Libraries closing for holidays
YORK COUNTY All York County libraries will be closed Dec. 24-28.
All libraries will close at 6 p.m. Dec. 31 and remain closed Jan. 1.
For information about library programs and services, visit yclibrary.org.
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Red Cross seeks blood donations
YORK COUNTY The American Red Cross will hold blood drives this month.
• 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 24, Sam’s Xpress, 2354 Parchment Blvd., Fort Mill.
• 2:30-7 p.m. Dec. 30, Tirzah A. R. Presbyterian Church, 6161 Mount Gallant Road, York.
For more information, visit Redcross.org.
CBCC posts blood drives
YORK COUNTY Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will hold blood drives in December.
• 4-8 p.m. Dec. 26 and Dec. 30, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Donors receive a free movie ticket.
During December, every donor may sign a gift tag to be attached to a stuffed puppy and delivered to children in the local hospitals as part of CBCC’s 10th annual Puppies for Patients program.
Call 704-972-4700 or go to carolinadonor.org for more information.
Pay library fines with donations
YORK COUNTY York County libraries are collecting Food for Fines through Dec. 31 to encourage the return of overdue library materials while giving back to the community.
This charitable program allows library users to pay off fines for overdue materials with nonperishable food and personal hygiene items. For each donated item, $1 will be credited to outstanding fines. It will not cover the cost of lost or damaged materials.
Nonperishable food items, toiletries and disposable diapers will be collected. Items will be donated to York County food banks. Library patrons are encouraged to participate even if they have no outstanding library fines.
Donations will be accepted at all libraries and the bookmobile. For more information, visit yclibrary.org.
Country couple dance class starts Jan. 8
LAKE WYLIE Country couple dance class starts Jan. 8 at The Journey Family Life Center, 5415 S.C. 557.
Beginners class is 7:30-8:15 p.m. Intermediate is 8:15 to 9 p.m.
Cost is $30 per person for six-week session.
Couples preferred, but singles welcome.
For information, call 803-831-1076.
Tax program needs volunteers
YORK COUNTY Volunteers are needed to help low income, elderly and handicapped taxpayers prepare income tax returns as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.
Volunteers will be trained by the Internal Revenue Service, S.C. Department of Revenue and N.C. Department of Revenue to prepare basic tax returns.
The training is free to volunteers who will learn to prepare 1040A, 1040EZ and the basic 1040 forms with schedule A and B.
Training will include the filing of tax return on computers. Training will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 12-16 at Rock Hill City Hall, 155 Johnston St., in the Wellness Center on the first floor. For information, call 803-322-4195.
Apply for Citizens Police Academy
YORK COUNTY The York County Sheriff’s Office is taking applications for the Citizen’s Police Academy.
The academy runs 6:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays for 10 sessions March 2-May 4. A formal graduation will be held May 11.
The Citizens’ Police Academy will introduce participants to functions of the York County Sheriff’s Office and will feature instruction by staff from the divisions. The goal is to create partnerships with York County residents for better efficiency.
The free class is open to adults 18 and older.
Applications, accepted through Jan. 31, are available at the York County Sheriff’s Office, district offices and online at yorkcountysheriff.com. Call 803-628-7634 for more information.
Flu shots for children available
YORK COUNTY Free flu shots for children are available at the Early Learning Partnership’s free children’s clinic.
Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays in the Rock Hill Family Resource Center, 410 E. Black St. Children birth to age 18 who do not have health insurance can see a doctor or nurse practitioner. Services include sick visits, immunizations, and sports and school physicals.
For appointments, call 803-322-6636.
Other clinics are held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in York, Fort Mill and Clover. York County children may attend any of the four clinics.
CHS Class of ’85 plans reunion
CLOVER Clover High School Class of 1985 is looking for classmates for the 30 year reunion.
Classmates can send contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704-582-0781.
Agape offers Canine Forward program
YORK COUNTY Agape Senior has a new volunteer program, Canine Forward, which offers regular free dog walking and playtime services for seniors living independently but who are physically unable to exercise their animals.
The program recognizes the importance of the relationship between the owner and his or her pet.
The program depends volunteers for walking, playing with and brushing the animals.
Canine Forward provides training. To volunteer, call 803-329-4544.
Riding center seeks support
GASTONIA Victory Farm Inc., a therapeutic horseback riding center, seeks help to purchase 155 acres bordering South and North Carolina off S.C. 274, near Lake Wylie.
Donations go through the Community Foundation of Gaston County. Call 704-241-2270 or email email@example.com.
YMCA plans ski trip for next year
YORK COUNTY The Upper Palmetto YMCA annual family ski trip to Aspen/Snowmass, Colo., will be Jan. 14-19.
The group will stay at the Timberline Condominiums in Snowmass. The package includes a range of rooming options for five nights; transfers to and from the airport, and from the airport to Timberline; luggage service; four-day lift ticket to Snowmass, Aspen, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk ski areas; shuttle service from Snowmass to Aspen; and a welcome reception and slope-side picnic.
Call 803-324-9622, ext. 228, or visit upymca.org.
Registration open for gardening event
ROCK HILL Registration is open for the 10th annual Joy of Gardening Symposium set for Feb. 28 at Baxter Hood Center.
Sponsored by the Master Gardeners of York County, the day-long event will include seven gardening experts, break-out sessions, vendors and a chance to win door prizes.
The early registration fee, which includes lunch, is $50. After Dec. 31, the cost will be $60.
To register, visit symposium.yorkmg.org/registration.
To pay by mail, make checks payable to: Master Gardeners of York County, and mail to: 266 Fischer Road, Fort Mill, SC 29715.