Arts Council of York County to hold 36th celebration June 25

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.

Special events

▪ “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

▪ Open horse show and vendor fair, 11 a.m. Saturday 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 official grand opening and ribbon cutting 6 p.m. Tuesday for the Carolina Thread Trail, 10521 Walnut Creek Parkway. Open to the public. For information, call 803-285-5545.


▪ 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.

▪ 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 Friday 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


▪ 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 paints 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.

▪ Local artists and artisans of York will display and sell their work at “Arts on Broad,” 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdayat 5 Broad St., York. Items include fine art paintings, prints, pottery, jewelry, and hand-crafted furniture.

▪ The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is hosting the South Carolina Watermedia Society’s 37th annual juried Watermedia Exhibition in the Springs House Galleries, 201 W. Gay St., during June. The traveling exhibit features the works of many artists primarily from South Carolina, including Constance McKeown of Rock Hill. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday. For information, contact 803-285-7451, or


▪ Summer in the Park series will feature Amy Coccia, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fewell Park. Bring a picnic and blanket or lawn chair.

▪ Shakespeare Carolina will present a modern adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” at 7:30 p.m. June 17-18 and 8 p.m. June 19-20 at the Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St., Charlotte. The show will be directed by David Hensley, a 2008 graduate of Winthrop University. Tickets available at


▪ The National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Jackson’s Cafeteria. Business meeting begins at noon.

▪ United States Submarine Veterans, Carolina Piedmont Base, will meet 7 p.m. June 20 at Fort Mill VFW, 1441 Harris Road, Fort Mill. Social and dinner at 5:30 p.m. For information, call Raymond Zieverink at 803-324-1414.

▪ 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.

▪ 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.


▪ A homeowners workshop, hosted by the Housing Development Corp. of Rock Hill and the Piedmont Regional Association of Realtors, will be 5-7 p.m. June 18 in the Palmetto Room at Historic Old Town, 150 E. White St. The event will feature information on first home purchases, mortgages, home inspection and other homebuying information. For information, call 803-326-3793.

Farmers market vouchers

▪ The York County Council on Aging, in partnership with the S.C. Department of Social Services, will issue free coupons to low income individuals age 60 and older to be used to buy fresh produce at local participating farmers markets. Those eligible will get coupons worth $25 that can be used through Oct. 15.

Coupons will be issued on a first come basis from 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Senior Center at Highland Park, 917 Standard St., Rock Hill and 1-2:30 p.m. June 17,at the York Senior Center, 14 N. Congress St., York. Don’t arrive before 12:30 p.m. as there is no available seating at either location. Recipients can get coupons only once per year.

Applications must be submitted in person. Proof of identity and residence in York County is required. Applicants must also meet household income eligibility limits. Information regarding the income of all household members is required to determine eligibility.

Those who want to apply for homebound seniors must provide a statement from the senior granting permission to submit an application on their behalf. Proof of identity and proof of income for the homebound senior must be presented at the time of application.

For information, contact York County Council on Aging at 328-0197.


▪ 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. Monday 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 Friday 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.


▪ AARP Drivers Safety Program will be offered for ages 26 and older, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 15 at Park Pointe 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 Pointe Village at 803-327-4723.


▪ 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.


▪ 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.

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 Mall, Dave Lyle Boulevard, Rock Hill. All donors will get a T-shirt. For information, 803-487-7098 or email at


▪ 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.

▪ 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.


▪ The Housing Authority of Fort Mill, 105 Bozeman Drive, has closed the multifamily wait list as of June 5. When the wait list is open, notice will be posted in The Herald and at

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