Community news for York, Chester and Lancaster counties, Aug. 14, 2016

The York County Choral Society will hold auditions for its 37th concert performance season Aug. 25 and Sept. 1 at Westminter Presbyterian Church, Rock Hill.
The York County Choral Society will hold auditions for its 37th concert performance season Aug. 25 and Sept. 1 at Westminter Presbyterian Church, Rock Hill. Herald file photo

▪ 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.

Back to school

▪ Kut Kreators will offer free hair cuts, back-to-school supplies and free food, 8 a.m.-noon Monday at the shop, 875 Albright Road, Rock Hill.

▪ The second annual Empowerment Conference, sponsored by My Brother’s Keeper, will be 8 a.m. Saturday 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 giveaways. Free registration. To register, go to

Special events

▪ The 99th annual Hopewell Day will be 10 a.m. Wednesday 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.

▪ York Baptist Association is sponsoring “Celebrate Solidarity,” 10 a.m.-1 p.m Aug. 27 at the Rock Hill amphitheater. The event is to celebrate the racial unity that exists in the body of Christ. All churches are invited. There will be two praise bands and food. For information, call David Roth at 803-984-4337 or 803-327-6144

▪ Gallery 120 in Clover is accepting artist submissions for its 2017 exhibition calendar. Artists are asked to submit 3-5 pieces of hi-res digital images of their work, including title, medium and size, artist bio and statement for consideration to Artist must reference “Monthly Artist Feature Submission” in the subject line. For information, contact Amy Gonzalez at

▪ York County Quilters Guild in Rock Hill will present a Quilt Show, “Coming of Age,” 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept 16 and 10 a.m.-4 Sept. 17 at the Events @ Manchester Center, 1965 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. The guild is celebrating 21 years of quilting in York County. More than 100 quilts crafted by York County residents will be on display along with an exclusive book signing by Rock Hill’s Darlene Beltman and Teresa Justice, authors of “An English Paper-Pieced Sampler.” There will be demonstrations, door prizes, a boutique, vendors, book nook, vintage store and bake sale Admission is $6. Free parking. For information go to


▪ Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Liberty Street, York will host its annual Antique and Artisans event 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 26 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 27. Items include jewelry, linens, dolls, original art and pottery. A bake sale will be 9 a.m.-noon daily; lunch may be purchased 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Early Music Ensemble of Central Piedmont Community College will give a concert at 3 p.m. Aug. 27. Admission is free.


▪ Keystone board of directors will meet 6 p.m. on Monday at the Keystone Prevention Center, 1600 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill. Open to the public. For information, call 803-324-4118.

▪ The York County Quilt Guild will meet 7 p.m. Monday at Grace Lutheran Church, 426 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. Teresa Justice and Darlene Beltman, quilters and authors, will present “Behind The Scenes: From Research to Publication” as they explain how to write and publish a quilting book.

▪ Western York County branch of the NAACP will meet 6 p.m. Thursday 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. Thursday 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.


▪ Rock Hill Parks, Recreation & Tourism has rescheduled its final Fewell Park Summer Concert with the Hinson Girls to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at 1204 Alexander Road. Bring a picnic and blanket or lawn chair. For information, call 803-329-5645.

▪ Rock Hill Community Theatre presents “Hillbilly Hankerin’ ”, by Pat Cook and directed by Eva Montes, Friday-Aug. 21at 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 or call 803-326-7428.


▪ Rock Hill Area Shag Club August party, 8 p.m. Saturday at Celebrations at Ramada Inn. Meeting at 7 p.m. Dinner is hamburgers with all the fixings. Wear ’70s attire. Admission: $3, members; $5, guests.

▪ The Ballroom Dance Club will meet 7:30-10:20 p.m. Friday 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 welcome. For information, Call Bob at 803-329-5764, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.


▪ The following classes will be offered at Fewell Park Recreation Center, 1204 Alexander Road, Rock Hill. Registration is from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays or online at Pre-registration is required. For information, call 803-329-5645.

Yoga, 10 a.m.-noon Mondays beginning Monday led by Whitney Carter. Cost: $15 per class (no pre-registration required).

Adult Acrylic Landscapes Class, 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 13-Oct. 18 led by Brad Sabelli. Cost: $54.

Art for Teens (ages 13-16), 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays Sept. 13-Oct. 18 led by Susan Barnette. Cost: $54.

Kid’s Watercolor Class, 3:45-5:45 p.m., Oct. 24-Nov. 28 led by Maddie Horne. Cost: $54.

▪ 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.

▪ Carolina Community Actions WIOA program for youth ages 17-24 is seeking candidates to work for eight weeks to improve their financial situations and possibly gain permanent employment. For details on qualifying for the program, call Marilyn Burris at 803-366-5302 in York County.


▪ 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. Information and applications are available through the arts council at 803-328-2787, or the website at under The Arts heading.

Child find

▪ The York School District is looking for children with disabilities who need services and who are not currently enrolled in a York public school program. The district provides programs for children ages 3-21 with the following disabilities: preschool children with disabilities, mental disabilities, specific learning disability, emotional disability, speech or language impairment, hearing impairment, autism, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, vision impairment, traumatic brain injury, and children with multiple disabilities. Screening clinics will be held throughout the year at the Education Service Center, 18 Spruce St. To make appointments call 803-684-1905, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays.


▪ 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; 803-323-2250 or 704-591-5147.


▪ Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism is offering a free youth soccer clinic for ages 4-13 at 5:30-6:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at Manchester Meadows. Participants will get ready for the fall season with instruction by trained staff. Participants should bring cleats, shin guards and a water bottle. For information, call 803-326-3792.

▪ Registration for Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism’s Fall Youth Sports runs through Friday. 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 if there is a current email address on file. A brochure with program details is available at 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 or call 803-579-1511 by Friday.


▪ Former students from Hillcrest Elementary School will meet 5 p.m. Aug. 19 at Foundation AME Zion Church, Neely Store Road, Rock Hill.

▪ The Rock Hill Chapter Finley High School alumni will host the 2016 National Scholarship dinner and dance reunion ball Oct. 7-8 at Hilton Charlotte Executive Park, 5624 Westpark Drive, Charlotte. Oct. 7 is “A Western Experience” and Oct. 8 is “A Night in Paris.” Cost is $85 per person. For information, contact James T. Dunham at 704-232-0793 or email or Charlie M. Robinson at 803-230-3325 or email and Barbara Emerson 803-448-8988 or email

▪ York High School class of 1966 will have its 50th class reunion Sept. 24. For information, email Bunny Ashley Whitesides at

▪ The Fort Mill High School class of 1966 will have its 50th reunion Sept. 10. For information, email Linda Blackwelder Houston at and Patsy Wright Pope at

Support groups

▪ 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

▪ A Parkinson’s support group will meet 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Westminster Towers Community Room, 1330 India Hook Road, Rock Hill. Kim Gamble, DBS coordinator at Mission Health in Asheville, N.C. will present on Deep Brain Stimulation. For information, call 803-328-5231.

▪ 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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