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Community News: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014

February 26, 2014 

The Rock Hill Music Club will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a concert at 3 p.m. March 9 in Byrnes Auditorium. Performers, from left to right, are Mignon Eayre, Shirley Fishburne, Jerry Helton, Mary Ann Helton and Donald Moe.


Saxophonist Dave Pietro and the Dave Pietro Group will perform at the 12th Annual Jazz Discovery Music Festival at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Northwestern High School Auditorium in Rock Hill.

From 1994-2003, Pietro played lead alto saxophone and recorded six CDs with the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra. He has toured and/or recorded with the bands of Woody Herman, Lionel Hampton, Maynard Ferguson, Maria Schneider, The Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, John Fedchock, Mike Holober, Anita Brown, Pete McGuinness, Jim Widner and Arturo O’Farrill. He has also performed with many other well-known musicians.

Also appearing will be the Winthrop University Jazz Ensemble with guest soloist Will Campbell from UNC Charlotte.

Pietro also will perform with the Northwestern High School Senior Jazz Ensemble at 3 p.m. and, along with the members of the Dave Pietro Group, will present free instrument clinics starting at 3:45 p.m.

The festival includes performances by high school and middle school bands from across North and South Carolina throughout the day as well as a performance by the All-Star Special and a student jam session at noon.

All the school performances and clinics are free and open to the public. Tickets for the evening concert are $20. For tickets, go to or call Mark Yost at 803-981-1225.

Special events

• “Annual and Perennial Vines” is the topic for the First Friday in the Garden program, 11 a.m. March 7 at the Glencairn Garden Learning Center, 835 Edgemont Ave., Rock Hill

Clemson Extension Agent Paul Thompson will present the free program, which is a public service of the Master Gardeners of York County, Clemson Extension Service and the Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.

• The sixth annual Red and White Social has been rescheduled for 5 p.m. March 8 at the Silver Eagles of the Community Family Life Center of Union Baptist Church, at Mount Gallant Road at S.C. 274. Cost is $5. Call 803-366-1556 for reservations and indicate the number attending.

The St. Patrick’s Day on Main Festival will be 4:30-9:30 p.m. March 17 in downtown Rock Hill. The festival will feature live Irish/Celtic music from the Federal Clan Kings and The Thistledown Tinkers, Irish dancers from Walsh Kelley School of Irish Dancing and Rince na h’Eireann Dance School of Traditional Irish Dance, arts and crafts vendors, amusement area for children, food and beverages and Pickles Da Clown. Free admission.

The schedule can be found at


•  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.


• Singer, songwriter and composer Jimmy Webb will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Clover School District Auditorium, S.C. 55 East. Webb has penned songs such as “The Highwayman,” “Wichita Lineman,” and “MacArthur Park” and many others for numerous artists over the last 50 years. Tickets are $15 and available by calling 803-222-8018.

• 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 women 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, and South Pointe high schools, South Carolina Federation of Music Club’s Summer Scholarships, and Opera Experience Southeast.

Art shows

• Charlotte artist Todd Baxter will exhibit some of his newest paintings March 4-28 in the Rock Hill City Hall Rotunda Gallery, 155 Johnston Ave., Rock Hill.

Baxter works primarily with oils and is a 2014 member of the Oil Painters of America. He currently has work represented by the Providence Gallery in Charlotte and Olive’s in Fort Mill. He is also in the Tega Cay Art League, the Charlotte Art League, the Charlotte Plein Air Painters and the Catawba River Art Guild. For more information on Baxter, go to

The gallery is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday on the second floor of City Hall.

• Works by York artists Sudy Dressler and Mary McCorkle are on exhibit through March 16 in the Williams & Fudge Gallery at the Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill.

Working in oils, Dressler’s works often focus on landscapes. She is a member of the Charlotte and North Carolina Plein Air Painters. McCorkle has painted in oils for the past five years.

The gallery is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For information, call the Arts Council of York County at 803-328-2787.


• The York County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs will meet 7 p.m. Thursday at the Administration Building, 7900 Park Place Road in the East York Industrial Park, off S.C. 5 in York. Open to the public.


•  Tega Cay Beautification committee will have a workday on the walking trail at 9 a.m. Wednesday beginning at Trailhead Park. Bring gloves, water bottle, loppers, bypass pruners, extension pruning saw or pruning saw if available. Volunteers and new members are needed. For information, email or call Kline at 704-287-7432.


•  AARP Drivers Safety Program will be offer classes for ages 26 and older. Participants will get certificates that may reduce the insurance rate on collision and liability coverage.

Cost is $15 for for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. Registration is required.

Classes include:

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday at Cox Harley-Davidson, 1178 Galleria Blvd., Rock Hill. To register, contact W.T. Holmes at 864-993-6703 or Donald Hunt at 803-329-4405.

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at York County Library, East Liberty Street, York. To register, contact Gerald Kempt at 803-684-9512.


•  How to Start A Small Business Workshop will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Winthrop’s College of Business (Thurmond Building), room 415. The workshop includes the development of a business plan, anticipated expense and projected income, and allows for questions. Cost is $25. Materials provided. For information, contact Winthrop Region SBDC at 803-323-2283. Registration required by 4 p.m. Tuesday.

• A free IRS workshop for existing businesses will be 8:30 a.m.-noon March 17 held in Room 415, Thurmond Building (College of Business), at Winthrop University. Resource materials will be provided. For information, contact Winthrop Region SBDC at 803-323-2283. Parking passes for the day will be emailed the day before the workshop.


• The Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department and the Commission for Children and Youth are taking nominations for the Champion for Children Award. The award recognizes a person or organization in the Rock Hill area who makes positive contributions to the community on behalf of children.

The award will be presented at the No.1 Question annual summit May 8. Nomination forms are due by April 4 and are available at or by contacting Patti Panetti at 803-329-5625 or

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 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 or to register by March 17, call 803-329-1500 or 800-895-2273.

• 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 Blvd., York.

Health information

• North Central Family Medical Center will host Affordable Care Act classes at 10 a.m. each Saturday in March at 1131 Saluda St., Rock Hill. Classes will provide information about the act and the enrollment process. No appointment is necessary.

•  Partners in Business health and wellness fair will be 8 a.m.-noon March 12 in the Palmetto Room in downtown Rock Hill. The event includes health screenings, health information and door prizes. Free admission.

•  Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville will host a free community health talk, “Removing the Stigma: A Prostate Cancer Discussion” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Rock Hill City Club, East Main Street. Dr. David Nix of Carolina Cancer Specialists, a partner of Levine Cancer Institute, will speak.

A light dinner will be provided. For more information or reservations, call 704-667-6507 or go to


• The Emmett Scott High School class of 1967 will meet for its March birthday fellowship dinner 5:30 p.m. on Monday at Outback Steakhouse, 1319 River Run Court, Rock Hill.

•  Rock Hill High class of 1954 will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Golden Corral, Anderson Road. All classmates and friends are invited.

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 call 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.

•  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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