The second annual Experience South Carolina Fest will be 4:30-9:30 p.m. Aug. 31 along Main Street in downtown Rock Hill.
The free festival will feature regional cuisine for purchase, entertainment by the Plair All Stars and Front Line, a Kids’ Zone and the Old Town Market with local farmers and artisans.
Ernest Lee, a Columbia artist, will display and sell his Chicken Man paintings and Michael Smalls will showcase his Gullah sweetgrass baskets.
The festival also will feature a Literary Corner to showcase some of South Carolina’s authors, including B.K. Amodio, Carmela Harmon, Cindy Cipriano, Amanda Jones, Vermell Bennett, Susan Boyer, Jeryl Christmas, Mike Gillmore, Demetria Alexander Grissett and Jerlene Noble and Michael Scoggins with The Culture & Heritage Museum.
The event is produced by Dyer Hart Productions, Bonnie Wallsh Associates LLC and Brown & Brown Marketing in partnership with The Old Town Association. For information, visit onlyinoldtown.com.
• The 30th annual Summerfest celebration will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday in York. The festival celebrating the end of summer will feature food, crafts, entertainment, a car show, robotics, a health clinic, Texaco Country Showdown, zip line and water ball.
Downtown Live, a free outdoor community concert, will kick off the festival Friday in Whitesides parking lot, 108 N. Congress St. Presented by the Greater York Chamber of Commerce, the concert features Flashback from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Food and beverages available. Bring a lawn chair.
For a complete schedule, visit greateryorkchamber.com.
• Seras LLC will host a free community shredding event 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 2 at Sisk Memorial Baptist Church, 115 Massey St., Fort Mill.
Shredding is provided by Shred360. Residents in Rock Hill, Fort Mill and Charlotte can bring up to 5 bags or boxes of documents for shredding.
Technicians will remove paperwork, magazines, envelopes and other paper-related items from consumers’ vehicles and place it into a roll-cart, which is then tipped directly onto the on-board industrial shredder. Staples and clips do not have to be removed.
• Sterling Lodge No. 344 and Living Beauty Temple No. 709 will have a Back-to-School supply giveaway along with their Youth Council information session noon-2 p.m. Saturday at the Elks Home, 1644 Ogden Road, Rock Hill. Refreshments served. For information, contact Gwen Finley at 803-322-3344 or Warren Moore on Facebook.
• Hazel and Murray Somerville will give the Summerfest organ recital at 2 p.m. Saturday at Church of the Good Shepherd, 108 E. Liberty St., York.
A special feature of this year’s concert will be the Somervilles’ chamber organ, to supplement the historic organ at the church, giving the unusual experience of two organs in one concert. Music by baroque composers Soler and Scheidt written specifically for this combination will be a highlight of the program.
In addition, they will perform music by Georg Muffat, Pierre Phalese, Paul Drayton; Johann Sebastian Bach’s well-known Toccata and Fugue in D minor; and the Variations and Fugue on “The Star-Spangled Banner” by John Knowles Paine.
• Rock Hill High School Band of Distinction will have a car wash 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Advance Auto Parts, 861 Heckle Blvd.; Auto Zone, 1449 E. Main St.; Auto Zone, 1565 Cherry Road; and O’Reilly Auto Parts, 1128 Anderson Road.
Teams will compete to wash the most cars. Donations accepted. Rain date is Sept. 7. For information, call Debbie at 803-984-7252.
• Grace Presbyterian Church will host its 14th annual yard sale, barbecue and bake sale Saturday at the church on S.C. 160 West in Fort Mill.
The yard and bake sale will be 7-11:30 a.m. Barbecue plates with slaw, baked beans, a roll and tea or lemonade will be sold from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Plates are $9 for adults and $4.50 for children. Soft drinks and desserts also will be sold. Pork by the pound is $12.
• Summerfest Breakfast will be 7-9 a.m. Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 22 E. Liberty St., York.
Menu includes grits, eggs, bacon sausage, homemade biscuits, fruit, coffee and orange juice. Cost is $7 for ages 11 and older; $3 for ages 4-10 and free for ages 3 and younger.
The church’s Bible study class uses proceeds to help needy families at Christmas.
• First Presbyterian Church will host a Summerfest barbecue at 6 p.m. Friday in the family life center, West Liberty Street, York. Plates are $8. Eat in or take out. Entertainment begins at 7 p.m.
• Rock Hill High School Band of Distinction barbecue will be 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (or until it’s gone) Friday at Hopewell Presbyterian Church, U.S. 21, Lesslie.
Pork and chicken plates are $8 and include slaw, beans and a roll. Pounds of pork are $9. Family packs of 3 pounds of pork, 1 quart of slaw and beans, rolls and tea are $40. For information, call Tracy at 803-448-4204.
• Disabled American Veterans Chapter 46 in York County will have its annual “Forget-Me-Not” fundraiser 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 30-31 at K-mart, Cherry Road, Rock Hill. Proceeds help veterans and their families.
• The second annual Butts and Bluegrass Festival will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 7 at Clover Community Park. The event includes a kids’ corner, zip line, biker games, vendors and entertainment by Whipperwill. Admission is $10, adults; $5, children. Proceeds go to Clover hunger relief efforts. Sponsored by the town of Clover and Lisa and Jeff Thornburg.
• Westminster Academy of the Arts will host Tea at the Magnolia Room 3:30 p.m. Aug. 29 to benefit the Academy Scholarship fund for students. Tickets are $25. For tickets, call Nancy at 803-325-6779.
• Vendors are being accepted for Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church’s annual fall festival, scheduled for 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 26 at the church in Indian Land. Cost is $25 for a 10-foot-by-10-foot outdoor space. Vendors supply table and chairs. Two indoor spaces remain available for $35. For information, call Betty Morin at 803-980-6716 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Second Harvest Partners, sponsored by Providence Presbytery, will have a hunger relief site at 9 a.m. Friday at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 290 S. Herlong Ave., Rock Hill. Volunteers will help distribute food to participants who meet USDA eligibility income guidelines. For information, contact the Catawba Area Agency on Aging at 803-329-9670.
• A free seminar on surgical weight loss will be 6 p.m. Aug. 27 in the Women’s Tower Auditorium at Piedmont Medical Center. To register, call 877-228-3638.
• Life coach Carol Howell of Senior Life Journeys will talk about A lzheimer’s vs. dementia 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at Sterling House of Rock Hill, 1920 Ebenezer Road.
Lunch will be provided by Sterling House. Seating limited. RSVP by Sept. 10 by calling 803-366-1189.
• The Vintage Club dinner meeting for residents of Tega Cay will be 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Phil Glennon Community Center. Cocktails begin at 6:15 p.m. Cost is $22.
Entertainment will be “Vegetable Bingo Night” after dinner. Prizes awarded.
For information call Julia Rietz at 803-396-0203 or email email@example.com.
• The Fort Mill History Gamers will host an introduction to playing historical gaming noon-5 p.m. Saturday at the Fort Mill library, 1818 Baxter Crossing. Children ages 12 and older are welcome with a parent. For information call Charles at 704-615-2113 or go to fortmillhistoricalgamers.com.
• The Newcomers Club of York County monthly luncheon will be 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 11, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Gettys Art Center, 201 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Lunch is $14. Guests welcome.
Ellie Stager, owner of The Cordial Churchman, will give a bow-tie demonstration, and there will be a sale of hand-made items created by club members.
RSVP by Sept. 6. For information, call Debi at 803-712-7276 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The York Soil and Water Conservation District commissioners will meet 4:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at the USDA Service Center, 1460 E. Alexander Love Highway, York. Open to the public. For information, contact Barbara O’Connell, district coordinator, at 803-684-3137 ext. 101.
• The Tega Cay Beautification Committee will host a free garden class at 6:45 p.m. Monday in the lower level meeting room of the Glennon Community Center at 15083 Molokai Drive. Janelle Dixon, a York County master gardener, will talk about seed saving. Open to the public. Light refreshments served. For information, contact Jennifer Stalford at email@example.com or call Kline Whitehead at 704-287-7432.
• A Heart2Heart lunch and learn will be 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at City of Rock Hill, 140 E. Main St. Deb Myers and Jimmie Sherrill, registered nurses with Piedmont Medical Center, will speak on dietary changes. A $15 cost includes buffet lunch, beverages and tax.
• The Clemson Extension Service York County will offer a 4-H Anglers Club 9 a.m. Sept. 7. Open to new members ages 9-17. Members need to provide their own rod, tackle box, and bait. For meeting location and information contact Jennifer Stalford at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 803-493-4020.
• A 4-H Photography Club for youth ages 9-12 will meet monthly at the Fort Mill library beginning in September. Members must own or have the use of a digital camera. Jennifer Walker and Cayla Revels will lead the club. Youth must register as 4-H members with a $10 membership fee. Club dues are $10. For information, call 803-684-9919 or e-mail email@example.com.
The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities will host its first piano competition Oct. 19 in Smith Recital Hall on the campus in Greenville.
Applicants must be South Carolina residents in grades 7-10. Their teachers do not have to be residents of the state. Entry fee is $25. Deadline for applications is Sept. 16. Students may apply at scgsah.org (under music).
Competition performances are open to the public at no charge. A reception will follow. For information, go to scgsah.org or contact Stephen Taylor at 864-282-3761.
• Carolina Voices, Charlotte’s community choral arts organization, will have an additional audition date, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, to select singers for its choirs, MainStage Choir, Festival Singers and Impromptu. Auditions will at Shalom Hall at Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Road, Charlotte. Appointments are required.
For information, call 704-374-1564 or go to carolinavoices.org.
• Trinity United Methodist Church will host a blood drive 3-7 p.m. Wednesday at the church, 22 E. Liberty St. For appointments, go to cbcc.us or call 704-972-4700. Those with appointments, should arrive 15 minutes early to register at the site.
• The York County Animal Shelter needs volunteers to help with bathing, grooming, exercising, socializing, training, providing adoption information and follow-up, publicity and marketing, and various other jobs at the shelter. Volunteers must be 18 or older, and orientation and training are required. For information, call 803-628-3190 or visit the shelter at 713 Justice Blvd., York.
• Rock Hill High School class of 1954 will meet 1 p.m. Thursday at the Golden Corral, Anderson Road. Class members, family and friends invited.
• The McNaughton/Hearon family reunion will be Sept. 14 at Kershaw Recreation Center, 200 Close Circle. Bring food and drinks. Ice and paper goods provided. Door open at 11 a.m. Dinner at 1 p.m. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Carol McNaughton at 803-834-5554.
• GriefShare recovery support group will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 27in the conference room at First Baptist Church, Hood Center Drive, Rock Hill. For information, call the church at 803-327-7181 or Stewart Smith, facilitator, at 803-493-0466.
• Safe Passage in Rock Hill will host a weekly sexual assault survivors support group 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays at 104 Oakland Ave., next to the Varsity restaurant. Participants in the support group meeting must be ages 18 or older. For information, call Safe Passage at 803-329-3336.
• Alateen meets 8 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at Zoar Road Club, 14701 Thomas Road, Charlotte. Meetings are for two age groups: 6-12 and 13 and older. For information, call Lisa at 803-547-2124 or Sandy at 704-904-7834.
• Al-Anon meets at 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at Serenity Club, Rock Hill; noon Tuesdays upstairs at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, Rock Hill; 8 p.m. Mondays at Grace Presbyterian Church, S.C. 160, Fort Mill; and at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays in the house beside First Baptist Church, 121 Monroe White St., Fort Mill.
• Rock Hill Gamblers Anonymous meets 7:15 p.m. Thursdays at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1830 Celanese Road.
• The Surgical Weight Loss Program support group meets 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month in the Women’s Center auditorium at Piedmont Medical Center. The group is for those interested in or recovering from surgery.
• The Rock Hill Spinal Cord Injury Support Group meets 6-7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Piedmont Medical Center in The Women’s Tower Auditorium. A meal will be served. For information, call Terry Shortt at 803-524-3465.
• 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. For information, call the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina at 803-731-9823 or email email@example.com.
• Rock Hill Multiple Myeloma Support Group meets 10-11:30 a.m. the third Saturday of each month at Catawba Baptist Church, 2659 Catawba Church Road. For information, contact Steve Nunn at 803-412-2266 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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