Community News: Dec. 6, 2012

December 5, 2012 

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Historic Brattonsville Christmas Candlelight tours will be 3-9 p.m. Saturday and Dec.15 at the site on Brattonsville Road in McConnells.

Costumed interpreters tell the stories of people who lived at the plantation and bring to life the holiday seasons of the 18th and 19th centuries. The gift shop will feature period-style items for sale. Hot drinks, seasonal foods, and baked goods will be available for purchase. Candle dipping and paper ornament making activities will be 3-6p.m. Dramatic readings and classical Christmas songs will be 6-9 p.m. Santa will be available to listen to requests.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for youth ages 4 to 17 and free for ages 3 and younger and Culture and Heritage Museum members. The site will be closed until 3 p.m. each tour day.

Special events

• The York County Choral Society will open its 32nd season at 4 p.m. Sunday with the performance of “In Dulci Jubilo: A Mosaic of Choral Masterworks and Contemporary Classics to Celebrate the Holiday Season,” directed by Katherine Kinsey in Byrnes Auditorium at Winthrop University.

The concert will feature the YCCS chorus and Chamber Singers. Accompanists include Shirley Fishburne, Susan Read, a brass octet, and the Rock Hill Community Handbell Choir.

Tickets are $20 for general admission; $15 for seniors age 65 and older and Winthrop faculty with ID; $5 for students and free for Winthrop students with ID. For information, go to

• The North Carolina Baroque Orchestra will present “A Baroque Musicale” at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St., York.

The event, which will feature favorites from the 17th and 18th centuries, is an addition to the historical home tour in York.

The 20-member ensemble will perform “Winter” from Antonio Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,”, Arcangelo Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto” and another work by Vivaldi entitled “La Notte,” as well as the aria “Erbarm Dich” by German baroque master Heinrich Schütz. The show is sponsored by Hazel and Murray Somerville and The Men’s Shop.

Tickets are $5 at the door and in advance from the Greater York Chamber of Commerce and the Men’s Shop. For information, call 803-684-9022.

•  Habitat for Humanity of York County will host a Holiday Drop-In noon-3 p.m. Dec. 12 at the administrative office, 825 N. Anderson Road, Rock Hill.

• The Friends of York County Animal Shelter will host the 4th annual Christmas at the Shelter, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the shelter, 713 Justice Blvd., York.

Events include pictures of pets with Santa, a scavenger hunt, games, raffle, low cost spay and neuter information, refreshments, family fun and animal adoptions.

•  “Shopping with the Elves” for children up to age 15 will be 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Northside Recreation Center, 900 Annafrel St. Gifts range in price from 25 cents to $6. Holiday pictures can be made at the photo booth. Adults must accompany their children while shopping. For information, call 803-329-5633.

• The York County Alumni of South Carolina State University will sponsor a bus trip to the inauguration. The group will leave Rock Hill Jan. 20 and return after the ceremony. Seats are available. For information, call 803-322-9918 or 803-517-3762.


•  Sylvia Theater will present “Nutcracker in a Nutshell” 11 a.m. Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at the theater on North Congress Street, York. The narrated production features local actors and dancers. Tickets are $10 and available at the box office or online at Proceeds go to Yorkville Players and Julie’s Fancy Fee Dance Academy.

• The York County Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” at 8 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14, 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 15 and 3 p.m. Dec. 16 in Johnson Hall at Winthrop University. Tickets are $12 and available at Monkeys and Mermaids, Winthrop University Bookstore and online at Not recommended for children younger than 3.


• The ladies of Woodland United Methodist Church will host their Cookie Walk from 9 to 11 a.m. or until the cookies run out Saturday in the family life center, 801 Cherry Road, Rock Hill. Five-inch square boxes are $6 and can be filled with as many cookies as they will hold as long as the lid closes.

• The Board of Christian Education Mount Prospect Baptist Church will host a Holiday Bazaar at 9 a.m. Saturday at the church, West Black Street, Rock Hill. The bazaar will feature handmade Christmas crafts and home made cakes, pies, brownies and cookies. For information contact the church at 803-329-2772

• The Fort Mill VFW monthly breakfast will be 8-11 a.m. Dec. 9 at the VFW, 1442 Harris Road. Menu includes eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, hash browns, sausage gravy, biscuits, waffles, coffee and juice. Cost is $6. For information, call 803-547-5480.

•  Clover Optimist Club barbecue will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday next to Killian’s Service Center, S.C. 55, Clover. Plates are $8 and include barbecue, slaw, chips, cookies and bun. Five-pound buckets are $30, and a sandwich with chips is $4. Drinks are $1. For information or tickets, call Ashby Skinnell at 803-322-0177. Proceeds to youth scholarships and projects.

•  St. Mary Catholic Church Gospel Choir will host a bake sale and Chinese auction at 11 a.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall.

•  Nonperishable food and clothing donations are being taken by the Boyd Hill Baptist Church Brotherhood Ministry to distribute to needy families at Christmas. For information, call 804-731-5120.

• The Ladies Auxiliary of Bethesda Fire Department is holding a toy and clothing drive from 1-6 p.m. Saturday for three area children for Christmas. For information on ages, sizes and wish list, call Amber at 803-517-2612 or Michelle at 803-207-0164.

•  Animal Adoption League’s 19th annual Love Lights Luminarias will be 5-8 p.m. Saturday at pond at Lakeview Acres neighborhood on Celanese Road, Rock Hill. Donations are $4 per luminaria. Rain date is Dec. 9. For information, email or call Lucy at 803-985-3865.

• The sixth annual Catawba Indian Toy Run will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cox Harley Davidson, Galleria Boulevard, Rock Hill. The run starts at 12:30 p.m. and ends at the Longhouse at the Catawba Reservation. Take at $10 (minimum) unwrapped toy or a $10 donation. For information, call Neal Sanders at 803-371-4183.

Hunger relief

•  Second Harvest Partners, sponsored by Providence Presbytery and St. Mary’s Catholic Church, will have a hunger relief site at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, Hickory Grove. The side is sponsored by Mount Vernon, Mount Zion AME Zion, St. John Missionary Baptist, St. Luke No. 1 Baptist and Woodlawn Presbyterian churches. Volunteers will help distribute food to participants who meet USDA eligibility income guidelines. For information, call Ellen Green at 803-417-0954..




•  Stop Impaired Driving and the York County Sheriff’s Office will host a community panel on victim impact and demonstrate field sobriety testing from 10a.m.-noon Saturday at 1070 Heckle Boulevard Suite 103, Rock Hill. The panel is designed to show how drinking and driving or texting can impact the driver and victims. For information, call Hester Addison-Benitez at 803-328-1090.


• The Rock Hill Referee Association (RHRA) in cooperation with South Carolina Youth Soccer (SCYSA) and the South Carolina State Cup Championship on Dec 15-16 will have local referees available at Manchester Meadows at the SCREFEREES.COM tent to answer all questions about soccer officiating. For information email or or go to

•  Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism and Innova Disc Golf will host a disc golf tournament for all ages at 10 a.m. Saturday at Fewell Park, 1204 Alexander Road. Registration at 9 a.m. is $10, which includes a gift bag. Prizes will be awarded for the winner of each age division. There will be a break for lunch. For information, contact Ansley Brown at 803- 329-5646.

• The following classes and events will be offered at Emmett Scott Recreation Center, 801 Crawford Road. Pre-registration is required. Call 803-329-5661 or drop by the center to register.

Sisters with Purpose mentoring, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday and Dec. 20 for girls age 11-18.

Precious Lily Care, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Dec.15 for children age 3-5. Saturdays 10:30am-1:30pm

Seniorcise advanced, 10-11 a.m. and beginners, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Dec. 20. Cost is $10.

Zumba with Tressa Water, 6-7 p.m.: Dec. 10 and 17. Cost is $20 per month.

Youth Basketball, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Dec. 20. Free to youth at 6-12.

CRAVE After school program, 2-6 p.m. Monday through Friday during school. Registration fee $63 and $21 per week


•  “Unwanted Winter Invaders” is the subject of First Friday in the Garden at 11 a.m. Friday at the Learning Center, 835 Edgemont Ave., Rock Hill. Paul Thompson, Clemson Extension Service agent, will describe common pests and steps you can take to protect your yard and home. Free and sponsored by the Master Gardeners of York County, Clemson Extension Service and the Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.

•  Boyd Hill Baptist Church After School Scholars is taking applications for a free after-school reading program for ages 5-7, sponsored by Boyd Hill Brotherhood Ministry, Camp High Hopes and Rock Hill NAACP. For information, call 803-324-1502.

• A free workshop that outlines ways to save when buying a car will be 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the York County Library on Black Street in Rock Hill.

“Auto-Buying Basics” will be conducted by Tavis Johnson, branch manager for Family Trust Federal Credit Union York. He’ll explain how to find a used or new car, insurance and maintenance costs, and resources for managing repairs and other issues. This workshop targets teens and young adults interested in purchasing a vehicle. Teens who attend are encouraged to bring a friend or parent.

Register in advance at or by calling James Sheedy at 803-326-2187. The workshop is part of “Know Your Dough: Inspiring Financial Freedom” conducted free by the library and Family Trust.

Support groups

•  Alateen meets 8-9 p.m. Thursdays at Zoar Road Club, 14701 Thomas Road, Charlotte, behind Zoar Road United Methodist Church. Meetings are for two age groups: 6- to 12-year-olds and ages 13 and older. For information, call Lisa at 803-547-2124 or Sandy at 704-904-7834. Members only.

•  AL-ANON meets 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays and 10:15 a.m. Wednesdays at the Serenity Club, 209 Grayson Road, Rock Hill.

•  Rock Hill Gamblers Anonymous meets 7:15 p.m. Thursdays at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1830 Celanese Road.

• The Brain Injury Support Group meets 6:30-7:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, 1795 Frank Gaston Blvd., Rock Hill. The support group is for individuals who have sustained a traumatic brain injury, an acquired brain injury or a stroke and their caregivers. For information, contact the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina at 803-731-9823.

Assistance with bills

•  Carolina Community Actions is offering low-income families a ssistance with their heating bills, water, mortgage and rent. The programs assist eligible households twice a year with benefits up to $1,000. Households are now eligible for a third service. Qualification is based on total gross household income during the past 30 days.

Applications for emergency heating (bills with cut-off notice), HVAC units, rent and mortgage assistance are taken Mondays through Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. at the Apple West Center, 546 S. Cherry Road in Rock Hill. Assistance may be provided up to $1,000.

Applications for nonemergency heating assistance will be taken at the following locations throughout York County. Assistance may be provided up to $750. Sites are:

8:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Carolina Community Actions;

9:30 a.m. Wednesdays for seniors and the disabled, Apple West Center, 546 South Cherry Road, Rock Hill;

8:30 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, Wesley United Methodist, 110 W. Jefferson St, York;

1-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Clover Area Assistance, 1130 S.C. 55 East, Clover;

9 a.m.-noon Wednesdays, Fort Mill Care Center, 513 Banks St., Fort Mill;

CCA also administers a family assessment program to assist with obtaining employment, license for Certified Nursing Assistant, supplies, General Education Degree and child care.

For information on requirements to qualify, call 211 or 1-866-892-9211.


•  Rock Hill High School Class of 1959 will meet at noon Dec. 12 at Golden Corral Restaurant, Anderson Road, Rock Hill for lunch and fellowship. All class members, spouses and friends are welcome.

• Former employees of U.S. Plywood, Champion International and Georgia Pacific will meet for lunch at noon Friday at Golden Corral, Anderson Road, Rock Hill. Former employees and spouses are welcome.

Staff reports

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