The Rock Hill Christmas Parade will be 6:30 p.m. Friday beginning in front of Winthrop University on Oakland Avenue.
The parade will travel along Oakland to Main Street, turn right on Main Street and continue to the Wells Fargo bank. The parade will turn right at the Wells Fargo bank and then disband at the former Good Kia parking lot on White Street.
Construction for the Fountain Park projects in downtown is the reason for the new parade route.
• The Town of Richburg Christmas Tree Lighting will be 5 p.m. Sunday at the Richburg town park.
There will be Christmas music, and Santa will greet children. For information, call 803-789-5484 or 803-789-5052.
• “A Story with Santa in the Garden” will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday on the Vernon Grant performance stage at Glencairn Garden.
Santa will read “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.” After the story, children can tell Santa what they want for Christmas while parents take photographs.
There will be hot chocolate and cookies and children’s activities. The event is free.
• “A “Taste of Christmas” Cookie and Dessert Walk and Christmas Shop will be 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. until the cookies are gone Saturday at First Presbyterian Church Ministry Center, 234 E. Main St., Rock Hill.
Boxes are $6 to fill with homemade Christmas cookies. Savory and sweet homemade cakes, pies and other baked goods will be sold, as well as gently used Christmas décor in the Christmas Shop. All proceeds to ministry and mission.
A pancake and omelet breakfast served by the Men’s Group Gnomes will be 7-11 a.m. Saturday in the ministry center.
The menu includes sausage and pancakes plus made-to-order omelets and grits by Chef Greg of The Yolk restaurant. Tickets are $6 for adults, children 5 and under eat free. Tickets are available at the church office, at the door, or from a member of the First Presbyterian Men’s Group.
The children will present a Nativity pageant at 5 and 6 p.m. Saturday on the church lawn.
All events are part of Rock Hill’s ChristmasVille festival.
• The Arts Council of Chester County annual Holiday Home Tour will be 2-5 p.m. Dec. 8.
Homes on tour include Joanna Angle and Dr. Bill Altman, 2762 Blaney Road, Lewis Turnout community; Rhonda and Everett Kelsey, 2099 Southfork Road, Rodman community; and Carl and Maleah Monroe, 1295 Silverbrook Road, Richburg area.
Tickets are $10 and available at the Arts Council, 123 Main St., or at each home during the event. Cash or check only please. For information, call Lauren Medlin at the Arts Council at 803-581-2030.
• Rock Hill photographer and writer Terry Roueche will have an exhibit, “My Favorite Photographs” through Dec. 3 in the Williams and Fudge Gallery on the main floor of the Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St. Center hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
• Artist Holly Glasscock will have an open house, 3-9 p.m. Saturday at her studio, 3699 Harmony Road, Rock Hill.
The event features her paintings, painting by some of her students and a silent auction. For information, go to www.hollyglasscock.com.
• A travel group will visit Alaska, May 28-June 7, for a land tour and cruise. For information, call Judith at 803-366-9308.
• 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.
• Christmas Historic Home Tour of Clover will be 2-6 p.m. Dec. 8. Six homes will be on tour. Sponsored by the Clover Woman’s Club, proceeds provide college scholarships for a Clover senior.
Tickets are $10 and available at Good Things, 104 S. Main St., The Palmetto House, 306 N. Main St. and from members.
• 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, 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 go to www.yorkcountychoralsociety.org.
• Riverview Presbyterian Church will host a cookie walk, 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the church on the corner of Sutton and Harris roads, Fort Mill. Homemade cookies will cost $10 a box.
Theme baskets will be sold in a silent auction. Winning bids will be announced at 3 p.m. Proceeds will be used for playground equipment and the Ignite youth 2014 mission trip to Niagara Falls, N.Y. For details contact Linda Ferrel, 803-802-0048.
• The Spencer Estates Neighborhood Association will hold its annual charity yard sale 8 a.m.-noon Saturday in the Belleview Elementary School cafeteria, 501 Belleview Road. Enter from Sullivan Street. All proceeds from the sale go to charity.
• The S.C. Bar Animal Law Committee is collecting cat and dog food for its 2013 Holiday Pet Food Drive, Sunday-Dec. 31. Locally, items can be dropped off at Schiller & Hamilton Law Firm, 241 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill.
Items needed include canned dog food, canned cat food, dry dog food, dry cat food, dog treats, cat treats and cat litter. Donations will be given to pet food pantries around the state.
• Nation Ford Holiday Bazaar, hosted by the Drama Department, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday at Nation Ford High School Commons area in Fort Mill.
Local vendors, crafters, and artists will have items for sale. Free child care with activities at the “North Pole” and Santa’s workshop including pictures with Santa and Buddy the Elf. There also will be a raffle, hot dog and barbecue meal and a gift-wrapping station.
• The Second Harvest Partners, sponsored by Providence Presbytery, will have a hunger relief site 9 a.m. Friday at First Calvary Baptist, 228 Lucky Lane, Rock Hill. Volunteers will help distribute food to participants who meet USDA eligibility income guidelines. For information, contact Catawba Area Agency on Aging at 803-329-9670.
• Avant Garde Center for the Arts will sponsor a holiday gift drop-off 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Saturday during the Artisans of the Olde English District & Downtown Holiday Show in Lancaster.
New, unwrapped gifts and toys will be accepted throughout the day and will be delivered to the Children’s Attention Home, Lancaster Children’s Home and the Great Falls JROTC toy drive the week of Dec. 9.
• Gregory’s Marine & RV will have a toy drive for new and gently used unwrapped toys for children infant to 13 years old through Dec. 20 at 3021 Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill. Toys will be given to the Children’s Attention Home and several needy families in the area.
The business is providing free toy assembly and toy storage until Dec. 23. For information call 803-329-5333.
• The Rock Hill Civitan Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mary’s Café on Firetower Road. Social time begins at 6:30.
A representative from the Salvation Army will speak. Club members also volunteer as bell ringers. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Tega Cay Beautification Committee will hold a work day 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 York County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs meets 7 p.m. Thursday at the Administration Building, 7900 Park Place Road in the East York Industrial Park, off S.C. 5 in York.
• Professional Business Women’s Association of York County will meet at noon Dec. 10. Christine Dear, elephant manager of the Greenville Zoo, will speak. Lunch is $18. RSVP to 803-242-4083 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Make it & Take it, a holiday centerpiece class, will be 11 a.m. Dec. 14 at The White Home, 258 E. White St., Rock Hill.
The class will be lead by Shawna from Ribald Farms Nursery with materials provided. Bring clippers and gloves. Cost is $27 and registration is required by Dec 5.
For information, contact Annemarie Beebe at 803-329-1020 or email Annemarie.Beebe@HistoricRockHill.com.
• A Christmas wreath class will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday 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.
• York County Libraries will be collecting “Food for Fines” Monday through Dec. 31 to encourage the return of overdue library materials while giving back to the community at the same time.
Library users can pay off fines for overdue materials with nonperishable food and personal hygiene items. For each item, $1 will be credited to outstanding fines but will not cover the cost of lost or damaged materials.
Items will be donated to food banks in the community in which they are given.
York County Libraries are located in Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Clover, Lake Wylie and York. Donations will also be accepted on the Bookmobile. For information, visit www.yclibrary.org.
• The Fort Mill Community Playhouse will hold auditions for its 2014 show, “Welcome to Mitford,” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16 at the playhouse, 615 Banks St. Callbacks, if necessary, will be Dec. 17.
This play, based on the Mitford series by Jan Karon, will be produced on March 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 and 24. Susan Capotosto and Tom Moody will co-direct, and Lauren Dunlap will serve as stage manager.
Interested actors should bring a resume and a list of conflict dates. Head shots or photos are desirable but not necessary. A list of the characters is available at www.fortmillplayhouse.org.
• A free seminar on surgical weight loss will be 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Women’s Tower Auditorium at Piedmont Medical Center. To register, call 877-228-3638.
• NAMI Piedmont Tri-County’s Connection Support Group will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at The Hut at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, Rock Hill. The support group is for adults who experience mental illness. For information, contact Susan Vogel at 803-366-6138 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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 email@example.com.
• The Surgical Weight Loss Program support group meets at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month in the Women’s Center auditorium at Piedmont Medical Center.
• 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 803-731-9823 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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