‘Growing Healthy Kids’ Workshop
Do you struggle to get your child to eat vegetables? Are you interested in seeing your child become more active? Do you want to learn more about nutrition in general? If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, then please join the Piedmont Physic Garden for a fun-filled workshop called “Growing Healthy Kids” on Saturday, April 1 from 10 a.m.-noon The workshop will be led by nutritionists, Kelsey Allen and Kristina Pava.
Kelsey Allen serves as the Community Coordinator for Eat Smart Move More South Carolina. She works with local coalitions throughout the state providing technical assistance and supporting community change toward improving access to healthy eating and active living. Before working with ESMMSC, she was a health educator for SCDHEC as well as a WIC nutritionist where she counseled mothers of young children on healthy eating and active living. She received her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutritional Sciences from Michigan State University. Kelsey is passionate about seeing communities create sustainable changes and working with diverse groups of local coalition members.
Kristina Pava works for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) as the Healthy Eating/Active Living Coordinator for the Upstate. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Human Nutrition from Winthrop University. After graduation, she began work at SCDHEC as a Nutritionist for the WIC program. WIC is a federal assistance program for the healthcare and nutrition of low-income pregnant women, breastfeeding women, infants and children under the age of five. She has spent the past few years educating clients on how to make healthier choices and lifestyle changes. Now, she works out in the community to implement policy, systems and environmental changes that help make a healthy choice the easy choice for people.
According to Kelsey and Kristina, the workshop will include interactive demos, easy snack recipes and tips and tricks to help you and your child eat healthier and be more active.
The workshop will held at Piedmont Physic Garden, which is located at 301 E. South Street in Union, SC. General admission is $20. To reserve your spot, you can sign up online on PPG’s website at www.piedmontphysicgarden.org or you can send a check to the Piedmont Physic Garden, PO Box 603, Union, SC 29379. For questions, please call us at 864-427-2556. We look forward to seeing you April 1!
Fundraiser And Residential Rally
Congratulations! You are invited to join the Union County DSN Family for Fundraiser and Residential Rally at El Poblano Mexican Resaturant on Monday, April 3 from 5 p.m. to close.
Please invite your family and friends as all proceeds will help fund activities for individuals receiving service from Union County DSN (Disabilities & Special Needs) Board.
The Union County Beekeepers will meet on Tuesday, April 4 at 6 p.m. in the Clemson Extension Meeting Room at the fairgrounds. Light refreshments will be served at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m. James Alverson from Laurens County Beekeepers will be speaking on Nucs and Splits. Everyone interested in bees is encouraged to attend.
Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to people of all ages, regardless of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital or family status and is an equal opportunity employer.
Young Democrats Pizza And Games Night
The Union County Democratic Party will sponsor a “Young Democrats Pizza and Games Night” on Thursday, April 6 from 6-9 p.m. in the Student Lounge Area on the first floor of the USC Union Main Building.
Bring your own games or play of ours (Scrabble, Monopoly, Battleship, Cards, etc.).
The event is for Young Democrats ages 18-39.
Carlisle Finishing Group Meets
The Carlislie Finishing Group will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at Midway BBQ for breakfast.
Rep. Mike Anthony will be the guest speaker.
All retirees and former employees are welcome.
For more information call 427-2610.
Mansion By Moonlight
Visit Rose Hill Plantation for one of its most popular programs on Saturday, April 8, from 7-9 p.m. Participate in a rare opportunity to tour the William H. Gist mansion and plantation grounds in the twilight hours. Join the fun as we explore evening activities on a mid-1800s Upstate plantation.
In an era before electricity, television and computers, what went on in the evening? Imagine what life might have been like after the sun went down. Where did people go? What did they do? Tour by lantern and candlelight as we discuss and participate in some of the evening activities for both the plantation owner’s family and the enslaved people who lived at Rose Hill Plantation.
Please note, lighting will be limited and the ground is slightly uneven. Good walking shoes and comfortable clothing are recommended. The event will go on rain or shine.
Space is limited to 16 and reservations are required by Thursday, April 6. Prices: $7.50/person (age 6+). Phone: 864-427-5966. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for kindergarten will get under way in April and take place on the following dates at the following locations:
— Tuesday, April 18 — Foster Park Elementary School, Lockhart Elementary/Middle School (5K only), and Jonesville Elementary/Middle School
— Wednesday, April 19 — Buffalo Elementary School and Monarch Elementary School.
(Lockhart 4K may register at any location.)
Registration will be held from 8:30-11:30 a.m.. and from 1:30-6 p.m. at each school.
Parents are asked to please bring their children to registration for screening. The screening process will take about 15 minutes.
— To register for 4 year old kindergarten (4K), children will need to be 4 years of age on or before Sept. 1, 2017.
— To register for 5 year old kindergarten (5K), children will need to be 5 years of age on or before Sept. 1, 2017.
In order to register their children, parents must bring the following documentation to registration:
1. Your child’s official Certificate of Immunization (White Card).
2. Your child’s Social Security Card.
3. Your child’s Birth Certificate with State Seal.
4. Proof of residence (tax receipt, power bill, etc.).
Immunizations are given by appointment only at the Union County Health Department. You may call 864-424-8004 to schedule an appointment.
• Birth Certificates
Copies of birth certificates may be obtained from the Spartanburg County Health Department in the Office of Vital Records for $12, Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Life Line Screening At Tabernacle
Union area residents can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 915 South Pinckney Street, Union, on Saturday, April 22.
The screenings offered by Life Line can check for:
• The level of plaque buildup in your arteries, related to risk for heart disease, stroke and overall vascular health.
• HDL and LDL Cholesterol levels
• Diabetes risk
• Bone density as a risk for possible osteoporosis
• Kidney and thyroid function, and more
Screenings are affordable, convenient and accessible for wheelchairs and those with trouble walking. Free parking is also available.
Packages start at $149, but consultants will help create a package right for the person’s age and risk factors.
Call 1-877-237-1287 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is required.
Head Start Accepting Applications
Carolina Community Actions, Inc., Head Start is now accepting applications for children ages 3 and 4 for the 2017-2018 program year.
Head Start serves children from low-income families and children with disabilities. Children with disabilities, including emotional, intellectual and physical (visual, hearing, speech, crippling and other chronic impairments), are eligible regardless of their family income level. Services provided by Head Start include education, nutrition, medical, dental, social services, transportation, parent involvement, and special education services.
We are also now accepting applications for Infants and Toddlers birth to 3 years of age and pregnant mothers for the 2017-2018 program year. Early Head Start Programs begin serving children before they are born by offering services to their pregnant moms. The purpose of this is to ensure that the pregnant woman remains healthy throughout her pregnancy.
CCA Early Head Start/Head Start participates in the USDA Child Care Food Program and breakfast and lunch are served to the Head Start children and formula, breakfast, and lunch are served to the Early Head Start children at no cost to the families. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
A legal birth certificate, certificate of immunization, proof of income for the 2016 calendar year, and social security numbers of all persons in household must be provided when you apply.
The Early Head Start/Head Start center in your area is located at the Jonesville Head Start Center, 514 Alman Street, Jonesville, SC. For further information and/or an appointment, please call 864-674-6014.
March At The UCAC
The following events and activities will held in March at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union.
• Painting with Coffee — Whether you are a beginner, or a lifelong artists join us every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.
Have you joined UCAC yet? NOW IS THE TIME! March is the annual membership drive for UCAC! Call, email, or stop in today to join! All members receive special pricing on camps, classes, and events. For more information contact Amber at 864-429-2817.
The Union Civitans Club meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 1-2 p.m. at the Inn at Merridun. Lunch is served.
Teens Sought For Summer Jobs
The USDA Forest Service, Enoree Ranger District is seeking young men and women, ages 15-18, who are interested in summer employment with the USDA Forest Service in the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC). Crew members will earn minimum wage (7.25 p/h), working 40 hours per week for eight weeks (June 11-August 5, 2017).
The YCC program teaches young adults about the forest environment by engaging them in the management of its natural resources. Students gain hands-on experience in trail building; campground maintenance and renovation; noxious weed removal and planting projects. These and other projects all serve to benefit the forest and its ecosystems. It’s a great introduction for kids interested in pursuing a natural resources career.
Applicants must be prepared for hard physical work in an outdoor environment under potentially adverse weather conditions and rough terrain. Crew members are responsible for their own daily transportation to the Enoree District Office. Each participant must provide his/her own work boots, proper work clothes, a backpack and a daily lunch. The USDA Forest Service will provide project tools and transportation to and from project work sites each morning.
The district will choose enrollees based upon answers to application questions contained on the form. So be succinct and diligent in answering the questions. An equal number of men and women will be chosen. Applications must be submitted in “hard copy” form to USDA Forest Service, 20 Work Center Road, Whitmire, SC 29178 by April 24, 2017. E-mails will not be accepted.
Interested persons may pick up an application from the guidance counselors at local high schools in Union, Newberry, Chester, Laurens, and Fairfield counties. The Enoree District Office will also have applications available: Enoree Ranger District, 20 Work Center Rd., Whitmire, SC 29178, telephone (803) 276-4810.
Trip To Harrah’s
Betsy & Company along with the Over the Hill Relay for Life Team will sponsor a trip to Harrah’s Cherokee on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Departing Jonesville from the Municipal Building at 7:10 a.m. Departing Union from old Walmart parking lot at 7:40 a.m. If interested feel free to contact Betsy at 674-6799. Come and enjoy the fellowship and fun.
DSN Board Meetings
The Union County Disabilities and Special Needs Board will meet at the following times in 2017:
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 12 p.m.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 12 p.m.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 12 p.m.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 12 p.m.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 12 p.m.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 12 p.m.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 12 p.m.
All meetings will be held at 226 S. Gadberry Street Union, SC 29379, in the conference room.
Lunch will be provided.
Clemson Club Membership Drive
The Union County Clemson Club is holding a membership drive and is seeking all Clemson fans who are “All In” to join.
Club membership is open to all Clemson fans, alumni and non-alumni alike.
The Union County Clemson Club annually hosts two major events, a kickoff event in August and a chicken roast in November leading up to the annual football game between Clemson and South Carolina.
Each year, two Union County students who will attend Clemson as freshmen receive a scholarship from the club, allowing them to further their education and join the Clemson family.
Annual club dues are $25 which cover all Tigers in the household, with dues supporting the activities of the club, specifically scholarships.
For more information, contact club president Virgil Childers at 864-251-0094.
Relay For Life Schedule
Union County Relay For Life Team Captain meetings are now under way and will continue into spring with the 2017 fundraising campaign culminating in May with this year’s Relay For Life Event.
This Team Captain meetings will held on the following dates:
• Tuesday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Tabernacle Baptist Church Family Life Center.
Anyone wanting to start a Relay Team is welcome at any meeting.
The 2017 Relay For Life campaign will conclude May 12 at the Union County Fairgrounds. The event will get under way at 6 p.m. with the Survivor Reception followed by the Opening Ceremonies at 7 p.m. The rest of the evening’s activities will continue through the rest of the evening with the Closing Ceremony held at 1 a.m. Saturday, May 13.
For any information about Relay For Life contact Beth Lancaster, Event Co-Chair, at 864-426-3438 or Torance Inman, Event Co-Chair, at 864-426-0883 or Cheri Standridge, American Cancer Society Community Manager, at email@example.com.
Lions Brooms for sale every Friday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Friends on Main, 126 East Main Street, Union.
Alzheimer’s Support Group
The Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the first Tuesday of each month at Grace United Methodist Church at 5:30 p.m.
For more information contact Penny Adamo at 864-427-8322.
Medi Home Hospice is sponsoring a Bereavement Program. Anyone who has lost a loved one and needs guidance with their loss is invited to attend.
2017 Union County School Board Meeting Dates
These are the 2017 Union County School Board of Trustees meeting dates. All meetings will be held at 6 p.m.
• March 27, 2017 — Union County High School (Teacher of the Year Recognition)
• April 24, 2017 — Union County Career and Technology Center (Academic Recognition)
• May 22, 2017 — Union County Career and Technology Center (Retiree Banquet)
• June 12, 2017 — Union County Career and Technology Center
• June 26, 2017 — Union County Career and Technology Center
(Meet if Budget has not been approved)
• July 24, 2017 — Union County Career and Technology Center
• August 28, 2017 — Monarch Elementary School
• September 25, 2017 — Buffalo Elementary School
• October 23, 2017 — Foster Park Elementary School
• November 27, 2017 — Jonesville Elementary Middle School
• December 11, 2017 — Union County Career and Technology Center
Additional meetings can be scheduled if needed.
The public and media will be notified if location or times change 24 hours prior to meetings.
2017 Union County Council Meeting Dates
These are the 2017 Union County Council meeting dates. All meetings will be held the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. The meetings will be held in the Grand Jury Room of the Union County Courthouse unless otherwise noted.
• April 11, 2017 at Lockhart Town Hall
• May 9, 2017
• June 13, 2017
• May 9, 2017
• June 13, 2017
• July 11, 2017
• August 8, 2017
• September 12, 2017 at Carlisle Town Hall
• October 10, 2017
• November 14, 2017 at Jonesville Town Hall
• December 12, 2017
At the March 21 Union Civitan Club meeting, all members wore crazy socks in recognition of World Down Syndrome Day! WDSD is the 21st day of the 3rd month, and was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome. On this day, everyone all over the world is encouraged to choose their own activities and events to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities. The point behind the campaign is to get people to ask about your socks, so you can take the opportunity to tell them about World Down Syndrome Day.
Civitan members in attendance rocking their socks, are: Deb Belk, Henry Sparrow, Donna McMurray, Gary Horvath, Modest Keenan, Penny Adamo, Kristy Garner (guest), Mike Stalnaker, Dianne Coleman, Becky Cobb, Tommy Sinclair, Barbara Rippy and Amy Austin.