Community news: Habitat to host Romanian trip for volunteers

Volunteers for Habitat for Humanity of York County paint trim at a Fort Mill home selected through Habitat for Humanity of York County's Home Preservation Program.
Volunteers for Habitat for Humanity of York County paint trim at a Fort Mill home selected through Habitat for Humanity of York County's Home Preservation Program. FILE PHOTO

Habitat for Humanity of York County is organizing a Global Village trip to Comanesti, Romania, Oct. 2-11. A few openings remain for volunteers. The trip involves teams from around the world and includes sightseeing and cultural activities. Deadline to sign up is March 30. Cost is $1,850 plus airfare. For information, contact Tim Veeck at or call 803-985-9241.

Special events

▪ Rock Hill High School and Winthrop University will host the Carolina Winter Ensemble Association 2015 Circuit Championships March 28. The public is invited to see more than 100 performances by high school and middle school ensembles as they compete in indoor percussion and winter guard contests. The opening ceremony is 8 a.m. at the Rock Hill High gym, 320 W. Springdale Road. Performances will take place throughout the day with the award program at 5 p.m. Competitions begin at 11 a.m. at Winthrop Coliseum, 1162 Eden Terrace, and conclude with the award program at 10 p.m. Admission is $15 adults and $12 ages 5-12. Tickets valid at both venues. For information, contact Joe Gulledge at 803-981-1323.

▪ Rock the Prom for teens will be 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St. Rock Hill, hosted by Just Be Academy, Successful Options, Sistah 2 Sistah of South Carolina, CRAVE, and the Xi Beta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority at Winthrop University. The free event features three workshops, a panel discussion, makeovers, massages and more. Guest speakers include Melissa Chanel, a New York fashion and lifestyle blogger; Danielle Maddox, makeup artist; and Kristen McNeal, attorney. Teens will work with event stylists to select a free prom dress of their choice. For information, go to or call Crystal M. Burns at 803-524-1872.

▪ The Hillcrest Elementary School planning committee is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party 8 p.m. Saturdayat the Menzel Temple, 1535 Neely’s Creek Road, Rock Hill. Admission, $10. Wear green and dress to impress.

▪ Jazz drummer Steve Fidyk and his band Parlour Project will perform at the 13th annual Jazz Discovery Music Festival, 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Northwestern High School Auditorium in Rock Hill. Fidyk has earned national and international acclaim as an artist, author and columnist. He has appeared on more than 100 recordings, and he has performed with Wayne Bergeron, John Clayton, Mark Taylor, Wycliffe Gordon, Tim Hagans, Slide Hampton, Maureen McGovern, New York Voices, Dick Oates, Arturo Sandoval, and Doc Severinsen as well as accompanying orchestras throughout the country. Appearing with Fidyk will be Rock Hill native Joseph Henson, who graduated from Rock Hill High School in 1989, earned a degree in saxophone performance at USC and a master’s degree in jazz studies at the University of North Texas. For the past 17 years, he has been a member of the Army Blues Jazz Band, where he has served as composer, arranger, soloist and is currently the musical director for the band. They also will perform with the Northwestern High School Senior Jazz Ensemble at 3 p.m., andmembers of the Steve Fidyk Parlour Project will present free instrument clinics at 3:45. The festival includes performances by high school and middle school bands from across the Carolinas throughout the day as well as a performance by the University of South Carolina Blue Note Combo and a student jam session at noon. All the school performances and clinics are free and open to the public. Tickets for the evening concert are $20. For information and tickets, go to or call Mark Yost at 803-981-1225.


▪ Kings Mountian Chapel United Methodist Church will host a barbecue 11 a.m.-2 p.m. March 28 at the church, 1130 Philbeck Road, York. Plates are $8. Dine-in or take-out.

▪ Circle No. 2 of Trinity United Methodist Church will sponsor a church yard sale 7-11 a.m. Saturday at the church, 22 E. Liberty St., York. Proceeds go to church projects.

▪ Earth Angel Breast Cancer Foundation presents Hoops for A Cure 2 p.m. Saturday at York Recreation Center. Donations, $5. Concessions available. The event includes a dunk and 3 point contest. For more information, call Angel McClain McCaskill at 704-678-1054.

▪ The Lake Wylie library hosts a Friends of the Library Book Sale, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdayat the library, 185 Blucher Circle. Choose from hardcover fiction, paperbacks and children’s books priced from 50 cents to $2. For more information, call 803-981-5837 or visit

▪ Grits and Grace Breakfast Buffet will be 7-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Eastside Baptist Church, 318 N. Jones Ave., Rock Hill. Cost is $6, adults and $3 age 12 and younger.

▪ 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.

▪ A golf tournament will be held for Children’s Organ Transplant Association in honor of Jordan Diggs, a Chester-area teen who needs a kidney transplant, April 16 at the Chester Golf Club, 770 Old Richburg Road. Tee time is 9 a.m. Early registration deadline is March 27, last date to register is April 6. To register and for information, contact COTA community coordinator Dee Mathis at 803-581-8098, or


▪ Allison Creek Bluegrass presents Beacon Bluegrass, 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Allison Creek Presbyterian Church at S.C. 274 and Allison Creek Road. Free and open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m. with concessions available at 6:30.


▪ South Carolina Modelers Association-Rock Hill will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hobby Stop, 939 S. Anderson Road. Members are modelers using plastic, wood, metal or other materials to build models of cars, trucks, planes, boats, figures and/or anything one might imagine. Bring models to show. All skill levels welcome. For information, contact Dan Bidwell at

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

▪ DAV Chapter 46 of York County will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at VFW Post 2889, West Main Street, Rock Hill.

▪ 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.

▪ The Catawba Council of the South Carolina Silver Haired Legislature will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Rock Hill. For location and information, call Wayne Kersey at 803-287-9453.

▪ York County Genealogical & Historical Society will meet 3 p.m. Friday at Carroll School, 4789 Mobley Store Road (the corner of Mobley Store and Williamson roads), Rock Hill. The Carroll School is one of many Rosenwald Schools built for African-American students across the rural South in the early 20th century. It was used from 1929 to 1954. Queenie Hall with the Rock Hill School District will talk about the Rosenwald School program and the life of the Carroll School today. Gladys Robinson will talk about the efforts to preserve the Liberty Hill Rosenwald School near Catawba.


▪ Memory Lane Cruisers’ first cruise-in of the year will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hwy 55 Burgers, Fries and Shakes on S.C. 9 Bypass East, Lancaster. There will be door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. All cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors are invited to attend.

▪ The Catawba Chapter of the DAR will meet at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Ebenezer Church Parlor on Ebenezer Road. Dorothy Light will talk about the “Madonnas of the Trail.”

▪ York County Quilt Guild will meet 7 p.m. Monday at Grace Lutheran Church, 426 Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill. Quilt show judge Jane Hall will share what judges look for in quilt entries and quilting tips. Open to the community.

▪ The Tega Cay Beautification Committee will have a workday 9-11 a.m. Tuesday at the Living Memorial Gardens to trim, clean and weed. New members and workers needed. For information, email or call or 803-802-8727 or or 704-287-7432.

▪ The Ballroom Dance Club will meet 7:30-10:20 p.m. Friday in the Oak Room at Fort Mill Golf Course Club House, 101 Country Club Drive. Dressy casual. No alcohol. Light refreshments are served. Adults of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Guest admission is $15 couples; $7.50 singles. For information, call Bob, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., at 803-329-5764.

▪ Rock Hill Area Shag Club St. Patrick’s Day party will be 8 p.m. Saturday at Celebrations at Ramada Inn. The group will meet at 7 p.m. Dinner provided. Members $3; guests $5.


▪ Fort Mill Community Playhouse auditions for “Mom’s Gift” will be 6:30-8 p.m. March 23-24 at the playhouse, 615 Banks St. Production dates are May 7-9 and 14-17. Auditions will be cold reading from the script. For information, go to or call 803-548-8102.


▪ The 4-H/FFA Swine Project Show and Sale will be 10 a.m. March 28 at the Chester Livestock Exchange, 2531 Lancaster Highway. Members will show their hogs after raising them for three months. Awards will be presented for Grand and Reserve Champions, and Average Daily Gain winners.

This is a United Way of York County-sponsored project. The Bank of York sponsors Grand and Reserve Champion Prizes, and the York County Farm Bureau awards special prizes to show participants. The public is encouraged to attend and bid on hogs for sale.

▪ 4-H Youth Development, a part of Clemson Extension Service in York County, is starting a club for youth interested in learning about dairy goats. Club members will learn about raising and showing dairy goats. Members don’t have to own dairy goats. Meetings will be 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month beginning April 7 at Bethesda Volunteer Fire Station No 1, 1705 S.C. 324, Rock Hill. Youth must register and pay 4-H membership. For information, contact Faith Isreal at 803-684-9919 ext. 113 or


▪ Clemson Extension Service will host a one-day Backyard Poultry Workshop at 10 a.m. April 10 at Spartanburg Community College in Spartanburg. The program is designed both for experienced poultry owners and novices. Topics will include getting started, feeding and nutrition, housing (mobile vs. permanent), breed selection (egg vs. meat), reproduction, introduction to disease prevention, and pastured poultry. Cost is $70 and includes lunch and refreshments and a flash drive containing copies of the presentation, fact sheets. Space is limited. Registration deadline is April 6. Applications available at any local Clemson Extension office, or register online at: For information, contact Chris LeMaster at 864-489-3141, ext. 113 or email


▪ The York County Democratic Women’s Council is accepting applications for its second annual Bessie Moody-Lawrence scholarship. The awards will be given to two Democratic young women graduating from high school and going to college. For information, contact the high school guidance counselor or call 803-802-7021. Application deadline is April 1.

Library programs

▪ The York County Library will offer the following free programs in March. For information on programs and services, go to

“How to Get Better Sleep,” 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fort Mill library, with Dr. Richard Schaffer from Infinite Wellness. A light lunch provided and registration is required, Call 803-547-4114 to register.

“Coping with Chronic Pain,” 6-7 p.m. Thursday Main Library, Rock Hill with Dr. Brandan Lee of Greater Family Health Center will discuss pain, chronic pain and degenerative auto-immune diseases like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and multiple sclerosis. Call 803-981-5845 to register.

Summer camps

▪ The Arts Council of York County offers week-long, half-day summer art camps for children, ages 6 and older with a focus on the visual, literary and performing arts. Camps run from June 15 – July 24, 2015 at the Center for the Arts, 121 East Main St.; Gettys Art Center, 201 E. Main St. and at the Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC.

Camps are 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. weekdsay. Cost is $75, members and $85, general public. Deadline to register is two weeks prior to the start of each camp. The full schedule is at

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.

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 heart health risk assessment Thursday March 19, at the hospital Resource Center in the Women’s Center, ground floor. Fasting is required. To register, call 1-877-228-3638.

▪ A special enrollment for the Affordable Care Act will be March 15-April 30. Those who missed the Feb. 15 deadline may have another chance to apply. Help will be available 9 a.m.-4 p.m. beginning Monday March 16 at North Central Family Medical Center, 1131 Saluda St., Rock Hill.

▪ 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.


▪ Agape Hospice will host a volunteer training session, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 31 at 1326 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill. Volunteers provide clerical or administrative office support and visit patients. For information, contact Kay G. Lee at 803-517-2021 or email

▪ The Rock Hill Youth Council is looking for youth volunteers who want to give an afternoon of service noon-4 p.m. March 28 as part of Rock Hill’s Youth Service Day. Groups such as school clubs, church youth groups, Scouts and others are invited to participate.

Teams will gather at the Cherry Park Open Shelter at noon for a kick-off celebration with free food, music and free T-shirts. Volunteers will then go to project locations. Groups are responsible for organizing their own service project and should complete an application by March 25. Group application forms are available at or by calling Patti Panetti at 803-329-5625.

▪ The nonprofit Friends of the York County Animal Shelter needs volunteers to help bathe, groom, exercise, socialize, train and provide adoption information for the animals, as well as assist 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.


▪ Rock Hill High School class of 1960 will host its 55th reunion 3-8 p.m. May 23 at Elks Park with a catered dinner. Reservations are due May 1. For information, call 803-324-9982.

▪ The Finley High School class of 1964 will meet at noon Saturday at the Chester Cove Restaurant, 1622 JA Cochran Bypass, Chester. Classmates are encourage to attend. For information contact, Charlie M. Robinson at 803-327-4547, James Mayfield at 803-374-1090 or Kater Wylie Cornwell at 704-661-7701.

Support groups

▪ 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 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.

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