Clinton Junior College in Rock Hill will host a one-day black male summit on Feb. 16 in collaboration with the Black Male Summit Committee of York County.
Keynote speaker for the day-long event will be Ronald S. Rochon, dean of the School of Education and associate vice president for teacher education at Buffalo State University.
The summit is free and will begin with an 8 a.m. registration and a continental breakfast. It is limited to the first 200 registrants. The theme is "Respecting Our Past, Building Our Future."
The summit is an attempt to bring black men together to encourage taking responsibility for their lives and to find solutions to their challenges. The workshops will include "Being smart is not being white," "Getting involved in your community," "The importance of fatherhood," "There is hope" and other important subjects.
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The program includes lunch and will end at 2 p.m. with free admission for teen participants to the college's women's and men's basketball games. Adult participants will pay $2 admisison to the games.
Details, Sherman Porterfield, (803) 980-4357 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teens are needed for FACES improv group
The Teen Health Center in Rock Hill is looking for six high school teens, ages 14 to 18, to become troupe members of its FACES Teen Improvisation group from spring through winter 2008.
FACES -- Facing Attitudes and Challenges Existing in Society -- is an 8-month program that provides troupe members the opportunity to reach out to others through improv performances, have a safe outlet to talk about issues they say are important to their age group, have their voices heard, learn to work as a team and use the skills introduced in the group in other areas of their lives.
Previous improv experience is not necessary, but is a plus. The main purpose is to use the teens' creativity and expression to speak out on issues important to them.
Interested teens should return the FACES application to the Rock Hill teen center on Cherry Road by Feb. 15. For the application and details, e-mail Pauline McCollough at email@example.com.
Area libraries plan book clubs, story events
York County libraries will offer the following programs and events this week:
• Book lovers will discuss "The Other Boleyn Girl" by Phillipa Gregory at the next Book Club for Adults meeting, beginning at 1 p.m. Monday at Fort Mill Public Library. To register, call 547-4114.
• All ages are invited to enjoy winter stories, songs and crafts as part of "It's Snowing Stories," from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the York County Library, Rock Hill. Children should be accompanied by an adult. To register, call 981-5888.
• Children ages 5 to 7 will hear snowy stories, make snow scenes and play winter games during "Let it Snow," beginning 4 p.m. Wednesday at Fort Mill Public Library. Call 547-4114 to register.
• Adults and children can buy books by the inch at the Friends of the Library Book Sale, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Oratory's Pope John Center, 434 Charlotte Ave., Rock Hill. Preview night for Friends of the Library members will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday. Books will be sold at $1 per inch, measuring the height of the book stack. All books will be half price on Saturday. Videos, DVDs, audiobooks and surplus library equipment will be on sale. For more details, call 981-5837.
• Toddler Time will offer stories, songs and movement activities for children ages 24 to 36 months and their caregivers from 10 and 11 a.m. Thursdays through Feb. 28 at the York Public Library. Call 684-3751 to register.
• Teens in grades six through 12 will use the latest scrapbooking techniques to make Valentine's gifts as part of Show Your Love, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Lake Wylie Public Library. To register, call 831-7774.
Red Cross chapter needs blood donations
Local supplies of type O negative, B negative and A negative blood are at less than a one-day supply at the American Red Cross. The following blood drives are open in York County this week:
• 2:30 to 7 p.m. Monday at the York County chapter of the Red Cross, 200 Piedmont Blvd., Rock Hill.
• 2:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 2020 Hillcrest Road, York.
• 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at AbitibiBowater, Inc., 5300 Cureton Ferry Road, Catawba.
• 2 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Phillip Catholic Church, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill.
Donors must be age 17 or older and weigh at least 110 pounds.
Fort Mill Playhouse has membership party
The Fort Mill Community Playhouse will host its annual membership drive party at 7 p.m. Saturday in the theater at 615 Banks St. The party is open to anyone interested in becoming a member during the 2008 season.
The party will include refreshments and a peek at the spring musical, "Once Upon a Mattress," scheduled to open next month. There will be a silent auction and a chance to win a $50 membership package.
For details, call Zeta Sistare at 547-7211, or e-mail the group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's time to sign up for Girls on the Run
Registration for Girls on the Run of the Tri-County will begin Monday at area schools and at the Leroy Springs Recreational Complex, for Fort Mill sites.
Girls on the Run is a 24-session after-school program that uses the power of running to prepare girls for a life of self-respect and healthy living. Members play games, discuss important issues and build self-esteem.
Family center has clinics, events for kids
The following services will be offered on Friday at the Rock Hill Family Resource Center, 217 Orange St., Rock Hill:
• Free medical clinics will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for ages birth through 18 who do not have insurance. Families should park in the rear of the building and use the red door entrance. Other free pediatric clinics are located in Fort Mill, Clover and York. Children and teens may receive immunizations, sick visits and physicals at the medical clinic. To make an appointment, call 322-6636.
• P.L.A.Y. (Positive Learning Activities for Youth) classes will be held at ParentSmart from 10 to 11:15 a.m. The classes are free and are designed for preschool-age children and their parents. Participants should park in the rear of the building and use the rear entrance. Details, call 981-1557.
Workshops for girls planned at teen center
The Teen Health Center of York County will offer a workshop every Tuesday beginning Feb. 12 and lasting through March 18 for girls ages 11 to 14.
"Being a Girl" focuses on self-esteem, nutrition, family and relationships, sexual health, pregnancy prevention and more.
Only 10 girls will be selected for the workshop. Registration is due Feb. 5. For more information, call 366-9119.
Square, line dancing offered in Chester
The Chester Circling Squares will offer square dancing and line dancing instruction with members Buster and Hilda Hefner at 7 p.m. Mondays, beginning Feb. 4, at the Lowrys Community Center on Old York Road, Lowrys.
Regular club dances are held the second Saturday of every month for practice.
Classes cost $2 per person, and dance tickets are $7 per couple. For more information, call Mickey and Carrie Green at 385-6884 or Andy and Gloria Kirk at 981-6981.
Fundraisers planned by L.A.-bound dance group
The Eddie Mabry Dancers of Fort Mill have been selected to represent South Carolina at the international Dance Excellence Festival in Los Angeles this March.
The group will host the following fundraisers this month:
• Instructors will teach dance moves as part of Dance Night from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Leroy Springs Recreation Complex. Pizza, games, hair and nail makeovers, karaoke and T-shirt design will follow. Cost is $40, or $60 for two or more girls in the same family.
• Chili will be sold from 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 31 at the complex. Prices are $8 per 32-ounce container and $25 per gallon. Order forms are available at the complex. Drop-ins are welcome.
Donations of more than $500 will receive a full-page advertisement in the Eddie Mabry Talent recital program at the end of the year. For details, call Eddie Mabry at (704)724-6660, or e-mail email@example.com.
Viva Rock Vegas to benefit museum group
The Culture and Heritage Museums will host its annual winter fundraising gala, "Viva Rock Vegas," from 8 p.m. to midnight Feb. 2 at Winthrop University's McBryde Hall.
The night will feature dancing and Vegas-style entertainment by Kingdaddy, live and silent auctions, a raffle and hors d'oeuvres. Dress is black tie-optional.
The 2008 Gala committee members are Dee Dee and Jay Rinehart, chairs, Jennifer and Chris Ruh, co-chairs; and members Lou Lou and Chris Christenbury; Catherine and Freddy Faircloth; Paula and Don Gillman; Lora and Jack Holladay; and Michele Wilson.
Tickets are $350 per couple, or $300 per couple for CHM members. For tickets and more details, call Michelle DiEduardo at 329-2121, ext. 113, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Value of quilts will be subject of local program
The York County Quilters will welcome June McCauley Ross, who will speak on the factors that determine the value of quilts, during its meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Episcopal Church of Our Savior, 144 Caldwell St., Rock Hill. Visitors are welcome.
Ross also will be available to give quilt appraisals on Tuesday at Hobby Lobby in Rock HIll. Contact Jane Godshall at email@example.com to schedule an appointment.
Disabilities board will meet Thursday
The York County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the agency's Administration Building, 7900 Park Place Road, in the East York Industrial Park off S.C. 5, York. Guests are welcome.
Alzheimer's patients, caregivers have support
A support group for people in the early stages of Alzheimer's and their caregivers will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Alzheimer's Association Office, 2115 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill. For more information, call Sarah Bost at 327-4715.
Tega Cay firefighters selling community books
The Tega Cay Volunteer Fire Department has new Citipass and community books available, good until Nov. 30. Both books contain coupons and discounts, including dining, movie tickets and golf.
To purchase, call Bill Fenton at 548-6206.
Get in on AARP driver safety classes in Rock Hill
The following AARP driver safety classes, for drivers ages 50 or older, are being offered in Rock Hill. Participants must attend both days to receive a certificate that may reduce their premium rates on collision and liability insurance. The cost is $10 and you do not have to be a member of AARP to attend. The instructor for both classes will be Merle Berman. The classes will be held from:
• 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Westminster Towers, 1330 India Hook Road. To register, call Amy Laughlin at 328-5000.
• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 20 and 21, Upper Palmetto YMCA, 402 Charlotte Ave. To register, call Joyce Davis at 329-9622.
Income tax services offered by AARP program
AARP will offer free, confidential federal and state income tax preparation services for most taxpayers ages 60 and older from Feb. 1 to April 15 at the following area sites and times:
• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Rock Hill Adult Education Center, 1234 Flint St. Extension. To schedule an appointment, call 981-1375.
• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and 1 to 5 p.m. Thursdays at the Fort Mill Public Library, 1818 Second Baxter Crossing, Fort Mill. No appointments required. Details, call 547-5442.
• 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays at the York Public Library, 21 E. Liberty St., York. No appointments required. Details, call 684-3751.
• 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays at the Clover Public Library, 107 Knox St., Clover. No appointments required. Details, call 831-8738.
• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Chester County Library, 100 Center St., Chester. No appointments required. Details, call 581-1168.
Free e-filing is available at every site and all returns are prepared on computer software provided by the IRS.
Area prayer breakfast will focus on aging
All area pastors are invited to a community prayer breakfast at 8 a.m. Jan. 29 at Belair United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land. Ministers will receive a resource manual with information about older adults and their caretakers.
The breakfast is sponsored by Agape Hospice and the Catawba Area Agency on Aging. To register, call Grace Waddell at 802-5991, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
High school classes, families plan reunions
The following high school alumni classes and family reunion groups have news to share:
• The Finley High School class of 1966 will meet at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Summit Restaurant in Chester. For details, call James Dunham at (704) 232-0793.
• The Chester High School Class of 1972 will attend a seven-day Carnival Cruise Dec. 6 through 13. Deposits of $25 are due now. Call 581-1049 or 377-3661 for details.
• The George Fish School Alumni will have its second meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 5 at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Joe Lewis Street, Fort Mill. Plans for a Labor Day 2008 School Reunion will be discussed. For information, call Ronnie Spratt at 517-9928, Alice Jean Watts at 547- 5341 or Elizabeth Patterson White at (336) 656-0900.
• The Agurs and Neely family reunion committee will plan for its 2008 reunion, to be held in Atlanta, at 3:30 p.m. today. The meeting will be at Ethel and Nathaniel Agurs' home at 319 Rick St., Rock Hill. Details, call Omeka Allen at 327-1869 or Henry Agurs at 327-9492.
• The Hicks-Mobley family gathering committee will sponsor a Valentine's Dance and raffle for adults on Feb. 9; the location will be announced. The event is open to the public and tickets may be purchased from a committee member. For information, call Alice Hardin-Hinton at 524-6618 or Courtney Blake at 370-2731.
York thrift store has sale this week
PATH's Thrift Store, 31 N. Congress St., York, will have a buy one, get one free sale on shoes and pocketbooks Monday through Saturday. PATH serves needy families in the York school district.
Troops 391 Scouts earn recognition
Two members of Boy Scout Troop 391 in Rock Hill have earned recent honors:
• Thomas "Kelly" Starnes recently passed his board of review for Eagle Scout. He began his Scouting career as a Cub Scout in Pack 31, completed Weblos, earned the Arrow of Light Award and entered Troop 391 in 2001.
He has served as patrol leader, senior patrol leader and troop guide. He is a member of the Brotherhood of the Order of the Arrow and earned 21 merit badges. For his Eagle project, he planned and directed a preschool playground improvement project at Old Pointe Elementary School, with new picnic tables, maples trees and a flower garden. It involved nearly 100 hours of volunteer work. Starnes, a senior at Northwestern High School, is the son of Darrell and Martha Jean Starnes and the grandson of Len and Jane Starnes, all of Rock Hill.
• Jordan Cooper, a First Class Scout, was the 2007 first-place winner of the National Rifle Association postal matches, senior division, at Camp Raven Knob. Cooper competed against several hundred other Scouts during the summer, firing an Anschutz M-54 heavy-barreled .22-caliber target rifle at 10 bull's-eye targets at a distance of 50 feet. He placed fourth nationally in the senior division, which included all U.S. Boy Scout camps that participated in the program. He is the son of Donna and Preston Cooper of Rock Hill and is a freshman at Northwestern High School.
Troop 391 is sponsored by Rawlinson Road Baptist Church. The Scoutmaster is Mike Janeski. For information about Troop 391, call 366-3266.
Debutantes recognized at local AKA cotillion
Three debutantes were recognized for special efforts during the Holiday Elegance event Dec. 15 at Union Baptist Church, when the participating debutantes were introduced.
The 2007 Debutante Cotillion, sponsored by the Eta Alpha Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., culminated months of enrichment programs and educational activities for the young ladies who participated.
Kiara Marshall was crowned Miss Debutante 2007, Brittany Chisholm was first runner-up and Julisa Dantzler was second runner-up. Proceeds from the event will be used for scholarships and support community projects.
River Hills Lions donate $30K to EMS
The River Hills Lions presented a $30,000 check on Dec. 11 to the River Hills/Lake Wylie EMS. The River Hills Lions have been supporting the squad since it started, donating more than $200,000 toward a new ambulance, medical equipment, training programs and recently a quick response vehicle.
The Lions raised the money with a fish fry and numerous golf tournaments. For two years, 100 percent of the proceeds of their fall benefits drawing have been donated to the squad. Over the last decade, the Lions Club has been the largest single contributor to the squad.
For more information, contact Lions members Bill Burgin at (803) 370-2828 or Bonnie Hart at (803) 831-7109.
Rock Hill gymnasts win awards in competition
Rock Hill gymnasts who practice at First in Flight Gym in Gastonia, N.C., won awards during a recent gymnastics competition in Spartanburg.
Katelyn Hogan of Rock Hill won first-place all around in her age group for level 7. For level 8, Jordan Collins won first-place all around, Adalee Hoffman of Rock Hill won second-place all around and Kathryn Hemphill of Rock Hill won third-place all around. The three won the level 8 first-place team trophy.
York High senior wins Optimist contest
The York Area Optimist Club recently completed its local essay contest. The theme was "Today's Choices Shape My Future." The local winner was York Comprehensive High School senior Justin Kersaw, the son of Elaine Kershaw.
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