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Rock Hill NAACP ‘Jubilee Day’ observance Wednesday

December 29, 2013 

Dallas Brass with a full complement of brass and percussion will perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Clover School District Auditorium.


Special events

• The Rock Hill NAACP is sponsoring its annual Emancipation Proclamation “Jubilee Day” observance at noon Wednesday at New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church at 358 Hampton St.

The Rev. W.E. Garrison, pastor of New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church, will speak.

The program is a day for reflection, rededication, and celebration of our heritage and to commemorate our country’s dedication to the belief in liberty and equality for every citizen.

For information, call 803-366-1910.

•  Dallas Brass with a full complement of brass and percussion will perform a musical travelogue through American history at 8 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Clover School District auditorium, S.C. 55.

The ensemble is Michael Levine, director, trombone; D.J. Barraclough, trumpet; Luis Araya, trumpet; Juan Berrios, French horn and alto horn; Paul Carlson, tuba and Ryan Burd, percussion.

Tickets are $15 and available at the district auditorium or by calling 803-222-8018.

• Sterling Lodge No. 344 will be open at 9 p.m. Tuesday for New Year’s Eve at 1644 Ogden Road, Rock Hill. The lodge and Living Beauty Temple No. 709 recognized Arthur “Bo” Hunt and Gwendolyn D. Finley as Brother and Daughter Elk of Year 2013 at the annual Red & White Dance on Dec. 24,

•  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

• Clemson Extension agent Paul Thompson will discuss techniques for pruning crape myrtles at First Friday in the Garden, 11 a.m. Jan. 3 at the Glencairn Garden Learning Center, 835 Edgemont Ave.

First Friday in the Garden is a public service of the Master Gardeners of York County, Clemson Extension Service and the Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.

• Carol Howell, a life coach from Senior Life Journeys, will speak on “Let’s Talk Dementia, Making a Home Safe,” 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at Sterling House of Rock Hill, 1920 Ebenezer Road.

Lunch will be provided. Limited seating. RSVP by Jan. 7 by calling 803-366-1189.

• 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, hors d’oeuvres and dessert. There will be an auction, including a bottle of 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.

•  Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Eta Alpha Omega chapter presents “An Evening of Elegance and Timeless Service,” 7-11 p.m. Jan. 17 at The Gateway, 3202 Commerce Drive, Richburg. Tickets are $25 for the dinner dance. Cash bar. Semi-formal.


•  Family to Family, NAMI’s 12-week peer-led educational course for family members of individuals living with a mental illness begins Jan. 19, 2014 at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, 421 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill.

The course coversmood disorders, borderline personality disorder, obsessive compulsive disorders, schizophrenia and co-occuring brain and addictive disorders. It also covers coping skills, information about medicines and communication skills.

Registration is required. Contact Susan Vogel at 8030366-6138; email or Bennie Thompson 803-789-5570; 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.

• A soccer referee certification class will be Jan. 18. Registration and online work are both required. Pre-register at for Course No. 7401 for the grade 8 entry level soccer official. For information, contact Bob Delaney at or 803-230-0582


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


•  Rock Hill Area Shag Club will host its New Year’s Eve party with DJ Frank Price, 8 p.m. Tuesday at Celebrations Lounge at Ramada Inn in Rock Hill. Bring a snack to share. Admission is $5 members and $7, guests.


• 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


•  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

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.

• 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.


• The Emmett Scott High School class of 1967 monthly birthday fellowship will be 5:30 p.m. Jan. 6 at LongHorn Restaurant, Rock Hill.

Support groups

• 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 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

• 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.

•  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 Spinal Cord Injury Support Group meets 6-7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Piedmont Medical Center in The Women’s Tower Auditorium. A meal will be served. For information, call Terry Shortt at 803-524-3465.

• 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 Boulevard, Rock Hill. For information, call 803-731-9823 or email

• 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

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