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Discover jazz at Northwestern High festival

The sixth annual Jazz Discovery Music Festival will begin at 9 a.m. March 1 at Northwestern High, 2503 W. Main St., Rock Hill. The festival will include performances by high school bands from across North and South Carolina, master classes, clinics and a noon performance by the North Carolina School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble.

Evening concerts feature former Journey drummer Steve Smith's band, Jazz Legacy, with saxophonists Walt Weiskopf and Andy Fusco, pianist Mark Soskin and bassist Baron Browne; and Winthrop University Jazz Ensemble with guest soloists Joe Eckert, Lou Fischer and Mike Steinel.

All performances, master classes and clinics during the day are free. Admission for the evening concerts is $20. Tickets and a complete schedule are available at www.nhsjazz.com/ or by calling the Northwestern band room at 981-1225.

Put on your dancing shoes, head to the ballroom

The Ballroom Dance Club will have its monthly dance from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Springs Recreation Complex, 971 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill. Beginners and experienced dancers are welcome. Dress is dressy attire and refreshments will be served. Admission for first-time visitors is $5 per person. For details, call 366-9805.

Auditions, improv comedy on tap in Fort Mill

The Fort Mill Community Playhouse is having the following events:

• Auditions for the Agatha Christie play "The Mousetrap" are 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 24 and 7:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 25 at the theater, 615 Banks St., Fort Mill. The drama-and-dessert production will be performed April 24 through 26 and May 1 through 3. Director Sheri Marvin is casting three women, five men and one offstage voice, ages 20 to 50. An English accent is helpful but not required. For details, visit www.fortmillplayhouse.org or call 548-8102.

• The Chuckleheads, an improvisational comedy troupe, presents "March Madness" --billed as a salute to South Carolina, college basketball, the end of winter and mental illness comedy improv spectacular -- from 8 to 10 p.m. March 1 at the theater. Admission is $5. For details, visit www.thechuckleheads.com.

Meredith College singers will perform at Flint Hill Baptist

The Meredith College Chorale and the Meredith College small ensemble, ENCORE, will perform at 7 p.m. March 1 at Flint Hill Baptist Church, 269 Flint Hill Road, Fort Mill. The event is free. For details, call (803) 230-7543.

Family center offers clinic, preschool classes

The Rock Hill Family Resource Center, 217 Orange St., offers the following services:

• A free medical clinic from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday and Feb. 29 for children birth through age 18 who are without medical insurance or Medicaid. Services include immunizations, sick visits and physicals. Other free pediatric clinics are located in Fort Mill, Clover and York. For appointments, call (803) 322-6636. For information, call (803) 980-2079.

• Classes for preschool age children and their parents will be 10 to 11:15 a.m. Friday. For details, call 981-1557.

Parking for these services is at the rear of the center and the entrance is through the red door.

Youth sporting group needs volunteer coaches

Xtreme Youth Sports of the Carolinas, a nonprofit organization, is looking for volunteer coaches. The organization gives children ages 6 to 15 the opportunity to participate in sports such as football, basketball, soccer, baseball, fishing and others.

For details, call Jack Evans, (803) 831-9549 or (704) 491-1481, or visit www.xtremeyouthsports.com and click on forms 2008 and download the volunteer sheet. Mail to Xtreme Youth Sports, 21 Hamilton's Harbor Drive, Box 203, Lake Wylie SC 29710.

Civitan club is offering local flag display project

The Rock Hill Civitan Club is selling flag displays to businesses and homeowners on Ebenezer Road, Herlong Avenue, Oakland Avenue and in the downtown area.

For $30 per year, on six official flag days, the club will display an American flag in front of a home or business. The funds generated by the project will be used for community service projects, such as Rolling in Rock Hill, sponsoring Junior Civitan clubs and conferences and other youth needs.

For details, call Ella, 366-6797, or e-mail ellabm@comporium.net.

Northwestern's '88 alumni planning reunion

The Northwestern High School class of 1988 is seeking contact information from its alumni for the reunion events to be held in the summer. To update contact information, e-mail Lydia Hall at lydiahall@comporium.net.

Take time out for AARP driver safety Feb. 25-26

An AARP driver safety program will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 25 and 26 at Oakdale Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 12585 S.C. 55, Clover. For details, call Tamara (803) 222-9211.

Ramah Presbyterian women heading to Simpsonville

The Women of Ramah Presbyterian Church, 980 Ramah Church Road, York are sponsoring a trip to Simpsonville to hear the Country Earl Show Band and have a buffet dinner at the Country Earl Restaurant. The group will depart at 4:30 p.m. March 8 from the church parking lot. Cost is $45 adults, $35 children ages, 4 to 10, and free for children younger than 4. For reservations, call Betty Patterson (803) 222-4713, Katherine Jackson (803) 222-4740 or Jean Wyatt (803) 222-7315 by Feb. 25.

Local groups have fundraisers in the works

The following are having fundraisers:

• Grace Lutheran Church, 426 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill, will have a scrapbooking evening from 6 to 11 p.m. Feb. 29 to benefit juvenile diabetes. Refreshments, door prizes and goody bags will be provided. Tickets are $10 advance or $15 at the door. For details, call Alice Dietz (803) 581-0142 or (803) 374-1027.

• St. John's United Methodist Church, 321 S. Oakland Ave., is having a Central American crafts fair from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the St. John's Center lobby. The fair will feature jewelry, hammocks, pottery, clothing, leather goods and seasonal items made by Nicaraguan artists. Proceeds benefit the artists and the Center for Development in Central America. A catered dinner is available at 6 p.m. for $6 adults and $3 children. Sara Woodard, from the CDCA, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Call the church office, 327-3113, by Monday for dinner reservations. Admission to the fair is free. The CDCA is a nonprofit organization that seeks to address human needs created by poverty by helping communities to become self-sufficient, sustainable, democratic entities.

• St. Anne's Boy Scout Troop No. 277 is hosting its forth annual spaghetti supper from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Parish Life Center of St. Anne's Catholic Parish, 1698 Bird St., Rock Hill. Tickets are $6 adults, $3 children, ages 3 to 10 and free for children younger than 3. Take-out orders are available. Tickets may be purchased at the door or from a troop member. Proceeds benefit the troop.

• The choruses of York Junior and York Comprehensive high schools will have their annual spaghetti supper from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Methodist Church, 22 E. Liberty St., York. Cost is $6 for ages 11 and older. Eat-in and take-out is available. Tickets are available from choral students or through director Phil Suggs at 684-2336.

• Indian Land Masonic Lodge No. 414 will sell barbecue beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at the lodge, 9189 Charlotte Hwy., Indian Land. Cost $7 per plate for chopped pork barbecue and barbecue chicken. Chopped pork will be sold for $7 per pound, a whole barbecue chicken is $7 and a half barbecue chicken is $4. All items are available for eat-in or take-out. Baked goods will also be sold. Proceeds benefit the lodge's community activities. For details or take-out orders, call 547-4933.

• The Rock Hill school district with have the 2008 Showcase of the Arts at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the South Pointe High School Gymnasium, 801 Neely Road, Rock Hill. The event includes appetizers prepared by the culinary arts students from the Applied Technology Center. There will be performances by the district's Elementary Honors Choir and South Pointe's winter drum line and dance team, art department, orchestra, Stallion Corral Concert Choir and drama department. Proceeds will fund the Foundation's Teacher Grants Program and other school district projects. Sponsorship levels are Platinum, $1,000 and above, includes reserved table for eight guests; Gold, $750, includes reserved table for six guests, Silver, $500, includes four tickets, Bronze, $250, includes two tickets and individual tickets are $50. For tickets, call 981-1006. For details, visit www.rhsdfoundation.org.

Special interest groups have meetings scheduled

The following groups will meet:

• The board of directors of Keystone (York County Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse) will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 25 at 140 E. Main St., Suite 300, Rock Hill. The meetings are open to the public.

• The Catawba Artist Guild will meet at 10 a.m. March 5 at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill. The new group will promote art and local artists. For details, contact Sue Rice at susierice@juno.com or call 328-2787.

• The Friends of Andrew Jackson State Park will meet at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 24 and March 2 at the park meeting house, 196 Andrew Jackson Park Road, Lancaster. The meeting is open to the public. For details, call (803) 285-3344.

• The Catawba Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the home of Judy McCardle, 471 Lakeside Drive, Rock Hill. A colonial flower arranging program will be presented by Kay Grier. For details, call Judy McCardle at 329-0870 or Nancy McDuffie at 324-3257.

• The York County Quilters will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at a new location, Westminister Catawba Christian School, 1310 India Hook Road, Rock Hill. Members will present a program, Things I Learned and Internet Tips on Quilting, which will cover timesaving ideas, quilting events and cruises. For details, visit www.yorkcountyquilters.org.

It's all happening at the Fort Mill YMCA

The Fort Mill Branch YMCA, 857 Promenade Walk, Baxter Village, will have the following events:

• Health fair, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Monday. Cholesterol, PSA screenings and blood sugar tests will be performed by Piedmont Medical Center. Also participating in the event will be Community Blood Center of Charlotte, performing bone marrow screenings; Massage Envy, providing free chair massages and Advanced Chiropractic Clinic. Screening prices range from $3 to $10. For details, call Karen 548-8020, ext. 259.

• Arts and crafts with Angela, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Mondays, beginning March 17. Cost is $40 for members and $45 for nonmembers. Participants will learn how to make market baskets. Class meets for six weeks. For details, call Karen at 548-8020, Ext. 259.

• Registration for youth spring soccer, ages 3 to 10, runs through March 1. Season is March 17 through May 10. Cost for ages 3 and 4 is $40 members and $60 nonmembers and for ages 5 to 10; cost is $50 members and $70 non-members. For details, call Chris at 548-8020, Ext 225.

• Driver education classes conducted by Always Safe Driving School, will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 1. For information about cost and course information, call Darlene at 981-3833.

• An Easter prayer breakfast will be at 8 a.m. with an Easter program following at 8:30 a.m. March 21. The event is free, but registration is required. To register, call Karen at 548-8020, ext. 259.

Churches have openings in day-care programs

The following churches provide day care:

• Gethsemane Church, 1637 Squire Road, Rock Hill, will provide child care from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday. Cost is $20 per child. For details, call 325-1888.

• Allison Creek Preschool will have an open house at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, for registration for the 2008-2009 school year. ACPS offers classes for children 18 months through 4 years. For details, visit www.orgsites.com/sc/allisoncreekpreschool or call Monica at 325-8655.

Family Connection has programs for parents, children

Family Connection of South Carolina will have these events:

• Sharing parents network group, for parents with children ages, birth to 6, that have disabilities or special needs, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at St. John's Methodist Church, 321 S. Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. For details, call Hollye Reid at 366-4839.

• Brothers and sisters support group for children ages, 8 to 13, with siblings that have disabilities and special needs, will meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Youth Net Building, 507 E. Black St., Rock Hill. For details, call Kai Burkins at (803) 322-0811.

• Annual Hopes and Dreams conference will be Friday and Saturday in Columbia. This is a 2-day conference for parents and professionals with topics related to children with disabilities and special needs. For details, call Hollye Reid at 366-4839.

Clemson Extension organizing river cleanup

The Clemson University Extension Service of Chester will perform a sweep of the Broad River's banks from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Woods Ferry Recreation Area of Sumter National Forest, 3557 Whitmire Highway, Union. Area 4-H groups will participate and the public is invited to help. A free picnic lunch is provided. Registration is required. Transportation is available to the first seven people to register. For details, call (803) 385-6181, Ext. 114.

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