The 91st annual Hopewell Day Picnic and Gospel Singing will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the old Hopewell Schoolhouse off of S.C. 97 outside Hickory Grove. Groups featured this year are the Chapelettes of Gaffney, the Hampton's of Blacksburg and the Riverside Boys from Lockhart. The event includes fellowship, gospel singing, Hopewell Hash and more. For details, Chris Revels at (803) 925-2840.
Juried art competition exhibit opens Wednesday
The Arts Council of York County's 19th annual Juried Competition selections will be on exhibit beginning Wednesday through Sept. 21. in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill. An opening reception and awards ceremony will be at 6 p .m. Thursday at the Center for the Arts. Following the reception will be an Art Crawl along Main Street and open artist studios at the Center for the Arts and the Getty's Center. For details, call 328-2787 or visit www.yorkcountyarts.org.
Theater, dance groups planning auditions
The following are having auditions:
n The Rock Hill Community Theatre will have auditions for its production of "Jerry Finnegan's Sister" from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at 240 E. Black St., Rock Hill. One man and one woman, ages 18 to 25, are needed. For details, visit www.rockhilltheatre.org.
n Palmetto Youth Dance Company, a non-profit organization, will have company and "Nutcracker Twist" auditions from 2 to 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at Fort Mill High School auditorium, 225 Munn Road, Fort Mill. For details, visit www.pydc.net or call 547-7414.
n The York County Ballet will have auditions for "The Nutcracker" at 6 p.m. Aug. 26 at the studios of the School of Ballet, 1449 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill. Dancers must be at least 8 years old, have competed two years of ballet training and currently studying ballet. For details, visit www.yorkcountyballet.org.
Anyone connected with Chester 4-H invited to drop-in
Chester County 4-H will have a drop-in for the public, 4-H members and leaders, past and present, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Chester YMCA, 157 Columbia St., Chester. For details, call (803) 385-6181 or visit www.clemson.edu/chester.
Now's the time to get in on fall sports with Rock Hill PRT
Fall youth sports registration for Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism's programs continues through Aug. 29. Volunteer coaches are also needed for these programs. The following are offered:
n Football for ages 7 to 10 as of Nov. 30, 2008, $35.
n Recreation soccer for ages 5 to 13 as of Aug. 31, 2008, $35.
n Competitive soccer for ages 10 to 15 as of Aug. 1, 2008, $77.
Registration is taken from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Manchester Meadows, 337 E. Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill; at the Cherry Park tower, 1466 Cherry Road, Rock Hill; the PRT office room 390 at City Hall, 155 Johnson St., Rock Hill; Boyd Hill Recreation Center, 1165 Constitution Blvd., Rock Hill; Emmett Scott Recreation Center, 801 Crawford Road, Rock Hill; Fewell Park Recreation Center, 1204 Alexander Road, Rock Hill and Northside Center, 900 Annafrel St., Rock Hill. For details, call (803) 326-3792, 329-5672 or visit www.rockhillrock.com. Those interested in coaching should call Leslie Ballard at 329-5673.
Fewell Park offering art classes through the fall
Fewell Park Recreation Center will offer the following art classes:
n Ceramics with Ann Pike, 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 2 through Oct. 7, $2 plus supplies.
n Decorative painting with Jean Greco, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 6 to 9 p.m., Sept. 18 through Oct. 23, $65.
n Watercolor painting with Johnny Wine, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Sept. 15 through Oct. 13; or 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 18 through Oct. 16, $44.
n Creative photography with Rebecca McNeely, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 2 through 23, $44.
n Acrylic painting with Elizabeth Hawkins, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Sept 8 and 15, $39 plus supplies.
n Mosaic exploration with Mary Anna Richbourg, 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. Sept 9 through 30, $52 registration plus $20 materials.
n Children's art and creativity with Mary Anna Richbourg, ages 7 to 12, 3:45 to 5 p.m. Sept. 9 through 30 or Oct 7 through 28 or Nov. 11 through Dec. 2, $42.
To register, visit the center from 8:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1204 Alexander Road, Rock Hill. For details, call 329-5645.
Clemson Extension workshop focuses on tree management
Clemson Extension will have a three-day workshop, Master Tree Farmer: Risks and Management, from 7 to 10 p.m. Sept 9, 15 and 23, at nine locations across the state via satellite broadcast. Registration is $90 per person before Aug. 26. To register or for details, visit www.mastertreefarmer.net or e-mail Brian Callahan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (864) 878-1394, Ext. 115.
Get walking for wellness with York County Library
The York County Library will have a program, Walking for Wellness, at 7 p.m. Thursday at the library, 138 E. Black St., Rock Hill. For details, call 981-5844 or visit www.yclibrary.org.
Baxter branch of YMCA offering soccer clinic, play
The Upper Palmetto YMCA Fort Mill Branch in Baxter Village offers the following programs:
n Indoor soccer clinics for 3- and 4-year-olds beginning Sept. 15 through Oct. 17. Registration ends Sept. 15. Cost is $40 for members and $60 for non-members.
n Soccer League for 5- and 6-year-olds and 7-and 8-year-olds. Registration ends Saturday. Practice begins Sept. 8. Cost is $55 for members and $75 non-members.
For details, call Chris Brown at 548-8020.
Come out Aug. 24 to find out about Jabberwock 2009
The Rock Hill Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will host a Jabberwock 2009 orientation session at 4 p.m. Aug. 24 at Dutchman Creek Middle School, 4757 Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill. Girls ages 6 to 18 who are interested in participating in the pageant and their parents are invited. For details, call Millicent Whitener Dickey at (704) 408-8434 or Joya Holmes at 517-2814.
Volunteers needed for guardian ad litem program
Volunteer guardian ad litem training will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 26 through Oct. 28 at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, 421 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. A guardian ad litem is an advocate who speaks for children in family court. The course is free. For details, call 327-9997.
Head back to school with tips from Clemson Extension
The Clemson Extension Service will have a lunch and learn series from noon to 1 p .m. Aug. 26 at the Market Building, 116 Columbia St., Chester. Topic is "Successful Back to School." Cost is $10 and includes lunch. To register or for details, call (803) 385-6181, Ext. 0 or visit www.clemson.edu/chester.
Pet adoption day planned Saturday at Earth Fare
Earth Fare will partner with Richardson Animal Rescue for a pet adoption day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the store, 725 Cherry Road, Rock Hill.
Local groups planning fundraising activities
These area fundraisers are happening:
n CN2 is sponsoring a food drive from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at the office, 135 S. Elizabeth Lane, Rock Hill. Non-perishable food items are needed to replenish local and non-profit agencies in York County. For details, call Linda at (803) 374-6502 or Natalie at (803) 230-3392.
n A benefit barbecue for wounded troops returning from combat will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 29 and will begin at 10 a.m. Aug. 30 at Bethesda Fire Dept., 1705 W. Highway 324, Rock Hill. A benefit motorcycle ride to Chimney Rock for the troops will be Sept. 6. For details, call 328-0779 or 242-0318. Proceeds from both events will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
n Trinity United Methodist Church will have a summerfest breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. Saturday at the church, 22 E. Liberty St., York. Cost is $6 adults; $3 children, ages 4 to 10; and free for children younger than 3. Proceeds benefit the bible study class and Christmas needy families. For details, call Mary Jane Shuler at 684-4539 or Bill Fischer at 628-1744.
n Thrift Store Ministries of Western York County, 31 N. Congress St., York, will have a buy one get one free sale on shoes and pocketbooks this week. Donations of clothes and other items are needed. Thrift Store Ministries serves needy families in the York school district. For details, call 628-0808.
Check here for meeting times for local groups
These area clubs/groups are meeting:
n The Rock Hill Toastmasters club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Westminister Health and Rehabilitation Center, 831 McDow Road, Rock Hill. For details, call Allison Matthews at 328-5587 or visit rockhill.freetoasthost.us.
n The York County Interagency Coalition will meet at noon Monday at Jackson's Cafeteria, 1735 Heckle Blvd., Rock Hill. The coalition offers information on credit, foreclosure prevention and local services. For details, call Debbie Hayworth at 324-2735.
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. The first two visits are $5 per person and thereafter $10 per person. For details, call Joyce at 366-9805 or visit www.theballroomdanceclub.com.
n The York County Quilters will meet at 6:45 p.m. Monday at the New Life Free Methodist Church, 2685 Celanese Road, Rock Hill. Kristin Steiner will present a program. For details, visit www.yorkcountyquilters.org. Steiner will conduct a workshop on Aug. 23. To register, call Wynnell Shows at 324-8410.
n A new 4-H Equestrian Club for youth ages 9 and older will have an open house at 6 p.m. Sept. 3 at the York County Extension office, 120 N. Congress St., York. To attend the meeting registration is required by calling Margie Sippel at 684-9919, Ext. 113 or e-mail her at email@example.com or call Jodi Nixon at (803) 230-5051.
n The Fort Mill Rotary club will meet at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Anne Springs Close Dairy Barn, Fort Mill. Speaker will be Carol Burdette, Rotary International District 7750 District Governor.
Preschool programs have openings for fall
The following schools have openings for 3- and 4-year-olds:
n Ultimate Life Preschool Academy, a non-profit organization associated with Ultimate Life Church in Fort Mill, is accepting applications for 3- and 4-year-olds. For details, call (803) 802-2641. The school is located in the Rubin Center, 377 Carowinds Blvd. No. 124, Fort Mill.
n First United Methodist Church preschool on Bethel Street, Clover, is registering students who will be 3 or 4 before Sept. 1. Teaching resumes are also being accepted. For details, call director Kathy Hall at (803) 222-3496, Ext. 13 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Healthcare workshop organized by Hospice
Agape Hospice will have a workshop on planning ahead for healthcare at 11 a.m. Thursday at 44 Ross Cannon St., York. Topics include health care power of attorney, living will, advance directive counseling and elder rights. To register, call 684-0183.
Parkinson support group meeting Wednesday
The Rock Hill Parkinson Support Group will meet at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the cafeteria of HealthSouth, 1795 Frank P. Gaston Blvd., Rock Hill. For details, call Kris Kessling at 327-8442 or Don Robertson at 324-8861.
Blood drives planned Wednesday, Saturday
The following blood drives are this week:
n American Red Cross blood drive, 2:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, 481 Hood Center Drive, Rock Hill. For details, call the church at 327-7181.
n Armed Services Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the S.C. National Guard Armory, 126 Museum Road, Rock Hill. All blood collected will go directly to our troops, their families and military hospitals. For details, call Buddy Reid at (803) 367-6495 or visit www.militaryblood.dod.mil.
Check out what's up at Sterling House
Sterling House, 1920 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill will have the following events this week:
n Chasing the Blues Away with Stephanie Campbell of Total Care Home Health, 6 p.m. Thursday.
n Sixth annual craft fair and yard sale, 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday.
To register or for details, call 366-1189.
Widow's support group forming in county
Hospice and Community Care will have a widow's support group for western York County beginning Tuesday. For details, call a bereavement counselor at 329-1500 or (800) 895-2273.