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Community News: Sunday, June 8, 2014

June 7, 2014 

The Heart2Heart Foundation, a local nonprofit focused on raising awareness about heart disease, will join the Market at Inman Farms in York in launching the POP Club Saturday at the market, 1101 Black Highway in York.

The Power of Produce or POP Club is a nationally recognized children’s program started at the Oregon City Farmers Market in May 2011, to empower kids to make healthy food choices and to introduce them to where their food originates.

POP Club will be available10 a.m.-noon Saturdays only through Oct. 11.

Children can join the club for free at the Market. Parents sign their “Passport To Health” to register the child and it will be kept at the Market’s office to track participation.

Children will receive $2 in tickets on designated days to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables and food plants and seeds.

Children can participate in activities based around food, nutrition and health, and food growing. Activities such as seed planting, salad-making, flour grinding, wormy and bee fun, crawly critters and fun bugs, scavenger hunts, crafts and more.

For information, go to

Special events

• The public and Arts Council members are cordially invited to attend the Arts Council of York County’s 35th annual Arts Celebration 6 p.m. Thursday at the Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill.

The evening will include highlights from the past year, along with presentations of the Long Family Scholarship, awarded to a student from York County who has been selected to attend the South Carolina Governor’s School Summer Program, the Ben Ardrey Volunteer Award, and the Business & the Arts Award.

New board members will be announced, and outgoing board members will be recognized. A reception will be after the program.

Reservetickets by 5 p.m. Monday at

• The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is hosting the South Carolina Watermedia Society’s 36th Annual juried Watermedia Exhibition in the Springs House Galleries, 201 W. Gay St., in June.

The traveling exhibit features the works of many celebrated, talented artists primarily across the state of South Carolina, including: Harriett Goode of Rock Hill, Vickie Bailey Ebbers of Hilton Head, Audrey Montgomery of Beaufort, Monique Wolfe of Greenville, Anne Hightower-Patterson of Leesville, Ellen Long of Fripp Island and Becky Taylor of Charleston.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and by appointment. For information, call 803-285-7451 or go to

•  Cierra Hope Student Scholarship Blood Drive will be 4-8 p.m. Monday at Mount Olive United Methodist Church fellowship hall, Ogden Road, Rock Hill. Walk-in welcome. For appointments, call 803-524-7543. Free T-shirt.

• The Rock Hill Branch of the NACCP will be hosting its 28th annual Freedom Banquet 7 p.m. Saturday at McBryde Hall at Winthrop University. Doors open at 6 p.m. Saxophonist Gregory Currence will provide music and Dr. Jamie Comstock Williamson, president of Winthrop University; will speak.

The theme is “All in for Justice and Equality.” Tickets are available, by calling 803-366-1910.

•  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 by Whippoorwill String. The next market will be 9 a.m.-noon Saturday with entertainment by Alan Barrington.

• The Arts Council of York County kicks off the York County 2014 Ag + Art Tour with an Arts Talk Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. June 18 in the Courtroom at the Gettys Art Center, 201 E. Main St., Rock Hill.

The June 21-22 tour is a free, self-guided tour of the Catawba region’s farms, featuring local artisans and farmers markets.

The kickoff luncheon features Martha File, founder and lead coordinator of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, and Lindsay Stuber, programs manager of The White Home. Tickets are $15 and include a box lunch, beverage and dessert. For tickets, call 803-328-2787 by June 13.

After the luncheon, File will conduct a hands-on quilt block workshop,1-4 p.m. in the courtroom. Admission is $15. Make reservations by June 13. Advance payment is required. All materials furnished. Bring a cover-up apron for painting.

The quilt workshop will focus on creating two new permanent 4-by-4 wooden quilt blocks. The blocks will be installed at the Center for the Arts and at a participating farm site on the Ag + Art Tour of York County.

• Saturday is Get Outdoors Day. Residents can visit River Park 9 a.m.-noon for an open house event including geocaching activities, a children’s literacy trail, kayak demos, interactive displays, and more. The event is free.

Family Movie Night & Great American Backyard Campout will be June 28 at the Rock Hill Outdoor Center greens. Tents can be set up from 4-8 p.m. and Disney’s “Frozen” will be shown at 9 p.m.

Campsites must be reserved in advance for $5 per tent space. Families participating can bring a picnic-style dinner. A free continental breakfast will be provided to campers, courtesy of EarthFare. Register at or at the PRT office in City Hall, Suite 390.

For information, contact Tom Bell at or 803-329-5632.


•  Summer Concert in the Park series continues at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday with Chris Holder at Fewell Park, 1204 Alexander Road, Rock Hill. With vocals and guitar, Holder plays a mix of classic hits and modern day singles from a range of genres – rock, pop, country, blues, beach and Motown.

The free concerts are the second Tuesday of each month through August. Bring a picnic and blanket or lawn chair. For information, go to or call 803-329-5645.


• A Community Coin Drive is being held for Children’s Organ Transplant Association in honor of Jordan Diggs, a Chester-area teen who needs a kidney transplant. Coin boxes honoring Jordan are now in several places in Chester including the Pawn Shop, Blacks Drug Store, KJ’s, True Value, Kimbrell’s, Farmers Furniture, Rent A Center, One Hour Martinizing, and Restoring Hope Church. In Rock Hill, a donation box is in Red Rocket Fire Works. Watch at, the activities and events section, for more locations as they are added. For information. contact Denise Mathis at 803-374-7580, or


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

• The Rock Hill Branch of the NAACP general meeting will be 5 p.m. June 22 at Bannon Hall across from St. Mary Catholic Church, 902 Crawford Road. For information, contact Sandra Oborokumo at 803-325-2855. The Youth Division will meet at 4 p.m. June 22 at St. Mary. For information, contact Deborah Saunders at 803-517-5014.

• The York County Marine Corps 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, call Don Hicks at 803-328-1054 or 803-517-7253.

•  AARP local chapter will meet 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Westminster Rehabilitation Center, Garden Room, 831 McDow Drive. State Rep. Raye Felder, R-Fort Mill, will speak. AARP members and guests are invited. Refreshments available.

• Greg Jordan of Senior Benefits Group will speak 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 12 at Brookdale Place of Rock Hill, formerly Sterling House, 1920 Ebenezer Road. He’ll talk about “Senior’s Social Security Benefits.” Lunch provided. Seating is limited. Call 803-366-1189 to register by Monday.

Hunger relief

The York County Council on Aging, in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Social Services, will be issuing free coupons to low income individuals age 60 and older that can be used to buy fresh produce at local participating farmers’ markets. Those eligible will get coupons valued at $25 that can be used through Oct. 15. Coupons are issued on a first come basis until the supply is exhausted.

The coupons will be available 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Senior Center at Highland Park, 917 Standard St., Rock Hill, and 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the York Senior Center, 14 N.Congress St. Do not arrive early, there is not seating available.

Applications must be submitted in person. Proof of identity and residence in York County is required in order to receive the free coupons. Applicants must also meet household income eligibility limits. Information regarding the income of all household members is required to determine eligibility.

Individuals wishing to apply for homebound seniors must provide a statement from the senior granting permission to submit an application on their behalf. Proof of identity and proof of income for the homebound senior must be presented at the time of application.

For information, contact York County Council on Aging at 327-6694.

York County Library

Free reading programs will be offered at all York County Libraries June 9-Aug. 1. This summer’s theme is science with programs for toddlers to teens.

Children age 11 and younger and their families are invited to participate in kick-off events Monday at each library.

The free events include:

10-11 a.m., Clover; make horrible green slime with Dr. Slimenstein.

10-11a.m., York; hear stories and make crafts.

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Lake Wylie; enjoy hands-on science experiments.

2-4 p.m., Fort Mill; enjoy games and crafts, including exploding sidewalk paint.

4:30-6 p.m., Rock Hill; meet Beamer the library mascot, make crafts, and play carnival games.

All summer reading programs are sponsored by the Friends of the York County Library. For information or to register, go to

•  Friends of the York County Library will have a fiction book sale 9 a.m.-6 p.m. June 16-17 at the Fort Mill Public Library. Hardcover fiction, paperbacks, and children's books will be available and priced from 50 cents to $2. Forinformation, go to

Summer camps

Health information

• Piedmont Medical Center will offer a Heart Health Risk Assessment June 19 at the hospital Resource Center, in the Women’s Center, ground floor. Fasting is required. For more information and registration, call 1-877-228-3638.

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


•  Union Baptist Church Hoop Ministry is taking applications for its summer league play June 21-Aug 10 for ages 9-18. Cost is $10 per player for two games per week. Church, AAU and community teams are welcome. For information, call the church at 803 366-1556 or email


• The York County Council on Aging is in need of volunteers to help deliver meals to home-bound seniors in York. For information, call Elaine Kershaw at the York Senior Center at 803-684-6115.

• Volunteers are needed to help with Chester County Ag+Art Tour, June 21-22. Volunteers a T-shirt. Sign up at


• The Rock Hill High class of 1959 will meet 1 p.m. Tuesday for lunch and fellowship at the Golden Corral, Anderson Road. All classmates, spouses and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend.

• The former employees of US Plywood, Champion International and Georgia Pacific at the Catawba Plant will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday for lunch and fellowship at the Golden Corral, Anderson Road. All former employees, spouses and friends are welcome.

•  Indian Land alumni reunion for classes graduating 1930-1981 will be June 29 in the Indian Land Middle School gym with a covered-dish lunch (drinks provided). Doors open at 10 a.m. with lunch at 1 p.m.

• The Emmett Scott class of 1962 will meet 4 p.m. Saturday at Bannon Hall on Crawford Road, Rock Hill. For information call Jackie Thomas at 803-817-1703.

• The Jefferson High School class of 1970 monthly business meeting will be 4 p.m. Sunday at the Holy Sanctuary Church, 3818 Chester Highway, McConnells. For information, call Stan Byers at 803-627-0920, Jan Thomasson at 803-493-8527 or Harry Good at 803-322-2764.

• From 1965 to 1979, York celebrated South Carolina’s becoming a major grape-producing state with the South Carolina Grape Festival. Part of the fun of the festival was being chosen as a Grapette and ultimately the Queen of the festival. All former Grapettes are invited to a reunion, 10 a.m.-noon July 12 at the Market at Inman Farms, 1101 Black Highway, York. RSVP to or call 803-207-6682.

• The Jefferson High School class of ’68 will hold a reunion planning meeting 3 p.m. Saturday at Wesley United Methodist Church in York. For information, call Bessie Meeks at 803-831-9671.

• 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

•  NAMI monthly support groups and education session will 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. with Nicole McMillion, administrative director Center for Psychiatry, Piedmont Medical Center. A DVD called “Competent Caring: When Mental Illness becomes a Traumatic Event” will be shown. For information, call 803-610-8174 or go to

•  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

•  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.

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