Casey Mink, violinist, and Dominique Verechia, painter, will host a violin recital and art exhibition entitled “Charms of the Night Sky” 8 p.m. Dec. 1 in the Gettys Art Center Courtroom, 201 E. Main St., Rock Hill.
The recital will feature works by composers such as Claude Debussy and George Crumb paired with an exhibition of new artwork.
Mink is a classically trained violinist who holds a master’s of music in performance from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He lives in Rock Hill where he has his own violin teaching studio.
Verechia received her bachelor’s in fine arts from Winthrop University in May 2010. Concentrating in painting and drawing in her undergraduate training, she now explores the techniques of mixed media and polymer lift.
Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 students.
• The Central City Optimist Club will host its 29th annual Senior Citizens banquet from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Elks Lodge No. 1318, 344 E. Main St. Rock Hill.
Seniors 60 and older are welcome to enjoy the free dinner, with gifts and entertainment. For information, contact Larry Burnside at 803-327-0540 or Charlie M. Robinson at 803-327-4547.
The Rock Hill Ecumenical Chorale, directed by D. Jeffery Sligh, presents its annual Christmas concert “Hallelujah to the King,” 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at Oakland Baptist Church, 1067 Oakland Ave.
This year’s concert will feature Shirley Fishburne, organist, and her daughter, Mary Fishburne, soprano.
Vocalist Tonia Ashford will debut as featured soloist for the chorale. Other soloists will include Iris Rose, Joy Colter, John “Byrd” Ellis and Karen Howze. Karen Craig, director of music at Tirzah ARP Church, is conductor and associate director for the Chorale.
Jermaine Evans, minister of music at St. Anne Catholic Church, serves as an associate director and rehearsal accompanist for the chorale. Accompanying the concert will be Zinorl Bronola and the Plair Ensemble.
• Lando Tree Lighting will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 30 in Lando with pictures with Santa and refreshments. Luminarias are available for $1 to honor a loved one. For information, call 803-789-6361.
• Artists John and Jan Myers will have a holiday open house, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at their farm, 1281 Legion Road, Hickory Grove.
• The York County Choral Society and Chamber Singers will present “A Celebration of Carols” 4 p.m. Dec. 8 in Byrnes Auditorium at Winthrop University.
The program features Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” and a concert settings of best loved carols of the Nativity, with the Rock Hill Elementary Honors Choir as special guests.
Tickets are $15, general admission: $10, seniors age 62 and older, $5, students with ID. For information call 803-547-2008 or visit www.yorkcountychoralsociety.org.
• The Woman’s Club of Rock Hill is taking reservations for its Victorian Teas, which are ChristmasVille events. Teas will be 1 p.m. Dec. 6 and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the historic Armstrong-Mauldin House, 607 Aiken Ave.
Cost is $20 per person. The tea includes carolers and servers in Victorian attire and music by harpists Joan Reid and Nancy Smith. The Sugar Plum Boutique will feature some new vendors selling showing Christmas themed gifts, decorations and homemade holiday treats.
The club’s cookbook “Traditional Tea Time Favorites” will be available.
The club also is taking reservations for a Children’s Tea with Mrs. Claus at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Cost is children $10, adults $15 and includes favors, music by the Musicality Ringers and other fun activities. Menus differ for children and adults. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The boutique will include items for children. It will be open one hour before, during and after the teas.
For reservations for either event, call 803-328-8888 and your call will be returned.
• The Ladies Auxiliary of the Bethesda Volunteer Fire Department will hold a clothing drive for teenage girls 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday at Bethesda Volunteer Fire Department Station No. 1, 1705 S.C. 324, Rock Hill.
Items needed are size 12 jeans, pants and skirts; size 8 and 11 shoes; large and extra large shirts, sweaters, coats, socks, accessories and gift cards. For information, contact Amber Mills at 803-517-2612.
• Bethesda Volunteer Fire Department will have a turkey shoot, 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday at Bethesda Station No. 1, 1705 S.C. 324, Rock Hill. Each shot costs $5-$10 depending on the prize. Shotgun shells are provided. Concessions will be sold.
• Covenant Presbyterian Men of the Church’s annual smoked turkey sale will be Tuesday and Wednesday at the church on the corner of Celanese and Mount Gallant Roads, Rock Hill.
Turkeys are $30 and weigh 10-12 pounds. To reserve a turkey, call 803-366-8223. Quantities are limited.
• Chester County 4-H Council is sponsoring a bake sale at 8 a.m. until sold out Tuesday at the Market Building in downtown Chester. Cakes, pies, homemade biscuits, rolls, loaf bread, brownies and cookies will be available. Delivery is available to schools and businesses. To donate baked goods, call 385-6181 ext. 113.
• The White Horse Restaurant, 1022 Camden Ave., Rock Hill will sponsor a Toy Drive Monday-Dec. 7 to collect unwrapped toys to be given to local families in need.
Toys, books and games can be places in bins in the bar area. Those donating can enter a drawing for a White Horse gift card. Each toy equals one entry.
• Drummer Boy Ministries sign-up will be 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Riverside Baptist Church mission house on India Hook Road, Rock Hill.
In its 26th year, the ministry provides toys for children age 12 and younger. Children must be living with the parent or guardian requesting help. Bring IDs for parents and children, proof of relationship and income. No telephone applications or other sign-up dates.
• The United Way of York County is accepting requests for new agency program funding for 2014-15.
To apply, contact Rebecca Melton, president and CPO, at 803-324-2735 or email Rmelton@unitedwayofyc.org, before submitting the eligibility packet, .
Agencies must meet United Way of York County criteria which includes non-profit 501(C)3 status, serve residents of York County, be registered with the SC Secretary of State Office, provide agency DUNS number, meet financial accounting standards, and practice nondiscrimination.
For more complete requirements and to download the eligibility packet, go to unitedwayofyc.org.
• The Tega Cay Beautification Committee will hold a workday from 9-11 a.m. Dec. 3 at the Living Memorial Gardens. New members and workers are needed. For information, email email@example.com or call Kline at 704-287-7432.
• The Rock Hill Shag Club will host a black and white Fifth Saturday Party 8 p.m. Saturday at Celebrations at Ramada Inn. Dinner will be roast beef or pork. The event includes a battle of the DJ’s, 50/50 drawing and free shooters. Cost is $10. Dressy attire not required.
• Clover Woman’s Club Christmas Dinner will be 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Concord Cove. For information call Windy Bartee at 803-222-7533.
• The Rock Hill branch of the NAACP general meeting will be 5 p.m. Sunday at Bannon Hall across from St. Mary Catholic Church, 902 Crawford Road.
The executive meeting will be 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at Freedom Temple Ministries, 215 E. Main St. For information, contact Sandra Oborokumo at 803-366-2184 or 803-325-2855.
The youth meeting will be 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary Catholic Church. For information, contact Deborah Saunders at 803-517-5014.
• The Tega Cay Beautification Committee will host a free garden class at 6:45 p.m. Monday in the lower level meeting room of Glennon Community Center, 15083 Molokai Drive. Open to everyone. Light refreshments served. For information, email Jennifer Stalford at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kline Whitehead at 704-287-7432.
• A Christmas wreath class will be 9:30 a.m. Dec. 7 at the Market Building, 116 Columbia St., Chester. All natural materials and forms are provided for an 18-inch wreath. Cost is $20 to make your own and $25 for a pre-made wreath.
Class registration and orders for pre-made wreaths are due Friday by calling 803-385-6181 ext. 114 or email email@example.com.
• A free seminar on surgical weight loss will be 6 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Women’s Tower Auditorium at Piedmont Medical Center. To register, call 877-228-3638.
• Chester County 4-H has a tradition of helping provide pies for community dinners. Volunteers can help make pumpkin, chocolate, and pecan pies at 9 a.m. Wednesday. To register call 803-385-6181 ext. 113.
• AARP will offer free tax preparation in 2014 at the Fort Mill Library in Baxter Village. Volunteers are needed to help with tax return filing. To sign up, visit AARP.org/taxvolunteer.
Study guides will be provided and classes will be in January. Tax preparations will begin Feb. 4 and continue every Tuesday and Thursday until April 15.
• The Rock Hill chapter of Finley High School alumni will meet 5 p.m. Monday at Jackson’s Cafeteria 1735 Heckle Blvd., Rock Hill. For information, call Charlie M. Robinson at 803-327-4547 or James T. Dunham at 704-232-0793.
• The Emmett Scott High School class of 1961 will celebrate a 70th Birthday Bash 6-9 p.m. Dec. 14 at Bannon Hall, across from St. Mary Catholic Church, Rock Hill. Wear Christmas attire for a Christmas meal and fellowship.
Cost is $20. Make check or money order payable to ESHS Class of 1961 and mail to PO Box 344, Rock Hill, SC 29731. RSVP with payment by Dec. 2. For information, call Gracie Barber Reid at 803-327-7827 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and Margaret Crawford Parson at 803-327-4228 or email email@example.com.
• 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 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-Anonmeets 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.
• New Path divorce and separation support group meets 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, room 302-304 at First Baptist Church, 481 Hood Center Drive, Rock Hill. For information, call Jamie Burdette at 803-327-7181 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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