Fun things to do abound in York, Lancaster and Chester counties

The annual Lesslie Volunteer Fire Department Barbecue will be held Friday and Saturday at the fire department.
The annual Lesslie Volunteer Fire Department Barbecue will be held Friday and Saturday at the fire department.

Special events

▪ Tickets to the annual Daddy/Daughter Dance, sponsored by The Rock Hill Parks, Recreation, & Tourism Department, go on sale Thursday. “Spring Soiree” is 7-9 p.m. March 2 at Events at Manchester on Dave Lyle Boulevard in Rock Hill. The dance is for girls ages 4-12 and their dad or other adult. Light refreshments served. A drawing will be held to choose the Couple of the Evening. Tickets must be purchased in advance. The attire will be dressy/casual. Cost: $30 per couple with $5 for each additional girl. Tickets are available at Boyd Hill, Emmett Scott, Fewell Park and Northside recreation centers and at PRT office at City Hall (room 390). Details: 803-329-5620 or 803-329-5633 or

▪ “Blessed Assurance,” a one-man play of racial reconciliation, sponsored by Grace Lutheran and Oakland Avenue Presbyterian churches, 7 p.m. Saturday at Grace, 426 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. Open to the public. Free-will offering for Pilgrims’ Inn. Childcare provided.

▪ The 18th annual observation of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is Wednesday. To commemorate this day, Affinity Health Center will provide HIV testing for the public 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at the center, 500 Lakeshore Parkway, Rock Hill. The first 20 people to be tested will receive a gift card. Free HIV, HEP C, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea testing also is available 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday. No appointments necessary. Details: or 803-909-9710.


▪ Lesslie Fire Department’s 60th annual barbecue and bake sale, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. until sold out Saturday. Plates are $8 and include barbecue, coleslaw, beans and a roll; sandwiches, $4, and pounds (limited supply), $9.

▪ Epiphany Lutheran Church’s 10th annual Chocolate Festival, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the church, 2370 W. Main St., Rock Hill. The event includes Chocolate Cafe cupcakes, bake sale, ice cream, chocolate delights, chocolate chili, wine tasting and bounce house. Admission is free.

▪ Haven Men’s Shelter 11th annual Super Bowl Party and fundraiser, Sunday at Magnolia Room at Laurel Creek, 4017 Laurel Creek Drive, Rock Hill. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The event includes multiple television screens, open bar, oysters and tailgate fare. Tickets: $60 in advance; $65 at the door. For tickets: or 803-328-0052.

▪ “A Wedding Fair To Remember,” presented by the Woman’s Club of Rock Hill, is 1-5 p.m. Feb. 25 at the clubhouse, 607 Aiken Ave., Rock Hill. The event will showcase the area’s finest wedding suppliers with products and services, including bridal wear, stationery, stylish menswear, flowers, hair, transportation, jewelry, favors, gifts and wedding cakes. Admission: $8, includes door prizes and treats. Proceeds benefit the club’s community service projects and historic house restoration. Details: 803-371-0835.


▪ Rock Hill Civitan Club, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mary’s Cafe, 1349 Firetower Road. Meeting at 7 p.m. Designated as “Clergy Night,” area ministers will be honored and the Aldersgate United Methodist Church Quartet will perform. Details: Ella Messer at

▪ Rock Hill Music Club, 4 p.m. Feb. 8 at First Presbyterian Church, 234 E. Main St. “A Festival of Hymns” will be presented by Dr. Don Rogers. Free and open to the public. Donations accepted for music scholarships.


▪ TPA Post K, 6 p.m. Thursday at York Seafood, S.C. 5. The group sponsors children’s safety programs and a scholarship for the hearing-impaired. Details: 803-328-1654.

▪ Western York County branch of the NAACP youth council, 9 a.m. Feb. 10 and the regular meeting 6 p.m. Feb. 15, both at the Greater York Chamber of Commerce.

▪ Fort Mill Care Center’s annual board meeting, 10 a.m. Feb. 14 at the care center, 2760 Old Nation Road.


▪ Allison Creek Bluegrass hosts Southern Express, a traditional bluegrass band, 7 p.m. Thursday at Allison Creek Presbyterian Church, S.C. 274 at Allison Creek Road, York. Doors open at 6 p.m. Food service at 6:30 p.m. Details:


▪ AARP Drivers Safety Program for ages 26 and older, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 9 at Cox Harley Davidson, 1178 Galleria Boulevard, Rock Hill. Participants get a certificate at the end of the class that may reduce the insurance rate for collision and liability coverage for three years. Cost: $15, AARP members and $20 non members. Make checks payable to AARP. Registration is required. Details: 803-328-5507.

York County Library

▪ The York County Library in Rock Hill offers the following free programs:

Genealogy Group, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Saturday. This small support group meets once a month to discuss our research, techniques, new sources and help each other learn more about family history. All skill levels welcome. No registration necessary.

Black History Month Movies, 1-3:15 p.m. Saturday. The story of a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court’s historic 1967 decision. Rated PG-13. Bring lunch; light refreshments provided. For ages 18 and older. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required.

Black History Jeopardy, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday. Test your knowledge of Black History against others, as well as how to answer in the form of a question. Law librarian and Black History aficionado Melanie Creech will host. Light refreshments will be served. Registration not required.


▪ Former Hillcrest Elementary School students, noon Saturday at Tabernacle AME Zion Church, 320 Old Friendship Road, Rock Hill.

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