Black History through Music program planned at York Tech

In celebration of National Black History Month, York Technical College will present Black History Through Music, hosted by Bobby Plair, at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Baxter Hood Center, 452 S. Anderson Road, Rock Hill.

The event will include performances by Maurice Williams and other area musicians and church groups. Admission is free. For details, call Warren Cook, 981-7055.

Arts council hosting exhibit, yoga classes

The Arts Council of York County will have the following events this month:

• Recent works by Marge Loudon Moody willl be on display through Feb. 16 at the Dalton Gallery, Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill.

• The Teacher's Choice Youth Art Month Exhibition will be on display Feb. 21 though March 31 at the arts center. A reception will be at 6 p.m. March 20. Gallery hours are 9 a.m to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second and forth Saturday of the month and 2 to 4 p.m. the second and fourth Sunday of the month.

• Works by Lori Helms, Kathy Covington and Merritt Croom will be on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Feb. 29 at the City Hall Rotunda Gallery, 155 Johnson St., Rock Hill.

• Mixed-level yoga classes will be offered from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 18 and 25, and Tuesdays, Feb. 12 and 26, at the Center for the Arts. Cost is $10 per visit; participants should dress comfortably in layers and bring a yoga mat and blanket. Registration is required.

For details, call 328-2787.

Local authors plan Saturday book signing

Local authors Kim Blum-Hyclak, Grace Looper, Betty Beamguard, Luis Rodriguez and Donna Wylie will sign their works from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Book Rack on Anderson Road in Rock Hill. The writers are members of the South Carolina Writers Workshop.

Dance, dinner planned by Fort Mill VFW auxiliary

A Valentine dance and steak dinner will be hosted Saturday by the Fort Mill Veterans of Foreign Wars 9138 Ladies Auxiliary. Dinner will be from 6 to 7 p.m. with a dance following from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Dinner tickets are $10 each and must be purchased in advance. Each woman will receive a free red rose and a glass of wine. The dance is free.

Habitat orientation is planned for Thursday

Habitat for Humanity of York County will hold an orientation for volunteers interested in working in the group's new resale store at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the center, 1043 Charlotte Ave., Rock Hill.

The store is scheduled to open in April. For details, call 328-1728.

Gun control forum planned at Winthrop

A forum on gun control in the Rock Hill community will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Plowden Auditorium, Winthrop University.

Panel members are Buddy Motz, chairman of the York County Council; Tommy Pope, former solicitor for the 16th Judicial Circuit, including York and Union counties; Eddie Lee, mayor of York; Michael Chavis III, Rock Hill police officer; Frank Zebedis, chief of Winthrop Campus Police; and Chris Van Aller, an associate professor of political science.

A reception will follow the event. For details, call 323-2209.

Support groups help with health conditions

The following support groups will meet:

• The Parkinson Association of the Carolinas Lancaster support group will host a caregiver/patient seminar from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Covenant Baptist Church fellowship hall, 165 Craig Manor Road, Lancaster. Life Coach Betty Reynolds will speak on self care and planning for the future. Russell Morrison from Agape Senior will speak on working through the challenges of Parkinson's disease. The event is open to all Parkinson's patients and their caregivers. Free lunch is provided. Registration is required by Feb. 21. For details, call (803) 286-6410.

• The South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Association York County support group will meet at 7 p.m. Feb.12 at the Women's Center Auditorium, Piedmont Medical Center. The mission of the association is to provide support through education and shared experiences to those living with spinal cord injuries and to their families and caregivers. For details call Bob Alders at 366-5659 or e-mail him at

Free HIV testing is offered Thursday

The Catawba Care Coalition will offer free HIV testing from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday at The Tabernacle of Praise, 229 Wood St., York. The testing is offered in observance of National Black HIV/AIDS awareness day.

The coalition provides medical care and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS.

For details, call 909-6363, ext 234.

Red Cross blood drives planned this month

The York County chapter of the American Red Cross will host the following blood drives:

• 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Trinity Methodist Church, 22 E. Liberty St., York.

• 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 12 and 13, Withers Student Activity Center, Winthrop University.

• 2:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 15, Flint Hill Volunteer Fire Department, 1950 U.S. 21, Fort MIll.

• 2:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 18, Red Cross office, 200 Piedmont Blvd., Rock Hill.

• 3 to 7:30 p.m. Feb 19, Unity Presbyterian Church, 303 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill.

• 3 to 7:30 p.m. Feb 21, Ebenezer ARP Church, 2132 Ebenezer Road., Rock Hill.

Heart healthy event is planned at PMC

Piedmont Medical Center is promoting heart health awareness with a program, Focus on the Heart, to encourage residents of the community to have regular screenings and adopt a heart-healthy lifestyle.

The hospital is sponsoring free blood pressure screenings at the following locations:

• 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Rock Hill YMCA, 402 Charlotte Ave.

• 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at the YMCA at Baxter Village, 857 Promenade Walk., Fort Mill.

• 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Leroy Springs Recreation Complex, 971 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill.

Western county NAACP will gather Thursday

The Western York County branch of the NAACP will have its executive board meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 110 W. Jefferson St., York.

For details, call Wanda Simril at 684-6200 or Steve Love at 684-7124.