Community News from York, Chester, Lancaster counties – May 7, 2015

The Old Town Farmers Market will open for its sixth season 5-8 p.m. Thursday at 115 Caldwell St. in downtown Rock Hill.

The market offers seasonal produce, pastured meats, local honey, baked goods, plants and handmade works by local artisans.

Each market includes live entertainment, and many will have children’s activities.

Arsena Schroeder will perform Thursday and Alan Barrington will perform Saturday. Market hours are 5-8 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 29.

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Special events

▪ The U.S. Postal Service food drive is Saturday. Residents of York County can leave extra canned and nonperishable 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.

▪ National Day of Prayer observances will take place Thursday in Rock Hill and Fort Mill. The city of Rock Hill’s service will be at noon at the Old Town Amphitheater on Black Street behind City Hall. Fort Mill will observe the day from 12:20-12:40 p.m. at Fort Mill Town Hall, 112 Confederate St. The Rock Hill Inter-Faith Community will have a service noon-1 p.m. at the Kenneth Monroe Transformation Center, 745 Saluda St.

▪ Lakeside summer services by India Hook United Methodist Church begin Sunday in the covered shelter at Ebenezer Park, 4490 Boatshore Road, Rock Hill. Services start at 8:30 a.m. and are conducted by the Rev. Tony Adams, pastor of India Hook. Bring lawn chairs. Free parking. Services continue through Sept. 27.

▪ The sixth annual Red Rose Festival will be 6-10 p.m. May 15 and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. May 16 in downtown Lancaster. Headlining the festival is a Michael Jackson tribute band. Other events scheduled are outdoor concerts (including local favorite The Matt Tucker Band), arts, crafts, kids’ zone, car show by Memory Lane Cruisers, dog show by the Lancaster SPCA, photography contest by the Lancaster County Council of the Arts and roaming entertainment. This year’s festival will feature over 75 artisans, crafters, food vendors, as well as international, national and locally known musicians. For a complete list of events, go to

▪ The third annual Cannoli Runs will be 9:15 a.m. May 16 during the 20th St. Philip Neri Italian Festival in Fort Mill. The event features a 5K run, a 1-mile family fun run/walk, and a kids’ 100-yard dash. Proceeds benefit the Fort Mill Care Center and the church. For information, go to or call Dave Paukovitz at 803-415-1946.

▪ The Surgical Weight Loss Program at Piedmont Medical Center will host a fashion show 7 p.m. Thursday at the Rock Hill Galleria to showcase patients who have chosen to have bariatric surgery. Free and open to the public.

▪ Historic Rock Hill will celebrate the grand opening of its Little Free Library 10 a.m. May 19 at the White Home, 258 E. White St. The Little Free Library is in partnership with St. John’s United Methodist Church and Resolute Forest Products. St. John’s preschoolers will attend and bring books and cookies.

▪ 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, email 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 in Rock Hill. The family event will feature plants, garden art, pottery, baskets and other garden-themed items for sale from vendors. There will be a variety of activities for children as part of “National Kids to Parks Day,” and also music, garden tours and 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 Corinthian Masonic Lodge No. 416 will host its annual barbecue 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. until sold out Saturday at the lodge, 5196 Hampton Ridge Road, Newport. Plates or pounds, $8. Sandwiches, $3. Eat in or take out. Delivery available for five or more plates. Call 803-984-3863 or 803-329-3118.

▪ Tega Cay Baptist Church will have its annual yard sale 5-7 p.m. May 15 and 7 a.m.-noon May 16 at the church, 1875 Gold Hill Road. Proceeds go to buy supplies for Honduras mission trips.

▪ The Knightly Order of the Fiat Lux, part of the Charlotte chapter youth division, will fight to find a cure for childhood cancer, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Mount Holly United Methodist Church. 1996 Mount Holly Road, Rock Hill. The tournament will be $5 and to fight a knight is $2. All proceeds will go to Kallie’s Krusades, a nonprofit organization that helps support families with childhood illness or disease. For more information, call Felisha Mims at 803-517-2306.

▪ 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 S.C. 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. Tuesday at Fewell Park, 1204 Alexander Road. The free concerts 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. Thursday-Saturday and May 14-15, and at 3 p.m. May 17 at the playhouse, 615 Banks St. Tickets are $15 for adults, $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 York County Marine Corps League’s local detachment, The Olde English Leathernecks, will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 732 W. Main St., Rock Hill. The league consists of Marine veterans, retired Marines and associates. For information, call Don Hicks at 803-517-7253.

▪ The AARP local chapter will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the ARC facility at the Rock Hill Oratory, 434 Charlotte Ave. All AARP members, guests and visitors are invited to attend. Steve McGill from the Rock Hill Department of Housing and Neighborhood Services will talk about city programs of interest to seniors.


▪ The Ballroom Dance Club will meet 7:30-10:20 p.m. May 15 at Fort Mill Golf Course Club House, 101 Country Club Drive. Dressy casual. Adults of all skill levels are welcome. Guest admission is $15 for couples, $7.50 for singles. No alcohol; light refreshments provided. For information, call Bob at 803-389-4679, 9 a.m-9 p.m.


▪ 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, contact Patti Panetti at 803-329-5625 or

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

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 6-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.

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


▪ Carolina Community Actions is accepting enrollment in the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Program for 2015. Applicants must be ages 17-21 and meet the income guidelines to qualify. The program offers participants up to $5,000 in the following program services:

Assistance with obtaining a GED.

CNA training and assistance with tuition, books, uniform supplies and state exam fees.

Occupational training from a technical and occupational institution in the Tri-County.

Pharmacy tech internships.

Dental chair-side assistant and office training.

Heavy equipment operator’s training.

Welding training.

Truck driving.

Incentives up to $300.

The program is paid for through the Catawba Regional Council of Government. CCA is a private, nonprofit corporation that promotes self-reliance of low-income individuals and families by forming partnerships, which will provide a systematic reduction of the causes and conditions of poverty.

For information or to enroll, call Marilyn Burris, York County WIA case manager, at 803-366-5302, or Gwen Harris, Lancaster County WIA case manager, at 803-289-0904.


▪ 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, contact Chante Bailey at 803-981-1806 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.


▪ The Rock Hill High Class of 1959 will meet for lunch and fellowship 1 p.m. Tuesday at Golden Corral, Anderson Road. All classmates, spouses and friends are welcome.

▪ Rock Hill High School Class of 1945 will have its 70th reunion at 12:30 p.m. May 22 at Golden Corral, 1031 N. Anderson Road.

▪ The Hillcrest Elementary School planning committee will host a free picnic 1-6 p.m. May 23 on the former grounds of Hillcrest School, 250 Neely Store Road, Rock Hill. Hillcrest T-shirts will be sold and donations accepted to benefit the Hillcrest fund. Bring lawn chairs. A memorial service will be 2 p.m. May 24 at Mount Hebron Baptist Church, 262 Neely Store Road, to honor former teachers and staff from Hillcrest School.

Support groups

▪ Affirmation of York County is a support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, their families and friends. The group will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2955 S.C. 160, Fort Mill. For information, call Ellen at 803-417-0954, Melissa at 803-547-6042 or email

▪ 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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