Oktoberfest: Two night of music, fun – Mark your calendar for Sept. 17 and 18 – this fall’s Lexington Oktoberfest will celebrate the county’s German heritage. OktoberFest will celebrate our history with German food, drink, and family fun.
Friday – Sept. 17 5-10:30p.m. Kids Carnvial
7 – 8:30p.m. Street Dance with Going Commando Bank
9 – 10:30p.m. The Fantastic Shakers
Sat. – Sept. 18 – German Day
8 - 9:30a.m. Volks Walk
9 - 6p.m. Craft Show
10:00 a.m. Parade
10 - 2 p.m. Fire Service Youth Day
10 – 10p.m. Carnival
3 – 10p.m. Oom-Pah Tent – German fare & Music
Problems with market are not insurmountable – The long awaited and often delayed opening of the new State Farmers Market is now written in stone at least for now and at least for some. When Hugh Weathers, SC Comm. Of Agriculture announced last week the new market will open in phases beginning Monday, Aug. 16, some vendors complained. Their facilities were not finished. Developers had offered to locate them in temporary facilities until their new units were built. A proposal would allow those dealers who are not ready to move to stay open for a short period of time at their old location. That would create hardships for buyers having to visit two sites. And then there was the need for USC to gain more parking for William Brice Stadium users. Rep. Mac Toole and Sen. Jake Knotts arranged for a meeting with the Agriculture Dept., the vendors and the developers of the new market. A modified but workable solution was agreed on.
Help relieve hunger in the Midlands – Starting now through Tuesday, Aug. 24 the Midlands community can join Bi-Lo Charities to help neighbors in heed by purchasing a Summer Hunger Relief box. Each box contains food for three meals. The pre-packaged boxes are available for purchase at all Bi-Lo locations and are filled with items most often requested by food banks, such as macaroni & cheese, beans, soup, dry spaghetti, spaghetti sauce and tuna. The food will be provided to Harvest Hope Food Bank, Sharing God’s Love, Lex. Interfaith Community Services and Graham Outreach Ministries.
South Carolina mothers reach out to Iraqi mothers – Early this fall, a group of Gold Star and Blue Star Mothers will head to Iraq on a mission of caring and reconciliation. The women, a group from SC and another from Utah, will begin the first of what organizers hope to be many trip to Iraq to unite mothers from both countries who have lost loved ones in war. “Through the power of women’s initiative, we’re going to break down the barriers” said Fareed Betros, who founded FUTURE Families United Toward Universal Respect with his wife Joan. In 2009, the couple organized a group of Iraqi women to come to Greenville and meet Gold and Blue Star Mothers. “It’s about the future of Iraqi women,” Joan Betros said. Joan Bertros helped organize family & children’s television programming in Iraq in 2003-2004. Her husband, a retired colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves has helped in military & civilian capacities in Iraq’s reconstruction. “To heal our nations we need to heal our families, Fareed Betros said. “From that it has become an amazing story.”
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