News Briefs for March 7 edition

  • Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Stratford, Westview orchestra fundraiser Saturday

The Westview Middle School and Stratford High School Orchestra programs are hosting a Flapjack Fundraiser on Saturday, March 9 at the Applebee’s at 88 Old Trolley Road in Summerville.
All proceeds will go toward purchasing and restoring instruments and music books in addition to bus fees to travel to orchestra events.Tickets are $5 and can be purchased by contacting Maria Sheinkin at (843) 822-3186.
Breakfast includes a short stack of pancakes, sausage, milk, juice and coffee.

Youth gardening contest accepting applications
SC 4-H Youth Development Programs have announced a new project for youth who are interested in gardening.
The Small Garden Project will allow youth ages 5 to 19 to learn how to prepare, plant, maintain and harvest a small garden. A contest record book will also be submitted for judging.  
Seeds will be provided for one vegetable. Participants will choose at least two other vegetable crops to grow. An area of at least 100 square feet will be needed for the garden. Raised beds can be used if desired.
The registration fee of $15 for current 4-H members and $25 for non-members covers the cost of a soil sample, record book, score criterion and seed packet.  Registrations will be accepted until March 8.
Soil samples must be submitted to the local County Extension office by March 15 in order to meet the April 5 planting deadline. The contest record book will be due on June 21. 
Contact County Extension Agent Gayle Williford at (843) 719-4140 ext. 116 or gwillif@clemson.edu to register or for more information.
CBHS Relay for Life events announced
 The Lower Berkeley Relay for Life is set for 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., May 3–4 at Cane Bay High School.
The school is hosting several events leading up to the Relay night:
• March 9: Miss and Master Lower Berkeley Relay for Life Beauty Pageant. The pageant is for all ages. For more information contact Brenda at McDowell1023@yahoo.com.
• April 13: Bunco for Lower Berkeley Relay for Life, 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $10; call Brenda McDowell at (843) 696-3842 or Katherine Smith at the school, 899-8786.
• April 27: Golfing to Find a Cure Tournament at The Oaks Golf Club. To donate prize items, call 553-4141.
If you would like more information on the Lower Berkeley Relay of Life contact haley.chaplin@cancer.org.
Cypress Gardens debuts music competition
Cypress Gardens will debut its own music competition to showcase local talent on Sunday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This anticipated event will unite the Lowcountry’s best amateur musicians together with an excited audience ready to crown their favorite acts. The top performers in each class (17 and under; 18 and over) will receive a $100 cash prize and be crowned “Swamp Celebrities,” a title they will carry for one year.
Jim Ravoira, a supporter of Cypress Gardens and member of the local ukulele band, “Charleston Hot Shots,” came up with the the competition in hopes of offering a platform for local musicians to showcase their talents. The “Friends of Cypress Gardens” group is donating cash prizes for the winners. 
Performers must be amateurs to enter.  Each act will perform one acoustic song up to five minutes long.  Single acts, duos, trios and groups are welcome and must register by March 9. 
For more information and a full list of performance rules, visit swampcelebrity.blogspot.com.
The event’s activities are free with regular paid admission into Cypress Gardens. 
City seeks to fill ARB vacancy
The City of Goose Creek is seeking to fill a vacancy on the Architectural Review Board (ARB). 
The ARB is a volunteer board appointed by the Mayor and City Council. The board meets on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. to review applications for new commercial development as well as architectural and exterior changes to commercial properties within the city. 
Board members must reside within the City of Goose Creek. 
Requirements include having a general knowledge of the city, the ability to make independent judgments, and the commitment to prepare for and attend the meetings.  Additionally, knowledge of architectural design, landscape design, and/or urban design is preferred. 
If interested in serving as a volunteer on the ARB, please forward your resume to Kelly Lovette, City Clerk, PO Drawer 1768, Goose Creek SC  29445; or hand deliver to Lovette at City Hall, 519 N. Goose Creek Blvd., Goose Creek. 
Call 797-6220 ext. 1118 for more information.
Red Cross helps Goose Creek family
American Red Cross volunteers met last week with a family of four, including one adult and three children, whose Goose Creek home was damaged by fire.
The Red Cross provided the family with temporary lodging in a nearby hotel, funds to help replace the food, clothing and shoes lost in the fire, one adult and three child comfort kits containing personal hygiene items, blankets and referrals to community partner agencies to assist with the individuals' long-term recovery. 
The Red Cross has assisted 763 individuals affected by disasters, including home fires, in its seven-county region of Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton and Jasper counties, since the beginning of the fiscal year on July 1, 2012. 
To donate, contact the American Red Cross at (843) 764-2323 ext. 368 or by going to www.LowcountryRedCross.org.
City announces unique Easter event
A different kind of Easter egg hunt is coming to Goose Creek.
Children 8 and under can hunt for traditional hidden Easter eggs, plus a few special gold rocks at a fun event sponsored by the City of Goose Creek Recreation Department set for Saturday, March 31, beginning at 11 a.m. at Eubanks Park next to the Casey Community Center. 
There will be over 900 eggs to find and children will be separated into different age groups to participate. Attendees can also enjoy a free jump castle, and the Easter Bunny will be there for hugs and pictures.
All activities for the children are included with the $1 ticket fee. Tickets for the Rock Hunt must be purchased in advance at either the Community Center or the Casey Center. 
Following the Rock Hunt, there will be free hot dogs as well as musical entertainment provided by Freedom Life Church.
For more information call the Community Center at 569-4242 or visit www.goosecreekrecreation.com.

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