Rock Hill schools showcasing arts of all varieties

Mary Beth Tiblier of York takes a computer class on the program Excel at the York County Library in Rock Hill Thursday. For details on computer classes, visit
Mary Beth Tiblier of York takes a computer class on the program Excel at the York County Library in Rock Hill Thursday. For details on computer classes, visit

The Rock Hill school district will host the 2008 Showcase of the Arts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday 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 the drama department.

Proceeds will fund the foundation's teacher grants program and other school district projects. Sponsorship levels are platinum, $1,000 and above, which includes a reserved table for eight guests; gold, $750, which includes a reserved table for six guests; silver, $500, which includes four tickets; and bronze, $250, which includes two tickets. Individual tickets are $50.

For tickets, call 981-1006. For details, visit

Winthrop grad school will host open house

The graduate school at Winthrop University will have an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 11 in Johnson Hall. Faculty and staff members from the colleges of arts and science, business, education and visual and performing arts will have an information session. For details, call the graduate school, 323-2204 or (800) 411-7041.

Entertainment options include plays, concerts

The following groups will present plays and music performances:

• Rock Hill Community Theatre, 134 Wilson St., will perform the comedy "Night of the Living Beauty Pageant." Performances will be at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and March 7 and 8 and 3 p.m. March 2 and 9. The play, directed by Richard Brashear, is about two con men who stage a beauty pageant in hopes of getting rich from donations of sponsors and the entry fees paid by teenage girls -- but only seven girls enter the pageant and no sponsors donate money. Tickets for Friday and Saturday shows are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors and free for children younger than 5. Admission to the 3 p.m. Sunday performances are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors, and free for children younger than 5. For details, call 324-2578. Tickets may be purchased online at

• The McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St., York, will have a March 16 performance by The Taffetas, a nationally touring off-Broadway show that pays tribute to the girl groups of the 1950s. The group will perform at 3 p.m., singing songs such as "Mr. Sandman," "Dedicated to the One I Love," "How Much is that Doggie in the Window" and "L-O-V-E." The show is produced by Springer Theatricals, the national touring branch of the Springer Opera House. Admission is $20 for CHM members and $25 for non-members, $23 for students and seniors and $20 each for groups of five or more. For details, call 684-3948, Ext. 27, or visit

• Performing at the York County Library, 138 E. Black St., Rock Hill, will be singer/songwriter Charles Pettee at 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. Thursday. Pettee is a master of several musical instruments, including the mandolin, banjo and guitar, and is a member of the Shady Grove Band, a bluegrass group from Chapel Hill, N.C. The event is free. Participants may bring their own lunch. Drinks and desserts will be provided. Registration is not required. For details, call 981-5837 or visit

• Eugene Barban, professor emeritus of music at Winthrop University, will present a piano program at 7:30 p.m. March 11 in the Frances May Barnes Recital Hall. The performance will feature works of Liszt, Barber, Ravel, Dacquin and Schumann. Admission is free. Barban has been conducting master classes at the South Carolina Governor's School of the Arts and, in April, he will be featured in a series of concerts and master classes in Japan. Barban will perform two May recitals in Stowe, Vt. In July, he will serve on the faculty of the Adamant Music School in Adamant, Vt.

MYCO programs include plant sale and yard care

The Museum of York County, 4621 Mount Gallant Road, will have the following events:

• A native plant sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 8 on the front lawn, rain or shine. Admission is free. The sale, a partnership with the South Carolina Native Plant Society, will feature wildflowers, grasses, trees, shrubs and ferns. Society members will assist with plant selection and gardening questions. Checks and cash will be accepted. For details, call the museum at 329-2121.

• A workshop on organic yard care will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 8. Participants will learn about composting, soil stewardship, toxicity reduction, Piedmont naturescaping and native plants. Participants should dress comfortably and bring a bag lunch and drinks. The workshop is limited to 15 people. Registration and payment are due March 3. For details, call 981-9182.

Group trips planned to Michigan, Ohio

The following groups are planning trips:

• The Bowling group will travel to Detroit, Mich., June 16 through 21 to visit casinos, shop and see the sights. Round-trip fare is $125 per person. A non-refundable deposit is due by Friday and the final payment is due by May 30. Hotel accommodations are $69 per night, plus tax. For details, call Bernice English, 329-4767, or Johnnie McCoy, 329-0521.

• The Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism's Happy Travelers Group is planning two trips. Adults of all ages are welcome and membership is not required. The group will visit the Biltmore House on April 22. Fee is $105 per person and includes transportation, lunch and activities. Registration deadline is March 18. The group will travel to the Amishlands of the Ohio Countryside Aug. 11 through 14, to visit the Winesburg Carriage Factory and Museum, the Breitenbach Winery, the Harry London Chocolate Factory and other sites. Cost is $525 per person for double occupancy, and includes motorcoach transportation, three nights of lodging, three breakfasts, three dinners, taxes and gratuities.

Registration is required by June 6 and cancellation insurance is available. Registration and payments are taken at the PRT office, Room 390, 155 Johnson St., weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fees may be mailed to city of Rock Hill, Carolyn Snyder, P.O. Box 11706, Rock Hill, SC 29731. For details, call Snyder at 329-5626 or 329-5620 or visit

Extension programs include farm ponds, raising chicks

The Clemson Extension Service will have the following programs:

• A Farm Pond Management program will be at 9 a.m. March 7 at Piedmont Technical College, 540 Wilson Road, Newberry. Cost is $30 per person, including course handouts and lunch. Registration forms are available online at To pre-register send $30 course fee, payable to Clemson University, and registration form to Newberry County Extension Service, P.0. Box 160, Newberry, SC 29108. For details, call Darren Atkins at (803) 276-1091, Ext. 112, or e-mail, or contact Jeff Fellers as (864) 427-6259, Ext. 115, or e-mail

• The 4-H Pullet Project is available to youths ages 5 to 19 in Union, Chester, York, Lancaster and Spartanburg counties who are interested in raising baby chicks. The project involves raising 25 chicks from the beginning of May through the summer and returning five grown chicks to the extension office to be auctioned at the Nov. 1 Fall Pullet Show and Sale. The remainder of the chicks will be the youth's to keep. Breeds available this year are Black Sex Links and Golden Comets. Both breeds are hearty, easy to raise and lay large brown eggs. Participants must complete an application form, available through their local extension office, and pay a deposit of $45 for each 25 chicks ordered. Applications and deposits are due by April 16. The deposit will be returned in the fall, after the satisfactory completion of the project. Proceeds from the auction benefit next year's project. For details, call the local extension office, in York County, 684-9919; Lancaster County, (803) 283-3302; Chester County, (803) 385-6181 and Union County, (864) 427-6259.

Election-year polls are topic of discussion

A program about understanding election-year polls, both short-term and long-term, will be given by Scott Huffmon, associate professor of political science and founder and director of the Social and Behavioral Research Laboratory at Winthrop University.

The dinner meeting, hosted by the Rivers Hills Lions Club, will be at 7 p.m. March 4 at the River Hills Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane, Lake Wylie.

Huffmon will give insights and projections for the upcoming presidential elections. For reservations, call Lion Bill Burgin at (803) 370-2828. For details, visit

Home buyer workshop is offered at local school

The Liberty Community Church forward steps program will have a home buyers workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Rawlinson Road Middle School, 2631 W. Main St., Rock Hill.

The program, being presented by the Neighborhood Association Corporation of America, is for people looking to purchase, refinance or save their home.

Topics include home purchases with no down payment, no closing costs, less than perfect credit and below-market interest rates. Registration is not required.

For details, visit or call (803) 554-6053.

McCelvey to host book signing, author talk

Local author Carter Martin will have a book signing/sale and discussion from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St., York.

After the signing, York Mayor Eddie Lee will lead a walking tour of historic York. At 7:30 p.m., Martin will speak during the Yorkville Historical Society's meeting. The event is free and open to the public.

Bearcat class of '68 needs contact information

The Rock Hill High School class of 1968 is seeking alumni contact information for its 40-year reunion, which is planned for June 28. E-mail information to

Youth volunteers needed for March 29 service day

The Rock Hill Youth Council is looking for groups of youth who want to give an afternoon of service from noon until 4 p.m. March 29, as part of Rock Hill's Youth Service Day.

School clubs, church youth groups, Scouts or other teen groups are invited to participate in community improvement activities. Groups are responsible for organizing their own service project and should complete an application by March 19.

On event day, volunteer teams will gather at noon at Cherry Park's open shelter, 1466 Cherry Road, Rock Hill, for a kickoff celebration with food, prizes, music and free T-shirts. Participants will then proceed to their project location.

Past activities have included roadside cleanup, setting up clothing closets and activities that involve the needy and handicapped. Last year, more than 250 youth participated.

Applications are available online at or by calling Patti Panetti at 329-5625.

Teen game night planned on March 7

The Teen Health Center's Teen Game Night will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 7 at the center, 725 Cherry Road, Rock Hill. The event is open to ages 11 to 18. Games include checkers, chess, Taboo, karaoke, Twister and others. Activities are supervised by volunteers and staff. For details, call Pauline McCollough at 366-9119.

AARP tax-aide program offered in Fort Mill

The Fort Mill AARP tax-aide program provides free, confidential state and federal income tax return preparation for most taxpayers, with an emphasis on those older than 60 and those with low to middle incomes. AARP membership is not required.

The service is offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays during tax season in the upstairs of the Fort Mill Public Library, 1818 Second Baxter Crossing. Volunteer tax counselors have been trained by an IRS-certified instructor and free e-filing is available.

For details, call Bill Weaver, 547-5442, or Lonnie Shrine, 547-7196.

Walkers are needed for May 22 kidney event

The National Kidney Foundation of South Carolina will have a luncheon for those interested in forming a walking team for the first annual Tri-county Kidney Walk. The walk will be May 22 at Winthrop Lake.

The luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. March 13 at the Shack, Winthrop Lake, Rock Hill. Registration is required by March 5. A free kidney disease risk assessment screening will follow from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. To register for the luncheon or for screening questions, call (800) 488-2277.

Fitness, diet are topics for Chester YMCA

The Chester YMCA, 157 Columbia St., will have a four-session health education program for families to learn about healthy eating and physical fitness beginning from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

The other sessions will be from 6 to 7 p.m. March 6 and 20 and April 3. Registered dietitians will present the program. The event is free and healthy snacks, door prizes, activities for children and childcare will be provided. For details, call (803) 581-9559.

Grief coping workshop will be Wednesday

Agape Hospice will have a workshop, Lean on Me, Helping Others Cope With Grief, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, 606 Dearborn St., Great Falls.

The workshop will provide information about coping with grief and loss and helping others cope. For information call Grace Waddell at (803) 230-1591 or (866) 202-6342 or e-mail

Local Parkinson group will hear physician speak

The Rock Hill Parkinson support group will meet from 5 to 7 p.m. March 20 at the HealthSouth of Rock Hill cafeteria, 1795 Frank Gaston Blvd., in lieu of the regular monthly meeting. Dinner will be at 5 p.m. followed by an open discussion by Dr. Kenneth Putman of Carolina Neurological from 6 to 7 p.m. Pre-registration for the meal is required by March 15.

For details or to pre-register, call (704) 248-3714 or e-mail

Benefits include jazz event, outdoor gear sale

The following groups will have fundraisers:

• The Tim Hartis Group will perform jazz music at 6 p.m. March 13 at the Rock Hill Cotton Factory, 215 Chatham St., to benefit the Teen Health Center. Tickets are $50 for individuals and $90 for couples. The event includes heavy hors d'oeuvres and an open bar. Tickets are also available for a wine pull. Dress is business attire. Attendees are welcome to wear period dress from the '20s, ' 30s and '40s. The Tim Hartis Group's music includes swing, Latin, ballads and blues, and the group will play jazz standards such as "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" and "Night and Day." The Teen Health Center provides affordable, accessible and preventative services for the physical and mental health needs of teenagers. For tickets or sponsorship, e-mail or call 366-9119.

• The Junior Welfare League of Rock Hill is having its fifth annual Jewel of the Carolinas Spring Market March 28 to 30 at the Baxter Hood Center, 452 Anderson Road, Rock Hill. Proceeds benefit the Interfaith Hospitality Network of York County and the Culture and Heritage Museums. Market hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 29 and noon to 5 p.m. March 30. Advance tickets are $4, available from league members, and door tickets are $5. Teachers may buy one ticket and get one free with a school nametag. For details, visit

• The fourth annual outdoor gear yard sale will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Episcopal Church of Our Savior, 144 Caldwell St., Rock Hill. Proceeds benefit Landsford Canal Partners for Parks. Gently used outdoor apparel, footwear and equipment will be sold. Lunch and snacks will be available. Donations of used gear and apparel are accepted. To sell gear, spaces are available for $10. For details, call Bonna at 324-9133.

• Sterling Lodge No. 344 and Living Beauty Temple 709 are hosting a recording artist, The Love Doctor and the Chocolate Buttermilk Band, Sing Slow Roll It, at 9 p.m. Saturday at the lodge, 1644 Ogden Road, Rock Hill. Admission is a donation of $20 for advance tickets and $25 at the door. For details, call George Lightfoot at 322-3777.

• The Palmetto Youth Dance Company is collecting gently used prom dresses through March 26 at the Keller Williams Building, 1030 Assembly Drive, Baxter Village, Fort Mill, and at Kendra's Academy of Dance, 1974 Carolina Place, Fort Mill. A fashion show and prom dress sale will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 27 at Orchard Park Elementary School auditorium, 474 Third Baxter St., Fort Mill. Admission is free. Sales benefit the dance company's community productions and service projects involving underprivileged children. For details, visit

• PATH's Thrift Store, 31 N. Congress St., York, is having a buy one, get one free sale on ladies blouses and sweaters. PATH serves needy families in the York School district.

• The Women's Club of Rock Hill will have a three-day indoor yard sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 121 Caldwell St., downtown Rock Hill. The sale will be held rain or shine. It will include sofas, a refrigerator, wooden tables, bikes, pool tables, desks, bar stools, speakers, a drink machine, lamps and other items. Proceeds will be used for maintenance of the club's historic clubhouse, the Armstrong-Maulden House. Chairman is Geri Rinehart. The club is a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. The local president is Connie Zdenek. For details, call the clubhouse at 328-8888 and leave a message.

Clemson, bridge clubs are announcing events

The following clubs will meet:

• The York County Clemson Club spring meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m. March 19 at the Rock Hill Country Club, 600 Country Club Drive. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and an open bar will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Attire is casual, but no jeans. Tickets are $15 adults and $10 children ages 12 and younger. For tickets, call David Angel, 327-6112, Steve McCrorey, 684-6754, Hank Owen, (803) 222-4783, or Kevin White, (803) 802-3265.

• The South Central Neighborhood Association will have a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Liberty Community Baptist Church, 315 Little St., Rock Hill. For details, call 327-2312 or 327-6604.

• The City Bridge Club will have a bridge game at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Rock Hill City Club, 140 E. Main St. Fee is $11 to participate and lunch is included. To make a reservation or find a partner, call Jeanne LeHardy, 366-9958, or Raelene Kirkbride, 328-8740. The game is on the second and forth Tuesday of each month.

Volunteers are needed for literacy tutoring

The York County Literacy Association will have a tutor workshopMarch 3 for adults who would like to volunteer to help other adults improve reading and math skills. Training will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rock Hill School district's Flexible Learning Center, 1234 Flint St. Ext. Training is free. To register, call 981-1375 or (803) 222-8079.


Mary Jo Balasco • 329-4067

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