The Fort Mill Community Playhouse will perform the first show of its 2008 season, "Once Upon a Mattress," a musical comedy, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the theater, 615 Banks St., Fort Mill.
Other performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 and 16, 21 to 23 and 3 p.m. Feb. 17. Tickets are $12 adults and $9 seniors and students. Advance tickets are available online at www.fortmillplayhouse.org/. Tickets also may be purchased at Crossings, 101 Academy St., Fort Mill. For details, call 548-8102.
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Carolina Chordsmen will sing to your sweetie
The Carolina Chordsmen, a Rock Hill chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, is accepting bookings for Valentine's Day, to sing for the woman or man of your choice.
The quartet sings oldies such as "Heart of My Heart," "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" and others.
They also present your sweetheart with a rose and personalized greeting card. To arrange a booking with the Chordsmen, call 329-5761.
Valentine's youth dance is planned in York
A Valentine's Dance for fourth- and fifth-graders will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the York Recreation Center, 20 White Rose Lane, York.
Admission is $2 per child, accompanied by an adult, and $4 per child without an adult. Refreshments will be served. For details, call 684-3742.
Springs complex events include dance, pottery
The Leroy Springs Complex , 971 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill, will offer the following programs:
• Daddy/daughter dance, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the complex, for girls and their dad or another special male adult. The theme is beach party and participants are encouraged to dress in beach wear. Admission $25 per couple and $10 for each additional daughter. Tickets must be purchased at the complex by Thursday; they will not be sold at the door.
• Line dancing, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays at the complex. Fee is $5 at door.
• Paint your own pottery; studio hours are 2 to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m. Thursdays. Pottery is individually priced and all materials are supplied.
For details, call 547-4575.
Dad, daughter dance planned at Baxter Hood
Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism will host a daddy/daughter dance from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Baxter Hood Center, 452 S. Anderson Road, Rock Hill. The dance is for girls ages 4 to 12 and their dad or another special male adult.
Photos and refreshements will be available. Attire is dressy/casual. Tickets must be purchased in advance at any PRT office or in room 390, City Hall, 155 Johnson St.
For details, visit www.rockhillrocks.com or call 329-5620.
Gardening symposium offered by master gardeners
The Master Gardeners of York County will host the Joy of Gardening Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 at Withers Hall, Winthrop University.
The topic will be gardening for outdoor living with author and award-winning landscape architect Keith Davitt speaking about garden design techniques.
Following the talk, participants can select one gardening session to attend. Sessions are antique roses, edible landscaping and small flowering trees; water gardening, sustainable gardening and diagnosing plant disorders; and yard art, waterwise gardening and propagation techniques.
Cost $40 and includes a buffett lunch. Registration deadline is Feb. 16.
Clover recycling group needs used cell phones
The recycling club at Clover Junior High will collect used cell phones through Feb. 27. Phones may be dropped in donation boxes at the school's main office, 1555 E. S.C. 55, the Clover School District Office lobby, 604 Bethel St., and the Food Lion store, 5233 S.C. 557, Lake Wylie.
Any inactive cell phone may be donated and does not have to be in working condition. Accessories are not accepted.
The school is collecting phones to reduce landfill waste and to raise funds for expanding its recycling efforts, which include paper, aluminum cans and plastic bottles.
PRT excursions planned to Biltmore and Ohio
Rock Hill Parks, Receation and Tourism's Happy Travelers group is accepting registration for two trips.
Adults of all ages are welcome; it is not necessary to be a member of the travel group. Trips are:
• The Biltmore House, April 22. The group will visit the house, winery and gardens during the Festival of Flowers. Fee is $105 per person, including transportation, lunch and activities. Register by March 18.
• The Amishlands of the Ohio countryside, Aug. 11to 14. The group will visit the Winesburg Carriage Factory and Museum, the Breitenbach Winery, the Harry London Chocolate Factory, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Canton Classic Car Museum. Cost is $525 per person, including transportation, lodging and some meals. Register by June 6.
Register for trips at the PRT office, room 390, City Hall, 155 Johnson St., or by mail to city of Rock Hill, Carolyn Snyder, P.O. Box 11706, Rock Hill, SC 29731.
For more information contact Snyder at 329-5626 or visit www.rockhillrocks.com.
School alumni plan meetings
The following alumni groups are planning reunions:
• The Emmett Scott High School class of 1967 will meet for its monthly fellowship dinner at 5:30 p.m. Monday at The Mayflower Seafood Restaurant, 2124 Celanese Road, Rock Hill.
• The Emmett Scott High School class of 1963 will meet at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Masonic Temple, 977 Crawford Road. For details, contact Carol Perry, 980-1513.
• The Chester High School class of 1968 is plannig a 40-year reunion for late summer or early fall. Classmates may contact Nancy Watts Johnson in the evenings at (803) 377-4980 in Chester. Names, phone numbers and addresses of classmates are needed.
Local groups have meeting news to share
The following groups will meet:
• The 50s-plus community group will have a covered dish lunch at noon Wednesday at Bowling Green Presbyterian Church, 250 Ridge Road, Bowling Green. Singers from The Golden Chorus, led by Max and Abbey Robinson, will perform. For details, call Jim Andrews, (803) 222-3598.
• The York County quilters will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 in the fellowship hall at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1830 Celanese Road. For details, visit www.yorkcountyquilters.org.
• The Rock Hill retiree chapter of Duke Energy Carolinas will have its first-quarter meeting at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Rock Hill Country Club, 600 Country Club Drive. Social time begins at 10 a.m. Reservations are due Monday. Call 329-2330, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to 2115 Poinsett Drive, Rock Hill, SC 29732. All Rock Hill retirees, spouses of a retiree or surviving spouses of a retiree are invited. New officers for 2008 to 2009 will be installed. Bring non-perishable food items to be distributed to the needy.
• The Tega Cay Lions will hold its first evening meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Fishbone Grill, 501 Crossroads Plaza, Fort Mill, for those who cannot attend the regular Saturday meetings. For more details, contact Megan Watts at wattsfitness@ comporium.net or Chris Henley at email@example.com. The club will hold its regular breakfast meeting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Tega Cay Clubhouse, 1 Molokai Drive.
• The Palmetto Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at Two's A Company needlepoint shop, 315 E. Main St., Rock Hill. The meeting is open to anyone interested in needlepoint. For details, call Marilyn Hakim 981-5305 or 327-2967.
• The S.C. Metal Detector and Relic Association will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at its new location, Trinity Bible Church, 914 Cherry Road, Rock Hill. Anyone interested in metal detecting, relic hunting, gold panning or general history is invited. Check out what members found this month on the treasure board. Details, Chris Watson, firstname.lastname@example.org or 328-5764, Jeff Kleparek at email@example.com or (803) 389-4178, or visit the Web site at scmetaldetectingclub.com.
• The Rock Hill Toastmasters will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the American Red Cross building, 200 Piedmont Blvd., Rock Hill. The group helps participants overcome their fear of public speaking. For details, visit rockhill.freetoasthost.us.
• The Nation Ford Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday at the former Tega Cay City Hall, 7000 Tega Cay Drive. Guests include student winners of the American history essay contest. For details, call 396-0634.
• The Rock Hill Civitan Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mary's Cafe, 1349 Firetower Road. The club will honor local clergy members as part of their annual clergy appreciation week. Guest will be motivational speaker Harvey Mayhill. For details, call 366-6797 or visit www.rockhillcivitan.org.
• The Fort Mill Care Center will have its annual board meeting at 10 a.m. Feb. 12 at the Family Resource Center on Banks Street in Fort Mill. The meeting is open to the public.
Meeting planned for western county relay
The American Cancer Society's Western York County Relay for Life will have a planning meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 11 at the library of Jefferson Elementary School, 1543 Chester Highway. The relay will be April 19.
The 6 p.m. meeting is for those interested in serving on the planning committee; a 7 p.m. meeting is planned for those interested in joining a relay team. For details, contact Beth Dover, 684-7135.
Supper, yard sale among local fundraisers
The following fundraisers are planned:
• The women of Ramah Presbyterian Church, 980 Ramah Church Road, York, are having a poor man's supper from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Menu includes pinto beans, vegetable soup, coleslaw, cornbread and dessert. Cost is $6 adults, $3 children ages 4 to 12 and free for children younger than 3.
• The South Pointe High School Concert Choir is having a yard sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a barbecue sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the school's gym, 801 Neely Road, Rock Hill. Barbecue plates are $7. For details, call Beverly Laney, choral director, 980-2172.
• PATH's Thrift Store, 31 N. Congres St., York, will have a buy one get one free sale on men's blazers and sweaters Monday through Friday. PATH serves needy families in the York school district.
Free tax services offered around area
The United Way will offer free tax preparation services at the following locations:
• City Hall Wellness Center, 155 Johnson St., Rock Hill, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through April 14.
• Rock Hill Galleria, 2301 Dave Lyle Blvd., 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, through Feb. 23.
• Leroy Springs Recreational Complex, 971 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, through Feb. 23.
• Clover Public Library, 107 Knox St., Clover, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, through Feb. 23.
For details, call 1-866-892-9211.
Volunteers needed to help with Hospice
Serenity and Palliative Hospice Care is offering volunteer training sessions at the facility, 223 S. Herlong suite 110, Rock Hill. Volunteers are needed for office work, patient companionship, assistance for caregivers and meal preparation. To schedule a training session, call 817-1733.
Support groups help with life's troubles
These area support groups will meet:
• The Foster Parent Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Eastview Baptist Church, 1430 Gordon Road, Rock Hill. For details, contact Kim Love, 628-2234.
• Hospice and Community Care in Rock Hill will offer a widow support group beginning from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The group is free and open to the public. Space is limited and registration is required. For location and to register, call 329-1500.
• The Alzheimer's Caregiver Evening Support Group will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Alzheimer's Association office, 2115 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill. For details, call 327-4715.
• Park Avenue Adult Daycare Center will have a caregivers support group at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the center, 359 Park Ave., Rock Hill. For Details, call Barbara Smith, 327-7448.
Line dancing classes offered in Lancaster
Line dancing classes, sponsored by the Lancaster Shag Club and taught by Dianne Mahaffee, will be offered at 7 p.m. each Thursday through Feb. 28 at the Lancaster Moose Lodge, 200 Shrine Moose Drive, Lancaster.
Cost is $2 per person, per lesson. Participants can learn a new dance at every lesson. For details, call 803-286-5694 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Church care center accepting enrollments
Boyd Hill Baptist Church Child Care Center, 315 Glenn St., Rock Hill, is now enrolling children for full-time, part-time and after-school care. Hours 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. The center also positions for a director and teachers. For details, call 327-5316.