Optimists hold contest
The Fort Mill Community Optimist Club will host its annual Optimist International Oratorical Contest at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at Fort Mill Town Hall, 112 Confederate Street. The contest is open to all students under the age of 16; Those who turned 17 after Dec. 31, 2007, are eligible, too.
The topic is "Why Me? Why Not Me?" The entry deadline is Friday, March 21. For more information, call Lestina Potts at 547-7195.
Young at Heart Club offers activities
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The Young at Heart, an activity group for people aged 50 and older, meets every Thursday at the Leroy Springs Recreation Complex in Fort Mill. Quarterly dues cost $24. Activities include line dancing classes at 10 a.m. the second, third and fourth Thursday of the month Meetings with program begins at 11 a.m. Covered dish lunches are held on special occasions; lunch is catered and other times it's "lunch on the town" at a local restaurant. Other activities are planned throughout the year. Call Colleen Littlejohn, senior director, at 547-1059 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blues club jams
The Fort Mill Blues Club meets to jam twice a month from 7 p.m. until closing at McHale's on Gold Hill Road, Fort Mill. Bring your ax, harp, sticks, vocals - whatever your blues chops requires. Call (951) 837-0008 or send an e-mail to email@example.com
Help for food addicts
Trouble with weight and food issues? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous meets 7:45-9:00 p.m. Sundays at Zoar Road Methodist Church. For more information, visit www.foodaddicts.org.
Dad's group meets
York County Dads is a group for stay-at-home dads that meets with their kids for weekly playgroups. For more information about dates, times and events, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New mom's club meets
Looking for a way to meet other moms? Need a play date for your children? Just dying for a mom's night out? Make the connection you're longing for with the MOMS Club of Fort Mill East. For more information, call Debbie Lister at 396-8574.
To anyone interested in crochet or knitting, a local chapter of the Crochet Guild of America meets from 10 a.m. to noon the second Saturday of each month at the Fort Mill Public Library. For more information, e-mail Rose Baker at email@example.com, or visit www.carolinaschaingang.com.
Helping Hands reach out
Helping Hands of Tega Cay offers free services to Tega Cay senior citizens and others who need transportation. Local residents can call for rides to medical appointments, a day at the shopping mall and local stores, visits to the library, banking, visits to the beauty salon or barber shop, etc. Rides are available to the Fort Mill Public Library for appointments with AARP tax preparers. The first Tuesday of each month will feature trips to the mall in Pineville for Senior Citizen Day events. For details, call Betty Worrell (548-4063), Peg Snider (548-7043) or Michele McGuire (547-0177).
4-H seeks local kids
Let's Go is the name of a 4-H club for kids in Fort Mill aged 5 to 11. The club will explore 4-H projects such as camping, map reading, weather, cooking, animals and more. The leaders are residents Lisa Doggart and PJ Krause, who rotate meeting dates between the second and third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. until noon. For more information call 396-8923.
• Want to learn more about other 4-H opportunities in York County? The 4-H Community of Creatures 4-H Club is the perfect spot of children who love animals and like learning about pets. The leader is Beth Rosner of Fort Mill and she has experience with AKC dog showing. Call the Extension Office at (803) 684-9919, ext. 113, for more information or to enroll your child.
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Toastmasters offers educational material on such topics as overcoming the fear of speaking and giving advanced speeches such as roasts and humorous speeches. Other programs that can provide helpful material are the Better Speaker Series and the Leadership Excellence Series. The Fort Mill chapter meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 Munn Road in Fort Mill. Call Tim Gunnels at (704) 617-0215.
Tega Cay women invited
The Tega Cay Women's Club meets the last Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Tega Cay City Hall for an interesting program, refreshments, and updates on the many activities available. All women in Tega Cay are invited to join. Monthly group activities include arts and crafts, book club, Bunco, day trips, dining out, Euchre, knitting, mah-jongg, movies, service projects and socializers. For more information, call Beverly Imler at 548-3135 or Sally Woods at 548-7692.
Disabled vets welcomed
The York County chapter of Disabled American Veterans (DAV) welcomes all local disabled veterans and their families to meet at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of every other month at the VFW Hall on West Main Street in Rock Hill. For more information, call Commander Richard Driskill at 547-3085.
DAV Auxiliary seeks new members
The York County Chapter of Disabled American Veterans has a DAV Auxiliary. Those eligible to join are spouses, surviving spouses, parents, siblings, children, grandparents, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of any person eligible (or deceased person who was eligible) for DAV membership. Meetings are held the third Monday of every month at the VFW Hall on West Main Street in Rock Hill. For details, call Jewel Driskill at 547-3085.
Help with dementia issues available
On the second Monday of every month, Hospice & Community Care holds a support group for anyone who is taking care of someone with Alzheimer's Disease or another form of dementia This group is open to all members of the community. Group members meet in a private room at a long-term care facility in Rock Hill. In the group meetings, members share helpful hints and information about taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer's Disease/ dementia and support one another through their daily journeys. For the location of the group meeting or for more information about caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's Disease or another form of dementia, call Hospice & Community Care and ask to speak to a counselor at 329-4663 or (800) 895-2273.
River watchers welcome guests
The Lake Wylie Covekeepers meet the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Red Fez Club, just south of the Buster Boyd Bridge on Hwy. 49, on the North Carolina side of the river. The public is always welcome. For more information, call Steve Johnson at 802-5368.
Support group meets
The Parkinson Association of the Carolinas holds monthly meetings of its northern York County Support Group for Parkinson Disease patients and caregivers in the Hut at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, 421 Oakland Avenue in Rock Hill. For more information, call Kara Mann at (704) 248-3717.
Vintage Club active
Members of the Tega Cay Vintage Club invite you to join in their fun activities. For membership information, call Karen Turrentine at 396-8421 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parents of hearing-impaired kids get together
Hitch-Up (Hearing Impaired Toddlers and Children Have Unlimited Potential) meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month. Open to all York County residents with children who are deaf or hard of hearing, the group is committed to support, education and fellowship. Childcare provided. For more information, call Catherine O'Grady at 802-2660 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
VFW has membership drive
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9138 is actively working to recruit all eligible veterans and active duty military personnel into the VFW. Anyone who ever served or is currently serving in any of the five branches of the U.S. military, including the Reserves or National Guard, is welcome to join. Call 547-5480 after 3 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
Storytellers, listeners wanted
Fort Mill Township residents are welcome to join the Rock Hill Area Storytellers. The club meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. Meetings are held at Chandler Place in Rock Hill. Listeners are also welcome. For more information call 324-4560 or e-mail storyteller @primemail.com. For directions to Chandler Place, call 325-1008 or visit www.chandlerplaceliving.com.
Birthmother group meets regularly
A support group for women who have given up children for adoption meets in Fort Mill. The goal of this group is to help heal from the pain of losing children. Confidentiality at these support group meetings is stressed and remains a high priority. For information, contact Carolyn at 548-7698 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Down Syndrome support offered
A support group for Fort Mill area residents who have loved ones with Down Syndrome is now available. For more information, call Theresa Marino at 802-0332.
New Southern Women's Club invites you to join
The New Southern Women's Club invites newcomers in the area to meet people and participate in a wide range of activities. The club offers a book club, supper club, vagabond trips to places of interest, socials, luncheons, euchre and bridge. All who are interested are invited to join. For more information, call Joy at 802-0903 or Sue at 802-2497.
Meet the Moose
The Fort Mill Moose Lodge 1240 is a nonprofit family fraternity. Fort Mill members say it's one of the friendliest places in town for friends and fellowship and to meet, have fun, and socialize. The main focuses of the fraternity are children, the elderly, and the local community. Members support Mooseheart, the 1,000-acre Illinois home and school for children in need, and Moosehaven, the 65-acre Florida retirement community for senior members in need.
The lodge events throughout the year include an annual chili cook-off, fish fry, barbecues, dances, billiard tournaments, horseshoe tournaments, turkey shoots, an up coming adult/ children's fishing tournament and more. They also offer some of the best chicken wings (with many flavors available) on some occasions during NFL and NASCAR events. Their legendary Wednesday night home-cooked dinner is available for dine-in or take out at unbeatable prices.
For membership information, call the lodge at 547-4204.
Moms of multiples meet
Attention all mothers of twins, triplets or more. The Mid-Upstate Mothers of Multiples Support Club of South Carolina (the MUMMS Club of SC) is in search of new members for a new area chapter. The MUMMS Club is a nonprofit organization designed to provide support to mothers and expectant mothers of multiple birth children. For details, call Monica at (803) 831-5343 or Ruth at 329-1813.
Teenagers who have problems because of someone else's drinking can find help at Alateen, a group in Fort Mill. Meetings are held from 8 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays upstairs in the brick house next to First Baptist Church in Fort Mill.
Alzheimer's help offered
An Alzheimer's and related dementia support group meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Lancaster Golden Care, Meeting Street and at 6 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month at Spring Arbor on India Hook Road. These groups offer educational and emotional coping support to those involved in caring for an individual with dementia. Informative programs with films and speakers are featured, as well as confidential discussions of care situations. If a no-cost in-home sitter is needed to attend, call the UpState S.C. Chapter several days in advance at 800-273-2555, or the Rock Hill office at 327-4715.
Writers Group wants to help you
The Tega Cay Writer's Group meets at 1 p.m. on the second Friday of the month at the Fort Mill Public Library. Do you harbor a story or poem or novel that's tugging at the lines? Make this the year you launch it. Let the Tega Cay Writer's Group join you on the journey. Writers of all genres and experience welcome.
Sierra Club meets
Henry's Knob Group of S.C. Sierra Club meets at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at Wesley Foundation, Stewart Street and Park Avenue. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, call Pat Grant at 980-4000.
Al-Anon meetings are for anyone who has been affected by someone else's drinking.
n Fort Mill meetings are held at the little brick house beside First Baptist Church on Monroe White Street on Tuesdays at 8 p.m.
n Tega Cay meetings are held every Monday at 8 p.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church on Hwy. 160 at Gold Hill Road.
Can't afford eye care?
The Fort Mill Lions Club offers assistance to members of our community who cannot afford eye exams or eye glasses. If you or someone you know needs help with exams or eye glasses, call Lion Len Branham at 548-8124.
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