Experience Japanese koto music
The Winthrop University Department of Music continues the 2018-19 Guest Artist Series with “Enchanting Music of the Japanese Koto” featuring koto musician Mihoko Fujita, 4 p.m. Feb. 10 in Barnes Recital Hall. The koto is a Japanese traditional instrument that consists of a 6-foot-long shallow resonating box with a set of 13 strings stretched over movable bridges. The program will be narrated by music professor Tomoko Deguchi and will feature staple pieces for koto, Pachelbel’s “Canon in D,” and music from Hayao Miyazaki’s 1988 film “My Neighbor Totoro.” Free and open to the public. Details: 803-323-2255 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet your match
The dogs at the York County Animal Shelter would like to celebrate Valentine’s Day with you at a match making event 6-8 p.m. Feb. 13 at Dust Off Brewing Co., 130 W. White St., Rock Hill.
Southern Sound Series
The Gibson Brothers will perform 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the McCelvey Center as part of2019 Southern Sound Series. The Gibson Brothers have received an endless number of awards as songwriters, vocalists, instrumentalists and entertainers from the International Bluegrass Music Association and from the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America. Since their studio debut in 1994, the band has 14 albums including the recently released “Mockingbird.” New for the 2019 Southern Sound Series is “Vittles & Fiddles,” a pre-show affair. Featuring a food truck and live music. Beginning at 5 p.m., food will be available for purchase for concert-goers and non-concert-goers alike. Local bluegrass ensemble, Cottonwood will bring the fiddles and Two Chicks & a Truck will provide food.
Pottery and baskets
“Evolving: Beckee Garris, Artist-in-Residence,” an exhibit displaying the creations of traditional artist Beckee Garris, opens in a special reception, 1-3 p.m. Feb. 15 at USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center. A citizen of the Catawba Indian Nation, Garris appeared as artist-in-residence at the Center last fall demonstrating pottery and basket making techniques and sharing Catawba oral histories and traditions. The new exhibit features photographs of the artists at work and pottery, bamboo reed baskets, and long leaf pine needle baskets Garris made during her four-month residency. In all, Garris made 15 pieces of pottery, 10, bamboo baskets, and over 45 long leaf pine needle baskets. The exhibit can be seen in the Red Rose Gallery through February 2020. Details: 803-313-7172 sc.edu/Lancaster/nativeamericanstudiescenter
See a play
Fort Mill Community Playhouse presents “Snapshots: a musical scrapbook” at the playhouse, 220 Main St. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15-16 and 22-23, and 3 p.m. Feb. 17 and 24. They play’s synopsis is Sue is ready to leave her husband, Dan, but they find themselves in their dusty attic sharing a journey to the past, rediscovering their true love hidden in a lifetime of snapshots. The performance is directed by Scott Albert. Musical director is Vicki Harvell .Tickets: $18, adults and $13, students. Walk-ins are welcome but reservations are recommended at fortmillplayhouse.org or 803-548-8102.
Call for artists
The Arts Council of York County is accepting proposals for 2020 gallery exhibitions in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Each year the Arts Council presents six to eight exhibits. Artists wishing to be considered as a solo or group exhibition for one of the Arts Council’s 2020 gallery exhibitions, must submit the following to Mike Gentry, gallery manager, by 5 p.m. April 5. Details: email@example.com.
Deadline is Feb. 20 to register for the Master Gardeners of York County 14th Annual Joy of Gardening Symposium March 2 at the Gateway Conference Center in Richburg (I-77, exit 65). Speakers include Jenks Farmer, Marie Butler, Chase Smoak, Paul Thompson and Amy Tipton. Registration $70 and includes lunch, garden-related shopping, a silent auction with proceeds supporting MGYC community outreach programs, and door prizes. Details and online registration: symposium.yorkmg.org. To register and pay by mail, make check payable to Master Gardeners of York County and send to Cecelia Smith, 11079 Caroline Acres Road, Fort Mill, SC 29707.
Black History celebrations
▪ “By Way of the Back Door,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays in February, Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells. Learn how enslaved people lived on the plantation. Guided tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Other activities highlight cooking demonstrations with foods that originated in Africa and agricultural practices. Singing, storytelling and playing games offer insight on how African-American culture persevered. Historic Brattonsville is included in “The Green Book of South Carolina” - a travel guide to significant African-American heritage and cultural destinations across the state. Admission: adults, $8; seniors, $7; Ages 4-17, $5; CHM members. Details: 803-684-2327; orchmuseums.org.
▪ The Rock Hill NAACP will have its 75th Founders Day program at 3 p.m. Feb. 10 at the historic Mount Prospect Baptist Church, West Black Street, Rock Hill. Open to the community.
▪ Black History Month Trivia Quiz. Pick up a copy of the quiz at any York County Library location and return the completed form by 6 p.m. Feb. 28. The winner will be notified the week of March 3 via phone or email and receive a $25 gift card to Texas Roadhouse. One entry per person.
▪ RHCC&Y Council and the Elks Education Department will have a Black History Dance on Saturday, February 23, 2019. Please dress in African Attire, Doors open at 9 pm at the Elks Lodge, 1644 Ogden Rd., Rock Hill, SC. DJ Sheepdawg and donation $10,
▪ The York County Marine Corp League’s local detachment, The Olde English Leathernecks, 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 732 W. Main St., Rock Hill. The league consists of Marine veterans, retired Marines, FMF Corpsmen and associates. Details: Don Hicks at 803-517-7253.
▪ The Rock Hill High School class of ‘59, 1 p.m. Feb. 12 for lunch and fellowship at Golden Corral, Anderson Road. All classmates, spouses, and friends are invited.
▪ Eat Smart Move More York County, noon-1 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Upper Palmetto YMCA Regional Office, 151 S. Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. Tom Bell, Outdoor Center superintendent from the city of Rock Hill Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department, community initiatives, will speak. Bring a bag lunch. Open to the public.
▪ Military Veterans Coffee Club, 8-9 a.m. Mondays at the Rock Hill Diner, 2254 Cherry Road, Rock Hill. Veterans from all military branches, ages and ranks are invited. Details: 803-322-1804.
▪ Rock Hill Music Club, 3:00 p.m. Feb. 14 at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, 421 Oakland Ave. Program by Linwood Little, baritone. Free and open to the public. Donations accepted for music scholarships.
▪ The Ballroom Dance Club, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 in the Oak Room, Fort Mill Golf Club, 101 Country Club Lane. Guests: $20, couples; $10, singles. Includes a 30 minute dance lesson. Light refreshments provided and you may bring wine. Dressy casual. All skill levels welcome. Details: 980-297-1602.
▪ Entries for the Women’s Arts Initiative Haiku poetry project are due Feb. 20. Juniors and seniors at Rock Hill District school will work with teachers to create poems. Others students can submit up to three to Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St. Rock Hll, SC 29720. Entires should include student’s name, school and contact information. Ten will be selected and stenciled on Main Street from Fountain Park to Dave Lyle Boulevard. The event celebrates National Poetry Month in April.
▪ The Fort Mill Community Playhouse auditions for its March/April 2019 production, “Things My Mother Taught Me.” will be 6 p.m. Feb 10 and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Playhouse, 220 Main St. The show runs March 29-31, April 5-7 and 12-4. For information, and a full character list, go to fortmillplayhouse.org or call 803-548-8102.
▪ Registration for Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism’s Spring Youth Sports runs through Feb. 15. Soccer, baseball and girls softball are offered. The cost for each sport is $47. All new players should bring a copy of their birth certificate. Walk-in registration will be taken during office hours at Manchester Meadows, the PRT Office (Room 390) at City Hall, and at the four recreation centers. Online registration at cityofrockhill.com/prt is available for returning players. Details: 803-326-3792 or 803-329-5672. Volunteer coaches are also needed. For soccer, call 803-326-3722; baseball, 803-326-3792; and softball, 803-326-3882.
Free income tax help
▪ The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program is open at Rock Hill City Hall in the Wellness Center. Volunteers will electronically file federal and state income tax returns. Tax service is offered 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, through April 16 at Rock Hill City Hall; 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fridays Feb. 8-March 29 at Winthrop University in the DiGiorgio Center second floor; and 9 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through April 11 and 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 2-April 13 at York Technical College Building A, second floor computer lab. Bring current year’s tax forms, W-2 and 1099s; information for other income and all deductions/credits; copy of last year’s tax return; proof of account for direct deposit of refund, such as a voided check; Social Security or Individual Taxpayer Identification cards for you, spouse, and dependents; proof of identification for yourself and spouse.
▪ AARP Tax-Aide offers free federal and state tax preparation Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays through April 6 at Fort Mill Library in Baxter Village, 1818 2nd Baxter Crossing. There is no limit on age or income. Hours vary. Bring 2018 tax return, photo ID, Social Security cards for all being claimed, W-2s and all other tax forms, and any other proof of income or deductions. Bank routing numbers are needed for direct deposit.
York County Library
All events are free and open to the public. All York County libraries are close Feb. 18 for staff training.
▪ Good Yarn Stitching Club, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Feb. 11. Join our drop-in stitching group. Bring a lunch or snacks. No registration required.
▪ R and B Line Dancing, 5-6 p.m. Feb. 11. Come learn and enjoy popular R and B Line Dancing. Deborah Worthy, instructor. Register online or call 981-5858 to 981-5858.
▪ Essential Oils and Pain, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Feb. 12. Essential oils have many uses. Jennifer from Oils for Every Reason will educate on how essential oils can be used. Registration is required, as at least five people must be registered. Register at 803-981-5825 or yclibrary.org. Limit 25.
▪ Youth Chess Club, 4:30-6 p.m. Feb. 12. Play chess or learn in a relaxed atmosphere. Ages 17 and under. No registration is required.
▪ Cooking Club, 11:30-1 p.m. Feb. 13. Join fellow culinary artists to discuss tools of the trade and even share recipes. There might even be a snack or two to share so come hungry. No registration required.
▪ Teen Advisory Board Meeting, 4:30-6 p.m. Feb. 13. Help select materials for the Young Adult Collection and plan events for your peers. Volunteer time is given for your participation. Ages 11-17. No registration required.
▪ True Crime Book Club, 6-7 p.m. Feb. 13. Each month we will read and discuss intriguing stories about crimes, murders and mysteries and the people that committed them. Stop by the Main Library Reference Desk to reserve a spot and request a copy of the book. Questions? Call 981-5825. Limit 10.
▪ Parent Teen Game Night, 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 14. It’s an evening of board games, video games, and other fun monthly challenges. Dinner is provided and younger siblings are welcome. Ages 11-17, with caregiver(s). Register online or call 803-981-5830. Limit 20 families.
▪ African American Genealogy Records, 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 14. We will explore Bible records, slave records, early marriage records and other unique sources you may have missed. Adults, limit 50. Register online or by calling 803-981-5825.
▪ YCL Walking Club, Friday, 9-10 a.m. Feb. 15. The group will meet at a local park. For location: 803-981-5825.
▪ Teen Crafternoon Drop-In, 3-5:30 p.m. Feb. 15. Drop in the Young Adult Department and create a variety of paper lanterns, just in time for the Chinese New Year Festival of Lanterns. Ages 11-17. No registration required.
▪ The woodwind players from the Carolinas Wind Orchestra will join the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour’s choir for a concert at 4:30 p.m. and Evensong service at 5 p.m. Feb. 16 at the church on Caldwell Street in Rock Hill. The concert will benefit the Early Learning Partnership of York County, which works with families beginning at birth to help prepare children for school by providing books and encouraging parents to read to children. An offering will be taken to benefit the early learning partnership. Open to the community.
▪ Tickets for the Rock Hill Parks, Recreation, & Tourism Department’s annual Daddy / Daughter Dance will on sale Feb. 18. The dance will be 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 22 at the Rock Hill Country Club. A limited number of ticket are available and must be purchased in advance. Tickets will not be available at the door. The dance is for girls ages 4-12 and their dad or other special adult. A drawing will be held to choose the Couple of the Evening. The attire will be dressy/casual. Tickets are $30 per couple with $10 for an additional girl. Tickets available during business hours at the City’s four recreation centers, Manchester Meadows, Cherry Park and at the PRT office, room 390, at City Hall. Details: 329-5620 or 329-5633 or cityofrockhill.com/prt.
▪ Rock Hill Parkinson’s Support Group, 1:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at Westminster Towers, 1330 India Hook Road. Hannah Honeycutt of Carolina Pharmacy will speak. Details: 803-328-5587. Light refreshments will be provided.
▪ The Catawba Caucus of the South Carolina Silver Haired Legislature will meet 11 a.m. Feb. 20 Highland Park Senior Center 917 Standard St. Rock Hill. Details: Barbara Bugg, 803-684-9288.
▪ Comedian Dennis Miller who rose to fame as a Weekend Update anchor on “Saturday Night Live” from 1985-91 performs, 8 p.m. Feb. 20 at Winthrop University Coliseum, Rock Hill. He has performed in stand-up specials, hosted his own talk shows and radio segments, written books, and appeared on the Fox network. His most recent stand-up special is “Fake News, Real Jokes,” released by Comedy Dynamics. A five-time Emmy winner for his critically acclaimed half-hour live talk show “Dennis Miller Live,” Miller had a nine-year run with the HBO show. Ticket prices are $38-$60 available at TicketReturn.
▪ Best-selling author John T. Edge is the keynote speaker for the World of Food Conference Feb. 21 -23 at Winthrop University. More than 200 food enthusiasts are expected to attend regional conference, organized by the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. Edge, author of The Potlikker Papers and director of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi, will give the opening address Feb. 21. The conference is open to the public. A $30 fee includes a Thursday opening reception at Rock Hill Brewing Company catered by Dan “the Pigman” Huntley, as well as lunch and a Galleries Reception on Friday. Those attending can hear panel discussions ranging from food insecurity and the impact of climate change on our food supply to the significance of food in literature. There will be a Food Expo Feb. 23, featuring items for sale by regional vendors, craftsmen and artists. Optional experiences include a $40 Ethiopian dinner Friday evening by Chow Club Atlanta founders Amanda Plumb and Yohana Solomon, and a $20 York County Brew Trail excursion on Saturday afternoon Details on the conference and online registration available at: winthrop.edu/cas/interdisciplinary/waterconference2015 or 803-323-2368. Register for the Chow Club Atlanta dinner at: chowclubatlanta.com/world-of-food-conference
▪ Clover School District Auditorium Performing Arts Series presents “Rapunzel,” a production of the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte , 7 p.m. Feb 21 at the auditorium. Tickets are, $5, individuals and free for children age 12 and younger. This reimagined version of the classic is a tale about the curiosity and joys of growing up, risk-taking, and discovering who you are.
▪ The Western York County Branch of the NAACP, 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at The Greater York Chamber of Commerce.
▪ Olde English Painters Guild (OEPG), a member of Society of Decorative Painters, 9 a.m. Feb. 23 at Grace Lutheran Church, Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. Monthly classes offer a different teacher each month and different mediums. This month is colored pencils. All skill levels welcome. Details: Linda Miller, 803 366-6946.
▪ Anthony Cirillo, president of The Aging Experience will speak 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at Dina’s Place at Winthrop University. He’ll discuss healthcare, aging, agesim, dementia and family caregiving and ways for aging population to live quality lived. Free and open to the public.
▪ “Be Irish for a Night” 25th annual fundraiser for Pilgrims’ Inn, 6:30-10 p.m. March 9 at St. Anne School Community Center, 1694 Bird St., Rock Hill. Menu includes corned beef and cabbage dinner, homemade Irish soda bread, beer, wine, soft drinks and coffee and homemade desserts, There will be silent and live auctions, Irish dancers from Charlotte, Irish music, DJ and dancing. Cost: $40 donation ($30 tax deductible). For tickets call 803-327-4227 or mail check to Pilgrims’ Inn, Box 11328, Rock Hill, SC 29731 or online at beirish.eventbrite.com