▪ Rock Hill’s Juneteenth celebration begins Thursday at the York County Library where Carlo Dawson, author, storyteller and Juneteenth Rock Hill president, will feature a play about the first Juneteenth celebration entitled “Lily Ann’s Story of Jubilee: A Celebration of Freedom.” Saturday, Dawson will host “On the Front Porch with Mama Millie.” Participants will listen to Mama Millie perform Brer-Rabbit Tales and other African American folklore. Activities Friday are in conjunction with Food Truck Friday at Fountain Park. The Fantasy Band will among the preformers. The finale will be Saturday at Friendship College and Mount Prospect Baptist Church with a free cookout, vendors, prizes, children’s games, storytelling, and buggy and carriage rides by local historic interpreters Wali Cathcart and James Hart. The Juneteenth Rock Hill celebration committee will award the Ann Cain Scholarship to a high school senior who has demonstrated leadership in the community. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas. Details: juneteenthrockhill.com
▪ Rock Ridge Farm, Ridge Road, Clover, will be among the farms on tour during the York County Ag + Art Tour. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Farms in Chester also will be open for touring. Rock Ridge will host more than 10 artisans demonstrating their crafts. See animals, historic home, buildings and grounds. “The Cabin” country store will be open to sell grass fed beef, natural chicken and pork, all raised on the farm. Barbecue available for purchase both days. Details: agandarttour.com
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York County: Anne Springs Close Greenway Garden, Baker Farm, Black’s Peaches, Bush-N-Vine Farm, Curtin Farms, Downtown York Farmers Market, Ferebee Farm, Historic Brattonsville, J&J Family Farm, Ketchen Place Farm, Myersart and Farm, Penny Family Farm, Rock Hill Educational Community Garden, Roger Ridge Ranch, Sanders Peaches, Sharon Hill Farm, Tega Hills Farm, Peach Tree Orchard, Windy Hill Orchard & Cidery.
Chester County: Chester Farmers and Artisans Market, Cotton Hills Farm, Fishing Creek Creamery, Gaston Farm Road Equestrian Center, Powell Farm, Puddle Moon Farm, Red Bug Barn, Thames Farm and Watson Farms.
▪ Family Fun Day, noon-4 p.m. Saturday 625 Crown Pointe Lane, Rock Hill, sponsored by Blanchard Health Center and Healthy Living with Jess. There will be games, music and vendors. Free and open to the public. Details: 803-504-0299.
▪ Finley Fun Day, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdayat 112 Caldwell St., Chester to raise money for the S.L. Finley Restoration Association. The event includes games, bounce houses, live music and food available for purchase. Pledges to the association are tax deductible.
▪ York County Council on Aging, in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Social Services will issue free coupons to buy fresh produce at local participating farmers’ markets to low income individuals age 60 and older. Those eligible will get $25 worth of coupons, issued on a first come basis, that can be used through Oct. 15. Coupons are available 1-2:30 p.m. June 12 and June 19, 2017 at the Senior Center at Highland Park, 917 Standard St., Rock Hill and 1-2:30 p.m. June 14, 2017 at the York Senior Center, 14 N. Congress St., York. Do not arrive before 12:30 p.m. There is no available seating. Details: 803-327-6694.
▪ In celebration of the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships, the Arts Council of York County hosts reCYCLE, works by Leah Mulligan Cabinum and Sean Mueller June 15-July 30 at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill. A free, public reception will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 15. Carbon and metal frames begin to lose their identity as they are twisted and stacked. Gears and chains are pieced and welded together to create three-dimensional spheres. Wheels no longer grip the dirt, rather they rotate from above. In their work, both Cabinum and Mueller repurpose found objects, often bike parts – gears, valve stems, inner tubes, tires, bike chains, as well as the frames themselves, manipulating them to create sculptural installations.
▪ Fort Mill Library to host “Fake News – False Narrative and Fact Checking,” 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 15 with a panel of media and political science specialists. Register at yclibrary.org or call 803-547-4114. Limit 70.
▪ VFW Honor Guard Boston butt and barbecue chicken sale, noon-7 p.m. Saturday at the post, 732 W. Main St., Rock Hill. Plates, $10 and whole butts, $27. From 8 p.m.-midnight there will be live music with the Happy Hour Band, Smoking Creek Band and Randy Murphy along with a cash bar, 50/50 drawing and auction. Open to public.
▪ The Humane Society of York County’s second annual Paws for Life Celebration Gala, 6-10 p.m. June 17 at the Glennon Center at Tega Cay Golf Club, 15083 Molokai Drive, Tega Cay. The event is semi-formal and tickets include dinner, drinks, dancing, and silent and live auction. Single tickets are $100; $150, couples and $700, tables for eight. For tickets: tinyurl.com/pawsforlife2017. Event sponsorship opportunities are also available, and donations for the silent and live auctions are welcome.
▪ Hospitality Heating and Air Conditioning 16th annual Brett Ringer Scholarship golf tournament, June 15 at Pinetuck Golf Course, 2578 Tuckaway Road, Rock Hill. This scholarship honors the memory of Brett Ringer, the late son of Jim Ringer, a former Rock Hill High School football coach. The tournament is Captain’s Choice with a shotgun start. Entry fee: $50, individuals or $200, teams. Details: 803-984-2992 or firstname.lastname@example.org or register online HospitalityHeatandAir.com.
▪ The Katawba Valley Land Trust lecture series, 7 p.m. Thursday at the Dowling Center, Hubbard Drive at USC-Lancaster. Mark Cheathem, author of “Andrew Jackson, Southerner,” will speak. Cheathem is professor of history at Cumberland University in Tennessee. Free and open to the public.
▪ The Western York County branch of the NAACP, 6 p.m. June 15 at the Greater York Chamber of Commerce. Details: 803-684-6200.
▪ Rock Hill Parks, Recreation & Tourism Summer Concert in the Park series features Chris Holder, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fewell Park, Alexander Road. Bring a picnic and blanket or lawn chair.
▪ Allison Creek Bluegrass host “Subject to Change Bluegrass Band,” 7 p.m. June 15 at Allison Creek Presbyterian Church, at S.C. 274 and Allison Creek Road. Doors open at 6 p.m. with food available at 6:30. Free admission.
▪ Chester and Lancaster County 4-H Programs are offering STEAM and other types of day and overnight camps for youth. Activities available for ages 5-19. See a full listing of programs at www.eventbrite.com/o/south-carolina-4-h-6856120227 and 2017-4hsummersci.eventbrite.com. Details: Robin Currence, 803-209-0538 or email@example.com.
▪ Ballroom Dance Club, 7:30 p.m. June 16 in the Oak Room of the Fort Mill Golf Club, 101 Country Club Lane. Guests: $15, couples, $7.50, singles which includes a 30 minutes dance lesson. Light refreshments provided and you may bring wine. Dressy casual. All skill levels welcome. Details: 803-329-5764, 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.
▪ Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism will offer a two-stage adventure race, The Pump House River Run, Saturday along the Catawba River. The race includes a 3-mile paddle from Riverwalk to River Park, and a 5K run on the Piedmont Medical Center Trail. Kayaks and paddle boards can be used. There are youth and adult divisions and participants can compete solo or as a two-person relay team. Packet pick-up and equipment drop-off starts at 6:30 a.m. at the kayak launch on Herron’s Ferry Road. The event begins at 8 a.m. The Pump House will host a celebration after. Details and registration at cityofrockhill.com/phrr. Proceeds got to PRT’s Nature Navigators Endowment.
▪ The Second Harvest Partners, sponsored by Providence Presbytery hunger relief site, 9 a.m. Friday at Unity Presbyterian Church, 303 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill. Volunteers will distribute food to participants who meet USDA eligibility income guidelines. Details: Catawba Area Agency on Aging at 803-329-9670.
▪ AARP Drivers Safety Program for ages 26 and older at Park Point, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 16 at 3025 Chesbrough Blvd. Rock Hill. Participants will get certificates that may reduce insurance rates for collision and liability coverage for three years. Cost: $15, members; $20, non members. Checks payable to AARP. To register contact Donald Hunt 803-328- 5507.
▪ Rock Hill High class of 1959, 1 p.m. Tuesday June 13 for lunch and fellowship at the Golden Corral, Anderson Road. All classmates, spouses and friends are welcome.
▪ Former students from Hillcrest Elementary School, 6 p.m. June 16 at Tabernacle AME Zion Church, 320 Old Friendship Road, Rock Hill.
▪ Chester High School c lass of 1962 55th reunion, 11 a.m. June 24, Palmetto Club, Columbia. Hosted by Joe Collins. Details: 803-789-5570 or firstname.lastname@example.org
▪ Affirmation of York County, a faith-based support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, their families and friends, meets 7 p.m. Tuesday at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 2370 W. Main St., Rock Hill. Details: 803-417-0954, 803-547-6042, or email@example.com.
▪ Al-Anon meets 8 p.m. Mondays at Serenity Club, 209 Grayson Road, Rock Hill; noon Tuesdays at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, 421 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill; 8 p.m. Mondays at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2955 S.C. 160, Fort Mill; and 8p.m. Tuesdays in the house beside First Baptist Church, 121 Monroe White St., Fort Mill. Serenity Seekers, 6 p.m. Mondays, The Journey Church, 5415 S.C. 557, Lake Wylie.
▪ Al-Anon Family Groups is a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience strength and hope. Details: 864-235-4638 or al-anon-sc.org.
▪ 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. Details: 803-547-2124 or 704-904-7834.
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