Community News from York, Chester, Lancaster counties – May 3, 2015

▪ 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

Special events

▪ The U.S. Postal Service food drive is Saturday. Residents of York County can leave extra canned and non-perishable food items by their mailboxes for the postal carrier to pick up. The food will be distributed to Pilgrims’ Inn, Project Hope, The Salvation Army, Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen, Fort Mill Care Center, PATH in York, and Clover Area Assistance Center. All food donations will stay in York County.

▪ The Rock Hill Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the Kappa Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi will host a panel discussion about mental health, “Brother, You’re On my Mind,” 7 p.m. May 13 at Freedom Temple Ministries, 215 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Local mental health professionals will speak. Free to the public. For information contact, Marilyn Martin at

▪ The fifth annual Glencairn BloomFest will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 16 in the meadow at Glencairn Garden on Edgemont Avenue. The family event will feature plants, garden art, pottery, baskets and other garden-themed items for sale from a variety of vendors. There also will be a variety of activities for children as part of “National Kids to Parks Day.” There will be music and garden tours plus food available for purchase. Space for a few more plant and garden-themed vendors remains. Call 803-329-5655 for vendor information. For information go to or call, 803-329-5620.

▪ 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

▪ 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.


▪ Charles Plemmons and friends will host a fish fry, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday at the PATH Thrift Store Parking Lot, 35 S. Congress St., York. Cost is $5 for a sandwich, fries and soda. Proceeds will go to PATH.


▪ Allison Creek Bluegrass presents Bluegrass Drifters, 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Allison Creek Presbyterian Church at the corner of SC 274 and Allison Creek Road. The band from Nashville, Tenn. is currently on tour. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the free family friendly event. Concessions are available at 6:30 p.m.

▪ Rock Hill Parks, Recreation & Tourism’s Summer Concert in the Park series kicks off with Tony Adams at 6:30 p.m. May 12 at Fewell Park, 1204 Alexander Road. The concerts are free and will be held the second Tuesday of each month through August. Bring a picnic and blanket or lawn chair. For information, call 803-329-5645.

▪ “Friday Lunch Stop!,” sponsored by Rock Hill Parks, Recreation & Tourism, will be 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Fridays through June 19 in the Black Street parking lot. The event features live music. Amy Broome will perform Friday. Some seating will be available at the site. Chairs and blankets are welcome.

▪ 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 at 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. Friday 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 Rock Hill branch of the NAACP executive meeting will be 6 p.m. Thursday at The Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, at the corner of White and Caldwell streets. For information, call 803-366-2184.

▪ The National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Jackson’s Cafeteria. Business meeting begins at noon.

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


▪ The Rock Hill Civitan Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mary’s Cafe, Firetower Road. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. Carol Daly, founder of The Creative Enterprises Network, will speak.


▪ The Rock Hill Youth Council will host its sixth annual Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, 10 a.m. May 16 at the Rock Hill Outdoor Center Greens on Riverwalk Parkway. Cost is $5 per player, and each player will get a free ultimate disc from Innova Disc Golf. A trophy will be awarded to the winning team. To register, call Patti Panetti at 803-329-5625 or email

▪ 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:

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 Friday. 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


▪ 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.

▪ Saluda Trail Middle School will host a Community Wellness Event Health Fair, 5-7:30 p.m. May 18. This event, for adults and students, is the culmination of Team 7-3’s Wellness Unity Project Based Learning. There will be screenings for diabetes, high blood pressure, hearing and vision problems, CPR demonstration, fitness counseling, and information on nutrition and pet wellness. Drawings will be held for door prizes. In addition, there will be a Community Blood Drive in honor of Dr. Julie Marshall, 4:30-7 p.m. For appointments, call Chante Bailey at 803-981-1806 or email

▪ 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

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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