Garden to celebrate 50 years with music, refreshments

Students from SOAR, Summer Opportunities for Academic and Recreational Summer School Program, for special need elementary students in York School district visited the Catawba Cultural Center Indian Reservation on Monday.
Students from SOAR, Summer Opportunities for Academic and Recreational Summer School Program, for special need elementary students in York School district visited the Catawba Cultural Center Indian Reservation on Monday.

Glencairn Garden's 50th anniversary kick-off celebration will be from 3 to 5 p.m. June 22. The event, which will mark the beginning of a year-long celebration for Glencairn Garden, will feature a concert by the Blue Chip Band and a brief program reflecting the history and significance of the garden.

The concert will be on Crest Street in front of the Bigger House. Balloons and light refreshments will be available while supplies last. The event kicks off the "face lift" that the garden will undergo during the following months as construction begins on new phases of the garden's master plan.

In case of inclement weather, call 329-5620 or visit for event status. Crest Street will be blocked at Charlotte Avenue.

Parking will be available at Garden Sanctuary Church, with an entrance off Wilson Street. Other activities and special events will be held monthly in the garden through 2008 and again in 2009.

Richburg tractor show planned on Saturday

The Richburg tractor show will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Lewisville High School, 3971 Lewisville High School Road, Richburg. Tractor owners are invited to bring their tractors and farm equipment to display.

Admission is free and there is no registration. Tom Weaver will demonstrate his binder and thrasher machines. Barbecue plates will be sold for $7.

The show is sponsored by the Richburg Masonic Lodge. Non-food vendors are welcome to participate, and tables are $20. For details, call Weaver at (803) 377-0502.

Lauren Pines area to host summer concert series

A free summer concert series, Music in the Pines, will be held in the Lauren Pines subdivision on S.C. 161, between S.C. 55 and U.S. 321 in York.

A preshow will be from 6:15 to 7 p.m. and a concert will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 27, July 11 and 25 and Aug. 8 and 29. Bring blankets, chairs and picnic baskets. Food vendors will be available. For details, visit

Hudson family performing at Allison Creek event

The Hudson Family Band will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday at Allison Creek Bluegrass at Allison Creek Presbyterian Church, 5780 Allison Creek Road, York. Food is available at 6:30 p.m.

The band, consisting of the Hudson family -- dad, mom, eight children and grandma -- includes two five-piece bands. The event is free and open to the public.

Thursday's show will conclude the spring series. The concerts will resume in August. For details, visit

City Hall gallery hosts Amanda Tucker's work

The paintings of Lancaster artist Amanda Tucker are on display during June in the Rock Hill City Hall Rotunda Gallery, second floor, 155 Johnson St. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For details, call the arts council at 328-2787, visit or e-mail

Neighbor event planned in the Hagin/Fewell area

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.

PRT events include climbing, paddle trip

Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism will have the following trips:

• A parent and child climbing day trip to Pilot Mountain, N.C., Thursday. 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. Participants 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 for tagalongs with their own boat. Transportation is included in the cost.

To register or for details on either trip, call Tom Bell at 329-5632 or visit

Historical marker unveiling planned June 24 in Sharon

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

Photo event, artist demos announced by arts council

The Arts Council of Rock Hill will have the following events:

• The fourth annual photography competition awards ceremony, opening reception and Art Crawl, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill. The event is free and open to the public.

• Earth Fare Supermarket store opening event with artist demonstrations and displays, live music and local entertainment, June 25 through 27 at the Earth Fare Store, 725 Cherry Road, Winthrop Commons, Rock Hill. Five percent of total store sales during the three-day event will be donated to the arts council. For details, call 327-2787 or visit

Reading program planned at Hunter Street school

Hunter Street Elementary School in York will have a free summer reading program for its students. Students may check out library books and participate in fun literacy activities on these dates:

• Library hours, 9 a.m. to noon, activities 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Monday.

• Library hours 3 to 6 p.m., activities 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., June 23.

• Library hours 9 a.m. to noon, activities 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., June 30.

• Library hours 3 to 6 p.m., activities 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., July 14.

• Library hours 9 a.m. to noon, activities 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., July 21.

• Library hours from 3 to 6 p.m., activities from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. July 28.

• Library hours from 9 a.m. to noon, activities from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Aug. 4.

Vacation reading program includes special events

All York County libraries will offer a free vacation reading program for ages 3 to 12 through Aug. 1. For details, visit or call 981-5888. Children can keep track of minutes read or being read to and will receive prizes when they meet goals.

A partial program schedule is:

• Dinosaur, 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Tuesday, Fort Mill Public Library; 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Wednesday, York County Library, Rock Hill; 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Clover Public Library; 2:30 and 4 p.m. Thursday, York County Library; and 10:30 a.m. Friday, 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.

• Insect-O-Mania, for ages 10 to 12, 11 a.m. June 23 and 3 p.m. July 29, York County Library, Rock Hill. Learn about the fascinating life of bees from a local beekeeper and make an earthworm hotel. To register, call 981-5888.

• Creepy, Crawly Critters, for ages 6 to 9, 3 p.m. June 24 and 11 a.m. July 22 at the York County Library. To register call 981-5888. Explore the lives of good and bad bugs with a special guest, The Orkin Lady, become a certified master bug hunter and make insect crafts.

• Teddy Time, 2:30 and 4 p.m. June 24 at the Fort Mill Public Library; 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. June 25 at the York County Library; 10:30 a.m. June 26 at the Clover Public Library; 2:30 and 4 p.m. June 26 at the York Public Library; and 10:30 a.m. June 27 at the Lake Wylie Public Library.

The summer reading program for teens will be 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 or call 981-5830. Related events include:

• Teen Screen, 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday 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, 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.

• 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.

Library locations:

n The York County Library, 138 E. Black St., Rock Hill, 981-5858.

n The York Library, 21 E. Liberty St., York, 684-3751.

n The Clover Library, 107 Knox St., Clover, (803) 222-3474.

n The Fort Mill Library, 1818 Second Baxter Crossing, Fort Mill, 547-4114.

n The Lake Wylie Library, 185 Blucher Circle, Lake Wylie, (803) 831-7774.

Archaeology, planetarium events scheduled by CHM

The Culture and Heritage Museums will have the following events:

• Learn about archaeology finds at the future museum site. Brett Riggs and Stephen Davis will speak about Catawba archaeology, including their work, "Archaeology in the Old Catawba Nation," from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday 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 bones, 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 Monday at 329-2121.

• Wonderful Wednesday series at 11 a.m. Wednesdays, through July 30 at the Museum of York County, 4621 Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill. The series offers a different program each week. After the program, participants can explore the museum, take part in hands-on activities or bring a picnic. Cost is $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 ages 4 to 17 and free for children ages 3 and younger and CHM members. Group rates are available. Groups of 15 or more must register by calling (803) 981-9182.

• Special planetarium show times are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 11 a.m., 2 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and 3 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 3 at the Museum of York County's Settlemyre Planetarium. For details, call 329-2121 or visit Special planetarium shows are available for groups of 30 or more with advance reservations by calling 981-9182.

Health lifestyles seminar offered for kids, youth

Learn about healthy lifestyles at the 4-H Food, Gardening and You seminar for youth sponsored by the Clemson Extension 4-H of York.

A seminar for ages 6 to 9 will last from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday and Friday at the York County Extension Office, 120 N. Congress St., York. A seminar for ages 7 to 10 will be from 10 a.m. to noon July 9 through 11 at the Rock Hill Learning Center, 825 Edgemont Ave. Registration fee is $15.

Participants will learn how to prepare and cook healthy foods and how vegetables grow and will see literature and videos about plants. For details, call Margie Sippel at 684-9919, Ext. 113, or e-mail her at

Cattlemen, farm bureau offering scholarships

These scholarships are being offered:

• The South Carolina Cattlemen's Association will award two $1,000 scholarships. One will go to a college student whose intent is to pursue a four-year degree in applied agricultural sciences. A second will be awarded to a college student who plans to pursue a four-year degree, with no restriction on the field. For more details or an application, visit or contact the SCCA office at (877) 859-9121. Entry deadline is July 1.

• The York County Farm Bureau is seeking applicants for its annual scholarship, awarded to a student pursing a higher education degree in agriculture or a related field, after completing a semester at a four-year school. The amount is $1,000 annually, to be awarded $500 each semester. The scholarship will be awarded to a York County resident based on character, demonstrated leadership abilities and dedication to agriculture or a related field. Applications are available at the York County Farm Bureau, 1735 Old York Road, York, and are due by June 30. For details, call Laverne Spoon, (803) 684-4235.

Entries sought for literary competitions

Entries for the Arts Council of York County's 2008 literary competition are being accepted. Cash prizes will be awarded to winners in poetry and fiction.

Entry deadline is July 7. Winners will be announced by Aug. 1. For details and guidelines, visit, call the arts council at 328-2787 or e-mail

Crescent Shrine Club is hosting steak night

The Crescent Shrine Club will have a steak night from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and every third Thursday of each month at the club, 2065 McConnells Highway, Rock Hill. Steak is $12 and hamburger steak is $9, and both plates include baked potato, tea or coffee, roll and salad bar. The event is open to the public.

Entertainers needed for Clover fall event

Entertainers are needed for the Clover Fall Festival on Sept. 20. Singers, dancers, groups or other performers interested should call Gina Bruce at Clover Parks and Recreation at (803) 322-9493. All acts are subject to approval and no one will be allowed to perform without registering. There is no cost to participate. Registration deadline is Aug. 30. The festival will raise money for underprivileged children.

Pet foster seminar offered in Lancaster

A free seminar on fostering pets will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the AFLAC store, 126 S. Main St., Lancaster. The Humane Society of Lancaster County will conduct the seminar, open to residents 21 or older. Space is limited. To register or for details, call (803) 285-1401 or (803) 289-9820 or e-mail

Bethany honors heroes with its 2009 calendar

The 2009 calendar, "Bethany's Heroes: The Men and Women of World War II and Korea," is now being sold. The calendar features 87 veterans from the Bethany community, including more than 150 photos, first-hand stories and excerpts from the "Bethany Blab," a school-sponsored newsletter during the 1940s that kept students and soldiers in touch during World War II.

Calendars are $15 and available at McGill's Store, 12345 S.C. 55, Clover; Mac's Store and Grill, 2403 S.C. 55, Clover; Medicap Pharmacy, 1120 Devinney Road, York, and Bethany Elementary School, 337 Maynard Grayson Road, Clover.

Proceeds benefit the Bethany Elementary School historical committee. Committee members plan to use funds to preserve and display artifacts given to the school's historical museum.

The 2009 calendar was unveiled during a memorial service in May at the elementary school. For details, call Kathy McCarter, principal of Bethany Elementary School, (803) 222-4093.

Learn to line dance with Lancaster shaggers

Lancaster Shag Club line dancing lessons will begin at 7 p.m. every Thursday through the summer at the Lancaster Moose Lodge, 200 Moose Drive.

Each session will include a review of dances and instruction in new dances. Cost is $2 per person per lesson. For details, call club president Nita Brown at (803) 286-5694.

Master gardener classes will begin in August

Classes for the York County master gardener training program will last from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 5 and continue through Oct. 28 at the Clemson Extension Office, 120 N. Congress St., York.

The program is open to all adults, regardless of gardening experience. Participants will learn about all aspects of gardening, such as soils, garden pests, beneficial insects, plant physiology, growing vegetables, fruits, trees, shrubs, flowers, lawns and more.

Class fee is $150, payable upon acceptance. The fee covers the cost of materials and literature. In addition to the fee, those successfully completing the program will be required to volunteer a minimum of 40 hours of community service, including answering gardening questions from consumers, community beautification projects or other gardening activities sponsored by the extension service.

For applications, call the York County Extension office at 684-9919, Ext. 114. Enrollment is limited and applications are due by July 2.

Local adult ed center offers computer training

Computer classes are offered at the Rock Hill Adult Education Center during July and August. Registration is from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the center, 1234 Flint St. Ext., Rock Hill. Cost is $75. For details, call (803) 981-1375. Classes offered are:

• Basic Introduction to Windows, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 8, 10, 15 and 17.

• Microsoft Word level I, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 22, 24, 29 and 31.

• Microsoft Word level II, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 5, 7, 12 and 14.

Lake Wylie fireworks needs local donations

The Lake Wylie community July 4 fireworks display fund is in need of donations. The display is funded solely through donations. Send donations to the Camp Thunderbird Fireworks Fund, 1 Thunderbird Lane, Lake Wylie, S.C. 29710.

Thrift store sale, golf tourney are among local fundraisers

The following will have fundraisers:

• Thrift Store Ministries of Western York County, 31 N. Congress St., York, will have a buy-one-get-one-free sale on all shoes and pocketbooks 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.

• The 2008 Power of Mentoring golf tournament will be at 9 a.m. June 27 with a shotgun start at Waterford Golf Club, 1900 Clubhouse Drive, Rock Hill. A continental breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $80 per person and $300 per four-person team. Fee includes range balls, green fee, GPS, online scoring cart, continental breakfast and lunch. Proceeds will benefit the Rock Hill schools mentoring program, which provides a support system to enhance the school experience. For details, call Zipporah Little at 981-1088 or e-mail her at

• Faith Christian Ministries Men's Ministry will have a fish fry beginning at 10:30 a.m. June 28 at 213 S. Anderson Road, Rock Hill. Fish sandwiches are $3.50 and fish plates are $6.50. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be sold. To pre-order or for delivery, call 328-2246.

American Legion, dancers announce gatherings

These groups announce meeting information:

• The Fort Mill American Legion Auxiliary will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the legion hall, 427 Banks St., Fort Mill. The installation of new officers will be held. This is the last meeting until Sept. 18, when a new itinerary and new committee positions will be offered. Members are reminded to drop off items for a bake sale for the legion's Fourth of July stew by 11 a.m. July 4.

• The Ballroom Dance Club will have its fourth Friday dance from 8 to 10 p.m. June 27 at the Springs Recreation Complex, 971 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill. Disc Jockey will be Jim Wright. Dress is dressy casual and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Members are asked to bring snacks to share. Admission for first- and second-time visitors is $5 and other visitors are $10. Beginners and experienced dancers are welcome. For details, call Joyce at 366-9805 or visit

Local alumni groups announce reunion news

The following alumni are meeting:

• The Northwestern High School class of 1997 is organizing a planning meeting for its 12-year reunion. Anyone interested should contact Molly Myers at Alumni may send contact information to Myers' e-mail address.

• The Fort Mill High School class of 1998 is seeking alumni contact information for its 10-year reunion. E-mail information to or call 548-4801.

• The Finley High School class of 1966 will meet at 5 p.m. Saturday at Summit Food and Spirits Restaurant, 134 Main St., Chester. For details, call James Dunham at (704) 232-0793.

Clover preschool accepting registration

First United Methodist Church preschool, 124 Bethel St., Clover, is now enrolling 4-year-olds and children who will be age 3 before Sept. 1. Preschool hours are 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday. For details, call Kathy Hall at (803) 222-3496, Ext. 13.

Red Cross drives planned around area

The American Red Cross is seeking blood donations. All blood or platelet donors who give through June 30 will be entered into a drawing for one of two $750 gas cards.

Donors must be 17 years or older, weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health and provide a valid form of ID. Donation takes about an hour. To schedule an appointment or for details, visit or call (800) 448-3543.

The York County chapter's Bloodmobile schedule is:

• 2:30 to 7 p.m., Monday, Red Cross office, 200 Piedmont Blvd., Rock Hill.

• 3 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Charlotte Knights Stadium, 2280 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill.

• 2:30 to 7 p.m., June 24, downtown Ecumenical at First ARP Church, 201 E. White St., Rock Hill.

Family center has medical clinic

The Rock Hill Family Resource Center, 217 Orange St., will have a free medical clinic from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday for children through age 18 who do not have insurance or Medicaid. Other free pediatric clinics are located in Fort Mill, Clover and York. Services include immunizations, sick visits and physicals.

For appointments or directions, call (803) 322-6636. For details, call 980-2079. Parking is at the rear of the building and entrance is through the red door.

Fitness for seniors offered at Westminster

Westminster Towers of Rock Hill is beginning a new community fitness club for seniors hosted by Grace Lutheran Church. The club will meet from 9 to 10:30 a.m. beginning Monday at the church social hall, 426 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill.

Classes will meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The class is limited to 25 participants able to walk unassisted. The club will focus on improving the conditioning of active senior adults, ages 65 and older. Sessions will include light to moderate exercises that focus on cardiovascular conditioning, muscle strength, muscle flexibility, balance and agility.

Jonathan Kimball will conduct the program. Kimball is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with a master's degree in fitness and wellness and is the wellness director at Westminster Towers Retirement Community. For details, call Kimball at 328-5211.

Health, wellness event is planned in Rock Hill

A health and wellness fair will be from 9 a.m. to noon June 21 at Foundation A.M.E. Zion Church, 1852 Neely Store Road, Rock Hill. Services include information and screening for blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stress management, osteoporosis, arthritis, respiratory and nutrition.

Health agencies will be on site, including the York County fire marshall, York County Teen Health Center, York County Sheriff's Department, York County Council on Aging, American Red Cross, Safe Passage Sexual Resource Center, Keystone Substance Abuse Services, Rock Hill Rescue Squad and Catawba Mental Health. The event is free and open to the public. For details, call Diane Hicklin at 329-2762.

Senior expo planned in York

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 for 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.

Movement, music are topics of program

A program about the benefits of movement and music, Move to the Music, will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at Sterling House of Rock Hill, 1920 Ebenezer Road.

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.

Volunteer training offered by Hospice

Volunteer training for Hospice and Community Care will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the campus, 2275 India Hook Road, Rock Hill. 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.

Free HIV testing offered in York

Free HIV testing will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 27 at Galilee Baptist Church, 15 Galilean Road, York. June 27 is National HIV Testing Day, a national mobilization effort to encourage people to get tested. Refreshments and prizes will be available.

Catawba Care Coalition is sponsoring the event. The coalition provides free walk-in HIV testing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at 1151 Camden Ave., Rock Hill.

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