VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA, Chapter 303, is hosting two seminars for all veterans, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at American Legion Post 6, 200 Pickens St. The free seminars are “Hearing Impairments” and “Traumatic Brain Injury.” (803) 788-9498 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RICHLAND COUNTY RESIDENTS can “Make the Switch” to energy-efficient light bulbs 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 29. Exchange up to eight regular household bulbs for eight energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs. Do your part in observing Energy Month at Richland Library Cooper, 5317 N. Trenholm Road, Tuesday; Richland Library Northeast, 7490 Parklane Road, Oct. 22; and Richland Library St. Andrews, 2916 Broad River Road, Oct. 29. (803) 929-6000; www.rcgov.us
BATESBURG-LEESVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL visual arts students will hold an open studio 6-7 p.m. Wednesday10/16 at 425 Shealy Road, Batesburg-Leesville. Parents and community members will help create ceramic bowls for the school’s Empty Bowls event. After the bowls are created and fired, a chili/soup supper will be held Dec. 5 where student volunteers will serve and set up. Tickets are $5 and will include chili and a keepsake bowl as a reminder of hunger in the world. All proceeds from the bowl sales and supper will go to help a local family in need during the holiday season. (803) 532-3831 or email email@example.com
SUDDETH AUTOMOTIVE is offering free car care inspections 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays through Oct. 31 at 1410 Millwood Ave. Each multipoint inspection takes about 30 minutes and participants will receive a completed copy of the inspection form and an opportunity to review the results with a service advisor. Call (803) 256-2110 to set up an appointment; drop-ins are also welcome
PALMETTO HEALTH HOSPICE is sponsoring its 21st annual Brett’s Bereavement Camp 8:30 a.m. Oct. 26 at Westwood High School, 180 Turkey Farm Road, Blythewood; registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The camp is designed for children ages 5-18 who have experienced the death of a family member or other significant person. Children and adults meet separately for their first two classes before attending a fun fair together in the afternoon. Afterwards, campers are together for the third class, which concludes with a candlelight memorial service. Ideally, at least one parent or adult guardian will attend camp with each child. Additional adults are welcome to attend. However, if no adult is available to attend, an adult volunteer will be assigned to be the child’s “buddy” for the day. Lunch and supper are provided at no cost. Applications are due by Oct. 21. To register, call (803) 296-3100 or visit campsite.palmettohealth.org
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. The Red Cross Columbia donation center is at 2751 Bull St. (800) 733-2767; http://www.redcrossblood.org/sc
RICHLAND COUNTY Sheriff’s deputies will be waiting on tables Saturday at Red Robin, 247 Forum Drive (Village at Sandhill) to raise money for Special Olympics South Carolina.
BARON DeKALB ELEMENTARY SCHOOL will hold a silent auction and open house 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday at 2684 Baron DeKalb Road, Camden. The event is part of the national Lights On Afterschool rally. Proceeds will benefit Baron DeKalb’s afterschool program which offers homework assistance, enrichment activities such as mentoring, tutoring, 4-H, service learning projects, character education, chorus and dance. (803) 432-2483
SAVE OUR WATER CAMPAIGN: 5 p.m. Sunday at Jake’s on Devine, 2112 Devine St. Waterkeeper organizations across the Southeast and the SweetWater Brewing Co. have teamed up because they understand two basic ideas; these rivers belong to all of us and you can’t brew good beer unless you have clean water. Family friendly event will be held rain or shine, doors open at 5 p.m. Food and drink specials, music by Pharoahs in Space and American Gun. $5 cover. $1 will be donated for every SweetWater beer sold; custom pint glasses will be available for a donation.
LEXINGTON INTERFAITH COMMUNITY SERVICES (LICS) will be holding food drives through the end of the year. Officers from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Community Action Team will be on hand at the following sites to promote the project. Ameris Bank, 701 W. Main St., Lexington, 2-5 p.m. Wednesday; Lexington County Public Library, 5440 Augusta Road, West Columbia, 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 23; and Walmart, 5556 Sunset Blvd., Lexington, 2-5 p.m. Oct. 30.
HARVEST HOPE FOOD BANK is preparing for the holiday season. A monetary gift will help gather loads of food from across the country. The food is often donated and free, but the transportation is not. In addition, backpack sponsors are needed for children. A $30 gift will provide 29 meals on the weekends. Harvest Hope dedicates 98 cents out of every dollar donated to its mission of feeding struggling families, children, seniors and neighbors. www.harvesthope.com
HARVEST HOPE FOOD BANK needs volunteers for groups and for counselors in its Emergency Food Pantries. Go to www.harvesthope.org
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 nine-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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
CARIS HEALTHCARE is seeking hospice volunteers. For more information, call Michelle Robinson, volunteer coordinator, at (803) 794-4141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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 age 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