Community News from York, Chester, Lancaster counties – May 28, 2015

Rick Alviti and his Show Band will perform “That’s the Way it Was” as part of an Autism Awareness Benefit Concert June 20 at the American Legion post in Rock Hill.
Rick Alviti and his Show Band will perform “That’s the Way it Was” as part of an Autism Awareness Benefit Concert June 20 at the American Legion post in Rock Hill. Courtesy of Rick Alviti

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 Diane Bailey as Patsy Cline.

Tickets are $35 and include a reception 5-7 p.m., with hors d’oeuvres, beverages and prizes. For tickets, call Steve or Pat Blankenship at 803-328-3599 in the evening. Limited seating. Cash or charge is available.

Proceeds go to the Chrysalis Autism Center.

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, email LyRae Davis at

▪ Open horse show and vendor fair, 11 a.m. June 13 at Gaston Farm Road Equestrian Center, 2717 Gaston Farm Road, Chester. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. Concessions available. Free admission. For information, go to or call 803-374-6255.


▪ The Women of Divine Saviour’s 15th annual yard sale will be 7 a.m.-noon Saturday at Divine Saviour Church, 232 Herndon Ave., York. Sale items include furniture, household items, baby items, clothing, electronics and much more. Donations for the sale will be accepted 9 a.m.-noon Thursday and Friday and 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Proceeds benefit the charities and ministries provided by the Women of Divine Saviour and Divine Saviour church. For information, call 803-684-3431.

▪ Boyd Hill Baptist Church will host an indoor yard sale 8-11 a.m. June 6 in the Richard E. Sandifer Life Center, 315 Glenn St., Rock Hill. Tables are $20. Table proceeds go to Family and Friends Day and the life center. For information, call Stephanie Johnson at 804-367-1069

▪ Fort Mill VFW Post 9138 will have a yard sale 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at 1442 Harris Road. Rain or shine. For information, call 803-547-5480 after 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

▪ 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

Hunger relief

▪ Piedmont Medical Center is leading a community effort to provide area children with a healthy breakfast during the summer through its Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, a member of the Feeding America network. The drive begins Friday and runs through June 5.

Employees are invited to a Bowl Over Hunger kick-off celebration on 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday in the Women’s Tower Auditorium. This event will feature cereal bowling, giveaways and an announcement of PMC’s goal for the cereal drive.

Donations of healthy cereal will be collected at 222 S. Herlong Ave. To provide a monetary donation for perishable breakfast items, go to and enter GOCEREAL-2015.

▪ 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.


▪ The Rock Hill Civitan Club will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mary’s Cafe, Firetower Road. Social begins at 6:30 p.m. Jay Rinehart of Rinehart Realty will speak. For more information contact


▪ 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.


▪ Fort Mill Community Playhouse will offer drama camps for first- through 12th-graders in June. Costs vary. All camps will include stage acting and some will include improv and stage fighting. Space available in all camps. For information, go to or call 803-548-8102.

▪ 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.

Blood drive

▪ Kappa Alpha Chapter annual Dr. Charles R. Drew Blood Drive will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 20 at the Galleria Mall, Dave Lyle Boulevard, Rock Hill. All donors will get a T-shirt. For information, 803-487-7098 or email 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.


▪ 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 Old Church Affiliated School reunion committee will meet at 4 p.m. Saturday at the home of Gladys Robinson, 2085 Cavendale Drive, Rock Hill. These African American church affiliated schools include Hopewell/Mt Calvary, New Zion, The Carroll School, Liberty Hill, China Grove, Boyd Hill, Pleasant Ridge and the Crawford School. The Carroll School, and the Liberty Hill School have been identified as Rosenwald Schools and are recognized as historic sites by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The reunion will provide an opportunity to collect oral histories and artifacts about the history and the role these schools played in the education of African American children between 1920 and early 1950s. For information, call Margaret McNeal at 803-327-2284 or Gladys Feely Robinson at 803-207-5236.

▪ 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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