Sherwood Forest Neighborhood Association
September 9, 2011

Save The Date
Halloween Hot Dog Supper!

Erik and Ashley Norton are hosting SFNA's annual family hot dog bash on Saturday, October 29th at 5:30pm at 321 Kalmia Drive. Hot dogs and fixin's, and chips and other sides will be provided. BYOB and bring a picnic blanket or chairs. Trick or treating will still be on October 31st.

USC Belser Arboretum Volunteer Opportunities
The Arboretum was spared from any significant effects from Hurricane Irene. However, thanks to a generous donation we have received several loads of new mulch and are in need of volunteers to help spread it along the trail, and to help clear brush from one corner of the property. The next opportunities will be Wednesday, September 14th (weather permitting) anytime between 8am and 2pm at our regularly scheduled Walkers and Workcrew. We are also looking for 2 volunteers to be gate greeters at the next Open House on Sunday, September 18. The Open House is held from 1-4pm, and we ask that volunteers arrive at 12pm to help setup the gate tables and materials. If you are interested in volunteering at any of these times, contact Tina Roper, Arboretum Coordinator, at When you volunteer just 4 hours of your time within a year, you will receive an honorary annual membership into the Friends of the Belser Arboretum organization. More information is available at

You may also contribute to the Belser Arboretum Endowment Fund which will provide for long-term reserves that will help support a permanent manager position for care of the Arboretum, as well as funding the upkeep and operation of the Arboretum for the long term. For information on the Endowment Fund, contact Teah Weiss at the University of South Carolina Educational Foundation at (803) 777-2565.

Part-time Job Opportunity
Part-time job opportunity at Sherwood Forest Presbyterian Church for a church secretary. It will be a 15-20 hour per week position with a flexible schedule. Currently it is Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 9am-2pm. Contact Mark Hering for more information at or 360-9527.

Exchange Student In Need Of A Home
Tricia Goss, the Midlands Representative for the CASE High School Foreign Exchange Program, has a 16 year old German girl attending Dreher High School. She is a friendly, positive girl who loves volleyball, drama, choir and aerobics. She speaks English well and has insurance and spending money. Due to her host parent's unexpected job loss, she needs a new host family as soon as possible for the remainder of the school year. Single parents and couples with no children or children of any age are welcome. Families do not need to have a high school student themselves.

Contact Tricia Goss at 803-732-8982 or 321-947-7671 or for more information. See the Cultural Academic Student Exchange web site at

Neighborhood Crime Watch
Crime in Sherwood Forest has been fairly quiet according to the Columbia Police, however there has been at least one car break-in within the last month. Also our street sign toppers on Bloomwood and Blossom have been stolen. If you have any information regarding recent criminal activity, please pass it along.

If you have experienced a crime perpetrated against you or your property, report it immediately to the police by calling 911. To report suspicious activity, call 911 or the non-emergency number 252-2911 or our new Resident Patrol Officer MPO Timothy R. Baire (737-5895,

Other Links Of Interest
Read the minutes from the August SFNA general meeting:

Subscribe to Mayor Steve Benjamin's email newsletter, OneColumbia at

If you would like to receive City eNews, a monthly electronic newsletter or Connecting Columbia, a weekly update from the City of Columbia about meetings and events, please send your email address to

Other links of interest are available on the SFNA web site at

Sherwood Forest Neighborhood Association Facebook Page
The Sherwood Forest Neighborhood Association has set up a Facebook page as another way of sharing news about the neighborhood and adding to our sense of community. For some reason, we only have 33 Facebook people who like us! So log on to Facebook and 'like' SFNA at

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