Great Falls hosts Flopeye Fish Festival Saturday

The 32nd annual Flopeye Fish Festival will be 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday 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.

Special events

▪ The fifth annual Hickory Grove “Singin’ In The Park” will be 3:30-9 p.m. Saturday at Hickory Grove Park. The event features free food, inflatables for the kids and carnival games. Entertainment by the Bullock Creek Cowboy Church Band at 6 p.m. with fireworks at dusk. Sponsored by Unity Baptist Church. For information, call 803-925-2723.

▪ 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.

▪ 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.

▪ The Museum of York County’s inaugural “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.


▪ An Autism Awareness Benefit Concert, sponsored by the 40&8 of the American Legion, will feature Rick Alviti and his Show Band in “That’s the Way it Was,” 7:15 p.m. June 20 at the American Legion post, 524 Heckle Blvd, Rock Hill. Alviti is America’s most respected Elvis tribute artist, appearing with guest Diane Bailey as Patsy Cline. Tickets are $35 and include a reception from 5-7 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and prizes. Proceeds go to the Chrysalis Autism Center. For tickets, contact Steve and Pat Blankenship at 803-328-3599 in the evening. Limited seating. Cash or charge is available.

▪ The Kings Mountain Chapter of the NSDAR will have a fundraiser yard sale, 7:30 a.m.-noon Saturday at 218 E. Jefferson St., York. Proceeds to chapter projects.

▪ The Women of Clover Wesleyan Church will have a hot dog sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. The youth bake and yard sale begins at 7 a.m. at 102 Parkview Lane.

▪ The Prime Time Elite Basketball team will sponsor a Chinese auction, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. May 30 at Rose of Sharon’s old church building, 247 Irwin St., Rock Hill. Food will be sold. For tickets, contact Sonya Miller at 803-493-7427.


▪ Allison Creek Bluegrass presents the J Maxx McKee Band, 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Allison Creek Presbyterian Church on the corner of S.C. 274 and Allison Creek Road. No cover charge for the family-friendly event. Doors open at 6 p.m. Concessions available at 6:30 p.m.

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 a 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).

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


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

▪ Keystone board of directors will meet 6 p.m. Monday at the Keystone Prevention Center, 1600 Ebenezer Road. Open to the public. For information, call 803-324-4118.

▪ Indian Land VFW will meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at 8083 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land. New members and guests should arrive at 9 a.m. Veterans bring their DD214. For information, contact John Marker at 704-843-6930 or email

▪ The Rock Hill branch of the NAACP general meeting will be 9 a.m. May 30 at Bannon Hall across from St. Mary Catholic Church, 902 Crawford Road. For information, please contact Sandra Oborokumo at 803-325-2855. Tickets are available for the June 13 Freedom Fund Banquet. For tickets, call 803-366-2184.

▪ The York County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs will meet 7 p.m. Thursday 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. Thursday 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.

Pro se divorce clinic

▪ South Carolina Legal Services will have a Pro Se Divorce Clinic, 2 p.m. Thursday at the Chester County Library, 100 Center St. No one will be admitted after 2 p.m.

The clinic, conducted by an attorney, is for those who have been separated from their spouse for more than one year, who have no minor children, who have no property to divide and who are seeking a divorce on the grounds of one year continuous separation only. You must know where your spouse resides in order to participate in this clinic.

The clinic will include forms and instructions to assist in the filing of a divorce action in Family Court (Chester, Lancaster, Fairfield or York counties), serving a spouse with court papers, representing oneself at a final hearing and filing the correct final divorce documents, all without an attorney.

In order to qualify for this clinic, the spouse must not be incarcerated and must live in Chester, Lancaster or York counties or the parties must have lived in Chester County the last time they lived together. The wife must not have given birth to any children during the marriage, either by the husband or anyone else, who are currently under the age of 18.

To attend, pre-register by calling 1-803-327-9001 or 1-800-922-3853.


▪ 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.

York County Library

▪ The York County Library 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 parents; “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.


▪ Piedmont Medical Center will offer a heart health risk assessment Thursday at the hospital Resource Center, in the Women’s Center, ground floor. Fasting is required. To register, call 1-888-457-5211.

▪ 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 Chapter of Finley High School alumni will meet 5 p.m. Monday at Jackson's Cafeteria, 1735 Heckle Blvd. Those who graduated from or attended Finley High School are encouraged to attend. Friends are welcome. For information, call Charlie M. Robinson at 803-327-4547 or James T. Dunham at 704-232-0793.

▪ The Finley High School class of 1964 will meet at noon Saturday at the Chester Cove Restaurant, 1622 JA Cochran Bypass, Chester. All classmates are encouraged to attend. For information contact Charlie M. Robinson at 803-327-4547, James Mayfield at 803-374-1090 or Kater Wylie Cornwell at 704-661-7701.

▪ Rock Hill High School class of 1945 will have its 70th reunion at 12:30 p.m. Friday 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. Saturday 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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