Celebs head to kitchen for Saturday charity event

The March of Dimes will present its 18th annual Celebrity Look Who's Cookin' benefit from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Baxter Hood Center, 452 Anderson Road, Rock Hill.

The event will include entertainment, dancing, silent and live auctions, an open bar and more than 30 dishes to sample, prepared by local and area individuals and professional cooks.

Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door. They are available at all Rock Hill and Fort Mill Burger King restaurants, Microtel Inn and Suites, the March of Dimes office and at Hair by Stan and Co.

For details, call Cindy Grimm, 329-5188.

Black history program planned at Castle Heights

Castle Heights Middle School will celebrate Black History Month with a Wednesday morning program about the contributions of African-Americans in history, entitled I'm Next in History.

The program will cover the accomplishments of African Americans such as George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman, Garrett Morgan, Martin Luther King Jr. and others.

Students will depict the contributions of these leaders through a historical wax museum, monologues, skits, Power Point presentations and musical renditions.

There will be a student video presentation of the contributions of student leaders at Castle Heights. Students will discuss how they are working to become "next in history."

The program will be at 9 and 10:45 a.m. Wednesday in the auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

Deadline extended for city youth sports signup

Registration for Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism's spring youth sports has been extended until Friday. Those who sign up this week will be assessed a $5 large charge in addition to the regular fees. Baseball, soccer and girl's softball are offered.

Register at Manchester Meadows, 337 E. Mount Gallant Road; the Cherry Park tower, 1466 Cherry Road; or the PRT office, room 390, Rock Hill City Hall, 155 Johnson St.

First-time players should bring a birth certificate. Registration brochure and details are available online at or call (803) 326-3792 or (803) 329-5672.

Soap box derby group announces June 28 race

The local All-American Soap Box Derby chapter is accepting registrations until April 4 for a local championship race scheduled for June 28.

Boys and girls ages 8 to 17 from York, Chester and Lancaster counties in South Carolina and Mecklenburg, Gaston and Union counties in North Carolina may enter.

Children will build and drive a gravity-powered car in one of three divisions. Champions in each division will compete in July at the world championship race in Akron, Ohio. For details, visit or call 366-4060.

Computer classes offered at Fort Lawn center

Fort Lawn Community Center, 5554 Main St., offers these computer classes in March:

• Excel level 2, from 2 to 5 p.m. March 3 and 5.

• Word level 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. March 6, 13 and 20.

• Power Point level 1, from 2 to 5 p.m. March 10 and 11.

• Power Point level 2, from 2 to 5 p.m. March 31 and April 1.

• Hallmark, from 10 a.m. to noon March 6.

For details, call the center, (803) 872-4491.

Civil rights event planned at Pineville AME Zion

Pineville AME Zion Church, 4200 York Highway, Rock Hill, will have a program, Reflection, The Journey of Nine for Civil Rights in Rock Hill, at 6 p.m. Friday. Refreshments will be served.

Neighborhood group has Thursday meeting

The Rock Hill Council of Neighborhoods will have a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Housing and Neighborhood Services Building, 150 Johnson St., Rock Hill.

Winthrop Habitat chapter has Saturday breakfast

Habitat for Humanity Winthrop campus chapter will have a breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Applebee's Neighborhood Bar and Grill, 2227 Dave Lyle Blvd., Rock Hill.

Tickets are $6 and donations are accepted. Tickets may be purchased at the York County Habitat for Humanity office, 1034 Charlotte Ave., Rock Hill. Proceeds will be used toward the purchase of a land lot for a future Habitat Home in York County.

Repair clinic offered for walkers, wheelchairs

Lake Wylie Retirement and Assisted Living is having a free repair clinic for walkers and wheelchairs at 2 p.m. Thursday at the center, 4877 Charlotte Highway, Lake Wylie.

Health Care Product Solutions, a durable medical equipment company, will do the repairs. Refreshments will be available. For details, call Jennifer Peay (803) 831-9900.

Angel food program helps families, seniors

The Church of the Good Shepherd in York is sponsoring Angel Food Ministries. Through this monthly program, for a cost of $30, a box of fresh and frozen food can be ordered to feed a family of four for a week, or a senior citizen for almost a month.

The menu varies each month, and the food has an average retail value of $50 to $75. For details, visit or call the church at (803) 628-4021.

York parent center has classes, health clinic

The York School District One's Parent Education/Family Literacy Program, 37 Pinckney St., York, is planning these events for parents with children ages birth to 5 years:

• Storytime/cougar cub class will be at 11 a.m. March 11. Dina from the library will share stories and songs. The class provides developmentally appropriate activities for parents and children to participate in together.

• Cougar cub class will be at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. March 8. For details, call 684-1504 or visit

• A free health clinic is held every Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3:30 p.m. A pediatrician is available from 10 a.m. to noon. Medical services are provided by Rock Hill Pediatrics for uninsured children, ages birth to 18 years. Services include immunizations, sick visits, sports physicals, vision and hearing screenings and well care services. For appointments, call (803) 322-6636 .


Mary Jo Balasco • 329-4067

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