DDRA wraps up the 2019 season of Bringing Downtown Alive!

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The American Legion Post 13 had the pleasure of having our State Commander, Walt Richardson join us for our monthly meeting on Sept. 12. Walt spoke to our Legionnaire's about the fall conference. After speaking on several subjects, Walt honored our Vietnam Veterans with a pin, and thanked each one for their service. What an honor!

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WPDE News 15's Tonya Brown will serve as Grand Marshal for the Pee Dee United Elks Lodge 1679 & Excelsior Temple 790 Annual Parade and Cookout will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5 at the lodge, 836 Timmonsville Highway. Free admission and food for all. Mrs. Brown will sign autographs at the cookout. Info: Ronald Travis 843-453-4144 or Elaine Reed 843-307-7086



Darlington County Soil & Water Conservation District Board meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month in the Clemson Extension Kitchen at 300 Russell St., Room 207. Open to the public. Info: 843-393-0483

Black Creek Baptist Church will hold a revival at 7 p.m. nightly Sept. 22-25 at the church, 139 Mont Clare Road, Dovesville. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Jeff Cockrell of Betha Baptist Church with music worship leader Karen Creel of Hoffmeyer Road Baptist Church. Info: 843-393-1140



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Tuesday is the last day to submit your vote for the name of the new elementary school in Darlington.

The Darlington YMCA Little Kicks Soccer runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Nov. 2 at the YMCA, 123 Exchange St., for boys and girls ages 3-6. Cost is $25 for members, $50 for potential members. T-shirts are provided but shin guards are not. Info: Calvin Shaw 843-383-4537

At 9 a.m. Tuesday mornings, men are invited to join a special devotion time at the Purple Fish Coffee Company, 110 W. Hampton St. Great coffee and fellowship.

Joe's Grill will have 50-Cent Wing Night for supper at 306 Russell St. Dine-In only.

Tenampa Mexican Restaurant will hold Taco Tuesday for lunch and supper at 40 Public Square. $1 crunchy beef or chicken tacos and various drink specials. Dine-In only.

The Black Creek Grill at the Darlington Country Club opens for members and their guests for dining from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays at the club, 125 Country Club Road.



Free Exercise Class at 9 a.m. Wednesdays at the Harmon Baldwin Recreation Center, 300 Sanders St. 843-398-4030

Rich Harwood will speak about 5 Steps to Rebuild Civic Confidence in These Hard Times at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Coker University Performing Arts Center's Watson Auditorium.Reception to follow with copies of Harwood's new book Stepping Forward available for purchase. Harwood and his namesake institute have been working with community builders for 30 years, and this is an opportunity to hear from the country's most influential community thinkers.

Crab Night every Wednesday night at Darlington Elks Lodge, 836 Timmonsville Highway, Darlington. 843-393-1451

Darlington County Picklers meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Sunday nights at the Bill Cain Tennis Center at the corner of Orange and Liberty Streets. Learn to play and meet new friends.



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The Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce will hold a Job Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at the T.B. Thomas Sports Center, 1701 W. Washington St., Hartsville. Come dressed to impress. Info: 843-519-1245

The Rotary Club of Darlington meets at noon on Thursdays at the Darlington Country Club, 125 Country Club Road.

The Darlington Country Club Sundowners meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at the club, 125 Country Club Road.

The Darlington County School District's Innovative Fair will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, at Darlington Middle School to explain the various magnet opportunities across the district. Online application period for the magnet programs runs Sept. 26 to Oct. 17. Info: 843-398-2242

The final event of the DDRA's Bringing Downtown Alive! Concert Series will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at Liberty Lane and Pearl Street. Enjoy a Community Karaoke Party, car show by the Darlington Cruisers, vendors, and more. Vendor applications: Food or merchandise.

Break the Chains of Addiction at the CARES confidential Addiction Support group at 7 p.m. every Thursday at Harmon Baldwin Recreation Center, 300 Sanders St. All are welcome. Free. Info: Mark Parker 843-250-4298 or Kristy Wynn 843-601-3645


Fahrenheit 225 will have Trivia Night with prizes and specials at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at 26 Public Square.



The Miss Falcon Pageant will be held Friday, Sept. 27, at the Darlington High School Falcons Nest during the halftime show. Proceeds to benefit the DHS Athletic Booster Club.

Joe's Grill will have Steak Night for supper at 306 Russell St. (behind IGA).

The St. John's High School Alumni Association presents an Alumni Prom from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at the Darlington Army National Guard Armory. Info: 843-230-3117 or 843-206-7381


Live music at the Purple Fish Coffee Company from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every Friday night at 110 W. Hampton St.



Dargan Farms will hold its Opening Day for the season on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the farm. Hayrides, gem mining, pumpkins, corn maze, and more. Open Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m.

Children ages 5-12 are invited to come for Exploring Jesus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 126 Pearl St. Event includes Bible time, songs, lunch and snacks, crafts, water slides, games, and snow cones.

Darlington Country Club opens for a members' breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays at the club, 125 Country Club Road.

Jerusalem Baptist Church will hold an open discussion about prostate health from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 28 at the church, 301 S. Sixth St., Hartsville, as part of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. To register, call 803-708-4732 or email noblet@mailbox.sc.edu.

The St. John's High School Alumni Association presents its Annual Parade from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Public Square followed by its Annual Tailgate Event from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. at James E. Welch Stadium, 420 Wells St., Darlington. This is behind Brunson-Dargan Elementary School Athletic Field. General admission is $5 for adults and free for association members and children younger than age 4 with an adult. Info: 843-230-3117 or 843-206-7381



Dargan Farms will have hayrides, gem mining, pumpkins, corn maze, and more from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the farm.

Darlington County Picklers meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Sunday nights at the Bill Cain Tennis Center at the corner of Orange and Liberty Streets. Learn to play and meet new friends.


Mark Your Calendars

Darlington Little League will hold its annual public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Harmon Baldwin Recreation Center, 300 Sanders St., Darlington.

Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church will hold its Annual Revival at 7 p.m. nightly Sept. 30 through Oct. 3 at the church, 400 S. Main St., Darlington. Guest pastors include Robbie Shortt of Street Church of God on Monday, LaTonya Dash of St. James United Methodist Church on Tuesday, James Wesley Dennis III of Bethel AME Church on Wednesday, and Eugene Thomas of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church on Thursday.

The Pee Dee United Elks Lodge 1679 & Excelsior Temple 790 will hold its Annual Festivities October 4-5 at the lodge, 836 Timmonsville Highway, Darlington. The weekend includes a Meet-and-Greet at 4 p.m. Oct. 4 followed by a Bourbon Street Disco at 9 o'clock. The annual Parade and Cookout will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5, and the event will conclude with the Annual Dance from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the lodge. Info: Ronald Travis 843-453-4144 or Elaine Reed 843-307-7086

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Trivia Night will be held at the Purple Fish Coffee Company Friday, Oct. 4, at 110 W. Hampton St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with trivia starting at 7 o'clock. Cost: $5 per person. Proceeds go toward the Dominican Republic Medical Mission Fundraiser. Prizes awarded for the top team.

The City of Darlington Beautification Board and Darlington Garden Club will hold the fall Clean Up Darlington Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, October 5, in preparation for the S.C. Sweet Potato Festival. To submit project ideas or send in a list of volunteers, email rock@cityofdarlington.com.

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Paws-N-Pumpkins will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 5, at the animal shelter, 1701 Adoption Way, Darlington. Free admission. Dog adoption, bouncy house, face painting, DJ, food, drawings, and pumpkin decorating. Donations accepted. Microchipping available for Darlington County residents for $20 per dog. Info: Susan Rollins 843-598-7093.

First Baptist Church invites the public to its front lawn from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 6 for free food, fall games, and wellness screenings at the church, 216 S. Main St. Info: 843-393-2874

The Art of Great Gospel Music comes to end with the final Gospel in the Park event for 2019 from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at Pride Park, 630 S. Sixth St., Hartsville. Devotional service by Pastor Reginald Alford and The Church of God Family. Live entertainment by gospel recording artist Monica Lisa Steveson, The McDuffie and Community of Grace Choir, The Golden Echoes, Bobby Wilson and Chosen Ones, and the Sumter Violinaries. Tribute to the late ministers Ricky McDuffie and Thelma Scarborough. Information will be available about Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness Months as well. Info: Barbara Carraway 843-409-5241

The Pilot Club of Darlington presents the S.C. Sweet Potato Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Public Square in downtown. Vendor Application and Rules.

A Call for the Church to COME ALIVE will be held at 6:30 p.m. nightly Oct. 13-16 at First Baptist Church, 216 S. Main St., Darlington. Featuring the Elevate Worship Band from Charleston Southern University and special guest preachers, the Rev. Jon Davis of Charleston Southern University and the Rev. Frankie Tanner, retired pastor of Mechanicsville Baptist Church.

The Darlington Memorial Cemetery Association has organized a Community Clean Up Day beginning at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the cemetery on D Avenue.

Giving Voice to the Victims 7th Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Walk will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Public Square. Free breakfast.

Death by Chocolate, the Fifth Annual Murder Mystery Dinner, will be held Oct. 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Society Hill Library, 114 Carrigan St. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Info: Charlene McDonnough 843-378-0026

The SC Career Coach, a mobile extension of the SC Works centers, will be in Darlington from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the A.W. Stanley Gym, 112 Gary St., Darlington, offering help with resumes, job searches, skills assessments, program and service direction, and additional employment assistance. With 10 workstations, WiFi and printer capabilities, and wheelchair accessibility, the Career Coach is coming to help you find a job. LOOK FOR THE GREEN BUS! Questions? Call (843) 472-7534

Pee Dee Electric Cooperative 2019 Annual Meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. on Oct. 26 at the Florence Center, 300 W. Radio Dr., Florence. Member registration begins at 9am with activities throughout the day including the McLeod Health Fair and a kids zone with face painting and balloon animals! Performance by The Men of Distinction at 11 and much more. The Business Meeting will start at noon. Be sure to stay through the meeting - each member who is present and registers will receive a $20 energy voucher and "The History of Pee Dee Electric Cooperative" 80th Anniversary Book. Additional giveaways include 50 door prizes, a 50/50 drawing, 3 Bonus Prizes ($300, $400, & $500 energy vouchers), and the Grand Prize - a 2015 GMC Double Cap Pickup 4x4.

The Scare on the Square: Thursday, Oct. 31, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. downtown


On November 1, Darlington Raceway will host its second consecutive 5K event, but with a new name, the Terrence Carraway Memorial 5K with proceeds from the event benefiting the Terrence F. Carraway Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, which is raising donations for a new South Carolina Fallen Officers Memorial Park in his honor on Main St. in Darlington. The 5K, slated to begin at 6:30 p.m., will run under the lights at Darlington Raceway for the second consecutive year. Participants may pre-register online for the event for a fee of $25 per participant by Clicking here. Day-of registration will be $30 per person.

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Women's Leadership Symposium: Nov. 1 Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce, (843) 332-6401,

The Taste of Christmas fundraiser for the Darlington Fire Department Christmas Fund from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at First Baptist Church, 216 S. Main St., Darlington. Tickets are $10 per person. Children younger than 6 eat free. For information or to cook at the event, call 843-398-4013

Shop Small Downtown Open House: Thursday, Nov. 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Public Square


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Join the DDRA and show your support for our community. Download the Membership Application here. Members can share news about your business or organization by giving us a call, 843-992-1561, or sending us an email, info@buildupdarlington.org, and we will feature yours news on our site and distribute it through our News Alert system via text and email to people interested in Darlington as well as TV stations, radio stations, and newspapers. We can come take a photo or use what you already have. This allows you to share employee recognitions, new products, sales, special hours and events, and more - all as a benefit of being a member of the Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association!

If you are already a member, please make sure to submit any updates to your businesses' Map Location Form to info@buildupdarlington.org.

To have your event listed on our websites, please email info@buildupdarlington.org or call 843-398-4000 x 103 by the week prior to your event.