York downtown concert series begins Friday

The Greater York Chamber of Commerce will kick off the 2015 Downtown Live Concert Series 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday featuring The Clooneys, a four-piece band playing classic rock, country and blues on the lawn at the chamber office, 23 E. Liberty St. Food by the Philanthropic Lodge No. 32 and adult beverages available. Free and open to the public. For information call 803-684-2590 or go to

Special events

▪ Food Truck Fridays at the Fountain kick off 6-9 p.m. Friday at Fountain Park, 300 E. Main St.. The event will be every third Friday through September.

Food Truck Fridays include The Plated Palette, Chrome Toaster, Street Spice, Slo Pokin BBQ, Pig and Cow, The Art of Baking, M & M Italian Ice, and Aloha Sno. The Suttle Band will provide entertainment.

There will be live entertainment, children’s activities, and beer and wine. Each event will feature a different lineup of food trucks and entertainment. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. For up-to-date listings go to

▪ Relay For Life York East will be 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday at Castle Heights Middle School Track, Rock Hill. The event offers an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. For more information go to

▪ The Big Green Fishing Tournament will be 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Chester State Park for ages 16 and younger. Bring fishing poles and boats without gas motors. Park boats can be rented on a first-come basis. Weigh-in and lunch will be noon-12:30 p.m. with awards at 1 p.m. Other activities include games, exhibits and free Ducks Unlimited memberships for children. The event is sponsored by the Chester County Sheriff’s Office, S.C. Department of Natural Resouces, Ducks Unlimited and 4-H. Park admission is $2, adults; $1.25, seniors; and free, age 16 and younger.

▪ The Museum of York County’s inaugural event “Pottery & Panache” will be 5-8 p.m. May 28 with nine of the region’s finest potters, live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres spotlighting “Certified SC Foods,” museum store specials and door prizes.

Locally handcrafted goods will be available for bidding during a silent auction hosted by the Museum Guild. The Museum Store will be filled with unique local goods and pottery for purchase.

The following potters will be available to discuss their work: Bob Hasselle, Katherine Petke, Hope Fregerio, John & Jan Myers, Christine White, Jonathan Williams, Pam Bailey, Patricia Gambino, and Tom Tack.

Tickets: $15, members, and $20, general admission. Space is limited. For tickets call Doris Vanbenschoten at 803-981-9182. A $2 discount is available to those who register in advance.

▪ The 32nd annual Flopeye Fish Festival will be 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. May 23 at 534 James Baker Blvd, off U.S. 21 north of Great Falls at the industrial park. George Rogers, former college and professional football player, will be special guest. Rogers played for the South Carolina Gamecocks and won the Heisman Trophy in 1980. He’ll be available for autographs and photos.

Entertainment includes the Ruthie School of Dance, Diamond in the Ruff, Chappell Road, Bo Beaumont, Hendrix and Sho-Tyme. There will be craft and food vendors, a car and golf cart show and military honors.

▪ Catawba River Art Guild will have an exhibition at Olive’s Gallery, Gifts and Studio, 229 Main St., Fort Mill, through May 30. Hours are noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

▪ The sixth annual Red Rose Festival will be 6-10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday 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 and food vendors, as well as international, national and locally known musicians. For a complete list of events, go to

▪ 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. Wednesday at Freedom Temple Ministries, 215 E. Main St. 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. Saturday 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.


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


▪ 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.

▪ 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 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 Lancaster County Historical Commission will meet 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Lancaster County Library, 313 S. White St.

▪ 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.


▪ Zulmarie Allison, a teacher in the English Speakers of Other Languages Program at Ebinport School, will speak at the Woman’s Club of Rock Hill meeting, 6 p.m. Monday at the historic Armstrong-Mauldin House, 607 Aiken Ave. For more on the club and its historic properties go or visit the club on Facebook.

▪ Rock Hill Area Shag Club will host its seventh annual Vegas Night, 7 p.m. Saturday at Celebration at Ramada Inn, Cherry Road. The event includes Vegas games, live auction, barbecue, prizes, free shooters and 50/50. Admission, $10 and includes 10,000 in chips. Proceeds go to the Hall of Fame Foundation Fundraiser. For information, call Tommy or Gail Davis at 803-329-2421.

▪ The Ballroom Dance Club will meet 7:30-10:20 p.m. Friday at Fort Mill Golf Course clubhouse, 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. Saturday 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:

National Bike to Work Day, Friday. 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 Saturday. 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.

Hunger relief

▪ The Second Harvest Partners, sponsored by Providence Presbytery, will have a hunger relief site 9 a.m. May 14 at St. John Baptist, 3726 Woodlawn St., Sharon.

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 Heart2Heart Foundation, York County Library and Piedmont Medical Center present “Doctor Chat” with Dr. Scott Seibel of Catawba-Piedmont Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery, 6:30-7:45 p.m. May 13 at the York County Library, 138 E. Black St., Rock Hill. The informal program will give information about stroke, heart disease and prevention. Free to the public. Seating is limited. Reserve a seat by calling 803-981-5845 or register online at

▪ 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 semi-annual luncheon of Celanese staff retirees will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Golden Corral, 1031 N. Anderson Road, Rock Hill. An update of the Celanese Legacy Project will be presented.

▪ 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.

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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