The Battle of Huck's Defeat will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 13 at Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells.
Three significant battles of the Revolutionary War in the Carolina backcountry will be re-enacted. During the event, visitors can see how soldiers and civilians of the Carolina Piedmont survived the war. Activities include music, firearms demonstrations, talks by noted experts and examples of camp life.
Youth can explore the children's encampment area and play with historic toys and games, participate in military drills and take part in a Revolutionary War camp.
Cost is $10 adults; $8 seniors; $5 youth ages 4 to 17; and free for children 3 and younger. CHM members will receive a $2 discount. For details, call 684-2327 or visit www.chmuseums.org.
P.J. Bruson to perform on Thursday in Rock Hill
P.J. Brunson will perform at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Fewell Park, 1204 Alexander Road, Rock Hill. The concert is part of Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism's Summer Concert in the Park series.
Brunson is a singer, guitarist and pianist whose voice has been compared to Joan Baez's. She has played clubs and special events in North and South Carolina and has opened for the Charlotte Pops and Lyle Lovette. For details, call 329-5645 or visit www.rockhillrocks.com.
Fort Mill youth thespians will stage 'Pollyanna'
The Fort Mill Community Playhouse will have a youth production of "Pollyanna" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. July 13 at the theater, 615 Banks St., Fort Mill.
Pollyanna, a young orphan, goes to live with her wealthy but harsh and stern Aunt Polly. Pollyanna uses her "Gladness Game," taught to her by her father, to transform the dispirited New England town into a pleasant place to live. The show has a cast of more than 20 youth and is directed by Susan Windham Capotosto of Fort Mill.
Tickets are $9 adults and $6 seniors and students. Advance tickets are available online at www.fortmillplayhouse.org or may be purchased with check or cash at Crossings, 102 Academy St., Fort Mill. For details, visit the website or call 548-8102.
Shakespeare shows presented by York group
The Young Yorkville Playerswill present "The Shakespeare Project" and "The Fifteen Minute Hamlet" at 8 p.m. July 18, 19, 25, 26 and at 3 p.m. July 20 and 27.
In "The Shakespeare Project," adapted by James Zager, the most famous scenes and monologues are taken from a selection of Shakespearean works and presented in a contemporary style with new interpretations. In "Fifteen Minute Hamlet," Tom Stoppard's version takes the most famous and best- loved lines from Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and condenses them into a hilarious 15-minute version.
Tickets are $8 adults and $5 children and may be purchased at the door. For details, call (866) 334-0064 or 980-7412 or visit www.yorkvilleplayers.com.
Evangelistic event will be in Lake Wylie area
An evangelistic event for residents and neighbors of Lake Wylie's Oakridge Community will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday in an open field along Oakridge Road.
The event is coordinated by the Rev. Wanalyn Barnette, an associate minister of Liberty Hill A.M.E. Zion Church, Lake Wylie. The theme is REACH -- Receive all into the family of God; Educate unbelievers in the way of the Lord; Always show love and compassion; Christ-like attitudes everywhere we go; and Help those in need.
The event is free and will include food, games, give-a-ways and crafts. Contributing sponsors are Carolina Panther Thomas Davis and Piedmont Medical Center.
The churches participating are Liberty Hill A.M.E. Zion Church, Lake Wylie; China Grove A.M.E. Zion Church, Rock Hill; Zoah A.M.E. Zion Church; News Loves Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, Lake Wylie; New Home A.M.E. Zion Church, York; and Clover A.M.E. Zion Church. For details, call Barnette at (803) 493-3261 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shag lessons offered at Gold Hill YMCA
Beginner shag lessons are offered from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. beginning Wednesday at the YMCA at Gold Hill Road in Fort Mill. Lessons run for five weeks. Cost is $125 per couple and $65 for singles. Instructors are Tommy and Gail Davis. To register, call 548-9622.
Auditions scheduled for local play festival
The Rock Hill Community Theatre is having auditions for its annual Down Home Play Festival, featuring original plays by local and regional playwrights.
Six one-act original plays will be directed by Winthrop University theater students under the supervision of Russell Luke. Audition dates and times are 5 to 7 p.m. July 13 and 7 to 9 p .m. July 14 in room 103 of Johnson Hall. Appointments are not necessary.
The theater is seeking male and female actors ages 14 and older. Actors can have a prepared piece or read from a provided scene. Previous acting experience is not required. Performance dates will be Aug. 14 through 17. For details, contact Luke at email@example.com.
Special events planned for local reading program
All York County libraries will offer a free vacation reading program for ages 3 to 12 through Aug. 1. For details, visit www.yclibrary.org or call 981-5888. Children can keep track of minutes read or being read to and will receive prizes when they meet goals.
A partial program schedule is:
• Itty Bitty Baby Bugs, for babies 23 months and younger and their caregivers, 10 a.m. July 17 at the York County Library. Call 981-5888 to register. Bring babies to a wiggly, giggly story time filled with stories, rhymes and songs about our smallest creatures.
• Toddler time, for ages 24 to 35 months, 10 to 11 a.m. Thursdays at the Fort Mill Public Library. A weekly story time with songs, finger plays and movement activities for toddlers and their parent or caregiver.
• Rags to Riches Theatre presents "Bug Juice," 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Fort Mill Public Library; 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Wednesday at the York County Library; 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Clover Public Library; 2:30 and 4 p.m. Thursday at the York Public Library; and 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Lake Wylie Public Library. The theater group gets the audience involved with a fly named Malaria.
• Jumping Jitterbugs, a story time for ages 24 to 35 months and their caregivers, 10 a.m. Tuesday and 4 p.m. July 21 at the York County Library. To register, call 981-5888.
• Insect-O-Mania, for ages 10 to 12, 3 p.m. July 29, York County Library, Rock Hill. Learn about the life of bees from a local beekeeper and make an earthworm hotel. To register, call 981-5888.
• Creepy, Crawly Critters, for ages 6 to 9, 11 a.m. July 22 at the York County Library. To register call 981-5888. Explore the lives of good and bad bugs with a special guest, The Orkin Lady, become a certified master bug hunter and make insect crafts.
• Evening book club for adults, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the York County Library. Join other book lovers to discuss "Between Georgia," by Joshilyn Jackson. To register and reserve a copy of the book, call 981-5825.
• Family story time, story time for children of all ages accompanied by an adult, 4 p.m. Thursdays, beginning this week through July 31 at the York County Library.
The summer reading program for teens also will run through Aug. 1, with programs, prizes and food for rising sixth- through 12th-graders. Some programs require advance registration. A sample of programs are listed below. For a complete schedule visit www.yclibrary.org or call 981-5830. Related events include:
• Teen bling jewelry workshop, for rising sixth to 12th graders, 11:30 a.m to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lake Wylie Public Library; call (803) 831-7774 to register. The workshop also will be from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the York Public Library; call 684-3751 to register. Learn how to make earrings using wire, jewelry findings and tools. Each participant will make at least three pairs of earings.
• Teen Advisory Board, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the York County Library and 2 to 3 p.m. July 16 at the York Public Library. The teen advisory board selects materials for the young adult collection and plans events for teens.
• Anime Club, 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the York County Library. Join other fans to view and discuss anime and manga, hear guest speakers and share work.
• Rock On with Rock Band, for rising sixth- to 12th-graders, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the York County Library. Teens can explore their inner rock star with Wii's "Rock Band" and other video games.
• Origami for teens, for rising sixth- to 12th-graders, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the York Public Library. A beginner's class in the ancient art of paper-folding with origami master Marsha Dupre. To register, call 684-3751.
• Green teens, an altered clothing workshop, for rising sixth through 12th graders, 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. July 14 at the York County Library, Rock Hill. Call 981-5860 to register. Participants can create a vest from old jeans. Bring a bagged lunch; drinks and desserts are provided.
Library locations are:
• The York County Library, 138 E. Black St., Rock Hill, 981-5858.
• The York Library, 21 E. Liberty St., York, 684-3751.
• The Clover Library, 107 Knox St., Clover, (803) 222-3474.
• Fort Mill Library, 1818 Second Baxter Crossing, Fort Mill, 547-4114.
• The Lake Wylie Library, 185 Blucher Circle, Lake Wylie, (803) 831-7774.
Computer classes offered at several area sites
Panorama Computer Learning, a non-profit computer literacy organization, will have the following classes:
• Microsoft 3-in-1 computer class, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Staybridge Hotel, Arrowood Road, Charlotte, or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 16 at Wingate Inn Hotel, 760 Galleria Blvd. Cost is $50.
• How to start and fund a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 19, Holiday Inn Express, Arrowood Road, Charlotte. Cost is $75 per person or $ 120 per couple and includes workbook.
To register for classes or for details, call Susan Woods at (704) 968-2769 or visit www.PCLinc.org.
Fort Lawn center hosting computer training
Fort Lawn Community Center will offer the following computer classes from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. during July and August at the center, 5554 Main St., Fort Lawn. To register, call the center at (803) 872-4462.
• Hallmark, Wednesday, $20.
• Word level 1, July 16 and 17, $30.
• Digital camera, July 23, $25.
• Excel level 1, July 24 and 31, $30.
• PowerPoint level 1, Aug. 6 and 7, $30.
• Digital Scrapbooking, Aug. 13 and 14, $30.
• Basic computer, Aug. 20 and 21, $30.
• Word level 2, Aug. 27 and 28, $30.
Cheerleader camp will be July 14 to 17
Small Fry, Pee Wee and Gra Y cheerleaders will have a week-long cheerleading camp from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 14 through 17 at Northwestern High School, 2503 W. Main St., Rock Hill.
Registration is $45 for YMCA members and $50 for non-members. Register at the YMCA, 402 Charlotte Ave., Rock Hill. For details, call Mike Herndon at the YMCA, 329-9622.
Thrift store group plans sales this week
Thrift Store Ministries of Western York County, 31 N. Congress St., York, will have a buy-one-get-one-free sale on all jewelry and single dishes this week. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday; the store is closed Wednesday and Sunday. Thrift Store Ministries serves needy families in the York school district. For details, call 628-0808.
Families, alumni plan local gatherings
The following families and alumni announce reunions:
• The descendants of Easter and J.C. McMullen are having a family reunion Aug. 29 through 31. Registration will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 29 at Cherry Park. For details, call Bobbie McMullen Marshall at 329-6228 or Joanne McMullen Wright at 329-4211.
• The descendants of the late William Thomas Williams and his wife Annie Graham Williams will have a family reunion at 6 p.m. July 19 at Neely's Creek Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 974 Neelys Creek Road, Rock Hill. A picnic supper will begin at 6:30 p.m. and a business meeting will follow. Each family is asked to bring a picnic basket and tea. For details, call Eugene Mitchell at 327-5653.
• The Emmett Scott High School Class of 1967 will meet for its monthly birthday fellowship dinner at 5:30 p.m. July 14 at Chilli's Bar and Grill, 630 Tinsley Way, Rock Hill.
Lionesses, adoptive families among meetings
The following groups will meet:
• The National Association of Retired Federal Employees will meet 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 will be at noon. Speaker will be Moses Moultrie, District Field Officer.
• 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 South Church St., Charlotte. A welcome and introduction for new members begins at 6 p.m. The program will be a daddy panel discussing adoption from a father's point of view. For details, visit www.spafa.org or call Elaine Lane at 548-7668.
• The Lake Wylie Lioness Lions Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the River Hills Country Club, 1 Country Club Drive, Lake Wylie. Guest speaker will be Barbara Beckham, District Governor 32D. To attend the meeting or join the group, call Olivia Goodell at (803) 831-5833.
• Historic Rock Hill will have a membership and community meeting at 7 p.m. July 15 at the Rock Hill City Hall, 155 Johnson St. Speaker will be Stephen Turner of Rock Hill. Turner will show a collection of early Rock Hill postcards and photographs.
• 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. Meetings are on the second Tuesday of every month. Visitors are welcome. For details, call Don Hicks at 517-7253 or 328-1054.
• The Private Thomas Caldwell Camp No. 31, Sons of Confederate Veterans will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St., York. Speaker will be Mark Vogl, graduate of the Citadel, former Army combat arms officer, former college professor and political aide who has traveled throughout the United States and Europe. Vogl's first book, "Military Lessons of the Civil War," was published in the spring of 2007 and his second book will be published this fall, "Clear for Action, An Introductory History of the Confederate States Navy and the War for Southern Independence." For details, call Kirk Carter at (704) 739-2964 or Jimmy Cagle at (803) 222-4372.
• The Henry's Knob Group of the South Carolina chapter of the Sierra Club will have its summer picnic at 6 p.m. Thursday at Cherry Park, in the picnic area near the playground. Members should bring supper, beverages and club photos. For details, call Mary Keenan at 327-9610. Guests are welcome.
• The Newcomers Club of York County will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Pope John Center at the Oratory, 434 Charlotte Ave., Rock Hill. The program, The Organic Alternative, will be presented by Dani Goldfischer and Rachel Kitchen of Earth Fare. Lunch will be a Fourth of July-style barbecue for $12 per person. The club is open to all women new to York County. For details, call Dianne at 325-4648.
Support groups help with life's issues
These support groups are meeting:
• A caregivers support group will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, 2868 Gaston Farm Road, Richburg. Caregivers can share joys, challenges and ideas. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month. To register or for details, call Grace Waddell at Agape Hospice at 329-4544 or at (866) 202-6342 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The National Alliance on Mental Illness 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. Child care is available in the nursery. The support group is for parents and caregivers with children who have emotional and behavioral difficulties. For details, call Carol Mapp at 324-0780.
• The South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Association's York County support group meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Piedmont Medical Center Women's Center auditorium. The group provides support through education and shared experience to those living with spinal cord injuries and to their families and caregivers. For details, call Bob Alders at 366-5659 or e-mail him at email@example.com.
• The Rock Hill Parkinson Support Group will meet at 1:30 p.m. July 16 in the cafeteria at HealthSouth of Rock Hill, 175 Amendment Ave., Rock Hill. Meetings are the third Wednesday of each month. The program will be "Talking to your children and grandchildren about Parkinson's," by Janice Broach from Hospice Care of S.C. For details, call Kris Kessling at 327-8442 or Don Robertson at 324-8861.
Art event offered for kids who grieve
Hospice and Community Care will have a free therapeutic art project for grieving children, Project HOPE, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 18 and 10 a.m. to noon July 19 at the campus, 2275 India Hook Road, Rock Hill. Project HOPE, healing ourselves through personal expression, is an outlet for grieving children to express grief in a healthy, creative way.
Registration is required by calling the bereavement counseling department at Hospice and Community Care at 329-1500.