THE BATTLE OF THE BADGES raised $7,684 for the Make A Wish Foundation as a result of the charity basketball game and dinner. Partners in the event were the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, Lexington County public safety agencies and Lexington District 1. The donation will be used to finance the wish of John Michael, a 4-year-old Chapin boy who is battling a brain tumor — he’s going to Disney World.
THE LOWER RICHLAND BRANCH OF THE NAACP will hold its scholarship awards ceremony for college students at 5 p.m. Sunday at Zion Damascus Baptist Church #2, 6701 Bluff Road, Hopkins. Guest speaker will be the Rev. J.S. Hall.
THE I-CARE PROGRAM (Insurance Counseling Assistance and Referral for Elders) of the Aging and Disability Resource Center will conduct an educational seminar on starting Medicare. The seminar will be held 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 3 at the Central Midlands Council of Governments office, 236 Stoneridge Drive. Participants will learn about original Medicare, Medigap insurance, Medicare drug plans, Medicare fraud and “Extra Help” programs. Free and open to the public but seating is limited. Call (803) 376-5390, ext. 309 by March 27 to reserve a spot.
INUNDATED BY TELEPHONE BOOKS? Lexington County residents can now recycle unwanted directories year round at the curb or at any of the 11 Lexington County Collection and Recycling Centers. The books can be placed in the same recycling container as newspapers and magazines. Residents who receive curbside collection services through the county contract with either Advanced Disposal or Waste Industries can place their unwanted phone books in their curbside recycling bin. Collection and Recyling Centers are at 301 Ballpark Road, Lexington; 6109 Bush River Road, Columbia; 103 Distant Lane, Chapin; 498 Landfill Lane, Lexington; 125 Beulah Church Road, Gilbert; 702 S. Lee St., Leesville; 1325 S. Pine St., Pelion; 110 River Chase Way, Lexington; 3241 Charleston Hwy., Cayce; 438 Martin Neese Road, Swansea; and 419 Sandpit Road, Leesville. http://www.keepthemidlandsbeautiful.org
PAWMETTO LIFELINE, 1275 Bower Parkway, is offering free spay and neuter surgeries, rabies vaccinations and microchipping to pets of residents in the Richland County ZIP codes 29044, 29052 and the Lexington County ZIP of 29123; proof of address required. Proof of rabies vaccination is required; if your pet is not up-to-date, rabies vaccinations are $9 at the time of surgery. Spaying and neutering is safe for kittens as young as 8-10 weeks old, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. The program is sponsored by PetSmart Charities. To schedule an appointment, go to http://www.pawmettolifeline.org or call (803) 465-9100.
SOUTH CAROLINA YOUTH ADVOCATE PROGRAM, a licensed nonprofit child placing agency, is looking for dedicated adults to provide safe, nurturing homes for young people in foster care. For information on becoming a foster parent, call (800) 882-5513 or email email@example.com.
BE A REALLY GOOD NEIGHBOR by donating whole blood or platelets. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. The American Red Cross encourages people who are in good health to donate so hospital patients have the blood or platelets they need to make a recovery. (800) 733-2767; http://www.redcrossblood.org/sc
A CHICKEN DINNER BARBECUE will be held from noon-6 p.m. Friday at Platt Springs United Methodist Church, 3215 Platt Springs Road, West Columbia. Dinners are $10 and include grilled chicken, slaw, beans and rolls. Proceeds will benefit Cindy’s Place, a joint-use initiative to transform a school playground (Springdale Elementary) into a community outdoor fitness park for people of all abilities. Advance tickets available at Springdale Town Hall, Discount Tire of West Columbia and Springdale Elementary School.
LEXINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT DEPUTIES are working in partnership with Lexington 1 and Glenforest School head basketball coach William Knopf to collect new pairs of athletic shoes in sizes appropriate for youth and older teens as part of the Barefoot for Bare Feet Movement. Shoes collected by the Sheriff’s Department will be donated to Samaritan’s Feet, a nonprofit organization that provides shoes to children worldwide. Drop-off points (through Sunday) include the Lexington County Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington; North Region Service Center, 111 Lincreek Drive, Columbia; South Region Service Center, 102 Airport Road, Pelion; West Region Headquarters, 4079-B Augusta Highway, Gilbert; Lexington High School, 2463 Augusta Highway, Lexington; and Lexington Technology Center, 2421 Augusta Highway, Lexington. Code Enforcement Officer Ty Haigler is coordinating the Sheriff’s Department participation; call him at (803) 223-1776.
GIRL SCOUTS OF SOUTH CAROLINA – MOUNTAINS TO MIDLANDS is looking for adult volunteers to provide leadership opportunities to local Girl Scouts in Richland and Lexington counties. No experience is necessary, training is free. (803) 461-3737, (803) 461-3736; http://www.gssc-mm.org
SUNSET FELINES is in urgent need of reliable folks to spare an hour a week (mornings or late afternoons, weekdays and weekends) to assist with the feeding of several cat colonies in Lexington County. Ideal for retirees or those with flexible schedules. Also need foster homes, both short- and long-term; plus they have plenty of adoptable cats. (803) 794-5686 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
FIDO DOG RESCUE is looking for volunteer foster families to care for rescued dogs until they find permanent homes. (803) 796-2390
THE IRMO CHAPIN RECREATION COMMISSION is seeking volunteers ages 18 and older to become nature interpreters at Saluda Shoals Park. Nature interpreters interact with and educate park guests in the Wetlands Preserve. Volunteers meet at 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays for training. No experience necessary; retirees welcome. Jeanette Wells, (803) 213-2051