Community News from York, Chester, Lancaster counties – June 4, 2015

The Catawba Summer Craft Fair will be Saturday at the Catawba Indian Long House on the reservation east of Rock Hill.
The Catawba Summer Craft Fair will be Saturday at the Catawba Indian Long House on the reservation east of Rock Hill. Herald file

The Catawba Summer Craft Fair will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Catawba Indian Long House, 986 Avenue of the Nations.

The event includes pottery, baskets, beadwork, quilts, dancers, baked goods and a hot dog lunch.

For information or directions, call 803-328-2208.

Special events

▪ The Arts Council of York County will host the 36th Annual Arts Celebration at 6 p.m. June 25 at the Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill. The event is free and open to the public.

The celebration includes highlights from the past year, presentations of the Ben Ardrey Volunteer Award and the Business & the Arts Award. Matthew Manwarren will perform on the new Steinway-Essex piano. An exhibition of quilts by members of the York County Quilters’ Guild will be on display in the Williams & Fudge Gallery. A reception featuring light hors d’oeuvres and festive beverages will follow.

Reserve tickets by 5 p.m. June 22 at, by calling 803-328-2787, or at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill.

▪ “Wolves and Wild Lands,” a new exhibition at the Museum of York County, opens June 13 with the family-friendly kickoff event “From Woof to Wolf Family Day,” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will feature activities, crafts and educational programs for canine lovers to learn more about the world of predators and discover facts about endangered animals.

Joey Hinton, a postdoctoral researcher at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia, will speak at noon and 1 p.m. about the Endangered Red Wolf Recovery Effort in the Carolinas. The noon discussion will be geared for a younger audience, with the 1 p.m. session aimed at adults. Hinton will be in the museum’s Naturalist Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to answer questions.

Other activities include:

Pet therapy dogs will greet visitors in the museum classroom with their owner, Maxine German.

The new children’s show “Max Goes to the Moon,” featuring a space-traveling dog, will be presented in the Settlemyre Planetarium at 11 a.m. Other planetarium shows will run on Saturday, including “Carolina Skies” at 2 p.m. and “Sunstruck” at 3:30 p.m.

Thomas Ray, instructor in primitive technologies and a gifted woodsman, will give demonstrations throughout the day on the primitive technology of stone knapping in the museum’s Piedmont Past Gallery.

Admission: $6, adults; $5, seniors; $3, youth; free to members and age 3 and younger. For information, go to

▪ Blanchard Health Ministries will host a community appreciation celebration for the opening of its new office in Crown Point Plaza in Rock Hill from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday. Activities will include bounce houses, face painting, health coaching, food, music and more. Free and open to the public.

▪ 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 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 the Rev. C.T. Kirk at or 803-524-5935.

▪ 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.


▪ The third annual Ebenezer Animal Hospital Charity Dog Wash will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at 2445 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill. Suggested donation is $10 per dog. Proceeds go to Project Safe Pet’s Community Spay/Neuter Program.

▪ 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.

▪ 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.


▪ Pinetucket returns to the Allison Creek Bluegrass stage, 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Allison Creek Presbyterian Church at the corner of S.C. 274 and Allison Creek Road. Family-friendly, 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.

Art show

▪ Shannon Farr’s work will be on exhibit through June 29 in the Rock Hill City Hall Rotunda Gallery, 121 Johnston Ave. Farr paints with acrylics and oils, which allows her to mix rich colors and layer paint to create depth in her art. Primarily, she was focused on the beauty and mystique of horses. Farr also likes to paint Southern landscapes and recently has begun using a new tool, collage, to create cat paintings.

The gallery is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays on the second floor of City Hall.


▪ The local TPA of America Post K, a nonprofit community service organization that sponsors child safety programs and a scholarship program for people with hearing impairment, will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at Pier 51 on Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill. For information, call Phyllis at 803-328-1654.

▪ The York County Marine Corps League’s local detachment, The Olde English Leathernecks, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 732 W. Main St., Rock Hill. The league consists of Marine veterans, retired Marines and associates. For information, call Don Hicks at 803-517-7253.

▪ The AARP local chapter will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Rock Hill Oratory, 434 Charlotte Ave., in their ARC facility. All AARP members, guests, and visitors are invited. Liz Norris from the AARP State Office in Columbia will speak.


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


▪ Registration for a new Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism Youth Flag Football summer program will end Tuesday. The game format will be 5-on-5 with three age groups: rising second- and third-graders, rising fourth- and fifth-graders, and rising sixth- through eighth-graders. Practices will begin June 15. Games begin June 23 at Cherry Park. Cost is $35 plus 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.


▪ AARP Drivers Safety Program will be offered for ages 26 and older, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 15 at Park Point Village, 3025 Chesbrough Blvd., Rock Hill. Participants get certificates that could reduce the insurance rate on collision and liability coverage and is good for three years. Cost is $15 for AARP members; $20, nonmembers. Registration is required. To register, call Park Point Village at 803-327-4723.

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

▪ The Arts Council of Chester County will host a Youth Clay Class with potter Penelope Winslow, 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Arts Council Building, 123 Main St., Chester. Students will create a terra cotta medallion using hand-building techniques and stamps. Cost is $22 per child. All supplies are provided. Registration deadline is noon Thursday.

The arts council will offer a second Youth Clay Class with Winslow 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the arts council building . Students will create terra cotta garden flowers using traditional hand-building clay techniques. Students can color glaze the fired pieces at 2 p.m. June 16. Cost is $27 per child. All supplies are provided. Registration deadline is June 8.

Both classes are for ages 4 to 18. One partial need-based scholarship is available for each class on a first-come basis. Proof of Chester County residency and proof of need or family hardship is required for eligibility. Call for details.

To register, call Lauren at the Arts Council at 803-581-2030 or email


▪ Fort Mill Community Playhouse will offer drama camps for grades one through 12 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.


▪ Chester County 4-H and the Chester County Beekeepers Association will host a Beekeeping Day Camp, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 19 at the Market Building in downtown Chester. Cost is $3 per child. To register, call 803-385-6181, ext. 114. Registration is a first-come basis.

▪ 4-H Youth Development, 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.


▪ 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 up 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 can 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 class of 1959 will meet for lunch and fellowship at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Golden Corral, Anderson Road. All classmates, spouses and friends are welcome.

▪ The former employees of US Plywood, Champion International and Georgia Pacific at the Catawba Plant will meet for lunch and fellowship at 1 p.m. June 11 at the Golden Corral, Anderson Road. All former employees, spouses and friends are welcome.

▪ 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 Tuesday 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. The education meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the basement dining room will feature Vaneka Jasper with Vocational Rehabilitation of York County. For information, call 803-610-8174 or go to

▪ Affirmation of York County is a support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, their families and friends. The group will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2955 S.C. 160, Fort Mill. For information, call Ellen at 803-417-0954, Melissa at 803-547-6042 or email

▪ 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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