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Community News: Thursday, April 24, 2014

April 23, 2014 

Former Miss South Carolina Dawn Smith Jordan will speak May 8 at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Rock Hill.


The Bethesda Volunteer Fire Department barbecue and hash sale will be 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and until sold out Saturday at Station No. 1, 1705 West S.C. 324, Rock Hill. Plates are $8 and include barbecue or hash, baked beans, slaw and a roll. Barbecue or hash by the pound is $9. Baked goods also will be sold. Delivery available to businesses ordering five or more plates. For tickets contact Amber Mills at 803-517-2612.

Special events

• Clinton Family Ford will host a 50th anniversary Mustang car show 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the dealership, 1884 Canterbury Glen Lane, Rock Hill. The free event will feature vintage Mustangs, food and giveaways.

• Former Miss South Carolina Dawn Smith Jordan will speak May 8 at St. John’s United Methodist Church, Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill. Jordan will tell her story of faith and forgiveness in the face of tragedy, which was chronicled in her book, “Grace So Amazing.” Dessert and coffee will be served at 7 p.m., with Jordan’s program after. Tickets are $5 at the church office or at the door. Child care must be reserved by May 1 by calling 803-327-3113.

• The Earth Day Birthday event, “Tell Your Green Story,” will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Museum of York County, 4621 Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill. The event is free and open to the public. It is a smoke-free and pet-free event. Hawk Hurst, an environmental storyteller from Charleston, will talk with visitors.

The event will include hands-on activities, pony rides, a plant sale by the York County Master Gardeners, educational games and creative recycled materials sale. Volunteers will help participants tie-dye T-shirts. Bring your own shirt or buy one for $1. Family Trust Credit Union will sponsor a free shredding event. Unwanted documents can be brought to be shred on site 9 a.m.-noon. Food and drink will be available for purchase, or bring a picnic. For information, call the museum at 803-329-2121.

• The Winthrop University Vision of Prayze Gospel Choir spring concert “Lift Him Up” will be 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Flint Hill Baptist Church, 1214 Flint Hill St., Rock Hill. Doors open at 3 p.m.

The concert features the VOP Prayze Team, Liturgical Prayzers and other guests. The Rev. Demetrius Jackson of Anderson will be worship leader.

The concert is free and open to the public.

• Work by local artist Louise Bradford Blanks will be showcased 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Gallery 102, 104 Williams St., Lancaster. Blanks, a self-taught painter, works primarily on reclaimed windows and canvas. For information, contact Carla at or call 803-804-1902.

• The Ultimate Experience Tour featuring gospel artists Dewayne Woods, Latice Crawford, Le Juene Thompson, Tyronn Wilkins LeDessa Brown and Gabriel Powell will be 5:30 p.m. Sunday at The Gateway, 3200 Commerce Drive, Richburg. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For tickets call 470-377-3113.

• The 13th annual Christian Sport Shooters Classic, sponsored by Mount Holly United Methodist Church, will be May 3 at Rocky Creek Sports Club in Richburg. The event is a Lewis Class sporting clay shooting event, which includes a 12-station sporting clay course, a rabbit stand competition, a long bird competition, and a barbecue lunch with all the trimmings.

The course will open at 9 a.m., and the last shooters should be on the course by 1:30 p.m. Score cards must be turned in by 3:30 p.m. Open to shooters of all ages but all youth shooters must have a parent or guardian sign liability forms before shooting.

Cost is $100 for adult shooters and $75 for age 17 and younger. The price includes a round of sporting clay targets, lunch, T-shirt and a ticket for each game. Additional rabbit and long bird tickets can be purchased separately. Additional lunch tickets are $10.

For information and registration go to or call Donnie Christopher at 803-517-0740. Proceeds go to the new sanctuary fund.


•  Na Hlolair, an Irish band, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Carroll Hall, Whitton Auditorium at Winthrop University, Rock Hill. The group will perform traditional songs and tunes based on the rhythms of dances such as jigs, reels, hornpipes and waltz.

Formed in January, members play traditional Irish instruments including tin whistle, Irish flute, accordion, fiddle, low whistle, bodhr`an, and guitar. Na Hlolair was created from the Irish ensemble class at Winthrop and the Irish translation of Na Hlolair, (Nah HUL her) is “The Eagles.” The event is free and open to the public.

•  Clover High School Choraliers will present their spring show, Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” at 8 p.m. May 1-2 and 3 p.m. May 4 at the Clover School District Auditorium. Tickets are $7 and available at the auditorium box office from 2-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 28-30 and two hours prior to showtime.

•  Westminster Catawba Christian School theater department presents “The Wizard of Oz” in celebration of the classic film’s 75th anniversary. Performances will be 7 p.m. May 2 and 2 and 7 p.m. May 3 in the Catawba campus gym. Tickets are $16 for reserved seats and $12 general admission. Tickets at the door, if available, are $2 higher. Children age 5 and younger are admitted free in general admission. Tickets are available at or at the Catawba campus office.


• The Friends of the York County Library will hold its spring book sale May 1-3 at the First ARP Church gymnasium, 201 E. White St., Rock Hill.

Thousands of books for adults and children will be for sale at $2 per inch, measuring the height of the book stack. Videos, DVDs and audio books also will be for sale at bargain prices.

Opening night for Friends members will be 5-8 p.m. May 1. Memberships will be sold at the door beginning at $15 for individuals and $25 for families. The sale will be open to the public 9 a.m -7 p.m. May 2 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 3. All items will be half price May 3.

Proceeds go to York County Library programs. Information: or 803-981-5837.

•  Girls on the Run Tri County will have a 5K run/walk at 8:30 a.m. May 10 in downtown Rock Hill in celebration of its 10th anniversary. Registration is $25 in advance and $30 on race day. Runners get a T-shirt, goody bag and post race celebration with food, drinks and music. For information or to sign up, go to

•  South Carolina Area Eleven Special Olympics ninth annual Golf Scramble will be May 15 with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start at Pinetuck Golf Course, Rock Hill. Lunch and registration is at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $320 per team. Food and beverages provided during the tournament. For information, call Jim Elkins at 803-366-7148.

• A benefit for Maddie Aldridge will be Saturday at Sanctuary Hill Church of God of Prophecy, 1289 Lincoln Road, York, with a yard and bake sale at 8 a.m. A hot dog supper and silent auction will be 3-6 p.m. Proceeds will go to medical expenses.

• The Rock Hill Chapter of Finley High School Alumni will host a Chinese auction 1-5 p.m. Saturday at VFW Post 3746, 1404 Crawford Road, Rock Hill. Drop time is 1-3 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Alumni Scholarship. For information, call Charlie M. Robinson at 803-327-4547 or James T. Dunham at 704-232-0793.


•  York County Democratic Women’s Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Golden Corral, Anderson Road, Rock Hill.

•  Indian Land VFW will meet at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at 8083 Charlotte Highway. Potential new member should arrive at 10 a.m. Bring your DD214. For information, contact John Marker at 704-843-6930.

•  York County Genealogical & Historical Society will meet at 2 p.m. May 18 at Flint Hill Baptist Church, 269 Flint Hill Road, Fort Mill, to honor veterans from all wars from the Revolution to the present. Graves of more than 200 veterans are in the church cemetery. The annual business will be after.


•  Newcomers Club of York County monthly luncheon will be 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. May 14 at Park Pointe Village, 3025 Chesborough Blvd., Rock Hill. Year-end gifts to selected charities will be presented. Lunch is $11. RSVP to by May 9.


• “ Getting Your Business Online” will be 6-8 p.m. May 15 in room 212 at the Winthrop University College of Business, Room Thurmond Building.

Topics include choosing a domain name, basic planning for a business website, optimizing a website for local search, promoting your business through social network marketing and more. Cost is $50. Register at


•  UBC Hoop Ministry is taking applications for its summer league June 21-Aug. 10 for ages 9-18 at Union Baptist Church, Mount Gallant Road at S.C. 274, Rock Hill. Two games a week are played. Cost is $10 per player. For information, call the church at 803-366-1556 or email

• Registration for free swim lessons begins May 5. The lessons are taught by trained swim instructors, offered by the Rock Hill Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department.

Sessions for age 4 through adult begin June 9 and will run every two weeks through August. Times and skill levels vary per site. Swim lessons are held at the four city of Rock Hill pools.

Registration will be taken in person, on a first-come basis during business hours at the PRT office (Room 390) at City Hall, Boyd Hill Center, Emmett Scott Center, Fewell Park Center and Northside Center. Sessions fill quickly and space is limited.

A schedule of classes and locations is at and at the PRT office. Call 803-329-5620 with questions.

The city of Rock Hill’s four public swimming pools will open June 7. Hours are 1-6 p.m. weekdays (except for Boyd Hill, which opens at 2 p.m.) and 1-5 p.m. Saturday. Cost is 75 cents, children and $2, adults.


• 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; orientation and training are required. For information call 803-628-3190 or go to the shelter at 713 Justice Blvd., York.


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

•  Finley High School class of 1964 will meet at noon Saturday at the Chester Cove Restaurant 1622 JA Cochran Bypass. Classmates are encouraged to attend to help plan the 50th reunion, May 2-3. Reunion cost is $75 per person. For information, contact Charlie M. Robinson at 803-327-4547, James Mayfield at 803-374-1090 or Kater Wylie Cornwell at 704-661-7701.

•  Northwestern High School class of 1975 will have its 40th reunion next year. Class members are urged to send home addresses and email addresses to Karen Clark Pounds at

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