Take Easter weekend break out at Brattonsville

Eula Russell studies the color of her frame so she can match the color in her painting.
Eula Russell studies the color of her frame so she can match the color in her painting.

Historic Brattonsville will have Children's Day on the Farm from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells. The family event focuses on farm life in the 18th and 19th centuries.

There will be hands-on activities, including children's crafts, children's military drills, toys and games, candle making and storytelling. Signora Bella, an 18th-century-style circus performer, will juggle swords and flaming torches and balance on a slack rope during performances at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m.

Pony rides, tractor-drawn wagon rides and family-friendly foods will be available for an additional fee. Admission is $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 4 to 17 and free for ages 3 and younger. For details, call 684-2327 or visit

Reception, cake decorating to be hosted by arts council

The Arts Council of York County will have the following events:

• The opening reception for the Teacher's Choice Art Exhibition, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Selected art by Rock Hill school district students is on display in all three galleries. Awards for middle and high school will be given. The work was juried by June Lambla on Feb. 28. The reception is free. The arts council, Bowater and Rock Hill schools are sponsoring the exhibition. The York County public art project also will be honored at the reception. Two hundred students and community members submitted designs that were transferred onto 2-by-4-foot banners and three cubes that are displayed in front of City Hall and downtown along Main Street. The project, entitled Creativity the Heart of the Community, is part of an ongoing community project to promote the value of creativity, arts and culture in community and economic development. The project is sponsored by the arts council, Rock Hill school district, city of Rock Hill, the S.C. Arts Commission and Fort Mill Rotary Club. For details, call the arts council at 328-2787 or e-mail

• SugarART cake decorating workshop, with beginner decorating techniques from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 25 at the Center for the Arts. The class is taught by Jef "Cakeman" Bailey and the cost is $25. For details, call 980-5812.

Northwestern bands offer pre-festival concert

The Northwestern High School ninth-grade band, concert band and symphonic band will present a pre-festival concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Northwestern auditorium. All three bands will perform their state concert festival music for the audience and a distinguished panel of adjudicators. Admission is free and open to the public.

Rock Hill church has Easter egg hunt

Faith Family Christian Center, 3483 Homestead Road, Rock Hill, will have an Easter egg hunt for ages 12 and younger from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

More than 1,000 eggs for the hunt have been donated from the community and there will be prizes and hot dogs. Admission is free and open to the public.

For details, call the center at 366-5239 or visit

Learn how to create a backyard habitat

The S.C. Wildlife Federation and Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism will have a backyard habitat workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at River Park, 1782 Quality Circle, Rock Hill. Participants will learn how to attract birds and butterflies to their yard and learn about sustainable gardening. Cost is $3. For details or to register, call (803) 256-0670 or (704) 568-9412.

Call local garden hotline with landscape questions

The Master Gardener Hotline will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays through November. The York County master gardeners will answer questions about landscaping, turf management, growing vegetables and other gardening topics. To ask a gardening question, call 684-9919, Ext. 111.

Members of the York County Master Gardener Association are volunteers who have completed a 12-week course conducted by the Clemson Extension Service or transferred membership from a similar program and contributed at least 40 hours of community service.

The next master gardener course for York, Chester and Lancaster counties will begin Aug. 5. For details, call the Clemson Extension Office in York at 684-9919.

Glencairn volunteer days are planned this spring

Gardeners and outdoor enthusiasts are invited to volunteer for basic garden tasks from 8 to 11 a.m. March 29 and April 9 at Glencairn Garden, at Charlotte Avenue and Crest Street, Rock Hill.

Projects include bed and trail preparation, weeding and clean-up. Individuals and small groups are asked to bring trowels, shovels and other gardening tools, along with work gloves and a hat. A brief orientation will be provided.

Volunteer forms will be available for those interested in maintaining the garden, leading tours and helping with environmental education classes. Individuals or small groups may adopt a bed or other area to maintain. In the event of rain, gardening will be canceled. To participate, call Matt Clinton in advance at 326-3826.

Trike-a-thon, fur ball among local charity efforts

The following groups plan fundraisers:

• Mended Hearts of Rock Hill Chapter 289 will have a golf tournament at 1 p.m. April 16 at Carolina Crossings Golf Course, 140 Carolina Crossing Drive, York. Cost is $50 per golfer and includes cart; range balls are free. The event is captain's choice with USGA rules. Prizes and refreshments are available after the tournament. For details, call Paul Shoda, 325-8652. Mended Hearts advocates for people living with heart disease and their families. It provides education and instruction from experts at Piedmont Medical Center and the community.

• House of Joy Daycare, 1413 Flint Hill St., Rock Hill, will sponsor a trike-a-thon to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on April 18. The trike-a-thon is part of a week-long curriculum and fundraising program that teaches pre-school children and parents riding-toy safety. At the end of the week, students bring trikes or riding toys to school and practice the safety lessons. To participate or for details, call Joy Dickerson, 329-0165.

• PATH's Thrift store, 31 N. Congress St., York, will have a buy one get one free sale on children's clothes of the same kind this week. PATH serves needy families in the York school district. The store is run by volunteers and is seeking volunteers to hang up clothes, organize clothing racks and to pick up and load donated furniture. The store also is seeking donations of men's jeans, large and plus-size clothing for men and women, maternity clothing, accessories, appliances and furniture. Clothes and furniture must be in good condition and appliances must be working. Drop off items during store hours, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. For details, call the store, 628-0808.

• The newly formed Humane Society of Lancaster will host the Fur Ball dinner dance from 5 to 10 p.m. March 29 at the Springs Recreation Complex, 1821 Springs Club Road, Lancaster. Proceeds will benefit the animals of Lancaster County. A spaghetti dinner with beverage and dessert will be served. The dance will start at 6:30 p.m. Door prizes will be awarded, including a weekend for two in Myrtle Beach and a dog training package valued at $400. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children younger than 10. At the door tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children younger than 10. For details or tickets, call (803) 285-1401.

• The Clemson Extension Service will have a Family and Community Leaders' Easter bake and plant/craft sale from 8 a.m. until it's sold out on Friday at the Market Building, 116 Columbia St., Chester. Homemade cakes, sourdough bread, pies and plant/craft items will be for sale. Proceeds go to the scholarship fund, market building and other FCL projects. For details call the extension office at (803) 385-6181.

• Grace Ministries Church will have a fish fry and bake sale from 4 to 7 p.m. April 12 at the church, 1511 Mount Holly Road, Rock Hill. Flounder, shrimp or chicken strip plates will be available for $9 adults and $6 ages 10 and younger. Combination flounder and shrimp plates will be $10 adults and $7 for ages 10 and under. Plates include French fries, hush puppies, slaw and onion rings and are available for eat-in or take-out. Eat-in orders include tea or lemonade. For details, call 324-5921 or e-mail

• The Fuzzy Fund Horse Show will begin at 10 a.m. March 29 at Mitten Tree Knoll Horse Center, 6995 Campbell Road, York. Proceeds benefit Restoration Ranch ladies recovery home. Thirty-five events will take place, including a ribbon and points event. Cost is $3 for gate entry and $5 per class event to participate. In the event of rain, the show will be at 10 a.m. April 5. For details, call the ranch at 324-3719 or 684-2961.

• The South Pointe High School after-prom committee is hosting a golf tournament at 11 a.m. Friday at Pinetuck Golf Club, 2578 Tuckaway Road. Cost is $50 per person or $200 per team and includes golf, prizes and dinner. Hole sponsors are needed. For details, call Lash LeRoux, 980-2100. The committee is seeking donations of prizes and funds. The after-prom party provides youth with a safe drug and alcohol-free place to celebrate after the prom. This year's goal is $10,000 to provide bowling, karaoke, pool, casinos and food for the party. For details, call Phil Leazer, 984-6389, or Lori Thomas, 327-6623.

Sign up by Friday for Girl Scouts' Occoneechee weekend

The deadline for registration to attend York 1's district weekend at Camp Occoneechee has been extended to Friday. There are still spots open for the April 18 through 20 campout at the Hornets' Nest council's residential camp near Chimney Rock, N.C.

Cost is $20 per person (girl or adult), which includes Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner and Sunday breakfast. Activities planned include canoeing, archery, a scavenger hunt, and arts and crafts. This will be the last opportunity for many Girl Scouts to camp at Occoneechee, as it has been sold to help fund the building of a new residential camp north of Charlotte in Iredell County.

You can sign up by e-mailing Terry Kampa at or Rebecca Barber at They need to know the number of girls and adults, and will provide you with an address for mailing troop checks. For more information, call Virginia Wilcox at 517-7993.

Soccer coaches needed for city youth league

Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism is seeking volunteer coaches for its youth soccer programs that begin in mid-March. The recreation soccer program works with ages 5 through 13 and the competitive soccer league works with ages 10 through 15.

Practices and games are typically held two weekday evenings at Manchester Meadows or Cherry Park. Call Lesslie Ballard at 329-5673 or visit

Shag club lessons have been postponed

The Lancaster Shag Club line dance lessons taught by Dianne Mahaffee, which were scheduled to begin March 27, have been postponed until 7 p.m. May 1 and each Thursday through May 29.

Practice and review sessions, coordinated by Fort Mill instructor Liz Yarborough, will be at 7 p.m. Thursdays, March 27, April 3, 10 and 17. All lessons will be at the Lancaster Moose Lodge ballroom, 200 Shrine Moose Drive, Lancaster. Cost is $2 per person per lesson. For details, call club president Nita Brown at (803) 286-5694.

Two local travel groups are planning excursions

The following groups are planning trips:

• 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 Monday. 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

• The YMCA Silver Fox Club will take a trip to Savannah, Ga., March 25 through 27. The group will tour the historic district, including a home, and tour Tybee Island, visiting the lighthouse, museum, beach, the Byrd Cookie Company and will have lunch at the Crab Shack. Cost is $475 per person. Full fee is due at registration. For details, call Erika Bell at (803) 242-7099 or register at the YMCA, 402 Charlotte Ave., Rock Hill.

DAR, greenways panel will gather this week

The following groups will meet:

• The Catawba chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the home of Luellen Guyer, 276 Miller Pond Road, Rock Hill. The program will be presented by Peggy Palmer. For details, call Nancy McDuffie at 324-3257.

• The Rock Hill Trails and Greenways Advisory Committee will meet at 4 p.m. Monday in Room 373, Rock Hill City Hall, 155 Johnson St. The topic will be the Arcade Trail grant. For details, call Tom Bell, outdoor programmer, at 329-5632 or e-mail

• No Room for Racism will have a study circle meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at Grace Lutheran Church, 426 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. Speaker will be Christopher Kollie, a native of Liberia, talking about Liberian culture and genocide in Liberia. For details, call Delores Brown at 324-3184.

Reunions planned by Trojans, Bearcats, more

The following alumni are having reunions:

• The Northwestern High School class of 1978 will have its 30-year reunion July 26 at the Rock Hill Country Club, 600 Country Club Drive. For details or to update contact information, call Greg Ayers at (803) 985-0437 or e-mail

• The Chester High School class of 1993 will meet at 2 p.m. March 29 at the Chester County Library, 100 Center St., Chester. For details, call Stacy Stringfellow at (803) 581-8703, Jermaine Mapp at (803) 379-0284 or Bobby Campbell at (803) 581-3674.

• The Rock Hill chapter of the Finley High School alumni charter banquet will be from 7 to 11 p.m. April 12 at the Rock Hill Country Club, 600 Country Club Drive, Rock Hill. Admission is a $40 donation. Alumni who join the chapter before the banquet will join as a charter member. For tickets or details, call Charlie Robinson, 327-4547 or (803) 230-3325; or Barbara Emerson, 324-9135 or (803) 448-8988.

• The Chester High School class of 1963 will have its 45-year reunion May 17. A picnic for alumni and families will be at noon at the Leroy Springs Complex, 770 Old Richburg Road, Chester. Participants are asked to bring their own picnic items. Tea, ice and paper products will be provided. At 7 p.m. will be a casual dance at the complex. For details and reservations, call Ann at (803) 377-3090 or e-mail Terry at A planning meeting will be at 7 p.m. April 5 at the Summit Restaurant, 134 Main St., Chester.

Library to host panel on different religions

A panel discussion on Baha'i, Buddhist, Hindu, Islam and Judaism will be from 2 to 4 p.m. March 26 at the York County Library, 138 E. Black St., Rock Hill.

Panel members will share beliefs and practices. There will be a question and answer session. Refreshments will be served. For details, call Baha'i Faith at 328-8395.

Elks lodge hosting March 29 event

Sterling Lodge 344 and Living Beauty Temple 709 presents The Fantasy Band at 9 p.m. March 29 at the Elks lodge, 1644 Ogden Road, Rock Hill. The lodge is smoke-fee and participants are asked to dress to impress. For tickets, see Elks Club members. Members and guests are invited. For details, call George Lightfoot, (803) 322-3777.

Volunteers are needed for allocation process

The United Way of York County seeks volunteers from York County to tour local agencies and review funding requests as part of the annual allocations process.

Allocations volunteers learn how United Way donations, given during the most recent annual campaign, are invested. Volunteers serve on panels of six to eight from across the community.

Each panel reviews four to five agencies through tours, budget conferences and program applications. Training is from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at the American Red Cross office, 200 Piedmont Blvd., Rock Hill. During April, teams will have two half-day meetings, including a tour of agencies and a budget conference.

For details, call the United Way at 324-2735 or 684-9847.

Youth groups still sought 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, during Rock Hill's Youth Service Day. Application deadline is Wednesday.

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

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.

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

St. Patrick's Day event set at Sterling House

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

Nutrition workshop planned in Chester

Chester County First Steps will have a nutrition workshop at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Chester County Library Learning Center, 100 Center St., Chester. Participants will learn how to fit goo nutrition into their lifestyle.

Hospice support groups begin during April

Hospice and Community Care will offer support groups beginning April 8. Groups will meet once a week from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for six weeks.

Meetings are free and open to the public. Space is limited, so registration is required. For details call Hospice and Community Care at 329-1500 or (800) 895-2273 and ask to speak with a grief counselor.

Thursday morning art class at Fewell Park Recreation Center is filled with students dabbling with artistic ability. Jean Greco instructs them in decorative painting, one of many art classes offered regularly at the Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism neighborhood center on Alexander Road. The center's art gallery displays work by local artists and showcases traveling exhibits. Several times each year, art shows, sales and receptions are held for the public to buy art and meet artists. If you'd like to know more about Fewell Park and art opportunities, call 329-5645.