Culture of the Catawba Tribe with Travis Blue will be 11 a.m.-noon Saturday at McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St., York. Blue will talk about the language, history, pottery and regalia of the tribe. The free event is part of the Ancestors and Archives program at the Historical Center of York County.
• The 8th annual Joy of Gardening Symposium will be Feb. 23 at Baxter Hood Center, York Technical College, in Rock Hill. Patrick McMilllan, Ph.D., director of Clemson University’s Campbell Museum of Natural History and host of SCETV’s nature program, and Larry Mellichamp, Ph.D., director of the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, will be the opening and closing speakers.
Break-out sessions will cover topics ranging from how to create a bird sanctuary in your backyard to the “Dirt on Dirt.” Eighteen vendors will offer plants, gardening books and other items.
Registration opens at 8 a.m. The $50 fee includes lunch and drawings for door prizes. Details and online registration are available at http://symposium.yorkmg.org/. Registration deadline is Feb. 15. For information, call Nancy Newman at 704-443-1366.
• The Winthrop University GEM (Guild of Emerging Metalsmiths) annual Valentine’s Jewelry sale will be noon-5 p.m. Friday in Room 114 of the DiGiorgio Center at Winthrop. Jewelry for both men and women will be on sale, with prices starting at $5.
A portion of the proceeds will help fund an upcoming public programming to raise awareness about the ethical sourcing of materials in jewelry and the visual arts.
The program is seeking donations of unwanted jewelry for the “community jewelry mining project.” A drop box for donations for this project will be at the sale. For information, contact Courtney Starrett at 803-493-3641 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Rock Hill NAACP annual Martin Luther King Program will be 6 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Baptist Church, Crawford Road, Rock Hill. The Rev. Charles Sanders Jr. will speak. Open to the public. For information, call 803-366-2184.
• Sterling House of Rock Hill will host a Valentines Dance for residents and family members at 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at the center, 1920 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill. Les Marpel will perform. Open to the community. For information, call 803-366-1189.
• The Young Adult Ministry of Mount Holly United Methodist Church are hosting Project Joey, a fundraiser for Joey Funderburk of Sharon, to help purchase new prosthetic legs.
The group will sell smoked Boston butts for $25 (6 pound minimum) and pounds of pulled pork for $10. Orders are due Feb. 13 and can be picked up Feb. 23 at the church. Orders can be placed via PayPal at mthollyumc.org. All proceeds will go to Funderburk or Grace’s Lamp, a charity he set up to help others with similar needs.
• Fort Mill VFW Monthly Breakfast will be 8-10 a.m. Feb. 10 at the post, 1442 Harris Road Fort Mill. Cost is $6 and includes scrambled eggs, grits, sausage, bacon, hash browns, biscuits, fruit, pancakes and coffee. Open to the public. For information, call 803-547-5480.
• The United Methodist Women at Bethel United Methodist Church will host a Valentine’s Day Candy Walk, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in the church fellowship hall, 1232 Curtis St. Homemade candies will be available for sale.
• To celebrate National Heart Month in February and launch the Heart2Heart Foundation, an inaugural Heart Gala will be Feb. 14 in the Palmetto Room at Old Town Bistro, Main Street, Rock Hill.
The gala will feature a wine tasting by CHL Wines, a heart-healthy dinner by Old Town Bistro, live music by The Tim Hartis Group, dancing, a silent auction and a complimentary Valentine photo.
Tickets are available at TheHeart2Heart Foundation.org and Old Town Bistro. Sponsorships are available for reserved seating. Proceeds from the event will help fund the foundation’s community outreach programs, educational materials and healthy heart assessments. For information, contact Sheila Caldwell at 803-524-5671.
• The Underexposed Film Series, “And Then There Were None” will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Tickets are $6. For tickets, call 803-328-2787, email email@example.com, or go to yorkcountyarts.org.
• Trinity Gospel Bluegrass Band will perform at Allison Creek Bluegrass at 7 p.m. Thursday at Allison Creek Presbyterian Church, S.C. 274, York. Doors open at 6 p.m. Food concessions are available. No cover charge for this family-friendly event.
• A f ree workshop on investing will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the York County Library, Black Street, Rock Hill. “Investing with Confidence, ” conducted by Matt Griffin, a financial consultant at Family Trust Investment Services, will include an overview of stocks, bonds and mutual funds, how to determine your tolerance for risk, asset allocation, diversification and rebalancing.
Register in advance at familytrust.org/knowyourdough or by calling James Sheedy at 803-326-2187. The workshop is part of “Know Your Dough: Inspiring Financial Freedom,” an eight-month series being conducted free by the library and Family Trust Federal Credit Union.
• Sterling House of Rock Hill will have a lunch and learn on long term care insurance 11:30-12:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the center, 1920 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill. To register, call 803-366-1189.
• NAMI Piedmont Tri-County will host a 12-week Family to Family education program for caregivers of those with mental illness beginning Feb. 24 at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, 421 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. Class is limited to 20 people. For information, call Susan Vogel at 803-366-6138 or Bennie Thompson at 803-789-5570.
• The York County Genealogical and Historical Society will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Fort Mill History Museum, 310 N. White St., Fort Mill. The museum’s mission is to promote the collection, preservation, educational interpretation and display of artifacts, documents and events most representative of Fort Mill. The meeting is open to the public.
• The Kiwanis will meet at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the City Club of Rock Hill, East Main Street. Peter Rieke will talk about Kiwanis Aktion Club.
• The Rock Hill Civitan Club will have its annual Clergy Appreciation at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mary’s Cafe. Dale Dove, a local attorney, will speak. He founded The ROC (Renew Our Community) and works with that ministry to care for the homeless and disadvantaged. For information, visit www.rockhillcivitan.org.
• The York County Community Foundation is accepting applications from eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, congregations, governmental and educational institutions for its 2013 Grants Program. Priority will be given to projects and programs in arts and culture, K-12 education, environment, health and human services.
Applicants must register at the Foundation For The Carolinas website by Feb. 22. To begin the application process, grant seekers should go to www.yorkcounty-cf.org. If an application was submitted last year, new registration will not be required.
Completed applications are due by noon on March 1. For information, contact Karen Coppadge at 704-973-4559 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Watercolor class with Joan Carlson will be 10 a.m.-noon Mondays Feb. 11-March 18 at Fewell Park Recreation Center, 1204 Alexander Road, Rock Hill. Cost is $54. Call the center at 803-329-5645 to check availability and get a supply list. Register at the center 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.
• AARP Driver Safety Program will be offered for those 26 and older from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at Unity Presbyterian Church, 303 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill. Participants will receive certificates that may reduce insurance rate on collision and liability coverage. Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Pre-registration is requested .For information, contact the church at 803-396-8454 or Donald Hunt at 803-329-4405.
• Pickleball, a game played on a badminton court or gym floor with the net lowered to 34 inches at the center, is offered at Boyd Hill and Northside recreation centers in Rock Hill. The game is played with a perforated plastic baseball, similar to a whiffle ball, and wood or composite paddles.
Games are from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays at Boyd Hill, 1165 Constitution Blvd. and 6-8 p.m. Mondays at Northside, 900 Annafrel St. Games are free.
• The Goddard School in Millwood, off Herlong Avenue in Rock Hill, is hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. The preschool servers children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. For information, call 803-328-0101.
• The Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department and the Commission for Children and Youth are taking nominations for the new Champion for Children Award.
This award recognizes the person or organization in the Rock Hill area who strives in their actions and decisions to ask the No. 1 question: Is it good for the children? Adults or organizations who make positive contributions to the community on behalf of children are eligible.
The award will be presented at the No. 1 Question Annual Summit on March 21.
• The Chester Soil and Water Conservation District will award the $500 Allen Lee Beer Scholarship to a Chester County high school senior who plans to major in agricultural or environmental related field. For information, contact high school guidance counselors or Carol Shockley at the CSWCD, 744-B Wilson St., Chester, or call 803-581-1908, ext. 101.
• 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 groups: ages 6-12 and ages 13 and older. For information, call Lisa at 803-547-2124 or Sandy at 704-904-7834. Members only.
• Al-Anon meets at 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 or email email@example.com.
• The Adult Enrichment Centers of Rock Hill offers a caregiver support group at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at 359 Park Ave., Rock Hill. For information, call Dee Curran at 803-327-7448.
• The Emmett Scott High School class of 1967 monthly birthday fellowship dinner will be 5:30 p.m. Monday at Jackson’s Cafeteria, Heckle Boulevard.
• The Robinson/Gladden family reunion committee will meet 3 p.m. Saturday at 1487 Mount Vernon Road, Fort Lawn. For information, call Robert Robinson at 803-328-8759, Charlie M. Robinson at 803-327-4547 or Lucille Robinson Hooper at 803-789-5335.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program will be available for free tax-preparation assistance. Volunteers are IRS-certified and trained by the North Carolina and South Carolina Departments of Revenue. Volunteers will electronically file federal and state income tax returns at no charge.
Site locations are:
Rock Hill City Hall on the first floor in the Wellness Center, 9 a.m-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from Monday through April 15.
Rock Hill Galleria, 2301 Dave Lyle Blvd. Rock Hill: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays through Feb. 23.
Leroy Springs Recreation Complex, 971 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays through Feb. 23.
Clover branch of the York County Library, 107 Knox St., 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays through Feb. 23.
Bring 2012 tax forms, W-2 and 1099s, information regarding other income, deductions/credits, a copy of last year’s tax return and proof of account for direct deposit of refund. Also bring Social Security or Individual Taxpayer Identification cards for you, your spouse and/or dependents and proof of identification for yourself and/or spouse.
• The AARP free tax preparation service for seniors and low-income taxpayers will be 12:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesdays through March 27 at the Flexible Learning Center adult education area, 1234 Flint St. Extension, Rock Hill.
Appointments are not required. Bring a copy of last year’s tax return, Social Security card, picture ID, any W-2 or 1099 forms and other forms show other income or deductions.
Send Community News items to firstname.lastname@example.org or to 132 W. Main St., Rock Hill, SC 29730. Deadline for Thursday column is 5 p.m. Monday. Deadline for Sunday column is 5 p.m. Wednesday.