Community News from York, Chester, Lancaster counties – June 11, 2015

Joey Hinton, a postdoctoral researcher at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia, will speak Saturday about the Endangered Red Wolf Recovery Effort in the Carolinas as part of “Wolves and Wild Lands,” a new exhibition at the Museum of York County, which opens opens Saturday with a family-friendly kickoff event.
Joey Hinton, a postdoctoral researcher at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia, will speak Saturday about the Endangered Red Wolf Recovery Effort in the Carolinas as part of “Wolves and Wild Lands,” a new exhibition at the Museum of York County, which opens opens Saturday with a family-friendly kickoff event. Courtesy of Culture & Heritage Museums

“Wolves and Wild Lands,” a new exhibition at the Museum of York County, opens Saturday 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

Special events

▪ Terrance Williams Fan Day, sponsored by True Star Nation Fan Club, will be noon-5 p.m. Saturday at Long Branch, 761 Riverview Road, Rock Hill. Williams, wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, will sign autographs, 1-3 p.m. for a fee. General admission, $5.

▪ New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church will have a clothing and household items giveaway, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 27 at the church on Hampton Street, Rock Hill.

▪ 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.


▪ Cox Harley Davidson will host a Father’s Day Carnival, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. June 20 at 1178 Galleria Blvd., Rock Hill. The carnival will feature contests with prizes, bounce house, dunking booth, carnival games, food, music and the USS Wainwright Military Museum. Proceeds benefit The Haven Men’s Shelter. For information, contact Diane at 803-370-3315 or


▪ Shakespeare Carolina will present a modern adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and June 17-18, and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 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 2015 Celebration of Summer Concert will be 3-4:15 p.m. Sunday at Christ Episcopal Church, 534 Plantation Road, Lancaster. Performers include Erin Moon-Kelly, flute; Tim Smith, organ and piano, Rosemary Webster, double bass and piano; and Elaine Thrift, violin. Admission is free. Donations accepted. For information, go to


▪ The Western York County Branch of the NAACP will meet at 6 p.m. June 18 at Langrum Branch Baptist Church 1500 McFarland Road, York. For information, call Wanda Simril at 803-684-6200.

▪ The York Soil and Water Conservation District commissioners will meet at 5 p.m. June 18 at the USDA Service Center, 1460 E. Alexander Love Highway, York. Open to the public. For information, call Barbara O’Connell, district coordinator at 803-684-3137, ext. 101.

▪ 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.

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


▪ The Ballroom Dance Club will meet 7:30-10:20 p.m. June 19 in the Oak Room at Fort Mill Golf Course Club House, 101 Country Club Drive. There will be a free dance lesson during the evening. Dressy casual. Adults of all ages and skills welcome. Guest admission is $15 per couple, $7.50, singles. No alcohol; light refreshments provided. For information, call Bob at 803-389-4679 or 803-517-9950, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

▪ The Rock Hill Civitan Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. June 16 at Mary’s Cafe, Firetower Road. Tamara Jackson will talk about fun and fitness. Members are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes. For information, email


▪ As part of National Great Outdoors Month, Rock Hill Parks and Recreation’s A.L.L. Outdoors group will host National Get Outdoors Day and River Park Open House, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at River Park. The free event includes geocaching, free kayak demos, nature displays and lots of hands-on fun.

▪ Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism is offering three activities June 27 at the BMX Supercross Track, 1307 Riverwalk Parkway. Participants can enjoy one or all; Olympic Day, Movie Night and Great American Campout activities will be offered.

Olympic Day promotes Olympic values and sports participation and lets youth and adults enjoy the pump track and race on the BMX track with the usual USA BMX membership fee waived. Bring a bike and helmet; a limited number of bikes and helmets are available at the track. Registration and practice 9-10:30 a.m. with racing beginning at 11 a.m. Long pants and long sleeved shirts are required; gloves, knee and elbow pads recommended. Call 803-326-2441 with questions. Free event.

Free Outdoor Movie Night features “McFarland USA” (rated PG) shown on a large screen outdoors at the BMX track. Seating opens at 8 p.m. and the movie begins at 9 p.m.. Bring a blanket or chair . The concession stand will be open.

The Great American Campout features a family-friendly camping experience at the BMX track with tent set-up and dinner 5-7 p.m. The concession stand will be open for dinner or participants can bring a picnic. A light breakfast will be provided Sunday morning, June 28. The cost is $10 per tent/campsite. Registration is required at Call 803-326-5632 with questions.


▪ 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, 150 E. White St. The event will feature information on first home purchases, mortgages, home inspection and other home-buying information. For information, call 803-326-3793.

▪ South Carolina Legal Services will have a free clinic on obtaining expungements and pardons at 10 a.m. June 25 at Rock Hill City Hall, Room 201, 155 Johnston St. Information includes what South Carolina criminal charges can be expunged and how to apply for expungements and pardons. No one will be allowed in the clinic after 10 a.m. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, call 803-327-9001 or 800-922-3853.


▪ Carol Howell, certified dementia specialist and endorsed life coach, will present “Let’s Talk Dementia, With a Splash of Humor” 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday at the York County Library, East Black St., Rock Hill. Topics will include who is affected and what can be done to help loved ones with dementia. Call 803-981-5845 to register.

Howell is executive director of Senior Life Journeys, a nonprofit organization. Her book, “Let’s Talk Dementia – A Caregiver’s Guide,” is available at

▪ Summer reading programs are underway at all York County libraries with special prizes and incentives for all ages. In addition, free programs for children and families include weekly performances by puppeteers, theater groups, magicians and others. Teens can participate in free programs including chess club, anime, gaming, and more.

Summer reading programs are free and designed to encourage reading.

With a superheroes theme for summer 2015, the four programs are: “Tiny Tots” for ages 3 and younger and their parent; “Every Hero has a Story” for ages 3-11; “Unmask” for ages 12-17; and “Escape the Ordinary” for adults.

All summer reading programs are sponsored by the Friends of the York County Library. Register at and view a complete schedule of programs for the family, or go to any York County library for details.

▪ The Children’s School at Sylvia Circle is enrolling students in full-day K3 and K4 for 2015-16. This is the only public Montessori school in Rock Hill School District 3 with a full-day 3K early childhood program. For information, call, 803-981-1380.


▪ AARP Drivers Safety Program will be offered for ages 26 and older, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday 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, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Thursday and June 22-25 for ages 8-15. The free camp offers spiritual and academic activities, field trips, physical fitness and lunch. For information, call 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 Rock Hill Galleria mall, Dave Lyle Boulevard, Rock Hill. All donors will get a T-shirt. For information, call 803-487-7098 or email


▪ For Men’s Health Month, Sam’s Club will offer free health screenings for men this weekend, open to both members and the public, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Rock Hill store off Dave Lyle Boulevard. Screenings include PSA (prostate-specific antigen), blood pressure, total cholesterol, hdl (good cholesterol), risk ratio, glucose, body mass index (BMI) and vision (not available at all locations).


▪ Agapé Senior is looking for volunteers who have administrative and office skills. For information, contact Kay G. Lee, volunteer manager, 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 former employees of US Plywood, Champion International and Georgia Pacific at the Catawba Plant will meet for lunch and fellowship at 1 p.m. Thursday 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

▪ 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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