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Community News: Thursday, May 8, 2014

May 7, 2014 

• 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.

Special events

•  Church of the Good Shepherd Garden Tour will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday with lunch from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Lunch only tickets are $12. The event includes a plant sale, garden show and art sale.

Six private gardens are on tour. They include: Nancy and Peter Cumbie, 105 E. Liberty St.; Jane and Wood Caldwell, 208 N. Congress St.; Alice Shillinglaw, 14 Bratton Ave.; Dave and Pat Holman, 205 Bratton Ave.; Billy and Patsy Sandifer, 110 Benfield Ave. and Magnolia Hill Farms, Mike Wiley, owner, 2201 McFarland Road (S.C. 324)

For information, Jeanne Ferguson 803-684-6020 or Diane Linkous 803-684-4889.

• The Howser House at Kings Mountain National Military Park will be open for visitors 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. This 1803 stone house, located in a remote area of the park, is only open to the public once or twice a year. In case of inclement weather the house will not be open.

The stone house was built by Revolutionary War veteran and stonemason Henry Howser. Its thick, sturdy, stone walls conveyed prosperity and affluence at a time when most were living in log houses.

The Howser House is not handicap accessible and parking is limited. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about this event call 864-936-7921 or go to

• The Mayor’s Youth Bike Ride and Open House will be 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Giordana Velodrome, Cherry Road, Rock Hill. Mayor Doug Echols will lead 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

•  Mother’s Day Sweet Treat Ride will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Glencairn Garden Learning Center parking lot, 825 Edgemont Ave. The family-friendly six-mile ride will go to Manchester Village and back. Led by the Rock Hill Bike Club, this ride will begin with some group riding safety tips and will introduce participants to a new bike route. Helmets are required.

•  Blackstock Bluegrass is 6:15 p.m. Saturday in Blackstock, featuring Chappell Road and Blue Mountain Bluegrass. A covered-dish meal will be at 5:45 p.m. Admission is $5.

•  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

•  “With Strings Attached,” the musical duo featuring Elda Franklin on viola and Mary Ann Helton on piano, will present a spring concert at noon Tuesday in the St. John’s United Methodist Church sanctuary at 321 S. Oakland Ave., Rock Hill.

Featured vocalists will be Ted Patterson, singing Broadway tunes, and Jerry Helton. Admission is free, but food contributions for local food pantries are welcome.

• In conjunction with South Carolina’s Victims Rights Week, the York County Coroner’s Office is hosting a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. Monday at the York County Coroner’s Office, 933 Heckle Blvd., Suite 103, Rock Hill for all victims of crime. Families, friends, and community members are invited to remember those we have lost.


•  Summer Concert in the Park series kicks off Tuesday with local musicians PJ Brunson and Amanda DeCarlo at Fewell Park, 1204 Alexander Road, Rock Hill. The 6:30 p.m. concert is free. Bring a picnic and blanket or lawn chair. For information go to


• Fort Mill Ford is sponsoring “Drive One For Your Community” event to support the Fort Mill YMCA. For every test drive taken from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Baxter YMCA, the Y will receive $20, up to $6,000.

• Palisades Country Club in Charlotte will host a charity golf tournament Monday in support of Carolina Crown, a nonprofit performing arts organization for youth of Fort Mill and around the country. Registration is at 8 a.m. with a shot gun start at 9 a.m.

While golf will headline the event, food will be the featured attraction. Along the course, golfers can sample dishes from The Capital Grille, Dressler’s Restaurant, Vida Mexican Cantina, Blackfinn and Village Pizza.

Texas Roadhouse of Matthews, N.C., will provide lunch. There will be goody bags, giveaways, and cash prizes for the tournament winner and runner up. Register at or call 803-547-2270, ext. 200.

•  Worthy 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

•  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


• The York County Marine Corp League’s local detachment, The Olde English Leathernecks, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 732 W. Main St., Rock Hill. The league consists of Marine veterans, retired Marines, and associates. For information, contact Don Hicks at 803-328-1054 or 803-517-7253.

• The Western York County branch of the NAACP executive board meeting will be 6 p.m. May 15 at Wesley United Methodist Church. Members meet at 6:30 p.m. For information, contact Wanda Simril at 803-684-6200.

•  Lesslie Rural Fire Tax Board will meet 7 p.m. Monday at Lesslie Fire Department, 3191 Lesslie Hwy., Rock Hill. Open to the public.

• The South Carolina State Chapter of the International Chapter of the P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) Sisterhood 35th annual convention will be May 16-17 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Convention Center in Columbia.

Guest speaker is Beth Ledbetter of Johnson City, Tenn. She is a past Tennessee state president and served on state and international boards.

Host chapters are Chapter C/Columbia, Chapter R/Greenville, Chapter T/Lake Wylie, Chapter AC/Rock Hill and Chapter AB/Columbia.


•  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 Friday.

•  Tega Cay Beautification Committee workday will be 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday at the Living Memorial Gardens. New members and workers are needed. For information, email or call Kline at 704-287-7432.


• “ 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


• 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 or call 803-548-7323.


• The Rock Hill Youth Council will host its fifth annual Ultimate Frisbee Tournament at 10 a.m. May 17 on soccer field 5 at Cherry Park. Cost is $5 per player, and each player will get a free ultimate disc from Innova Disc Golf. Team of 7-14 players can participate. A trophy goes to the winning team. To pre-register call Katie Wieberg at 803-329-5642 or email


•  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 17 at Bowater Park, Bowater Road. For information and to RSVP, call Joyce at 803-324-3922 or Betty at 803-366-7218 by May 11.

• Former Hillcrest Elementary School students are invited to a reunion planning meeting at 4 p.m. May 17 at Foundation AME Zion Church, Neely’s Store Road, Rock Hill.

• The Jefferson High School class of 1970, York, will have its fellowship meeting at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Golden Corral, 1031 N. Anderson Road, Rock Hill,. There will be a brief business meeting. For information, call Stan Byers at 803-627-0920, Janet Thomasson at 803-893-8527 or Harry Good at 803-322-2764.

Support groups

• 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.

•  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

•  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, or Clyde Carrigan at 803-684-4052 or

•  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.

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