It's all happening at the museum

The Culture and Heritage Museums will have the following events:

n A tour of the archives, from 11 to 11:45 a.m. July 5 at the Historical Center of York County at McCelvery Center, 212 E. Jefferson St., York. Participants will look at how the archives stores records and resources donated from the public. The free public event is part of the ancestors and archives series. For details, call 684-3948.

n Battle of Huck's Defeat, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 12 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 13. Three significant battles of the Revolutionary War in the Carolina backcountry will be re-enacted. During the event, see how soldiers and civilians of the Carolina Piedmont survived the war. Activities include music, firearms demonstrations, talks by noted experts and examples of camp life. Youth can explore the children's encampment area and play with historic toys and games, participate in military drills and take part in a Revolutionary War camp. Cost is $10 adults; $8 seniors; $5 youth ages 4 to 17; and free for children three and younger. CHM members will receive $2 discount.

Photos by Joel Nichols on display at Winthrop

The work of photographer Joel "Nick" Nichols will be on display at Winthrop University's Dacus Library during June. The exhibit of 15 photographs, which spans the decades from the 1960s to the present, includes campus scenes, students and theater productions. The exhibit is free and open to the public by appointment by calling 323-2131.

Nichols has been Winthrop University's photographer since 1962. A permanent display of his work is exhibited at Winthrop's Joynes Hall and at his alma mater, Erskine College.

Nichols is also a graduate of the U.S. Army photography school at Fort Monmouth, N.J., and is a third-generation photographer, learning skills from his father and grandfather, who were both professional photographers.

Nichols has received six honor awards from the University Photographers Association of America for excellence in university photography. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and scholarly journals.

Develop creative writing at York Tech

A free creative writing workshop by Martha Macdonald, English instructor at York Technical College, will be at noon Thursday in the York Technical College Library room 100, 452 Anderson Road, Rock Hill. Macdonald will read passages from her recently published novel, "Psaltery at White Oaks."

Participants are asked to bring a bag lunch. Light refreshments will be served. The event is open to the community. For details, call Macdonald at 981-7341 or e-mail her at

Clover fall festival needs entertainers

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) 222-9493.

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.

PMC clinic needs local bilingual volunteers

Bilingual volunteers are needed for Palmetto Volunteers in Medicine, a free clinic that will be opening in the fall across from Piedmont Medical Center. The clinic will serve uninsured and qualified York County residents. To volunteer call Barbara Guidry at 325-2537 or e-mail

Lancaster humane society needs foster care

The Humane Society of Lancaster is seeking foster homes for dogs, cats and special needs pets. The shelter's foster homes are currently over crowded and unable to take in more animals. To volunteer, call (803) 285-5900.

Falcon Cheerleaders hold meet, greet event

A meet and greet for the 2008 Falcon Cheerleaders will be at 6:30 p.m. today at the Manchester Meadows Soccer Complex picnic area, 337 E. Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill. The event is for any new or returning cheerleader and activities include a hot dog dinner and uniform fittings for those needing to order uniforms. For details, call Ms. Hart at (803) 322-4290.

New charter school hosting local meetings

Public meetings will be held for those interested in a new charter school, York Preparatory Academy, opening in the fall of 2009 for grades K through 8.

Meeting times are 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Boyd Hill Community Center, 1165 Constitution Blvd., Rock Hill and 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Fort Mill Public Library, 1818 Second Baxter Crossing. For details, call 327-1550 or visit

Computer class is offered for job seekers

Panorama Computer Learning, a nonprofit organization, will have a Microsoft 3-in-1 computer class offered at a 50 percent discount for people who are unemployed. The class will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday the Wingate Inn Hotel, 760 Galleria Blvd., Rock Hill. Students will learn to use Word, Excel and PowerPoint in a hands-on computer class. Dell notebook computers will be provided for classroom use. Cost is $25 for those that are unemployed and $50 for regular enrollment. To enroll, call Susan Woods at 324-3783 or (704) 968-2769 or visit

Workshops offered for civic, church groups

Community education workshops for groups, civic organizations and church gatherings are offered by Agape Hospice of the Piedmont. The topics and times are developed based on the request of the group and can cover subjects such as Hospice: Its about living; Lean on Me, a grief and loss discussion; Caring for Someone You Love, resources and support discussion for caregivers; Comfort My People, a ministering to ones facing terminal illness; Joy in the Journey, inspirational words and music based on Galatians 5:22-23; and A Gift For Those You Love, healthcare decision making.

For details or to schedule a program, call Grace Waddell, community education coordinator, at (803) 230-1591 or (866) 202-6342 or e-mail her at

Workshop on STDs offered at Emmett Scott

A free workshop about STDs, HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy, and drug and alcohol abuse will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Emmett Scott Center, 801 Crawford Road, Rock Hill.

The program is for ages 13 to 18. Children under 13 may attend with a parent. Guest centers will be the Catawba Health Care Coalition and the Palmetto Teen Pregnancy Center.

For details, call LaToya Mayes at (803) 984-2975 or the Emmett Scott Center at 329-5661. The event is sponsored by C.R.A.V.E., a youth enrichment program for ages 6 to 18 that teaches youth good character, respect, a positive attitude, personal and family values and the importance of education.