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Super Bowl fundraiser for The Haven is Feb. 2

January 18, 2014 

• 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

Special events

• Seven experts on gardening will be featured during the 9th annual Joy of Gardening Symposium March 1 at the Baxter Hood Center, York Technical College, Rock Hill.

Speakers are Joe Lamp’l, Barry Glick, Cory Tanner, Stephanie Turner, Keven Shanks, Paul Thompson and Rolf Mischker. Topics include the “Five Biggest Mistakes in Our Gardens and How to Fix Them” and “Organic Pest Management.”

About 20 vendors will offer plants, gardening books, pottery, jewelry and other items during the event.

Registration opens at 8 a.m. Cost is $50 and includes lunch and drawings for door prizes.

Registration is available at Deadline is Feb. 21. For information, call Nancy Newman at 704-443-1366.

The symposium is sponsored by the Master Gardeners of York County.

• The Rock Hill Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will have its 2014 Founders Day program, 4 p.m. Feb. 2 at Mt. Prospect Baptist Church, 339 W. Black St. The program is free and open to the public.

• Sterling Lodge No. 344 and Living Beauty Temple No. 709 will host a Mardi Gras Dance Feb. 1 at the Elk Home, 1644 Ogden Road, Rock Hill. Music by Dr. J. Doors open at 9 p.m.

• Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville will host a community health talk, “Sound Heart: An Overview of Cardiac Care Trends,” at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at the City Club of Rock Hill, East Main Street.

Dr. Richard Musialowski and Denine Raymond, RN, of Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, will speak.

The event is free, and a light dinner will be provided. For information or to RSVP, call 704-667-6507 or visit

• A benefit program for Herbert and Essie Ingram scheduled for Feb. 2 has been postponed until March 2. For information, call Tommy Simpson at 803-327-5524 or 803-412-2973.

• 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


•  Friends of the York County Library book sale will be Thursday-Saturday 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. Thursday. 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. Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. All books will be half price on Saturday.

•  Bowling Green Presbyterian Church’s annual vegetable soup and oyster stew supper will be 4-7 p.m. Saturday 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 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. March 7. An eligible project must be nonprofit and should promote tourism in Rock Hill with an emphasis on overnight accommodations. For information, contact Wendy Hill at 803-329-5667 or


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

• Commissioners of the York Soil and Water Conservation District will meet 4:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the USDA Service Center, 1460 E. Alexander Love Highway, York. Open to the public. For information, contact Barbara O’Connell at 803-684-3137 ext 101.


• The Rock Hill Civitan Club will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mary’s Café, Firetower Road. Social time is 6:30 p.m. A representative from PAWS will speak.

For information, email

• The York County Quilt Guild will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at Grace Lutheran Church, 426 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. Jean Ann Wright, the former editor of the international Quilt magazine, quilt designer, teacher and author, will speak and present a trunk show of “Quilts in My Suitcase.” Everyone welcome.

The Guild will host its first workshop of the year, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Grace. Wright will teach a workshop on template-free rotary cutting and easy curved seams. A supply list will be available at Monday’s meeting. Cost is $40.

• Local beekeepers in the Fort Mill area and those who want to learn about beekeeping can attend the first meeting of the Honey Bee Club at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Springs Greenway Adventure Center.

The goal of the club is to teach beekeeping, from the novice to the advanced beekeeper.

For information, contact Cynthia Robinson at 803-981-2495 or email

• The Rock Hill Music Club will celebration its 100th anniversary with a concert at 3 p.m. March 9 in Byrnes Auditorium. Featured local performing musicians will be Maury Wilkinson and the Border Quintet, Mignon Eayre, Shirley Fishburne, Jerry Helton and Donald Moe.

The club was founded March 20, 1914, by Mrs. A. E. Smith and a group of ladies and has provided music awards and scholarships and free community concerts.

The Celebration Benefit Luncheon will be 11 a.m. March 29 at the Family Center of Grace Lutheran Church .

As part of the anniversary celebration, the club is granting 17 music awards and scholarships to Winthrop University, Northwestern, Rock Hill, and South Pointe high schools, South Carolina Federation of Music Club’s Summer Scholarships, and Opera Experience Southeast.

• 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

•  Rotary Club of Rock Hill invites potential members to its Thursday meeting to to learn more about becoming a member.

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.


• Tryouts for Carolina Reds Baseball for youth ages 8-10 will be 2 p.m. Jan. 26. For information, email, call 803-417-6568 or 803-322-6900 or visit

• Registration for Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism’s Spring Youth Sports is underway and runs through Feb. 14.

The following are offered:

Recreation soccer for ages 5-13 as of March 31. Cost is $42.

Baseball for ages 9-16 as of April 30. Cost is $42.

Youth girls softball for ages 7-18 as of April 30. Cost is $42.

Registration is taken during office hours at Manchester Meadows, the Cherry Park Tower, the PRT Office (Room 390) at City Hall, and at the four recreation centers.

Players should bring a copy of their birth certificate. Returning players with a birth certificate in the system may register online at if they have a current email address on file.

A registration brochure is available at For information, call 803-326-3792 or 803-329-5672.

Volunteer coaches are also needed for these programs. Those interested in coaching soccer should call Richard Stutts at 803-326-3848; for youth softball call Katie Wieberg at 803-329-5642; and youth baseball call Jason Reynolds at 803-329-5640.


• The Chester Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring a photography contest for Chester County students in grades six through 12. Entries are due March 24 at the conservation district office, 744B Wilson St. .

The photos must be taken in Chester County between Jan. 20-March 20. The five categories are trees, plants, native wildlife, landscapes and rural life. Applicants are limited to three photos, and they must show the date stamp. Each photograph must be accompanied by a signed application

For information and complete rules, students should contact their guidance counselor, classroom teacher, principal or Carol Shockley at 803-581-1908 ext. 101.


•  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. Thursday 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.

Tax help

• The AARP Tax Aid program will offer free federal and state income tax preparation from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 4-April 15 at the Fort Mill Library in Baxter Village. The last client is taken at 3:30 p.m.

Bring 2013 tax return, picture IDs, Social Security cards for all being claimed, 1099s, 1098s, W-2s, and any other proof of deductions or income.


• 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 Finley High School class of 1964 will meet at noon Saturday at Golden Corral, 1031 N. Anderson Road, Rock Hill. All classmates are encouraged to attend to plan the 50th reunion. For information, contact Charlie M. Robinson at 803-327-4547, James Mayfield at 803-374-1090 or Kater Wylie Cornwell at 704-661-7701.

• The Rock Hill High School class of 1954 will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday at Golden Corral, Anderson Road. Classmates, family and friends invited.

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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