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Courier Community Calendar 2-1-23

• Veterans invited to American Legion

Veterans in the Liberty area are invited to the next meeting of American Legion Post 67 in Liberty.
The Legion meets on the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Scout Hut, circle off North Palmetto Street. All veterans are invited.

• United Wesleyan to host fundraiser

The United Wesleyan Church, located at 738 Rice Road in Easley, will be having a fundraiser for the church’s Operation Christmas Child shoebox ministry.
The event is planned at Pizza Inn in Pickens from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. Those in attendance are asked to mention at check out that they are there for the fundraiser.

Clemson Downs donation

Clemson Downs contributed $1,500 to Tri-County Technical College’s Foundation to continue its support of the TCTC nursing program. The donation will support a future nurse as they continue their education at TCTC. James Hill, executive director of Clemson Downs, fourth from left, and TCTC president Galen DeHay, third from left, are pictured with, from left, Grayson Kelly, vice president of institutional advancement and business relations, Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry, dean of TCTC’s health education division, and Jackie Rutledge, TCTC nursing department head.

Pack 51 planning Pinewood Derby

PICKENS — Cub Scout Pack 51 is inviting all area first responders to participate in the annual Pinewood Derby competition.

Emergency officials’ attendance will give Cub Scouts an opportunity to meet and engage with local first responders while enjoying a fun event.

The derby will take place on April 1 at the Pickens Amphitheater. Although the time is not yet finalized, the event will be in the morning, likely around 10 a.m., according to organizers.

The derby is an annual, family-oriented event focused on fun and good sportsmanship. Competition

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Local nonprofit collecting Valentines for area seniors

COUNTY — A local nonprofit is seeking Valentine’s Day cards for area senior citizens.

Members of Warmth and Comfort for the Elderly in Upstate SC use their crochet skills to provide warm items for nursing home patients, hospice groups, home health patients and elderly people who live at home and can’t afford them.

They also hold regular donation drives.

“Our next drive is Valentine cards for each resident and our shut-ins,” said Tammy Ferguson, the group’s CEO. “Last year, we

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Ribbon cutting held

On Jan. 14, magician Donald Carpenter cut the ribbon on the only magic store in Pickens. Magic & Smiles is located inside the Market at the Mill at 225 Pumpkintown Highway in Pickens. On hand for the festivities were Don and Nancy Carpenter and their son, Randy, along with members of the local International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 63 — president Mike Noonan, Rhett Bryson, Paul DiLella Sr. and Edmund Apperson — Pickens Mayor Fletcher Perry, Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce executive director Bryan Owens and Beth Vlener. For more information, visit magicandsmiles.com or call (864) 999-4189.

Easley Parks and Rec to offer new art class

EASLEY — The Easley Parks and Recreation Department, located at 111 Walkers Way in Easley, has begun to offer art classes for all ages.

Classes in February will take place on Feb. 9, 16 and 23, with all classes starting at 4 p.m. Feb. 9 will be the first part of a two-part clay class where participants will create clay coil bowls (not food safe). Participants will be able to glaze their bowls during part two of the clay class, which will take place on Feb. 23.

The class on Feb. 16 will explore varying methods and techniques of using watercolor. There are no age restrictions for the courses, but officials do ask that any

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Winter Bluegrass Jubilee to host first-ever Instrument-A-Thon

PICKENS — The Young Appalachian Musicians (YAM) program will hold its annual indoor music festival, the Winter Bluegrass Jubilee, on Jan. 28 at Pickens High School.

There will be live music, workshops, jamming rooms and concessions from 1-6:30 p.m.

Join the Upcountry’s musical community to celebrate the 12th annual Winter Bluegrass Jubilee, an event that supports Young Appalachian Musicians by preserving southern Appalachian music. The event gives students and community members alike the opportunity to participate in instructional workshops with the headlining musicians. Students revel in the camaraderie that music brings and also gain valuable experience performing on stage.

Shawn Lane and Sons will be the headliner for the 2023 Jubilee. Additional performers include Carley

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Pickens Chamber Member of the Month

The Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce has announced Pickens Family Dentistry as its January Member of the Month. Pickens Family Dentistry has been delivering healthy teeth and happy smiles for more than 40 years. The practice proudly serves the people of Pickens, Easley, Liberty, Salem and beyond with the best in experienced, modern dental care. Pickens Family Dentistry knows the phobia that surrounds going to the dentist. Their goal is to provide customers with exceptional service and to make visiting the dentist a friendly and comfortable experience. Pictured, from left, are Dr. Jennifer Wickenhoefer, Brandi Pitts, Janice Davis, Tina Stewart, Erica McKenzie and Pickens Mayor Fletcher Perry.

Courier Community Calendar 1-18-23

• Fleet Reserve to meet January 21

Fleet Reserve Association Branch 15 will meet this Saturday, Jan. 21 at 8:30 a.m. for breakfast, followed by a business meeting at 9 a.m., at Chicopee United Methodist Church, 403 S. Catherine St., Walhalla. Open to all enlisted former and active duty U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard personnel. For more, call (864) 868-9397 or email tsmith4697@gmail.com.

• Veterans invited to American Legion

Veterans in the Liberty area are invited to the next meeting of American Legion Post 67 in Liberty. The Legion meets on the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Scout Hut, circle off North Palmetto Street. All veterans are invited.

Grand opening planned

Magic & Smiles has relocated to Pickens and will carry magic supplies for amateurs, hobbyists and professional magicians. The store will also offer a line of novelties, jokes, gags and clown supplies. The owners of the magic and novelty supply store recently announced that they will hold a grand opening ceremony on Jan. 14, at 10 a.m., in partnership with the Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce. There will be light sandwiches, snacks and free giveaways. Magic & Smiles will be located inside the Market at the Mill, in warehouse 3, booth 114. The magic shop will be the only store of its kind in a 100-mile radius. To find out more about the store, call (864) 999-4189 or visit magicandsmiles.com, or find the shop on Facebook at facebook.com/magicandsmiles or
Instagram at instagram.com/magic_and_smiles.