YORK -- Downtown Live in York, an outdoor community concert series, returns from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. tonight in the parking lot of Whiteside Cleaners and Uniform Rental, 5 E. Madison St., York. Performing will be Parallel, a five-piece group playing a variety of current and original rock hits. The event is free. Food and drinks will be sold.
Also, Aug. 22 will feature "Flash Back," a six piece group playing beach, oldies, and classic rock music.
The series is a program of the Greater York Chamber of Commerce.
Friday Nite Jams
CLOVER -- Holy Grounds Cafe and Juice Bar continues its Friday Nite Jams with the following:
u July 18: Called By Name
u July 25: His Chosen Few
u Aug. 1: Open Mic Nite
u Aug. 8: Early Warning
u Aug. 15: Matt Evans
All performances run from 8 p.m. to midnight outside on the patio.
Holy Grounds is at 510 S. Main St., Clover. For details, call 222-4GOD.
YORK -- A seminar on using newspapers for research will be from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday at the Historical Center of York County at McCelvey Center 212 E. Jefferson St., York. Participants will discover valuable information that genealogists can find in the old Yorkville Enquirer. The free event is part of the Ancestors and Archives series.
Clover High Senior Zach Lemhouse, who sang with the 2008 state champions the Clover Choraliers, Chamber Singers and Barbershop Singers and studied classical violin for 11 years, joins York County natives Nash Lyle and Frank Tice for a musical experience at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Kings Mountain National Military Park. Lyle and Tice play a mix of original songs, traditional country and Celtic and Appalachian dance tunes in their band, Whippoorwill. Lyle plays guitar, fiddle and harmonica and Tice weaves in mandolin, whistles and flat-picking on guitar. CHS's Lemhouse plays fiddle in both Kings Mountain National Military Park and Kings Mountain State Park's historical and educational programs. The event is free and open to the public. For details, call the park at (864) 936-7921 or log onto www.nps.gov/kimo.
The 71st annual reunion of the descendants of Capt. John Whitley Mitchell and Jemima Plaxco Mitchell will be held on Sunday at Mount Holly United Methodist Church near Rock Hill. A picnic lunch will be at 1 p.m. followed by a business meeting. For details, call Don Mitchell at 684-2490.
Back to school help
CLOVER -- Roosevelt Community Watch is seeking school supplies or monetary donations for its 14 annual Back to School Bash to be held at Roosevelt Community Park in Clover. Donations will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 26 at the Roosevelt Community Center, Wilson St., Clover or can be given to any community watch member. Monetary donations can be sent to Roosevelt Community Festival, P.O. Box 1352, Clover, SC 29710. For details, call Willie Phillips at (803) 222-3772 or (803) 389-7031.
McCelvey season passes available
YORK -- Season tickets for the 2008-2009 McCelvey performing arts series are now available. The Shady Grove Band will kick off the season on Sept. 20. Future performances include War Bonds, the Annie Moses Band and Simply Sinatra. Season tickets are $55 for CHM members and $75 for non-members by calling 684-3948.
YORK -- Yorktowne Village Assisted Living will have a seminar on the assisted living benefits available to veterans and surviving spouses. The free seminar will be at 11 a.m. today at the center, 40-42 Ross Cannon St., York. Pat Nivens of York County Veterans Affairs will discuss services available. Door prizes and light refreshments will be available. For reservations and details, call Amanda at 684-0183.
At the library
All York County libraries will offer a free vacation reading program for ages 3 to 12 and a teen program 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.
Upcoming events are:
u Rock on with Rock Band, for rising sixth- to 12th-graders, 4 to 6 p.m. today at the Clover Public Library
u In "Big Bad, Little Red Pig Show" Puppet Guy Lee Bryan brings hilarious fun in an original puppet show that blends two classic children's stories for a family-friendly program. The show is 10:30 a.m. July 17 at Clover Public Library and 2 and 4 p.m. July 17 at York Public Library.
u Porkchop Productions presents "The Ugly Duckling" at 10:30 a.m. July 24 in Clover and 2:30 and 4 p.m. July 24 in York. The group brings colorful characters, big laughs and audience participation in this whimsical adaptation of the classic tale about a misfit duckling trying to find her place in the world.
Life Builders ESL Ministry offers free English classes for anyone who needs to learn or improve their English. Classes meet every week beginning in September. Teachers and other volunteers are needed to help with the classes. Training for new teachers will be in August. Classes are in Rock Hill, York, Clover, Fort Mill and Lancaster. For more information, call 327-6144 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
YORK -- Woofstock 2008, a celebration of dogs and their owners, will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 20 at the York Recreation Complex, 74 Fourth St., York. The event, organized by Dogma & Fetch, is York County's first all-dog theme festival that will benefit Recycled Pet animal shelter in Rock Hill. More details will be announced soon.
BETHANY -- The 2009 calendar "Bethany's Heroes: The Men and Women of WWII and Korea" is now available for purchase. The calendar features 87 veterans from the Bethany Community, including more than 150 photos, first-hand stories and excerpts from the "Bethany Blab," a school sponsored newsletter during the 1940's that kept students and soldiers in touch with each other during WWII. Calendars are available at McGill's Store and Mac's Service Station in the Bethany community, Medicap Pharmacy in York, and at Bethany Elementary School. Calendars are $15 and proceeds benefit the Bethany Elementary School Historical Committee With the funds raised, committee members plan on preserving and displaying many of the artifacts given to the school's historical museum, which is available to the public during regular school hours. The 2009 calendars were unveiled during the memorial service in early May, held at Bethany Elementary School, with more than 300 people attending. Veterans and their families had the opportunity to share information about their time in service and their ties to the Bethany community.
For more information on the Bethany Elementary Historical Museum, call Kathy McCarter, principal of Bethany Elementary School, at 222-4093.
CLOVER -- The Clover High School class of 1998 is seeking contact information for its 10-year reunion Oct. 11. E-mail information to Jackie Meek Krashner at email@example.com or call her at (704) 913-5850 or to Jessica Rogers Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (803) 493-2794.
CAAC benefit planned
CLOVER -- Clover Area Assistance Center says save the date Aug. 28 for its annual fundraiser, "A Tropical Evening with Friends," beginning at 6 p.m. at the Dairy Barn of Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill. There will be entertainment, hors d'oeuvres and open bar.
CAAC is a nonprofit, collaborative agency that serves needy families in the Clover area by providing food, emergency financial assistance, medical and dental clinics, as well as other critical services.
Tickets to the benefit cost $75 per person, with a tax deductible portion of $50. For more information, call 222-4837 or 831-0122.
TotalBond Veterinary Hospital at Bethel and Lucky Charm Pits Rescue in Rock Hill recently joined other animal welfare organizations in the area that list their homeless pets on Petfinder.com, the oldest and largest database of adoptable animals on the Internet. The site currently has over 250,000 homeless pets listed, and it is updated continuously.
More than 10,800 animal welfare organizations in the U.S., Canada, and other countries post their pets on the site. A potential adopter enters search criteria for the kind of pet he or she wants, and a list is returned that ranks the pets in proximity to the zip code entered. Adoptions are handled by the animal placement group where the pet is housed, and each group has its own policies.
Petfinder.com was created in early 1996 as a grassroots project by Jared and Betsy Saul to end the euthanasia of adoptable pets. Since its inception, the site has facilitated approximately 15 million adoptions, making it the most life-saving initiative in animal welfare.