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Carlisle hosting community events during October

Charles Warner Editor

October 4, 2013

CARLISLE — As the seat of municipal government the Carlisle Town Hall is a busy place but it will be even busier in October as the site of a variety of community events.


Administrator Shannon McBride announced Thursday that the town hall will be hosting a series of events designed to serve the community in a variety of ways.


Salvation Army Angel Tree


McBride said the Salvation Army will be taking applications today from 1-3 p.m. for its Angel Tree Christmas Assistance Program.


The program is for needy families with children ages 12 and under. It provides those children with Christmas gifts of toys and clothing. The only gifts it does not provide are bicycles.


Families interested in registering for the program must provide:


• Verification of household members (food stamp or Medicaid printout)


• Verification of residency (Union identification card, update mail, or current utility bill)


• Verification of need (food stamp printout, Medicaid card, or proof of income from the last 30 days)


• Verification of child’s date of birth (Medicaid card, birth certificate, or school identification)


Children receiving Angel Tree assistance must have been born on or after Nov. 1, 2001.


For more information about the Angel Tree Christmas Assistance Program contact Dawn Knox at 864-427-9622.


Early Learning


The town hall is also one of three locations in Union County hosting a free program that helps prepare preschool age children for school.


Children ages 1-4 who participate in the Preschool Early Learning Program are provided with the opportunity to hone basic learning skills and become comfortable in a school setting. McBride said the program is free and all children the age group the program is serving are invited to attend regardless of income. She added that an adult has to stay with each child during the program.


The Early Learning classes began in September and McBride said the town is encouraging people with children in the appropriate age group to bring them to the classes. She said that currently only five to six children with adults are attending. She urged the public to take advantage of this program to help prepare their children for school.


This is the third year the program has been offered at the town hall by the Union County School District which is also offering it at Monarch Elementary School and Lockhart School. At Lockhart School the program is held from 10-11 a.m. each Wednesday while at Monarch Elementary it is offered every Tuesday and Thursday inside a mobile behind the school. At Monarch Elementary the program for ages 1 and 2 is held from 9:30-10:30 a.m., and the program for ages 3 and 4 is held from 10:30 a.m.-noon.


For more information about the program call 864-429-1733.


Union County Fair


Residents of Carlisle and surrounding communities interested in attending this year’s Union County Fair can purchase advance tickets at the town hall.


McBride said advance tickets cost $13 and must be purchased by 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15. She said this is because the fair begins that day.


The Union County Fair will be held at the Union County Fairgrounds from Tuesday, Oct. 15-Saturday, Oct. 19.


GED Prep Classes


McBride said that the Union County School District Adult Education program is offering GED Prep Classes to adults interested in getting their GED.


“They are providing the software for our computers here,” McBride said. “People can come here and take the GED Prep program online.”


McBride said the classes, which are free, will be held Monday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.


Computers


In addition to being used for the GED Prep classes, McBride said the town hall’s computers are also available for public use. She said persons who are looking for jobs or filing for unemployment may use them. The computers are also available to students who need a computer to do homework after school but do not have one at home. In addition, she said person needed to research affordable health care online may also use the computers.


McBride added that the three computers were donated to the town by Adult Education.


In a related matter, McBride said that the town will soon be hosting a basic computer skills class. She said this will provide area residents with the opportunity to learn basic computer skills. The date of the class will be announced sometime in the near future.


For more information about the Carlisle Town Hall and the services it provides contact Shannon McBride at 864-427-1505.


Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at cwarner@civitasmedia.com.