United Way needs local volunteers for Postal food drive

Cathey Franklin gives a clogging demonstration Wednesday night before leading a class on the dance at St. John's United Methodist Church in downtown Rock Hill. Franklin is former director of the Carolina Classic Cloggers, a performance team. The clogging instruction will continue from 7:30 to 9 p.m. this Wednesday at the church. The cost is a $3 donation to the new children's and youth building. The class is open to both beginning and experienced dancers. The church has offered past instruction on several different types of dances. For details, call Pat, 980-4000.
Cathey Franklin gives a clogging demonstration Wednesday night before leading a class on the dance at St. John's United Methodist Church in downtown Rock Hill. Franklin is former director of the Carolina Classic Cloggers, a performance team. The clogging instruction will continue from 7:30 to 9 p.m. this Wednesday at the church. The cost is a $3 donation to the new children's and youth building. The class is open to both beginning and experienced dancers. The church has offered past instruction on several different types of dances. For details, call Pat, 980-4000.

The United Way of York County is looking for local neighborhood leaders and church captains who can help promote the U.S. Postal Food Drive.

Each year, United Way partners with the National Rural Letter Carriers and the National Association of Letter Carriers to help local communities fight hunger through a one-day food drive.

York County residents may leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable food items, such as canned soup and vegetables, rice, pasta or cereal, beside their mailboxes before May 10.

South Carolina is ranked among the top five states for food insecurity, according to National Statistics on Hunger and Poverty in America. Volunteers are asked to give an hour of their time to pass out published reminders of the drive and to promote the collection in their residential or faith-based communities.

For information, call United Way at 324-2735 or visit

'70s music, Kent Trilogy among CHM programs

The Cultural and Heritage Museums will offer the following programs at McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St., York:

• Pianist Jim Witter will perform the '70s music of Billy Joel and Elton John with a backup group of guitar, bass, flute, sax, electric keyboard and drums at 8 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $30 for adults, $28 for seniors and students and $25 for CHM members. For tickets, call 684-2948 or visit

• Three volumes of the Kent Trilogy -- "Blackways of Kent" (1955), "Millways of Kent" (1958) and the previously unpublished "Townways of Kent" - will be released with a celebration from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The event will include samples of Brunswick stew, a panel discussion and book signings.

Each book documents three social groups in the town of York during the late 1940s. U.S. Rep. John Spratt will speak, along with Dan Huntley, John H. Stanfield II and John Shelton Reed, who all wrote introductions for the new editions. The event is free and open to the public.

• "Battledrum," a new musical about Civil War drummer boys, will show at 9 and 11 a.m. daily April 21 through 25 and 7 p.m. April 24. Rufus, a Confederate orphan, is adopted by a troop of Union soldiers, telling the stories of more than 2 million boys age 17 or younger who served on both sides of the conflict. Cost is $10 per person. The event is recommended for ages 9 to adult.

Auditions planned for local 'Idol' competition

Auditions for York County Idol, a talent contest for amateur performers ages 14 to 25, will be held at the following times and locations:

• Main Street Live, from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. May 1, downtown Rock Hill. Limited to 15 contestants.

• Springfest, from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and 7:30 to 8 p.m. May 3, Fort Mill. Limited to 15 contestants.

• McCelvey Center, from 6 to 8 p.m. May 8. Open.

Applicants may only sign up to audition at one location.

Contestants must be enrolled in a high school, college or technical program. School ID is required. Judging will be determined by stage presence, pitch, timing, voice control and appearance. Material must be appropriate for a family audience.

Finals will be held May 17 at Coolfest in the Target shopping center on Dave Lyle Boulevard in Rock Hill. Prizes are $200 first place, $100 second place, $75 third place and $100 People's Choice.

York County Idol is sponsored by All On Board Coalition, an initiative to change the attitudes and social norms about underage drinking. The coalition has chosen prom season to work aggressively on the issue.

For more information, call Elizabeth Roueche, 324-4118, or e-mail her at

Habitat store opening is planned on Saturday

The Habitat for Humanity of York County ReStore will celebrate its grand opening at 825 N. Anderson Road from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Customers will find gently used appliances, furniture, kitchen cabinets, building supplies, plumbing and light fixtures, doors and windows. Proceeds from the store help Habitat build houses in York County for qualified families. For more information, call 324-1960.

Music club, churches among local fundraisers

The following benefits are planned:

• The annual Chris Meeks classic basketball tournament will be played April 22, 24 and 26 at the Clover High School gym. The event is a celebration of the life of Meeks, a Clover High graduate and sports enthusiast who died of a heart attack on the basketball court in 2003, when he was 31. Games will start at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday and at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Teams from Clover, York, Rock Hill, Great Falls, Charlotte and Gastonia, N.C., will compete in the tournament. Admission is $4, and food and drinks will be sold. Proceeds will go to a scholarship fund in Meeks' name. The scholarship will be donated by Meeks' family to a rising college-bound senior who displays characteristics like those of Meeks, to be used for books and other college expenses. Meeks was the son of Joe Neil and Martha Jane Meeks. Details, call DOC Entertainment, (704) 674-6908 or (704) 678-0179.

• The Rock Hill Music Club will have a concert and reception, "An Afternoon of Treats, Musical and Sweet," at 3 p.m. today at Oakland Baptist Church, 1067 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. Featured performers will be organist Monty Bennett, pianist Mignon Eayre, flutist Maury Wilkinson and vocalists Jerry Helton, Linwood Little, Meredith Nutter and Wendy Wingard-Gay. Accompanists will be Mignon Eayre, Susan Read and La Verne Stokes-Vinegar. Tickets are $8, available at the door on Sunday, from club members or from the Arts Council of York County. Funds will help the club provide 10 music awards, scholarships and grants to young musicians.

• The seventh annual St. Anne International Food and Fun Festival, Beaches Around the World, will be from 5 to 11 p.m. April 25 at the church, 1694 Bird St., Rock Hill. Music and dancing will be from 8 to 11 p.m. featuring the Kingdaddy Band. The festival also will include food, games, a world bazaar, international drinks, inflatables, contests and crafts. St. Anne youth day will be from noon to 9 p.m. April 26, featuring many activities for youths.

• The River Hills Lions will host a charities golf tournament May 9 at the River Hills Country Club, 104 Hamiltons Ferry Road, Lake Wylie. Shotgun start begins at 12:30 p.m., following a boxed lunch at 11:30 a.m. Players may sign up individually or in groups of four. The top team prize is $1,000. Proceeds will benefit the River Hills Lions charities. Cost is $95 for club members or $135 for non members and includes a practice range, refreshments on par three holes, an awards party, food and drinks. Non-playing guests may attend the awards party for $35. Mulligans may be purchased at check-in for $5 each, or three for $10. For an entry form, call the River Hills Country Club pro shop, 831-2249, or Pat Kirby, 831-0266.

• Girls on the Run of the Tri County will host its fourth annual race under a new name, Wondergirl 5K. It will kick off at 1 p.m. April 27 at the Baxter Community Center, 951 Market St., Fort Mill. Participants may register online by visiting, or in person at the Leroy Springs Recreation Complex. Race day registration is also available between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. Cost is $15 per person before Saturday and $20 after that. Proceeds benefit the Girls on the Run, a 12-week training program for girls that covers self-esteem, positive body image and goal setting. The run is a one-mile loop that is covered three times. Race festivities include music, face painting and a family festival at the finish line. For information, call Lindy Morris, 802-7210, or e-mail her at

• Mount Holly United Methodist Church will sponsor its 10th annual Christian Sport Shooters Classic all day May 3 at Rocky Creek Sports Club, S.C. 901, Richburg. Proceeds will be used for new playground equipment. Shooters of all ages are welcome. Lunch and a barbecue dinner are included in the registration fee. For details, contact the church office at 327-5779, Clyde Mitchell at 328-0233 or visit the Web site at

• Honorguard Motorcycle Ministry's second annual motorcycle ride will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lake Wylie Christian Assembly, 5766 Charlotte Highway. It will benefit the Children's Attention Home in York County. Rides are $25 for singles, $45 for doubles and the cost includes lunch, a T-shirt, door prizes and a chance at a grand prize. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Riders may also pre-register online at or by e-mailing or Questions, call 328-8871.

• The Tim Hartis Group will play jazz to raise funds for Hospice and Community Care at this year's Gala for Hope, beginning at 7 p.m. May 8 in the Palmetto Room, downtown Rock Hill. Tickets are $250 for individuals and $400 for couples. Sponsored tables begin at $2,500. The Tim Hartis Group has played in the greater Rock Hill area since 1996, with jazz standards such as "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "Night and Day," "How High the Moon," "When I Fall in Love," "Four," "Just Friends," "Girl from Impanema" and "Green Dolphin Street." Musical styles include swing, Latin, ballads and blues. For details, call Hospice and Community Care, 329-1500.

• Carowinds will host the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Walk to Cure Diabetes, beginning at 8:30 a.m. rain or shine Saturday. More than 6,500 walkers are expected to attend. The four-mile walk will begin and end at the park's Paladium Amphitheatre. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Panera Bread will provide bagels and Starbucks will provide coffee for breakfast. Lunch will be provided. Participants may join a post-walk celebration with live entertainment. Walkers who raise $200 or more will receive a free one-day pass to Carowinds, a Charlotte Bobcats ticket voucher for one game during the 2008-2009 season, one ticket to a Charlotte Knights baseball game, one ticket to a Charlotte Checkers hockey game, a Wendy's single combo meal coupon and a Walk to Cure Diabetes T-shirt. For details, call Jim Steiner, 561-0828, or e-mail

• PATH's Thrift Store, 31 N. Congress St., York, will sell books over 50 cents for $1 per inch. PATH serves needy families in the York school district.

Mary Fishburne concert to benefit children's home

Mary Fishburne, a Northwestern High School graduate and former Troubadour singer now living and working in New York, will perform a concert of Broadway and other songs at 7 p.m. April 22 in the Northwestern auditorium. The event will benefit the Children's Attention Home in Rock Hill and its school.

This will mark Fishburne's second benefit for the home's abused and neglected children. The last one drew about 1,500 people and raised about $25,000.

Songs will be tied together by cell phone conversations involving a young woman living in New York for the first time. She will be accompanied by her mother, Rock Hill musician Shirley Fishburne. Admission is free and donations will be accepted.

Chester amateur rodeo features bull riding, more

The North Chester Saddle Club will host its amateur rodeo at 7 p.m. May 3 at the club's meeting grounds, 1037 Tickle Hill Road, Chester.

Events include barrel racing, mutton busting, goat tying, pole bending, wild cow milking, breakaway roping, calf herding and bull riding. Pee wee, youth and adult classes are offered. No call-in is required.

Admission is $8 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for preschoolers. For details, call Nancy Stewart, 581-5941, or e-mail her at

Fair housing, credit are topics of local workshops

The following workshops and conferences are coming up soon:

• The city of Rock Hill will host four workshops to help homeowners keep their homes in today's housing and credit market during the annual fair housing event, from 10 a.m. to noon April 26 at the Emmett Scott Center, 801 Crawford Road, Rock Hill. Topics are fair housing, money and debt management, pre- and post-purchase counseling and mortgage delinquency and default resolution counseling. Rock Hill citizens may also call the fair housing hotline at 329-7099 to fight against housing discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, familiar status and disability. For information, call Lyn Garris at 329-7009 or Teresa Kikelomo, 327-7894.

• The Liberty Community Church Forward Steps program will sponsor a credit repair workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 at the church, 315 Little St., Rock Hill. Credit repair consultants will talk about how to remove items from a credit record, stop creditor harassment, repair and restore credit and proper letter writing. To register, call the church at 328-1722 or Kiser at (803) 554-6053, e-mail the church at or visit

• Kane Family Chiropractic will host a free workshop about discovering goals and paths to success at 6:30 p.m. April 21 at 856 Gold Hill Road, Suite 103, Fort Mill. Call Kelly Bourbonnais, 802-6637, to reserve a seat.

• "Set Yourself Free," a conference for women, will include a sit-down dinner, drinks, dessert, entertainment and speakers from 5:30 to 8 p.m. May 17 at The Body, 1711 Cherry Road. International educator, speaker and writer Dianne Collard will be the keynote speaker, followed by guest speaker Antonina Bell from Concerned Women for America. Entertainment will be provided by Sarah Gillette and Faith Assembly Youth. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at Grounds of Faith, 1707-102 Cherry Road, Rock Hill. For information, visit or

Housing applications accepted in Fort Mill

The Housing Authority of Fort Mill will accept applications for the Section 8 Voucher Program for one day only, 8:30 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. June 10, at the Housing Authority of Fort Mill office, 105 Bozeman Drive, Fort Mill.

Pre-applications may be picked up at any time before June 10 at the office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or downloaded from the Web site at Applicants who are already on waiting lists for other housing programs must apply separately for the Section 8 program to keep their positions on the waiting lists.

Woman's club, Toastmaters among local meetings

The following groups will meet:

• Rock Hill Toastmasters' Club will talk about how to overcome the fear of public speaking and improve public speaking skills at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the American Red Cross building, 200 Piedmont Blvd., Rock Hill. For details, visit or e-mail Erin Payseur at

• The Woman's Club of Rock Hill will have its April general meeting, annual installation dinner and new member induction at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Roof Line, 766 Heckle Blvd., Rock Hill. Dinner will begin at 6. Members Norma England, Nancy Smith, Judy McCardle and Margaret Harper will display photographs they entered in this year's competition. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

• The Daughters of the American Revolution, Catawba chapter, will enjoy an 18th-century dance demonstration at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church gymnasium. Call Nancy McDhuffie, 324-3257, for details.

• The Daughters of the Colonial Wars, South Carolina chapter, will meet next month at the Forest Lake Country Club in Columbia. Mary Phillip Gettys of Rock Hill will present a program on "Founding Mothers." Membership is open to women with lineage to an ancestor who participated in the Colonial wars prior to the American Revolution, such as the French and Indian War. The South Carolina chapter meets three times yearly. For more details, call Kay Whitener Grier, 366-7398.

Tickets on sale for local prayer breakfast

The Kiwanis Club of Rock Hill will host a Mayor's Prayer Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. April 22 at Westminster Presbyterian Church Hall, 1300 India Hook Road, Rock Hill.

Patrick Stewart, president and C.E.O. of Missionary Athletes International, will host the program. Tickets are $12 per person and $150 for corporate tables.

Sponsorships and donations are appreciated to help the Kiwanis Club. For details, call Merrit Burger Croom at 326-3787 or e-mail Carlton Heustess,

Church events include yard sale, gospel sing

The following church events are coming up soon:

• Costume jewelry, furniture, appliances and miscellaneous items will be sold at Park Baptist Church's indoor yard sale, 717 E. Main St., Rock Hill, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26. Proceeds go to youth and children's activities. Remaining items will be auctioned at 3:30 p.m. Baked goods and hot dog lunches will be sold. Details, call Hope Carter at 324-2915 or e-mail

• A spring gospel sing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. May 24 at McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St., York. Cost is a $5 donation. For tickets or more information, contact the Jubilee Christian Center, 628-5293, Lake Wylie Christian Assembly, 831-1640 or Pastor Denis Jones, 448-1640.

• An "American Tune" book signing will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 27 at Beersheba Presbyterian Church, 130 S. Beersheba Road, Clover.

• St. John's United Methodist Church in Rock Hill will sell plants, furniture, clothing, toys, baby items, exercise equipment and more at its spring clean yard sale, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 at the church, 321 Oakland Ave. Sausage biscuits, juice and coffee will be served for breakfast. Proceeds will help support mission projects of the United Methodist Women.

School classes, others have reunion news

The following groups have reunion news to share:

• The Rock Hill Scott-ites will host the 28th annual Scott-ites reunion in Rock Hill on Memorial Day weekend this year, May 23 to 25. For details, contact Richard Hemphill, 327-7524, Josephine Jordan, 329-2911, or Johnnie McCoy, 329-0521.

• The Clover High School reunion committee of 1945 to 1960 will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Clover District Office, 604 Bethel St. For details, call Herbert Kirsh, 734-3071.