Community News from York, Chester, Lancaster counties – June 21, 2015

Special events

▪ World-famous organist Olivier Latry will perform at 8 p.m. July 1 on the David Bancroft Johnson Memorial Organ, an organ that is regarded as one of the most valuable and historic instruments in the Southeast.

The free concert kicks off the American Guild of Organists’ Southeastern Regional Convention, July 1-4 in Charlotte. More than 300 organ enthusiasts will travel to Rock Hill to experience organ’s beautiful sound. The public is invited to “An Evening With Olivier Latry” in Byrnes Auditorium on the Winthrop University campus.

The organ, an Aeolian-Skinner, was installed in 1955. Aeolian-Skinner tonal designer G. Donald Harrison designed the organ. It was the last complete installation one he worked on before he died, making it one of very few in the world designed by Harrison. For information, contact the Department of Music at 803/323-2255.

▪ Historic Brattonsville, York County’s antebellum plantation in McConnells will participate in the Catawba Region Ag+Art Tour. The self-guided tour will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 28.

Two visiting artisans, Sally Hagerty and Stephen Owen, will be on site selling their hand-made work. Sally Hagerty from “Sally’s Handwovens” creates hand-woven rag rugs, totes, pillows, fiber art tapestries, scarves, shawls, and wooden looms for kids. Stephen Owen from “Sixteenacrewood” crafts cutting/serving boards, bowls and tables from local fallen trees.

On Saturday, costumed interpreters will be on the living history plantation with ongoing hands-on demonstrations in 18th-century gardening, blacksmithing, and hearth cooking.

The 800-acre site is home to a flock of Gulf Coast sheep, Dominique chickens, and Ossabaw Island hogs. Historic interpreters are on site to demonstrate why these animals were important to our ancestors.

The Ag+Art Tour is free to the public and has drawn more than 16,000 visitors since it began in 2012. Five counties participating in the 2015 tour: Chester County, Fairfield County, Lancaster County, Union County and York County. Admission fees to Brattonsville are waived for the tour weekend. For information go to

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


Taking the City Ministry will host a benefit program for Z’Kiya Knox, 3-5 p.m. Saturday in the main ballroom at Holiday Inn Galleria. Knox, a Rock Hill High School graduate with a full scholarship to Denmark Technical College, became ill and developed sepsis. To save her life, both legs and her right hand were amputated. Proceeds will help with medical expenses. For information, call 803-328-2263.


▪ Indian Land VFW will meet 9:30 a.m. Saturday at 8083 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land. New members and guests arrive at 9 a.m. Veterans please bring your DD214 form. For information, contact John Marker at 704-843-6930 or email

▪ The Rock Hill Branch of the NAACP will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at Bannon Hall across from St. Mary Catholic Church, 902 Crawford Road. For information, call Sandra Oborokumo at 803-325-2855.

▪ The Yorkville Historical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at McCelvey Center. Chief Andy Robinson of the York Police Department will speak. Visitors welcome.

▪ York County Genealogical & Historical Society will meet 2 p.m. July 12 at The White Home at the corner of East White Street and Elizabeth Lane, Rock Hill. The White Home is a farmhouse in downtown Rock Hill which predates the founding of Rock Hill. They will host a tour of the home and a description of the remarkable family which lived there. The admission fee will not be charged.

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


▪ 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 Boulevard, Rock Hill. Jean Faut, a 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.


▪ Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism is offering three activities Saturday at the BMX Supercross Track, 1307 Riverwalk Parkway.

Olympic Day promotes Olympic values and sports participation and lets youth and adults enjoy the jump 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.

▪  Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism is offering a BMX Summer Skills Camp for ages 6 to 12 at the Novant Health BMX Supercross Track. These sessions are geared for novice to intermediate riders. The program runs 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday-Thursday, July 30-July 2 (girls only session), July 14-16 and August 11-13. Early drop off available at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $80 with bike and helmet rental included or $60 for participants who bring a bike and helmet. For information and registration, go to or call 803-326-2441.


▪ South Carolina Legal Services will have a free clinic on obtaining expungements and pardons at 10 a.m. Thursday 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.


Piedmont Medical Center will offer a free seminar on surgical weight loss on Tuesday. To register call 1-888-457-5211.

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 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. Thursday 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 Boulevard, York.


▪ The Rock Hill School class of 1954 will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday at Golden Corral, Anderson Road. Members, friends and family welcome.

▪ The Brown/George family reunion will be 2 p.m. Saturday 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.

▪ Northwestern High School class of 2005 reunion will be 5 p.m.-midnight July 25 at Ballentine Pavilion at Elks Park. Wear all white or 20s attire. Reunion T-shirts will be distributed at 7 p.m. July 24 at Time Out Bar and Grill, 131 S. Herlong Ave. Tickets are $30, singles; $50, couples and include T-shirt, food and drinks. Register at by July 1.

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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