Community News from York, Chester, Lancaster counties – April 26, 2015

The Friends of the York County Library spring book sale will be Thursday-Saturday at the First ARP Church gymnasium, 201 E. White St., Rock Hill. Thousands of books for adults and children will be for sale at $2 per inch. DVDs and audiobooks also will be for sale at bargain prices.

Opening night for members will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday. Memberships will be sold at the door for $15, individuals and $25, families. The sale will be open to the public on 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. All items will be half price on Saturday.

Proceeds go to library programs. For information, go to or call 803-981-5837.

Special events

▪ The 2015 Western York County Senior Expo, sponsored by Individuals Caring for Elders and Greater Clover and York chambers of commerce, will be 9 a.m.-noon May 5 at Filbert Presbyterian Church, U.S. 321 between York and Clover. The expo for all seniors, caregivers and healthcare professionals is designed to connect and share information about products and services designed for seniors and their caregivers. There will be door prizes, food, beverages, entertainment, health screenings and health services information. Free admission. For information call 803-684-2590 or 803-222-3312 or go to

▪ The Arts Council of Chester County will host a community reception for the winners of the 20th Annual Superintendent’s Art Show 4-6 p.m. Wednesday at the Ann D. Marion Gallery, 123 Main St.

The students’ winning pieces are on display in the Arts Council Gallery for one month, ending on May 15. The art show is produced in partnership with the Chester County School District.

▪ In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Museum of York County is the host site of this year’s Child Abuse Awareness Ceremony & Candlelight Vigil 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Amphitheater on the trail behind the Museum of York County. The ceremony will feature the Palmetto School Choir. Youth and adults can try their hand at rhythm drumming led by Thompson. The event is free and open to the public.

The museum will be open prior to the event from 5-6:30 p.m. Admission is free for members and all children with a paid adult admission. Admission includes a planetarium show at 5:30 pm. For more information call 803-329-2121.

▪ The Rock Hill Youth Council will host Rock Hill’s Hidden Talent Show, 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the Old Town Amphitheater. The event is open to all high school students who have a talent: bands, rap groups, solo, dance, magic acts and more. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners. Deadline to enter is Tuesday. For applications go to or contact Patti Panetti at 803-329-5625 or Free to the public.

▪ The North Chester Saddle Club will sponsor an amateur rodeo 6 p.m. Saturday at 1037 Tickle Hill Road, Chester. Competition includes open barrels, mutton busting for ages 6 and younger (first 25 children to sign-up), calf herding, open poles, wild steer ride, break away roping, ladies goat tying and open bull riding. Admission: adults, $10; ages 6-12, $5 and preschool, free. For information, call Nancy Stewart 803-385-7351 or email

▪ Movie night will be Friday at the York Recreation Complex, 74 Fourth St. Inflatables and bounce houses begin at 6 p.m. and “Despicable Me 2” starts at 7:30 pm. Admission is free. Concessions will be for sale. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a chair or blanket.

▪ Cancer Survivor celebration dinner, sponsored by American Cancer Society York County East Relay for Life, will be 6-8 p.m. May 1 at First Presbyterian Church, East Main Street, Rock Hill. To register go to

▪ The Rock Hill Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will present its annual May Week Observance, 4 p.m. on May 3 in Plowden Auditorium at Winthrop University. May Week is a national initiative of Delta Sigma Theta and is designed to highlight academic achievement and support the pursuit of higher education. High school seniors in the York County area will be recognized for their academic, athletic and leadership accomplishments and artistic excellence. Free and open to the public.

▪ The York County Choral Society will perform Mozart’s “Requiem” at 4 p.m. May 3 in Byrnes Auditorium at Winthrop University. This choral masterpiece features soprano, alto, tenor and bass soloists along with orchestral accompaniment.

Also featured will be contemporary composer Ola Gjeilo’s “Sunrise Mass” performed with stringed orchestral accompaniment. Additional selections by both composers will be performed by the York County Chamber Singers.

Tickets are $15, adults; $10, age 62 and older; $5, students with ID. Tickets available at the door or go to

Open house

▪ Providence Classical School, a new Christian private school scheduled to open Sept. 1 in Rock Hill, will host an open house from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Park Baptist Church, 717 E. Main St., Rock Hill.

A classical school “uses methods and content that develop thinking, articulate, well-rounded graduates” and “provides the best possible education to help every child reach their God-given potential,” according to the national Association of Classical and Christian Schools. There’s an emphasis on classic languages, such as Greek and Latin, and ancient teaching methods.

The years of a classical education are broken up into three stages: grammar, logic and rhetoric. Elementary-age students focus on grammar, or basic facts of all disciplines; middle school-age students focus on logic, or the “why” behind those facts; and high school-age students focus on rhetoric, or thoughtfully expressing and defending their ideas.

Prospective families will have a chance to learn how a classical education could benefit their children, to meet faculty, view curriculum and connect with other prospective families.

For more information, go to or email


▪ The Carolina Traffic & Transportation Club will host a golf tournament May 5 at the Lancaster Golf Club. Registration is 9:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 10:30. Cost is is $75 which includes green fees, cart fees, beverages on the course, dinner and a chance for a cash drawing (must be present to win). Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 teams and additional hole prizes. Proceeds to the Lancaster Children’s Home. For information, call Bill McKinney at 803-804-7404.

▪ The India Hook United Methodist Men spring chicken barbecue will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in the family life center at the church on Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill. Whole chickens are $10; adult plates with a half chicken, $9; and a child’s plate with a quarter chicken, $5. Plates include baked beans, slaw, roll, dessert and tea. Eat-in or take-out available. Place orders by calling the church at 803-329-7787. The United Methodist Women will also have a bake sale with home-baked cakes, cookies, brownies, biscuits, cupcakes and more.

▪ Clover High School Band spring fish fry will be 3-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. May 3 at Clover High School cafeteria, 1625 Highway 55 East. Tickets, $9, are available at the door. Plates include fried fish, fries, hushpuppies and cole slaw. Water or tea provided. Free refills for eat-in guests. Carryout available.

▪ The Home Builders Association of York County Spring Charity Golf Tournament will be May 7 at Springfield Golf Club, 639 Hambly House Lane, Fort Mill. Shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Lunch at 11:30 a.m. Deadline to sign up is Thursday. Cost is $115 and includes greens fee and cart, lunch, goodie bag and steak dinner. To sign up, call Linda Wilson at 803-328-8460 or email Proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity of York County.


▪ The Bethel Fire Tax District meeting will be 7 p.m. May 6 at Station No. 1.

▪ York County Genealogical and Historical Society will meet 3 p.m. May 3 at Allison Creek Presbyterian Church, 5780 Allison Creek Road at S.C. 274, York. There will be a brief history of the church and a walking tour of the adjacent African-American graveyard where over 300 graves have been located and marked. Open to the public.


▪ Registration for free swim lessons taught by trained swim instructors and offered by the Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department will begin May 4.

Registration is taken in person, on a first come basis during business hours at the PRT office (Room 390) at City Hall, Boyd Hill Center, Emmett Scott Center, Fewell Park Center and Northside Center. Sessions fill quickly and space is limited. A schedule of classes and locations is available at and at the PRT office. Call 329-5620 with questions.

Lessons for ages 4 through adult begin June 8 and will run every two weeks through August. Times and skill levels vary per site. Swim lessons are held at the four City of Rock Hill pools, which will open June 6. Pool hours are 1-6 p.m. weekdays, except for Boyd Hill, which is 2-6 p.m. weekdays. Saturday hours are 1-5 p.m. cost is 75 cents per child and $2 per adult.

▪ Rock Hill is celebrating National Bike Month with the following activities:

Old Town family ride and skills clinic, 1-2 p.m. May 3 in the Swim, Bike and Run parking lot, 153 E. White St., for a skills/safety clinic followed by a four-mile family friendly ride around Old Town and Winthrop Lake. Helmets are required.

National Bike to School Day, May 6. For tips and resources on how to support Bike to School Day, please visit

Mother’s Day Sweet Treat Ride, 2-4 p.m. May 10 at Glencairn Garden Learning Center parking lot, 825 Edgemont Ave. Treat mom to a family friendly six mile ride from Glencairn Garden to Manchester Village and back. Led by the Rock Hill Bike Club, the ride will begin with some group riding safety tips and introduce participants to a new bike route that combines quiet city streets and existing greenways. Helmets are required.

National Bike to Work Day, May 15. Ride your bike to work and email the distance, route and other details about your experience to

Mayor’s Family Bike Rodeo and Open House at the BMX Track, 9 a.m.-noon May 16. Bring your bike and helmet and join Mayor Doug Echols as he leads the pack around a bike rodeo course in the upper parking area. Participants can also try riding on the Novant Health BMX track or pump track for free.

Ride of Silence, 7 p.m. May 20 beginning at the Wells Fargo parking lot on Main Street. The ride honors of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. The 10-mile ride led by the Rock Hill Bike Club at a pace up to 12 mph. Participants should have some experience with group road riding. Helmets are required.

Track Racing at the Giordana Velodrome, 7 p.m. Fridays all summer. Riders must be certified to participate. Admission is free for spectators. For more details, please visit

Bike month activities are coordinated through the Rock Hill Bicycle & Pedestrian Task Force Partners: Eat Smart Move More York County, the Rock Hill Bicycle Club, the City of Rock Hill and the Palmetto Cycling Coalition. For information about thee events, contact 803-329-5632 or


▪ Piedmont Medical Center will offer a free seminar on surgical weight loss Tuesday. To register call 1-888-457-5211.

Hunger relief

▪ Second Harvest Partners, sponsored by Providence Presbytery, will have a hunger-relief site 9 a.m. Thursday at Bel Air United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land. Volunteers will distribute food to participants who meet USDA eligibility income guidelines. For information, contact Catawba Area Agency on Aging at 803-329-9670.


▪ 4-H Youth Development, a part of Clemson Extension Service in York County, will host a beekeeping camp for ages 5-19 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 28-29 at the York Extension Office 120 N. Congress St. The camp will be led by members of the York County Beekeepers Association of South Carolina. Registration is $10. For information, contact Faith Isreal at 803-684-9919 ext. 113 or


▪ 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 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, 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.


▪ Northwestern High School class of 2005 reunion will be 5 p.m.-midnight July 25 at Ballentine Pavilion at Elks Park. Reunion T-shirts will be distributed at 7 p.m. July 24 at Time Out Bar and Grill, 131 S Herlong Ave. Tickets are $30, singles; $50, couples and include T-shirt, food and drinks. Register at

▪ The Rock Hill Chapter of Finley High School alumni will meet 5 p.m. Monday at Jackson’s Cafeteria 1735 Heckle Blvd. Open to anyone graduated or attended Finley and friends. For information, call Charlie M. Robinson at 803-327-4547 or James T. Dunham at 704-232-0793.

▪ Former Hillcrest Elementary School students will meet 4 p.m. Saturday at Foundation AME Zion Church, Neely Store Road, Rock Hill.

▪ 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 Friday. For information, call 803-324-9982.

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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