Youth Basketball Registration

Darlington Recreation will hold youth basketball registration Nov. 1- Nov. 30. The cost is $25 per child. Children ages 5-14 are eligible. Registration can be done at the recreation center, 300 Sanders Street. For more information, call 843-398-4030.

Harvest Fest

Kingdom Living Temple, 2056 Second Loop Rd. Florence, will host their second annual Harvest Fest Nov. 25 starting at 10 a.m.

Darlington County Ambulance Commission

The Darlington County Ambulance Commission will meet on Tuesday, November 28 at 6 p.m. at the EMS/EPA Building Courthouse Annex, 1625 Harry Byrd Highway. For questions, contact: 843-398-4450.

December 2017

Winter Festival 2017

Darlington County Autism Support Group is hosting a “Winter Fest” on Saturday, December 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for individuals who are on the autism spectrum and their families at St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church located at 103 Campus Drive, Hartsville (Beside Coker College). We are asking that each child in the family bring a gift labeled boy or girl and an estimate age range! Gifts starting at $5 but nothing over $15! Each family, please if you can, wear your favorite pajamas!!!! You must register the family by calling Coretta Bailey at 843-307-3386 or email at with contact person name, email address, phone number, child/children’s names and ages! We will have pizza, chips, drink, games and crafts! Deadline to register is Thursday, November 30, 2017! We hope to see you there!!

Disney on Ice: Frozen

Your favorite Frozen characters come to the Florence Civic Center, 3300 W Radio Dr, Florence, December 2 at 1 p.m. Tickets can be found at

Darlington Christmas Parade

The parade will be held Sunday, December 3 at 4pm. The lineup for cars will be on S. Spain St and for floats on N. Spain St starting at 2 p.m.

Float rentals must be paid for by November 24th. For any questions, call Jacqueline Muldrow at 843-639-3315 or Anna DeWitt at 843-616-2629.

Kalmia Gardens Christmas Open House

On December 3 the Hart house will be decorated in period style; there will be light snacks and a visit from Old Saint Nick. Along with the Hart House tour the Jacob Kelly house and Hart cottage will also be open free of charge. The free event will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit or call 843-383-8145.

Darlington County Council Meeting

The Darlington County Council meets on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 6 p.m. and the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m., at the Courthouse Annex/EMS Building, 1625 Harry Byrd Highway (Highway 151), Darlington, SC. The Council encourages citizen participation and provides an opportunity for citizens to present their concerns at the beginning of each regular meeting. Those wishing to make a presentation should contact the Clerk to Council at 843-398-4100 or

Darlington City Council Meeting

The Darlington City Council will hold their monthly meeting on December 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the City of Darlington Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 400 Pearl Street.

Hartsville Children’s Chorale Concert

December 5th at 7pm. HCC will be presenting “Carols from Around the World.” It will be directed by Dr. James Beaumier with Hartsville Children’s Chorale director Caleb Shuler and Elaine Dickinson as accompanist. West Hartsville Baptist Church,1003 W Carolina Ave, Hartsville.

Shop Small Downtown Open House

Mark your calendars for the Shop Small Downtown Open House on Thursday, Dec. 7. Enjoy shopping, music, games, photos with Santa, and snow on the Public Square and at area businesses from 5 to 8 p.m. The Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association will provide Shop Small tote bags to the first 200 guests.

Coker College Informal Dance Concert

The Coker College Dance Program presents the Informal Dance Concert December 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Watson Theater of the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center. This concert features performances and choreography by the dance classes and students of Coker College. The Coker Repertory Dance Company and Venomous Hip Hop Dance Club will perform as well. This event is FREE and open to the public.

2017 Mingle and Jingle-Benefiting the Hartsville Boys & Girls Club

Join in an evening of holiday cheer to support the Hartsville Boys and Girls Club. The event on Dec. 8, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., is aimed at raising awareness of the needs of our local club, while also celebrating all of the successes that the group has had impacting youth in our area. Last year’s event raised $5,000. This year our goal is to raise $10,000! Tickets are reserved for adults 21 and older. The event will be held at the Black Creek Arts Council, 116 W College Avenue in Hartsville. Cocktail attire.

Pancakes with Mrs. Claus

First Presbyterian Church, 213 W Home Ave, Hartsville, will hold a Pancakes with Mrs. Claus event Dec. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This is a special event open to the community as a fundraiser for the FPC Early Childhood Education Program. There will be a pancake breakfast, as well as stations to read with Mrs. Claus and an area to write letters to Santa.

Hartsville Farmers Market

Do some extra Christmas shopping while enjoying some great food items at the farmers market with local meats cheeses vegetables and milk delicious fare like breads cookies and coffees. Musicians and artisans showing off their hand-crafted specialties. Saturday, December 9, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Hartsville Christmas Parade

The Hartsville Christmas Parade will take place Saturday, December 9th, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Applications to participate in this year’s parade will be accepted until Friday, November 17th at 5 p.m. Applications can be submitted online and in person at Hartsville’s Visitors Center, 106 E. Carolina Avenue.

 Holiday Pops- Florence Symphony Orchestra

December 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Francis Marion Univeristy Performing Arts Center. Tickets will be available at or by calling or visiting the PAC Ticket Office at 201 S. Dargan St., (843) 661-4444. Featuring The Masterwork’s Children’s Choir and Holiday Favorites Including: The Nutcracker Suite, Festive Sounds of Hanukkah and The Polar Express.

Darlington Rec. Dept. Bingo: Christmas Bingo

Enjoy Bingo at Darlington Rec. Dept. December 14 at 10 a.m. Contact Rec. Dept. for more information: 843-398-4030.

Reindeer Run 5K

The Darlington Family YMCA will hold its annual Reindeer Run 5K at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, beginning at the YMCA, 123 Exchange St. Info: (843) 398-0844

Blue Cross Blue Shield RV Stop

The SC Blue RV will stop in Florence from Dec 11-Dec. 15. The RV will be open to customers from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Doctors Care, 2200 S. Irby Street.

Society Hill Town Council Meeting

The Society Hill Town Council will hold their monthly meeting on December 12 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.

American Legion

American Legion Post 13 of Darlington will meet Thursday, December 14 at the Post on Harry Byrd Highway next to the South Carolina National Guard Armory. A meal is served at 6 p.m. and the monthly meeting follows. The nation’s largest Veterans organization invites its members, eligible Veterans, and active National Guard/Reserve personnel to attend.

The Nutcracker

Columbia City Ballet performance of The Nutcracker. Dec. 15 at Center Theater, 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 843-383-5344

The Christmas Star

Visit the Dooley Planetarium December 17 for The Christmas Star. Hosted by Dr. Jeannette Myers, this program looks at the different possibilities for the Christmas Star and is based on a script written by Mr. James “Ed” Dooley. The program will begin promptly at 3 pm. Doors will open at 2 pm for visitors to arrive early Visit to learn more about Dooley Planetarium.

St. Luke Grinch Day

St. Luke United Methodist Church, 302 Dunlap Dr, Hartsville, will host a Grinch Christmas Camp December 21 from 9 a.m. to noon. The camp is $12 and will feature the Grinch movie, Grinch activities and Grinch baking. Please call the church office, 843-383-5169, to sign up.

Christmas on Carolina

Join us in downtown Hartsville for Christmas on Carolina on Thursday evenings from November 30th- December 21st. You will find the holiday spirit in our storefronts as they welcome you to treasures waiting to be gifted to loved ones. During Christmas on Carolina evenings, Camden Carriage Company will pick up riders on East College Avenue and stroll them through our downtown on a 20-25 minute ride. Carriage rides will be $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Main Street Hartsville businesses will also stay open late for you to check those last minute gifts off your list. Hartsville’s Te’Quan Coe and his violin will fill Carolina Avenue with the sounds of the holidays to top off these perfect holiday nights. For more information, call 843-917-0602 or visit

 January 2018

Free to Be Me Workshop

The Free to Be Me workshop, January 20, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. is a transition-focused workshop for young adults ages 12 and up with disabilities and their parents/guardians. The parents/guardians and young adult attend the learning sessions together to develop a transition plan, which includes the school transition process, life goals, employment goals, self-determination skills and self-advocacy development. Parents/guardians will also learn about alternatives to guardianship and how to encourage and support their young adult’s independence. A light lunch will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. To register, visit

Economic Development Update Luncheon

The Economic Development Update Luncheon will be held at the Hartsville Country Club on January 31. Lunch will be available at 11:30 a.m. with the program promptly beginning at 12:15 p.m. Frank Willis of Darlington County Economic Development and Ronald Carter of the North Eastern Strategic Alliance will update members on activity in our county and region. The SC Department of Commerce’s Deputy Director for Global Business Development Mandy Brawley will deliver the keynote address.

Feburary 2018

Golden Readers at the Florence Little Theatre

A delightful afternoon of “readers theatre.” Enjoy Wit and Wisdom – a collection of humorous stories plus the radio play Spring Cleaning from Our Miss Brooks on Feb. 4, 2018. This free show is directed by Rebecca Sowell. Tickets are required as seating is assigned. Recommended age for the show is 13 or older. Check their Facebook page or call 843-662-3731 for ticket availability.

Coker College Faculty and Guest Artist Dance Concert

The Coker College Faculty and Guest Artist Dance Concert is February 22 & 23 at 7:30 p.m. and February 24 at 3 p.m. in the Watson Theater of the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center. This performance features choreography of the Coker Dance Program faculty as well as Guest Artists Rhythm McCarthy, Trent Williams and Ronald K. Brown of Evidence A Dance Company. Tickets are free with a Coker ID, $5 for students/seniors, and $10 for adults.

March 2018

Kalmia Gardens Oyster Roast

The annual Kalmia Gardens Oyster Roast will be held March 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Kalmia Gardens, 1624 W. Carolina Ave. Come enjoy SC Oysters, libations, appetizers, and music. This is a great event that supports the Gardens. For more information, visit or call 843-383-8145.

Weekly or Monthly Events

Centennial Farmers Market
This market features fresh, organic gourmet foods, free-range eggs and homegrown, healthy foods including homemade breads and sweet treats and as always, live music and entertainment! Every Thursday from 4 – 7 p.m. Location: Corner of 5th St. and Carolina Ave. in Hartsville.

Darlington Elks Lodge
Tuesdays: Swing/Shag dance lessons, “New” line dance lessons from 8-10 p.m.
Wednesdays: Karaoke from 8-10 p.m.
Thursdays: Bingo at 7:30 p.m.
Darlington Elks Lodge is located at 836 Timmonsville Hwy. For more info: 843-393-1451

Paws to Read
Paws to Read is a literacy program where emerging and reluctant readers can create positive emotional connections with reading. Therapy Dogs International with their trainers come for one-on-one reading sessions on the first Saturday and third Tuesday of each month at 12:30 pm. and 3 p.m. respectively at the Darlington Library Branch.

Story Time
Darlington: Thursdays at 10 a.m. Info: 398-4940 ext. 305.
Hartsville: Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Info: 332-5115 ext. 7.
Society Hill: Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. Info: 378-0026
Lamar: Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. Info: 326-5524

Library Programs
Youth Summer Reading Program – Tuesdays at 10 a.m.
American Sign Language Class – Mondays 6 – 8 p.m.
Free Computer Classes (call to reserve your spot) – Tuesdays 6 -7:30 p.m. and Fridays 10-11:30 a.m.

Crochet & Knit Clubs
Lamar: each Monday at 4:30 p.m. 326-5524
Society Hill: each Friday from 2-4 pm 378-0026
Darlington: 2nd Friday of the month 10 a.m. – noon 398-4940
Hartsville: “The Stitchers” group meets the 1st & 3rd Mondays and 2nd & 4th Thursdays at 5 pm.

Pee Dee SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) offers Free confidential counseling to America’s small business, serving Darlington, Florence and surrounding areas. Existing and start-up businesses can schedule an appointment by calling the Hartsville Chamber of Commerce at 843-332-6401.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
Meetings for Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are held at the Church of God on 620 North Main Street in Darlington. Meetings will be held every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m.

Alcoholics Anonymous
Alcoholics Anonymous will hold an open meeting of big book and traditions studies weekly at 8 p.m. Monday nights at Trinity UMC on Pearl Street. Use Orange Street entrance. Info: 843-395-6897.
AA meets at the Hartsville AA Hut, 310 S. McFarland Street: 12 noon and 6 p.m. Monday/Wednesday; 12 noon and 8 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday; and 8pm Sunday.

Al-Anon Meetings
Al-Anon is a fellowship of adult relatives and friends of alcoholics for mutual support. Visitors are welcome. Childcare is not available. Al-Anon meetings:
Thursdays at 8p.m at the Hartsville AA Hut, 310 S. McFarland Street. Info: 843-992-2981.

Yoga for Beginners
Yoga will be held at the Darlington Library the 1st and 3rd Saturday each month from 12:30-2 p.m.
Darlington County Coordinating Council
The first Friday of every month at 11:30. February, April, June, September, and November at Carolina Pines; January, March, and May, August, October, and December at Medford Nursing Center in Darlington.

Hartsville Pilot Club
Fourth Monday each month at 6 p.m. at their clubhouse across from the Lawton Park Tennis Courts

Hartsville Kiwanis Club
Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. at the Hartsville Country Club

Hartsville Lions Club
Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. at Mr. B’s Restaurant

Hartsville Rotary Club
Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. at Hartsville Country Club

Hartsville Toastmasters
2nd and 4th Monday each month at 7 p.m. at the Black Creek Arts Center

Book Club
The Darlington Library Book Club meets the 3rd Saturday of each month 12pm-1 p.m. Stop by the library to pick up each month’s selection.
Market on Darlington Square
First Saturday of the month May through October (no July) from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Visit with the community, listen to local music, and enjoy a variety of vendors and food Saturday, August 5

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