MDA BOOT DRIVE: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday. Members of the Columbia Fire Department will be accepting donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association at various intersections for the 60th annual event.
RUN FOR BLUE 5K FUN RUN/WALK FOR AUTISM: 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Hosted by the Ronny Train, the goal is $10,000. Registration is $25; families, $70 (limit four people). All proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks. To make a donation or to participate, go to http://theronnytrain.org
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION’S 2014 HEART WALK: 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Colonial Life Arena, 801 Lincoln St. Come early for the event expo 8-9 a.m. Giving levels are $25-$500. To sign up, go to http://heartwalk.org, search and select the “Heart Walk 2013-2014 Midlands, SC” event, select “register” and “join a team.” Contributions will help build healthier lives free from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
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ASHLAND UMC BBQ CHICKEN FUNDRAISER: 2-6 p.m. Saturday at the church, 2600 Ashland Road. Dine in or take out, dine in plates include half chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, roll and beverage, $8; whole chickens on the go, $8. All funds will benefit church missions. (803) 798-5350, ext. 10
LEXINGTON WOMAN’S CLUB CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT: 12:30 p.m. March 31 at the Country Club of Lexington, 1066 Barr Road. Entry fee for two-player teams, $160; includes green fee, cart, lunch and cocktail party. First and second place prizes awarded in each flight plus closest to the pin and longest drive. Come early at 11:30 a.m. for Bloody Marys. Proceeds from this year’s tournament will benefit the Chris Myers’ Children’s and Family Place, a Christ Central Ministry. (803) 413-4526
5th ANNUAL MEMORIAL BATAAN DEATH MARCH: 6 p.m. April 4 to 6 p.m. April 5 at Irmo High School, 6671 St. Andrews Road. The Irmo High School Air Force JROTC will march in two-hour shifts to raise funds for veterans. This year’s goal is $7,500 for Honor Flight of S.C. For more information or to donate, go to http://irmo-jrotc.org
PULL FOR CURING KIDS CANCER: 2014 Fire Truck Pull, 10 a.m. April 5 at 608 S. Saluda Ave. (off Rosewood Drive). Teams will consist of 10 people (and two optional substitutes if needed); all female teams and teams age 18 and younger may have 12 members; waivers must be signed. Registration is $200 per team by March 28, which includes a T-shirt for each member. Registration after March 28 is $300. Team check in will begin at 9 a.m. Proceeds will benefit Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital Cancer and Blood Disorders Clinic for cancer research. (803) 238-1920; http://curingkidscancer.org
PJs AND PEARLS BRUNCH: 10:30 a.m.-noon April 5 at Southern Occasions, 137 N. Oak St., Batesburg-Leesville. Hosted by the Woman’s Society of Batesburg-Leesville, tickets are $10 and proceeds will benefit Sistercare Inc., a provider of services for victims of domestic violence — battered women and their children. Suggested attire is PJs and pearls; donations of toiletry items will be accepted. Seating is limited, so call (803) 413-2437 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets.
THE CITY OF COLUMBIA DREW WELLNESS CENTER is offering springtime specials on new or renewing memberships through March 31. Annual memberships include access to the Olympic-size indoor pool, basketball courts, unlimited group exercise classes, walking and jogging track, personal training, fitness consultations, weights and cardio area. Adults, age 18-49, $210; seniors, age 50 and older, $160; families (up to four people), $325. The Charles R. Drew Wellness Center is at 2101 Walker Solomon Way. (803) 545-3200; http://columbiasc.net
HOME WORKS OF AMERICA is sponsoring a one-day repair blitz April 12 in the greater Columbia area. Planning meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and April 3 at Benedict-Allen Development Center, 2001 Two Notch Road. Youth and adults are needed to make repairs to 20 homes of the elderly and the disadvantaged. No skill level is required. For information or to help in any manner, call Hank Chardos, (803) 781-4536 or mail email@example.com
KEEP THE MIDLANDS BEAUTIFUL is scheduling community-wide cleanups through May 31. Plan a cleanup of your neighborhood, a local waterway, an island or another area in your community. Select a site captain, who will call (803) 733-1139 to notify KMB of the cleanup and make arrangements for getting the necessary supplies. Keep the Midlands Beautiful will provide gloves, garbage bags, vests if needed, grabbers and water for the volunteers. Site captains will be asked to report back after the cleanup with the number of volunteers, number of bags of trash collected and the number of hours worked.
LEXINGTON COUNTY DETENTION CENTER officers are conducting a food drive for the Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter from 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the Kroger, 7467 St. Andrews Road, Irmo. Donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted through April 6. The shelter must feed as many as 14 children daily. If you’d like to donate, call Lt. Jeremy Vetter, (803) 513-1525
DONATE, DON’T DUMP, an initiative of the Salvation Army of the Midlands, encourages folks to drop off clothing, household items, furniture, etc. at the Family Store, 1312 Millwood Ave. Store hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. You can call (803) 748-9964 for items to be picked up.
REACH OUT AND READ, an early literacy program providing books for children age 5 and younger during well-child visits at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, needs new book donations and contributions. Call Callee Boulware, (803) 434-2523.
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 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
THE ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION, Mid Atlantic Region, is looking committee volunteers for the Dec. 13 Jingle Bell Run/Walk. The only requirement is that volunteers donate an hour a month to be present for a meeting or call in via conference call; then on the day of the event, they will need to be at the Moore Center for Orthopaedics in Lexington for two hours. Specific needs for volunteers are team recruitment, sponsorship, logistics and media/public relations.(704) 705-1799 or email email@example.com
DAYBREAK CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTER is seeking female volunteers in several areas. The center needs volunteer counselors, hotline volunteers, teen volunteers, parenting/childbirth volunteer teachers, post-abortion class leaders, baby boutique volunteers, receptionists and office assistants. The center also needs male mentors and mailing clerical volunteers. Adults only; training will be provided. Daybreak has offices in downtown Columbia and Lexington and needs assistance at both sites. (803) 771-6634
THE COOPERATIVE MINISTRY, in partnership with the United Way of the Midlands, is looking for volunteers for its income tax assistance program. Trained volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualifying families with a household income less than $50,000. Volunteer tax preparers will receive free instruction and training to become certified IRS tax preparers. Volunteers are also needed to welcome clients and assist the VITA site coordinator with administrative tasks; no experience is necessary. The Cooperative Ministry provides tax assistance sites throughout the Midlands in Richland, Lexington, Fairfield and Newberry counties. (803) 799-3853, ext. 115
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