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Polar Plunge for Special Olympics upcoming

February 8, 2014 

Special Olympics Area Eleven’s Frozen Fans Polar Plunge will be noon Feb. 22 at Ebenezer Park to help raise $16,000 to support local athletes and coaches selected to compete in the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. A minimum of $50 must be raised for an individual to participate in the plunge and get a Frozen Fans “Chosen to be Frozen” T-shirt. Spectators and costumes are welcome. Pre-registration is not required.

For information about setting up a FirstGiving donation page, email Kathy Covington at or call Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism at 803-329-5652.

Special events

• The Arts Council of York County’s annual fundraising gala, “An Evening of Radiance” will be 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the City Club of Rock Hill, 140 East Main St.

Jazz musician Leslie Thompson Richardson will perform and DJ Chris Roland will spin favorite dance tunes. The event includes an open bar and hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction.

Auction items include vacation packages and original art by local and regional artists. Proceeds benefit arts programming in York County.

Tickets are: $80 for members; $85 for general public if purchased by Monday. After Monday, all tickets are $100. Tickets are available online at, by calling 803-328-2787, or in person at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St. Sponsorships are available. Call the Arts Council for details, 803-328-2787.

• South Carolina Alliance of Black School Educators, Rock Hill will host its annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities Awareness Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 22 at York Comprehensive High School in York. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

Students will have the opportunity to speak with college representatives and attend workshops on financial aid and SAT/ACT preparation. Free lunch provided. Seniors should bring a copy of their transcript.

For information, contact Melody Jones at or go to

• The Sixth Annual Red and White Social will be 5 p.m. Saturday at Union Baptist Church Community Family Life Center, at Mount Gallant Road and S.C. 274, Rock Hill.

The event features food, fellowship and fun. Donation, $5. RSVP to 803-366-1556 to leave your name and number of guests expected to attend.

• Boyd Hill Baptist Church Brotherhood will host its annual Valentines Ball for children, 5-7 p.m. Saturday at the Richard E. Sandifer Life Center, 315 Glenn St.

Free for children ages 5-16. Games, prizes, food and drinks. Wear red.

• The City of Rock Hill’s Committee on Human Relations will host a Black History Month presentation Thursday beginning with a reception at 5:30 pm in the rotunda at City Hall. A program from 6 to 7 p.m. will examine the integration of the Emmett Scott student body into Rock Hill and Northwestern High Schools.

• The fourth annual St. Paul Old Zion Halsellville Heritage Day will be 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Halsellville Baptist Church. For information, call Jannie Price Woods at 803-581-1545, Eumon Chisholm Jr. at 803-377-8325 or Jimmy Wright at 803-754-9510.


• The Salvation Army of Rock Hill will host its annual spaghetti dinner, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday at 119. S. Charlotte Ave. Plates are $6 and include spaghetti, salad, bread and dessert. Proceeds go to the men’s and women’s ministries.

• The Fort Mill Middle School Athletic Booster and PTO will host its third annual spaghetti dinner and online auction, 5-8 p.m. Feb. 21 at Unity Presbyterian Church, Fort Mill. Proceeds to the middle school athletic programs and PTO purchases.

•  Clover High School band’s winter programs will have a barbecue fundraiser 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Clover High School Applied Technology Center Café. Tickets for the take-out-only event are available for $8 through Friday from students. A small number of tickets will be available at the door. Students also will host a Family and Friends night at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 with exhibitions by the indoor drum lines and winter guards.

• The second annual Celebrate with Heart Gala will be 6 p.m. Saturday 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 803-524-5671.

• 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 checks 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.


• Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s Tarradiddle Players will present Hansel and Gretel with a new twist on a classic fairy tale at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Clover School District Auditorium. Tickets are $5 and available at the auditorium.

•  Winthrop University Department of Theatre and Dance presents Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie,” 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Feb. 16 in Johnson Theatre. Tickets are $8 with a Winthrop ID and $15 to the general public.

Tickets are available 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday at the box office and an hour before curtain. Call 803-323-4014 or e-mail for tickets.


•  Fort Mill Care Center’s annual meeting will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at 818 Tom Hall St.

• The York County Library Board of Trustees will meet at 5 p.m. Thursdayat the York library, 21 E. Liberty St. Open to the public. For information, go to or call 803-981-5831.

•  National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Jackson’s Cafeteria, Rock Hill. Business meeting begins at noon.


• The Woman’s Club of Rock Hill will meet 5 p.m. Monday at the clubhouse, 607 Aiken Ave. Whitner Harris, Glencairn Gardens supervisor, will discuss landscape projects at the gardens. For information, call 803-328-8888.

• The fifth annual Luncheon and Afternoon of Bridge/Games is noon-3 p.m. March 6 at the Woman’s Club of Rock Hill, 607 Aiken Ave. Cost is $25 per person and includes lunch, beverages, table snacks and door prizes. Reservations are due by March 3 by calling Connie at 803-328-8888 or emailing by Proceeds go to community service projects, as well as the upkeep of the clubhouse and garden.


•  Anne Springs Close Greenway will offer the Catawba Master Naturalist Program, part of the S.C. Master Naturalist program, March 5-May 12. Participants learn to identify plants and animals, better understand ecological concepts and explore the history and culture of the region. Classes meet 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Greenway. Cost is $600, which includes materials and field trip costs. For information, go to


• The Children’s School at Sylvia Circle, a public Montessori School of Choice, will have an informational meeting, 6-7 p.m. Monday in the cafeteria. Open enrollment for K5-fifth grade continues until Feb. 28. New K3 and K4 students can enroll until the first day of school. For information, go to and click on “schools of choice.”


•  Sterling House of Rock Hill will host a seminar on long-term care insurance 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday with Lisa Raye Hund from Consolidated Planning. Lunch provided. Limited seating. Register by Tuesday, by calling 803-366-1189.

Voter registration

•  York County Voter Registration will register voters and issue voter IDs, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Boyd Hill Baptist Church fellowship hall, Glenn Street, Rock Hill.


• 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,” and visits to a buffalo ranch and alpaca farm.

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 Friday. 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 Friday.

For information, call Katie at 803-329-5626. Register online at or mail fees to City of Rock Hill PRT, Katie Conley, P.O. Box 11706, Rock Hill, S.C. 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 projects 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.

Summer camps

•  Anne Springs Close Greenway is taking registration for its summer camps which range from the outdoor “Adventure Seekers” camp to a variety of sports and specialty camps.

More than 3,000 children participated in camps last year at the 2,100-acre site in Fort Mill. To register and for information, go to or call 803-547-4575.

Health information

•  North Central Family Medical Center will host Affordable Care Act classes at 10 a.m. Saturday and Feb. 22 at 1131 Saluda St., Rock Hill. Classes will provide information about the Affordable Care Act and the enrollment process. No appointment is necessary. A certified Affordable Care Act counselor will be available from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays at the Great Falls library and from 1-4 p.m. Fridays at the Lewisville library to answer Affordable Care questions and enrollment procedures.


•  Rock Hill High School class of 1956 will have dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Golden Corral, North Anderson Road. Family and friends welcome.

•  Rock Hill High class of 1959 will meet for lunch and fellowship at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Golden Corral, North Anderson Road. All classmates, spouses and friends are welcome.


• 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.

•  Agape Senior will host a drop-in for volunteers, 1-6 p.m. Feb. 27 at Agape Senior Assisted Living Rock Hill, 1785 Lexington Commons Drive, Rock Hill.

Kay Lee, volunteer manager, will be available to answer your questions about the volunteer ministry. For information, call 803-517-2021 or email

Support groups

•  NAMI monthly support groups and education meetings and will be Tuesday at The Hut at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, 421 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. Tuesday’s meetings are: NAMI Connection Consumer Support Group, 6:15 p.m.; support group for family members, 6:15 p.m. and the education meeting, which is open to the public, 7:30 p.m. Gretchen Benner with Piedmont Music Therapy will speak at 7:30.

•  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 begins 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at Eastview Baptist Church Education Building, 1430 Gordon Road, Rock Hill. Registration is $15 fpr materials. Scholarships available. For information, contact: Jane Cowan, 803-324-0386 or, or Clyde Carrigan, 803-684-4052 or

•  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

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