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Community News: Sunday, May 11, 2014

May 10, 2014 

The fifth annual Red Rose Festival kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. at 100 N. Main St. in Lancaster. The event is known for its variety of music, staged in two downtown locations. Admission is free and includes all performances, arts and crafts market, festival food court, and children’s rides, games, and activities.

Musicians include Summerdaze, Too Much Sylvia, Deeper Shade of Blue, The Monika Jaymes Band, The Extraordinaires, Bo Beaumont, Mister Pleaze and Skate Rink Juke Box.

Memory Lane Cruisers will host a Wounded Warriors Car Show.

Lancaster SPCA is sponsoring a dog show from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday on Main Street. Dogs can be judged in more than a dozen categories. Current shot record is required. Pre-register at Cost is $5 per category, payable at registration.

The Red Rose Sculpture Competition and Exhibition will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Red Rose Park, 118 S. Main St. A partnership of Avant Garde Center for the Arts and Olde English District Visitor Center and Artist Market, the exhibit will feature works by sculptors from throughout the Southeast. Competition winners will be announced at 2 p.m.

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Special events

• Vince Goggins, a first sergeant and supervisor of the gang unit of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, will lead a workshop “Basic Street Gang Awareness,” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Rawlinson Road Middle School Auditorium, 2631 W. Main St., Rock Hill. Local law enforcement officers will be available for questions.

•  Mary Ann Claud, author of “The Dancin’ Man,” will have a book signing at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Overhead Station, 212 E. Main St. Rock Hill. It’s the Lancaster native’s first novel and tells the story of a man who marries into a Southern family and helps to build a mill.

• The 17th annual McConnells Antique Tractor and Engine Show will be 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at 189 Church St. The free event features tractors, vendors, crafts, bluegrass music, petting zoo and wagon rides for children. The McConnells Fire Department will sell barbecue. For information, contact Michael Nance at 803-684-5161.

•  Massing of the Colors, sponsored by the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Rock Hill Valley and the Rock Hill High School Air Force ROTC, will be 3 p.m. May 18 in the Rock Hill High School auditorium. The patriotic and religious ceremony acknowledges our heritage of freedom and its symbol, the American flag. The event is free and open to the public.

•  Old Town Farmers Market off Caldwell Street in Rock Hill will be open 5-8 p.m. Thursday. The market features produce vendors, arts and crafts and entertainment. Left on Oakland will perform. The next market will be 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.

• The Big Green Fishing Tournament will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Chester State Park for children age 16 and younger. Weigh in is 1 p.m. Prizes will be given for biggest fish, smallest fish, and unique fish. All participants receive a goodie bag. Park admission is $2 for adults; $1.25 for seniors; free for ages 16 and younger. A hot dog lunch will be provided for youth and food will be for sale for others. Contact Robin Currence at 209-0538 or

• 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 is 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 call 803-329-1500.

• The fourth annual Glencairn BloomFest will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday 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.

•  “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 they have lost.


• The School of Ballet and York County Ballet presents “Snow White” 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday with matinees at 3 p.m. Saturday and May 18 in Johnson Hall Theater at Winthrop University. Tickets are $12 and available at the Winthrop Bookstore, Monkeys and Mermaids and at

•  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

• The Greater York Chamber of Commerce kicks off the Downtown Live Summer Concert Series at 5:30 p.m. Friday featuring Carolina Rhythm Band in Whitesides parking lot, 108 N. Congress St. Food by the Philanthropic Lodge No. 32 with adult beverages available. Free and open to the public.


• United Methodist Women at India Hook United Methodist Church will have a yard sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall, Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill. Items include furniture, electronics, household goods, jewelry and books. Breakfast biscuits, drinks and a hot dog lunch with all the trimmings available.

•  Riverview Presbyterian Church at Sutton and Harris roads, Fort Mill is accepting donations for a yard sale, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. May 31. Items wanted include baby items, small appliances, home decorations, furniture and clothes. To donate 803-802-0048 or 803-547-2581. Proceeds will be used for the sanctuary roof.

•  Tega Cay Baptist Church annual yard sale will be 5-7 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m.-noon Saturday at the church, 1875 Gold Hill Road. Proceeds go to the Honduras mission trips.

• Wesley United Methodist Women will celebrate its May Extravaganza at 6 p.m. Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 22 E. Liberty St., York. Tickets are $10. For information, contact Elaine at 803-684-6795 or Vivian at 803-684-6462.


• Dr. Romin Shah and nurse practitioner Brandi Griffin of Providence Care will talk about “Dementia: What Doctors Know That You Don’t” at 11:30 a.m. Thusday at Sterling House of Rock Hill, 1920 Ebenezer Road. Lunch provided. Limited seating. Call 803-366-1189 by Monday to register.

• The Rock Hill branch of the NAACP general meeting will be 5 p.m. May 25 at Bannon Hall across from St. Mary Catholic Church, 902 Crawford Road. Contact Sandra Oborokumo at 803-325-2855. The youth division will meet at 4 p.m. May 25 at St. Mary Catholic Church. Contact Deborah Saunders at 803-517-5014.

• The National Association of Active and Retired Employees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Jackson’s Cafeteria. Business meeting begins at noon.

• 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. Thursday 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.

*•  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. Graves of more than 200 veterans are in the church cemetery. The annual business meeting will be after.


•  Rock Hill Area Shag Club will celebrate Armed Forces Day at its May party, 8 p.m. Saturday at Celebrations at Ramada Inn, Cherry Road. Club meeting at 7 p.m. There will be a hot dog dinner, shooters, 50/50 and deejay will be Tommy Samole.

•  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.


•  Chester County 4-H will have a celebration event at 2 p.m. Saturday at Shelter No. 3 at Chester State Park. The public is invited to see photos and hear about the accomplishments of 4-H members throughout the year, receive a goodie bag, and have refreshments. Contact Robin Currence at 209-0538 or

• 4-H offers a number of camps and day camps to all youth in York, Chester, and Lancaster counties. Summer camp at Camp Long will be offered June 8-12, June 15-19, or June 22-26 in Aiken. Cost is $250 for 4-H members; $260 for others. Camp Wild is June 24-26 at Chester State Park. Cost is $85. Heritage Skills Sewing will be June 2-6 for rising fourth- to sixth-graders in Edgemoor. Cost is $15.

Health screenings

• Piedmont Medical Center will offer a heart health risk assessment Thursday at the hospital Resource Center in the Women’s Center, ground floor. Fasting is required. For information and registration, call 1-877-228-3638.


• “ Getting Your Business Online” will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday in room 212 at the Winthrop University College of Business, Room 415, 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


*• The Rock Hill Youth Council will host its fifth annual Ultimate Frisbee Tournament at 10 a.m. Saturday 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. Teams of 7-14 players can participate. A trophy goes to the winning team. To register call Katie Wieberg at 803-329-5642 or email


• Volunteers are needed for the 2014 Catawba Regional AG+ART Tour June 21-22 in York, Chester and Lancaster counties. The free farm tours feature local artisans. For information, go to


• The Fort Mill High School class of 1964 with Fort Mill High class of 1963 will celebrate its 50th class reunion 6:30 p.m.-midnight June 14 at the Fort Mill American Legion, Post 43. For information, call Rick at 803-547-7688 or Pete at 803-448-9883.

• The Rock Hill High School class of 1959 will have its 55th class reunion 2-8 p.m. Saturday at Bowater Park, Bowater Road. For information and to RSVP, call Joyce at 803-324-3922 or Betty at 803-366-7218 by today.

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

Support groups

•  NAMI monthly support groups and education meet Tuesday at The Hut at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, 421 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. Tuesday’s meetings are: NAMI Connection Consumer Support Group, 6:15 p.m.; support group for family members, 6:15 p.m.; and the education meeting, which is open to the public, 7:30 p.m. Winthrop professor Dr. James Shultz will speak on “Fitness & Your Finances.” For information, call 803-610-8174 or go to

•  Affirmation of York County is a 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. Tuesday 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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