The York County Sports Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for the May 2015 induction ceremony. Nomination forms are available at the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau at Baxter Hood Center at York Technical College or by calling Dennis Partlow at 803-322-7202. Nominations are due Oct. 1.
• July’s First Friday in the Garden will be 11 a.m. July 11 because the Glencairn Garden Learning Center will be closed Friday.
Clemson Extension Agent Paul Thompson will lead a session on “Turfgrass Insects and Diseases” at center, 835 Edgemont Ave..
Friday in the Garden is a free public service of the York County Master Gardeners, Clemson Extension Service and the Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.
• Independence Day will be celebrated 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday at Hightower Hall, the antebellum home of John Bratton Jr. at Brattonsville in McConnells.
The living history plantation will feature 19th-century-style festivities such as music and dancing, a militia muster, and children’s military drills. Visitors can participate in the English folk game called Rounders, which is similar to baseball, or in the Game of Graces, also known as French Hoops. The Civilian Archers Society will be demonstrating target archery.
Historic interpreters will be giving cooking demonstrations and tours of the antebellum homes. The Friends of Historic Brattonsville will be providing food for purchase; picnic baskets are welcome.
Historic Brattonsville’s Independence Day Celebration will culminate with a reading of the Declaration of Independence on the front steps of Hightower Hall at 3 p.m.
Admission is $6, adults; $5, seniors; $3, ages 4-17 and free to CHM members and children age 3 and younger. Admission is free to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Information: chmuseums.org or 803-684-2327.
• Red, White and Boom, Rock Hill’s Fourth of July celebration, will be Thursday in downtown Rock Hill. The event features a free concert, food and a kids’ zone with rides and the ice cream eating contest. Carolinas Wind Orchestra performs at 7 p.m., IMAGE & GT Sound plays at 8:15 p.m. and the fireworks display is at 10 p.m.
• The 2014 Rock Hill South Carolina Writer’s Workshop Intensive will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 12 at Grace Lutheran Church, 426 Oakland Ave. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m.
The workshop is for writers of all abilities and interests, including bloggers, fiction, poetry, nonfiction, technical, illustrators and marketing. Speakers include Ed Wilson, Rosemary C. Gray, Barbara K. Lawing, Craig Faris, Ann E. Eisenstein and Ed Green.
Cost is $25 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Lunch included. Information: 980-253-7261 or email@example.com.
• Old Town Farmers Market off Caldwell Street in Rock Hill will not be open Thursday.
• A “Double Spirit Night” for the Children’s Organ Transplant Association in honor of Jordan Diggs, a Chester-area teen who needs a kidney transplant, will be 5 p.m. to closing July 17 at SweetFrog, 572 John Ross Parkway, and Fuel Pizza, 1910 Cinema Drive. The Rock Hill restaurants will donate 10 percent of the night’s proceeds.
• Bike Run and Family Day, sponsored by Cox Harley Davidson to raise money for Safe Passage, will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 19. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The ride begins and ends at Cox. Cost is $25 per rider and $10 per passenger. Food and T-shirt provided for riders.
There will be vendors, hot dog and barbecue plates for sale, concessions and inflatables for children. Cars and motorcycles can be entered into “Best of Show” for $10. For information, call Samantha Berinskey at 803-329-3336.
• The Summer in the Park concert series will feature local folk Americana musician Phil Land on July 8 at Fewell Park, 1204 Alexander Road in Rock Hill. The concert is free and begins at 6:30 p.m. Bring a picnic and blanket or lawn chair. For information, call 803-329-5645.
• The Rock Hill branch of the NAACP executive meeting will be 6 p.m. Thursday at the Freedom Center, 215 E. Main St. For information, contact Sandra Oborokumo at 803-366-2184 or 803-325-2855.
• The Rock Hill Civitan Club quarterly meeting will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at The Italian Island Restaurant, Cherry Road. Social at 6:30 p.m. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Master Gardener program for York, Chester and Lancaster counties is accepting applications for the next class, starting Aug. 5.
Classes will be 9 am.-noon Tuesdays through Nov. 11 at the York County Clemson Extension office, 120 N. Congress St., in York.
For information, contact Paul Thompson at email@example.com, or call 803-684-9919.
For those who cannot attend weekday classes, there is a statewide online Master Gardener class offered through Clemson University. For information, go to www.clemson.edu/extension/mg/.
• Art classes and a craft camp will be offered at Fewell Park Recreation Center, 1204 Alexander Road, Rock Hill. Call 803-329-5645 to check availability. Registration is taken at the center from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Pre-registration is required.
Getting Crafty Kids Craft Camp, July 7-11 for ages 6-12. Instructor is Janet Dyer. Cost is $75.
Intermediate Watercolor, 10 a.m.-noon, Tuesdays, July 15-Aug. 19 led by Joan Carlson. Cost is $54.
Beginner Watercolor, 12:30-2 p.m. Tuesdays, July 15-Aug. 19 led by Joan Carlson. Cost is $54.
• The Fort Mill Community Playhouse will hold auditions for its September musical “The Spitfire Grill” from 7-9 p.m. July 14-15 at the Fort Mill Community Playhouse, 615 Banks St. Call-backs will be July 15 if necessary and by invitation only. The Spitfire Grill runs Sept. 11-13 and 19-21, 2014. For information, go to fortmillplayhouse.org or email director Jack Stevenson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism will host a Football Coaches Clinic from 6-8:30 p.m. July 24 at Sullivan Middle School for all youth coaches. It will be led by former Northwestern High School football coach Jimmy Wallace with assistance from area high school coaches.
The free event is sponsored by Olive Garden who will provide a meal to participating coaches. The clinic will focus on the fundamentals of football while teaching and sharing some of the most dynamic drills of the game. Areas of emphasis will include tackling/blocking safety and techniques to minimize head injuries.
• PRT will also host a Football “Fun”damentals youth clinic 9 a.m.-11 a.m. July 26 at the Sullivan Middle School Football field. This free event, also sponsored by Olive Garden, will provide each pre-registered child with a free T-shirt. The clinic will focus on the fundamentals of football while teaching and sharing some of the most dynamic drills of the game. Areas of emphasis will include tackling/blocking safety and techniques to minimize head injuries. Wallace will lead the clinic with assistance by area high school coaches. On-line registration begins 8 a.m. Monday at CityofRockHill.com/PRT.
For information on either event, contact Brian Jones at 803-329-5672.
• The Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism’s Happy Travelers will go to Fort Mill’s NarroWay Productions for dinner and “The REAL Christmas Story!” Nov. 14.
Cost is $40 and includes transportation, dinner, gratuity and the show. A $10 deposit is due Aug. 15. Seating is limited.
The group will travel to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., for “Christmas Time in the Smoky Mountains” Dec. 3-5.
Cost is $370 per person (double occupancy) and $440 per person (single occupancy). The package includes breakfast, full course dinners including the Smith Family Dinner Theatre & The Hatfields & McCoys Dinner Theatre featuring “Christmas Disaster.” It also includes “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” & “The Blackwoods Variety Show,” Dollywood Theme Park’s “Christmas in the Smokies” and the attraction “Christ in the Smokies.” Taxes, meal gratuities and transportation are also included.
A $35 deposit is due Aug. 29 and the final payment is due Oct. 3.
To register or for information on either trip, call Katie at 803-329-5626 or register online at www.cityofrockhill.com/PRT.
Fees can be mailed to city of Rock Hill PRT, Katie Conley, PO Box 11706, Rock Hill, SC 29731 or brought to the Parks, Recreation and Tourism office at City Hall in Room 390.
• All York County Library branches will be closed Friday for Independence Day. In addition, the the Rock Hill library will close at 4 p.m. Thursday. Other libraries are located in Fort Mill, Clover, York and Lake Wylie. For information, go to www.yclibrary.org.
• 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.
• Emmett Scott High School class of 1960 is sponsoring “The Diamond Classic Ball,” Aug. 29-31 at the Hilton Charlotte Executive Hotel. Registration is $65. Deadline is July 31. For information, contact Arthur Williams at 803-322-4690 or 803-327-4236.
• Former Hillcrest Elementary School students will have a reunion planning meeting 11 a.m. July 19 at Foundation AME Zion Church, Neely Store Road, Rock Hill.
• The Adult Enrichment Centers of Rock Hill offers a caregiver support group open to the community at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at 359 Park Ave. For information, call Dee Curran at 803-327-7448.
• 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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