The Come-See-Me Festival, April 17 through 26, is seeking participants for the following events:
• Auditions for Broadway Night at Glencairn Garden will be from 6 to 8 p.m. March 31 and April 1 at the Bigger House, 725 Crest St., Rock Hill. The show seeks participants of all ages, including solo, group, instrumental, vocal or dance groups to perform Broadway show tunes. Performers must provide their own CD or a keyboard accompanist. Costumes are encouraged but not required. The show will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 24 at Glencairn Garden. To register for an audition, call 329-7625 by March 20. For details, visit www.comeseeme.rockhill.net
• Participants for the "All American" red, white and blue parade are needed. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. April 17, from East White Street to Oakland Avenue to the Dinkins Student Center at Winthrop University. The DooDahs section returns to the parade and is open to neighborhoods and groups. To participate, an entry from and a fee of $30 is due by March 30. Space is limited. Forms may be obtained online at www.comeseeme.rockhill.net or by calling 329-7625.
• Twenty-five teams are needed to compete in the barbecue cook-off competition April 26 at Winthrop Lake. The teams will cook barbecue to be sold by the pound at the tailgate party to benefit York County law enforcement and the Worthy Boys and Girls Camp. Teams will compete for prizes of up to $1,000. The competition will be judged by the South Carolina Barbeque Association. A no-pork barbecue competition will be April 25 during the Moonlight Jazz and Blues event at Winthrop Lake. Teams will compete for prizes of up to $300 by cooking items of their choice. Sample sizes will be sold. To participate in either competition, submit an entry form and fee of $250 before April 4. Forms are available online at www.comeseeme.rockhill.net. For details, call Bill Caldwell at (800) 681-7635, e-mail Dennis Weaver at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.scbarbeque.com.
Andrew Jackson park to host birthday bash
Andrew Jackson State Park will have its annual Andrew Jackson birthday celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the park, 196 Andrew Jackson Park Road, Lancaster.
Activities include traditional 18th-century craft demonstrations, Revolutionary War re-enactments, dulcimer music and hands-on tables featuring colonial toys, slate and quill pen writing, butter churning and candle dipping. The museum and one-room school house will be open for tours and the Clemson Extension Master Gardeners of Lancaster will have a plant sale. Brunson's barbecue and baked goods will be sold.
The free event is sponsored by the park, Friends of Andrew Jackson State Park, Lancaster County Retired Educators and the city of Lancaster. For details, call (803) 285-3344.
Library events include fashion show, dance tourney
York County libraries will have the following free events this month:
• Book clubs for adults. A discussion of "The Other Boleyn Girl" by Philippa Gregory will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Fort Mill Public Library, 1818 Second Baxter Crossing. To register and reserve the book, call 547-4114. A discussion of "Blessings" by Anna Quindlen will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the York County Library, 138 E. Black St., Rock Hill, and at 10:30 a.m. March 20 at the Clover Public Library, 107 Knox St. To register and reserve a copy of the book, in Rock Hill, call 981-5825; in Clover, call (803) 222-3474. The book, "Gap Creek," by Robert Morgan will be discussed at 1 p.m. March 17 at the Fort Mill Public Library.
• Civil War family life, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the York Public Library, 21 E. Liberty St. Colleen Carney will illustrate the effects of the Civil War on women and children. Carney is the director of the York County Library and a member of a living history group, the Carolina Ladies Aide Society. The program is for adults and children, ages 9 and older. To register, call 684-3751.
• Mid-19th-century fashion show, 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the York County Library. Members of the Carolina Ladies Aid society will model fashions of the Civil War era. Participants will learn about early Victorian fashion and how it reflected societal influences, including European fashions and the war between the states.
• Dance Dance Revolution Tournament, iin which teens in grades six through 12 can celebrate Teen Tech week and show off DDR skills. Tournaments will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Clover Public Library, 5 to 6:30 p.m. March 20 at the Fort Mill Public Library, and 5 to 6:30 p.m. March 27 at the Lake Wylie Public Library. To register, call (803) 222-3474 in Clover, 547-4114 in Fort Mill and (803) 831-7774 in Lake Wylie.
• Teens Write Now Writer's Group, in which youths in grades six through 12 can share poetry, stories and other writings, 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the York County Library.
• Franklin's Terrific Turtle Time, in which children of all ages, accompanied by an adult, can hear turtle stories, make crafts and visit with Franklin, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 18. To register, call 981-5888.
• Family game night, 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 20 at the Fort Mill Public Library. Families are invited to play games and have snacks. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 547-4114 to register.
• Navigating the supermarket, 7 to 8 p.m. March 20 at the York County Library. Participants will learn how to find healthy and delicious foods.
• Easter story time, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. March 21 at the Clover Public Library. Ages 3 to 7 will hear Easter stories, have an Easter egg hunt and make crafts. To register, call (803) 222-3474.
• Conquer your clutter, 6:30 p.m. March 25 at the Lake Wylie Public Library. Owner of Klutter-B-Gone Kathy Mast will teach participants how to control clutter and organize a home office, craft room, storage closet, children's playroom and other areas.
• Science Fun, 4 p.m. March 26 at the Fort Mill Public Library. Ages 5 to 7 will learn about dinosaurs, volcanoes and states of matter. Children may get dirty. To register, call 547-4114.
Computer classes include Internet, Excel, Word
These free computer classes are offered at the York County Library, 138 E. Black St., Rock Hill. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, call 981-5845.
• Basic computer skills, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday. Learn parts of the computer, terms and how to operate a mouse.
• Basic Internet skills, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Learn Internet terms, surf the Internet using Microsoft's Internet Explorer and learn to use search engines. Experience with Windows and a mouse or previous class attendance is required.
• E-mail, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Learn how to create and manage a free web-based e-mail account. Experience with the Internet and a mouse is required.
• Excel 2007, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Learn how to create, edit and format a simple spreadsheet using Microsoft Excell 2007. Experience with Windows and a mouse is required.
• Word 2007, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 17. Learn how to create, edit and format a document using Microsoft Word 2007. Experience with Windows and a mouse is required.
• Resume writing, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 18. Learn about different types of resumes and how to set up a basic resume using Microsoft Word 2007. Basic computer experience is required.
• Job searching, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 19. Learn job searching tips and how to search for jobs from popular websites. Experience with the Internet and mouse is required.
• Powerpoint 2007, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 20. Learn how to create and format a simple slideshow presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint. Experience with Windows and a mouse is required.
For details, visit www.yclibrary.org.
Choral society concert is April 6 at Winthrop
The York County Choral Society will present its spring concert in conjunction with the Winthrop Chorale at 4 p.m. April 6 at Byrnes Auditorium, Winthrop University. Tickets are $15 adults, $10 seniors 65 and older and $5 students. Tickets are available at the door, from Jane Hudson at 327-2967 or visit www.yorkcountychoralsociety.org.
Christian center has March 22 egg hunt
Faith Family Christian Center, 3483 Homestead Road, Rock Hill, will have an Easter egg hunt for ages 12 and younger from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 22 at the church. More than 1,000 eggs for the hunt have been donated from the community and there will be prizes and hot dogs. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, call the center at 366-5239 or visit www.faithfamilycc.com.
Men's day program is Saturday at Wesley UMC
Wesley United Methodist Church is having its annual Men's Day program at 5 p.m. Saturday at the church, 110 W. Jefferson St., York. The day's theme is Pass it On.
Participants are asked to wear their favorite sports team jersey. Speaker will be Rev. Rod Freeman and there will be tailgating, music and a gospel message. Admission is free. For details, call Dennis Wells at 628-1660.
Lancaster shaggers host Saturday toga party
The Lancaster Shag Club will have an Ides of March toga party at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Lancaster Moose Lodge, 200 Shrine Moose Drive, Lancaster. DJ is Gene Hensley of Huntersville, N.C. Participants are invited to dress in togas; prizes will be awarded for the best costume. There will be a cash bar, a 50/50 drawing, smoke-free dance floor and participants may bring hors d'ouevres. Admission is $5 for club members and $8 for guests. For details, call (803) 286-5694.
Fort Mill Legion hosting March 29 dance
The OSIA club of Fort Mill will sponsor Dancing Under the Stars from 7 to 10:30 p.m. March 29 at the Fort Mill Legion 43, 427 Banks Road. Music will be by the dance band The Professionals.
Tickets are $15 per person and include homemade Italian pastries, cookies, cakes, coffee and tea. There will be a Legion-supplied cash bar, a door prize basket of Italian items and a 50/50 raffle. For tickets, call Jean Wheeler at 366-2577 or Kathy Schwandt at (803) 802-8975.
Oratorical contest hosted by Fort Mill Optimists
The Fort Mill Community Optimist Club will have the annual Optimist International Oratorical contest at 11 a.m. March 29 at the Fort Mill Town Hall, 112 Confederate St. The contest is open to students under age 16 as of Dec. 31, 2007. The topic is "Why me? Why not me?" The deadline is March 21. For details, call Lestina Potts, 547-7195.
Floral demo, motorcycle ride among local benefits
These groups are raising money:
• The Joyful Bell Ringers of India Hook United Methodist Church will have a lunch and floral demonstration from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 29 in the Family Life Center, 3300 Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill. The program, Celebrate Spring, will feature a floral demonstration by Carie Cassidy-Struble of Pineville, N.C. Six arrangements, from very simple to very elaborate, will be made and auctioned off. Tickets are $12.50 per person or $70 for a table of six. Seating is limited. For details or tickets, call April Buddin, 329-7787, or e-mail email@example.com.
• The Honor Guard Motorcycle Ministry is sponsoring the second annual benefit motorcycle ride for the Children's Attention Home on April 19 in conjunction with the National Child Abuse Awareness Month campaign. The ride will begin and end at Lake Wylie Christian Assembly, 5766 Charlotte Highway, Lake Wylie. Preregistration is $20 for single riders and $35 for double. Ride-day registration is $25 for single riders and $45 for double. For each paying rider and passenger, lunch will be provided and there will be T-shirts and door prizes .The motocycle ministry is seeking volunteers and donations, such as lunch items, door prizes and monetary contributions. To register or volunteer, visit www.HONORGUARDMM.org or e-mail Allan Melton, firstname.lastname@example.org or Janet Knight, email@example.com, or call 328-8871.
• PATH's Thrift Store, 31 N. Congress St., York, will have a buy one get one free on all winter clothing of the same kind Monday through Saturday. Tuesday is customer appreciation day and all clothing is buy one get one free of the same kind. PATH serves needy families in the York school district.
• The South Pointe High School after-prom committee is hosting a golf tournament at 11 a.m. March 21 at Pinetuck Golf Club, 2578 Tuckaway Road. Cost is $50 per person or $200 per team and includes golf, prizes, and dinner. Hole sponsors are needed. For details, call Lash LaRoux, 980-2100. The after-prom committee is seeking donations of prizes and funds. The after-prom party provides youth with a safe drug and alcohol-free place to celebrate after the prom. This year's goal is $10,000 to provide bowling, karaoke, pool, casinos and food for the party. For details, call Phil Leazer, (803) 984-6389, or Lori Thomas, (803) 327-6623.
• The Gerald T. Parks Memorial Foundation is having a 5K walk/run at 8 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Fort Mill, 121 Monroe White St., Fort Mill. Registration is $15 and begins at 7 a.m. Parks was a Fort Mill resident and Navy veteran. Proceeds benefit Dorn VA Hospital in Columbia. For details and forms, visit www.geraldtparksmemorial foundation.org.
Springs Complex has programs for kids
The Leroy Springs Recreation Complex in Fort Mill will have the following activities:
• Flyers after-school program, for children in kindergarten through fifth grade during the school year, offers activities that encourage creativity, social relationships, appropriate behavior and positive self-image. The program is offered at all five Fort Mill elementary schools. Normal hours are from school dismissal until 6 p.m. Registration is ongoing, as long as there are openings.
• Fall Flyers registration begins Wednesday for the after-school program. Registration fee is $65, non-refundable, plus the first week's fees. All subsequently weekly fees are due one week in advance. Weekly program fees are $55 members and $60 non-members. For details, call the complex at 547-4575.
• Summer Flyers program, which meets at Orchard Park and Springfield elementary schools in Fort Mill, is accepting registration. Summer hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. A $25 non-refundable deposit is required on each registered week. Balance is due seven days in advance of the program week. Weekly summer fees are $105 members and $115 non-members.
Music club, Sierrans among local meetings
The following groups will meet:
• The Pvt. Thomas Caldwell Camp No. 31 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St., York. Speaker will be local historian Frank "Buddy" Coleman. For details, call Kirk Carter, (704) 739-2964, or Jimmy Cagle, (803) 222-4372.
• The Southern Piedmont Adoptive Families of America will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the first-floor temporary conference room of the Catholic Diocese Pastoral Center, 1123 S. Church St., Charlotte. A welcome and introduction will be at 6 p.m. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month. Local consultants for A Step Ahead Adoption Services will present a program, The Fundamentals of Adoption. For details, visit www.spafa.org or www.astepaheadadoption.com or call Elaine Lane at 548-7668.
• The Rock Hill Music Club will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, 421 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. Dr. Donald Moe will play the organ and music director Tim Moe will conduct handbells.
• The Henry's Knob group of the South Carolina chapter of the Sierra Club will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Wesley Foundation, 406 Stewart Ave., Rock Hill. Speaker will be Mark Englander, owner of Charlotte Energy Solutions. Englander will discuss local green energy solutions for homes, yards and small businesses. Englander converts cars to run on cooking oil and carries locally made rain barrels, gray water products, composters, stoves, lawn mowers and vehicles at his Rock Hill store. The meeting is free and open to the public. For details, call Joe Zdenek at 366-9763.
• The Woman's Club of Rock Hill will meet at 5 p.m. Monday at the clubhouse, 607 Aiken Ave., Rock Hill. The meeting will begin with a social hour at 5 p.m. Hostesses are chairman Jan Duncan, Paula Gillman, Norma England, Delores O'Hanlan, Sara Stringfellow and Doris Williams. At 6 p.m. will be a program sponsored by the public affairs department, chaired by Teresa Rector. The speaker will be the director of Safe Passage. At 6:30 p.m. will be a business meeting. Plans for the Come-See-Me Cafe and garden shop will be presented by Geri Rinehart and Judy McCardle, cafe chairmen, and Yolanda Wright, Lois Kirkpatrick and Jan Elliot, chairmen for the gift/garden shop. The cafe and gift/garden shop will be April 17 to 23 in the clubhouse. Kathryn Gilchrist, chairman, will present plans for participation in Gourmet Gardens. Connie Zdenek is the club president. The club is a member of the General Federation of Woman's Clubs.
• The Marine Corps League, consisting of retired and veteran Marines, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 732 W. Main St., Rock Hill. The meetings are on the second Tuesday of each month. Visitors are welcome. For details, call Don Hicks, 517-5602 or 328-1054.
• The Rock Hill Trails and Greenways Advisory Committee will meet at 4 p.m. March 17 in Room 373, Rock Hill City Hall, 155 Johnson St. The topic will be the Arcade Trail grant. For details, call Tom Bell, outdoor programmer, at 329-5632 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Lake Wylie Lioness Lions Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. March 14 at the River Hills Country Club. Kevin Brackett, solicitor for the 16th Judicial Circuit, which includes York and Union counties, will discuss cross-border criminal activity, highlighting a recent case. For details, call Becky Beckham, (803) 831-5071.
• The City Bridge Club of Rock Hill will play bridge at 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday at the City Club of Rock Hill, 140 E. Main St. Coffee will be served at 9 a.m. Cost is $11 and includes lunch. For details, call Raelene Kirkbride, 328-8740.
• The MOMS club of Rock Hill/Lesslie, a support group for stay-at-home moms, is having a meet and greet for new members, weather permitting, at 12:30 p.m. Monday at Manchester Meadows Park, 337 E. Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill. For details, visit the international website, www.momsclub.org or momsclubofrhl.tripod.com or e-mail, email@example.com.
• NARFE, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Firebonz All American Barbecue and Grill, 2445 Cherry Road, Rock Hill. Lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. and a business meeting at noon. Frank Duncan of Sharon, will speak on the fair tax bill.
• The Rock Hill Bicycle Club will host the Southern Hospitality Ride at 6 p.m. Monday. Cyclists will meet in the Wachovia Parking lot at Dave Lyle and Main Street, Rock Hill. There will be 18 and 13 mile loops through farm land and cotton fields, with a ride guide for each group. Helmets are required. An after-ride party will be at The Station, 122 S. Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. For details, call Marilyn at 985-5303 or visit www.rockhillbicycleclub.com.
Suport groups help with life's troubles
The following support groups will meet:
• Agape Hospice and Catawba Area Agency on Aging caregivers support group will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, 2868 Gaston Farm Road, Richburg. The group meets the second Thursday of each month. Participants can share experiences and learn new caregiving and coping methods. For details, call Sue Anderson at (803) 377-3322 or Agape Hospice at 329-4544 or (866) 202-6342 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Association of York County area will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Piedmont Medical Center Women's Center Auditorium, 222 S. Herlong Ave. The group provides support through education and shared experience to those with spinal cord injuries, their families, caregivers, professionals and anyone interested in the quality of life for those with spinal cord injuries. For details, call Bob Alders at 366-5659 or e-mail email@example.com.
• NAMI will have a support group meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, 421 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. Parents of children and teens will meet in the education building Room 202 and the adult support group will meet in the Hut. Child care is available in the nursery. A general meeting will follow from 7 to 8 p.m. in the hut. Guest speaker will be Phyllis Gaither-Montague, clinic director for Catawba Community Mental Health Adult Services. For details, parents can call Carol Mapp, 324-0780, and adults call Dave Cardwell, 328-9679.
Family Connection has Easter social, kid events
Family Connection of South Carolina, a support network for families who have children with special needs, will have these events:
• Coffee break, 9:30 a.m. Friday, Cupps Cafe, 221 Cherry Road, Rock Hill. All families and groups are invited.
• Encouraging steps/family connection Easter social, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Boyd Hill Recreation Center, 1165 Constitution Blvd., Rock Hill. For details or to register call Sonya Lopes, (803) 628-5800, Ext. 123, or (803) 448-9617. There will not be a sharing parents meeting this month due to the Easter social.
• YouthNet brothers and sisters support/kid connection, for ages 8 to 13 who have a sibling with special needs, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 507 E. Black St., Rock Hill. Lunch will be served. For details, call Kai Burkins at YouthNet, (803) 322-0811 or Family Connection at 366-4839.
Soccer coaches needed for spring youth teams
Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism is seeking volunteer coaches for its youth soccer programs that begin in mid-March. The recreation soccer program works with ages 5 through 13 and the new competitive soccer league works with ages 10 through 15. Practices and games are typically held two weekday evenings at Manchester Meadows or Cherry Park. Call Lesslie Ballard at 329-5673 or visit www.rockhillrocks.com.
School groups, families plan local reunions
The following will meet:
• The Chester High School class of 1967 will have a planning meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday at 705 Parkway Drive. For details, call (803) 385-3162.
• The McCullough and Patterson family reunion will be at noon Saturday at the Fort Lawn Community Center, 5554 Main St. There will be a Chinese auction at 3 p.m.