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Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism's Happy Travelers group is accepting registration for a June 4 to 6 trip to Parkersburg, W.Va.

The trip will include a visit to the Fenton Glass Factory, a sternwheeler cruise to Blennerhassett Island with a mansion tour and wagon ride, a visit to the Middleton Doll Factory, a tour of historic Marietta, Ohio, and a dessert tour of the Historic Smoot Theatre with entertainment. Cost is $380 per person, including transportation, lodging, four meals, activities and taxes. Registration deadline is March 31.

Adults of all ages are welcome and participants do not have to be a member of the group. Cancellation insurance is available.

Registration and payment will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the PRT Office, Room 390, City Hall, 155 Johnson St., Rock Hill, or by mail 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 www.rockhillrocks.com.

Catawba Indian powow to benefit senior center

The Catawba Indian Nation Senior Center, 985 Avenue of Nations, will sponsor the fourth annual Catawba Senior Powwow May 17 at the Green Earth Ball Field, 2900 E. Sturgis Road, Rock Hill.

The event will feature a grand entry parade of dancers and singing and drumming by the Thunder Elk Singers, a Catawba powwow group. During the grand entry, veterans of all wars, natives and non-natives, will be invited to dance or walk in the circle. Congressmen and city and county leaders may participate.

Vendors will sell Native American arts and crafts, jewelry, baskets and pottery. Proceeds benefit the Catawba Senior Center. For details, call 328-2208.

Rescue squad rodeo to benefit equipment

The Great Falls Rescue Squad Rodeo will be from 7 to 11 p.m. March 14 and 15 at 5454 Richburg Road, Richburg. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 children. Parking is free. Proceeds will fund equipment and operation costs. The rodeo is sanctioned by the International Professional Rodeo Association.

The squad is a volunteer agency that serves to back up Chester and Fairfield County EMS to include Great Falls, Fort Lawn and portions of Blackstock, Richburg and northeast Fairfield County.

The squad provides emergency extrication, land/water search/rescue operations and teaches CPR and first aid to the community.

Art league, NAACP are among week's gatherings

The following groups will meet this week:

• 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 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. today 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 ellabm@comporium.net.

Youth council seeking service day participants

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. 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 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 www.rockhillrocks.com or by calling Patti Panetti at 329-5625.

Heath screenings offered at K-mart

A free total cholesterol and diabetes screening by CholestCheck Health Screening Services will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the K-mart store, 2302 Cherry Road, Rock Hill. No appointment is required. For details, call (800) 713-3301.

St. Patrick's Day bash planned at Sterling House

Sterling House assisted living, 1920 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill, will have a St. Patrick's Day celebration at 6 p.m. March 17. Admission is free. There will be refreshments and door prizes. For reservations and details, call 366-1189.

Support groups help with life's troubles

The following support groups will meet:

• Al-Anon Family group meets at 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at the Serenity Club, 209 Grayson Road, Rock Hill. The group provides support to those affected by a relative's or friend's drinking.

• Mid-Day Serenity AFG will meet at noon today at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, 421 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill.

• 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.

Local homeless summit to report on progress

The United Way's Homeless Summit will meet at 6 p.m. March 13 at the Rock Hill Council Chambers, 155 Johnson St. Registration will be at 5:30. The summit will report on progress on initiatives set forth since last year's inaugural summit.

The Homeless Task Force of the United Way, the Catawba Area Coalition for the Homeless, the city of Rock Hill and York County government have joined to serve the homeless population of York County.

A warming center for York County homeless men opened Jan. 1 at the Salvation Army in Rock Hill. The center, which opens when temperatures drop below 38 degrees at night, has cumulatively housed about 400 men.

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