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Community News: Thursday, June 12, 2014

June 11, 2014 

The Rock Hill Branch of the NAACP will host its 28th annual Freedom Banquet at 7 p.m. Saturday at McBryde Hall at Winthrop University. Doors open at 6 p.m. Saxophonist Gregory Currence will provide music and Winthrop President Jamie Comstock Williamson will speak.

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

Special events

• Members of the civil rights group The Friendship Nine and the author of a children’s book about the group will be signing copies June 19 and June 20. The book, “No Fear for Freedom,” will be on sale for $16.95 plus tax.

The June 19 event is 1-3 p.m. at Fish Market restaurant, 990 Market St., Fort Mill. The June 20 event is 1-3 p.m. at Five & Dine, 135 E. Main St., Rock Hill.

The Five & Dine now occupies the site of the former McCrory’s department store in downtown Rock Hill, where the Friendship Nine were arrested after sitting down at a segregated lunch counter in 1961. The men spent a month in jail after being convicted of trespassing as they protested unjust laws that mandated racially separate institutions.

•  HarborChase and the Rock Hill Cruisers will host a Show & Shine car show 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the facility, 1611 Constitution Blvd., Rock Hill. All car clubs are welcome. Hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks and chips will be sold to benefit the Children’s Attention Home. There will be a bounce house and other activities for children. Door prizes available. Free and open to the public.

•  Outreach Ministries will have a giveaway event featuring clothing, shoes and other items, 6 a.m.-noon June 21 in the parking lot at Flint Hill Baptist Church, 1214 Flint Hill St., Rock Hill.

•  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 Friday.

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 Friday. 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, and interactive displays. The event is free.

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


• A fundraiser for Sara Duncan, 5, who has a rare childhood cancer, will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Beatty Barn, 3102 Pinetuck Lane, Rock Hill. There will be children events, live music from 1-3 p.m., silent auction, raffle, bake sale and barbecue and hot dog plates for sale. A golf tournament will be 1-6 p.m. at Pinetuck Golf course.

•  Humane Society of York County PAWSibilities Thrift Shop will host a bake sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday to raise money to send Flash, a former resident at the shelter now in foster care, to Longshot Farms for rehabilitation to address his responses to other dogs.


• 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.

• Pvt Thomas Caldwell Camp No. 31 Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting will meet 7 p.m. Thursdayat McCelvey Historical Center, 212 E. Jefferson St. York.

Dr. Christopher Rucker, a re-eneactor who lives in Spartanburg, will speak. He and his wife, Jeannie, lead his SCV camp’s annual “Firing on Fort Sumter: The Opening Ball,” a recreation of an 1861 public ball held in Spartanburg each April. For information, call Kirk Carter at 704-806-2941


• The Ballroom Dance Club will meet 7:30-10:20 p.m. June 20 in the Oak Room at Fort Mill Golf Course Club House, 101 Country Club Drive. A free dance lesson will be from 7:30-8. Dressy casual. All adult ages and skill levels are welcome. Alcohol free and non-alcoholic beverages provided. Guest admission $15 per couple, $7.50 for singles. For information, call Bob at 803-329-5764 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

• The Rock Hill Area Shag Club monthly party will be 8 p.m. June 21 at Celebrations, inside the Ramada Inn, on North Cherry Road. Cost is $5 for guests. Deejay will be Scott Smith. There will be food, free shooters, 50/50 drawing. For information, call Ronnie Jackson at 803-517-7724 or email

•  Rock Hill Civitan Club will meet at 7 p.m. June 17 at Mary’s Cafe, Firetower Road. Social begins at 6:30 p.m. Harvey Mayhill will talk about the Quilts of Valor Project. For information, email


•  AARP Drivers Safety Program will be offered for ages 26 and older 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 19 at Westminster Towers, 1330 India Hook Road, Rock Hill. Participants get certificates at the end of the class that may reduce insurance rates on collision and liability coverage.

Cost is $15, AARP members and $20, non-members. Registration is required by calling Chris Gross at 803-329-8253.

York County Library

•  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. For information, go to

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.

•  Home Instead Senior Care is offering free home safety checks to senior during June’s National Safety Month. For information call Dani Hatfield at 888-296-2411 ext. 1482. Additional information is available at

Medical clinics

•  Family Resource Centers medical clinics will open in June to assist students who are uninsured or under-insured. Due to the high demand for physicals, parents must make an appointment and accompany their student to the clinic. For an appointment, please call 803-322-6636.

Rock Hill students may also be seen in Fort Mill, Clover or York if they cannot attend the clinic in Rock Hill. Days and location of clinics are listed below:

York Family Resource Center, 37 Pinckney St., open Tuesdays.

Fort Mill Family Resource Center, 120 E. Elliott St., open Wednesdays.

Clover Family Resource Center, 300 Clinton Ave., open Thursdays.

Rock Hill Family Resource Center, 410 E. Black St., open Fridays.

The clinic in Rock Hill will be open 8:30 a.m.-noon June 13, 20, 28 and Aug. 8.

All clinics will be closed during July, will reopen the week of Aug. 4 and resume the full day schedule Aug. 11.

For information, call Cindy Hunt at ParentSmart at 803-981-1557.


•  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.


• The former employees of US Plywood, Champion International and Georgia Pacific at the Catawba Plant will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday for lunch 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.

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

Support groups

•  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-Anon meets 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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