Allison Creek Bluegrass will host “Bluegrass Inspirations” 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Allison Creek Church on S.C. 274 between Lake Wylie and Newport. No cover charge family friendly event. Doors open at 6 p.m and concessions are available beginning at 6:30. For information visit www.allisoncreekbluegrass.com.
• Free community lunch, noon-2 p.m. Saturday at Bethany ARP Church, 1454 N. S.C. 161, Clover. Soup, sandwich and dessert will be provided. For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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 yorkcountyarts.org, 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 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 email@example.com or call Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism at 803-329-5652.
• Tega Cay Beautification 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• An inaugural Teen Summit,hosted by Marietta Massey Youth Council at the Elk Home, will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 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 eventbrite.com. For information, call Carlotta Ervin at 803-524-3253
• 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.
• Clover Chapter No. 138 Order of the Eastern Star will have a Poor Man’s Supper 5-7 p.m. Saturday at the Alpine Masonic Lodge No. 208, 502 N. Main St. Menu: pinto beans, vegetable soup, cornbread, slaw, dessert and drink. Cost: $7 for all-you-can-eat. Dine-in or take-out available. For information, contact David or Kathy Wallace at 803-222-3516.
• 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 email@example.com.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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 email@example.com. 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.
• 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 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 Catawba Chapter of the DAR will meet at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Ebenezer Church Parlor, 2132 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill. Sheila Ingle, author of children’s books about Kate Berrry and Martha Bratton, will speak. For more information, email Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Rock Hill branch of the NAACP general meeting will be 5 p.m. Feb. 23 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 at 4 p.m. Feb. 23 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 902 Crawford Road. For information, contact Deborah Saunders at 803-517-5014.
• The York Soil and Water Conservation District commissioners will meet at 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 under way. Visit comeseeme.org for applications for the following:
Broadway Night: Auditions for this local talent show April 10 are Feb. 25 and Feb. 27. Email email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 queencitytiming.com or download a race form at comeseeme.org.
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 Chandra.email@example.com or Amy Derosa at 803-326-7202 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 comeseeme.org. Information: email@example.com .
• The Rock Hill Civitan Club will meet Tuesday at Mary’s Café, Firetower Road. Social is at 6:30 p.m. with program at 7 p.m. Stephen Turner, director of Economic & Urban Development for the City of Rock Hill, will speak. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Rock Hill Toastmaster Club will have an open house and free dinner, 7 p.m. Tuesday at Westminster Towers Wellness Extension, 1330 India Hook Road. Toastmasters is a non profit that helps people improve public speaking, listening and thinking. For information, call Gary Loflin at 803-242-2753 or Allison Matthews at 803-328-5587.
• 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. Friday 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 theballroomdanceclub.com
• 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 803-36-.9763 or 803-328-8888 or e-mailing email@example.com. by Proceeds go to community service projects, as well as the upkeep of the clubhouse and garden.
• AARP Drivers Safety Program will be offered for ages 26 and older 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday at the Unity Presbyterian Church, Hall Street, Fort Mill. Participants will receive a certificate that makes them eligible for reduced insurance rates on collision and liability coverage.
The cost for AARP members is $15 and $20for non-members. Registration is required by calling Dennis McCarthy at 803-802 - 9985 or Donald Hunt at 803-329-4405.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Jim Van Blarcom at 803-548-5362 or email email@example.com. Cost of manual is $35, which can be shared. Lunch provided for $5.
• Heart 2 Heart Feburary Lunch-n-Learn will be noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the City Club of Rock Hill, 140 E. Main St. Dr. Harry E. Hicklin III of Palmetto Cardiology of York County will speak. Cost is $20 and includes lunch, beverage and tip.
• 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.
• Grief Share begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or Clyde Carrigan, 803-684-4052 or email@example.com.
Send Community News items to firstname.lastname@example.org or to 132 W. Main St., Rock Hill, SC 29730. Deadline for the Thursday column is 5 p.m. Monday. Deadline for the Sunday column is 5 p.m. Wednesday.