Blythewood Labor Day Run

Sandra Parkhurst8/29/2012  |  Categories: Events
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USATF Certified 10k- 7:30 a.m.
USATF Certified 5k-7:40 a.m.
1-Mile Kids’ Fun Run- 8:40 a.m.
September 3, 2012
Start/Finish at Blythewood Middle School

The 3rd Annual Blythewood Labor Day Run 10k, 5k, and 1-mile Kids’ Fun Run is presented by the Town of Blythewood and hosted by Blythewood Middle School PTO and Eggplant Events Production. Funds from the event will be used to purchase a scrolling sign for Blythewood Middle School and contribute to a Fallen Heroes landmark for the Blythewood Community Park saluting the contributions and ultimate sacrifices of civilian and military heroes in our community.

The routes will take runners through Longcreek Plantation, as well as the surrounding areas of Blythewood Middle School. 10K Runners will enjoy a mixture of flat areas and hills with views of Lake Columbia and the Longcreek Plantation Equestrian Center. 5K runners will love the flat, scenic course in the historic Round Top area of Blythewood. The One-Mile Kids’ Fun Run will take place around the gated perimeter of the school campus.

Cash prizes of $50 will be awarded for male and female Overall and Master winners. First, second and third place women and men in the following age groups will also receive awards: 10 and under; 11-14; 15-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70+.

If you’re not a runner or walker but would like to get involved, you can volunteer for water stations, as a race marshal, assist with registration and set-up and tear-down. If you would like more information about volunteering, please contact Eggplant Events Production at

Visit to register online or print a mail-in registration form.

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Back to School: Safety First

Sandra Parkhurst8/23/2012  |  Categories: Community
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The 2012-2013 school season is now in session in Columbia, SC.  Lake Carolina Elementary School and Kelly Mill Middle School started today, Thursday, August 23.  Because Lake Carolina is a pedestrian friendly community with its miles of sidewalks and bike paths, we want to encourage our residents to utilize their feet.  That includes walking & biking to school.  The convenient location of Lake Carolina Elementary and Kelly Mill Middle Schools is desirable to our residents.  We want to make sure everyone is being safe out there.  Walkers, bikers, scooters, and drivers alike.  Let's slow down and enjoy the ride!

The maximum speed limit in residential communities and in school zones is 25mph.  At busy drop-off and pick-up times this number may decrease to little or no movement at all.  Be patient, it's better to get there late & SAFE than not at all.

Drivers and bikers should come to a COMPLETE STOP (Long enough for all motion to cease and for the weight of the car to redistribute itself) at a Stop sign. Look both ways (for other cars and for pedestrians), then proceed with caution. Drivers in South Carolina are required by law to yield to pedestrians on the cross street within the intersection. Be careful not to stop directly in a crosswalk.


There are several intersections on the way to & from school that you and your child will need to cross when walking/biking/scooting to school.  Teach your child to ALWAYS use the crosswalks, look both ways and proceed with caution.  If your child is biking to school, they should follow these same procedures.  Dismount bike or scooter before crossing the street and walk it across safely.  Be sure to make eye contact with the driver at the Stop sign to make sure they see you.  Await the drivers acknowledgement (a wave, nod, smile), then cross cautiously.

Be respectful and courteous and follow the rules of the road.


Going Back to School is a Fun & Exciting Time.  Happy First Day of School Lake Carolina!

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Columbia Goes Back to School

Sandra Parkhurst8/17/2012  |  Categories: Columbia
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After an exceptionally beautiful (not too hot) summer in the Midlands, Columbia, SC students are getting ready for school.  Lake Carolina Elementary students will have their first day of the 2012-2013 school year on Thursday, August 23.  Is your child ready to go back to school? 

As parents, getting your child the newest coolest stuff for school is always a big concern.  We appreciate Andrew Housser's "10 ways to save money on back-to-school expenses" quoted on WISTV's website this morning.  He explains how to keep the costs down while keeping your kids happy and well prepared for the upcoming school year.

Lake Carolina kids have the luxury of being able to walk/bike/scoot to school safely on our miles of paved paths.  When you were a kid did you walk or ride to school?

Follow us on Pinterest to see our "Back to School" Board and then post some photos of your child's first day back at school on our Facebook Page and we'll share them on our board!

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National S'mores Day

Sandra Parkhurst8/10/2012  |  Categories: Community
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Dreaming of cool autumn nights?  Well, sorry, it's still summer in the south, but there's always an excuse for a fire and marshmallows, right?  Today, we are celebrating National S'mores Day, so dig out those roasting sticks, find some dry wood and don't sit too close to the fire!

If a fire is not an option, there are plenty of other ways to celebrate National S'mores Day.  Just try searching Pinterest for s'more recipes, and you'll be sure to find several indulging recipes.  Have one to share?  Please do so in the comments below.

In honor of National S'mores Day, we're trying this recipe we found on Pinterest, S'more Stuffed Cookies.  We'll let you know how they turn out!

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