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Beth Pierce, left, Margaret Harper, Jeanne LeHardy and Dorothy Barbaree play bridge at the City Club in Rock Hill while new club manager Vinnie Balducci looks on. The City Bridge Club plays bridge at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Beth Pierce, left, Margaret Harper, Jeanne LeHardy and Dorothy Barbaree play bridge at the City Club in Rock Hill while new club manager Vinnie Balducci looks on. The City Bridge Club plays bridge at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The Blue Chip Band will perform from 3 to 5 p.m. March 30 at Glencairn Garden, at the corner of Charlotte Avenue and Crest Street, Rock Hill. The band will play a variety of jazz, pop and standards on the garden's new Vernon Grant stage.

In the event of rain, the concert will be canceled. The show is sponsored by Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism. Admission is free. For details, call (803) 329-5620 or visit

Catawba River exhibit is opening at MYCO

The Museum of York County will preview a new exhibit, "River Docs," from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the museum, 4621 Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill.

The exhibit, which was previously shown at The Light Factory in Charlotte, is a year-long documentation project of the Catawba River, featuring fine art photography, fabric installation and interactive digital media.

Appearing at the event will be the artists, Raymond Grubb, Nancy Pierce, Byron Baldwin, Mike Wirth, Marek Ranis, Maja Godlewska and curator June Lambla.

Attendees can also see another exhibit, "A Cry for the Catawba," which includes 25 images that portray the beauty of the river, taken by John Simmons.

Admission is free. RSVP for the event by Wednesday by calling 329-2121.

Yorkville Players present "Grandest Canyon" in April

The Yorkville Players will perform local playwright Burton Bumgarner's "The Grandest Canyon" at the McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St., York.

Show times are 8 p.m. April 10, 11 and 12 and 3 p.m. April 12 and 13. The play is about Miss Ida Ingram's last wish to have her ashes scattered over the Grand Canyon, no small request for her two remaining elderly sisters, Isabelle and Imogene, who have never ventured out of South Carolina.

Tickets are $8 for all shows, except the 3 p.m. April 12 show, which is $5. All seats are general admission. A reception for Bumgarner will be at 7 p.m. April 11 at the McCelvey Center.

A dinner theater package is available for the 8 p.m. April 11 and 12 performances. Dinner will be at the Coal Yard Restaurant and Lounge, 105 Garner St., York. Cost is $15 and includes dinner and play ticket.

Tickets are available in advance from board members, at the York Chamber of Commerce, 23 E. Liberty St., at the Coal Yard Restaurant or by calling 980-7412.

Male singers sought for local barbershop society

The Carolina Chordsmen, a Barbershop Harmony Society organization, seeks men of all ages who like to sing. They are invited to attend a guest night at 7:30 p.m. April 1 at First ARP Church, 201 E. White St., Rock Hill.

Guests will have the opportunity to sing with other men in their own voice range and will hear songs by several quartets and the chorus. It is not necessary to read sheet music to participate.

Refreshments will be served. For details, call 324-2944. The society is the largest all-male singing organization in the world and is dedicated to sustaining and preserving the barbershop style of music.

York farmers market to open on April 5

The Downtown York Farmers Market will open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning April 5 on North Congress Street in downtown York. It will be open each Saturday through October. Individuals and non-profits are invited to participate as vendors free of charge.

Lunch vendors are needed. The market will sell locally grown fruits and vegetables, honey jams, baked good, herbs, flowers, crafts, gourmet and organic items and more.

For details, call Signa Curry at (704) 299-2322 or e-mail or call Jim Dickerson at (803) 684-4225.

Clemson, Bearcat singers will perform at St. John's

The Clemson University Singers and Rock Hill High School Concert Choir will perform at 6:30 p.m. April 2 at St. John's United Methodist Church in Rock Hill. The performance will be in the Core, the youth area of the new building, at 321 S. Oakland Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

Participants needed for Come-See-Me events

The Come-See-Me Festival, April 17 through 26, is seeking participants for the following events:

n Auditions for Broadway Night at Glencairn Garden will be from 6 to 8 p.m. March 31 and April 1 at the Bigger House, 725 Crest St., Rock Hill. The show is open to all ages, including solo, group, instrumental, vocal or dance groups to perform Broadway show tunes. Performers must provide their own CD or a keyboard accompanist. Costumes are encouraged but not required. The show will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 24 at Glencairn Garden. To register for an audition, call 329-7625 by Thursday. For details, visit

n Participants for the "All American" red, white and blue parade are needed. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. April 17, from East White Street to Oakland Avenue to the Dinkins Student Center at Winthrop University. The DooDahs section returns to the parade, and is open to neighborhoods and groups. An entry form and a fee of $30 is due by March 30. Space is limited. Forms may be obtained online at or by calling 329-7625.

n Twenty-five teams are needed to compete in the barbecue cook-off competition April 26 at Winthrop Lake. The teams will cook barbecue to be sold by the pound at the tailgate party to benefit York County law enforcement and the Worthy Boys and Girls Camp. Teams will compete for prizes of up to $1,000. The competition will be judged by the South Carolina Barbecue Association. A no-pork barbecue competition will be April 25 during the Moonlight Jazz and Blues event at Winthrop Lake. Teams will compete for prizes of up to $300 by cooking items of their choice. Sample sizes will be sold. To participate in either competition, submit an entry form and fee of $250 before April 4. Forms are available online at For details, call Bill Caldwell at (800) 681-7635, e-mail Dennis Weaver at or visit

Winthrop preview day for students is April 5

Winthrop University will have a preview day for prospective high school juniors and seniors from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 5 on the campus.

Students will tour the campus and receive information about admissions, financial aid and majors. For details, call the Winthrop University Office of Admissions at 323-2191 or (800) 946-2416 or register online at

Tickets available for Keepers of Culture dinner

The Culture and Heritage Museums will recognize the 2008 Keepers of the Culture award recipients during the 10th annual Keepers of the Culture Awards dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Palmetto Room, 147 E. Main St., Rock Hill.

The award honors individuals who possess a deep commitment to preserving, communicating and connecting cultural history in the community.

The 2008 honorees are Ann Spencer, Strauss Moore Shiple and Jim and Judy Udick. Tickets are $75 each. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

For tickets and details, call Michelle DiEduardo at (803) 329-2121, Ext. 113, or e-mail her at

Young thespians needed for production of 'Honk, Jr.'

Rock Hill Community Theatre will have auditions for its production of "Honk, Jr." at 7 p.m. March 30 and April 1 at South Pointe High School, 801 Neely Road, Rock Hill.

Auditions are for ages 5 through 18 and require presentation of a one-minute prepared song. No experience is necessary. The play, a family-friendly comedy written by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, is the story of Ugly, whose odd, gawky looks incite prejudice from his family and neighbors.

Separated from the farm and pursued by a hungry cat, Ugly must find his way home. During his journey he discovers his true beauty, his destiny, love and acceptance.

Appointments are not necessary. For more information, e-mail Jimmy Chrismon at

4-H wildlife project seeks youth entries

The 4-H food and cover establishment for wildlife project is accepting entries for youth ages, 5 to 19. The program, sponsored by the Clemson Extension office, educates kids in wildlife habitat needs and encourages the planting of wildlife food plots.

Food plots must be planted between May 15 and June 15. Registration fee is $5. For details, call Rick Willey at (864) 656-3090 or e-mail him at or visit

Scholarships available from Sheriff's Foundation

The Sheriff's Foundation of York County will award scholarships to high school seniors who are enrolled in a public, private or home school in York County.

A minimum of two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. Application deadline is April 11. Applications are available from the student's school guidance department or by calling Lori Stoneburner at (803) 628-3057.

Barbecue, benefit ride will benefit local causes

The following groups will have fundraisers:

• Tega Cay Volunteer Fire Department will have its 31st annual barbecue from noon to 6 p.m. March 30. Plates are $7 for adults and $4 for children younger than 12. Plates include chicken or pork, beans, cole slaw, buns and a drink. Eat-in or drive through will be available. Tickets can be purchased from the fireman or by calling 548-6206.

• Brothers Air and Heat will have a charity ride, cruising the road to a cure for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, at 10 a.m. April 5. The ride will depart and end at Brother's office, 1320 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Registration fee is $20 per driver plus $10 per passenger. Fee includes lunch and T-shirt. To participate, pre-register online at or at Brother's office.

• The Joyful Bell Ringers of India Hook United Methodist Church will have a lunch and floral demonstration from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Family Life Center, 3300 Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill. The program, Celebrate Spring, will feature a floral demonstration by Carie Cassidy-Struble of Pineville, N.C. Six arrangements, from simple to elaborate, will be made and auctioned. Tickets are $12.50 per person or $70 for a table of six. Seating is limited. For details or tickets, call April Buddin, 329-7787, or e-mail

• The Honor Guard Motorcycle Ministry is sponsoring the second annual benefit motorcycle ride for the Children's Attention Home on April 19 in conjunction with National Child Abuse Awareness Month. The ride will begin and end at Lake Wylie Christian Assembly, 5766 Charlotte Highway, Lake Wylie. Preregistration is $20 for single riders and $35 for double. Ride-day registration is $25 for single riders and $45 for double. For each paying rider and passenger, lunch will be provided and there will be T-shirts and door prizes. The motorcycle ministry is seeking volunteers and donations, such as lunch items, door prizes and monetary contributions. To register or volunteer, visit or e-mail Allan Melton, or Janet Knight,, or call 328-8871.

• The Rock Hill Music Club will have a concert and reception, "An Afternoon of Treats, Musical and Sweet," at 3 p.m. April 13 at Oakland Baptist Church, 1067 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. The concert will feature Monty Bennett, Mignon Eayre, Jerry Helton, Linwood Little, Meredith Nutter, Maury Wilkinson and Wendy Wingard-Gay. Proceeds benefit the club's scholarship fund. Tickets are $8 and are available at the Arts Council of York County, from club members or at the concert.

• Lancaster County First Steps will have its second annual Beach Bash and Boogie from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. April 19 at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster's Bradley Arts and Science Building, 476 Hubbard Drive, Lancaster. Entertainment will be provided by Tetrox. Tickets are $35 and include heavy hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Proceeds benefit the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which provides free books to local children. For details or tickets, call (803) 286-8000.

• Multiple Sclerosis night will be at Chick-Fil-A, 2245 Dave Lyle Blvd., Rock Hill, from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday. A percentage of sales will go to the MS walk at Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill on April 12. For details, e-mail

• The 12th annual Beth Shiloh Presbyterian Church barbecue and bake sale will be held, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the family life center, 1184 N. Shiloh Road, York. Plates are $7 and include hickory-smoked barbecue, baked beans, buns, slaw and tea. Eat-in or take-out is available. Barbecue can be purchased for $7 per container. Baked goods will be sold. For details, call 684-4046.

• The Humane Society of York County is seeking donations of cleaning products such as Pine-Sol, bleach, laundry and dish detergent, paper towels, trash bags, newspapers, old towels, blankets and sheets. Monetary donations are needed. Items can be dropped off from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday at the shelter, 2036 Carolina Place Drive, Fort Mill. For details, call (803) 802-0902.

• The Clover Athletic Booster Club will have its annual pine needle sale from 4 to 6:30 p.m. April 4 and from 8 a.m. to noon April 5 at the Clover Memorial Stadium, 320 Clinton St. Long-leaf pine needles are $4.50 per bale and free delivery is available in the Clover school district area with a 20-bale minimum purchase. Deadline for pre-orders are Friday. To pre-order, mail check for amount of purchase, with name and address, to C.A.B.C., PO Box 915, Clover, S.C. 29710. For details, call Vicki at (803) 222-2974 or e-mail her at, or

• Vocalist Mary Fishburne will perform at 7 p.m. April 22 at the Northwestern High School auditorium, 2503 W. Main St. Admission is free, but donations are requested for the Children's Attention Home and its Charter School. For details, call the home at 328-8871 or e-mail

• Union Baptist Church, 1195 Hands Mill Highway, Rock Hill, will have a multi-family yard sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Items include adult and children's clothing, small appliances, a motor scooter and more. Fish dinners, vegetable beef soup and corn muffins will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• The Fuzzy Fun Horse Show will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mitten Tree Knoll Horse Center, 6995 Campbell Road, York. Proceeds benefit Restoration Ranch ladies recovery center. Food and drinks will be sold. 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 Northwestern High School band will have a fish fry from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 30 in the cafeteria, 2503 W. Main St., Rock Hill. Plates are all-you-can-eat for $7. Children 10 and younger eat free. A raffle will be held for a 42-inch plasma screen high definition television. Tickets are available for the raffle and fish fry from band students or at the event.

• Palmetto Youth Dance Company has canceled the Prom For Pennies Fashion show/sale to have been this month, due to scheduling conflicts. The company is still accepting donations of formal dresses and accessories at the studio, 1974 Carolina Place Road, Fort Mill, for a show and sale at a future date.

• The Lancaster Shag Club will have a spaghetti dinner from noon to 2:30 p.m. March 30 at the Lancaster Moose Lodge, 200 Shrine Moose Drive. Plates are $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12, and include spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, Italian bread, dessert and tea. The dinner is dine-in or take-out and there is free delivery for orders of 10 or more. Proceeds benefit the club's dance programs and charities. Advance tickets are available. For tickets or details, call (803) 286-5694 or (803) 285-1820.

• The Junior Woman's Club of Rock Hill will have its sixth annual fundraiser, The Spring Fling, from 7 to 11 p.m. April 4 at the Magnolia Room at Laurel Creek, 4017 Laurel Creek Drive, Rock Hill. Tickets are $35 per person or $65 per couple and include food prepared by Applied Technology Center culinary arts students and an open bar. There will be a limbo contest, a Mr. and Mrs. Hawaiian Tropic contest, a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and a silent auction. The auction includes items such as NASCAR tickets for the All Star Challenge in May, a signed football from the Carolina Panthers, golf packages, tickets to the Charlotte Checkers Hockey team games and more. The club is a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. Its projects include the Children's Attention Home and Charter School, Adopt-a-Highway, Worthy Boys and Girls Camp, Relay for Life, Keystone Abuse Services and Safe Passage. Funds from the event allow the club to continue its volunteer work. For tickets, call Libby Love at 366-1171.

• PATH's Thrift Store, 31 N. Congress St., York, will have a buy one, get one free sale on all shoes and handbags this week. PATH serves needy families in the York School district.

Radio society, Lions announce local events

The following clubs and groups announce meeting information:

• The River Hills Lions will have a dinner meeting at 7 p.m. April 1 at the River Hills Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane. The meeting will feature talk show host Sheri Lynch of the Bob and Sheri show. Lynch is the recipient of many national and local awards, including the American Women in Radio and Television, the Gracie Allen Award and the Charlotte Business Journal's Woman in Business Achievement Award. Lynch has also been named best local radio personality by Creative Loafing Magazine for over 10 consecutive years and is the author of two books. For details and reservations, call (803) 370-2828 or (803) 831-7808 or visit

• The Tega Cay Vintage Club will have a dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Tega Cay Golf Club, 1 Molokai Drive. Cocktails will be at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Entertainment will be by a barbershop quartet.

• The South Central Neighborhood Association will meet 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 Rock Hill branch of the NAACP will not meet in March due to the Easter holiday. The next meeting will be April 27. For details, call 366-2184.

• York County Amateur Radio Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Squire Road facility in Rock Hill to prepare for the annual bike race at Brattonsville. The society will provide radio communication for the Patriots Trail road race, sponsored by the Rock Hill Bicycle Club. All licensed amateur HAM operators in York County are invited. The meeting will provide training, maps and check point assignments. Non-licensed residents who are interested in amateur radio or would like to assist may also attend. For details, visit

• The Ballroom Dance Club will have its fourth-Friday dance from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday at Springs Recreation Complex, 971 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill. Non-alcoholic drinks and refreshments will be provided. Dress is dressy casual. Beginners and guests are welcome. Admission for first- and second-time visitors is $5 and all subsequent visits are $10 each. For details, call Joyce at 366-9805 or visit

Agurs, Neely family announce reunion trip

The Agurs and Neely family reunion will be June 27 to 29 in Atlanta. For trip details, call Gladys Allen at (803) 327-1869 or Henry Agers at (803) 327-9492. The next reunion meeting will be at 3 p.m. April 20 at 1258 Glenarden Drive.

Workshops planned on herbs, reverse mortgages

The following workshops are planned:

• The Community Garden Club at Antioch United Methodist Church is having a free workshop, Lotions and Potions, the endless uses of herbs, from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at the church, 930 W. Rambo Road, Rock Hill. Nancy Craig will talk about how and when to use herbs and the benefits and history. The club meets at 10 a.m. on the last Thursday of each month and invites anyone interested to attend.

• Agape Hospice and Catawba Area Agency on Aging are honoring National Healthcare Decision Day by offering free assistance with health care power of attorneys and living wills from 9 a.m. to noon April 2 at Agape Hospice, 2115 Ebenezer Road. No appointment is necessary. For details, call Agape Hospice at 329-4544.

• The Sterling House will have a free seminar on reverse mortgages from 2 to 3 p.m. April 8 at the facility, 1920 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill. Barbara Shear will discuss the advantages of reverse mortgages. Reservations are required. For reservations or details, call Geri Tucker at 366-1189.

Volunteers, workers needed for summer food program

The United States Department of Agriculture is accepting volunteer and work applications for its summer food program for children 18 years old and younger.

The program will begin June 2 for Chester County and June 9 for York County. Both counties will serve meals until Aug. 15. Applications will be taken from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, April 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 1070 Heckle Blvd.,, building 303, Rock Hill, in the small conference room. Those applying should bring a copy of their Social Security card and identification. To work or volunteer, call Susan Coggins at (803) 909-7511. In Chester County, call Peggy Johnson at (803) 581-0445.

Enrollment accepted for Boyd Hill center

Boyd Hill Baptist Child Care Center, 315 Glenn St., Rock Hill, has an opening for a director and is enrolling for full- and part-time childcare for ages 2 to 5. Openings are also available for after school care, ages 2 to 12. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. For details, call 327-5316.

Teen game night is April 4 at center

The Teen Health Center will have teen game night from 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. Activities include Karaoke, Taboo, Twister, cards and more. Light refreshments will be provided and there will be adult supervision. For details, call Pauline McCollough at 366-9119.

Clinic, youth class offered by center

The Rock Hill Family Resource Center, 217 Orange St., Rock Hill, will have the following free services:

• Medical clinic from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Friday. The clinic is for children birth through age 18 who do not have insurance or Medicaid. The center offers immunizations, sick visits and physicals. For appointments, call (803) 322-6636. For details, call 980-2079.

• Positive Learning Activities for Youth class will be from 10 to 11:15 a.m. March 28. The classes teach parent and preschool child together activities.

Parking for these services is at the rear of the building and entrance is through the red door.