Back to school
▪ Kut Kreators will offer free hair cuts, back-to-school supplies and free food, 8 a.m.-noon Aug. 15 at the shop, 875 Albright Road, Rock Hill.
▪ Students in grades pre-K-12 and their parents can get ready for school and learn about useful library resources at two York County Libraries on Saturday. The main library in Rock Hill’s event will be 9-11 a.m. and the Public Library in York event will be 2-4 p.m. Free school supplies will be available while supplies last. Students must be present to receive school supplies. The events are sponsored by the Friends of the York County Library. School supply donations can be dropped off at all libraries through Friday.
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▪ The second annual Empowerment Conference, sponsored by My Brother’s Keeper, will be 8 a.m. Aug. 20 at Kenneth Monroe Transformation Center, 745 Saluda St., Rock Hill. There will be workshops for students in pre-K to high school. Special sessions will be offered for parents and guardians. Students will get free school supplies. Lunch served. There will be outdoor activities, games and give aways. Free registration. To register go to http://bit.ly/2azH6ti
▪ Roosevelt Community Watch will host a Back-to-School Bash, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Roosevelt Park, 312 Mobley St., Clover. Children are given school supplies at the event which includes food, games, music and recreation. Those interested in making donations can contact Linda Brown at 803-222-4535 or Darlene Brown at 803-810-3185.
▪ The Oakland Baptist Ministry at 1021 Charlotte Ave. (next to the Bridal and Formal Gallery) will provide free school uniforms for students in Rock Hill middle schools. Uniform distribution will be 1-3 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday. Proof of Rock Hill residency is required.
▪ Two hundred and fifty years ago on Thursday Col. William Bratton signed the deed to purchase 200 acres of land in York County. “Deed Day” is a celebration of the origins of Historic Brattonsville and offers discovery on how different things were in 1766. Culture and Heritage Museums’ historians, preservationists and collections team will be giving house tours, discussing the site’s archaeology and the Bratton family history. Ongoing activities include toys and games from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and kid’s militia drills and historic surveying from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Live music by the Contraras will be played on the front lawn of Colonel Bratton’s house from 5-8 p.m. Food will be available for purchase; picnic baskets are always welcome. “Deed Day” at Historic Brattonsville is free from 5-8 p.m. Regular admission applies during the site’s normal hours from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
▪ The 99th annual Hopewell Day will be 10 a.m. Aug. 17 at the historic Old Hopewell School, off S.C. 97 on Hopewell Road, Hickory Grove. The event features the famous Hopewell Hash, picnic and gospel singing. Open to the public.
▪ The Central City Optimists Club 13th annual Charity Golf Tournament will be 8:15 a.m. Sept. 10 at the Spring Lake Country Club, 1375 Spring Lake Road, York. Cost is $60 per person or $240 per team. Registration deadline is Sept. 3. Proceeds benefit the local youth through our scholarships, oratorical contests, essay contests and other projects. For information, call Lonnie Harvey at 803-493-0001, Charlie Robinson at 803-230-3325 or Leonard Adams at 410-259-1365.
▪ Hospice & Community Care fourth annual Labor of Love (LOL) event Sept. 1 will feature Anita Renfroe, a break-out YouTube sensation, who rose to fame when she sang of everything a mother says to her children in a single day to the tune of “The William Tell Overture.” The show will be 7 p.m. at Baxter Hood Center in Rock Hill. An opening reception begins at 6 p.m. She is the wife of a pastor and featured regularly on “Good Morning America.” She also is a speaker on the Woman of Faith Farewell Tour. Tickets are $25 and available at HospiceCommunityCare.org
▪ The National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Jackson’s Cafeteria, Herlong Avenue, Rock Hill. Business meeting begins at noon.
▪ The York County Marine Corp League’s local detachment, The Olde English Leathernecks, will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 732 W. Main St., Rock Hill. The league consists of Marine veterans, retired Marines and associates. For information, contact Don Hicks at 803-517-7253.
▪ The Chester District Genealogical Society annual meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant, 5724 Lancaster Highway, Fort Lawn. Cost is $20. James Gill Knox III, a past president of the Chester District Genealogical Society, will speak on the history of Richburg. A native of Chester County, he is the principal of Lewisville High School. Mail checks check for reservations to Chester District Genealogical Society, PO Box 336, Richburg, SC 29729. Deadline is Monday.
▪ Western York County branch of the NAACP will meet 6 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Greater York Chamber of Commerce. For information, contact Wanda Simril at 803-684-6200.
▪ The York Soil and Water Conservation District commissioners will meet 5 p.m. August 18 at the USDA Service Center, 1460 E. Alexander Love Highway, York. Open to the public. For information, contact Barbara O’Connell at 803-684- 3137 ext. 101.
▪ Summer Concert in the Park Series finale features The Hinson Girls 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fewell Park, 1204 Alexander Road, Rock Hill. Bring a picnic and blanket or lawn chair. Free and open to the public. For information, call 803-329-5645.
▪ Rock Hill Community Theatre presents “Hillbilly Hankerin’ ”, by Pat Cook and directed by Eva Montes, Friday-Sunday and Aug. 19-21 at the theatre, 546 S. Cherry Road, Suite N (in the Apple Center behind the ROC). Friday and Saturday shows will be at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Pa’s girls have a bad case of The Hankerin’. His woes only get worse with the arrival of a government man and an ongoing family feud between the Herfords and Guernseys. The production is suitable for the family. For tickets go to www.rockhilltheatre.org or call 803-326-7428.
▪ The Ballroom Dance Club will meet 7:30-10:20 p.m. Aug. 19 in the Oak Room, Fort Mill Golf Course, 101 Country Club Drive. Guests: $15, couples; $7.50, singles. Free 30-minute dance lesson. Dances include swing and shag. No alcohol; light refreshments provided. Dressy casual. All skill levels are welcome. For information, Call Bob at 803-329-5764, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
▪ Kindergarten registration is underway at Old Pointe Elementary School for children who will be 5 years old by Sept. 1. Registration is 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Bring the child’s birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residency.
▪ The deadline to apply for small grants for individual artists, nonprofit organizations and schools in York County through the Arts Council of York County is 5 p.m. Sept. 1. The Small Grants Program provides support for small or pilot arts activities, artist professional development, new and developing programs or organizations, and special projects of high artistic quality that cannot support themselves. Organizations and individual artists may request up to $1,000 per grant and may get up to two grants in a calendar year. Prospective applicants must discuss the proposed project with the executive director at least 10 days in advance of the deadline date. Information and applications are available through the arts council at 803-328-2787, or the website at www.yorkcountyarts.org under The Arts heading.
▪ The York County Choral Society will hold auditions for its 37th concert performance season from 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 25 and from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Sept. 1 in the choir room at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1320 India Hook Road, Rock Hill. There are openings in all vocal parts. Weekly rehearsals begin 7-9:30 p.m. Sept.1 at the church. Some prior choral experience is required and singers from high school age through adult are welcome. For information, contact Katherine Kinsey, artistic director at email@example.com; 803-323-2250 or 704-591-5147.
▪ Registration for Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism’s Fall Youth Sports runs through Aug. 19. The following are offered:
Recreation Soccer for ages 5-13 Sept. 1. Fee is $42 and includes team shirt and socks.
Football for ages 7-10 as of Sept. 1. Fee is $77 and includes new uniform, socks, helmet sticker, and year-end award.
Those who participated in the spring youth sports leagues will receive a $7 reduction in the registration fee because they purchased insurance in the spring.
Registration will be taken during office hours Monday-Friday at Manchester Meadows, the Cherry Park tower, the PRT Office (Room 390) at City Hall, and at the four recreation centers.
First-time players must bring a copy of their birth certificate to register. Returning players may register online at www.CityofRockHill.com/PRT if there is a current email address on file. A brochure with program details is available at www.CityofRockHill.com/PRT. Volunteer coaches are also needed for these programs. Those interested in coaching should call Jason Reynolds at 803-329-5640.
▪ Life Builders English as a Second Language Ministry will offer ESL volunteer basic training Aug. 19-20 in Rock Hill. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 803-579-1511 by Aug. 12.
▪ U.S. Soccer referee instructors will present the classroom portion of referee training 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 7 at Manchester Meadows. Registration is required at screferees.gameofficials.net. Class 16266 is for age 14 and older. Class 16349 is designed for recreational soccer and attendees must be 11 years old. For information, call Bob Delaney, 803-230-0582 or email email@example.com.
▪ Lake Wylie Shag Club offers shag-dance lessons and line-dance lessons for $1 Tuesdays at the Fort Mill Moose Lodge. Line-dance lessons begin 6 p.m. and shag-dance lessons 7:30 p.m.
▪ Rock Hill High School class of 1959 will meet 1 p.m. Tuesday for fellowship and lunch at the Golden Corral, Anderson Road. All classmates, spouses and friends are invited.
▪ The Emmett Scott High School class of 1967 August reunion planning meeting will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Emmett Scott Center, Crawford Road.
▪ Former students from Hillcrest Elementary School will meet 5 p.m. Aug. 19 at Foundation AME Zion Church, Neely Store Road, Rock Hill.
▪ The George-Millings family reunion will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 14 on Wilkerson Street, Hickory Grove for descendants of Macroni George and Hattie Millings George. Bring a covered dish to share. For information, call 803-493-5603.
▪ York High School class of 1966 will have its 50th class reunion Sept. 24. For information, email Bunny Ashley Whitesides at firstname.lastname@example.org
▪ Celebrate Recovery Life Groups meets 6:50 p.m. Thursdays at the Fort Mill Church of God, 221 Academy Street, Fort Mill. Free. No registration required
▪ Affirmation of York County is a faith-based support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, their families and friends. The group will meet 7 p.m. Tuesdayat Grace Presbyterian Church, 2955 S.C. 160, Fort Mill. For information, call Ellen at 803-417-0954, Melissa at 803-547-6042, or email email@example.com.
▪ Alateen meets 8-9 p.m. Thursdays at Zoar Road Club, 14701 Thomas Road, Charlotte. Meetings are for two age groups: 6-12 and 13 and older. For information, call 803-547-2124 or 704-904-7834.
▪ Al-Anon meets 8 p.m. Mondays at Serenity Club, 209 Grayson Road, Rock Hill; noon Tuesdays upstairs at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, 421 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill; 8 p.m. Mondays at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2955 S.C. 160, Fort Mill; and 8 p.m. Tuesdays in the house beside First Baptist Church, 121 Monroe White St., Fort Mill.
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