Splash Dash, the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce's annual 10K/5K race and 5K walk, will be at 8 a.m. Saturday at Camp Thunderbird in River Hills, Lake Wylie.
Race registration is $20 in advance or $25 on the event day. Walk registration is $5. Event day registration will begin at 7 a.m. Wheelchair racers may participate.
The 10K course is USATF certified. Pre-registered runners will receive a T-shirt while supplies last and the first 100 walkers to register will receive a T-shirt.
Proceeds will benefit the Camp Thunderbird Scholarship Fund. The event is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville.
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Fewell Park summer events include concert, campout
Frank Stewart will perform at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Fewell Park, 1204 Alexander Road, Rock Hill. The performance is part of the Summer Concert in the Park series sponsored by Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism.
Stewart, a singer/guitarist, will sing old and new favorites, including the Beatles, Jimmy Buffett and James Taylor. Bring a lawn chair and picnic. The concert is free and open to the public.
Also at the center, a family backyard camp out will begin at 8 p.m. June 20 on the large field next to the outdoor shelter. Activities include tall tales, astronomy, snacks and Saturday morning breakfast.
Participants are asked to bring tents. A limited supply of loaner tents are available. The event concludes at 9 a.m. Saturday. Cost is $15 per family and pre-registration is required. For details or registration, call Jim Austin, center supervisor, at 329-5645.
York's Downtown Live is planned for June 19
Downtown Live in York, an outdoor community concert series, will be from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. June 19 in the parking lot of Whiteside Cleaners and Uniform Rental, 5 E. Madison St., York. Performing will be Soul Watt, a high-energy trio playing classic rock and edgy top 40 hits. The event is free. Food and drinks will be sold.
'Honk! Jr' to be staged by local community theater
Rock Hill Community Theatre will perform the musical "Honk! Jr." beginning Friday at South Pointe High School, 801 Neely Road, Rock Hill. Performance dates are 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and June 20 and 21 and 3 p.m. June 15 and 22.
Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $12 adults and $10 students and seniors; tickets for the 3 p.m. show are $10 adults and $8 students and seniors. Children younger than 5 are admitted free to all shows. For tickets, call 324-2578 or visit www.rockhilltheatre.org.
The musical is the story of Ugly, whose odd, gawky looks instantly incite prejudice from family and neighbors. Separated from the farm and pursued by a hungy cat, Ugly must find his way home. Along his rollicking and harrowing journey, he discovers his true beauty, glorious destiny and finds love and acceptance in all forms.
Vacation reading program is among library offerings
The York County libraries offer a vacation reading program for ages 3 to 12, Monday through Aug. 1 at all York County libraries. The programs are free. For details, visit www.yclibrary.org or call 981-5888. Children can keep track of minutes read or being read to and will recieve prizes when they meet goals. A partial program schedule is:
• The library's new mascot, Beamer, will visit with children from 10 a.m. to noon and 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the York County Library, 138 E. Black St., Rock Hill.
• Bug Bash, 10 a.m. to noon and 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the York County Library. Kick off summer reading with wings, stings and wiggly things. Pick up reading materials, make bug crafts, meet the new mascot and shop at the Scholastic Book Fair.
• Buggy About Books, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Fort Mill Public Library, 1818 Second Baxter Crossing; 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Wednesday, York County Library, Rock Hill; 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Clover Public Library, 107 Knox St; 2:30 and 4 p.m. Thursday, York Public Library, 21 E. Liberty St.; and 10:30 a.m. Friday, Lake Wylie Public Library, 185 Blucher Circle. Fish the Magish performs a bug-themed magic show.
• Dinosaur, 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. June 17, Fort Mill Public Library; 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. June 18, York County Library; 10:30 a.m. June 19, Clover Public Library; 2:30 and 4 p.m. June 19, York County Library; and 10:30 a.m. June 20, Lake Wylie Public Library. Children are invited to help defeat T-Rex and help a lost dinosaur hatchling find its mother in a theater production by StageWorks Theatre.
The summer reading program for teens will be Monday through Aug. 1 at all York County libraries with programs, prizes and food for rising sixth through 12th graders. Some programs require advance registration. A sample of programs are listed below. For a complete schedule visit www.yclibrary.org or call 981-5830. Related events include:
• Teen screen, 4 to 6 p.m. June 19 at the Clover Public Library and 2 to 4 p.m. June 30 at the York County Library. Teens can watch a movie; the title will be announced later.
• Teen advisory board, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the York Public Library and 5:30 to 7 p.m. June 24 at the York County Library. The teen advisory board selects materials for the young adult collection and plans events for teens.
• Green Teens: altered books workshop, 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the York Public Library. Transform old books into unique scrapbooks, albums or journals. Call 684-3751 to register.
• Teen Tech Night, 6 to 8:45 p.m. Thursday at the York County Library. Online gaming is available and teens can learn how to use a free downloadable audio book service. Parental permission to use the Internet is required. Call 981-5860 to register.
• Teens Write Now, 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the York County Library. Share poetry, stories and other writings.
• Anime Club, 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 23 at the York County Library. Join other fans to view and discuss anime and manga, hear guest speakers and share work.
• Green Teens: Make a jean purse, 4 to 6 p.m. June 26 at the Fort Mill Public Library. Call 547-4114 to register. Turn your jeans into a funky purse.
State park hike, archaeology are among CHM programs
The Culture and Heritage Museums will have the following events:
• Explore Landsford Canal for the June installment of a series of monthly day trips. Join Geologist Irene Boland, natural history curator Steve Fields and historian Michael Scoggins from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Participants must be 18 or older and will learn about natural and cultural history. Wear clothing appropriate for hiking and bring a bag lunch, water and sunscreen. The group will meet at the Museum of York County, 4621 Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill. For trip details, call Steve Fields at 329-2121 or e-mail him at email@example.com. Cost is $20 for museum members and $25 for non-members. To register call Barbara Ardrey at 981-9182 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Future programs include Worth Mountain Park and Pickneyville, Aug. 9; Nation Ford and the future Museum of Life and the Environment, Sept. 13; Fish Dam Ford, Oct. 11; and the Broad River, Nov. 8.
• Learn about archeology finds at the future museum site. Brett Riggs and Stephen Davis will speak about Catawba archeology, including their current work, "Archeology in the Old Catawba Nation," from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 17 at the Fort Mill Public Library, 1818 Baxter Crossing. In 2007, work at the site revealed a large, compact circular town of rectangular, post-built houses. Excavations have yielded native pottery, animal bone, botanical remains, ammunition, glass beads and kaolin pipe fragments that point to the economic, political and military importance of the Catawba Nation to South Carolina. The event is free; reservations are required by June 16 at 329-2121.
Art demos , potter event planned by arts council
The Arts Council of York County will have the following events:
• Free artist demonstrations, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at City Plaza, outside at 140 E. Main St., Old Town Rock Hill. Artists include Diane Bissette, pottery; Bonita Strickland, painting and watermedia; and Harriet Goode, figure drawing.
• Daniel Johnson pottery workshop, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Rock Hill Pottery Center, 201 E. Main St. Cost is $50. Registration deadline is Saturday.
For details on these events, call 328-2787 or visit www.yorkcountyarts.org.
Local ministry plans Hagin/Fewell event
Taking the City Ministry will host a Bringing it to the Neighborhood event at the Hagin/Fewell Street Substation at 4 p.m. June 28. The Outreach Ministry is in partnership with the Urban Rock Hill Weed and Seed program. Activities will include live music, a youth praise dance, free food, words of encouragement and more. The event is free and open to the public.
Farmer's market season begins Saturday in Chester
The Chester County Farmer's Market will open at 6 a.m. Saturday in the lot behind the Market Building, 116 Columbia St., Chester. Those interested in selling items must have a permit. Permits may be obtained at the Clemson Extension Office, 109 Ella St., Chester. For details, call the extension office at (803) 385-6181, Ext. 0.
Sharon historical marker to commemorate bank
A new state historical marker will be unveiled at 5:30 p.m. June 24 at 4028 Woodlawn St., Sharon. Speaker will be Jerry West, historian and director of the Museum of Western York County.
West co-authored the text for the historical marker commemorative booklet with Culture and Heritage Museums historian Michael Scoggins. The marker will commemorate the First National Bank of Sharon, founded in 1909 and the oldest continuous operating bank in York County. First National Bank of Sharon was an independent national bank until it merged with First Citizens Bank in 1986. The event is free. For details, visit www.chmuseums.org.
Glencairn Garden to host Friday seminar series
The York County Master Gardener Association and Clemson Extension service are offering a new educational series at Glencairn Garden, First Fridays in the Garden.
The series of free workshops will be from 10 to 11 a.m. the first Friday of each month and will continue throughout the year at the Glencairn Learning Center, 825 Edgemont Ave., Rock Hill. No reservations are necessary. Topics include easy plant propagation, superb herbs, getting potted and introduction to container gardening. For details, call 684-9919, Ext. 112.
Animal rescue group offers low-cost spay/neuter
A new low-cost spay/neuter program for low-income families is available at Richardson Animal Rescue and Adoption in York. The cost of surgery will be based on income. To qualify for assistance, applicants must be college students, unemployed or receiving Social Security, disability or public assistance. For details and appointments, call 684-6865 or visit RichardsonRescue.petfinder.com.
Lake Wylie fireworks need local donations
The Lake Wylie community July 4th fireworks display fund is in need of donations. The display is funded solely through donations. Send donations to the Camp Thunderbird fireworks fund, One Thunderbird Lane, Lake Wylie, S.C. 29710.
PRT trips planned to hike and paddle
Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism will have the following trips:
• A parent and child climbing day trip to Pilot Mountain, N.C., June 19. The group will depart at 8 a.m. from the Rock Hill City Hall parking lot, 155 Johnson St., and will return at 4:30 p.m. Transportation and equipment is provided. Paricipants should pack a lunch. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $40 per person.
• A paddle trip on the New River, June 28. The group will paddle a 10-mile stretch on the river through Ashe County, N.C., near North Wilkesboro. Participants can purchase a meal at Shatley Springs Inn Restaurant, which serves family-style home cooking. Previous paddling experience is recommended. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $65 per person or $50 tagalong with own boat. Transportation is included in cost.
To register or for details on either trip, call Tom Bell at 329-5632 or visit www.rockhillrocks.com.
Tootsie Pop Day, yard sales among fundraisers
These fundraisers are planned:
• The BaaRamEweths Sheep 4-H Club will have a yard sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 2350 S.C. 161, York. Sale items include baked goods, coffee and hot dogs. The club is seeking individuals or orgainizations that would like to participate. Tables are $5. The club also is accepting new members for its sheep project, open to ages 5 to 19. For details, call Caci Nance at (803) 818-5139.
• The York County Sheriffs Office will have a yard sale from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the First Wesleyan Church Family Life Center, 1830 York Highway, York. Hot dogs and refreshments will be sold. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics of South Carolina. The church will have a bake sale for the Family Life Center fund. To donate items for the yard sale, call Sgt. Broadus Strain at (803) 230-9197 or at 628-3238.
• The Rock Hill Lions Club will have a Tootsie Pop Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Wal-Mart at the Rock Hill Galleria. The club will sell Lions brooms and flavorings. For details, call Gary at 325-2133. Brooms are also available at Mitchell's Barber Shop, 2101 Mount Gallant Road, and Animal Supply House, 1025 N. Anderson Road, both in Rock Hill.
• Thrift Store Ministries of Western York County, 31 N. Congress St., York, will have a buy one get one free sale on all bathing suits and shorts this week. The store needs donations of furniture, clothing, appliances and other items. Volunteers are needed. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday; the store is closed Wednesday. Thrift Store Ministries serves needy families in the York school district. For details, call 628-0808.
• Alpine Lodge No. 208 and Clover Chapter No. 138 Order of the Eastern Star will have a hot dog sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Alpine Masonic Lodge, 502 North Main St., Clover. Hot dogs are $1.25 each and can be made to order. Eat-in or carry-out are available.
High school grads, families having reunions
The following alumni and families have reunion news to share:
• The Rock Hill Bearcats class of 1954 will have a spring fling from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Rock Hill Moose Lodge, 1025 Ebinport Road. A barbecue lunch will be served. Lunch is $20 per person. There is no cost to attend. For details, call Bobby Stevenson at 329-0675 or Verlayne Henson at 366-1194.
• The Rock Hill High School class of 1978 is seeking alumni contact information for its 30-year reunion on Oct. 4. E-mail information to Tina Shelton Gardner at email@example.com or call her at (803) 242-1850.
• The family of Isaiah and Carrie M. Davis will have a family reunion July 12 and 13 in Rock Hill. A planning meeting will be at 4 p.m. June 21 at the home of George Davis. For details, call Debra D. Chisholm at 328-1307 or Cedric Davis at 325-1947.
• The Clover High School class of 1998 is seeking contact information for its 10-year reunion Oct. 11. E-mail information to Jackie Meek Krashner at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (704) 913-5850 or to Jessica Rogers Smith at email@example.com or call her at (803) 493-2794.
Local groups have meeting news to share
The following will meet:
• The Lewisville Preservation Society's June ladies night date has been changed. Ladies night has been rescheduled to 7 p.m. June 19 at the Front Porch Restaurant, 3072 Lancaster Highway, Richburg. Visitors are welcome. A buffet dinner will be sold. The program wil be Archaeology in the Catawba Valley and speaker will be Dr. Brett Riggs of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Department of Archaeology.
• The Marine Corps League, consisting of retired and veteran Marines, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 732 W. Main St., Rock Hill. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month. Visitors are welcome. For details, call Don Hicks at 517-7253 or 328-1054.
• The Southern Piedmont Adoptive Families of America will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the first-floor temporary conference room of the Catholic Diocese Pastoral Center, 1123 S. Church St., Charlotte. A welcome and introduction for new members and visitors will be at 6 p.m. A discussion titled "How to Navigate the System: Initial Involvement to Permanence" will be presented by Jennifer Freeman and Larissa Spell-Berger from the Mecklenburg County DSS. They will discuss realistic expectations, time and costs. For details, visit www.spafa.org.
• The National Association of Retired Federal Employees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Firebonz All American Barbecue and Grill, 2445 Cherry Road, Rock Hill. Lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. and a business meeting will follow at noon. Members Clair Smith and Virginia Pratt will speak about the South Carolina State Convention.
• The City Bridge Club of Rock Hill will play bridge each Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Coffee is served at 9 a.m. Cost is $11 and includes lunch. For details or to find a partner, call Raelene Kirkbride at 328-8740.
• The Lake Wylie Lioness Lions Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. June 13 at River Hills Country Club, 1 Country Club Drive, Lake Wylie. New officers will be installed. Lunch will served. Those interested in attending the meeting and learning about the group's fundraising should call Becky Beckham at (803) 831-8262.
• The Catawba River Art Guild will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Arts Council of York County, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill. The program will be "I Can't Draw; Can I Still Paint?" by local artist Marcia Kort Buike. Buike will demonstrate techniques for transferring images onto paper, canvas or walls. For details, call Ashley Barron at 493-4027.
• The Hagins/Fewell neighborhood will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Resource Station on the corner of Sunset Drive and Hagins Street. A representative from the Rock Hill housing and neighborhood services will discuss plans for the old Arcade Mill site. For details, call Zelma Reddick at 366-8449.
-Summer meal program begins on Monday
Free summer meals are available to all Rock Hill children ages 18 and younger from Monday through Aug. 15 as part of the USDA Summer Food Service Program. The program brings healthy lunches to children in need. To find a lunch site call 909-7511.
Senior expo planned at York church
The 2008 Western York County Senior Expo will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 24 at Filbert Presbyterian Church, 2066 Filbert Highway, York. The expo invites seniors, caregivers and health professionals to view products, benefits and services available to the elderly in York County.
Free health services, screenings and information will be provided. Admission, food and beverages are free. There will be entertainment and door prizes. The Greater York Chamber of Commerce with the Greater Clover Chamber of Commerce and Individuals Caring for the Elderly are sponsoring the event.
York soup kitchen is open twice a week
Grace and Mercy Kitchen Ministry will have its soup kitchen open from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays each week at Wesley United Methodist Church, 110 W. Jefferson St., York. Volunteers are needed. For details or to volunteer, call Bunny Wells at (803) 628-1660.
Hospice programs include Father's Day brunch
Hospice and Community Care, 2275 India Hook Road, Rock Hill, will have the following events:
• Inaugural Father's Day brunch from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday. The event will memorialize the loss of fathers and is open to Hospice families and the public. Registration is required by Monday. For details, call a bereavement counselor at 329-1500.
• Volunteer training from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 21. Positions include knitting prayer shawls for patients, helping during community events, clerical work, assisting with children's programs, patient companionship and more. For details, call the volunteer department at 329-1500.
Sterling House seminars planned on music, more
The Sterling House of Rock Hill, 1920 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill, will have the following events:
• An educational seminar about benefits and resources for seniors at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Margaret Hollis, benefits consultant for Senior Solutions will discuss the Advantage Plan and answer questions.
• Move to the Music, about the benefits of movement and music, 6 p.m. June 19. Guest speaker will be Stephanie Campbell of Total Care Home Health.
Admission is free and there will be door prizes and refreshments. For reservations or details, call Geri Tucker at 366-1189.
Support groups help with mental illness, more
The following will meet:
• The National Alliance on Mental Illness will have support group meetings from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, 421 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. Parents of children and teens will meet in the education building, room 202. Child care is available in the nursery. The adult support group will meet in the Hut. A NAMI general meeting will be from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Hut. Judge John Gettys will discuss the judicial system and mental illness. For details, parents call Carol Mapp at 324-0780 and adults call Dave Cardwell at 328-9679.
• A caregiver support group will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, 2868 Gaston Farm Road, Richburg. Agape Hospice is sponsoring the group. Caregivers will talk about caring and coping and can share ideas, joys and challenges. The group meets the second Thursday of each month. For details, call Agape Hospice at 329-4544 or (866) 202-6342 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.