Ministry brings the party to Hagin/Fewell Street

FILE |  Children watch a York County Library presentation during its summer reading program.
FILE | Children watch a York County Library presentation during its summer reading program.

Taking the City Ministry will host a Bringing it to the Neighborhood event at the Hagin/Fewell Street substation at 5 p.m. Saturday. 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. For more information or to arrange transportation, call Deaconess Jacqui at 328-2263.

New River paddle trip being planned by PRT

Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism will have a paddle trip on the New River Saturday. 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

State historical marker to commemorate bank

A new state historical marker will be unveiled at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at 4028 Woodlawn St., Sharon. Speaker will be Jerry West, a 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

Youth art sought for Lancaster show, sale

The 2008 Kids Art Show and Sale in Lancaster is seeking works of art from students ages 5 to 18. All two- and three-dimensional works are accepted. Art is due by July 6 to Bob Doster's Backstreet Gallery, 217 East Gay St., Lancaster.

To schedule a delivery time, call (803) 285-9190. All work exhibited can be offered for sale with proceeds to the artists. The exhibit and sale will be from 5 to 8 p.m. July 11 at the gallery. The event is open to the public and refreshments will be served. For details, call Avant Garde Center for the Arts, (803) 287-7853 or e-mail

Kick-off planned for youth outreach program

Boyd Hill Baptist Church Youth Outreach Ministries will have a kick-off for its youth program from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church, 315 Glenn St., Rock Hill.

Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. The event will include praise teams and youth speakers. Door prizes will be awarded every 30 minutes, but you must be at the event by 12:30 p.m. to be eligible. Admission is free and all youth are invited to attend. Lunch will be served. For details, call Rev. Neely-Goodwin at 327-8825 or Pastor Barber at 327-2422.

Easy, healthy eating is topic of library program

A free program about easy healthy eating will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the York County Library, 138 E. Black St., Rock Hill. An expert will discuss how to makeover favorite recipes, discover healthy restaurant options and decipher supplement claims. The program is offered in conjunction with the YMCA Activate series for healthy living. For details, visit

Fourth events include fireworks, parades more

These July 4th events are planned:

n Good Samaritan United Methodist Church will have a July 4th celebration at 7 p.m. Saturday at the church, 5220 Crowders Cove Lane, Lake Wylie. Activities include fellowship and karaoke. The event is open to the public.

n The Lake Wylie Community Fourth of July fireworks display will be at dusk, approximately 9:45 p.m., July 4 at Lake Wylie by the Buster Boyd Bridge, S.C. Hwy. 49 at Lake Wylie. The best viewing sites are the Buster Boyd Bridge Boat Landing, T-Bones on the Lake outside deck, Rey Azteca deck at Lake Wylie Plaza and Lake Wylie Italian and Pizza on patio at Lake Wylie Plaza.

n The Tega Cay Lions Club will have its annual fish fry from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 4 at the Phillip Glennon Community Center in Tega Cay. The menu choices will include flounder or chicken fingers with baked beans, potato salad, hushpuppies, slaw and iced tea. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Bruster's Real Ice Cream will sell ice cream. Food is available for dine-in in the air conditioned community center or take-out . Tickets may be purchased from any Tega Cay Lion or by calling 548-1648 or 548-3539. Following the fish fry, the City of Tega Cay will have its 26th anniversary party, a dedication of the Philip T. Glennon Community Center, the cutting of the birthday cake and fireworks.

n The annual July 4th firing of the cannon and Independence Day Celebration will be at 10 a.m. July 4 in the Historic Band Stand in Confederate Park downtown Fort Mill. Guest speaker will be Congressman John M. Spratt. The event will also feature patriotic music and Mike Short will fire the cannon in celebration of the nation's 232nd birthday. The event is free and open to the public. For details call 547-2116. The Town of Fort Mill is sponsoring the event.

Summer reading program is offered at York 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:

n Library hours 3 to 6 p.m., activities 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monday.

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

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

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

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

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

Local library programs involve insects, teddies

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:

n Insect-O-Mania, for ages 10 to 12, 11 a.m. Monday 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.

n Creepy, Crawly Critters, for ages 6 to 9, 3 p.m. Tuesday 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.

n Teddy Time, 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Fort Mill Public Library; 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Wednesday at the York County Library; 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Clover Public Library; 2:30 and 4 p.m. Thursday at the York Public Library; and 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Lake Wylie Public Library. A lovable bunch of teddy bears dance, play music, juggle and get into some mischief in this puppet show presented by Becky's Box of Puppets.

n Itty Bitty Baby Bugs, for babies 23 months and under and their caregivers, 4 p.m. July 1 or 10 a.m. July 17 at the York County Library, call 981-5888 to register. Bring your babies to a wiggly, giggly story time filled with stories, rhymes and songs about our smallest creatures.

n Sadie's Spectacular Saturday, 1, 2:30, and 4 p.m. at the Fort Mill Public Library; 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. July 2 at the York County Library; 10:30 a.m. July 3 at the Clover Public Library; and 2:30 and 4 p .m. July 3 at the York 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:

n Teen Screen, 2 to 4 p.m. June 30 at the York County Library. Teens can watch a movie; the title will be announced later.

n Teen Advisory Board, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the York County Library. The teen advisory board selects materials for the young adult collection and plans events for teens.

n Anime Club, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at the York County Library. Join other fans to view and discuss anime and manga, hear guest speakers and share work.

n Green Teens: Make a jean purse, 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday 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.

Emmett Scott grads plan July 5 gathering

The Emmett Scott Class of 1962 will have a fellowship picnic at 5 p.m. July 5 at Cherry Park. All alumni are invited to enjoy fellowship, food and fun. 2009 reunion packages will be given out. For details, call Jackie Thomas at (803) 817-1703.

It's time to sign up for United Way golf tourney

The 11th annual United Way of York County Hospitality Open is seeking teams and individuals for the benefit tournament to be held at 1 p.m. June 30 at Regent Park Golf Club, 6000 Regent Parkway, Fort Mill. Foursomes are $500 and individual players are $125.

The event includes lunch by McAlister's Deli, golf, range balls, shirts, dinner by Outback and an after-party outing at Fishbone Grille. There will be hole-in-one contests and putting contests. Sponsorships are also available. To register, call Dilip Patel at (803) 230-3000 or e-mail him at

Local benefits include golf tourney, fish fry

The following fundraisers are happening:

n The 2008 Power of Mentoring golf tournament will be at 9 a.m. Friday 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

n Faith Christian Ministries Men's Ministry will have a fish fry beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday 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.

n Thrift Store Ministries of Western York County, 31 N. Congress St., York, will have a buy-one-get-one-free sale on all cassette tapes this week and all books are $1 per inch. 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.

n The Bethesda Fire Department is having a pre-order barbecue and hash sale for July 4. Whole cooked Boston Butts are $20, chopped barbecue is $8 per pound and beef hash is $6 per pound. Pre-orders will be taken until June 30 by calling 242-0572. Orders can be picked up beginning at 7 a.m. July 4. All proceeds will go toward the purchase of new equipment.

Dancers, area NAACP announce meeting news

These area clubs announce meeting/event information:

n The Ballroom Dance Club will have its fourth Friday dance from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday 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

n The York County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the administration building, 7900 Park Place Road in the East York Industrial Park, York.

n The Rock Hill branch of the NAACP will have general and youth division meetings at 6 p.m. today and an executive meeting at 5 p.m. today at the Freedom Center, 215 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Topics will include the Centennial Celebration, State Conference Convention in Charlotte, the election of officers for the 2009-2011 years, criteria for a NAACP scholarship and how to apply for the economic stimulus payment. For details, call Susie B. Hinton at 366-2184.

n The Tega Cay Vintage Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Tega Cay Golf Club, in the Phil Glennon Community Center, 1 Molokai Drive, Tega Cay. Cocktails will begin at 6:30 p.m.

n The Rock Hill chapter of NPHC, the National Pan-Helenic Council, will have a one-year anniversary celebration with a three-day event Wednesday through Friday this week. Events include a Home and Safety program at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the York County Library in Rock Hill, 138 E. Black St., Rock Hill; a meet the council and the Alumni Greek Community at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Backstage Karaoke Lounge, 1106 N. Anderson Road, Rock Hill; and a Greek picnic from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday in Confederate Park, North Confederate Avenue, Rock Hill. Advanced meal tickets for the picnic are $10 and can be purchased from a council member or by contacting committee chair, Anthony at (803) 361-5576.

n The Rock Hill chapter National Federation of the Blind will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Red Cross building, 200 Piedmont Blvd., Rock Hill. Discussion topics will include the past yard sale and the upcoming national convention.

Free HIV testing is offered on Friday

Free HIV testing will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Galilee Baptist Church, 15 Galilean Road, York. Friday is National HIV Testing Day, a national mobilization 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.

Cooling help available from local agency

Carolina Community Actions is offering the Emergency Cooling and Direct Assistance Cooling program to assist eligible households facing a crisis with electric bills or air conditioners because of severe heat. The households must not have been served from January 2008 through April 30, 2008.

The program offers assistance only one time during the year. Priority is given to households of the elderly, disabled or containing children ages 5 or younger.

Other programs are available to assist with other needs, such as rent, utilities, water, medicine employment and more. For details, call the Carolina Community Actions office in your county, York, 366-5537; Chester (803) 385-5205; and Lancaster, (803) 285-2034.

Senior expo planned at York area church

The 2008 Western York County Senior Expo will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday 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.