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Black History Month program Saturday at Union Baptist Church

February 3, 2014 

Black History Month program, noon Saturday at Union Baptist Church, 1195 Hands Mill 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.

Special events

• Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz, the first woman to lead a United States military academy, will speak at 11 a.m. Thursday 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.

• “Potatoes and Other Late Winter Vegetables” is the topic for First Friday in the Garden, 11 a.m. Friday at the Glencairn Garden Learning Center, 835 Edgemont Ave., Rock Hill. Master Gardener Rolf Mischker will present the free program.

First Friday in the Garden is a public service of the Master Gardeners of York County, Clemson Extension Service and the Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.

• Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Eta Alpha Omega Chapter, Agape International Ministries and “The Well” presents “Pink Goes Red,” 7-9 p.m. Friday 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.


•  Mount Hebron Dreamkeepers Optimist Club will host the Harlem Ambassadors and York County Community All Stars basketball fundraiser, 6 p.m. March 8 at South Pointe High School gym, 801 Neely Road, Rock Hill.

Tickets are $10, adults and $5, students and seniors. For information, contact Charles Z. Robinson at 803-328-5777 or email

• The York First Baptist Church Stars of Hope Relay for Life team will have a Cupid-style Zumba party, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Carolina Crossing YMCA.

The event features a free nursery and door prizes. Cost is $10 at the door. For details, or advance tickets, contact Annissa Biggers at

• The second annual Celebrate with Heart Gala will be 6 p.m. Feb. 15 at the City Club of Rock Hill, East Main Street.

The event features a shrimp and grits bar, a wine tasting with complimentary food pairings, an open martini bar also serving beer, mixed drinks and wine and music and dancing with DJ Travis Dupree in the main ballroom and the Marc Hoffman Quartet in the lounge

Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased online at or by calling 8030-524-5671.

• 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 check only.

Tickets are available at 123 Main St., call Lauren Medlin at 803-581-2030 or email Proceeds will benefit arts programming, exhibits, classes, youth art workshops, and other programs.

• Bethel United Methodist Church’s mission team will host a Valentine candy walk from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the church on Curtis Street in Rock Hill. Homemade candy will be for sale and can be packaged in Valentine boxes and bags.


•  Allison Creek Bluegrass features Bullet Creek and the Cowboy Church Band Thursday at Allison Creek Presbyterian Church on Highway 274 between Lake Wylie and Newport.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Concessions available at 6:30 and the music begins at 7. No cover charge. Open to the community.


•  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.

•  Indian Land VFW Post No. 12136, a newly formed post, will meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday for a nomination and election briefing (members only).

New charter members will be accepted at 9:30 a.m. Feb.15. Bring your DD214 and pay the $40 annual dues. Official nominations and election of officers will be 9 a.m. Feb. 22 (members only).

All meetings will be at Brew’s Tavern, 8083 Charlotte Hwy, Indian Land. For information or to check if you are an approved member, please contact Jack Monahan at 847-917-0487, Bill Parker at 860-573-2527 or John Marker at 704-843-6930.

• The Board of Rural Fire Control equipment committee will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Newport Station 1.

• 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.

• The Rock Hill Music Club will celebrate 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 High, and South Pointe high schools, South Carolina Federation of Music Club’s Summer Scholarships, and Opera Experience Southeast.


• The Rock Hill Civitan Club will hold its annual Clergy Appreciation celebration at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mary’s Café, Firetower Road. Social time is 6:30 p.m. All area clergy are invited. For more information email

• The Clover Woman’s Club will meet 4 p.m. Feb. 13 at McCelvey Center, 212 East Jefferson St. York. The program is “Historical Tour of Early Times in York County.”

For information, call Rita Dulin at 803-222-5799 or Kay Vrooman at 803-222-7873.


•  America’s Boating Course will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Driving 911 classroom, 2000 S.C. 160 near the Towne Tavern in Fort Mill

The free one-day class with an exam will earn a certificate that may earn a discount from boat insurance companies and qualify ages 13-16 to legally operate a boat or personal watercraft.

To sign up and get a course manual, contact, Gene Stutz at 803-831-8252 or email or Jim Van Blarcom at 803-548-5362 or email

Cost of manual is $35, which can be shared. Lunch provided for $5.

•  AARP Drivers Safety Program will be offered for age 26 and older 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday at the Lancaster County Council on Aging, 309 S. Plantation Road. 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.


• 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

•  Rock Hill Happy Travelers trip to the Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre will be March 19. Participants will travel by motor coach to Wytheville, Va., for a three course 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. Deadline is Feb. 14.

For information, call Katie at 803-329-5626. Register online at or mail fees to City of Rock Hill PRT, Katie Conley, PO Box 11706, Rock Hill, SC 29731 or take fees to the Parks, Recreation and Tourism office at City Hall in Room 390.

• The Rock Hill Youth Council Youth Service Day will be noon-4 p.m. March 29. School clubs, church youth groups, scouts, and youth groups are invited to participate.

Teams will meet at the Cherry Park Open Shelter for a kick-off celebration with free food, music and free T-shirts. Volunteers will then go to a project location to work. Groups are responsible for organizing their own service project and should complete an application by March 21 to register.

Forms are available at or by contacting Patti Panetti at 803-329-5625 or Katie Wieberg at 803-329-5642.

Health fairs and screenings

• The Partners in Business Health & Wellness Fair has been rescheduled for 8a.m.-noon March 12 at the Palmetto Room in Rock Hill.

• 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. Saturday at the Emmett Scott Recreation Center, 801 Crawford Road, Rock Hill, with free food, door prizes, entertainment, free health screenings and HIV testing.

Tax help

• The AARP Tax Aid program will offer free federal and state income tax preparation 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through 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, through 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.

Support groups

• The Adult Enrichment Centers of Rock Hill Caregiver Support Group will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at 359 Park Ave., Rock Hill. Dr. Romin Shah, board certified geriatric medicine, will speak. Open to the public. For information, call Dee Curran at 803-327-7448.

•  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 Surgical Weight Loss Program support group meets at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month in the Women’s Center auditorium at Piedmont Medical Center.

*• 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

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