Community News from York, Chester, Lancaster counties – May 14, 2015

Coffee with a Cop, with officers from the Rock Hill Police Department, will be Friday morning at the Bojangle’s on Herlong Avenue in Rock Hill.
Coffee with a Cop, with officers from the Rock Hill Police Department, will be Friday morning at the Bojangle’s on Herlong Avenue in Rock Hill. Herald file

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.

▪ Ride of Silence, 7 p.m. Wednesday, beginning at the Wells Fargo parking lot on Main Street. The ride honors 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, go to

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, call 803-329-5632 or email

Special events

▪ The ninth annual COOLFest, hosted by Keystone Substance Abuse and Werner Family Chiropractic, will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Manchester Village, Dave Lyle Boulevard. The event features free exhibits, live music, inflatables, face painting, Safe Kids of York County bike derby, York County Sheriff’s Office mounted horse patrol and canine unit, video games and prize drawings. For information, call Monica Hanna at 803-230-9039.

▪ 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

▪ Coffee With a Cop with officers from the Rock Hill Police Department will be 8 a.m. Friday at Bojangles’, 493 Herlong Ave. It’s an opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Rock Hill neighborhoods. For information, contact the Community Services Division at 803-329-5583.

▪ New York Times best-selling author Mary Alice Monroe will give a presentation at 2 p.m. May 29 at Westminster Tower Heritage Hall, India Hook Road, Rock Hill. Tickets are $20 and include a signed copy of her new book, “The Summer’s End.” For tickets, call 803-328-5000.

▪ 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.

▪ Historic Rock Hill will celebrate the grand opening of its Little Free Library 10 a.m. Tuesday 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.

Memorial Day

▪ The Tega Cay Memorial Day Ceremony will be 9 a.m. May 25 at the Living Memorial Gardens at the corner of Shoreline Parkway and Tega Cay Drive. The event is organized by the Tega Cay Veterans Association. For information, contact Commander Charles Gross at

▪ Historic Brattonsville will be open to the public 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 25 for this special day of remembrance on Memorial Day. Visitors can join historical interpreters in a 1870s wreath-laying ceremony and discover the origins of Memorial Day, a holiday created after the Civil War.

All other Culture & Heritage Museums sites will be closed Memorial Day. Admission: $6, adults; $5, seniors; $3, ages 4-1; free to CHM members and age 3 and younger.

All Culture & Heritage Museums sites are participating in the Blue Star Museum Program, which offers free museum admission for active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families, from Memorial Day (May 25) through Labor Day (Sept. 7).


▪ Menzel Temple and Court will sponsor a diabetes walk, 8-11 a.m. Saturday at Phoenix Academy, 1234 Flint St. Ext., Rock Hill

▪ 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.


▪ The Western York County branch of the NAACP will meet 6 p.m. May 21 at Wesley United Methodist Church. For information, contact Wanda Simril at 803-684-6200.

▪ The York County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs will meet 7 p.m. May 21 at the Administration Building, 7900 Park Place Road in the East York Industrial Park, off S.C. 5 in York.

▪ York Soil and Water Conservation District commissioners will meet 5 p.m. May 21 at the USDA Service Center, 1460 E. Alexander Love Highway, York. Open to the public. For information, contact Barbara O’Connell at 803-684-3137, ext. 101.


▪ The York County Quilt Guild will meet 7 p.m. Monday at Grace Lutheran Church, 426 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. The program, led by Harvey and Lin Mayhill, will feature “Quilts of Valor,” which are made for veterans and wounded warriors. Open to the public.

▪ Rock Hill Area Shag Club will host its seventh annual Vegas Night, 7 p.m. Saturday at Celebration at Ramada Inn, Cherry Road, Rock Hill. 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.

Summer camps

▪ York Technical College will offer 11 free summer camps to local students and their families, funded by an innovation challenge grant from the S.C. Department of Commerce.

Scheduled to run 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 6-July 24, the camps will be held at York Tech’s main campus in Rock Hill and at The Hive, the technology center in downtown Rock Hill. Lunch and snacks are included. Before- or after-care is not available.

The camps will primarily focus on technology and career development, with topics including game design, 3D design, entrepreneurship, digital photography and other STEM careers. The schedule, including dates, locations and age groups, is available at

With the exception of the STEM Career camp, which can enroll up to 20 students, camps are limited to 12 students. Registration accepted on a first-come basis.

To register, call 803-981-7212, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday. For questions, contact Joann Kelly at

York County libraries

▪ York County libraries will offer summer reading programs for all ages beginning June 8. Early online registration begins Monday. Participants can keep track of hours read online beginning June 8.

This year’s theme is superheroes. The programs are: “Tiny Tots” for ages 3 and under and their parent; “Every Hero Has a Story,” ages 3-11; “Unmask,” ages 12-17; and “Escape the Ordinary,” adults.

Each program features prizes and incentives for those who complete the reading requirements. Free programs for children and families include weekly performances by puppeteers, theater groups, magicians and others. Teens can participate in free programs including chess club, anime, gaming and many more.

All summer reading programs are sponsored by the Friends of the York County Library. Register at and see a schedule of summer programs.

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, call Catawba Area Agency on Aging at 803-329-9670.


▪ Saluda Trail Middle School will host a Community Wellness Event Health Fair, 5-7:30 p.m. Monday. 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.


▪ 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 Rock Hill High School class of 1955 will have its 60th reunion June 6 at the York County Shrine Club. For information, call Page Connelly at 803-366-7408.

▪ 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

▪ 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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