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Community News: Civil rights movement to be celebrated Wednesday

June 21, 2014 

Freedom Summer Initiative 2014 celebrating the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement will be 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Emmett Scott Center, 801 Crawford Road, Rock Hill.

The event includes an anniversary celebration, panel discussion and youth civil rights and leadership training. Guests include Rep. Baraki Sellers, Lonnie Randolph of the South Carolina NAACP and members of Friendship Nine.

For information, call Wakita Barksdale at 803-328-1075 or email

Special events

•  Family Movie Night & Great American Backyard Campout will be Saturday 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.

•  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 The Escape Artists. The next market will be 9 a.m.-noon Saturday with entertainment by Stellarising.

Art awards

• The winners of the Arts Council of York County’s 10th annual photography and fifth annual youth photography competitions were presented Thursday at the Center for the Arts in Rock Hill.

Byron Baldwin, a professional photographer and photography instructor and founding member of The Light Factory in Charlotte, selected 35 works out of 68 entries from 7 cities and 2 states to be displayed in the Photography Competition exhibit in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts. The winners of the 10th annual photography competition are:

First Place : “Christopher Street Station” by Steve Moore

Second Place: “Caleb” by Lauren Copley

Third Place: “Abandoned” by Peter Krenn

Honorable Mention: “Lonely Diners” by Mark Stewart

Baldwin also selected 70 photos to be displayed in the youth photography exhibit in the Lewandowski Classroom Gallery at the Center for the Arts. The awards in the youth photography competition have been sponsored by Alf Ward, with an additional merit award presented to the first-place winner donated by Marcia Kort Buike. The recipients of the youth photography competition are:

First Place: “Going Home” by Caleb Flachman

Second Place: “So Far Away…” by Victoria Shackelford

Third Place: “Contact” by Sally Frost

Honorable Mention: “Let the Bedbugs Bite” by Sean Breitkreutz

Honorable Mention: “Alleyway” by Nathan Flachman

Honorable Mention : “Kickin’ It Old School” by Victoria Shackelford

Both exhibits will run through July 27 at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. second and fourth Saturday and 2-4 p.m. second and fourth Sunday.


• Chonda Pierce, the “Queen of Clean Comedy” brings her music and wit to Rock Hill Sept. 4 for a Hospice fundraiser at First Baptist Church, Hood Center Road. The evening will feature dessert and coffee.

Pierce has received five Emmy nominations, appeared in several films including “Your Love Never Fails” and “12 Wishes of Christmas,” is the author of six best-selling books and was recently honored with the “Comedian of the Year” Visionary Award.

Tickets are available at For more information, contact Hospice & Community Care at 803-329-1500.

•  Eta Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will host a Chinese auction at 2 p.m. June 28 at Boyd Hill Baptist Church, 315 Glenn St., Rock Hill. Drop time is 1 p.m. Tickets are $5. For tickets, contact Kimberly at 803-366-5024 or


• The commissioners of the York Soil and Water Conservation District will meet noon June 24 at the USDA Service Center, 1460 E. Alexander Love Hwy., York. Open to the public.

• 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. For information, please contact Sandra Oborokumo at 803-325-2855. The Youth Division will meet at 4 p.m. at St. Mary. For information, contact Deborah Saunders at 803-517-5014.

• The Western York County branch of the NAACP executive board will meet at 6 p.m. June 26 at Wesley United Methodist Church. The regular meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. For information, contact Wanda Simril at 803-684-6200.


• The Vintage Club dinner meeting will 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Phil Glennon Community Center in Tega Cay. Cocktails begin at 6:15.

Local magician Adrian Gagnon will perform. The club is open to residents of Tega Cay. For information, call Judie Fiegel at 803-547-6662 or email


• The Chester County Arts Council will host a youth art class, Acrylic Painting on Canvas with artist Frankie MacLauchlan from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Arts Council, 123 Main St.

Students will create their own underwater ocean scene with marine life. The class is $25. All supplies provided. Suggested age range is 5 to 18. Registration deadline is Tuesday.

One partial need-based scholarship is available for this class on a first-comebasis. Proof of Chester County residency and proof of need or family hardship is required for eligibility. Call for details. To register, call the Arts Council at 581-2030 or email

• An adult painting class, “Geraniums,” with artist Frankie MacLauchlan will be 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday at the Arts Council.

The class is $40, members and $43, non-members. All supplies provided. Registration deadline is Tuesday. This class is recommended for beginner and intermediate levels. Refreshments are welcome, but optional.

To register for either class, call the Arts Council at 803-581-2030 or email

Hunger relief

• The Second Harvest Partners sponsored by Providence Presbytery will have a hunger relief site 9 a.m. Wednesday at Bel-Air United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land.

Volunteers will help distribute food to recipients who meet USDA eligibility income guidelines. For information, contact Catawba Area Agency on Aging at 803-329-9670.

Health information

• In recognition of National HIV Testing Day, Catawba Care will be hosting a free screening event from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday. Screening will be offered for HIV, gonorrhea and chlamydia at 500 Lakeshore Parkway in Rock Hill. For information go to or call 803-909-6363 ext 234.

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


• The York County Animal Shelter needs volunteers to help with bathing, grooming, exercising, socializing, training, providing adoption information, and assisting in follow-ups, publicity and marketing, and various other jobs at the shelter.

Volunteers must be 18 or older; and orientation and training are required. For information call 803-628-3190 or go to the shelter at 713 Justice Blvd., York.


•  Rock Hill High School class of 1954 will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday at Golden Corral, Anderson Road. Class members, family and friend are invited to discuss the 60th reunion.

•  Emmett Scott class of 1960 is sponsoring “The Diamond Classic Ball,” Aug. 29-31 at the Hilton Charlotte Executive Hotel in Charlotte. Registration is $65. Deadline is July 31. For information, contact Arthur Williams at 803-322-4690 or 803-327-4236.

•  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.

• 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 Gordon family reunion will be July 25-27 at Elks Park, 4050 Elks Park Road, Rock Hill. For information, call Tammy Gordon at 803-493-8622.

•  Northwestern High School class of 1975 will have its 40th reunion next year. Class members are urged to send home addresses and email addresses to Karen Clark Pounds at

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-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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