Think Forest Acres Restaurant & Merchant Association Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:27:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Think Forest Acres 32 32 Happily Ever After, An ADULTS-ONLY Fundraiser Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:27:15 +0000 Continue Reading Happily Ever After, An ADULTS-ONLY Fundraiser]]> Happily Ever After: A FUNDRAISER


Happily Ever After: An Adults-only Fundraiser Benefitting Columbia Children's Theatre

Thursday, February 9, 2017
6-8pm with Remarks and Entertainment at 7pm
Heavy hors d’oeuvres | Open Bar | Casual Dress
Kings Grant Clubhouse
200 North Kings Grant Drive, Columbia SC 29209
$125 per person
Your Hosts:Catharine Aitken
Evelyn Clary
Beth DeHart
Forest Acres Restaurant and Merchant’s Association
Aaron Griswold
Drew And Suzanne Hampton
Larry Hembree
Ginny Herring
Bonnie Kelly
Brandy Kerwin
Charles Krawczyk
Jim Litzinger
Bonita Peeples
Stig Rasmussen
Kevin Simpson
Jerry Stevenson
Margaret Varner
Proceeds from artist’s magnets donated to flood victims Mon, 01 Feb 2016 16:50:25 +0000
i  am Ansley Grier, a Columbia native, resident of Forest Acres, local artist, and a proud South Carolinian.

The day of our 1,000 year flood, October 4, 2015, was a day most South Carolinians will never forget. During and after this life changing event, neighbors, friends, community members, and good Samaritans from near and far came together to give support to those in need. This sense of community and love I witnessed was like no other I have seen in my lifetime. I was overwhelmingly moved by the goodness in people.

It seemed as though time stood still for a few weeks in our community as neighbors, friends, business owners, and residents came together to lend a hand to so many who experienced great loss due to the flood. The amazing efforts and will to help our neighbors gave me such pride to call South Carolina home.

homeI felt inspired to make something that represents my feelings for our state, so I created my version of a SC Home canvas. The background of the canvas resembles the flood water and the beauty of so many people who gave so much during that time and who continue to do so.

After painting and presenting my first canvas, I received such a positive response and requests for more, I decided to use the image from one of my SC Home paintings to create car magnets.

The car magnet is an original ArtbyAnsley, and it is a square 5”x 5” with rounded corners. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of these SC Home car magnets will be donated to the United Way in Columbia to be given to victims of the flood and those who suffered losses after this natural disaster.

I have approached some small local businesses around town and have been very pleased that so many local shops and restaurants are on board and very excited about promoting my SC Home magnets.

Each magnet retails for $7.99 and is individually wrapped in a clear bag with an insert of a special sentiment and significance of my SC Home magnet.

The following businesses have the magnets:
  • Cottage and Vine
  • Strobler Company
  • Grouchos Deli
  • Just the Thing
  • The OOPS Company in 5 Points
  • Row Gallery
  • The Local Buzz
  • Spa 131
  • Uptown on Main
  • The Happy Café

Event planners Jaime Lomas of Eggplant Events Production and Amy Sunshine Younginer are using my SC Home logo and purchasing magnets to give as gifts to attendees for the Richland County Legislative Night Out in March at the Convention Center; they are also giving them to runners at the Palmetto Half Marathon.

Holcombe Smith with Exceed Landscape Solutions in Columbia purchased several magnets for business purposes.

I am grateful to those who are participating and hope the donations will help to relieve some of the problems flood victims have been experiencing.

The Therapy Place – Open House Drop-In
Come take a tour of The Therapy Place and help us celebrate our 5-year anniversary! And learn about our expansion plans!!
Come to one or both! Feb 4 and 5, 4-7pm
How a new Fort Jackson gate could ease Forest Drive traffic Mon, 01 Feb 2016 16:46:34 +0000 Continue Reading How a new Fort Jackson gate could ease Forest Drive traffic]]> BY JEFF WILKINSON |

Visitors to Fort Jackson soon will have to use a new gate at Percival Road rather than the main gate at Forest Drive/Strom Thurmond Boulevard.

Officials at the Army’s largest training base opened a second, temporary Visitor Control Center at Percival Road Jan. 4. That gate eventually will become the main entry point for everyone entering the installation who does not carry military or Department of Defense identification cards.

The new gate is intended to help alleviate traffic congestion along Forest Drive and Interstate 77.

Forest Drive sees about 27,000 vehicles daily and is expected to reach the road’s capacity – about 30,000 – in the next eight to 15 years, a traffic data analysis found.

“This is a work in progress,” Fort Jackson spokesman Pat Jones said. “It’s a long-term project to help alleviate traffic.”

Backups occur frequently in the mornings at the Forest Drive gate, when most of the fort’s 7,000 or so soldiers and civilian employees show up for work.

Backups often become severe on Wednesdays and Thursdays, when the fort typically holds graduation events for soldiers who have completed basic training. About 200,000 family members attend those events each year.

Now, all of those family members are being directed to the new Percival Road gate.

About 42,000 soldiers a year receive basic training at the post. Another 28,000 soldiers and sailors a year receive advanced training there. The fort trains 54 percent of all new soldiers in the Army and 61 percent of new female soldiers.

Fort Jackson is essentially a small city – with a hospital, four museums, even a water park that is open to visitors.

Prior to last year, those visitors could enter the fort simply by showing a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance. Now, due to terrorist concerns, each visitor must go through a background check and receive a pass, which is a challenge for posts like Fort Jackson that are open to the general public..

Col. Mark Shade, the post’s deputy commander, said that burden has lessened as frequent visitors to the post have started getting annual passes.

“When it first came up, we had a back log,” he said. “It’s not a huge challenge any more.”

Traffic on Forest Drive is a continuing challenge for the city’s planners.

The introduction two years ago of Trader Joe’s and the congregation of upscale shops around Trenholm Plaza have drawn more and more people and cars to the area. The proposed redevelopment of the former Cardinal Newman School site to include nearly 300 apartments and commercial shops adds another layer of traffic concerns. A public hearing on that project is set for next month.

While some steps have been proposed to help with Forest Drive traffic flow, such as planted medians and retimed lights, widening the road is not an option. So funneling some of the traffic to the Percival Road gate is a plus.

The plan had been to divert all visitors to the new gate this year, but money for the new gate will have to be used to repair roads washed out by the flood in October, Shade said. The project, which does not yet have a price tag, likely will be rolled over into the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

“We just wanted to increase the capacity,” Shade said. “So the good news is the temporary gate is open.”

Staff writer Sarah Ellis contributed.

9th Annual Jack D Oliver Sr Memorial Blood Drive Thu, 28 Jan 2016 02:46:03 +0000 Continue Reading 9th Annual Jack D Oliver Sr Memorial Blood Drive]]> JackBefore his cancer diagnosis, Jack was an avid blood donor and belived in Giving the Gift of life. Please join us in honoring Jack’s memory and by helping those in need. First time donors are welcome, appointments are not required, but recommended.

Please e-mail or call 251-0272 to schedule a donation time.

Please help spread the word about this great event!