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 an 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.
• 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 the center, 835 Edgemont Ave.
• 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.
Admission is $6, adults; $5, seniors; $3, ages 4-17; free to CHM members, children 3 and younger, and active-duty military personnel and their families. Information: chmuseums.org or 803-684-2327.
• The 10th annual Quest for the Record Book Sportsman Banquet will be at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at West End Baptist Church, 1727 McConnells Highway, Rock Hill.
Tickets are $20 and include barbecue dinner, door prizes, outdoor vendors and fellowship with other sportsmen. No ticket sales at the door. Tickets are available at Nichols Store, Sportsman Inc., Double B Graphix, Hager Cycle World, Southern Draw Archery, The Outdoor Shop, Jamie K Outdoors and Aim Right Gun Shop.
• 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. The next market will be 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, with entertainment by Amanda DeCarol.
• The third annual Grillin’ and Chillin’ fundraiser to benefit Area 11 Special Olympics will be 5-11 p.m. July 12 at the John Ballentine Pavilion at Elks Park, 3950 Elks Park Road, Rock Hill. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and include dinner and drinks. The Oneppo Brothers and Chubby Knuckles will perform beginning at 7 p.m. There will be a silent auction and door prices.
• Second Harvest Partners, sponsored by Providence Presbytery, will have a hunger relief site at 9 a.m. July 10 at Bethesda Presbyterian Church, 4858 McConnell’s Highway, Rock Hill. Volunteers will help distribute food to participants who meet USDA eligibility income guidelines. For information, contact Catawba Area Agency on Aging at 803-329-9670.
• The Summer in the Park concert series will feature local folk/Americana musician Phil Land on Tuesday at Fewell Park, 1204 Alexander Road, Rock Hill. The free concert 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.
• AARP local chapter will meet at 1 p.m. July 9 in the Garden Room at Westminster Rehabilitation Center, 831 McDow Drive, Rock Hill. The group will have a July Fourth celebration with a covered dish lunch and a presentation by Ed Causebrook from the Rock Hill Department of Housing and Neighborhood Services. All AARP members and guests are invited.
• AARP Drivers Safety Program will be offered for ages 26 and older 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 11 at Park PointVillage, 3025 Chesbrough Blvd., Rock Hill. Participants will receive certificates that may reduce the insurance rate on collision and liability coverage and is good for three years. Cost is $15 members and $20 for nonmembers. Registration is required. For information to register, contact Andrea Powell at 803-980-8616.
• 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 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. 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.
• Fort Mill Community Playhouse will hold auditions for its September musical, “The Spitfire Grill,” from 7 to 9 p.m. July 14-15 at Fort Mill Community Playhouse, 615 Banks St. “The Spitfire Grill” runs Sept. 11-13 and 19-21. For information, go to fortmillplayhouse.org or email director Jack Stevenson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Underexposed Film Festival YC, entering its third season, focuses on the creativity and vision of independent filmmakers, providing a forum where their work can be viewed at the 150-seat Community Performance Center, East Main Street, Rock Hill.
Independent filmmakers across the world are invited to submit professionally presented short films, with a run-time of 45 minutes or less to participate in this juried competition, in one of the following categories: Narrative, animation, experimental, documentary, female director and student film. Entry deadline is July 18.
For festival guidelines and entry information, go to yorkcountyarts.org .
• All York County Library branches will be closed Friday for Independence Day. The Rock Hill branch will close at 4 p.m. Thursday. Information: yclibrary.org.
• The Emmett Scott High School class of 1967 will meet for their July birthday fellowship dinner at 5:30 p.m. Monday at The LongHorn Steakhouse.
• The Rock Hill High class of 1959 will meet for lunch and fellowship at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Golden Corral, Anderson Road. All classmates, spouses and friends are invited..
• 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 email@example.com or call 803-207-6682.
• 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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