Recent flooding

Our hearts and thoughts go out to all South Carolinians who were victims of the devastating floods last week. Many neighbors in Rosewood lost their entire homes. A Facebook page has been created to coordinate efforts to help those in Rosewood who’s homes flooded. Please follow that page and consider volunteering your time or donating supplies. Also, several GoFundMe accounts have been set up to allow people to donate directly to neighbors.

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Owens Field Park Cleanup

Rosewood Elementary School is hosting a 5K run around Owens Field Park and through Rosewood on April 13. Let’s make sure the neighborhood is sparkling clean!

Please join us the weekend before the race, to clean up the roads around the park. We’ll meet at the skate park at Owens Field Park at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 6. Bring gloves if you have them.

You can RSVP on Facebook. Please share this information with anyone you know who may be interested. Thanks and see you Saturday!

Police Substation in Rosewood–Donations Sought

The Columbia Police Department is opening a K-9 substation on Adeline Dr. in Rosewood!

They are in need of office furniture and are open to any and all donations. They’ll be willing to take a look at whatever anyone has to offer and help move it! Items needed include office chairs, office desks, shelving, storage type furniture, other various chairs, and the long shot….a refrigerator.

Email Sgt. Blendowski at ptblendowski@columbiasc.net to arrange for a donation or for more information.

Owens Field Park Bioblitz

The A.C. Moore Herbarium at the University of South Carolina and the Rosewood Community Council will partner to conduct a BioBlitz at the Owens Field Park in the Rosewood Community on Saturday, March 9. Citizen scientists and interested community members are invited to take part in the survey, which will document the plant species along the Park’s trail system. A team of botanists affiliated with the A.C. Moore Herbarium will lead the study.

This BioBlitz will provide important information about environmental quality and land use changes in the Rosewood area. Documenting the Park’s botanical diversity will also allow for a better understanding of the natural plant communities that once occurred throughout the Rosewood area and will foster a greater appreciation for the community’s remaining natural areas.

Owens Field Park is a recreational area used by the public. Improvements to the Park’s trail system are being funded by the Richland County Conservation Commission.

The BioBlitz is open to the public. Participants should meet at the parking lot on the corner of South Holly Street and Airport Blvd adjacent to Memorial Stadium at 10 am on Saturday, March 9. Maps, data sheets and instructions will be provided; participants may bring garden gloves, digital cameras, and/or handheld GPS devices. No prior experience is required. Dress appropriately for outside work (closed toed shoes recommended) and bring a water bottle. The BioBlitz will be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.

For more information about the BioBlitz, contact Herrick Brown at the A.C. Moore Herbarium at 803-777-8175.

Thank you!

A huge thank you to everyone below who has donated towards the purchase of bulletproof vests for Columbia police officers. We raised $1,753!

Bob Amundson
Virginia Andrews
Kay Blakeney
Gerry Dickinson
Beth Durant
Lauren Gilstrap
Lane and Ed Goodwin
Maegan Gudridge
Chris Kenney
Kaye McCoy
Debbie McDaniel and Ralph Waldrop
Katy McShane
Mike Miller
Rebecca Munnerlyn
Teresa Payne
Helen Rigby
Victor Snipes
Jenna Stephens
Judy Stephens
Paige Tyler
Wanda Vincent
Carol Williams
Foster Yarborough

Bulletproof Vest for a Columbia Police Department Officer

Update: This campaign is over. Thank you to everyone who helped us raise $1,753!

Rosewood Community Council is raising money to purchase bulletproof vests for Columbia Police Department Officers and we need your help. Each vests costs $545.

Your contribution of $15, $25, or whatever you can afford will help ensure our officers have the tools they need to keep Rosewood safe. Please consider making a contribution. Every dollar we raise will go directly to purchasing vests for our officers. Your contribution will also be matched dollar-for-dollar by JHS Capitol Advisors.

Click here to donate online. Or contact Jenna Stephens at  jenna@rosewoodcommunity.com to arrange for a contribution via check or credit card in person. RCC is a 501(c)(3), so your contributions may be deductible.

These vests save lives. Rosewood’s own PACE Officer, Officer Broder, was saved by his bulletproof vest when he was shot during a routine traffic stop two summers ago. Our police officers face possible danger daily in even the most routine tasks.

Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival Volunteers

The 3rd Annual Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival is looking for volunteers July 15 at City Roots!

Slow Food Columbia & Sustainable Midlands are looking for a few good volunteers for the Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival for 3 hours or more on July 15th. Hang out with great folks, enjoy the outdoors, and make a difference to these organizations AND your neighborhood! All volunteers will receive free admission into the event.

This festival is a family-friendly, midsummer’s evening event with a free heirloom tomato tasting, live music, high quality food + drink vendors, tomato bobbing, a tomato potluck, a homegrown tomato contest, and old time festival fun at City Roots urban farm in Columbia, SC. Celebrate local, sustainable food and the TOMATO, champion of the home garden!

To sign up for a shift, please head over to this site, look for a shift time and “buy” a free ticket.  Thank you!

Owens Field Park Cleanup

It’s time to clean up Owens Field Park again! Recent events in the park have left it a bit of a mess. Please join us at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 12, at the Memorial Stadium parking lot entrance to the park. We’re targeting the area from the entrance to the skate park, so we should be able to tackle that in an hour. Bring gloves if you have them. Hope to see you there!

For more info or to RSVP, email jenna@rosewoodcommunity.com.