Fowler, artistic director of the Winthrop Opera Theatre, has enjoyed an international career, performing leading roles at major opera houses in the United States and Europe. Concert appearances have included Puccini’s Petitie Messe Solnnelle, and the Verdi Requiem with the radio orchestra of Milan, as well as Mahler’s 8th Symphony at Carnegie Hall.
Fowler was awarded an Emmy for his performance of Rodolpho in La Boheme at New City Opera’s Live from Lincoln Center series. He has served as consultant artistic director for the Opera Company of North Carolina.
Bronola-Dickert, staff accompanist and piano faculty member at Winthrop University and piano instructor in Winthrop Academy of Music, hails from Manila, Philippines.
She was a scholar at the Philippines High School for the Arts and later at the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music in Manila where she earned her degree in piano performance. She received her master’s degree in piano performance at Winthrop.
She has been featured in numerous concerts as soloist, chamber musician, and accompanist in the Philippines and the U.S.
Moe, director of music at the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Rock Hill, received a piano degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and master’s of church music in organ from Scarritt Graduate School in Nashville.
She has worked as a church musician in Presbyterian, Roman Catholic and United Methodist churches in several states.
The concert is free to the public. This year marks the 99th anniversary of the club, which was founded March 20, 1914.
• The Elk Home will have a Valentine Party, 9:30 p.m. to 1:45 a.m. Saturday at the home, 1644 Ogden Road, Rock Hill. Music by Mr. G. Donation is $3 and proceeds will go to charity.
• The Men’s Ministry at First Baptist Church Lowrys is hosting a “Clean Water for Haiti” fundraiser Feb. 22 at the church. A hamburger, hot dog, fries, drink and dessert supper served from 6-7:15 p.m. Entertainment by Chappell Road, Donny Murray and Mike Shaffer as “Jerry Clower” begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available by calling 803-581-8195 or texting to 803-517-8654. Proceeds will help build a well in southern Haiti.
• South Carolina Alliance of Black School Educators at Rock Hill will host its annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities Awareness Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 23 at Dutchman Creek Middle School.
Students will have the opportunity to speak with college representatives, attend workshops focused on transitioning from middle school to high school, SAT/ACT preparation, and enjoy free refreshments and entertainment.
Registration begins at 9:15 a.m. High school seniors should bring a copy of their transcript. For information, email Shandra Hall at email@example.com or Melody Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Showcase of Woodcarvings will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 16-17, 2219 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. More than 100 carvers from 10 Southeastern states, including York County, will exhibit carvings in competition for $1,800 in cash awards. Theme is “The Wild Wild West.” There will be demonstrations and sale of carvings by nationally known carvers. Tom Wolfe will host a carving competition both days of the show. Also, seminars, vendors for carving supplies and a raffle. Free admission and free parking. 704-529-1748;
• Ware Land & Timber, a forest management and timber company, will give away 800 oak seedlings for individuals to plant. For info, email email@example.com, or call 803-366-1961 or go to wareforestland.com.
• The Optimist Club of Rock Hill will host its 12th annual Charity Golf Tournament March 19 at Pinetuck Golf Course, S.C. 901, Rock Hill. Lunch served 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. with a Captain's Choice, shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.
A silent auction opens at 11 a.m. offering condo rentals, more than 50 golf packages, restaurant certificates and gifts. The silent auction will close after all play is completed and before the trophy presentations. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place teams.
Entry fee is $70 per person or $280 for a four person team. To sign up contact Optimist Whitey Adams, tournament chairperson, at 803-327-5530.
Proceeds supports youth projects in York County including the Police Worthy Boys and Girls Camp, Wilderness Day Camp sponsored in conjunction with 4H, Camp ARC for special needs campers, the Children’s Attention Home, Cheer for Children and Optimist Club Essay and Oratorical contests for students.
• The Be Great 8K road race to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of York County and Kiwanis Club of Rock Hill will be March 16 beginning at Winthrop Coliseum. Early registration is $25 through March 12. The one-mile fun run is free. For information go to bgcyc.org
• Clover Chapter No. 138 Order of the Eastern Star will have a poor man’s supper, 5-7 p.m. Saturday at the Alpine Masonic Lodge No. 208, 502 N. Main St. Menu includes pinto beans, vegetable soup, cornbread, slaw, dessert and drink, Cost is $7 for all-you-can-eat. For information, contact David or Kathy Wallace at 803-222-3516.
• The 19th annual Pilgrims’ Inn fundraiser “Be Irish for a Night” will be 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 16 at St. Anne Catholic Church parish life center, Bird Street, Rock Hill.
Dinner includes corned beef and cabbage with Irish soda bread, wine and beer, homemade desserts and coffee. Entertainment will be provided by the Walsh Kelley School of Irish Dancing and Accordion Bob with his Irish music. There will be live and silent auctions, a 50/50 split the pot, and door prizes.
Tickets are $40 ($30 tax deductible). For sponsorships, call Ronnie at 803-327-7002. For tickets, call Kendra at 864-906-6257 or Pilgrims’ Inn at 803-327-4227.
• The Fort Mill Community Playhouse presents “Hallelujah Girls,” opening Feb. 21 and runs for two weekends at the playhouse, 615 Banks St.. The southern comedy takes place in Eden Falls, Ga., in an abandoned church turned day spa.
Tickets are $15, for adults and $13 for students and those over 65. Evening shows begin at 7:30 and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Reserved tickets must be picked up 10 minutes prior to curtain time. For information, go to fortmillplayhouse.org or call 803-548-8102. Tickets also are available at Crossings on Main.
• 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.
• Winthrop University’s Regional Small Business Development Center will offer a workshop, “Introduction to QuickBooks” 6-8 p.m. Monday in room 208 of the Thurmond Building.
This is a pre-requisite to taking the QuickBooks Instruction course. Cost is $30. Register and pay online at intro-to-quickbooks.eventbrite.com.
• The Tega Cay Beautification Committee will host a free garden class at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 25 in the lower level meeting room of the Glennon Community Center at 15083 Molokai Drive, Tega Cay. Herpetologist Dick Petersen will talk about “The Moccasin Flower and the Natural History of the Eastern Box Turtle.” Open to the public. Light refreshments. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kline at 704-287-7432.
• Freedom Montessori School will host an informational meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 on the new Lower Elementary Montessori Program for parents of children age 6-9 at the school, 215 E. Main St., Rock Hill.
• The York County Library Board of Trustees will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Clover branch, 107 Knox St. Open to the public. For information, go to yclibrary.org or call 803-981-5831. All libraries will be closed on Monday for staff training. Normal hours will resume Tuesday.
• GPS Conservatives for Action and Voices of America will host a Republican precinct training session at 2 p.m. Sunday at Beef O'Brady's in Baxter Village. Open to the public. For information, go to gpsconservatives.com.
• The Col. William Bratton Chapter Sons of the American Revolution will meet 9:45-11:30 a.m. Feb. 16 at the Fort Mill Library, 1818 2nd Baxter Crossing. Historian Mark C. Anthony will speak on the requirements for SAR membership, the resources available to assist in your family historical research and the importance of the SAR membership.
Anthony is the current SAR South Carolina State Society Upstate vice president, former South Carolina Society State president and a member of the Daniel Morgan SAR chapter.
• The Rock Hill Rotary Club is inviting prospective members to attend its Rotary International 108th Anniversary Celebration, noon-1:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the City Club, East Main Street. Lunch provided.
For info or reservations, contact Keith Benton, membership chairman, at Keith.Benton@Foundersfcu.com or 803-326-1707 by Tuesday.
• Registration for Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism’s spring youth sports ends Friday. Offered are:
Recreation soccer for ages 5-13 as of March 31; baseball for ages 9-16 as of April 30 and girls softball for ages 7-18 as of April 30. Cost is $42.
Register at Manchester Meadows, the Cherry Park Tower, the PRT Office (Room 390) at City Hall, and at the four recreation centers. Players should bring a copy of their birth certificate.
Returning players with a birth certificate in the system may register online at rockhillrocks.com. For info, call 803-326-3792 or 803-329-5672.
Volunteer coaches are also needed for these programs. For info, call Richard Stutts at 803-326-3848.
• Playball, an educational program for ages 2-5, will be offered beginning March 5 at Fewell Park Recreation Center, 1204 Alexander Road, Rock Hill.
Playball’s programs are age specific, with each program taking into account the difference in the cognitive, emotional, and the social development of each age group.
Classes will be Tuesdays, March 5-April 23: 9-9:30 age, age 2; 9:30-10:15 a.m. age 3-4 and 10:15-11 a.m. home school ages 5 and older. Cost is $64. Pre-registration is required.
Call Fewell Park at 803-329-5645 to check availability. Register at the center from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.
• The Woman’s Club of York County will award a $1,600 college scholarship to a York County high school student who is the child of an active service member or veteran. The scholarship is funded by the Club and the GFWC-SC Progress Foundation.
Students can contact their school’s guidance department for an application, which is due March 22.
• Mount Prospect Baptist Church will host the Gary “Rook” Daniel Memorial Blood Drive with Community Blood Center of the Carolinas from 3-7 p.m. Feb. 18, in the fellowship hall, 339 W. Black St., Rock Hill. Daniel died in February 2009 from complications to heart surgery. To honor his life the family is host a blood drive. For appointments call, Sonya Burns at 803-493-8762.
• 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: 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, call the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina at 803-731-9823 or email email@example.com.
• Grief Share, a 13-week grief support recovery seminar, will begin Feb. 26 at Calvary Baptist Church, 830 N. Jones Ave., Rock Hill. The group meets from 6:30-8 p.m. and is for anyone going through the painful experience of losing a loved one, family member or close friend. Cost is $17 for the materials, but scholarships are available. Register at cbcrh.com or call the church office at 803-328-6632.
• The Finley High School class of 1964 will meet 11 a.m. Saturday at the Golden Corral, 1031 North Anderson Road, Rock Hill, to plan the 50th reunion. All class members welcome. For information, contact Charlie M. Robinson at 803-327-4547, James Mayfield at 803-374-1090 or Kater Wylie Cornwell at 704-661-7701.
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• 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.
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