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York County Library Friends book sale is next week

January 15, 2014 

The Friends of the York County Library book sale will be Jan. 23-25 at the Pope John Center at The Oratory, 434 Charlotte Ave., Rock Hill.


The Friends of the York County Library book sale will be Jan. 23-25 at the Pope John Center at the Oratory, 434 Charlotte Ave., Rock Hill. Thousands of books for all ages will be sold at $2 per inch. Videos, DVDs, and audiobooks will also be available at bargain prices.

Opening night for members is 5-8 p.m. Jan. 23. Memberships, $15 for individual and $25 for families, will be available at the door. The sale is open to the public 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 24 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 25. All books will be half price on Jan. 25.

Special events

•  Chester’s Second Thursday Blues will have a special third Thursday performance with Al Jasper and Friends of Charlotte, 6-9 p.m. Thursday at People’s Furniture, 114 Main St. People’s, the longest operating business in Chester, is closing after 80 years. Food and drink available. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For tickets, call 803-379-1683.

• 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.

• The Worthy Boys & Girls Camp annual charity ball, “One Night in Tuscany,” will be 6-11 p.m. Feb. 1 Events at Manchester, 1965 Cinema Drive Rock Hill.

The semi-formal event includes a catered meal, live music, dancing, open bar and silent auction. Auction items include sports and movie memorabilia, vacations, jewelry, furniture and more.

There will be a free limo service available at the end of the evening to make sure everyone makes it home safely and a discounted block of rooms for reservation by ticket holders at the Hilton Garden Inn.

The Worthy Boys & Girls Camp, organized and run by officers from the Rock Hill Police Department, provides a free week long camp to York County youth ages 9-12.

Tickets are $75 and available at the Rock Hill Police Department’s Community Services Division at 803-329-5583 or Sgt. Toshia Smith at 803-329-5541. For information about the camp, go to

• Senior Life Journeys will offer a “Memory Makers Choir” free to senior citizens and individuals with dementia and their caregivers. For information or to register, contact Carol at or 803-984-9875.


•  Bowling Green Presbyterian Church’s annual vegetable soup and oyster stew supper will be 4-7 p.m. Jan. 25 at 250 Ridge Road, Clover. Homemade desserts will also be served. In the event of inclement weather, the supper will be Feb. 1.

•  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.

• The Seventh Annual Super Bowl XLVIII Party and Silent Auction, benefiting The Haven Men’s Shelter, will be Feb. 2 at the Magnolia Room at Laurel Creek. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The event includes a 20-foot screen television, open bar, oyster roast and tailgate menu items. Tickets are $50 in advance.

For tickets, go to or call 803-328-0052


• The York County Amateur Radio Society class to become an Emergency Communications Amateur (HAM) Radio operator will be 7-9 p.m. Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and 11 at the Piedmont EMS Headquarters, 1065 Heckle Blvd, Rock Hill.

Participants must attend all three classes to qualify to take the exam. The book, Gordon West, 2010-2014 Technician Class, must be purchased in advance and is available at

The FCC Amateur Radio Technician test will be 9:30 a.m. Feb. 15. Test fee is $12. To register, contact Brent at K4BSC@ARRL.NET. For information, go to


• 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. Tuesday 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


• The York County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs will meet 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Administration Building, 7900 Park Place Road, East York Industrial Park, off S.C. 5, York.

• The York County Genealogical and Historical Society will meet at 10 a.m. Jan. 25 at the University of South Carolina Lancaster Native American Studies Center, 119 S. Main St. Open to the public.

The center is dedicated to documenting, preserving, appreciating, and studying Native American cultures and history. Exhibits include over 1160 pieces of Catawba Indian pottery.


• Registration for Girls on the Run of the Tri County, presented by Piedmont Medical Center, opens Jan. 27. Activities beginning Feb. 24 and end with the Girls on the Run 5K on May 10.

The after school program inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

For information, go to To volunteer, contact Lindy Morris at 803-493-3834 or


•  Rock Hill Youth Baseball Coaches Clinic will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Winthrop University Baseball complex. Lunch provided. The clinic will be led by Joe Hudak and other college and high school baseball coaches.

It will focus on teaching and training today’s young players effectively, providing insight on how best to manage a practice, as well as many skills and drills on teaching the game.


•  Sterling Lodge and Living Beauty Temple is taking applications for the 2014 Scholarship Pageant for young women ages 16-20. Deadline to apply is Jan. 31. For information, call Rosetta Walker at 803-324-0152 or Velma Lightfoot at 803-322-3702.


•  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, call Kinsey: 803-323-2250 or 704-591-5147.

Health screenings

• 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.

Support groups

•  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

•  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.

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