Choral society seeks director
The Columbia County Choral Society is searching for a new artistic director/conductor.
For information, call (706) 860-9829 or visit www.ccchoralsociety.org.
Deadline approaching to enter competition
The 2012 Porter Fleming Literary Competition is accepting submissions through Friday.
The competition, administered by the Morris Museum of Art with the support of the Porter Fleming Foundation, accepts submissions in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and plays. Anyone 18 and older who resides in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina or North Carolina is eligible to participate.
The winners will receive cash awards, with this year’s awards totaling $7,000. The awards will be presented during a literary ceremony 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Morris Museum of Art auditorium.
Entry forms and guidelines can be found at www.themorris.org/porter
National Suit Drive
Men’s Wearhouse is having its fifth annual National Suit Drive during July.
People may go to any Men’s Wearhouse and Men’s Wearhouse and Tux stores and donate gently used men’s suits, shirts, jackets, ties, belts and shoes. Women’s professional clothing items are also being accepted.
Donors will receive a tax receipt and a coupon for 50 percent off their next purchase of regular-priced retail items, excluding shoes and everyday low price items.
For every suit donated, Men’s Wearhouse will donate two business ties.
Donated items will be distributed to local nonprofit organizations that help men and women re-enter the job market and provide skill-training programs and job-search workshops.
Augusta museums offer free passes for military
The Morris Museum of Art and Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History are offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families through Sept. 2.The museums are among about 1,500 museums in the country participating in the Blue Star Museums program, which is a collaboration between the museums, the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense.
The free admission is limited to the military ID holder and up to five family members. For more information about the program or a list of participating museums, visit www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
Horse Creek Valley documentary
Christi Koelker, co-director and story architect of Horse Creek Valley: A Tale Worth Telling, will speak at a free seminar at 9 a.m. Saturday at Harrison-Caver Park, 4181 Augusta Road, Clearwater.
The film recently received a silver award at the 33rd Annual Telly Awards.
Koelker will talk about the history of Horse Creek Valley and show clips from the film. Light refreshments will be served.
For information, call Leah Burckhalter at (803) 593-4698.
Free arthritis exercise program
The Aiken County Recreation Center in Graniteville will hold a free arthritis exercise program on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. July 18 through Sept. 7.
The class is for those with arthritis, fibromyalgia and lupus, according to a news release. It is being sponsored by the state Department of Health and Environmental Control and the Arthritis Foundation.
Registration is required. To register, call Corine Simpkins at (803)
Tips for pest-free landscapes
A lecture is being presented Monday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2724 Whiskey Road, Aiken at noon by master gardener George Montgomery on safe pest control.
He will teach methods to get rid of weeds, wildlife, plant diseases and harmful insects through methods other than pesticides.
The lecture is part of the Aiken Master Gardeners' Lunch Box Series offered monthly on the third Monday at noon from January to October. It is free, open to the public and will last about an hour.
Participants may bring a lunch or snack to the lecture. For information, call (803) 649-6297, ext. 122 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. or visit www.aikenmastergardeners.org.
Genealogical society meeting
The Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society will meet Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Tompkins Library, 104 Courthouse Square, Edgefield, in the Lynch Building Annex.
Aliene Shields, a lifelong South Carolina resident, will be the guest speaker. She is a member of many organizations and helps preserve battlefields with the Civil War Trust.
The meeting is open to the public.