March 9 performance showcases ballet dancers

Members of the Junior Woman's Club -- president Libby Love, left, third vice president Krista Howell and treasurer Helena Miller -- add donated toys to Piedmont Medical Center's Kool Kids Toy Chest, a concept created by Melanie Conger of Fort Mill. The chests, located at several children's hospitals, are filled with gifts such as stuffed animals, puzzles and books, donated by monthly sponsors. The Junior Woman's Club sponsors the treasure chest at Piedmont twice a year, in February and September. The club, a philanthropic volunteer organization, holds an annual fundraiser to generate money for its work. This year's event, the Spring Fling, will be from 7 to 11 p.m. April 4 at the Magnolia Room at Laurel Creek. Tickets are available from Libby Love at 230-1098.
Members of the Junior Woman's Club -- president Libby Love, left, third vice president Krista Howell and treasurer Helena Miller -- add donated toys to Piedmont Medical Center's Kool Kids Toy Chest, a concept created by Melanie Conger of Fort Mill. The chests, located at several children's hospitals, are filled with gifts such as stuffed animals, puzzles and books, donated by monthly sponsors. The Junior Woman's Club sponsors the treasure chest at Piedmont twice a year, in February and September. The club, a philanthropic volunteer organization, holds an annual fundraiser to generate money for its work. This year's event, the Spring Fling, will be from 7 to 11 p.m. April 4 at the Magnolia Room at Laurel Creek. Tickets are available from Libby Love at 230-1098.

The York County Ballet will perform An Afternoon of Dance at 3 p.m. March 9 at Johnson Hall Theater, Winthrop University. Tickets are $15 at The Bookworm, 700 Cherry Road, Rock Hill, at the box office and at the Web site,

The program will feature classical ballet and modern dance. The classical portion will include classical ballet solo variations from world-renowned ballets such as "Sleeping Beauty," "Cinderella," "Don Quixote," "La Esmeralda" and "Raymonda," performed by members of the senior company.

The modern dance portion will feature the new modern work choreographed this season by Martha Connerton, director of Charlotte's Kinetic Works Dance Company, and other works from the company's contemporary repertoire.

Proceeds will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk for Team Emily Ann, in honor of the Dobrowski family, and in memory of their daughter Emily Ann. This year's walk will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 30 at Cherry Park.

The ballet company, founded in 1987, has more than 50 youth and adult members. It is funded in part through a grant from the Arts Council of York County's United Arts Fund, and this performance is funded in part by a grant from the S.C. Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina and the Rock Hill Tourism Commission.

Plant sale, workshop among museum events

The Culture and Heritage Museums will present these events:

• A native plant sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the front lawn of the Museum of York County, 4621 Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill. 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, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Museum of York County. 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. Registration and payment are due Monday. For details, call 981-9182.

• Moon Watch, 6 to 9 p.m. March 15 at the museum. The event features storytelling about the stars and the cosmos, an indoor planetarium show, Carolina Skies, shown on the half hour from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and outdoor sky activities, weather permitting. Admission is free.

• An ancesters and archives series program, Overcoming Brick Walls in Genealogy, 11 a.m. March 15 at the Historical Center of York County at McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St., York. The free 45-minute program covers strategies for dealing with burned courthouses, same-named ancestors and pre-1850 census records. For details, call 684-3948, Ext. 33.

Tales will be spun at storytelling festival

The York County Library will present its 13th annual Patchwork Tales Storytelling Festival Thursday through Saturday at the Baxter Hood Center at York Technical College, 452 S. Anderson Road, Rock Hill. Entertainment will be for adults and families with music and nationally known storytellers. For details, call 981-5840.

Public events are:

• Down Home: Stories and Folk Music for Adults, 2:45 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Traditional and contemporary stories told by national storytellers Willy Claflin and The Storycrafters with bluegrass music by The Shady Grove Band. Free admission and parking.

• Storytelling Sampler, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. Tales told by national storytellers Leeny Del Seamonds and Willy Claflin and The Storycrafters. Free admission and parking. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

• Tell It Again! Stories Alive Workshop, 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. Sessions include Fractured Fairy Tales and Scrambled Nursery Rhymes, presented by Willy Claflin and Spoken Word Alive! and Ay, ay, ay! by Leeny Del Seamonds. Cost is $15 at the door. For adults only.

• Madcap Productions Puppet Theatre will present a show, Long Lost Stories, 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Free admission and parking. Doors open at 12:45 p.m.

• Ghostly Gallery: Eerie Tales for Teens and Adults, 7 to 8:45 p.m. Saturday. Spine-tingling tales by Leeny Del Seamonds and The Storycrafters with special guest teller Darion McCloud and emcee Tim Lowry. Free admission and parking.

Banjo players sought by accordion group

The Carolina Accordion Association is seeking accordion and banjo players to march in the St. Patrick's Day parade on March 15 in Charlotte. The parade will be followed by a jam session at a local restaurant. All levels of players are welcome. For details, call Bob Wilusz at (803) 802-1958.

Sign up for cheerleading at Rock Hill YMCA

Rock Hill cheerleading registration for kindergarten through fourth grade will be from 10 a.m. to noon March 15 at the Rock Hill YMCA, 402 Charlotte Ave.

Registration fee is $30, which includes coach certifications, insurance and field costs. There is a separate fee for the individual team's booster club, which is determined by each team.

A second registration day will be 10 a.m. to noon April 26 and final registration is 10 a.m. to noon May 24. For details, call the RHCA voice mailbox at 980-1118, e-mail or visit

Actors still needed for Fort Mill's 'Mousetrap'

The Fort Mill Community Playhouse needs three actors -- two men and one woman, ages 25 to 35 -- for lead roles in "The Mousetrap," a play by Agatha Christie.

Call Sheri for an audition appointment at (803) 431-3459. Production dates are April 24, 25 and 26 and May 1, 2 and 3. The playhouse solicits the audition participation of ethnic minorities, men, women, seniors and performers with disabilities.

Line dance lessons taught by shag club

The Lancaster Shag Club will begin new line dance lessons March 27 through April 24 at the Lancaster Lodge Moose Lodge Ballroom, 200 Shrine Moose Drive, Lancaster.

Line dances are taught by Dianne Mahaffee and the cost is $2 per lesson. Current line dance lessons have been extended to include practice and review sessions Thursday and March 13. For details, call club president Nita Brown at (803) 286-5694.

New book club, art guild are among local gatherings

The following clubs will meet:

• A new evening book club will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 13 at the York County Library, 138 E. Black St., Rock Hill. Sue McKinney of the library reference staff will lead a discussion of the book "Blessings," by best-selling author Anna Quindlen. The group will meet the second Thursday of each month. Adults and young adults are invited. Call 981-5825 to register and reserve a copy of the book.

• The Catawba Art League/Guild, a new group, will meet to organize at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Artists and those interested in becoming an artist are invited. For details, call E.J. Haack at (802) 578-5134.

• The 50s-plus group will meet at noon Wednesday at Bowling Green Presbyterian Church, 250 Ridge Road, Bowling Green. This group meets the first Wednesday of each month for fellowhip, a covered dish luncheon and a program. This month's program will be presented by Wayne Lundquist, musician and poet. For details, call Jim Andrews, (803) 222-3598.

• The Western York County branch of the NAACP will have its executive board meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, followed by a general membership meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 110 W. Jefferson St., York. For details, call Wanda Simril at 684-6200 or Steve Love at 684-7124.

• The Kings Mountain chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 2 p.m. March 11 at the Bedford Parish House of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 108 E. Liberty St., York. Guest speaker will be M.C. Beckham, Rock Hill writer and historian, who will discuss myths and realities of the revolution. Visitors are welcome. For details, call Dorothy F. Martin at (803) 838-8086.

• 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 (803) 981-5303 or 327-2967.

• The York County Republican Women will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at Thursdays Too Restaurant, 147 Herlong Ave., Rock Hill. Honoring Women's History Month, York Mayor Eddie Lee will present "Politics, a Woman's Place," weaving the past with the present in telling the story of South Carolina women in the political arena. YCRW will honor society member Betty Jean Feindel, a Republican woman who has influenced local politics and helped change York County since the early '60s. The meeting is free and open to the public. For details, call Pat Murray, 329-4904.

• The Newcomers Club of York County will meet at 11:30 a.m. March 12 at Chandler Place, 745 Dilworth Place, Rock Hill. Guest speaker will be artist Sandy Brindle of Footloose Art in York. A sandwich bar will be available for $10 per person. To attend, call Marie at (803) 396-0582 before noon on Thursday.

• The OWLS club, sponsored by Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism, will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Mayflower Restaurant, 2124 Celanese Road, Rock Hill. Angie Clinton of the Housing and Neighborhood Services Department will present a civics lesson, Inside Rock Hill. The meeting is free and open to ages 50 and older. Information about sports programs and trips is available. For details, call Carolyn Snyder at 329-5626.

• The Rock Hill Civitan Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mary's Cafe, 1349 Firetower Road, Rock Hill. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Bob Porterfield. The meeting is open to anyone interested in community service. The club meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month for dinner and a program. For details, call Ella B. Messer at 366-6797 or e-mail

Men's program includes tailgating, music, gospel

The Wesley United Methodist Church is having its annual Men's Day program at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the church, 110 W. Jefferson St., York. The theme is Pass it On. Admission is free. Participants are asked to wear their favorite sports team jersey. There will be tailgating, music and a gospel message. For details, call Dennis Wells at 628-1660.

Spaghetti, barbecue events among local fundraisers

The following groups will have fundraisers:

• Boy Scout Troup 391 will have its 11th annual spaghetti supper from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at Rawlinson Road Baptist Church on Rawlinson Road, Rock Hill. The supper is "all you can eat," and will include a menu of spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and tea. Both meat sauce and meatless sauce will be available. Carry-out is available. Cost is $6 for ages 12 to adult, $3 ages 4 to 11 and free for ages 3 and younger with a paying adult. Baked goods will be sold. Proceeds will be used to help defray the cost of the troop's spring trip to Washington, D.C., and for Boy Scout summer camp. For details, call Scoutmaster Mike Janeski at 366-3266.

• PATH's thrift store, 31 N. Congress St., York, will have a buy one get one free sale on winter clothing of the same kind. PATH serves needy families in the York School District.

• The United Way of York County is partnering with the Salvation Army for the sixth annual Be A Bunny Program, which delivers basic needs Easter baskets to local youth and seniors. Last year, more than 700 baskets were distributed in York County. Baskets or other holders should be filled with personal care items and goodies and delivered by March 14 to the Salvation Army, 119 Charlotte Ave., Rock Hill. Suggested items for youth include, soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, school supplies and hair accessories. Items needed for seniors include lotion, first aid items, nonperishable food items, night lights, socks, soap and shampoo. York County residents can sponsor a bunny for $20 each and a basket will be created and donated. To sponsor a bunny, mail name, address and phone number with $20 sponsorship, with "be a bunny," on the check memo line, to United Way, P.O. Box 925, Rock Hill, S. C. 29731 or visit and donate online via PayPal. For details, call Diane Wells at 324-2735 or 684-9847, e-mail or visit

• Oakdale Fire Department will have its annual barbecue from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. until sold out on Saturday at Fire Station No. 1, 2633 Saluda Road, Rock Hill. Barbecue will be sold by the plate, pound and sandwich. Plates include barbecue, slaw, potato chips, pickles and a roll. Cost is $7 per plate, $7 per pound and $3 for sandwiches. Delivery is available for 10 or more plates. Baked items will also be sold by the Ladies Auxillary. For details, call 328-0739.

• Pilgrims' Inn will have its 14th annual Be Irish for a Night fundraiser from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. March 15 at the William Pentis Parish Life Center at St. Anne Catholic Church, 1694 Bird St., Rock Hill. A corned beef and cabbage supper, with homemade desserts and Irish soda bread, will be served from 7 to 8 p.m., followed by music and Irish dancing. There will also be a live auction, silent auction and raffle. Entertainment includes Dan Bright, the Walsh-Kelley Irish Dancers of Charlotte and Weekends dance band. Live auctioneer is Alan Miller and prizes include a weekend for two at The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island, a wine-tasting party at Paula Gillman and Company, a day at Lake Wateree with box lunches by Melanie Rowe and an afternoon of chamber music with wine and hors d'oeuvres. Admission is a $40 donation per person, which includes meal, beer, wine and entertainment; $30 is tax deductible. Tickets are limited to 200 and are sold in advance only at St. Anne Parish, St. Anne School, 1698 Bird St., Rock Hill; from board members, by calling Carolyn Carpenter, 327-2250, or at the inn, 236 W. Main St., Rock Hill, or by calling 327-4227. To become a corporate or individual sponsor, call Charlie Grobusky at 366-1501. Proceeds from the event benefit children's programs of Pilgrims' Inn assistance center. In 2007, the center raised $39,000.

• The River Hills Lions is accepting donations of old or outdated eyeglasses or lenses. They are accepted at four donation box sites. Locations include Sweet Repeat Thrift Store, 4094 Charlotte Highway, Lake Wylie; Food Lion, 5233 S.C. 557, Lake Wylie; Poole Optometric, 121 Bethel St., Clover; and Harris Teeter 1750 N.C. 160, Charlotte. For details, visit Residents of the Clover school district who need assistance with eye exams or eyeglasses can contact the Clover Area Assistance Center, 1130 S.C. 55, and fill out an application. Eye exams will be provided for those who qualify.

Emmett Scott, Clover grads are planning reunions

The following alumni are having reunions/meetings:

• The Emmett Scott High School class of 1969 will meet at 4 p.m March 9 at Trinity Baptist Church, 802 Crawford Road, to plan for the 40-year reunion. For details, call Betty Ingram Gordon at 328-2293 or Addie Barber Clyburn at (803) 817-7574 or (803) 412-0602 or e-mail

• The Emmett Scott High School class of 1967 will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Sakura Japanese Steakhouse, 850 Patriot Parkway, Rock Hill, for its monthly birthday fellowship dinner.

• The Clover High School class of 1988 is having a planning meeting at 10 a.m. March 15 at Textures Salon, 518 S. Main St., Clover. Those interested in serving on a committee should attend. For details, call D'Etta Neelands at (704) 678-3390 or Karen Puryear at (803) 230-4740.

Teen programs include success, game night

The Teen Health Center will have the following programs:

• A parent and youth workshop, Preparing Teens for Success, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Clover Junior High School, 1625 S.C. 55. The interactive workshop addresses issues faced by parents and youth, ages 11 to 14. The mission of the center is to meet the physical and emotional needs of adolescents in York County. For details, call Patricia Kelsaw at 366-9119.

• The teen game night has been rescheduled to 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 4 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.

Friday is deadline for Scouting for the Cure

The Girl Scouts Hornet's Nest Council and the Charlotte affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure will host a local Scouting for the Cure event to create breast health awareness among young girls and their families.

The local event will be from 1 to 4 p.m. March 15 at Unity Presbyterian Church, 303 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill. Other events are planned in Union, Cabarrus and Mecklenburg counties.

Registration for the event is available online until Friday at www.hngirlscouts. org. The Hornets Nest council represents an eight-county area. The event was founded six years ago by Girl Scout Troop Leader and breast cancer survivor Margaret Stothart.

During the event, girls will have the opportunity to raise awareness through service projects such as making check yourself bookmarks as reminders to do monthly breast self-exams. Other activities will include making reminder bead key chains that show the sizes of lumps found in the early and late stages of breast cancer, decorating t-shirts, making pillows for recovering mastectomy patients and playing breast health bingo to learn facts about breast health awareness.

For more information, call Melissa Garza with the Hornets Nest Council at (704) 731-6518.

Grief recovery group meets on Wednesday

GriefShare recovery seminar and support groups will meet at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, 481 Hood Center Drive, Rock Hill. The groups are open to those who have lost a loved one. GriefShare features nationally recognized experts on grief and recovery, such as the journey or grief, the effects of grief, when your spouse dies and stuck in grief. For details, call the church, 327-7181, or Stewart Smith, 328-6932.

It's time to sign up for child-care programs

The following groups offer child care programs:

• First Baptist Sunbeams Day School, 481 Hood Center Drive, Rock Hill is accepting resgistrations for 2008-09 for children ages 15 months through 4 years. For an application or details, call Holly Matthews, 329-2892.

• God's Blessings Christian Child Care, 1765 India Hook Road, Rock Hill is enrolling children ages infant through 12 years. Child-care hours are 4:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. After-school pick up is available. For an appointment or details, call Frankie Gill from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 328-2263.

• Carolina Community Actions Head Start program is accepting applications for ages 3 and 4 for the 2008-09 program. Head Start serves children from low-income families and children with disabilities. Children with disabilities, including emotional, intellectual and physical, are eligible regardless of family income. Services include education, nutrition, dental, social services, transportation, parent involvement and special education. CCA Head Start participates in the USDA Child Care Food Program and breakfast and lunch are provided. To apply, parents must provide the child's legal birth certificate, immunization certificate, proof of income for the 2007 calender year and Social Security numbers of all persons in the household. Head Start locations and phone numbers are, Rock Hill, 1446 Russel St., 328-3074; Fort Mill, 100 Lestina Court, 802-7587; Clover, 201 Pressley St. (803) 222-0736; North Chester, 2133 Quinn Road, (803) 581-6854; Edgemoor, 1966 Westbrook Road, (803) 789-3040; York, 37 Pinckney St., 684-2093 and Lancaster, 500 Hampton Road, (803) 285-6680.