Choral society, chorale combining for concert

Miss North Carolina, Jessica Jacobs, was in Rock Hill on Wednesday, spending time reading to children at the Community Development Institute on the Catawba Indian Reservation.
Miss North Carolina, Jessica Jacobs, was in Rock Hill on Wednesday, spending time reading to children at the Community Development Institute on the Catawba Indian Reservation.

The York County Choral Society and the Winthrop Chorale will present their spring concert at 4 p.m. April 6 at Byrnes Auditorium at Winthrop University.

General admission tickets are $15 adults, $10 seniors and $5 students and are available online at or by calling Jane Hudson at 327-2967.

Fort Mill Playhouse to present 'Mousetrap'

A drama and dessert performance of "The Mousetrap," a play by Agatha Christie, will be presented by Fort Mill Community Playhouse, 615 Banks St., Fort Mill.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. April 24 to 26 and May 1 to 3. Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for seniors and students, available online at or at Crossings on Main, 102 Academy St., Fort Mill.

The play is a murder mystery about a young couple who start a hotel in a converted manor. They are snowed in with four guests and a traveler who has run his car into a snow drift.

A detective arrives on skis to inform the group that he believes a murderer is headed to the hotel. The playhouse is still seeking supporting cast members. For details, call 548-8102.

Public art is topic of Thursday forum

Winthrop University Galleries will have its second annual public art forum at 7 p.m. Thursday at Plowden Auditorium in the Withers/W.T.S. building.

Speakers are Daniel Gottlieb, director of planning and design at the North Carolina Museum of Art and Juan Logan, artist and associate professor of art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The event is free and open to the public.

Belly dancing, clogging classes offered in area

The following classes will be offered:

• The York Parks and Recreation Center, 21 White Rose Lane, is accepting registration for an adult belly dancing class. The class, for ages 15 and older, will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays, starting this week. Cost is $50 for a six-week session. For details, call 684-3742.

• Clogging classes will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. April 9 and 16 at St. John's United Methodist Church, 321 S. Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. Cathey Franklin is the instructor. Franklin is former director of the Carolina Classic Cloggers, a performance team. Participants should wear leather-soled shoes. Cost is a $3 donation to the new children's and youth building. The class is open to beginning and experienced dancers. For details, call Pat at 980-4000.

Local barbershop group has Tuesday guest night

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

Guests can 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.

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.

Game night, tea party among library events

York County libraries offer following free programs and classes:

• Book clubs for adults. A discussion of "A Beautiful Mind" by Sylvia Nasar will be at the York Public Library, 21 E. Liberty St., at 10 a.m. Tuesday. To register, call 684-3751. A discussion of "Children of Men" by P.D. James will be at 6:30 p.m. April 9 at the Fort Mill Public Library, 1818 Second Baxter Crossing. To register, call 547-4114. A discussion of "The Atonement Child" by Francine Rivers will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 10 at the York County Library in Rock Hill. To register, call 981-5825.

• Family game night, for children accompanied by an adult, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 7 at the York County Library, 138 E. Black St,, Rock Hill. Children can play board, card and PlayStation games. Refreshments will be served. To register call 981-5888.

• Tea party with Madeline, for ages 3 to 5, from 4 to 5 p.m. April 10 at the York Public Library. Children can dress in tea party attire and make crafts, have refreshments and hear Madeline stories. To register, call 684-3751.

• Children's book character Oliver K. Woodman activities for ages 5 to 7, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. April 15 and for ages 8 to 10 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. April 16 at the York County Library.

• Conquer Clutter with professional organizer Kathy Mast at 6 p.m. Thursday at the York Public Library and at 6:30 p.m. April 10 at the Fort Mill Public Library.

• Fossil fun for ages 8 to 12, at 4 p.m. April 16 at the Fort Mill Public Library. Children will dig for fossils and make a fossil. To register, call 547-4114.

• Computer classes will be at the York County Library, Rock Hill. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, call 981-5845. Word 2007 class will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Participants will learn how to create, edit and format a Microsoft Word document. Excell 2007 class will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Learn how to create, edit and format a spreadsheet using Microsoft Excel 2007. Experience with Windows and a mouse is required.

It's time to apply for local arts grants

The Arts Council of York County is accepting applications for its United Arts Fund major grant program. Registered nonprofit groups in York County are eligible.

Funds will be distributed between July 2008 and June 2009. The goal is to develop maximum funding support for cultural organizations, with convenience to the donor. Application deadline is April 4.

The minimum allocation for major grants is $4,000. These grants provide funding for ongoing operations of established cultural organizations, mid-level programs or projects to start-up or existing organizations attempting to meet new or specialized needs.Past recipients include the York County Ballet, Rock Hill Community Theater and the York County Chorale Society.

Northside center classes include exercise, pottery

Northside Recreation Center, 900 Annafrel St., Rock Hill, offers the following classes:

• Adult and senior exercise class, from 9 to 10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, beginning Wednesday through May 9. Cost is $2 for the six-week session.

• Adult pottery class, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Tuesday through May 6. Hand-built and wheel instruction are available. Previous hand-built instruction is required for the wheel class. Cost is $60 for the hand-built and $100 for the wheel class. For details, call 329-5633.

Help out local organizations with spring fling, golf tourney

The following groups will have 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 will be 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.

• True Love and Faith Church, 224 Columbia St., Chester, will have a yard sale from 7 a.m. to noon April 12. Proceeds benefit the building fund.

• The Parkinson Association of the Carolinas is selling tulip note cards in honor of April being Parkinson's awareness month. The note cards are photos with the artist's signature and a description of the picture. Cost is $15 for six cards and $25 for 10 cards. Cards may be purchased by sending a check, payable to the Parkinson Association of the Carolinas, to 601 E. Fifth St., Suite 140, Charlotte, N.C. 28202.

• Fewell Park, 1204 Alexander Road, Rock Hill, will have a disc golf tournament at 10 a.m. April 12. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The tournament is single elimination with categories for children and adults. Entry fee is $10 plus a canned good to be donated to a charity. Registration is required by April 10. Participants receive a T-shirt. Winners receive a disc. Proceeds go toward park playground equipment upgrades. To register or for details, call the park at 329-5645.

• Adnah United Methodist Church, 1615 Adnah Church Road, Rock Hill, will have a pork barbecue sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 11 and 12 in the family life center. Barbecue will be sold for $10 per pound. Plates are $8 and include barbecue, bun, cole slaw, potato chips, baked beans, iced tea and dessert. Delivery is available for five or more plates. For details, call Eddie Thomasson at 628-6598 or 684-4654.

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

• The Humane Society of York County is accepting donations for its spring yard sale to be at 7:30 a.m. April 26. Items will be accepted from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday at the shelter, 2036 Carolina Place Drive, Fort Mill. For details, call 327-6626.

• The Junior Woman's Club of Rock Hill will have its sixth annual fundraiser, The Spring Fling, from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday 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 Charlotte Checkers hockey 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 allow the club to continue its volunteer work. For tickets, call Libby Love at 366-1171 or Sandra Holeman at 328-8570.

• The Clover Athletic Booster Club will have a pine needle sale from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday 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. For details, call Vicki at (803) 222-2974 or e-mail her at, or

Identity theft, self defense are local group topics

The following groups will meet:

• The 50s-plus group will meet at noon Wednesday at Bowling Green Presbyterian Church, 250 Ridge Road, Bowling Green. York County sheriff's detective Eddie Strait will speak about identify theft. The group meets the first Wednesday of each month for fellowship, a covered dish luncheon and a program.

• The City Bridge Club has a duplicate bridge game at 9:30 a.m. each Tuesday at the Rock Hill City Club, 140 E. Main St. Coffee is available at 9 a.m. Cost is $11 and includes lunch. Jeanne LeHardy and Raelene Kirkbride direct the game. Proceeds from the April 8 game will benefit the American Contract Bridge Charity Foundation. For details, to make a reservation to play or to find a partner, call, Jeanne, 366-9958, or Raelene, 328-8740.

• The Newcomers Club of York County will meet at 11:30 a.m. April 9 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1830 Celanese Road, Rock Hill. The York County Sheriff's Department will present a self-defense program for women. A potluck lunch will be available for $10 per person. The club is open to all women new to York County. Monthly activities include a book club, Euchre, supper club, Mah-Jongg, bridge, golf and others. To attend, call Marie at (803) 396-0582 by noon Thursday.

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

• The York County Quilters will meet at 7 p.m. April 17 at Westminister Catawba Christian School, 1310 India Hook Road, Rock Hill. Kim Deneault will demonstrate raggedy reverse appliqué quilts and show her projects. Deneault has appeared on the HGTV show, "Simply Quilts" and has published a quilting book. For details, visit

Area high school alumni announce reunion news

Alumni have meeting and reunion information to share:

• 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. Saturday at the Summit Restaurant, 134 Main St., Chester.

• The Emmett Scott High School class of 1967 will meet for its monthly birthday fellowship dinner at 5:30 p.m. April 7 at Jackson's Cafeteria, 1735 Heckle Blvd., Rock Hill.

• 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

Summer lunch program will begin in early June

The York County Council announces the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program for children. Free lunch will be available for ages 18 and younger from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. weekdays, beginning June 2 in Chester County and June 9 in York County.

Lunch will be served in both counties until Aug. 15. Most feeding sites used last year will serve lunch again this summer. To find a site, call the office in Rock Hill at (803) 909-7511. Free meals are available to eligible children without regard to race, color, sex, age disability or national origin. For discrimination cases, write to Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250.

Family center has story time, clinic

The York school district's parent education/family literacy program, 37 Pinckney St., York, offers the following free services:

• A health clinic from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. each Tuesday. A pediatrician is available from 10 a.m. to noon. Medical services are provided by Rock Hill Pediatrics for uninsured children through age 18. For appointments, call 322-6636.

• Story time/Cougar Cub class will be at 11 a.m. April 8. Dina from the library will share stories and songs. The class provides developmentally appropriate activities for parents and children to participate in together. For details, call 684-1504.

Special Olympics still needs helpers

Volunteers are needed for the Area Eleven Special Olympics spring games, to be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Cherry Park. More than 1,000 Special Olympics athletes from York, Chester and Lancaster counties will compete in track and field events.

Nine hundred volunteers are needed and will be assigned to a sporting event or to present awards. Volunteers do not need to call in advance. On event day, volunteers should arrive at 9 a.m. and register at the volunteer table. For details, call 329-5620.

Hospice service include prayer shawl, support

Hospice and Community Care, a nonprofit organization caring for terminally ill people, offers the following services:

• Free volunteer training from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 15 at the Lancaster County Library, 313 South White St. To register, call 329-1500.

• Prayer Shawl ministry sessions, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays, April 7, 14 and 21 or Wednesdays, April 9, 16 and 23 at the Hospice and Community Care campus, 2275 India Hook Road, Rock Hill.

• Support group meetings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. weekly beginning April 8 for six weeks. Groups are free and open to the public. Space is limited, so registration is required. For details, call 329-1500 or (800) 895-2273 and ask to speak with a grief counselor.

Red Cross blood drives planned at area sites

The York County chapter of the American Red Cross will have the following blood drives:

• 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, York Technical College Start Center, 425 Anderson Road, Rock Hill.

• 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Clover Presbyterian Church, 202 Kings Mountain St.

• 1:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Fort Mill Ford, 801 Gold Hill Road, Gold Hill Road.

• 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 10, Winthrop University at Withers SAC, Eden Terrace Road, Rock Hill.

• 2:30 to 7 p.m. April 11 at Flint Hill Baptist Church, 1214 Flint Hill St., Rock Hill.

• The annual Williams and Fudge American Red Cross Blood Drive will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 10 at the Old Cotton Factory, 215 Chatham St., downtown Rock Hill. For an appointment, call Tricia Palm at 329-9791 Ext. 2192.

Mortgages, intimacy are topics for local seminars

The Sterling House, 1920 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill, offers the following seminars:

• Reverse mortgages, 2 to 3 p.m. April 8. Barbara Shear, a reverse mortgage specialist, will speak.

• Intimacy for seniors, 6 p.m. April 17. Stephanie Campbell, registered nurse, of Total Care Home Health will discuss relationships and intimacy.

Admission is free; refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, so reservations are required. For reservations or details, call Geri Tucker 366-1189.

Assistance offered with living wills, more

Agape Hospice and Catawba Area Agency on Aging are offering free assistance with health care power of attorneys and living wills from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Agape Hospice, 2115 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill. Appointments are not necessary. For details, call Agape Hospice at 329-4544.

Support groups help with illness, addiction

The following support groups will meet:

• The Rock Hill Parkinson support group will meet at 1:30 p.m. April 16 in the cafeteria of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, 1795 Dr. Frank Gaston Blvd., Rock Hill. Guest speaker will be registered nurse Rita Jewett, who has been involved with Parkinson's research at Duke University and at the Institute for Human Genetics at the University of Miami. For details, call Don Roberts at 324-8861.

• Nicotine Anonymous, a 12-step program for smokers and chewers, meets at 6:45 p.m. every Friday at the Serenity Club, 209 Grayson Road, Rock Hill. Details, 327-9610.

Family programs include dinner, coffee

Family Connection of South Carolina will have the following events:

• Dinner and program at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. John's Methodist Church, 321 S. Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. Susan Bruce will present the program.

• Coffee break at 9:30 a.m. April 11 at Cupps Cafe, 221 Cherry Road, Rock Hill. All families and groups are invited.