“Oktoberfest in Old Town,” a Bavarian styled Oktoberfest celebration, will be 4-9 p.m. Oct. 19 on East Main Street.
The festival features live music from a strolling accordionist and the Foothills Oompah Band, a beer garden with tables, German food, pastries and beer, children’s amusement area and vendors.
A highlight is the third annual “Wiener Dog Run,” which benefits the York County Humane Society. Prizes will be awarded for the fastest dogs in each of several heats.
Pre-registration is required. To register, call 704-287-6475 or go to firstgiving.com/hsyc/2013-weiner-race. Entries are limited. Cost is $10.
A complete schedule is available at onlyinoldtown.com. The Festival is presented by the Old Town Association and Dyer Hart Productions
• Rock Hill Army National Guard Car and Truck Show, sponsored by Rock Hill Cruisers, will be 8:30 a.m. Saturday at 126 Museum Road. Awards presented at 2:30 p.m. All car clubs welcome.
Registration is $20 to benefit the 178th Engineering Battalion Family Readiness Group. The event includes military displays, vendors and a barbecue lunch, hot dogs, hamburgers, fries and soft drinks provided by Temple Baptist Church.
• Smyrna Fire Department will host an open house 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the station, 1052 Main St.
There will be fire safety information, refreshments and prizes for children.
• Agape Senior will host a free fall festival and “Trunk or Treat”, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 19, 44 Ross Cannon St., York.
The event includes hay rides, face painting, balloon animals, games, door prizes and a scarecrow contest for the best scarecrow. Dress in costumes.
For more information, contact Lindsay Davis at 803-684-0183 or email LDavis@AgapeSenior.com
• United Methodist Women and Men at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Fort Mill will host Oktoberfest, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 19 at the church, 130 Tom Hall St.
The event vendors, silent auction, children’s activities, crafts and pumpkins. Food includes a bake sale, stew sale (eat in or take out), barbecue and hot dogs.
Proceeds benefit local and global missions. Free admission.
• Fort Mill VFW monthly breakfast, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday at 1442 Harris Road.
Menu includes coffee, scrambled eggs, grits, sausage, bacon, hash browns, biscuits, fruit and hot cakes. Cost is $6. Open to the public
• The Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be Saturday at the Winthrop University Coliseum in Rock Hill. Nearly 600 people are expected to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease during the two-mile walk. Start or join a team at alz.org/walk or call 800-272-3900.
• Rock Hill Cowboy Mom’s second annual breast cancer awareness powder puff football game will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Rock Hill District Three Stadium, 211 S. Cherry Road, Rock Hill. There will be a bake sale at 3 p.m. sponsored by the Northwestern High School Junior Civitans. A Bath and Body Works gift card will be raffled at 6 p.m. Proceeds go the Angela’s Angel Susan G. Komen Foundation. For information, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• CN2 Feed the Hungry food drive for the Children’s Attention Home and Pilgrim’s Inn will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 15 at 135 Elizabeth Lane.
• Pelican’s SnoBalls in York will host a food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank noon-9 p.m. Saturday-Oct. 19 at 975. East Liberty St.
Saturday’s events include a free small snoball for two canned goods. Other events are planned during the week with all proceeds going to Second Harvest. For information, call 864-346-0879.
• Rock Hill High School drama department presents “The Little Mermaid,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17-19 at the school auditorium. A performance for area schools will be 9:30 a.m. Oct. 18.
More than 40 students are in show’s cast and crew.
Tickets are $8 for students and seniors and $10, adults.
• Veterans Affairs officials will hold a Town Hall meeting 2-3:30 p.m. Friday at the York County government complex, 1070 Heckle Boulevard, Rock Hill.
The leadership team from the Dorn VA hospital in Columbia will be on hand to answer questions about concerns at the Rock Hill VA clinic. The meeting is open to the public.
• Providence Presbytery will host Mary Mikhael of Beirut, Lebanon who will give an update on Syria/Lebanon 6 p.m. Wednesday in the sanctuary of Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, Rock Hill.
Mikhael served as president of the Near East School of Theology in Beirut prior to her current role in overseeing Syrian refugee assistance for the Synod of Syria/Lebanon.
For more information, contact Larry Richards at 803-328-9392.
• The Western York County branch of the NAACP executive board meeting will be 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at The United Men's Club of Clover. The regular meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. For information, call Wanda Simril at 803-684-6200.
• The York County Library Board of Trustees 5 p.m. Thursday at the Fort Mill library, 1818 Second Baxter Crossing. Open to the public. For information, call 803-981-5831.
• The Col. William Bratton Chapter of the South Carolina Society - Sons of the American Revolution 10 a.m. Saturday at the Fort Mill VFW Post 9138, 1442 Harris Road, Fort Mill.
John Marker, state genealogist for the South Carolina Society, will talk about researching your family using free and fee-based websites.
Open to guests and family members, as well as those interested in researching their ancestral lineage.
• York County Parents Involved in Education 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at David’s Steak & Spirits, 147 Herlong Ave., Rock Hill. Join the group for dinner at 5:30 p.m.
• The Ballroom Dance Club will have its dance 7:30-10:20 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Oak Room of the Country Club Golf House, 101 Country Club Drive, Fort Mill. Dress code is dressy casual.
All adult ages and skill levels are invited. Music by DJ Rich Brausch. Dances are alcohol free and non-alcoholic beverages are provided.
• The Woman's Club of Rock Hill will meet 5 p.m. Monday at the clubhouse, 607 Aiken Ave.
The program will provide information on safety at the clubhouse and home safety tips.
For information, call 803-328-8888.
• A workshop on “How to Start A Small Business” will 6-8 p.m. Nov. 12 in room 208 of the College of Business (Thurmond Building) at Winthrop University.
The workshop includes business basics, developing a business plan, anticipated expense and projected income, and allows for questions.
Cost is $25. Materials provided. Sign-up online at winthropregionalsbdc.org.
• Sterling House of Rock Hill host a lunch and learn on estate planning, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday at 1920 Ebenezer Road.
Julia Childress Khaled with Khaled Law Firm will talk about wills, trusts, health care power of attorney, Medicaid and Medicare planning, tax planning and qualified retirement plan distribution, organ donations, limited power of attorney and federal, estate and gift tax returns.
Lunch will be provided. Limited seating. For information, call 803-366-1189.
• North Central Family Medical Center, 1131 Saluda St., Rock Hill will have Affordable Care counselors available to assist and answer questions regarding the enrollment process. Office hours are 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. For information, call Ron at 803-325-7744 ext. 207, Jacqueline at 803 325-7744 ext. 407, or Linda at 803 325-7744 ext 210.
• Catawba Care and the Benefit Bank of South Carolina will host a free workshop on the Health Insurance Marketplace 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 22 at Baxter Hood Center, Anderson Road, Rock Hill. Registration is not required.
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• A free seminar on surgical weight loss will be 6 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Women’s Tower Auditorium at Piedmont Medical Center. To register, call 877-228-3638.
• Piedmont Medical Center will offer a Heart Health screening Oct. 17 at the hospital Resource Center in the Women’s Center, ground floor. Screening includes risk assessment, blood pressure, body mass index, lipid panel, blood sugar & EKG. Cost is $39.95. Must be fasting. To register, call 1-877-228-3638.
• An information session on the Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism’s Happy Travelers trip to South Dakota July 9-15 will be 1 p.m. Tuesday in room 180 at Rock Hill City Hall.
The trip will include visits to Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Devil's Tower National Monument, historic Deadwood and others. Space is limited.
For information, call Carolyn at 803-329-5620.
• The Rock Hill Volleyball Club will hold auditions Nov. 4, 5, 11, 13 and 14. Registration is $25 and due by Oct. 25.
• The York County Animal Shelter needs volunteers to help with bathing, grooming, exercising, socializing, training, providing adoption information, and assisting in follow-ups, 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.
• The York High School class of 1973 will have its 40th class reunion Nov. 8-10.
For information, call Gary Farris at 803-684-4361 Pam Neil Perkins at 803-818-5304 or Lily Landstreet Duncan at 803-467-0867.
• The Archie and Dellie Freeman families reunion will be 10 a.m. Saturday, at Ebenezer Park, Rock Hill. Bring a well-packed picnic basket to share. Paper products, plastic ware and ice will be provided.
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• Northwestern/Rock Hill High class of 1973 40th reunion, 7-11 p.m. Dec. 28 at Hilton Garden Inn. Cost is $50 per person. RSVP by Nov. 20. Semi-formal dress. For information, call Debra at 803-517-0160, Brenda at 803-412-0327, Sandra at 803-370-0673, Betty at 704-281-7024 or Margaret at 803-367-3928.
• The Robinson/Gladden family reunion will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Union Baptist Church and Mt. Gallant Road and Highway 274, Rock Hill. All family members are encourage to attend. For information contact Charlie M. Robinson at 803-327-4547, Robert Robinson at 803-328-8759 or Lucille Robinson Hooper at 803-789-5335.
• Safe Passage in Rock Hill will host a weekly sexual assault survivors support group from 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays at 104 Oakland Ave., next to the Varsity restaurant. Participants in the support group meeting must be 18 or older. For information, call Safe Passage at 803-329-3336.
• Alateen meets from 8-9 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. 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.
• Hospice & Community Care will host a Pet Grief Support Group 5:30-6:30 p.m., the third Tuesday of each month, 2275 India Hook Road Rock Hill. For information or to register, call 803-329-1500 or 803-895-2273.
• The 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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