The Old Town Farmers Market kicks off its season Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at 115 Caldwell St., Rock Hill. The market feature local produce vendors, arts and crafts, children’s activities and entertainment. The market is open Thursdays and 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays through the summer. Arsena Schroeder will perform Thursday. York County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions about plants. Children can plant flowers to take home and Pickle Da Clown will sell balloon creations. On Saturday PJ Brunson performs and there will be a fitness class with Get Fit with Troy in the Getty’s Art Center parking lot.
• A community-wide NFL Draft Celebration, highlighting Rock Hill’s strong high school football tradition, will be 7-9 p.m. Thursday South Pointe High School cafeteria. The public can watch as former South Pointe player, Jadeveon Clowney, enters the NFL draft. The NFL draft will be televised at 8 p.m. The free event will include activities and games. Concessions will be available for purchase.
• Hospice & Community Care will offer Project HOPE (Healing Ourselves through Personal Expression) 5-7 p.m. June 16-19. Project HOPE. is a program for children who have suffered the loss of a loved one to express their grief in a healthy and creative way. The free workshop designed for ages 7-18. An adult support group will be offered for parents and guardians of the participants. Registration is required. Location disclosed at registration. To register, 803-329-1500.
• The fourth annual Glencairn BloomFest will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 17 in the Meadow at Glencairn Garden on Edgemont Avenue, Rock Hill. This family event will feature plants, garden art, pottery, baskets and other garden-themed items for sale from a variety of vendors. There also will be activities and crafts for children as part of “National Kids to Parks Day.” There will be music and garden tours plus food available for purchase. Space for plant and garden-themed vendors remains. For vendor information, call 803-329-5655.
• The Mayor’s Youth Bike Ride and Open House will be 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday the Giordana Velodrome, Cherry Road, Rock Hill. Mayor Doug Echols will lead local children, age 12 and younger, around the apron of the track followed by demonstrations from the Rockets Youth Cycling Program and adult racers. For information, call 803-329-5620 or go to BikeRockHill.com.
• The Northwestern High School bands will present the Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Northwestern High School Auditorium. The concert will feature the 9th Grade Band, Concert Band, and Symphonic Band as well as several chamber ensembles. The Symphonic Band features senior french hornist Kyle Thompson. Thompson is a four-time member of the SCBDA All State Concert Band, a member of the Charlotte Youth Orchestra, the Charlotte Youth Wind Ensemble. He also has been selected to perform with the reigning world champion Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps this summer.
The Northwestern High School Jazz bands will present the Jazz Gala at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Northwestern High School band room. The concert will include the Clinic Jazz Band, the NHS Jazz Combo and the Senior Jazz Ensemble. The concert will feature senior jazz trombonist Jordan Leach who was a member of the SCBDA All-State Jazz Band and Michael Hackett, of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Admission to both concerts is free.
• Works by members of the Tega Cay Art League are featured through May 29 in an exhibit in the City Hall Rotunda Gallery, 155 Johnston Ave., Rock Hill.
The Tega Cay Art League is a study group of professional-level artists who meet weekly to paint, draw, and discuss fine art. Works on display are by Todd Baxter, Tobi Bordihn, Barbara Davis, Adele Greenfield, Wendy Hope, Madie Horne, Beverley Hughes, Shirley Hunt, Sybil Mitchell, Tom Remmey, Jennifer Stalford, and Phiddy Webb .
The gallery on the second floor of city hall is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.
• York East Relay for Life will be noon-midnight Saturday at the Rock Hill High School track to celebrate with cancer survivors, remember those we have lost, and to raise money in the fight against cancer. For more information, go to relayforlife.org
• The Market at Inman Farms second season opens 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at 1101 Black Highway, York. Vendors will sell local produce, specialty foods, and handmade items.
The market also features starter plants, seeds, fresh cut flowers, herbs, soaps, grass fed beef and locally raised pork, fresh eggs, soy candles, local honey, handmade textiles, jewelry, bird houses and feeders, yard and home furniture, yard art, recycled items, art and pottery.
The Second Saturday Art Adventure, sponsored by the Yorkville Artist Guild, will be held in conjunction with opening day. En Plein Air –the concept of painting in the open air – is for local artists and photographers. Contact Sandy Brindle-Carter803-981-3598 for information or to register. The event is free. No supplies provided.
Vendor opportunities are available. Admission is free. For a schedule of opening events, go to www.inmanfarmsyorksc.webs.com.
• Former Miss South Carolina Dawn Smith Jordan will speak Thursday 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.
• The annual Western York County Senior Expo will be 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday at Filbert Presbyterian Church, 2066 Filbert Highway in York. The event for seniors, caregivers and health care professionals is presented annually by the Greater York and Greater Clover chambers of commerce and ICE, or Individuals Caring for the Elderly.
Admission is free. The event will include food and beverages, door prizes, entertainment and free health services, as well as information and health screenings.
Vendors can register at greateryorkchamber.com or cloverchamber.org. For information, call the York chamber at 803-684-2590 or the Clover chamber at 803-222-3312.
• Worth Boys and Girls Camp spring fundraiser will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Publix, 2186 Cherry Road, Rock Hill. There will be inflatables, police cars, drinks, food, snacks, child ID kits, crafts and McGruff the Crime Dog. For information go to www.worthyboysandgirlscamp.com.
• The Children’s Organ Transplant Association, a national charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses, is helping Chester volunteers raise money for Jordan Diggs.
Jordan, daughter of Emily and William Diggs, was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease and needs a kidney transplant. An estimated $25,000 needs to be raised. For information on, contact Denise Mathis at 803-374-7580 or email email@example.com.
Donations can be mailed to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, 2501 West COTA Drive, Bloomington, IN, 47403. Checks or money orders should be made payable to COTA, with “In Honor of Jordan D” written on the memo line. Online donations accepted at www.COTAforJordanD.com.
• Furry Friends tennis social and fundraiser will be 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Rock Hill Tennis Center 897 Maplewood Lane. The event features pizza, homemade sides, desserts and beverages. There will be raffles, prizes and tennis games. Non players welcome. Admission is $10. Proceeds go to the Humane Society of York County in Fort Mill. For information, call 803 207-1357 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Girls on the Run Tri County will have a 5K run/walk at 8:30 a.m. Saturday 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 gotrtricountysc.org/events.
• The Arts Council of York County’s 100-year-old Chickering and Sons piano at the Community Performance Center has lost its high and low registers. The cost to repair the instrument far exceeds its value.
The council is looking for someone who has one to donate (100 percent tax deductible). The ideal replacement is a black, 5- to 6-foot baby grand concert piano that is less than 25 years old, and has been stored in a controlled environment. Preferred brands are Baldwin, Kawai, Kimball, Pramberger, Steinway, or Yamaha.
For information or to make a donation, contact Mary Lynn Norton, artistic director and facility manager, at email@example.com.
• Rock Hill Toastmasters will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at Westminster Health Center Garden Room. Toastmasters is a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs to help members improve communication, public speaking & leadership skills. Guests are welcome.
• The Ballroom Dance Club monthly dance will be 7:30-10:20 p.m. Friday in the Oak Room at Fort Mill Golf Course Club House, 101 Country Club Drive. The event is dressy casual. All adult ages and skill levels are invited. Dances are alcohol free. Non-alcoholic beverages are provided. Guest admission $15 per couple, $7.50 for singles. For information call Bob at 803-0329-5764 between 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
• The Rock Hill Civitan Club will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mary’s Cafe, Firetower Road. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. Jenna Boydston with Tender Hearts ministries will speak. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Registration for free swim lessons begins Monday. 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 cityofrockhill.com/prt 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 for children and $2 for adults.
• Auditions for “Miracle in Mudville,” Fort Mill Community Playhouse’s youth production, will be 6-8 p.m Friday and 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the playhouse, 615 Banks St. Auditions are for rising third-graders through rising 12th-graders and will consist of cold readings from the script; no prep necessary. Production dates are July 11-13 and 18-20. The play is a comedy about time-traveling little leaguers. For information go to www.fortmillplayhouse.org or call 803-548-7323.
• A free seminar on surgical weight loss will be Thursday. For times and locations, call 877-228-3638.
• Hospice & Community Care will offer a one-day volunteer training session 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at 2275 India Hook Road, Rock Hill. Volunteers offer companionship to patients, work at the Resale Shops, serve in the Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House, knit prayer shawls, help with fundraisers and community education. For information, call 803-329-1500.
• The Rock Hill High School class of 1959 will have its 55th class reunion 2-8 p.m. May 17at Bowater Park, Bowater Road. For information and RSVP, call Joyce at 803-324-3922 or Betty at 803-366-7218 by May 11.
• The Emmett Scott High School class of 1967 will meet for its May birthday fellowship dinner at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Chili’s.
• Celanese workers will have a reunion cookout 2 p.m. Saturday at Bowater Park, Rock Hill. For information, call Jonetta Simpson at 803-242-6957, Francina Black at 803-329-2573, Bernice English at 329-4767, Eva Simpson at 329-1271 or Brenda Burris at 803-417-8900.
• The Adult Enrichment Centers of Rock Hill caregiver support group will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at 359 Park Ave., Rock Hill. For information, call Dee Curran at 803-327-7448.
• Overeaters Anonymous meets 6:45 p.m. Thursdays at River Hills Community Church, 104 Hamilton’s Ferry Road, Lake Wylie. For information, go to piedmontintergroup.org.
• Affirmation of York County is a new support group for people in faith communities who seek support and understanding 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. May 13 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, Melissa at 803-547-6042 or email email@example.com.
• 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., Rock Hill. Cost is $17 for materials. You can attend at any point during the session. Register at cbcrh.com or email Liz Marsh at EMarsh@rhmail.org.
• 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 at 803-324-0386 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Clyde Carrigan at 803-684-4052 or email@example.com.
• Grief Share begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room at First Baptist Church, Hood Center Road, in Rock Hill. For information, call the church 803-327-7181 or Stewart Smith at 803-493-0466.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Surgical Weight Loss Program support group meets 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Women’s Center auditorium at Piedmont Medical Center.
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