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Dallas Brass to perform at Clover School District auditorium

January 1, 2014 

Dallas Brass, a brass and percussion band, will perform Jan. 9 at the Clover School District auditorium.


Special events

•  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, on S.C. 55 in Clover.

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.

• Clemson Extension agent Paul Thompson will discuss techniques for pruning crape myrtles at First Friday in the Garden, 11 a.m. Friday 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.

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

•  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

•  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.


•  Weekly Line Dance classes will resume at 2 p.m. Jan. 9 at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 321 S. Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. Julia Robbins will teach. Classes are $20 a month with proceeds going to the children’s building. All ages and skill levels are invited. More information, call Julia at 803-366-7568.

•  Marriage Encounter Weekend – Making Good Marriages Great will be Feb. 14-16 at Hyatt Place, 2950 Oak Lake Blvd., Charlotte. Reservation deadline is Jan. 31. For information, go to

•  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.


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


• Stephanie White, executive director of the American Red Cross Upper Palmetto Chapter, will speak to the Central City Optimist Club at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Martin de Porres Room of St. Mary’s Church, 902 Crawford Road, Rock Hill. For information, contact Charlie Robinson at 803-327-4547 or

•  York Shag Club’s January party will be 7:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday at Twin Rivers Restaurant, 5301 S.C. 557, Lake Wylie (the old River Rat). Kyle Beam will dee jay. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for guests. For information, call Jeanne Neely at 803-366-6280.

• The Rock Hill Civitan Club will hold its second quarterly business meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mary’s Café on Firetower Road. Social is at 6:30 p.m. All members are urged to attend. For more information, email


• Volunteers are needed to help prepare basic tax returns as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program for low-income, elderly and handicapped taxpayers.

Volunteers will be trained by the Internal Revenue Service, the South Carolina Department of Revenue and the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Training is free and will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 13-17 at Rock Hill City Hall Wellness Center on the first floor. For information, call Bill Perry at 803-322-4195.

Tax assistance will be offered from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday Jan. 27-April 15 at Rock Hill City Hall Wellness Center, and also from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 1-22, at Rock Hill Galleria, 2301 Dave Lyle Blvd.; Leroy Springs Recreation Complex, 971 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill; and the Clover Public Library, 107 Knox St.

•  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, go to

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, 1-3 p.m. Sunday 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 Steakhouse in Rock Hill.

Support groups

•  Grief Share, a 13-week grief support recovery group, will be 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays at Calvary Baptist Church, 830 N. Jones Ave., beginning today. Cost is $17 for materials. You can attend at any point during the session. Register at or email Liz Marsh at

• The first meeting of the Carolinas Myositis Support Group-Charlotte Region will be 2 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Pineville United Methodist Church’s fellowship hall, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. For information, call Alison Alexander at 704-708-8999.

•  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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