Several area groups offer assistance for the holidays

These assistance efforts are offered for the needy:

The Second Harvest Mobile Pantry will be at Hermon Presbyterian Church, 107 Heckle Blvd., Rock Hill, beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday. The ministry, hosted by Hermon Presbyterian and St. Mary's Catholic churches and Freedom Temple Ministries, will distribute food to people in need. This is the final site for 2008. Second Harvest is a ministry of Providence Presbytery, and volunteers are welcome. Congregational sponsors for 2009 are being recruited. For additional information, call Dot Killian at 803-517-7870 or e-mail

Inspiration Baptist Church will offer a free Thanksgiving meal to those who are hungry, homeless or in need of friendship from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 22 at the church, 921 Comer Road in Rock Hill. Reservations are due by Saturday to 329-2467, 230-0244 or 230-2475.

Riverside Independent Baptist Church at 3248 India Hook Road, Rock Hill, will have its Drummer Boy Christmas sign-up from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. The ministry distributes Christmas gifts to children of needy families in Rock Hill. Applications will be taken in person at the church; due to the high demand, phone call requests will not be accepted. Bring an ID card or a birth certificate and Social Security card or Medicaid card for each child in the household. Children up to age 12 will receive a gift. Older children up to age 16 will be given age-appropriate gifts if available.

Community cookout planned at local park

Operation Help One Another will have its annual Green Street "Happy Thanksgiving" community cookout from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 at Moore Street Park, 271 E. Moore St., Rock Hill. Everyone is welcome. The event will include free food and games.

Operation Help One Another, a registered nonprofit group, is a mentoring program for area youths. For more information, contact organizers Sherman Porterfield at 803-980-4357 or Derrick Lindsay at 803-524-6152.

AAUW sponsoring philanthropy program Tuesday

The Power of a Woman's Purse, the role women play in the world of philanthropy, is the focus of a free public program at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the main building at Manchester Meadows, 337 E. Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill.

The program is co-sponsored by the Rock Hill branch of the American Association of University Women and the York County Legacy Group.

The keynote speaker will be Marsha Wallace, founder and president of Dining for Women, a nonprofit organization based in Greenville that empowers women living in extreme poverty by funding programs fostering health, education and economic self-sufficiency and cultivates educational dinner circles that inspire women to make a difference by collective giving. Wallace will focus on the impact women's charitable giving can have.

For details, call Ann Terry, 803-789-6129.

Local theater group invites in kids, teens

Rock Hill Community Theatre will have a children's open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the theater, 240 E. Black St. Youngsters can play dress-up in the theater's costume trunks, enjoy face painting, theater crafts, munchies and more. Middle schoolers can stick around from 5 to 7 p.m. for pizza and music.

The theater is raffling off one children's birthday party and one teen party at the theater. Raffle tickets are $2 each or three for $5. Other raffle prizes include a professional photo sitting, movie and bowling tickets and more. For details, call 324-2578 or e-mail

Special events include concert, play, more

These special events are planned:

A family-friendly performance of "String Crossings: A Journey Through America," will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the McCelvey Center in York. The show is a look at the folk songs and hymns that helped shape early American music. Admission is $20 adults, $18 seniors, $10 ages 4 to 17 and free for those three and younger. For details, call 684-3948 or visit the Web site,

A play, "Re-Win the Time," will be presented at 8 p.m. Nov. 19 in the J.W. Martin gymnasium at Clinton Junior College in Rock Hill.

An America Recycles Day event will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Museum of York County in Rock Hill. Families can make items from recycled materials, play a fishing for litter game, get a temporary tattoo and learn more about recycling. Children's events will be included. Admission is free.

Transition night offered for those with disabilities

Clover High School on S.C. 55 will host a transition night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday for parents and youths ages 14 and older who have disabilities from York, Chester and Lancaster counties.

The event is sponsored by the Transition Council of York, Chester and Lancaster Counties. Information will be presented for people with disabilities after high school. Topics might include job and career assistance, financial issues, post-high school training, adult mental health services, recreation and more.

Ministries event to include local inspirational speaker

Barbara Carter will speak for the Women's Ministries fall fellowship coffee at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 18. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1300 India Hook Road, Rock Hill.

Carter will share her journey of faith in the midst of troubles that include an abusive childhood and a troubled marrriage and career.

A nursery will be available for ages 3 and younger; for nursery reservations, call 366-3107 by Thursday. No other reservations are needed.

Veterans observances planned on Tuesday

These Veterans Day events are planned:

The Willing Workers Club of Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church, 302 California St., York, will sponsor a poor man's dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday on Veterans' Day. The menu includes chicken with dumplings or meatloaf, black-eyed peas or pinto beans, greens, cornbread, candied yams and Kool-Aid. The cost is $5, and dinners may be eaten in or carried out. Veterans will receive a special treat.

The Chester County Veterans Day Ceremony will be Tuesday in the Chester County War Memorial building at 154 Main St. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. and is open to the public. Keynote speaker will be District 43 state Rep. Greg Delleney. Patriotic music will be provided by the Chester Middle School chorus. For more deatails, contact Charlton Banks at 803-581-4312 or by fax at 803-581-7085.

Health screenings planned at two area locations

These health screenings are offered:

The Clover YMCA, 107 S. Main St., is hosting blood screenings by Piedmont Medical Center from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday. Blood pressure testing is free, and cholesterol screening is $10, blood sugar, $3 and PSA, $10. No appointment is necessary, but you must fast at least eight hours before your blood is drawn. For details, contact the Clover YMCA at 803-222-9622.

North Central Family Medical Center and York Technical College will host a free dental screening from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 18 at the center, 1131 Saluda St., Rock Hill. Additional services will be offered after the screening via York Tech. No appointment is necessary. For details, call 325-7744, Ext. 210 or Ext. 238.

Family program offers speaker, social event

Family Connections of S.C. will offer these programs this week:

Becky Strickland will speak to the Autism Connection and Hitch Up groups at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. John's United Methodist Church, Rock Hill. For child care, call 803-366-4839.

A coffee break for all families will begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Durango Bagel, Millwood Plaza on Herlong Avenue, Rock Hill.

Buffet, soup studio, toy run among local charitable efforts

The following benefits are planned:

The American Legion Riders will have a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday inside the bingo hall at the corner of Cherry Road and Constitution Boulevard, Rock Hill. The sale will include furniture, children's items, knickknacks, clothing, electronics and more.

Philadelphia United Methodist Church, 2260 Chester Highway, York, will have a Sunday lunch buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 16. Cost is $8 adults, $4 ages 5 to 12 and free for those younger than 4. Proceeds will go toward medical expenses resulting from an ATV accident involving Jim Cameron.

The fifth annual Soup Studio, presented by Hospice & Community Care, will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Grace Lutheran Chuch, 426 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. This event is designed to bring food and fellowship in support of Hospice patients and their families. Tickets are $10 at the door, by visiting the Hospice & Community Care office at 2275 India Hook Road, or by calling 329-1500.

The fourth annual Rock Hill Toy Run will begin at Kmart at 2303 Cherry Road on Dec. 14. Participants in the holiday toy drive can sign up between noon and 1 p.m. For details, call James Arnold at 803-230-3980 or e-mail

Indian Land Masonic Lodge No. 414 will sell barbecue starting at 10 a.m. Nov. 22 at the lodge, 9130 Charlotte Highway, or U.S 521. Chicken and pork plates will be on sale for $7 each, whole chickens for $7 or half chickens for $4. Pork will be on sale for $7 per pound. To place an order, call 547-4933 on Nov. 22, or just come by to place your order. During the sale, the Eastern Star will hold a bake sale. Homeade cakes, pies, bread, cookies and other items will be available. Assorted flavors of Happy Home flavorings, dishrags and other items will be on sale.

The Rock Hill Country Club will set the stage for the third annual Lights for Love Fashion Show at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 21. This event is a fundraiser benefiting the Piedmont Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary scholarship program for York Country students interested in medical careers. The fashion will be provided by Alta of Rock Hill and Jos A. Banks. Tickets are $20, available from Kim Brock at 329-6828.

Thrift Store Ministries of Western York County, 31 N. Congress St., York, will have a buy one, get one free sale on men's and women's sweatshirts and sweatpants this week. The store serves needy families in the York school district. For details, call 628-0808.

Grant workshop offered for local agencies

The Junior Welfare League of York County will hold an informational grant meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Rock Hill Office of Housing and Neighborhoods, 150 Johnston St.

Any nonprofit organization interested in applying for a grant from the league for the 2009-10 year is encouraged to attend. The league provides grants for large funds, small funds, volunteer hours and monthly collections.

Any nonprofit organization interested in attending or obtaining more information should contact Joanne Ballou at 328-8695 or

Local clubs, groups have meeting news to share

The following groups will meet or hold special events:

Owen Glendening, deputy director for interpretation at the Culture & Heritage Museums, will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 to the Henry's Knob Group of the S.C. chapter of the Sierra Club. The meeting will be at the Wesley Foundation, 406 Stewart St., Rock Hill. Glendening will present an illustrated program about the museum's new facility being developed on the Catawba River. For details, call Joe Zdenek, 366-9763.

The Woman's Club of Rock Hill will meet Monday at 607 Aiken Ave. Social hour begins 5 p.m. The speaker will be Owen Glendening from the CHM, who will talk about the new environmental history museum to be built on the Catawba River. The Conservation Department will donate three books to the York County Library in honor of Glendening. For details, call 803-328-8888.

The AARP Catawba chapter 1416 will have its monthly meeting from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday at Hospice & Community Care, 2275 India Hook Road, Rock Hill. A representative from the Housing Authority of Rock Hill will speak. For details, call Roger Jermyn at 803-817-9800.

The South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Association's York County support group will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the auditorium of Piedmont Medical Center's Women's Center. For details, contact Bob Alders at 366-5659, or e-mail

The Western York County branch of the NAACP will have an election of its officers and at-large members of the executive committee on Thursday at Wesley United Methodist Church, 110 W. Jefferson St., York. Polls will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. To vote, a person must be a member in good standing of the branch 30 days before the election. Identification is required. For details, call Wanda Simril at 684-6200, or Steve Love at 684-7124.

The National Alliance of Mental Illness will meet Tuesday at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill. Meeting times are 6 p.m. for the adult support group and the parents with children support group and 7 p.m. for the general meeting. Phil Kears will discuss living with family members who have mental illness and the loss of a family member. For details, call NAMI at 803-802-4484.

Agape Hopsice of the Piedmont will offer caregiver support in a meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, 2868 Gaston Farm Road, Richburg. Meetings continue on the second Thursday of each month. To register or for information, contact Grace Waddell with Agape Hospice at 329-4544 or 866-202-6342, or send an e-mail to

The Fort Mill Art Guild will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Spratt Building, 215 E. Main St., Fort Mill. The meeting will include a demonstration of how artists can use Photoshop software. Door prizes include a class in Photoshop. For details, call Marcia Kort Buike at 548-3159.

The Humane Society of York County will have its board elections and fall meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the shelter, 2036 Carolina Place, Fort Mill. Details, 803-802-0902.

The Association for Retired Federal Employees will meet Tuesday at Firebonz BBQ & Grill, 2445 Cherry Road, Rock Hill. Lunch is at 11:30 a.m. and the business meeting is at noon.

The Chester County Livestock Association will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Summit Restaurant in Chester. Brian Beer will present the program on the importance of forage (hay) sampling. The cost for non-members is $8 at the door. To register for the meeting, please call 803-385-6181, Ext. 0, before Tuesday.

The Daughters of Light No. 151 O.E.S. will hold its annual Chapter of Sorrow, a memorial service for the deceased members, at 3:30 p.m. today at the Masonic Hall on Crawford Road, Rock Hill. The public is invited.

The River Hills Lions Club will have a breakfast at 8 a.m. today at the River Hills Country Club. Men and women of all ages who want to give back to the community and be active in helping others are invited as guests. For details, call Lion president Dona Van Leer, 803-631-3543, or visit

Mentoring program sponsoring local pageant

CRAVE will present the Master and Little Miss Mr. and Miss Pageant 2008 from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Emmett Scott Center, 801 Crawford Road, Rock Hill. Donation is $2.

CRAVE, a Rock Hill youth mentoring program founded by Latoya Mayes, aims to teach youths the importance of character, respect, attitude, value and education.

For details contact pageant coordinators Qutta Anthony, 230-7024, Mayes, 984-2975, or Sonya Miller, 493-7427.

Hospice training session to focus on life

Personal historian, author and Hospice & Community Care volunteer Lee Miller will lead a Saturday training session that will offer participants a chance to celebrate life.

The training, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the community room of the center at 2275 India Hook Road, Rock Hill, will be based on Miller's book, "The Journey: A Celebration of Life." The focus will be creating a legacy through writing memoirs and a legacy letter.

For details, call 329-1500.

4-H programs include robotics, bread making

Two new 4-H programs will be offered in January by the Clemson Extension Service in York. They are:

4-H robotics club, for ages 10 to 14, which will meet on the second Thursday of each month beginning Jan. 8 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the York County Extension Office, 120 N. Congress St., York. Leaders will be Lyn and Lela Byrd. Registration is $20, and the club is limited to the first six participants.

4-H bread making class, for ages 9 to 12, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Jan. 15, Feb. 19, March 12, April 16 and May 21 at the extension office in York. Cost is $16, and a minimum of 10 participants are needed.

For details, call Margie Sippel, 684-9919, Ext. 113.

Parade, craft affair among holiday festivities

These holiday-related events are planned:

The Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce will host the 20th annual Lights of the Lake holiday boat parade Dec. 13. Nancy Bedgood, owner of Light N-Up Houseboat, is chair. Boats will meet at T-Bones dock at 6 p.m. The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. Early registration is $20 by Dec. 11. Late and same-day registration is $25. Mail check and registration form to Boat parade, Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 5233, Lake Wylie, SC 29710. For details, contact the chamber at 803-831-2827.

Clover's First Baptist Church, 117 S. Main St., will present an outdoor drama, "A Visit to Bethlehem," during the first weekend in December. The drama will be presented from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5, 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6 and 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7. Admission is free. For details, call the church at 803-222-3216.

The annual Holiday Affair will at Northside Recreation Center, 90 Annafrel St., Rock Hill, from 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursday. This event is co-sponsored by Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism and the Clemson Extension Service. Demonstrations will be offered on holiday decorating, food making and crafts. This event is free; boxes of homeade cookies can be purchased for $4 a box. For details, call 329-5633.

Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church wll host its annual Alternative Giving Christmas Fair from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 23 in the church's activity center at 504 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. Shoppers can make a donation towards a wish list in the name of a loved one and gift cards are provided. For details, call Susan Smith at 328-8681 or e-mail

Applications are available for ChristmasVille's inaugural chili and brunswick stew cookoff to be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 6. There will be a total of $1,000 in prizes. Vendors are needed for the art market and holiday marketplace. ChristmasVille events will be Dec. 4 to 7. For details and applications, visit

It's time to sign up for Rock Hill PRT trip

Monday is the deadline to register and pay for a Nov. 17 Happy Travelers trip to Tanglewood Park near Winston-Salem, N.C. Travelers will see the largest holiday lights display in the Southeast.

The cost is $53 and includes motorcoach and park entrance fee. Register and Rock Hill City Hall from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For details, contact Carolyn Snyder, 329-5626.

Bloodmobile to visit area communities

The York County chapter of the American Red Cross bloodmobile will visit these locations:

2:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, First Presbyterian Church, East Main Street, Rock Hill.

2:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 17, Red Cross, 200 Piedmont Blvd., Rock Hill.

3 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18, Unity Presbyterian Church, 303 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill.

9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 19, York Technical College, 452 S. Anderson Road, Rock Hill.

10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 19, Applied Technology Center, 2399 W. Main St., Rock Hill.