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Community News: Thursday, March 27, 2014

March 26, 2014 

Chrysalis Autism Center is hosting a “Bite it Up Blue” breakfast for Light it Up Blue in honor of autism from 8-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Ebenezer ARP Church, Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill.

The all-blue breakfast includes blue pancakes, blue corn grits, blue oatmeal, blue biscuits and gravy and blueberry muffins. There also will be games and prizes for kids.

Cost is $10, adults, and $6, children. For information call the center at 803-792-0771 or go to

Special events

• A book signing for Pat Guerry Hodnett’s new novel “In Full Sun,” the third in the series of the “Lily” Kate trilogy, will be 2-4 p.m. April 5 at the Gillespie House, 10 W. Liberty St., York.

• Saluda Trail Middle School Related Arts Department presents the musical “Annie Jr.” at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the school auditorium in Rock Hill. Tickets are $5.

• Masters Car Club and Burns Chevrolet will host a Show and Shine car show, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Burns, Cherry Road, Rock Hill.

• The Woman’s Club of Rock Hill will host Mama’s Sunday Dinner and Grandpa’s Country Store from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 6 at the clubhouse on Aiken Avenue. Menu includes grilled chicken, baked ham, sweet potatoes, deviled eggs, macaroni and cheese, cucumber salad, biscuits and assorted desserts. Tickets are $18, adults; $9 ages 10 and younger. For reservations call 803-328-8888 (leave message) or Daisy at 803-329-2808.

• The S.L. Finley Restoration Association will host a dedication ceremony and open house, noon-4 p.m. Saturday of the remodeled band room at the old Finley High School building, 112 Caldwell St., Chester. Freedom Ministries, formerly Second Baptist Church, remodeled the room into a conference and entertainment center. Open to the public. Refreshments served.

•  Saloma Miller Furlong, who fled her strict Amish community in Ohio for freedom in Burlington, Vt., will speak at 2 p.m. Saturday at the York County Library in Rock Hill.

Furlong, whose memoir is “Why I Left the Amish,” has published a new book, “Bonnet Strings: An Amish Woman’s Ties to Two Worlds.” It recounts how she was coerced to return, but was able to make the break for good thanks to the love of the non-Amish man she would eventually marry. She has been featured in two PBS American Experience documentaries.

•  Glencairn BloomFest planning committee is seeking sponsors for the May 17 event at Glencairn Garden. The event will feature vendors with garden-themed items, a plant sale, music, kid’s activities, food and garden tours. A variety of sponsorship levels are available from $100 and up, with varying levels of sponsor promotion and benefits. In-kind donations are also appreciated. For information, contact the Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism office at 803-329-5620.

•  Free document shredding, sponsored by Seras Records and Shred 360, will be 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at Sisk Memorial Baptist Church, 115 Massey St., Fort Mill. Open to all county residents. Limited to five bags or boxes of documents.


•  St. Vincent de Paul youth will have its annual yard sale 7 a.m.-noon Saturday at St. Anne Catholic Church, 1694 Bird St., Rock Hill. Rain or shine. Proceeds benefit the needy in Rock Hill and surrounding areas.

• The Rock Hill Scott-ites will host a Chinese auction at 1 p.m. April 5 at Emmett Scott Neighborhood Community Room, Crawford Road, Rock Hill. Drop Time is noon-1 p.m. For information, call 803-329-0521 or 803-329-2911.

•  Southern Sweet Tea and Pearls, a traditional Southern tea hosted by the York County Woman’s Club, will be 2 p.m. April 12 at the home of Judy McCardle, 471 Lakeside Drive, Rock Hill. Tickets are $25. For reservations, call Judy at 803-493-6530 or email Proceeds benefit Safe Passage and Tender Hearts.

• The Rock Hill Lions Club will host a pancake breakfast, 8-10 a.m. April 12 at Fatz Cafe on Herlong Avenue, Rock Hill. Proceeds will help provide exams and eyeglasses for children and adults in our community who cannot afford them. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children under 11 years old. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling Gary at 803-325-2133.

•  Adnah United Methodist Church will have a barbecue sale, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the church, Adnah Church Road, Rock Hill. Plates are $8 and include barbecue, slaw, baked beans, chips, bun, dessert and drink. Pounds are $10. Delivery available for five or more plates. For advance tickets, call Eddie Thomasson at 803-627-1392 or email For delivery on sale days, call 803-366-2731.

•  India Hook United Methodist Men’s spring barbecue and women’s bake sale, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the church, Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill. Eat in or take out. Plates are $8 and include a half chicken, baked beans, slaw, roll, tea and desserts. Child’s plates are $4 with a quarter chicken. Whole chickens, $8. To place special orders for cakes, call Ann Norman at 803-366-4799 or Dottie Davis at 803-579-0491. Donations are being accepted for the May 3 yard sale beginning April 1.

• The United Methodist Women at Bethel United Methodist Church will have a country lunch at 11 a.m. April 3 at the church, Curtis Street, Rock Hill. Plates are $7 and include stew beef and rice, chicken dumplings, pinto beans, slaw, cabbage, greens, pineapple casserole, macaroni and cheese, desserts and tea. Proceeds will go to UMW missions.

•  Hopewell Presbyterian Church will have a pork and chicken barbecue Saturday at the church on South Anderson Road, Rock Hill. Plates and pounds, $8. Delivery available for five or more plates. For information, call 803-324-1066 or 803-984-3863.

Hunger relief

•  Second Harvest Partners, sponsored by Providence Presbytery, will have a hunger relief site 9 a.m. Friday at Bel-Air United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land. Volunteers will help distribute food to participants who meet USDA eligibility income guidelines. For information, call Catawba Area Agency on Aging at 803-329-9670.


• The Bethel Fire Tax District Board meeting will be 7 p.m. April 7 at Station No. 1,


• The Upper Palmetto YMCA’s Silver Fox Club trip to Spain and Portugal will be Oct. 3-16. The trip includes the cities of Barcelona, Valencia, Granada, Costa del Sol, Gibraltar, Seville, Lisbon, Fatima, and Madrid. The cost of the trip is $3245 (based on current air fare) double occupancy. The Iberian Explorer is sponsored by Trafalgar Tours. An informational meeting will be 9:30 a.m. April 7 at the Charlotte Avenue YMCA. For information, call Jimmy Johnson at 803-324-9622 ext. 228 or email at

• The Rock Hill Area Shag Club will be represented at the Come-See-Me Beach Bash April 4 in downtown Rock Hill with DJ Frank Price. The club also will sponsor a shag contest for all ages. Enter to dance at the Beach Bash. No entry fee.

•  York County Genealogical & Historical Society will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the bandstand in Confederate Park on Main Street in Fort Mill to learn about the monuments in the park and visit Unity Cemetery and the Fort Mill History Museum. The group will tour the S.C. Department of Archives and History research room, 8301 Parklane Road, Columbia, at 10 a.m. April 2. Dr. Eric Emerson, director, will make a brief presentation about the importance and work of the archives.


•  AARP Drivers Safety Program will be offered for ages 26 and older from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Toyota of Rock Hill, 640 Galleria Blvd., Rock Hill. Participants will receive a certificate that may reduce the insurance rate on collision and liability coverage. Cost is $15 for AARP Members and $20 for non-members. Registration is required. For information or to register, call Gerald Hensley at 803-789-5810.


• A free workshop, “Getting Old is Not for Sissies,” will be led by Mitchell Payne of Warner, Payne & Black at 6:30 p.m. April 7 at the Family Trust office at 1219 S.C. 55 E., Clover. Payne will give an overview of wills and documents for power of attorney and health care power of attorney. Handouts will be provided and books on the topic will be available to checkout. Register at or call James Sheedy at 803-326-2187.


• The York Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring a photography contest for York County students from kindergarten to college age. Student amateur photographers can enter up to five photos. All entries must be digital and submitted electronically via email. Categories are “Conservation in Action,” “Close-up Conservation” and “Agriculture across America.” Deadline for entries is April 18. Complete rules and entry forms may be obtained by calling or emailing the Conservation District at 803-684-3137, ext. 101, or

Summer camps

•  Anne Springs Close Greenway will host an open house 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Greenway’s Adventure Center off Springfield Parkway for families to learn more about and sample the more than 60 summer camps offered. Families can bring a picnic and try kayaking, archery and the traverse wall’s horizontal climbing challenge.

Day camps range from the outdoor “Adventure Seekers” to a variety of sports and specialty camps teaching everything from robotics to rocket science to rock star dance. Costs are $75 to $350 per week. Children who register for summer camp will receive a 10 percent discount. To register and for information, go to or call 803-547-4575.


• The York County Democratic Women’s Council is offering two $1000 scholarship awards in memory of Bessie Moody Lawrence. She was a professor of education at Winthrop University and served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1993-2008. She tackled issues that impacted children, teachers, women, and the poor. The scholarship is open to any graduating high school senior. For information visit the York County Democratic Office, 858 Cherry Road, Rock Hill, or call 803-327-4222

Health information

• The Early Learning Partnership’s Free Children’s Clinic is open from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Fridays at 410 E. Black Street, Rock Hill, in the Rock Hill Family Resource Center. Children, birth to 18 years of age, who do not have health insurance can see a doctor or nurse practitioner for free. Services include sick visits, immunizations, and physicals including sports and school physicals. Call 803-322-6636 to make an appointment. Other clinics are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in York, Fort Mill and Clover.

•  North Central Family Medical Center will offer extended open enrollment assistance for the Affordable Care Act until 7 p.m. Monday, which is the deadline to sign up. The center is located at 1131 Saluda St., Rock Hill.

Head Start

• Carolina Community Actions is accepting applications for children ages 3-4 for the 2014-15 Head Start program year. Applications are available at 1446 Russell St., Rock Hill; 100 Lestina Court, Fort Mill; 300 Clinton Ave, Clover; 2133 Quinn Road, Chester; 1966 Westbrook Road, Edgemoor; 37 Pinckney St., York; and 500 Hampton Road, Lancaster. For information, call 803-366-5398.


• The York County Council on Aging is in need of volunteers to help deliver meals Tuesdays and Thursdays to home-bound seniors in Clover. For information call Patty Teeter at 803-222-9286.


• The Rock Hill High School class of 1954 will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday at Golden Corral, Anderson Road, Rock Hill. Family and friends invited to attend.

Support groups

•  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.

•  Affirmation of York County is a newly formed support group for people in faith communities who seek support and understanding for ourselves and others in working through the issues confronted by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, their families and their friends. Meetings are 7-8:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2955 S.C. 160, Fort Mill. People of all faiths and denominations are welcome. For information call Ellen at 803-417-0954 or Melissa at 803-547-6042.

•  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

•  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, 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.

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