Memorial Day services set for Sunday, Monday

Memorial Day

▪ York County’s annual Memorial Day weekend tribute to service members who died in battle is Sunday at 4 p.m at the county’s monument to the fallen at Lakeview Memory Gardens, 1774 U.S. 321, between York and Clover.

Several mothers and family members of military members who were killed in action will attend and be honored.

The event sponsored annually by the York County Veterans Advisory Council features speakers, music from the Clover High School jazz ensemble, and a roll call of names of all 214 York County residents who died in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Several veterans advocacy groups will participate including Honor Guards from Rock Hill’s American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War posts.

Family Court Judge David Guyton, a colonel in the S.C. Army national Guard and veteran of Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom, will be master of ceremonies. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

▪ To mark Memorial Day and as a tribute to military who died in wars, American flags will be waved from the Sutton Road bridge over Interstate 77 Monday on the national holiday. Flags will be waved from 8-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.

The bridge was named the Patriot Leonard A. Farrington Memorial Bridge in 2013 by the State of South Carolina. Farrington, a Navy veteran from Rock Hill, waved his American Flag from the bridge starting on Sept. 11, 2001, the date of the terror attacks, and each year afterward on the same date until he died in 2012.

▪ Fort Mill’s annual Memorial Day celebration will be 10 a.m. Monday in Veterans Park. The event includes recognition of Gold Star Mothers, Laying of the Wreath and taps. Members of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will participate.

▪ 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.

Special events

▪ Masters Car Club’s 13th annual car show will be June 6 at Burns Chevrolet Cadillac, 2515 Cherry Road, Rock Hill. Gates open at 9 a.m. with registration until noon. Awards given at 3 p.m. Free hot dogs and drinks. Door prizes. Live entertainment by Fitzgerald McGill, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For information, contact Eddie Craig at 803-366-4683 or Jerry Deas at 803-493-0232.

▪ 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. Friday at Westminster Towers 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.

▪ 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.


▪ A fundraiser for Emily’s House will be Saturday at Emmanuel Church of the Nazarene, 998 Dunlap Roddey Road. Events will be at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. featuring gospel groups Forever Changed, the Harvells, Tiffany Vinson and the Cordsmen. Barbecue plates are $8 and include sandwich, slaw, baked beans, chips and drink. Raffle tickets are $8 or 3 for $20 for a chance to win a 50-inch smart LED TV and other items. Emily Elkins died in March after a three-year battle with cancer. The family and Emmanuel Church are working on a foundation to build a homeless shelter, Emily’s House, to help families in immediate need and work with them to find a stable solution. For information, call Jonathan W. Pannell at 803-242-4827 or email

▪ 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 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

Hunger relief

▪ The Second Harvest Partners, sponsored by Providence Presbytery, will have a hunger relief site 9 a.m. Friday at Unity Presbyterian Church, Fort Mill. Volunteers will help distribute food to participants who meet USDA eligibility income guidelines. For information, contact Catawba Area Agency on Aging at 803-329-9670.


▪ The Rock Hill branch of the NAACP general meeting will be 9 a.m. Saturday 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.


▪ Fort Mill Community Playhouse will hold auditions for its youth production “Miss Nelson is Missing,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the playhouse, 615 Banks St. Actors needed are rising third- through ninth-graders. Auditions will include cold reading from the script. Call-backs, if needed, will be 2 p.m. Saturday. Production dates are July 31, Aug. 1-2 and 7-9. For information, go to or call 803-548-8102.


▪ Registration for a new Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism Youth Flag Football summer program will be Tuesday- June 9. The game format will be 5 v 5 with three age groups: rising second- and third-graders, rising fourth- and fifth-graders, and rising sixth- through eighth-graders. Practices will begin on June 15. Games begin June 23 at Cherry Park. Cost is $35 with a $7 insurance fee. The insurance fee will be waived if the child participated in a City of Rock Hill youth sports program in the spring. More information, and online registration, is available at Registration will also be taken at Cherry Park and Manchester Meadows during business hours weekdays. For information, call Cherry Park at 803-329-5672.


▪ 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.


Boyd Hill Baptist Church, Glenn Street, Rock Hill: Camp High Hopes summer camp, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 15-18 and June 22-25 for ages 8-15. The free camp offers spiritual and academic activities, field trips, physical fitness and lunch. For information, contact Dorothy H. Seale at 803-324-1502 or Felicia Minter at 803-899-9938.


▪ Piedmont Medical Center will offer a free Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) screening 2-4 p.m. Wednesday at the hospital Resource Center, located in the Women’s Center ground floor. The test involves taking a blood pressure in the arm and leg to determine if you are at risk for developing circulatory problems in the legs. To register, call 1-888-457-5211.

▪ Piedmont Medical Center will offer a free seminar on surgical weight loss on Tuesday. 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.


▪ Agapé Senior will have volunteer training, 10 a.m.-noon June 6 at Agape Senior Assisted Living, 1785 Lexington Commons Drive, Rock Hill. For information, contact Kay G. Lee at 803-517-2021 or

▪ 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. Thursday at Golden Corral, Anderson Road. Members, friends and relatives welcome.

▪ 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.

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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