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Area events celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

January 11, 2014 

Area events celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday include:

• The Rock Hill NAACP annual Martin Luther King Jr. Program will be 7 p.m. Jan. 20 at Boyd Hill Baptist Church, 315 Glenn St. The Rev. Thomas Barber will speak. The program is open to the public. For information, call 803-366-1910.

•  Roosevelt Community Watch will host its Martin Luther King Jr. annual birthday celebration at 5 p.m. Jan. 20 at Jerusalem Baptist Church, Farris Road, Clover. Bishop Herbert C. Crump Jr. of Freedom Temple Ministries, Rock Hill, will speak.

• The United Churches of Fort Mill will have its annual MLK Celebration at 7 p.m. Jan. 20 at Jerusalem Baptist Church, Steele Street. Open to the community.

•  Gethsemane Church will host “After The Dream Celebration” 9 a.m. Jan. 20 with a brunch at 1637 Squire Road, Rock Hill. Bishop George Jackson of Thomasville, N.C., will speak.

• The Boys & Girls Clubs of York County presents the “March of Dreamers” celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 20. All four clubs will meet at Northside Recreation Center in Rock Hill and will join together to march to Confederate Park for the official “March of Dreamers.”

Members will present special readings and Winthrop University’s Vizion of Prayze gospel choir will perform.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of York County will have a special recognition at 11 a.m. of the Friendship 9. Rock Hill Mayor Doug Echols will present an official MLK Day proclamation.

• The Western York County branch of the NAACP annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade will be Saturday in downtown York. Lineup begins at 9 a.m. and the parade starts at 1 p.m. in the Whitesides Laundry parking lot.

For information contact, Freddie Campbell, parade coordinator, at 704-813-6617 or Maurice Sanders, branch president, at 803-554-8666.

Special events

• Rock Hill Parks, Recreation, & Tourism department will hold its annual Daddy/Daughter Dance “Masquerade Ball” 7-9 p.m. Feb. 7 at McBryde Hall, 695 Scholars Walk, at Winthrop University.

The dance is for girls ages 4-12 and their dad or other special male adult. Participants can dance to popular party tunes, take a souvenir photo and enjoy light refreshments. A drawing will be held to choose the “Couple of the Evening.”

Cost is $30 per couple with $5 for an additional girl. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets will not be available at the door. Attire is dressy casual.

Tickets will be available Monday during business hours at Northside Recreation Center, Fewell Park Recreation Center, Emmett Scott Recreation Center, Boyd Hill Recreation Center and at the PRT office at City Hall (Room 390). For information, call 803-329-5620 or 803-329-5633 or go to

• Carol Howell, local author of “Let’s Talk Dementia,” will present a program for caregivers, friends and family members of those affected by dementia or Alzheimer’s at 7 p.m. Thursday in Huddleston Hall at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 321 S. Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. The program is free and open to the public.

*•  Ann White Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, will host a luncheon noon-2 p.m. Saturday 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 by Thursday. For information or to make reservations, email

•  Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Eta Alpha Omega chapter presents “An Evening of Elegance and Timeless Service,” 7-11 p.m. Friday at The Gateway, 3202 Commerce Drive, Richburg. Tickets are $25 for the dinner dance. Cash bar. Semi-formal. For tickets, call Shawn at 803-322-6677 or go to


•  Bethel United Methodist Church soup kitchen opens 11 a.m. Thursday at the church on Curtis Street, Rock Hill. Open to the community. Donations accepted.


• Barbecue competition team Up In Smoke will teach a “Whole Hog” class Saturday in McConnells. Members of the South Carolina Barbecue Association, the team is a three-time whole hog winner.

Demonstrations will include – from start to finish – trimming, injecting, and cutting the whole hog. The event also includes a rib demonstration and box building for judging presentation.

Lunch will be an old fashioned pig pickin’ with all the trimmings. Participants also will get the award winning recipes for the sauces, rubs and injections. Cost is $225 and spouses can attend free.

For information or to register, email Brian at


• The City of Rock Hill Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department and the Rock Hill Tourism Commission will host the 2014 Accommodations Tax Workshop 9-11 a.m. Jan. 21 in City Hall Room 373.

The workshop is required for any organization considering applying because of changes to the application and reporting procedures for projects July 1 through June 30, 2015.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on March 7. An eligible project must be nonprofit and should promote tourism in Rock Hill with an emphasis on overnight accommodations in Rock Hill. For information, contact Wendy Hill at 803-329-5667 or email


• The York County Marine Corp League’s local detachment, The Olde English Leathernecks, will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 732 W. Main St., Rock Hill. For information, contact Don Hicks at 803-328-1054 or 803-517-7253.

• The National Association for Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Jackson’s Cafeteria, Rock Hill. Business meeting begins at noon.

• The Rock Hill branch of the NAACP general meeting will be 5 p.m. Jan. 26 at Bannon Hall across from St. Mary Catholic Church, 902 Crawford Road. For information, contact Sandra Oborokumo at 803-325-2855. The youth division will meet at 4 p.m. at St. Mary. For information, contact Deborah Saunders at 803-517-5014.

• The Western York County branch of the NAACP executive board will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at Wesley United Methodist Church. The regular meeting will be 6:30 p.m. For information, call Wanda Simril at 803-684-6200.


•  Rotary Club of Rock Hill invites potential members to its Jan. 23 meeting to see what a club meeting is like and hear about the mission and activities of the club.

The meeting is noon-1:15 p.m., lunch included, at the City Club of Rock Hill, 140 E. Main St. There is no charge for attending but those interested should register with Debbie Abels, 803-329-4042.

• The Woman’s Club of Rock Hill will meet 5 p.m. Monday at the clubhouse, 607 Aiken Ave. Dr. Hugh Wilson, director of the Palmetto School at the Children’s Attention Home, will speak. For information, call 803-328-8888.

• The Ballroom Dance Club will have its third Friday dance 7:30-10:20 p.m. Friday in the Oak Room at Country Club Golf House, 101 Country Club Drive, Fort Mill. Dress code is dressy casual.

All adult ages and skill levels are invited for social ballroom dancing to music by DJ Jim Wright. Dances are alcohol free and non-alcoholic beverages are provided.

Admission, $10 per couple. For information, call Bob at 803-329-5764 or Pat at 803-980-4000 or visit


• The Rock Hill Happy Travelers will visit the Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre March 19. Participants will travel by motor coach to Wytheville, Va., for a meal and a show, the “Golden Oldies.”

Cost is $85, which includes transportation, dinner, gratuity and the show. The full fee is required at registration.

Registration deadline is Feb. 14. Call Katie at 803-329-5626 to check space availability or register online at

Mail fees to City of Rock Hill PRT, Katie Conley, PO Box 11706, Rock Hill, SC, 29731 or bring them to the Parks, Recreation and Tourism office at City Hall in Room 390 weekdays during business hours.


•  York County Choral Society, directed by Dr. Katherine Kinsey, will hold auditions for new singers from 6-6:45 p.m. Jan. 23 in the choir room at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1320 India Hook Road with the first rehearsal from 7-9:30 p.m.

The group’s spring concert will be April 13 in Byrnes Auditorium at Winthrop University. For information, contact Kinsey: 803-323-2250 or 704-591-5147.

Health screenings

• Piedmont Medical Center will offer a Heart Health screening on Thursday at the hospital Resource Center in the Women’s Center, ground floor. Screening includes risk assessment, blood pressure, body mass index, lipid panel, blood sugar and EKG. Cost is $39.95. Must be fasting. To register call 1-877-228-3638.

• Catawba Care will observe the 14th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day with an event from 1-4:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Emmett Scott Recreation Center, 801 Crawford Road, Rock Hill with free food, door prizes, entertainment, free health screenings and HIV testing.


• 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 Blvd., York.


• The Rock Hill High class of 1959 will meet for lunch and fellowship at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Golden Corral, Anderson Road. Classmates, spouses and friends are welcome.

Support groups

•  NAMI monthly support groups and education meetings have changed and will be the second Tuesday of each month at The Hut at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, 421 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill.

Tuesday’s meetings are: NAMI Connection Consumer Support Group, 6:15 p.m.; support group for family members, 6:15 p.m. and the education meeting, which is open to the public, 7:30 p.m. with Janet Bunch, with Keystone Substance Abuse Services. She will discuss co-occurring disorders of mental health and substance abuse.

•  Celebrate Recovery, freedom from life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups, will meet 6 p.m. Mondays at North Rock Hill Church, 2562 Mt. Gallant Road, Rock Hill. For information call Rob at 803-493-1231.

•  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. Cost is $17 for materials. You can attend at any point during the session. Register at or email Liz Marsh at

•  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 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.

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