Glencairn Garden speaker to address plant diseases

Dave Powell, certified arborist with Bartlett Tree Experts, will discuss “Managing Common Plant Diseases” at the First Friday in the Garden, 11 a.m. Friday at the Glencairn Learning Center, 825 Edgemont Ave., Rock Hill. Free and open to the public.

Special events

▪ The “Friday Lunch Stop!,” sponsored by Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism, will be 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. each Friday through June 19 at the Black Street parking lot. Arsena Schroeder will perform Friday. The 4 Chordsmen share their barbershop music June 12. Greg Lilley closes the series on June 19 with originals and covers of The Eagles, Paul Simon, Maroon 5 and more. Chairs and blankets are welcome. Some seating available.

▪ The Reading Roundup Book Campaign will host “Roc The Block Concert” at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Friedheim Park in Rock Hill to celebrate the importance of reading through music. The book drive, created by the Rev. C.T. Kirk, Latoya McDonald, Carlondo Brown, Myesha Watson, Monique Kirk, Porsche Smith, Jarrell Bowman, Leroy Jackson and Deidre Sanders, is designed to provide books to children ages 3-12 in York, Chester, and Lancaster counties. Its purpose is to encourage reading especially among African-American students. For information or to donate books, contact Kirk at or call 803-524-5935.

▪ Masters Car Club’s 13th annual car show will be Saturday 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 backpack 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. Friday and Saturday, 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.

▪ Lancaster County Parks and Recreation will host the 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.


▪ York County Woman’s Club will host a Flapjack Fundraiser, 8-10 a.m. Saturday at Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill. Tickets are $7 with the club’s portion of the proceeds go to the veterans’ scholarship fund. Last year the club was able to award two $1,500 scholarships to children of York County veterans. Breakfast will include flapjacks, bacon and a beverage. Tickets available at the door or from GFWC-YC members.

▪ 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.

▪ Boyd Hill Baptist Church will host an indoor yard sale 8-11 a.m. Saturday 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 803-367-1069.

▪ 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 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


▪ Pinetucket returns to the Allison Creek Bluegrass stage, 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Allison Creek Presbyterian Church on the corner of S.C. 274 and Allison Creek Road. The family friendly and no cover charge. Doors open at 6 p.m. Concessions are available at 6:30 p.m.

▪ Lancaster Performing Arts will host the 34th annual Country Showdown country music talent search, 6-9 p.m. Friday at USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Past winners have included Julie Roberts of Lancaster in 1998 and Karla Davis of Monroe, N.C. in 2009. This the sixth year Lancaster Performing Arts has hosted the event.

▪ The Summer Concert in the Park series, sponsored by Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism, will feature Amy Coccia, 6:30 p.m. June 9 at Fewell Park. The concert is free. Bring a picnic and blanket or lawn chair.

Hunger relief

▪ The Second Harvest Partners, sponsored by Providence Presbytery, will have a hunger relief site, 9 a.m. Wednesday at Green Pond United Methodist Church, 983 Bethel St., Clover. Volunteers will be distribute food to participants who meet USDA eligibility income guidelines. For information, contact Catawba Area Agency on Aging at 803-329-9670.


▪ Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 2008 will meet June 15 at VFW Hall, 732 W. Main St., Rock Hill. All Purple Heart recipients welcome. For information, contact Chapter Adjutant Rich Roszelle at 803-367-8328


▪ 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

▪ The York Shag Club June party will be 7-11 p.m. Saturday at Springlake Country Club, 1375 Springlake Rd. York. Summie Davidson will dee jay. For information, contact Jeanne Neely at 803-366-6280.


▪ Registration for a new Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism Youth Flag Football summer program will end 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.


▪ The Arts Council of Chester County will offer guitar lessons for students age 8 and older at the Arts Council Building located at 123 Main St. Rob Swisher will teach the classes at 11 a.m. Wednesdays in June. Each class is $15. Registration deadline is June 2. To register, call Lauren at the Arts Council at 581-2030 or email The class is sponsored in part by the OMNOVA Foundation.

▪ Arts Council of Chester County hosts an Adult Art Class: BYOB Acrylic Painting Party with Christy Buchanan, 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 9 at the Arts Council Building located at 123 Main St. Participants will create a whimsical summery watermelon on a 12 x 16 canvas.

Bring a favorite wine and appetizers. Cost is $35, members and $38, non-members. All art supplies are provided. Cash or check only. Registration deadline is June 5. To register, call Lauren at the arts council at 803-581-2030 or email

▪ Fewell Park Recreation Center will offer yoga, 9-10 a.m. Wednesdays beginning Wednesday at the center, 1204 Alexander Road. Cost is $12 per class. Rita Hines will teach the class. Pre-registration is not required. For information, call 803-329-5645.


▪ 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.


▪ Celebrate National Great Outdoors Month with activities planned by Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism’s A.L.L. Outdoors group. Details at or call 803-329-5620.

Events include:

Indoor Rock Climbing Wall, 6-8 p.m. June 8 at Northside Recreation Center. The climbing wall is open on the second Monday of each month.

National Get Outdoors Day and River Park Open House, 9 a.m.-noon June 13 at River Park. There will be geocaching, free kayak demos, nature displays, and other hands-on fun at this free event.

Nature Navigators, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays. The weekly half-day summer adventures are designed to get children outdoors, learning about nature, and having fun. Pre-registration is required; details on the website.

Kayak Adventures offers a variety of kayak trips and classes in June and throughout the summer and early fall. Programs include: Family Kayak Trips, Moonlight Kayak Trips, Catawba River Kayak Tours, Leisure Kayaking classes and River Moves Kayak Clinics. Find out more on the website.


▪ 4-H Youth Development, a part of Clemson Extension Service in York County, is compiling a directory of 4-H alumni in hopes of building up the alumni community in York County. Contact Faith Isreal at, Ashley McCarter at or call 803-684-9919.

Blood drive

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


▪ The Adult Enrichment Centers of Rock Hill offers a caregiver support group at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at 359 Park Ave. Open to the community. For information, call Dee Curran at 803-327-7448.

▪ 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 Saturday 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 1955 will have its 60th reunion Saturday at the York County Shrine Club. For information, call Page Connelly at 803-366-7408.

▪ Northwestern High School class of 1975 40th reunion will be June 20 at the Elks Club, East Main Street, Rock Hill. Sign up at

Support groups

▪ NAMI monthly support groups and education sessions will meet June 9 at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, 421 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. Support group meetings are at 6:15 p.m. connection support group in room 202 and family support group in room 203. For information, call 803-610-8174 or go to

▪ The Piedmont Medical Center surgical weight loss program support group will meet 6 p.m. Tuesdayin the Women’s Center Auditorium.

▪ 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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