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Arts fundraising gala Feb. 22 at Rock Hill City Club

February 13, 2014 

Special Olympics Area Eleven’s Frozen Fans Polar Plunge will be at noon Feb. 22 at Ebenezer Park. Special Olympics athlete Joshua Myers takes the Polar Plunge into Lake Wylie during last year’s event.

JEFF SOCHKO — Herald file photo

• The Arts Council of York County’s annual fundraising gala, “An Evening of Radiance” will be at 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 $100, 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.

Special events

* * • Special Olympics Area 11’s Frozen Fans Polar Plunge will be at 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.

• Local Van Wyck author, Glenda Manus, recently released her new book “Sweet Tea & Southern Grace.” The Lancaster County Council of the Arts will host a book launch 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Springs House, 201 W. Gay St. Refreshments will be served. For information, call 803-285-7451 or go to

•  Tega Cay Beautification committee will have a workday on the walking trail, starting at Trailhead Park at 9 a.m. Saturday to trim low branches and cut back side growth. Bring gloves, water bottle, loppers, bypass pruners, extension pruning saw and pruning saw.

The committee will host tree-trimming experts 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 22 at Trailhead Park, 7725 Tega Cay Drive. Paul Thompson, York County Clemson extension agent, and Dave Powell, manager of Bartlett Tree Experts will perform demonstrations on different trees and sizes, including crape myrtles. Free and open to the public. For more information on either event, email Jennifer Stalford at

• An inaugural Teen Summit, hosted by Marietta Massey Youth Council at the Elk Home, will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 22, 1644 Ogden Road, Rock Hill. Guest panelists include Dr. Ray Feaster, medical director at Presbyterian Novant Inpatient Care Specialists; Reggie McKnight, McKnight Law Firm; and Fernando Barrow, U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer. RSVP to For information, call Carlotta Ervin at 803-524-3253

• The Sixth Annual Red and White Social will be at 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; 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.


•  “Must Dash” 5K and 2.5K will be at 9 a.m. March 1 starting at Lake Wylie Crossfit gym and running through The Landing neighborhood to benefit the Clover High School AFJROTC.

There will be awards for males and females in each 10-year category. This will be a child- and dog-friendly event. The 5K fee is $20. The 2.5K fee is $15. Registration ends Feb. 28. Register at

• The 20th anniversary “Be Irish for a Night,” Pilgrims’ Inn fundraiser will be 6:30 p.m. March 15 at St. Anne Parish Life Center, 1696 Bird St., Rock Hill

The event includes a corned beef and cabbage dinner, homemade Irish corn bread and desserts, wine, beer, soft drinks, coffee, Irish dancers, Irish music, live and silent auctions, 50/50 split the pot, and door prizes.

Tickets are $40 of which $30 is tax deductible. For tickets and sponsorships contact Ronnie at 803-327- 7002 or

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

•  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 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. Saturday with exhibitions by the indoor drum lines and winter guards.


• The York Soil and Water Conservation District commissioners will meet 4:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the USDA Service Center, 1460 E. Alexander Love Hwy., York. Open to the public. For information, contact Barbara O’Connell at 803-684-3137 ext. 101.

•  Memory Makers Choir for senior citizens meets 11 a.m. Thursdays at Westminster Academy of the Arts, 1320 India Hook Road, Rock Hill. The group is free to join.

Come-See-Me auditions, registration

• Registration for some Come-See-Me Festival events is underway. Visit for applications for the following:

Broadway Night: Auditions for this local talent show April 10 are Feb. 25 and Feb. 27. Email or call 803-329-7625 to schedule an audition.

Blooming Gardens Parade: Entry forms are due March 7 for the April 3 parade. Entry fee is $30. Email for information.

Come-See-Me Road Races-Half Marathon, Fun Run & 5K: The April 5 race will be at South Pointe High School, 801 Neely Road. Register at the Charlotte Avenue YMCA, 402 Charlotte Avenue, online at or download a race form at

Half Marathon registration fee is $65 or pre-register for $50. 5K Road Race registration fee is $25 or pre-register for $20. The fun run is free and registration is not required.

For information, contact Chandra West at 704-374-2651 or or Amy Derosa at 803-326-7202 or

Come-See-Me Cornhole Throwdown: Competition will be April 12 at the Tailgate by Winthrop Lake. Entry fee is $40 per team. To register, go to Information: .


York County Quilt Guild will meet 7 p.m. Monday at Grace Lutheran Church, 426 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. Ellen Guerrant , an award-winning quilt artist, will present Journey of a Quiltmaker and will include many of her quilts. Open to the public.

• The Ballroom Dance Club will have its third Friday dance 7:30-10:20 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Oak Room of the Country Club Golf House, 101 Country Club Drive, Fort Mill. All adults and skill levels are invited. Music by DJ Jim Wright. Dress code is dressy casual. Dances are alcohol free and non-alcoholic beverages are provided.

Guest admission is $10 per couple. For information, call Bob at 803-329-5764 or go to

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 York County Community Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations, congregations, and governmental and educational institutions for its 2014 Grants Program. Priority is given to projects and programs in arts and culture, education, environment, and health and human services. Registration is due Feb. 21 and applications are due Feb. 28. Information:

•  Arts Council of York County small grants are available to individual artists, non-profit organizations and schools in York County. deadline to apply is 9 a.m. March 3. For more information, call contact the Arts Council of York County at 803-328-2787, by email at, or go to

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 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.


•  Hospice & Community Care will offer a one-day volunteer training session 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 20 at Hospice & Community Care Campus, 2275 India Hook Road, Rock Hill.

Volunteers provide customer service at the Resale Shops, serve in the Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House, knit Prayer Shawls, help with fundraisers and community education, and other opportunities with flexible schedules. For information, call 803-329-1500 or 800-895-2273 or to register March 17.

• 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


• The Finley High School class of 1964 will meet at noon Saturday at Jackson’s Cafeteria, 1735 Heckle Blvd., Rock Hill. All classmates are encourage to attend to help 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.

Support groups

•  Hospice & Community Care will offer a free five-week grief support group 5:30-7 p.m. beginning March 18. Space is limited. Register by March 14. For information, please 803-329-1500 or 800-895-2273 and ask to speak to a grief counselor. Meeting location will be disclosed at that time.

•  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 at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at Eastview Baptist Church Education Building, 1430 Gordon Road, Rock Hill. Registration is $15 for 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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