The York County Animal Shelter is having its annual “Christmas at the Shelter” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at 713 Justice Blvd., York.
The event includes free photos of pets with Santa, refreshments, baked goods and information about adoption and volunteer opportunities at the shelter. All well-behaved pets are welcome, whether from the shelter or not.
• “Sounds for the Season,” presented by With Strings Attached, will be noon Thursday at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 321 S. Oakland Ave., Rock Hill.
The event features Elda Franklin, viola, and Mary Ann Helton, piano, with guests artists Dave Franklin, saxophone, Jerry Helton, voice, and Kathy Hyatt, piano.
Free and open to the public. Donations of nonperishable food accepted for local food pantries.
• Christmas Candlelight Tours at Historic Brattonsville will be 3-9 p.m. Saturday on Brattonsville Road. The tours will feature five theatrical venues throughout the site. Thetheme is the joy and excitement of Christmas, and examining where holiday traditions originated and how they came to be enjoyed in the Carolina Piedmont.
A historically-dressed St. Nicholas will share history of Santa Claus and visit with children. From 3-6 p.m., dip your own candle, make paper ornaments and string a popcorn garland. Brass Quartet play traditional Christmas melodies 6-9 pm. The Friends of Historic Brattonsville will have hot drinks, seasonal foods home-baked goods for sale. Admission: $10 for adults; seniors, $8; youths 4-17, $5; 3 and younger and CHM members, free. chmuseums.org
• The Rock Hill Ecumenical Chorale, directed by D. Jeffery Sligh, presents its annual Christmas concert “Hallelujah to the King,” 7 p.m. Sunday 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.
• York Place will have a chapel service, Christmas tree-lighting ceremony and caroling at 4 p.m. Tuesday at 234 Kings Mountain St., York.
Community leaders, including a contemporary Christian band group from Journey Church, will help lead a holiday sing-along. The public is invited.
• The choirs of York Comprehensive High School Christmas Concert will be 4 p.m. Dec. 15 in the school auditorium.
Performers include the Handbell Ensemble, Women’s Ensemble, Concert Choir, and Chamber Singers. Admission is $4 at at the door.
• The Friends of the York County Library will hold its annual holiday book sale from 3:30-5 p.m. Sunday at the York County Library, 138 E. Black St., Rock Hill.
The sale offers gift-quality, gently used books, including fiction and nonfiction books, holiday titles, and children’s books, all at bargain prices. This event is part of ChristmasVilleRockHill.com. For information, call 803-981-5837 or go to www.yclibrary.org.
• The fine arts department at Jefferson Elementary School in York will present “Yes, Virginia: The Musical” at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the school. Free and open to the public.
• A special book signing for “Legends of Camp Cherokee” will be 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday at Grumpy Brothers Grill and Bakery, 295 Herlong Ave. in Millwood Plaza, Rock Hill.
The book’s author, Lee Miller, retired executive director of the Upper Palmetto YMCA Robert Hope, to whom the book is dedicated, and several former camp directors will be available to sign books.
The book is a collection of hundreds of pictures and memories dating back to the camp’s opening. Each section of the book includes stories about camp directors and sites around the camp, including song lyrics, poems, reunion memories and a final chapter on “friends for a lifetime.” Proceeds go to the YMCA for Camp Cherokee.
• The Saluda Corridor Neighborhood/Business Association will conduct a litter pick-up 10 a.m.-noon Saturday . Volunteers will meet at 765 Saluda St., the site of the South Atlantic Episcopal District Conference Center.
The event is a way for residents and business owners to become involved and serve the community. For information, contact Daniel Gaulden at 803-327-2760.
• Shred360 has partnered with Seras Records & Scanning Solutions to offer free shredding 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at Walmart, 1151 Stonecrest Boulevard, Tega Cay.
The event is open to the public and limited to five boxes or bags per person. Arrangements can be made for pick-up if a person is handicapped or medically restricted.
Items allowed to be destroyed are office-quality paper products. Staples, paperclips, binders and notebooks are accepted. Separation is not required.
Donations of cash, articles of clothing, nonperishable food items and office supplies will be accepted to benefit The Haven Men’s Shelter of Rock Hill.
• The Progressive Cosmetology Club will have its annual Christmas Gala, 8 p.m. Friday at the National Guard Armory, Armory Road, Chester.
The even will feature DJ Carols Williams, a line dance extravaganza, prizes, fashions and refreshments. Tickets are available from members for $15.
• The Second Harvest Partners, sponsored by Providence Presbytery, will have a hunger relief site 9 a.m. Friday at Bel-Air United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land. 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.
• 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 this area. The business is are providing free toy assembly and toy storage until Dec. 23. For information call 803-329-5333.
• Beyond Beginners Knitting with Lisa Galloway will be 10:30 a.m.-noon Wednesdays, Jan. 8-Feb. 26, at Fewell Park Recreation Center, 1204 Alexander Road, Rock Hill. Cost is $54. Pre-registration is required at the center, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
• AARP Drivers Safety Program will be offered for ages 26 and older 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Thursday at the Public Library, 21 East Liberty St., York, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 17 at Cox’s Harley Davidson, 1178 Galleria Blvd., Rock Hill.
Participants will receive certificates that may reduce their insurance rates.
Cost for AARP Members is $12 and $14 for nonmembers. Registration is required. To register, contact Gerald Kemp 803-684-9512 or Donald Hunt 803-329-4405.
• Make it & Take it, a holiday centerpiece class, will be 11 a.m. Saturday 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 soccer referee certification class will be Jan. 18. Pre-registration and online work are both required. Pre-register at screferees.gameofficials.net for Course No. 7401 for the grade 8 entry level soccer official. For information, contact Bob Delaney at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-230-0582.
• The National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Jackson’s Cafeteria, Rock Hill. The chapter will pay for the meal. Donations to Alzheimer Association will be accepted.
• The Rock Hill branch of the NAACP general meeting will be 5 p.m. Dec. 22 at Bannon Hall across the street from St. Mary Catholic Church, 902 Crawford Road. For information, contact Sandra Oborokumo at 803-325-2855.
The youth will meet at 4 p.m. Dec. 22 at St. Mary. For information, contact Deborah Saunders at 803-517-5014.
• North Central Family Medical Center will host a presentation on the Affordable Care Act at 10 a.m. Saturday at 1131 Saluda St., Rock Hill. No appointment necessary.
• The York County Marine Corps League’s local detachment, The Olde English Leathernecks, will have a meeting and family Christmas party at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 732 W. Main St., Rock Hill. The league consists of Marine veterans, retired Marines, and associates. For information, contact Don Hicks at 803-328-1054 or 803-517-7253, or Charlie Robinson at 803-327-4547 or email@example.com.
• Sterling House of Rock Hill will host a speaker from the Parkinson Association of the Carolinas to talk about Parkinson’s disease 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday at 1920 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill.
Lunch provided. Limited seating. Register by Monday by calling 803-366-1189.
• Rock Hill Community Theatre will be holding auditions for the musical, “She Loves Me” at 7 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday at the Community Performance Center at 249 E. Main St. Jack Stevenson will direct. Singers and actors ages 16 and older are needed. For information go to rockhilltheatre.org.
• Volunteers are needed to help at the Men’s Homeless Shelter at Bethel United Methodist Church, Curtis Street, Rock Hill. The shelter opens at 6 p.m. daily.
Volunteers help with meals and sorting donated clothing, Also needed are non-perishable items such as bottled water, decaf coffee, Vienna sausages, socks, and individually wrapped snacks. Monetary donations are welcome.
For information, call Sandy at the church at 803-327-4881, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday.
• 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 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 go to the shelter at 713 Justice Boulevard, York.
• The Rock Hill High class of 1959 will meet 1 p.m. Tuesday at Golden Corral, Anderson Road. All classmates, spouses and friends are welcome.
• Former employees of US Plywood, Champion International and Georgia Pacific at the Catawba Plant will meet 1 p.m. Thursday at Golden Corral, Anderson Road. All former employees, spouses and friends are welcome.
• The first meeting of the Carolinas Myositis Support Group-Charlotte Region will be Jan. 11. For information call Brenda Austin at 803-222-4091.
• 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.
• 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. Call Jamie Burdette at 803-327-7181 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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