Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz, the first woman to lead a United States Military Academy, will speak 11 a.m. Feb. 6 at Dina’s Place in the DiGorgio Campus Center at Winthrop University.
She became the 40th superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., in 2011.
Stosz will discuss her career in the Coast Guard and also women in leadership in the military.
The event is free and open to the public.
• 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 to 1865. Two special guided tours will be offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. each Saturday during 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, slave cabins, the brick kitchen and the homestead.
Admission: $6 adult; $5 senior; $3 ages 4-17 and free for Culture and Heritage Museum members and children age 3 and younger. For information, go to chmuseums.org or call 803-684-2327.
• The Lancaster County Council of the Arts 17th annual Gala fundraiser “Art and Soul” will be 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Bradley Building on the campus of USC Lancaster. The event features silent and live auctions, prize drawings, music, dance, hors d’oeuvres, open bar with specialty drinks. Black tie optional.
Advance tickets are $50 for members and $60 for nonmembers and can be purchased at the Springs House, 201 W. Gay St., by calling the LCCA at 803-285-7451 or emailing email@example.com. Tickets at the door will be $60 for members and $75 for nonmembers. Proceeds pay for community arts programs, children’s classes, gallery exhibits, local and regional artists.
• Black History Month program, noon Feb. 8 at Union Baptist Church, 1195 Handmill Highway, Rock Hill to honor the Friendship Nine and Gerald Dixon, William “Bump” Roddey and Dr. Winslow Schock. Melvin Poole, president of the Rock Hill Chapter of the NAACP, will speak.
• Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Eta Alpha Omega Chapter, Agape International Ministries and “The Well” presents “Pink Goes Red,” 7-9 p.m. Feb. 7 at Agape North Gym, Bird Street, Rock Hill. The event features education on heart disease, blood pressure screenings, healthy refreshments, line dancing and Zumba fitness. Free and open to the public.
• Boyd Hill Baptist Church Brotherhood will host its annual Valentines Ball for children, 5-7 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Richard E. Sandifer Life Center, 315 Glenn St. Free for children ages 5-16. Games, prizes, food and drinks. Wear red.
• Sign-up for low-cost spay/neuter for pets will be 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at York County Animal Control, 713 Justice Blvd., York. Do not bring pets to sign-up. Cost is $40 for dogs and $25 for cats. Check or cash due at sign-up. For information, call Richardson Rescue at 803-684-6865.
• 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.
• 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. The symposium is sponsored by the Master Gardeners of York County.
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 symposium.yorkmg.org. Deadline is Feb. 21. For information, call Nancy Newman at 704-443-1366.
• Oral Cancer Foundation 5K in Memory of Jeremy Blevins begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at Springfield Park at Baxter Village, Fort Mill. Cost for runners is $25 in advance or $30 the day of the event. Cost for children ages 6 to 10 is $10. There will be free oral cancer screenings at the park.
More than 329 runners have signed up raising $17,365 so far, exceeding the $15,000 goal. The runner who raises the most money, more than $2,000, will get an iPad3. To register, go to oralcancer.org and create a fundraising page.
• The York Comprehensive Cougar Band will have its all-you-can-eat fish fry, 3-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday at York Middle School, 1010 Devinney Road. Plates are $9 and include fish, fries or baked potato, slaw, hush puppies, water or tea. Take out plates available. Proceeds go to the “Broadway Blast” trip to New York in April and future trips.
• 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 handmade candies. Children 10 and younger can get free cupcakes for decorating.
• 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.
• Bethel United Methodist Church soup kitchen opens at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church on Curtis Street, Rock Hill. Open to the community. Donations accepted.
• The Pvt. Thomas Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans, will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at McCelvey Historical Center, 212 E. Jefferson St., York. Don Gordon of Lexington will speak about Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton. For information, call Kirk Carter at 704-806-2941.
• 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. For reservations, email YCNreservations@yahoo.com. For information, go to newcomersofyorkcounty.org.
• The Woman’s Club of Rock Hill will present a special “Tea & Topics” in celebration of Heart Month 2-4 p.m. Wednesday 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.
• AARP Drivers Safety Program will be offered for age 26 and older 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday at the Lancaster Senior Center, 800 Meeting St. Participants will receive certificates at the end of the class that might reduce the insurance rate on collision and liability coverage. Cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. Registration is required. For information, contact Sally Sharon at 803-285-6956 or Donald Hunt at 803-329-4405.
• 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. Tuesday at the Arts Council Building, 123 Main St., Chester. 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 for members and $38 for nonmembers. Cash or check only. Registration deadline is Sunday. To register, call Lauren at 803-581-2030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Sterling House of Rock Hill will host a seminar on long-term care insurance 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 13 with Lisa Raye Hund from Consolidated Planning. Lunch provided. Limited seating. Register by Feb. 11, by calling 803-366-1189.
• The Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is taking registration for the upcoming Happy Travelers trip to St. Michael’s 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 motor coach 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. 14. 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 at 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, 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.
• Piedmont Medical Center will offer a free Peripheral Vascular Disease screening 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday at the hospital’s Resource Center, located in the Women’s Center ground floor. The test takes blood pressure in the arm and leg to determine the risk for developing circulatory problems in the legs. To register, call 877-228-3638.
• Catawba Care will observe the 14th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day with an event 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 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, 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 Emmett Scott High School class of 1967 monthly birthday fellowship dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Ruby Tuesday’s, 1410 Old Springdale Road, Rock Hill.
• 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 2-4 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 .
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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