Community News from York, Chester, Lancaster counties – June 18, 2015

The Fantasy Band will perform Friday night at Fountain Park in downtown Rock Hill as part of the Juneteenth celebration.
The Fantasy Band will perform Friday night at Fountain Park in downtown Rock Hill as part of the Juneteenth celebration. Courtesy of The Fantasy Band

A Juneteenth celebration will be Friday and Saturday in downtown Rock Hill.

The celebration will kick off Friday with a concert from 6 to 9 p.m. in Fountain Park featuring The Fantasy Band and drum and dance performances.

Saturday activities will include the African-American Business District Monument Dedication, to honor past and present black-owned businesses. The ceremony starts at 10 a.m. at the Old Town Amphitheater at Rock Hill City Hall, then moves to the corner of Black Street and Dave Lyle Boulevard, the site of the new monument.

The annual Juneteenth Cookout and Celebration festival will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of Mount Prospect Baptist Church and the former Friendship Junior College campus on Allen Street.

Special events

▪ Harbor Chase and Rock Hill Cruisers will host a Show-n-Shine car show, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the assisted living center, 1611 Constitution Blvd., Rock Hill. There will be door prizes, bounce house for children, and hot dogs, burgers, chips and drinks will be sold, with proceeds going to the Children’s Attention Home. Free food for all registered cars. Five awards will be given at 1:30 p.m.

▪ The season’s last “Friday Lunch Stops” will be 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday in the Black Street parking lot in downtown Rock Hill. Greg Lilley closes the series singing originals and covers of The Eagles, Paul Simon, Maroon 5 and more. Limited seating. Chairs and blankets are welcome. The event is sponsored by Rock Hill Parks, Recreation & Tourism.

▪ Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority local chapter Eta Alpha Omega’s Chinese auction and Day of Service will be Saturday at the Richard E. Sandifer Life Center, 315 Glenn St., Rock Hill. The event will kick off with an Alzheimer’s Walk from 9 to 11 a.m. The auction begins at 2 p.m. with drop time from 1 to 2 p.m. Those attending are urged to participate in the Canned Food Collection by bringing one canned good in exchange for one raffle ticket during the auction. There also will also be food, drawings, door prizes and gifts. Additional auction tickets will be available at the door for $5.

▪ 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. Monday at, by calling 803-328-2787, or at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill.


▪ Team Hakuna Your Tatas will be hosting a Flapjack Fundraiser, 8 a.m. Saturday at Applebee’s, 2227 Dave Lyle Blvd., Rock Hill. All proceeds will go to the team’s Avon Walk for Cancer in New York City. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door or by calling 803-242-1552.

▪ Cox Harley-Davidson will host a Father’s Day Carnival, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday 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

▪ 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. Saturday at the American Legion post, 524 Heckle Blvd., Rock Hill. Alviti is an Elvis tribute artist and has appeared 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.


▪ Downtown Live Concert Series will feature “flickted,” a four-piece band playing ’80s hits, rhythm & blues and country, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday on the lawn at the Greater York Chamber of Commerce office, 23 E. Liberty St. Food and beverages are available. Admission is free. Bring blankets. For information, call 803-684-2590 or go to


▪ The York County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs will meet 7 p.m. June 25 at the Administration Building, 7900 Park Place Road in the East York Industrial Park, off S.C. 5 in York. Open to the public.

▪ United States Submarine Veterans, Carolina Piedmont Base, will meet 7 p.m. Saturday 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 Vintage Club of Tega Cay dinner will be 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Phil Glennon Community Center. Cocktails served at 6:15. Entertainment by Adrian Gagon and his magic show. The club is open to Tega Cay residents age 50 and older. For information, contact Judie Fiegel at 803-207-0793 or

▪ The Newcomers Club of York County, a women’s social and civic-minded organization, will meet 11:30 a.m. July 8 at Texas Road House, 2367 Dave Lyle Blvd., Rock Hill. Jean Faut, the best pitcher of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, will speak. Cost is $16, all inclusive. For reservations, contact Kris at or 954-821-9310 by 10 p.m. July 2.

▪ The Rock Hill Area Shag Club will have its Garden Party, 8 p.m. Saturday at Celebrations at Ramada Inn, Cherry Road. Business meeting at 7 p.m. Bring your favorite salad or dish to share. Steve Coley will deejay.

Hunger relief

▪ The Second Harvest Partners, sponsored by Providence Presbytery, will have a hunger relief site 9 a.m. Friday at St. Luke No. 1 Baptist Church, 5025 Lockhart Highway, Sharon. Volunteers will distribute food to eligible participants who meet USDA eligibility income guidelines. For information, call the Catawba Area Agency on Aging at 803-329-9670.


▪ 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.

▪ South Carolina Legal Services will have a Pro Se Divorce Clinic at 10 a.m. June 30, room 201 at Rock Hill City Hall, 155 Johnston St. No one will be admitted after 10 a.m.

The clinic, conducted by an attorney, is for those who have been separated from their spouse for more than one year, who have no minor children, who have no property to divide and who are seeking a divorce on the grounds of one year continuous separation only. Participants must know where their spouse resides in order to attend the clinic.

The clinic will include forms and instructions to assist in the filing of a divorce action in Family Court in York County, serving their spouse with court papers, representing themselves at a final hearing and filing the correct final divorce documents, all without an attorney.

In order to qualify, the participant’s spouse must not be incarcerated and must live in York, Chester, Lancaster or Fairfield counties. The parties must have lived in county the last time they lived together. Also, the wife must not have given birth to any children during the marriage, either by the husband or anyone else.

Registration is required. To register or for information, call South Carolina Legal Services at 803-327-9001 or 800-922-3853.

Open house

Providence Classical School will have an open house, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday at College Park Baptist Church, 1168 Cherry Road, which is the new home for the school. Learn about the classical education model, tour the campus, meet the teachers, browse curriculum, and connect with other PCS families during the open house.


▪ 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 the Rock Hill school district with a full-day 3K early childhood program. For information, call, 803-981-1380.


▪ Piedmont Medical Center will offer a heart health risk assessment on Thursday at the hospital Resource Center, in the Women’s Center, ground floor. Fasting is required. To register, call 888-457-5211.

Blood drive

▪ The St. Anne’s Knights of Columbus Council 6756 will host a Community Blood Drive 3-7 p.m. July 1 in the St. Anne’s Parrish Center, 1694 Bird St., Rock Hill. Schedule appointments at or in the church gathering space or call Bob Alders at 803-366-5659.


▪ Hospice & Community Care will offer a one-day volunteer training session, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 25 at the campus, 2275 India Hook Road, Rock Hill. Volunteers offer companionship to patients, provide customer service at the Resale Shops, serve in the Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House, knit Prayer Shawls, help with fundraisers and community education. For information, call 803-329-1500. To register, call 803-895-2273.

▪ 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 Brown/George family reunion will be 2 p.m. June 27 at the Catawba Indian Nation Longhouse. Descendants of the Brown or George families are encouraged to attend. Bring a dish to share, door prizes and games. For information, call Susan George at 803-980-7813.

▪ The Rock Hill Chapter of Finley High School alumni will meet 5 p.m. Monday at Jackson’s Cafeteria 1735 Heckle Blvd. Any one who graduated or attended Finley High School is encouraged to attend. Those who did not attend can join as associate members. For information, call Charlie M. Robinson at 803-327-4547 or James T. Dunham at 704-232-0793.

▪ Former Hillcrest Elementary School students will meet 11 a.m. July 11 at Tabernacle AME Zion Church, 320 Old Friendship Road, Rock Hill.

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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