Community News from York, Chester, Lancaster counties – April 30, 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 Tuesday 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

▪ 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 York County Choral Society will perform Mozart’s “Requiem” at 4 p.m. Sunday 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

▪ Applications for the 2015-2016 Youth Leadership York County (YouLead) program are available to sophomores and juniors at any York County high school. The youth leadership program, a joint effort of the chambers of commerce of York County, is an eight-month long experience for students.

YouLead participants will meet local and state government officials, tour area businesses with local industry leaders, volunteer with York County service agencies and gain a greater understanding of the community.

Applications are available online at, at, or through any Chamber of Commerce office in York County. Deadline to apply is May 8. Finalists will be notified by June 1. For information, contact the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce at 803-324-7500.


▪ The 14th annual Christian Sport Shooters classic will be 9 a.m. Saturday at Rocky Creek Sporting Club. Score cards to be turned in at 3:30 p.m. Registered shooters will be eligible to win a shot gun. The shoot includes a round of sporting clay, barbecue lunch, T-shirt, a ticket to each of the game stations. Register online at Proceeds to the sanctuary fund and Family Promise.

▪ The Rock Hill Civitan Club will have its annual spring yard sale, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 2115 Celanese Road. Proceeds will go to community service and special needs projects.

▪ 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.

▪ Lakewood Baptist Church will have a yard sale, 8 a.m.-noon and fish fry, noon-6 p.m. Saturday at the church, Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill. Plates are $7.50 and include fish, hushpuppies, slaw and fries. Proceeds to the Puerto Rico mission trip.


▪ Fort Mill Community Playhouse presents “Mom’s Gift,” a comedy just in time for Mother’s Day, at 7:30 p.m. May 7-9 and May 14-15, and 3 p.m. May 17 at the playhouse, 615 Banks St. Tickets are $15, adults and $13 students and seniors. Reservations are recommended. Tickets available at Tega Cay Pharmacy, Crossings on Main and at For information, call 803-548-8102.

▪ The Carolina Copy Cats present “Oh, What a Night” musical production, 7 p.m. May 8 at Johnson Theatre at Winthrop University. Admission is $10. Proceeds go to scholarships. For information or tickets, call Jo Remmey at 704-519-5656 or Lea White at 803-547-4898.


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

▪ York County Genealogical and Historical Society will meet 3 p.m. Sunday 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.


▪ The York Shag Club will have its May party, 7-11 p.m. Saturday at Springlake Country Club, 1375 Springlake Road. Roy Childress will deejay. For information, contact Jeanne Neely at 803-366-6280.


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

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 803-329-5620 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. Sunday 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 downtown and Winthrop Lake. Helmets are required.

National Bike to School Day, Wednesday. For tips and resources on how to support Bike to School Day, go to

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.

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 these events, contact 803-329-5632 or


▪ The Arts Council of Chester County will host an adult art class with Katie Linn, 5:30-7 p.m. May 12 at the Arts Council Building, 123 Main St.

Choose from a selection of designer silkscreens to add intricate detail to your ready-made pottery. The silkscreen technique will be used on your choice of a wax warmer or a round hanging vase. allow approximately two weeks for firing.

Cost is $42, members and $45, non-members. All supplies provided. Registration deadline is May 8. Please specify wax warmer or round vase in your registration. Refreshments are welcome, but optional. To register, contact the Arts Council at 803-581-2030 or

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.


▪ The Adult Enrichment Centers of Rock Hill caregiver support group will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at 359 Park Ave. Open to the public. For information, call Dee Curran at 803-327-7448.

▪ 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.


▪ The Emmett Scott High School class of 1967 monthly birthday fellowship will be 5:30 p.m. Monday at O’Charley’s, Rock Hill.

▪ 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

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

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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