Sherwood Forest Crier, July 1, 2023

Sherwood Forest Neighborhood Association Crier July 1, 2023

Hear ye, hear ye!
Here is your

July 1, 2023

From your Vice-President…

Block Captain and Branding Task Force Updates

Your Sherwood Forest Block Captain BC’s are Alive and…

  • Listening for their Zone neighbors’ comments and suggestions.
  • Inviting you to join and renew.
  • Showing up at Quarterly Meetings with your cheers and concerns.
  • Finding a couple of hours a month (amidst their busy lives) to lead, serve and engage.
  • Being there should you need a friendly chat.

Let’s support their efforts and give ’em some personal recognition. Connect via the BC Leaders list.


Your Sherwood Forest Branding Task Force inches forward.

Larry Hembree is determined to get SF 501C.3 designation re-instated with SC IRS. Financial records collection and filing of forms is next. Then some grant applications for Art & Beautification projects! Yes, and just maybe some dog park funding.

Your Design Team of Lani Stringer and David Johnson are addressing the Gateway Sign, Logo and Home Plaque image opportunities with an eye on continuity, taste, impact and readability.

The potential Devine Street mural wall (tasteful, artful, forest themed) has been measured by Ron Hagell, (89′ by 5’6″ high at one end and 4’6″ at the other). Yes, that’s 89 feet long, just before you’d turn right into the Burnette’s drive up.

Pat Mason is meeting soon with the wall owner to discuss the opportunity.


Business Friends Update

In keeping with the Forest Friends theme, Valerie Marcil and Regina Monteith have concepted five donation levels now available to businesses and residents:

  • Seedling (generic and small, but critical for all that comes after) – $100
  • Redbud (small tree with “bud” symbolizing beginnings) – $100-249
  • Sweetgum (larger tree, with the “sweet” connoting a “sweet” deal) – $250-499
  • Longleaf Pine (long-lasting, large, and resilient) – $500-999
  • Mighty Oak (while not a species, it’s indicative of how important all oaks are, and of course the “mighty” identifies it as super strong and big) – $1000+

Our first Business Friend firm is enrolled! Welcome to the Don Weaver Real Estate Team! Nominate business candidate you like and Pat Mason will reach out.

More info on the Business Friends program…

Forward! March!

Artists-in-Residence Circling Wagons

Sherwood Forest residents Larry Hembree and Ron Hagell invite anyone who is an artist (professional or hobby) or has a great appreciation for arts and culture, to consider participating in a brand-new casual initiative, SFNA Artist Friends. Our goal is to enhance the culture of our neighborhood (what makes it unique, interesting and ultimately a great place to live) by creating opportunities for engagement through artworks and arts experiences that embrace and reflect the SFNA mission and brand.

Arts and culture represent a variety of areas, not only performing and visual arts, but also literary, media, culinary, etc. We will be hosting a gathering of folks in late summer/early fall to explore creative possibilities. Let us know if you are interested in participating or in finding out more by emailing Larry Hembree or calling 803-354-3883.

Pat Mason, Vice-President
Sherwood Forest Neighborhood Association

Forest Friends

Here are a few of the healthy growing native trees from our Fall 2022 Tree Giveaway. If you missed it last year, or weren’t ready, or need another, stay tuned for this year’s offerings next month.

SFNA Forest Friends Tree Gallery
(Click for bigger pics!)

Email Valerie Marcil at with questions.

USC Belser Arboretum Open House
Sunday, July 16, 1-4pm

Open House is always the 3rd Sunday of every month. Open for walkers and volunteers Wednesday and Saturday 10am-noon, Thursdays from 4-6pm.

Follow the Arboretum on Instagram and see Facebook for event info.

Have a Safe and Sane July 4th Holiday!

As of 2022, the City Council of Columbia ruled that fireworks must be shot after 7am and before 10pm daily, with two exceptions: On July 4th and New Year’s Eve holidays, you can shoot fireworks until 1am the following day (July 5 and January 1).

Handle fireworks safely (or not at all!) and be considerate of your neighbors. Or attend one of the professionally managed fireworks shows around town such as Fireworks with the Phil at Segra Park, or Fort Jackson’s Independence Day Celebration.

Fireworks Safety Tips from DHEC

South Carolina Firework FAQ

National Night Out

The City of Columbia Police with Columbia Council of Neighborhoods (CCN) support will be hosting a National Night Out indoor event at the Columbia Convention Center on Thursday, July 27 at 5:30-7:30pm with neighborhood display tables, prizes, etc.

Then on Thursday, August 3, Shandon will host a NNO event at Sims Park serving ice cream and hotdogs. The Shandon Neighborhood Council has invited Sherwood Forest to join their festivities!

NNO’s purpose is to enhance the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community.

National Night Out website..

SFNA General Meeting
Wednesday, August 9, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Sherwood Forest ARP Church

If you have an issue you would like discussed at the meeting please let us know! A full agenda will be available on the website.

The meeting will also be available on Zoom.

Draft minutes from the 2nd quarter general meeting…

SFNA Adopt-A-Highway Clean Up
Saturday, November 18, 9:30-11am

Mark your calendars!

Contact Dave Nelson at 803-447-4793 or for more information.

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Become a member or renew your membership now for 2023!

The SFNA is a volunteer organization of neighbors working to create a greater sense of community in the Forest.

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