Thursday, February 5, 2015

This Weekend in Blythewood February 5th-7th

Westwood High School is having their annual Yard Sale, February 7,  from 7 A.M. to 11 A.M

This Weekend in Blythewood
February 5th, 6th & 7th

JROTC (Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) cadets from both Blythewood and Westwood High Schools will be leading a flag ceremony at Blythewood Town Hall on Wednesday, February 11, starting at 11:00 AM. The ceremony, to be held in the flag circle in front of Town Hall, will involve retiring the weathered United States and South Carolina flags and raising new flags. The public is welcome to attend the ceremony.

Save the Dates... "Celebrating Blythewood African Americans through Honor and the Arts". The Town of Blythewood is proud to announce that it will sponsor a 2015 Black History Celebration Program for the Community with the help of the Historical Society, Community Organizations, Churches and businesses.

February 20 at 7 p.m..,  the original play "Waves", written by  Dr. Constella Hines Zimmerman will be performed at Doko Manor

February 27 at 7 p.m.,  a  Black Honoree Program at the Manor will recognize Blythewood  community members for their leadership and contributions to the community and various career fields.

February 28 at 6 p.m., there will be a Blythewood Community Choir Concert and a special performance by the Bethel Baptist Church Praise and Worship Dance Team performing a Gospel Celebration. 

For more information contact Booth Chilcutt at or Dr. Constella Hines Zimmerman at

ADVENTURES IN LEARNING-This is the beginning of a Shepherd Center program in  Blythewood.  We will host the six week program on Thursdays, beginning Feb. 5th at Trinity United Methodist Church Youth Center. The cost is $25, and you can take either one or two courses for that tuition amount. The class will meet from 9:30 until noon on consecutive Thursdays from Feb.5-March 12th. The courses scheduled are as follows: Basic Exercise for Seniors ( held in the CLC gym), Creative Writing, Beginning Dulcimer, Mexican Dominoes, Chrismons (will be making and studying about Chrismons), Genealogy (bring ipad/laptop if possible), and Basic Drawing/Sketching (need to bring 11x14 sketchpad and small set (3-6 assorted lead pencils from Michaels or Hobby Lobby). After classes a catered lunch from Scottie's will be offered for those who sign up for $6.
For more information go to or call Kathy Griffin at 786-1637 Ext. 18.

The Blythewood High School Education Foundation is hosting a Flap jack Fundraiser at Applebee’s, 10102 Two Notch Road , Columbia  on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 8:00-10:00 am. Breakfast included a short stack of pancakes, sausage and beverages. Tickets are $7.00 each and available in the main office at the school. The Leo Club has volunteered to help sell tickets during lunch each day. Please make checks payable to BHS Education Foundation.
Last year, the BHS Education Foundation provided $17, 500 in scholarships to seniors to help them further their education. In addition
to scholarships, the Education Foundation also provides funding for other initiatives to benefit all the students at BHS. We are currently gearing up to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Blythewood High School later this year. 

Westwood High School still needs families to host 30  French exchange students and 5 teachers April 6-16, 2015. For more information about hosting a student or a teacher email
 or to volunteer for the event at WHS contact  Cheryl Guy at 691-4049  ext. 36116.

To Celebrate Black History Month, Regions Bank has a great opportunity for high school seniors and college students who are looking for scholarship money and have been inspired by an African-American. They are offering $5000 and $3500 scholarships to thirty two winners of an essay contest.  Go to for the rules of the contest.

 Doko Manor is still the hot spot in Blythewood for week-end events. Spread the word that it is a great place for week day business meetings or conferences as well.   Just give Town Hall a call to check availability and details to rent this great venue for parties, receptions, showers and business meetings.  754-0501
 Westwood High School is having their annual Yard Sale, February 7,  from 7 A.M. to 11 A.M. 
Tuesday, February 17, 5:45 - 6:15 Westwood High School's Tech.B@r is offering free technology classes to the community.  These courses are taught by the Tech. St@ff students.  The first class is a half hour introduction to Google Gmail and Google Calendar.  Computers will be provided, but space is limited to 20 participants. Register at or contact Laura Coulter at  

 The Blythewood Arts Center is offering 2 new classes. An  Acrylic Painting Class  is on- going  for the next 6 weeks.
       Call to register and get a list of needed materials. Taught by Rita Smith

   Friday, February 13th, there is a Basket Weaving Class taught by Bonnie Geiger.  The cost is $45 and the  materials  are included.
Call  550-9323 or come by the Art Center to sign up at 152-B Blythewood Road.

Don't Forget...Blythewood Library has a Family Storytime each Friday from 10:30 to 11 for kids of all ages.

Saturday, February 7 from 10:30-11:30  the Blythewood Teen Book Club will meet. Share your favorite books and learn what others are reading.  Ages 13-18. 

Wednesday, February 11, 10:30 -11.
Hands on Art  for 3 to 5 year olds. Dress for a mess and join us for stories and simple art activities.

Friday, February 20 starting at 7:00 at the Langford-Nord House, the Blythewood Historical Society  will present Wade Dorsey.  Blythewood's resident historian will  takes us back 150 years to Sherman's march through the Midlands after the burning of Columbia in February 1865. This march went from Columbia to Ridgeway, with the greater Blythewood area right in their path of destruction.  If you want to learn more about this historical event and how Columbia is commemorating it, visit

Now You Know.... J. Gordon Coogler  was called a "lover of words" by Bill McDonald at the recent Historical Society event. The formal word for this is logophile, a Greek word.  Shirley B. was the first to correctly answer the question and will receive a treat from Town Hall.

Do You Know...I heard Rudy Mancke talk about the groundhog seeing his shadow.  He said groundhogs are also called woodchucks as we all know. There is one more name he mentioned which is a new one to me.  If you know this unusual name for a groundhog please email and if you are the first to answer correctly I will have a treat for you at Town Hall. Thaniks as always, for reading the newsletter!