Community News: Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015

The 20th anniversary luncheon of the Minority Scholarship Foundation will be noon-1 p.m. Thursday in the Richardson Ballroom, DiGiorgio Center at Winthrop University. Orage Quarles, publisher of the News and Observer of Raleigh, N.C., and former board member and former publisher of The Herald, will be the keynote speaker.

RSVP by Monday to Tori Estes at or call 803-325-2921.

Special events

• The Rock Hill school district’s annual

Teacher’s Choice Student Art Exhibit

reception will be 6 p.m. Thursdayat the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St. Student artwork, from each of the 30 art educators in 25 schools, will be on display through March 15.

• The inaugural

Krispy Kreme “Run 4 Reading”

race will be at 8 a.m. Saturday. The 4-mile loop begins and ends at Winthrop University, with a stop at Fountain Park in downtown Rock Hill, where participants will be challenged to down a dozen doughnuts before racing back to the finish line. There also will be a casual run, a campus Fun Walk and a Kidz Fun Zone. Details and registration can be found at

. Proceeds will benefit the Early Learning Partnership of York County.

• The

seventh annual Red and White Social,

sponsored by The Silver Eagles, will be 5 p.m. Saturday at the Community Family Life Center of Union Baptist Church at Mount Gallant Road and S.C. 274. The event features music, entertainment, and food. Donations are $7 will be collected at the event. For information, call 803-366-1556.



• The Rock Hill Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will have a

Walk Against Domestic Violence,

10 a.m.-noon March 14 at Emmett Scott Center, 801 Crawford Road. Registration: adults, one old cellphone and children, one new stuffed animal. Donations will go to Safe Passage. For information contact Marilyn Martin at


• Roddey Baptist Church will host a

benefit for Robin Underwood,

6 p.m. Saturday at the church, 2678 S. Anderson Road, Catawba. Blood Bought Singers will be in concert. Underwood is in need of a kidney transplant.


Calvary Baptist Church barbecue fundraiser

will be 11 a.m. Friday at the church, 830 N. Jones Ave., Rock Hill. Dine in or take out. Cost is $8 per pound or plate. Plates includes barbecue, slaw, baked beans, bread and dessert. Tea served with dine-in. Delivery available for 10 or more plates. To place orders, go to

. Proceeds go to the 2015 mission trip to Lynch, Ky.

• The

Mount Hebron DreamKeepers Optimist Club

is organizing the second annual York County Community All-Stars Comedy basketball show vs. the Harlem Ambassadors team, 5 p.m. March 14 at South Pointe High School.

Local celebrities from York County will play the Harlem Ambassadors, an internationally acclaimed touring basketball team noted for comedy routines and high-flying, slam-dunking athleticism. Players and sponsors are being sought for the event. Player entry fee is $100.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and 60 or older. For $100, patrons get five tickets and a Success for Teens book with the “Slight Edge Principles.” Corporate sponsorships are available.

Proceeds support the “YES” - Success for Teens Mentoring Program, childhood cancer campaign and Alzheimer’s research.

For information, contact Robinson at 493-3102 or email, or go to

• Trinity United Methodist Church in York will host a lunch fundraiser for

Stop Hunger Now,

11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday at the church on East Liberty Street. Menu is chicken, stew beef, turkey, assorted vegetables and desserts. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 3-12. Open to the community.

• The

2015 Festival Golf Classic

will be April 21 at Pinetuck Golf Club with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Team entry is $240 and includes mulligans, on-course beverages and box lunch. Cash prize for hole in one and awards for closest to the pin. Proceeds go to the Children’s Attention Home and the Palmetto School at the home. For information, call Jerry Couch at 803-329-1734 or Lewis Murray at 803-327-1141.

• Bethel United Methodist Church will host its

soup kitchen

at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church, 1232 Curtis St., Rock Hill. Open to the community. Donations accepted.

• The

21st annual Pilgrims’ Inn Fundraiser, “Be Irish for a Night,”

will be 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 14 at St. Anne Parish Life Center, 1696 Bird St., Rock Hill. The event includes a corned beef and cabbage dinner, homemade Irish cornbread, desserts, wine, beer, soft drinks, coffee, Irish dancers and music, live and silent auctions, 50-50 split the pot and door prizes. Tickets are $40 ($30 tax deductible). For tickets and sponsorships, call 803-327-4227.

• The Arts Council of Chester County’s ninth annual

Oyster Roast & Auction

will be 6-9 p.m. March 14 at the National Guard Armory, 1025 Armory Road, Chester.

The event will feature silent and live auctions, all-you-can-eat steamed oyster bar and Lowcountry boil buffet, slaw, bread, dessert and sweet tea. Beer and wine available.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and food will be served 6:45-7:45 p.m. The live auction begins around 8 p.m. Reserved tables are $575, which includes eight tickets and preferred seating with business recognition. Half tables are available after at least one table has been purchased.

General seating is tickets are $40 for members, $45 for nonmembers, at the Arts Council, 123 Main St., Chester, or by mail. No tickets available at the door. For information, call Lauren Medlin at 803-581-2030 or email


• The York County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs will meet 7 p.m. Thursday at the Administration Building, 7900 Park Place Road in the East York Industrial Park, off S.C. 5 in York. Open to the public.

• The

Rock Hill Chapter of Mended Hearts

will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Piedmont Medical Center. Park in the Heart Center parking lot. For information, contact Joe Ogrinc, at 803-627-9246.

• The

Rock Hill Branch of the NAACP

general meeting will be 9 a.m. Saturday at Bannon Hall across from St. Mary Catholic Church, 902 Crawford Road. For information, contact Sandra Oborokumo at 803-325-2855.


• The Woman’s Club of Rock Hill will host a

“Luck of the Irish” afternoon of bridge, games and luncheon,

noon-3 p.m. March 5 at the historic clubhouse, 607 Aiken Ave. Cost is $25 and includes lunch, snacks, door prizes, “Irish” themed decorations and a special prize for the best “Irish” themed accessory. For information or reservations contact Geri Rinehart at

, 803-517-6987 or 803-366-2629; or Norma England at

, 803-329-3789 or 803-328-8888. Your call or email will be confirmed. Send check for your group, in advance, to WCRH and note Bridge/Games Luncheon; PO Box 3302; Rock Hill, SC 29732.



Keep York County Beautiful

received a President’s Circle Award from Keep America Beautiful at the annual conference in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes exemplary performance in building and sustaining vibrant communities. Keep York County Beautiful is a York County volunteer board that promotes litter reduction and beautification of public places, environmental education and waste reduction and recycling.


• Avant Garde Center for the Arts will host

metal sculpture workshops

at Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio, 217 E. Gay St., Lancaster. Students will create, from their own designs, a choice of ornaments, bottle tree, or sculpture. The one-day workshops will 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Feb. 28, March 28, May 2, July 18, and Sept. 19.

Students should wear work clothes and closed-toe shoes, as they will design, cut, weld, and polish their artwork. Cost is $100 covers all supplies and instruction. Registration is required. Bring a box lunch or eat at a local restaurant. To register, contact Bob Doster at, call 803-285-9190 or go to For scholarship information, email

• Chester County Beekeepers Association will have a

beginning beekeeping class,

6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 24-April 19 at Clemson Extension Office, 109 Ella St.

This course is for ages 13 and older. Parents must attend with youths. Cost is $60 per person, $90 per couple and includes book, curriculum, local and state membership, test and snacks.

For information, call James Benware at 803-581-7422, Maria West at 803-581-8031 or email


• The

York County First Steps Partnership Board

is accepting nominations to the York County First Steps Board of Trustees. Nominees should reside or be employed in York County. Deadline is March 6.

Nominees should have a commitment to the education, healthy development and well-being of children ages birth to age 6. Submit nominations to York County First Steps Office, P.O. Box 969, Rock Hill, SC 29731. Forms are available at York County First Steps offices, 410 E. Black St., Rock Hill, or call 803-981-5780.


• Travel to Memphis, Tenn. to attend the

Africa in April Festival,

April 16-19. The festival will feature music, artifacts, and traditions from the Republic of Gabon. The group also will visit Tunica, Miss. and the National Civil Rights Museum. Cost is $330 and includes admission to events, transportation, and accommodations. For information, call Judith at 803-366-9308.

Tax help

• The

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

will offer free tax-preparation assistance 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through April 15 at the Rock Hill City Hall Wellness Center. Volunteers are IRS certified and trained by the S.C. and N.C. departments of revenue. Tax returns are electronically filed.

Other locations, Feb. 28 only are:

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Rock Hill Galleria, 2301 Dave Lyle Blvd.

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Leroy Springs Recreation Complex, 971 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill.

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Clover branch of the York County Library, 107 Knox St.

Bring current year’s tax forms, W-2 and 1099s, information regarding other income, information for all deductions and credits, a copy of last year’s tax return, proof of account for direct deposit of refund (e.g., voided check), Social Security or individual taxpayer identification cards, proof of identification.

• Free

federal and state tax preparation

for low- and moderate-income taxpayers and those 60 and older will be offered 12:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays through April 9 at the Adult Education Center at the Flexible Learning Center, 1234 Flint St. Ext., Rock Hill.

Bring a copy of last year’s tax return, Social Security card, picture identification and any W-2s, 1099s and other forms showing income or deductions. No appointment needed. Filings completed on a first-come basis.


AARP Tax-Aide Program

offers free federal and state income tax preparation 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 14 at the Fort Mill branch of the York County Library in Baxter Village. Clients taken on first-come basis. Last client taken at 3:30 p.m. No age or income limit. Limited appointments can be scheduled at Bring 2014 tax return, picture IDs, Social Security cards for all being claimed, 1099s, 1098s, 1095A forms, W-2s, and any other proof of deductions or income. For information, email


• Piedmont Medical Center will offer a free

Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) screening

10 a.m.-noon Wednesday at the hospital Resource Center, located in the Women’s Center ground floor. This test involves taking a blood pressure in the arm and leg to determine if you are at risk for developing circulatory problems in the legs. To register, call 1-877-228-3638.

• Piedmont Medical Center will offer a

free seminar on surgical weight loss

Tuesday. To register call 877-228-3638.

• Early Learning Partnership’s

free children’s clinic

hours are 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Fridays in the Rock Hill Family Resource Center, 410 E. Black St. Children from birth to age 18 who do not have health insurance can see a doctor or nurse practitioner. Services include sick visits, immunizations, and sports and school physicals. For appointments, call 803-322-6636. Other clinics are held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in York, Fort Mill and Clover. York County children may attend any of the four clinics.


• The

Friends of the York County Animal Shelter,

a nonprofit organization, needs volunteers to help with bathing, grooming, exercising, socializing, training, providing adoption information, as well as assisting in follow-ups, publicity and marketing and fulfilling other jobs at the shelter. Time and mileage may be tax deductible. Volunteers must be 18 or older; orientation and training are required. For information, call 803-818-6485 or go to the shelter at 713 Justice Blvd., York.


• The

Rock Hill Chapter of Finley High School alumni

will meet 5 p.m. Monday at Jackson’s Cafeteria 1735 Heckle Blvd., Rock Hill. For information, call Charlie M. Robinson at 803-327-4547 or James T. Dunham at 704-232-0793.


Rock Hill High School class of 1954

will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday at Golden Corral, Anderson Road. Classmates, spouses and friends are invited.

Support groups


GriefShare Seminar Group

, begins 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church at Dave Lyle Boulevard and Hood Center Drive, Rock Hill. GriefShare features nationally recognized experts on grief and recovery topics. The meeting will be in the conference room of the office building on the far right of campus. For information, contact the church at 803-327-7181 or Stewart Smith at 803-493-0466.



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.



meets at 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at Serenity Club, 209 Grayson Road, Rock Hill; at noon Tuesdays upstairs at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, 421 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill; at 8 p.m. Mondays at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2955 S.C. 160, Fort Mill; and at 8 p.m. Tuesdays in the house beside First Baptist Church, 121 Monroe White St., Fort Mill.