TRENHOLM ACRES CLEAN-UP: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday; joint community effort sponsored by Keep the Midlands Beautiful, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and volunteers from the University of South Carolina. Neighborhood roads identified for the work include Roof Street, Claudia Drive, Hearn Drive and Nancy Avenue (some side streets may be added if time permits). Water, trash bags and gloves will be provided. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather. (803) 733-1139 or email keepthemidlandsbeautiful.org
LEXINGTON-RICHLAND 5 is encouraging senior citizens to be involved and active in district-sponsored events and activities with Golden Passes. Available to those who will be age 60 or older during the school year, the permanent photo ID card provides free admission into most athletic and cultural arts events in the district, excluding playoff games. Passes will be issued 9 a.m.-noon Friday at the district administration building, 1020 Dutch Fork Road, Irmo. (803) 476-8118
RICHLAND 1 offers complimentary Golden Activity Passes to district residents age 60 and older. Passes admit seniors free to all district-sponsored athletic events at Richland 1 schools or athletics fields (except Sportsarama and playoff games). With the passes, seniors may also purchase a delicous and lunch at any district school for $3.25. Passes avalable at the Richland 1 Office of Communications, Stevenson Administration Building, 1616 Richland St., second floor. Office hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. (803) 231-7504 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“STUTTERING AND YOUR CHILD: HELP FOR PARENTS,” a DVD in English and Spanish is available at the Lexington County Public Library System, www.lexlib.sc.us; all branches of the Richland Library, www.richlandlibrary.com; and the South Carolina State Library, www.state.library.sc.gov
KIDS’ CHANCE OF SOUTH CAROLINA is a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships and support to dependents of S.C. workers who have been seriously injured or killed on the job. The group is seeking proposals to create a video that can be used in furthering their mission and reaching out to more families who can benefit from their services. (843) 546-5837; http://www.kidschancesc.org
SEEDS OF HOPE FARMERS MARKETS include the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays; Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1301 Richland St., 8 a.m.-noon Thursdays; Ashland UMC, 2600 Ashland Road, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday; Grace UMC, 410 Harbison Blvd., 8 a.m.-noon Saturday; Shandon UMC, 3407 Devine St., 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays; and Virginia Wingard UMC, 1500 Broad River Road, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays.
PALMETTO HEALTHY START will host its second Infant Mortality Awareness Walk, “Small Steps to a Healthy Start,” 8-10:30 a.m. Sept. 7 at Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St. Proceeds from the 5K walk will support the organization’s initiative to promote safe sleep, reducing the rate of sudden infant death syndrome. Registration deadline is Monday. Cost is $12. (803) 296-2273; www.palmettohealth.org/healthystart
ARTWORK BY FORMER PATIENTS of Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital may be purchased with a donation of $20 or more 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Zoës Kitchen, 1320 Main St., #150. Canvases painted by the children will also be available for purchase 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays beginning Tuesday; proceeds will benefit the hospital
THE FRESH MARKET, 4840 Forest Drive, will hold its the 19th annual sidewalk sale Sept. 6-8; drop by 11 a.m.-6 p.m. for hot dogs, root beer floats and ice cream sundaes (sugar free available). 100 percent of the sales and donations will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the leader in efforts to cure, treat and prevent Type 1 Diabetes. (803) 782-9100
ROTARY CLUB OF LEXINGTON GOLF TOURNAMENT is slated for Sept. 16 at the Country Club of Lexington, 1066 Barr Road. Registration and lunch, 11:30 a.m., with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Limit 28 teams; format is four-person Captain’s Choice; contests and prizes; lunch and dinner provided. $400 per team (includes mulligans); registration deadline is Sept. 6. Proceeds benefit Chris Myer’s Children’s Place, established to house children whose mothers are unable to care for them. (803) 951-0553
SEPTEMBER IS STORM DRAIN TAGGING MONTH and the Lexington Countywide Stormwater Consortium is looking for volunteers to tag storm drains with a marker reading NO DUMPING — DRAINS TO WATERWAYS, educating citizens about the connection between storm drains and area waterways. Interested? Call (803) 785-8634 or go to www.lcswc.com.
JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT is looking for folks to supplement the standard school curriculum with real world relevance and experience. JA’s school programs are made available at no charge to all teachers and schools. JA VolunTeachers may determine their own schedules (training and all materials will be provided). Volunteers may choose to work with elementary school students, kindergarten through fifth grade, 30 minutes a week for five weeks. Middle-schoolers in grades 6-8 will meet 45 minutes a week for six to eight weeks; programs for students in grades 9-12 require a commitment of an hour a week for seven to 12 weeks. Choose your school and class by calling (803) 252-1974, ext. 204 or email email@example.com
THE LOURIE CENTER needs volunteer drivers for its 5 Points Wheels program, a transportation service for seniors and handicapped in the downtown area. The program operates from a 15-passenger shuttle bus, taking seniors to doctors appointments, personal errands such as banking and salons and food shopping. There is an immediate need for a driver for a weekly 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday shift. Substitute drivers for Mondays-Thursdays are also needed. Requirements: standard driver’s license, ability to drive a large vehicle, knowledge of downtown Columbia, ability to work with the public and seniors, some physical aptitude and mobility. Call Stephanie Benjamin, (803) 779-1971, ext. 12 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WORLD HERITAGE STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM is seeking local host families for high school students from more than 30 countries for the upcoming school year (or just a semester). Each student is fully insured, brings his/her own personal spending money and expects to contribute to his/her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles. Couples, single parents and families with or without children are encouraged to host. (800) 888-9040; http://www.whhosts.com
CARIS HEALTHCARE is seeking hospice volunteers. For more information, call Michelle Robinson, volunteer coordinator, at (803) 794-4141 or email email@example.com.
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