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Clover riding center adds service for veterans

Riding center adds services for veterans

RideAbility Therapeutic Riding Center in Clover is adding a program for veterans.

The program will support the physical and psychological recovery and well-being of military personnel, veterans and their families through interactions with horses.

With a grant from the Lutz Foundation of Chester, the center will begin the 10-week program in April. The goal is to teach new skills and accomplish personal goals that will enhance a healthy self-concept for work and home.

According to the center, some of the benefits of the program are:

•  Physical: Veterans with mobility impairments, including amputations and spinal cord injuries, benefit from this replicated gait which may ultimately assist some participants in relearning how to walk.

•  Social: The farm environment provides a safe, worry-free atmosphere for veterans to share concerns and rebuild trust and coping mechanisms.

•  Cognitive: With the horse as a gentle partner, cognitive, reasoning and decision-making skills may be enhanced while participating in activities that include learning about horses, equipment and the barn.

•  Emotional: Bonding with a large animal is believed to be physically relaxing and emotionally calming.

Space is limited. Lessons will be given at 1 p.m. Wednesdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays. Evaluations and medical approval to the program will begin in March by appointment only.

For more information, email the center at, call program director Wendy Schonfeld at 803-222-6008 or go to

Child seat safety check Feb. 27

Britax will hold a free child car seat check on all brands 8-11:30 a.m. Feb. 27 at Britax USA Headquarters, 4140 Pleasant Road.

Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will demonstrate the correct way to install and use car seats, provide safety recommendations and answer questions.

Call 704-409-1695 to confirm.

Vendor St. Pat’s application deadline Feb. 27

The town of Clover is accepting vendor applications for the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Festival March 14.

Deadline is Feb. 27. For information, call 803-222-9493 or visit

Blood drives set

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will hold the following blood drives:

• 8-11 a.m. Feb. 28, Heart 2 Heart Foundation, 2301 Dave Lyle Blvd., Rock Hill.

• 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 28, Knights of Columbus at St. Anne, 1694 Bird St., Rock Hill.

• 4-7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Free movie ticket for donors.

As part of CBCC’s sixth annual Pints for Pounds campaign, CBCC will donate 7 pounds of food to Second Harvest Food Bank for each blood donation made this month.

Call 704-972-4700 or visit for more information.

Apply for small arts grants by March 1

The deadline to apply for small grants through the Arts Council of York County is 5 p.m. March 1.

The program provides support for small or pilot arts activities, artist professional development, new and developing programs or organizations, and special projects of high artistic quality that cannot support themselves.

Organizations and individual artists may request up to $1,000 per grant and may receive up to two grants in a calendar year. Information and applications are available at, on the Grants page under the The Arts heading. Prospective applicants must discuss the proposed project with the executive director at least 10 days in advance of the application deadline date.

For information, call 803-328-2787.

Red Cross sets drives

American Red Cross announces the following York County blood drives:

• 2-6:30 p.m. March 2, Oakland Presbyterian Activities Center, 421 W. Oakland Ave., Rock Hill.

• 3-7:30 p.m. March 10, Bethesda Presbyterian Church, 4858 McConnells Hwy., York.

• 12:30-5 p.m. March 12, Springfield Middle School, 1711 Springfield Pkwy., Fort Mill.

For information, call 800-733-2767 or visit

CAAC seeks food donations

Clover Area Assistance Center seeks food donations.

Items needed include chicken noodle soup, macaroni and cheese, and other nonperishable items.

Donations may be dropped off 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, and 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. Thursday at the center, 1130 S.C. 55 E.

Call 803-222-4837 for information.

Fun run, walk planned for Relay for Life

The second annual Hippity Hoppity Hope 5K fun run and walk will be April 11 at First Baptist Church, 102 S. Congress St.

The event is a benefit for the church’s Relay for Life team, raising money for the annual American Cancer Society benefit.

A children’s race will begin at 7:50 a.m. and the 5K race will be at 8 a.m. Cost is $20 for the 5K only. All proceeds benefit the cancer society.

Register at

Artists may apply for exhibitions

The Arts Council of York County is accepting applications for 2016 gallery exhibitions.

Each year the council presents eight exhibits. Artists wishing to be considered may submit the following to Mike Gentry, gallery manager for the Arts Council: $20 application fee (nonrefundable); 10 hi-res jpeg images submitted on CD or DVD (Mac or PC formatted discs); inventory lists, with titles, sizes and mediums; resume; and written proposal for exhibition and/or artist statement.

All entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. May 1. Artists may submit work as a group or individually. Notification of acceptance will be provided via email. Submission packets will not be returned. Works that sell while on exhibit at the Center for the Arts are subject to a 40 percent commission fee by the Arts Council of York County.

For information, call 803-328-2787, email, or visit

CHS class of ’85 plans reunion

Clover High School class of 1985 is looking for classmates for the 30-year reunion.

Classmates can send contact information to or call 704-582-0781.

Film festival accepting entries

Underexposed Film Festival yc invites independent filmmakers to submit professionally presented short films, with a run time of 45 minutes or less, to participate in this juried competition.

Categories are narrative/fictional, animation, experimental and documentary.

Awards for best of show and in each category totaling $2,250 will be presented at the festival Nov. 5-7 at Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St. Other awards include Cinema Carolina, Best Female Director, Best Student Film and Terry Roueche Audience Choice.

Entry fees and deadlines, beginning in May, vary. For festival guidelines and entry information, visit

Entries submitted via may be eligible for a $5 discount. Entries submitted via are automatically granted a $5 online discount. For those who do not wish to submit their films online, festival guidelines and entry information are available at Mailed and hand delivered entries will not be accepted.

For more information, call 803-328-2787 or visit

Animal shelter seeks volunteers

York County Animal Shelter Adoption Center, 713 Justice Blvd., needs volunteers to help bathe and groom, exercise, socialize, train, provide adoption information and follow-up, and publicity and marketing.

Volunteers must be 18 or older, and go through orientation and training process. For more information, call 803-818-6485.

Volunteer applications can be downloaded at

Agape offers Canine Forward program

Agape Senior has a new volunteer program, Canine Forward, which offers regular free dog walking and playtime services for seniors living independently, but who are physically unable to exercise their animals.

The program recognizes the importance of the relationship between the owner and his or her pet.

The program depends on volunteers for walking, playing with and brushing the animals.

Canine Forward provides training. To volunteer, call 803-329-4544.