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Area 11 Special Olympics benefit Saturday

July 5, 2014 

Arsena Schroeder will perform Thursday evening at the Old Town Farmers Market off Caldwell Street in downtown Rock Hill.


The third annual Grillin’ and Chillin’ fundraiser to benefit Area 11 Special Olympics will be 5-11 p.m. Saturday 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.

Special events

•  Mary Alice Monroe, a New York Times bestselling author, will be at Westminster Towers Heritage Hall at 2 p.m. July 15. Tickets are $20 and includes a presentation and signed copy of her newest book, “The Summer Wind.” For more information call 803-328-5000.

• Members of all faith-based organizations interested in promoting tobacco-free, healthy and active living are invited to a free dinner at 6 p.m. July 17 at Ann’s Arbor, 129 Gadsden St., Chester. RSVP to Callie Ricketts at or 704-695-2766.

• July’s First Friday in the Garden will be at 11 a.m. July 11 because the Glencairn Garden Learning Center was closed on July 4. Clemson Extension agent Paul Thompson will lead a session on “Turfgrass Insects and Diseases” at the center, 835 Edgemont Ave.

• 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. Saturday 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

•  Old Town Farmers Market off Caldwell Street in Rock Hill will be open 5-8 p.m. Thursday with entertainment by Arsena Schroeder, The market features produce vendors, arts and crafts. The next market will be 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, with entertainment by Left on Oakland.


• The 15th Annual Pilgrims’ Inn Irish Open will be July 15 at Rock Hill Country Club, with a Captain’s Choice, shotgun start at 1 p.m.

Cost is $100 per player and includes range balls, goody bag with embroidered polo shirt, prizes, box lunch and barbecue dinner in clubhouse. Pilgrims’ Inn is a not-for-profit organization serving individuals and families who are homeless or at risk.

For information, call Mike Gordon at 803-412-0733 or Dean Cline at 803-517-8202. Hole sponsorship is $100, corporate hole sponsorship is $250, which allows businesses to provide promotional items at the event. All proceeds go to Pilgrims’ Inn.

• The fourth annual “Gettin’ Lucky on the Lake” benefit for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will 3-9 p.m. Saturday at Red Fez Club, 16600 Red Fez Club Road, Steele Creek, featuring raffle prizes, games, food and music. Enter the Reverse Raffle by pre-purchasing a $50 ticket and get entered for a chance to win $1,000. Limited tickets available. Call 704-634-2800 or go to

•  Friends of the York County Library will hold its summer book sale July 17-19 at the First ARP Church gymnasium, 201 E. White St., Rock Hill. Thousands of books for all ages will be for sale, priced at $2 per inch. DVDs and audio books will also be for sale at bargain prices.

Opening night for Friends members will be 5-8 p.m. July 17. Memberships will be sold at the door. Cost is $15 for individuals and $25 for families. The sale will be open to the public 9 a.m.-7 p.m. July 18 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 19. All items will be half price on July 19.

Proceeds go to library programs. For information, go to or call 803-981-5837.

Hunger relief

•  Second Harvest Partners, sponsored by Providence Presbytery, will have a hunger relief site at 9 a.m. Thursday at Bethesda Presbyterian Church, 4858 McConnells Highway, Rock Hill. Volunteers will help distribute food to participants who meet USDA eligibility income guidelines. For information, call the Catawba Area Agency on Aging at 803-329-9670.

• The Steele Hill Community Market will open at 8 a.m. Wednesday at 6021 Charlotte Highway, Lancaster. Senior vouchers are accepted and all produce is home grown

VA assistance

• The state DAV van will be in Rock Hill Friday at VFW Post No. 2889, 732 W. Main St. to offer free assistance with claims paperwork via national service officers. Open to all veterans. For information, call Ruskin Belk at 803-329-6677.


• 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.


•  AARP local chapter will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday 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.


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

• The York County Library board of trustees will meet 5 p.m. Thursdayat the York library, 21 E. Liberty St. Open to the public. For information, go to or call 803-981-5831.

•  Bethel Fire Tax District Meeting will be 7 p.m. July 14 at Bethel Station No. 1.


•  York County 4-H will offer three-day cooking classes – quick breads, yeast bread, and egg dishes – Tuesday-Thursday for ages 5-11 and July 22-24 for ages 11-19. Classes are 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the York County Extension Office, 120 N. Congress St., York. Cost is $25. For information, call 803-684-9919, ext. 113, or email Faith Isreal at

•  Lancaster County 4-H will host 4-H Beekeeping Day Camp 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Fort Lawn Community Center, 5554 Main St. Open to ages 9-16. Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend.

The participants will learn the basics about bees and the jobs bees have in the hive, beehive homes, pollinating and equipment beekeepers use. They will bottle their own container of honey and make a bee-related craft.

Cost is $15 and includes lunch. To register, call Lancaster County 4-H at 803-283-3302, ext. 0, or email Steve Hucks at


•  Arts Council of Chester County hosts an Adult Art Class: BYOB Acrylic Painting Party with Christy Buchanan and a pottery class at the Arts Council Building located at 123 Main St.

The painting class will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday. All supplies are provided to create at 12 x 16 canvas of whimsical cakes or ice cream cones. Bring your favorite wine and appetizer.

Cost is $35, members and $38, non-members. Registration deadline is July 9.

The youth and adult, ages 4 to adult, pottery call with potter Penelope Winslow will be 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 16.

The workshop will use hand-building techniques. Participants will create either a garden creature or planter, unglazed in the natural terra cotta color.

Cost is $25, age 18 and younger and adults, $30. All supplies are provided. Registration deadline is July 14.

One partial need-based youth scholarship is available for the pottery class on a first-come, basis. Proof of Chester County residency and proof of need or family hardship is required for eligibility. Call for details.

To register for either class, call Lauren at 803-581-2030 or email

•  AARP Drivers Safety Program will be offered for ages 26 and older 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday at Park Point Village, 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 or to register, call Andrea Powell at 803-980-8616.


•  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 or email director Jack Stevenson at

• An open casting call for the film “One Church,” to be filmed in September in Rock Hill, will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 12 and 2-4 p.m. July 13 at Oakdale Baptist Church, 1249 Oakdale Road, Rock Hill. For information, go to


• 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 .


•  Hospice & Community Care will offer a one-day volunteer training session 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 24 on the Hospice & Community Care Campus, 2275 India Hook Road, Rock Hill. Volunteers offer companionship to patients, provide customer service at the Resale Shops, serve in the Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House, knit prayer shawls, help with fundraisers and community education. To register, call Hospice & Community Care at 803-329-1500 or 803-895-2273.

• Volunteers are needed to help to update the facades of homes in the East Chester area. The S.L. Finley Association, along with the City of Chester and Catawba Council of Governments received a grant for drainage of East Chester. The city provided a $50,000 match to update the facades.

Members of First Baptist and Orrs Baptist churches will be working at 115 McLure St. and 114 Oak St. July 7-11. Beginning July 18 the Church of the Nazarene and Westside Baptist Church will work at 106 Oak St. Calvary Baptist will work at 101 Collins St. beginning July 28. Freedom Ministries will work at 122 Oak St., Aug. 5-8. Volunteers can show up on site.

For information, call Dr. W.T. Holmes at 803-581-3702 or 864-993-6703.

• 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.


• The annual family reunion for descendants of the late William Thomas Williams and Annie Graham Williams will be 6 p.m. July 19 at Neely’s Creek ARP Church, 974 Neely’s Creek Road, Rock Hill. A covered-dish supper will be at 6:30 p.m. with a business meeting after. For information, call Rick Mitchell at 803-328-9523.

• 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..

Support groups

*•  NAMI monthly support groups and education session will 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. and support group for family members, 6:15 p.m. For information, call 803-610-8174 or 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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