Community News from York, Chester, Lancaster counties – May 21, 2015

Historic Brattonsville will be open to the public Monday for a special day of remembrance on Memorial Day.
Historic Brattonsville will be open to the public Monday for a special day of remembrance on Memorial Day.

The Mary Warner Mack Dog Park opens at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Adventure Road entrance to the Anne Springs Close Greenway on Springfield Parkway in Fort Mill.

A ribbon-cutting celebration includes vendors 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The dog park will remain open until sunset.

Those who wish to visit the dog park after May 23 must have a dog park membership. The membership is $10 a month and can be added to an existing Anne Springs Close Greenway or Recreation Complex membership, which is required to qualify for a dog park membership.

Registration for dog park memberships can be completed at the Recreation Complex, 971 Tom Hall St. Proof of current vaccinations and spaying/neutering is required. For more information on becoming a dog park member, call 803-547-4575.

Regular park hours will be 7 a.m. to sunset daily, except for Tuesday, when the park will open at 1 p.m. to allow for park maintenance.

Special events

▪ A used clothing drive, sponsored by the High Five Club and Grace Community United Methodist Church in Fort Mill, will support the Fort Mill Back Pack Program. Gently used clothing, belts, purses, shoes, household items and bed and bath linens can be donated. Drop off times are 2-6 p.m. June 5-6, 2-6 p.m. June 10 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 20 at Grace UMC, 1190 Gold Hill Road. For information, contact LyRae Davis at

▪ 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; $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.

▪ Lancaster County Parks and Recreation will host the official grand opening and ribbon cutting 6 p.m. June 9 for the Carolina Thread Trail, 10521 Walnut Creek Parkway. Open to the public. For information, call 803-285-5545.


▪ The 14th annual Brett Ringer Scholarship Golf Tournament will be June 18 at Pinetuck Golf Course, Rock Hill. The format will be captain’s choice with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Cost is $50 for individuals; $200 per team and includes lunch. For information, contact Walt Gainey at 803-981-1326 or

▪ The inaugural Lyme Disease Awareness walk/run 5K will be 10 a.m. Saturday beginning at First United Methodist Church, 124 Bethel St., Clover. Registration is $20. The event is sponsored by Ticked About Lyme, and proceeds go to help to raise awareness and help families affected by the disease. May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. For information or to register, go to

▪ The inaugural Les Conner Memorial Wormburner Classic Golf Tournament will be June 12 at the Tega Cay Golf Club. Registration opens at 12:30 p.m. All proceeds from the tournament benefit the Melanoma Research Foundation. There will be contests, raffles, giveaways. Recognition awards will be announced at the dinner after the tournament. For information on sponsorship and registration go to

▪ Sanctuary of Life Outreach Church in Rock Hill is hosting a Reading Roundup Community Summer Initiative for new or used children’s books for ages 3-12. The church will kick off its Summer Literacy Program June 5. Books can be taken to SOLO at 213 Albright Road, Tabernacle Church of Praise in York, Vision Church of God of Prophecy in Chester, or Citadel of Love Ministries in Lancaster. For information, call 803-524-5935 or email

▪ 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.

Memorial Day

▪ The Tega Cay Memorial Day Ceremony will be 9 a.m. Monday 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. Monday 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 4-17; 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 through Labor Day.


▪ Movies in the Park at Ebenezer Park in Rock Hill begins June 6 with “Paddington.” Movies begin at dusk. Free admission. Bring blankets and chairs. No alcohol allowed. Light refreshments available for a small fee. For information, call the park at 803-366-6620.


▪ 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, contact Sandra Oborokumo at 803-325-2855. Tickets are available for the June 13 Freedom Fund Banquet. For tickets, call 803-366-2184.


▪ 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 York, Chester or Lancaster counties.

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 that 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.


▪ 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 School class of 1954 will meet 1 p.m. May 28 at Golden Corral, Anderson Road. Members, friends and relatives welcome.

▪ 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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