Sherwood Forest Crier, October 1, 2023

Sherwood Forest Neighborhood Association Crier October 1, 2023

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October 1, 2023

Annual Halloween Hot Dog Party!
Tuesday, October 31, 4:30-7:30pm

Dress up your kids, pets and yourself. We will provide hotdogs, chili and chips. Neighbors can bring sides or desserts. BYOB. Then the kids can trick or treat in the Forest!

The 400 and 500 blocks of Kalmia will be blocked off for the treats and tricking.

Contact Lauren Bradley at 678-637-5347, Violet Beets at 803-403-5980 or Sarah Powers at 803-269-7346, or email for more info or to help out.

Forest Friends
Right Tree, Right Place

Fifteen of our neighbors took advantage of our free native tree offer this fall! Trees will be delivered in early December, the perfect time to plant trees in the South. Our Forest Friends group helps neighbors to figure out which trees will work in which spots in their yard. This helps ensure that the trees will thrive. Most natives are pretty hardy, if they are planted in the right place.

For example, dogwoods thrive when protected from the hot sun by shade from larger trees, but planted in the middle of a hot sunny yard, they become stressed and often succumb to disease. Most oaks, on the other hand, do very well in hot sun and will grow to provide shade for those lovely dogwoods and your house, reducing your energy bill in the summer.

If you missed the tree order and are considering buying a new tree for your yard, do your research and make sure you choose a tree that suits the conditions of your yard. And watch out for those power lines! Plant only trees that will get no larger than 10-15 feet near power lines. Allow for lots of clearance from utility lines and structures when planting large shade trees.

Valerie Marcil
Forest Friend Lead

Sherwood Forest Branding Task Force (BTF) Update

  • A huge salute and thanks goes out to Lani Stringer and David Johnson for donating their expert creative skills in designing two options totally suitable to serve as our new logo element. The BTF will review and voice their recommendation at the next gathering. Next step is designing the SF Home Plaque (that will be a neighborhood fundraiser and pride tool) and six Gateway signs.
  • To date, we have raised $1,800 toward the Beautification Gateway Signage budget of $17,850. A second grant application is in the hands of City officials. Note, this is likely a three-year project.

Pat Mason

USC Belser Arboretum Events

October Book Club
Sunday, October 1 at 3pm
Everyone is invited to join the USC Belser Arboretum Book Club as we read and discuss The Nature of Oaks: the Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Trees by Douglas Tallamy. Meet in the Outdoor Classroom
More info…

Open House
Sunday, October 15, 1-4pm
Extending our exploration of oaks in the October book club, Dr. Herrick Brown will guide a walk around the trails to identify oak species. Dr. Brown is Curator, Andrew Charles Moore Herbarium at USC.

November Book Club
Sunday, November 5 at 3pm
The Hour of Land by Terry Tempest Williams
Jerry Wallulis, USC Emeritus Professor in the Department of Philosophy, will lead the discussion.

Open House is always the 3rd Sunday of every month.

Regular Volunteer Work Sessions
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9am-Noon, Thursdays, 4-6pm
Weather and work schedules can occasionally change these times.

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

Sherwood Forest ARP Church News

Saturday October 28, 5pm-7pm
Sherwood Forest ARP Church along with Iglesia Biblia Latin America (IBL) will be doing a trunk-or-treat activity in the parking lot at Sherwood Forest ARP Church on Saturday October 28 from 5pm until 7pm. Everyone is invited.

Pot-luck Bible Study
Every Thursday evening, the church has a pot-luck dinner and then a Bible Study. This starts at 6pm and ends no later than 8pm. The current bible study is the book of Revelation.

Interested in Limited Day-Care Program?
The church is considering a limited day-care program on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9am until noon launching in January. There is an investment of resources to do this so the church would like to gauge the interest from parents in the Forest.

Contact Pastor Russ Harless via email or 803-727-8431.

SFNA General Meeting
Wednesday, November 8, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Sherwood Forest ARP Church

If you have an issue you would like discussed at the meeting please let us know!

Draft minutes from the 3rd quarter general meeting…

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

Mark your calendars!

Please join our volunteers for a fun morning of talking trash! We have been picking up litter in the neighborhood for 7 years now and your help is needed. This is a family event and kids are welcome. Donuts will be provided.

Meet at the Piggly Wiggly parking lot. Volunteers should wear closed toed shoes and bring your own gloves. Pickers and trash bags are provided.

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

The Lourie Center Continuing Education Courses
For adults over 50
Fall Semester, October 2023

The one-hour session topics include:

  • The Role of Nutrition and Diet in Healthy Aging
  • Collaborative Songwriting
  • Birds of South Carolina
  • From Slavery to Civil Rights: South Carolina’s Long Struggle for Civil Rights
  • Let’s Talk American Democracy: The Critical Role of the Electoral Process

The Lourie Center is located at 1650 Park Circle, near the intersection of Blossom and Pickens in Five Points, and next to Maxcy Gregg Pool and the University of South Carolina campus.

More info…

Municipal Elections 2023
Tuesday, November 7

Tyler Bailey, Jesse Bullard IV, and Christa Williams are running for Columbia City Council District At-large.

Incumbent Will Brennan and Moe Baddourah are running in Columbia City Council District 3.

The last day to register to vote in-person is Friday, October 6 by 5pm at the Richland County Voter Registration Office.

More info…

Join the Sherwood Forest Neighborhood Association

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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