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Community News: Train and village collection on display Dec. 26-30 in York

December 23, 2013 

• The Rev. Charles Aurand of Abiding Presence Lutheran Church will have his elaborate train and village collection on display 4-8 p.m. Dec. 26-30 in the fellowship hall, 323 N. Congress St., York. The event is free and open to the public. Non-perishable food items will be accepted. For information, call 803-684-2793.

Holiday events

• Flint Hill Baptist Church will host is annual Christmas program and dinner, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church, Flint Hill Street, Rock Hill.

The event is sponsored by the Hunger Outreach churches which include Eastview, Flint Hill and Second Baptist, Epiphany and Grace Lutheran, Cornerstone, St. John’s and Woodland United Methodist and First and Westminster Presbyterian. Menu: turkey, vegetables, fruit, dessert, bread and beverages. Tokens of love will be accepted after the meal. Entertainment 11 a.m.-noon.

Special events

• Anne Springs Close Greenway will offer a holiday “Adventure Seekers” day camp from Dec. 30-Jan. 3, featuring a variety of activities including archery, hiking and cold weather survival skills for children ages 7 to 14.

Children will learn compass reading skills, building and cooking over campfires, and how to safely handle a bow and arrows on the indoor archery range. They will also hike the Greenway’s 40 miles of trails, and search for hidden treasure using GPS to guide them. New Year’s Day includes a pizza party and celebration.

The holiday camp costs $195 for Greenway members and $225 for non-members.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except on Jan. 1, when hours are noon to 6 p.m. Children should bring lunches but snacks are provided. Excluding Jan. 1, free child care is available before camp beginning at 7:30 a.m., and after camp until 6 p.m.

To register and for information, go to or call 803-547-4575.

• A Prohibition Party will be Jan. 11 in the courtroom at the Gettys Art Center, 201 E. Main St., Rock Hill, hosted by The Arts Council of York County. Guests can sample wine, scotch, bourbon and beer and dance to music by the jazz trio, Take Three.

The event includes a gourmet cheese buffet, light hors d’oeuvres and dessert. There will be an auction, including a rare Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 20-year bourbon. Tickets are $35 for members, $40 for public by Jan. 1; or $50 for everyone after Jan. 1. For information, call 803-328-2787 or go to

• The Bethel United Methodist Church Soup Kitchen will open Jan. 9 at 1232 Curtis St., Rock Hill. Open to the community. Donations accepted.

•  Jessy Carolina & The Hot Mess, a New York City-based blues and jazz ensemble will perform 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Tickets in advance are $20 for Arts Council of York County members, $25 general admission. All tickets are $30 at the door. For information, call 803-328-2787 or email

•  Ann White Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, will host a luncheon noon-2 p.m. Jan. 18 at Eastview Baptist Church Education Building, 1430 Gordon Road, Rock Hill to commemorate the birthdays of Matthew Maury, Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee.

Joy Sparrow will discuss her book, “A Sparrows Nest of Letters,” after lunch. The book contains correspondence and diary excerpts written between 1856 and 1922 by various members of the North Carolina branch of the Sparrow family. Descendants will portray book characters.

Cost is $25. Reservations are due Jan. 16. For information or to RSVP email


• Family Trust Federal Credit Union will offer a free money management workshop “Know Your Dough: Inspiring Financial Freedom” 6:30-7:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 14 with Basic Budgeting at the Clover office, 1219 S.C. 55 East. Jennifer Panther, certified financial counselor at Financially Focused Inc., will speak.

Register at or contact James Sheedy at 803-326-2187 or to register. Handouts will be provided.

Other topics will include improving your credit score, home-buying basics, and documents needed in the event of death or incapacity. Speakers will include representatives from Family Trust’s Mortgage Service Center and Mitchell Payne of Warner, Payne and Black. Participants will be entered to win prizes at each workshop.

Other Clover workshops: Improve Your Credit Score, Feb. 11; Home-Buying Made Easy, March 11 and Growing Old is No Place for Sissies, April 7.

Fort Mill workshop: Home-Buying Made Easy, Feb. 4.


• The Rock Hill branch of the NAACP general meeting will be 5 p.m. Sundayat Bannon Hall across from St. Mary Catholic Church, 902 Crawford Road. For information, contact Sandra Oborokumo at 803-325-2855.

The youth division meeting will be 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary. For information, contact Deborah Saunders at 803-517-5014.

•  Bethel Fire Tax Board quarterly meeting will be 7 p.m. Jan 6 at Bethel Station No. 1. New officers will be elected.


• The Clemson Extension Service York County 4-H will sponsor a Robotics Club for ages 8-12.

Members will use 4-H curriculum and household items to build robots. Club leaders will be Jennifer Walker and Patricia Hatch. The club, limited to 12 members, will meet 1-2:30 p.m. Fridays at a leader’s home in York beginning on Jan. 10.

Members must register as a 4-H member with a $10 state membership fee. Additional club fees will be discussed at registration. For information, e-mail Jennifer Walker at


• Local nonprofits are invited to apply for financial and volunteer support from the Rotary Club of Rock Hill in 2014.

The application is is available at


• All York County libraries will be closed Tuesday-Thursday for Christmas holidays. Libraries will also close at 6 pm on Dec. 31 and remain closed Jan. 1.


• Volunteers needed for men’s shelter at Bethel United Methodist Church, Curtis Street, Rock Hill. For information, call 803-327-4881.

• Agapé Senior will be hosting a volunteer training, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 30 at Rock Hill Assisted Living, 1785 Lexington Commons Drive, Rock Hill. For information, contact Kay G. Lee at 803-517-2021 or

• 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.


• A 60th birthday party and holiday celebration, sponsored by Emmett Scott/Rock Hill High class of 1971, will be 8 p.m.-midnight Dec. 27 at the City Club, 140 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Cost is $35 per person. Cash bar. Music by “Sir Nose.” Semi-formal. For information, call Cleopatra at 240-463-4314, Patricia at 803-448-3802, Harriett at 803-329-0140 or Phyllis at 803-329-2862.

Support groups

•  Safe Passage in Rock Hill will host a weekly sexual assault survivors support group 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-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. For information, call Jamie Burdette at 803-327-7181 or email

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