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Community News: Sunday, May 25, 2014

May 24, 2014 

The Arts Council of Chester County will host a community reception for the winners of the 19th annual Superintendent’s Art Show, 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the Ann D. Marion Gallery, 123 Main St., Chester.

The winning pieces are on display through June 12. The show is produced in partnership with the Chester County school district with grants from Chester Healthcare Foundation and Carolina Panthers Charities.

In conjunction with the reception, Jon Sealy, author of an acclaimed first novel, “The Whiskey Baron,” will discuss his work and sign books from 5:30-7 p.m. in the gallery at a Business After Hours sponsored by the Arts Council of Chester County and the Chester County Chamber of Commerce.

Sealy, a native of Six Mile and a graduate of the College of Charleston, is descended from a family with deep roots in western Chester County.

The setting for “The Whiskey Baron,” the fictional town of Castle, S.C., was inspired by the author’s memories of the Chester area.

Both events are free and open to the public. For information, call Lauren Medlin, Arts Council director, at 803-581-2030.

Special events

• Historic Brattonsville will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday for Memorial Day activities at 1444 Brattonsville Road in McConnells. Costumed interpreters will help honor active military personnel and veterans. Other Culture & Heritage Museums sites will be closed.

Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for ages 4-17, and free for CHM members, children 3 and younger, and all active-duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families. For more information, go to or call 803-684-2327.

• The annual York County Veterans Memorial Day weekend ceremony is 4 p.m. Sunday at Lakeview Memory Gardens cemetery on U.S. 321 between York and Clover.

The event, sponsored by the York County Veterans Advisory Council, honors those from York County who have been killed in foreign wars, as well as the families of those troops.

This year, the 208th Army Band from North Carolina will perform before the ceremony, starting at 3:30 p.m.

The York County veterans memorial monument is located at Lakeview Memory Gardens. The names of all York County military men and women who have died in wars from World War I through Iraq and Afghanistan are on the monument, which was dedicated in 1986.

There will be speakers and honors for the families of troops, including special presentations to the surviving mothers of those troops, who are called Gold Star Mothers. At least five Gold Star Mothers are expected to attend.

Lt. Col. David Guyton, a Family Court judge and Marine Corps and Army combat veteran, will be master of ceremonies. Circuit Court Judge Lee Alford, a Navy veteran, will present speakers.

Honor guards from American Legion Post 34 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2889 will participate.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

•  Summer Safety Fun Fest, hosted by Keystone, will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Manchester Village, behind Bob Evans, Dave Lyle Boulevard, Rock Hill.

The event includes teen driving demonstrations, water safety, child fingerprinting, mounted horse patrol, K-9 units, bike derby, face painting and balloon twisting.

• First Friday in the Garden will feature a “plant walkabout” at 11 a.m. June 6 in Glencairn Garden, led by Clemson Extension Agent Paul Thompson. He will discuss trees, shrubs and flowers found in the garden. The event is free and begins at the Glencairn Garden Learning Center, 835 Edgemont Ave., Rock Hill.

Crop & Swap, a community-based seed, plant and garden tool swap, will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at The Market at Inman Farms, 1101 Black Hwy, York. The event is free but preregistration is requested. For information, call 803-207-6682 or email

•  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. Michael Waters will perform. York County Master Gardeners will be on hand to offer gardening tips. The next market will be 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.


•  Rock Hill Civitan Club will have its annual spring yard and bake sale, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 2115 Celanese Road. Rain date is June 14. Proceeds to community service and special needs projects.

• The Grapevine Wine Shop and Wine Bar in Baxter Village, Fort Mill, will host a fundraising event Wednesday for the Kiwanis Club of Rock Hill to support youth initiative programs such as Terrific Kids. Guest bartenders will donate their tips from 5-10 p.m. For information, contact Merritt B. Croom at 803-371-2818 or email

•  Riverview Presbyterian Church will have a yard sale 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the church on Sutton Road, Fort Mill. Hot dogs, tacos, soft drinks and baked goods will be sold. Proceeds to the sanctuary roof fund. Items are being accepted for sale. For information, call Linda Ferrel at 803-802-0048 or 803-547-2581.

• The Women of Divine Saviour Catholic Church 14th annual indoor yard sale will be 7 a.m.-noon Saturday in the parish life center, 232 Herndon Ave., York. Furniture, household items, toys, clothes, and more. Fill a grocery bag with clothing for only $3. Free coffee will be available. Everything will be half-price at 11 a.m. Proceeds benefit the ongoing projects and charities of the women of the church. Donated items may be dropped off at the church 9 a.m.-2 p.m. this week and 6-8 p.m. May 27-30. For information, call 803-684-3431.


•  York Soil and Water Conservation District commissioners will meet at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the USDA Service Center, 1460 E. Alexander Love Hwy., York. Open to the public. For information, contact Barbara O’Connell at 803-684-3137, ext. 101.

• The Rock Hill branch of the NAACP general meeting will be 5 p.m. Sunday at Bannon Hall across from St. Mary Catholic Church, 902 Crawford Road. The executive meeting will be 6 p.m. June 5 at the Freedom Center, 215 E. Main St. For information, contact Sandra Oborokumo at 803-366-2184 or 803-325-2855. The Youth Division will meet at 4 p.m. May 25 at St. Mary Catholic Church. For information, contact Deborah Saunders at 803-517-5014.


•  Newcomers Club of York County’s monthly luncheon will be 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. June 11 at the Brakefield at Riverwalk, 1111 Brakefield Drive, Rock Hill. Lunch is $15. Visitors welcome. RSVP to by June 6.


• South Carolina Legal Services will have a Pro Se Divorce Clinic at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Municipal Court, 120 E. Black St., Rock Hill. Participants will not be admitted after 2 p.m.

The clinic, conducted by an attorney, is for those who have been separated from their spouse for more than one year, have no minor children, have no property to divide and are seeking a divorce on the grounds of one year continuous separation only.

Participants must know where the spouse resides to participate. The spouse must not be incarcerated and live in York County, or the couple must have lived in York County the last time they lived together. Also, the wife must not have given birth to any children during the marriage, either by the husband or anyone else.

Registration is required. For information, call 803-327-9001 or 800-922-3853.


• A free seminar on surgical weight loss will be Wednesday. For times and locations, call 877-228-3638.

Summer camps

• Registration is open for summer camps at Catawba Baptist Church, Rock Hill. Camps inlcude: Art Camp, June 9-11; Reaching for the Goal Sports Camp, July 7-10; Music Camp, July 14-18 with a presentation 6 p.m. July 20; Volleyball Camp, July 21-24; and Camp Hodgepodge, August 4-7. Times, cost, ages and registration forms are online at or call the church office at 803-324-1036.

•  Camp High Hopes, a free summer enrichment camp for ages 8-15, will be June 16-19 and June 23-26 at Boyd Hill Baptist Church family life center, Glenn Street, Rock Hill. Lunch provided. To sign up call D.H. Seale at 803-324-1502 or Felicia Minter at 803-899-9938.


•  Agape will host a volunteer session 10 a.m.-1 p.m. May 29 at Agape Senior Assisted Living, 1785 Lexington Commons Drive, Rock Hill. For information, contact Kay G. Lee at 803-517-2021 or email


• Former Hillcrest Elementary School students are invited to a reunion planning meeting, 11 a.m. June 14 at Foundation AME Zion Church, Neely Store Road, Rock Hill.

Support groups

•  Overeaters Anonymous meets at 6:45 p.m. Thursdays at River Hills Community Church, 104 Hamilton’s Ferry Road, Lake Wylie. For information, go to

•  Healing Choices, abuse groups for men and women, meets 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at Fort Mill Church of God. For information, email or call 803-547-2629, ext. 28.

•  Celebrate Recovery, freedom from life’s hurts, habits and hang-ups, will meet 6 p.m. Mondays at North Rock Hill Church, 2562 Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill. For information, call Rob at 803-493-1231.

•  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. Tuesday May 13 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, Melissa at 803-547-6042 or email

•  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 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 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.

•  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 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 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

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