• The Shepherd’s Center’s winter session of Adventures in Learning for adults 55 and older will begin Monday and run through March 3 at Oakland Baptist Church at 1067 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. The group meets 9 a.m.-noon Mondays for classes, Bible study and fellowship.
A contribution of $20 in advance or $25 on Monday is requested to support the center’s activities. Each session begins with Bible study at 9 a.m., registration and coffee 9:15 to 9:30, and an opening assembly from 9:30 to 9:45.
At 9:45 a.m., participants can choose from current events taught by Ed Fitzgerald, exercise and dance taught by Lynn Hope Smith and Amy Laughlin, creative writing by retired professor Charlotte Hallberg, or bridge taught by Ray Zieverink.
A second round of classes begins at 11 a.m with cultural cooking demonstrations, health and wellness, creative writing and bridge. The cooking class is limited. Participants must sign up in advance by calling 803-328-1343.
At noon, the Lunch Bunch, open to all participants, goes out to eat. For information, go to shepherdscenterrh.org, where class offerings are posted under the Newsletter heading.
• The living history museum at Brattonsville in McConnells presents “By Way of the Back Door,” an African-American tour focusing on three generations of slavery from 1780-1865. Two special guided tours will be offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. each Saturday during the month of February, along with ongoing activities throughout the day.
Reflecting on the lives of the enslaved from the American Revolution through and beyond the Civil War, the tours will include stops at Col. Bratton’s house, the slave cabins, the brick kitchen, and the homestead.
Admission: $6, adult; $5, senior; $3, ages 4-17 and free for Culture and Heritage Musuem members and children age 3 and younger. For information, visit www.chmuseums.org or call 803-684-2327.
• The Carolina Promenaders will host a western style square dancing and line dancing open house, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday at Shield of Faith Family Church, 2499 Firetower Road, Rock Hill.
Free and open to the public. No experience required. For information, call Danny and Peggy Thomas at 803-328-0289.
• A Heart Health Symposium will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Westminster Towers Wellness Auditorium, 1330 India Hook Road, Rock Hill. The event includes free health screenings, speakers, educational material, snacks, lunch and door prizes. Limited seating. Registration is due Wednesday. Register at westminstertowers.org or by calling 803-328-5587.
• 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 Saturday at the Elk Home, 1644 Ogden Road, Rock Hill. Music by Dr. J. Doors open at 9 p.m.
• Epiphany Lutheran Church will host its sixth annual Chocolate Festival, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the church on West Main Street, Rock Hill.
The event will feature chocolate coffee, crepes, a fountain, chocolate chili, bake sale and hand made candies. Children 10 and younger can get free cupcakes for decorating.
• The Arts Council of Chester County’s Eighth Annual Oyster Roast and Auction will be 6-9 p.m. March 1 at the South Carolina National Guard Armory, 1025 Armory Road in Chester.
The event will feature silent and live auctions, all-you-can-eat steamed oyster bar and lowcountry boil buffet, slaw, bread, dessert, and sweet tea. Cash bar available for beer and wine. Doors open at 6 p.m., and food will be served from 6:45-7:45 and the auction begins about 8.
Reserved tables are available for $550, with eight tickets and preferred seating with business recognition. Half tables are available after at least one table has been purchased.
General seating is $40 for members and $45 nonmembers. No tickets are sold at the event. Cash or checks only.
Tickets are available at 123 Main St., call Lauren Medlin at 803-581-2030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds will benefit arts programming, exhibits, classes, youth art workshops, and other programs.
• The annual Festival Golf Classic will be April 8 at Pinetuck Golf Course with a 12:45 shotgun start. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Attention Home and the Palmetto School at Children’s Attention.
Cost to enter the four-person Captain’s Choice event is $240. Fees include course beverages, range balls, box lunch and pin awards. Top three teams in each division win cash prizes. Hole in one on hole 17 wins $5,000.
For information, call Jerry Couch at 329-1734 or Lewis Murray at 803-327-1141.
• The Worthy Boys & Girls Camp annual charity ball, “One Night in Tuscany,” will be 6-11 p.m. Saturday at 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 limousine 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 weeklong camp to York County youth ages 9-12.
Tickets are $75 and available by calling 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 worthyboysandgirlscamp.com.
• 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 in Rock Hill. 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 thehavenmensshelter.org or call 803-328-0052.
• Bethel United Methodist Church’s mission team will host a Valentine candy walk from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb 8 at the church on Curtis Street in Rock Hill. Homemade candy will be for sale and can be packaged in Valentine boxes and bags.
• Keystone board of directors will meet 6 p.m. Monday at the Keystone Prevention Center, 1600 Ebenezer Road. Rock Hill. Open to the public. For information, call 803-324-4118.
• The Rock Hill branch of the NAACP executive meeting will be 6 p.m. Feb. 6, at at Freedom Temple Ministries, 215 E. Main St.
The general meeting will be 5 p.m. Sunday 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 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. For information, contact Deborah Saunders at 803-517-5014.
• The York County Education Association – Retired will meet at 10 a.m. Monday at the Clover School District Office, 604 Bethel St., Clover. State Sen. Wes Hayes, R-Rock Hill, will speak. All retired educators are invited.
• Commissioners of the York Soil and Water Conservation District will meet at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the USDA Service Center, 1460 E. Alexander Love Highway, York. Open to the public. For information, call Barbara O’Connell at 803-684-3137 ext 101.
• Newcomers Club of York County will meet 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 12 for its “Sweethearts” meeting featuring a cake decorating demonstration and bake sale fundraiser for charity at Gettys Art Center, 201 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Lunch is $10. RSVP to YCNreservations@yahoo.com. For information, visit www.newcomersofyorkcounty.org.
• The Vintage Club dinner for residents of Tega Cay will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Phil Glennon Community Center. Cocktails begin at 6:15. The club will celebrate the new year with a casino/game night. Prizes will be awarded. For membership, call Julia Rietz at 803-396-0203 or email email@example.com.
• The Woman’s Club of Rock Hill will present a special “ Tea & Topics” in celebration of Heart Month from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 5 at the clubhouse on Aiken Avenue, Rock Hill. Dr. Sushil Singhi of Carolina Cardiology Associates and Sheila Caldwell, president and CEO of The Heart2Heart Foundation, will speak. Light refreshments will be served and participants will get a Heart2Heart goody bag. Free, but seating is limited. For reservations, call 803-328-8888.
• Arts Council of Chester County will host an adult art class, “BYOB Acrylic Painting Party,” with artist Christy Buchanan 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Arts Council Building, 123 Main St,
The class will focus on painting a whimsical heart theme on 12x16 canvas. Painting supplies will be provided. Participants can bring a favorite wine and appetizers.
Cost is $35, members and $38, non members. Cash or check only. Registration deadline is Feb. 2.
To register, call Lauren at 803-581-2030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• A free seminar on surgical weight loss sponsored by Piedmont Medical Center will be Tuesday. To register, call 877-228-3638.
• Sterling House of Rock Hill will host a seminar on long-term care insurance from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 13 with Lisa Raye Hund from Consolidated Planning. Lunch provided. Limited seating. To register by Feb. 11, call 803-366-1189.
• The Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is taking registration for the upcoming Happy Travelers trip to St. Michaels and Maryland’s Eastern Shore May 12-15.
Trip highlights include the Chesapeake Maritime Museum, a narrated cruise aboard “The Patriot,” visits to a buffalo ranch and alpaca farm, and much more.
Cost is $550 per person double occupancy ($730 single occupancy) and includes motorcoach transportation, sites of interest, three nights lodging, two breakfasts, two full course dinners and taxes and gratuities. Cancellation insurance is available. A $50 deposit is due upon registration by Feb. 1. The full balance is due by April 11.
For information, call Katie at 803-329-5626. Registration and payment is taken at the PRT Office at City Hall 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays or online at www.rockhillrocks.com.
• The Housing Development Corp. of Rock Hill is accepting applications from low income, disabled, or elderly residents for the 2014 World Changers Project, June 16-20. Applications will be accepted until March 31 and are available at the Housing and Neighborhood Services Department, 150 Johnston St.
To be eligible to apply, homes must be owner occupied and located in the city limits of Rock Hill, property taxes must be paid and current, and the applicant must meet HUD income limits.
• 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.
• 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 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.
• Free federal and state tax preparation for low and moderate income taxpayers age 60 and older will be offered 12:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursday, Feb. 5-April 3 at the Adult Education Center at the Flexible Learning Center, 1234 Flint St. Ext.
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. No appointment necessary.
• The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program for low-income, elderly and handicapped taxpayers begins Monday. Tax assistance will be offered 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, beginning Monday and running through April 15 at Rock Hill City Hall Wellness Center; and 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.
• The Rock Hill Chapter of Finley High School alumni will meet at 5 p.m. Monday at Jackson’s Cafeteria 1735 Heckle Blvd., Rock Hill. Any one who graduated or attended Finley High School is encourage to attend. For information, call Charlie M. Robinson at 803-327-4547 or James T. Dunham at 704-232-0793.
• 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 cbcrh.com or email Liz Marsh at EMarsh@rhmail.org.
• 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 email@example.com.
• The Carolinas Myositis Support Group – Charlotte meets 2 to 4 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the fellowship hall of Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St. For information, call Brenda Austin at 803-222-4091 or Alison Alexander at 704-708-8999 .
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