Community News from York, Chester, Lancaster counties – Aug. 13, 2015

The second annual Tawba Fest will be 2-10 p.m. Sept. 12 at Riverwalk in Rock Hill.
The second annual Tawba Fest will be 2-10 p.m. Sept. 12 at Riverwalk in Rock Hill. Special to The Herald

The second annual Tawba Fest will be 2-10 p.m. Sept. 12 at Riverwalk.

The event brings together party and play in an active, outdoor celebration along the banks of the Catawba River. The event includes free fitness classes and a market with local artists and outdoor vendors.

In addition there will be food trucks and regionally brewed craft beer.

For more information, go to

Special events

▪ Historic Rock Hill will have an open house at the White Home from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 21. Built in 1839, the White Home, at 258 E. White St., was one of the first homes constructed in Rock Hill. The free event will include guided tours of the historic home and garden, a sale in the gift shop and light refreshments. For information, call 803-329-1020 or email

▪ Humorist Jeanne Robertson will headline Hospice & Community Care’s 3rd Annual LOL event Sept. 3 at Baxter Hood Center on Anderson Road in Rock Hill. Proceeds will go to under-insured hospice patients in the community.

The evening will feature an opening reception and lots of laughs. Robertson is an expert in humor – whether regaling audiences with her experiences as a 6-foot-2 Miss Congeniality winner in the Miss America Pageant, or outlining the steps to developing a sense of humor.

The author of three books on humor, Robertson has produced six DVD/CD humor programs in the past 11 years and can be heard daily on Sirius XM radio’s Laugh USA family comedy channel.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $25 and available at For more information call 803-329-1500.


▪ Mount Holly United Methodist Church will have a yard sale, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the church on S.C. 901, Rock Hill. The sale features furniture, tools, toys, clothes, kitchen supplies, home products and a chance to win two tickets to a Panthers game ($5 per chance). Proceeds go to help needy families in the community.

▪ The third annual St. John’s United Methodist Church yard sale will be 8 a.m.-noon Saturday in the church gym on Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill. There will be household goods, small appliances and furniture, electronics and sporting goods, linens and other items. Proceeds will support local missions.

▪ Butts & Bluegrass BBQ Festival is accepting applications for vendors for this year’s festival, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 12 at Clover Community Park, 256 Community Park Drive. For information, call Lisa Thornburg at 704-214-2892 or email

▪ A community fundraiser for Children’s Organ Transplant Association in honor of Jordan Diggs, an area teen who needs a kidney transplant, will be 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday at Bob Evans, 520 John Ross Parkway, Rock Hill. The restaurant will donate 15 percent of its proceeds to COTA. To donate online, go to Checks also can be made out to COTA and mailed to Denise Mathis, 1967B Pinckney Road, Chester, SC 29706.

▪ The Van Wyck Community Development Club is accepting applications for arts and crafts, business and food vendors for its 17th annual Celebrate Van Wyck Festival and Car Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 12 at 5036 Old Hickory Road. For applications, call 803-285-1076 or email

▪ The Central City Optimist Club will host its 12th annual Charity Golf Tournament Sept. 12 at Spring Lake County Club, 1735 Spring Lake Road, York. Tee time is 8:15 a.m. Entry fee is $240 for a foursome and $60 single. Proceeds to support club activities, scholarships, recognition of local law enforcement officers, and other youth and senior citizen activities. For information, contact Charlie M. Robinson at 803-327-4547 or Lonnie Harvey at 803-325-2020.

▪ York County Republican Women benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be 7 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Magnolia Room, Laurel Creek Drive, Rock Hill. Featured entertainment is Elvis impersonator Rick Alviti. Tickets are $35. For information, call Marlene Mitchell at 803-517-1774 or mail your check payable to YCRW to Marlene Mitchell, PO Box 36542, Rock Hill, SC 29732. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Tickets also can be picked up at Mitchell Insurance Agency, 2121 Ebenezer Road.

Back to school

▪ York County Library branches in Rock Hill and York will host events Saturday to help students in grades pre-K-12 and their parents get ready for school and learn about useful library resources. The Rock Hill event will be 9-11 a.m., and the York event will be 2-4 p.m. Free school supplies will be available while they last. Students must be present to receive school supplies. No registration required. The events are sponsored by the Friends of the York County Library.


▪ The Ballroom Dance Club will meet 7:30-10:20 p.m. Aug. 21 in the Oak Room at Fort Mill Golf Course Club House, 101 Country Club Drive. Dressy casual. Adults of all ages and skill levels welcome. Guest admission is $15 per couple, $7.50 for singles. Admission includes a free dance lesson. No alcohol; light refreshments provided. For information, call Bob at 803.329-5764, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

▪ Lake Wylie Shag Golden Oldies reunion/sock hop will be 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Fort Mill Moose Lodge, 1676 Harris Road. Admission is $3 for members and $5 for guests. DJ Phil Long will entertain. The club will provide hot dogs and fixings. Members can bring a side dish or dessert.

▪ The Rock Hill Area Shag Club’s Pirate Party will be 8 p.m. Saturday at Celebrations at the Ramada Inn on Cherry Road. Meeting at 7 p.m. Heavy hors d’oeuvres provided. Cost is $3 for members and $5 for guests.


▪ The York County Library board of trustees will meet 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at the York library, 21 E. Liberty St. Open to the public. For information, go to or call 803-981-5831.

▪ Fort Mill VFW will have its annual membership kickoff 2-5 p.m. Saturday at 1442 Harris Road. Veterans interested in joining, bring a copy of your DD-214. Auxiliary and VFW can pay dues as well. Barbecue, baked beans and coleslaw. For information, call 803-547-5480.

▪ The York County Quilt Guild will meet 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17, at Grace Lutheran Church, 426 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. Cynthia Page from The Quilters Gallery will present a show-and-tell on how to make the most of your fabric stash. There will be four tables of displays.

▪ York Soil and Water Conservation District commissioners will meet 5 p.m. Aug 20 at the USDA Service Center, 1460 E. Alexander Love Highway, York. Open to the public. For information, call Barbara O’Connell at 803-684-3137, ext. 101.

▪ Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 2008 Rock Hill, will meet 7 p.m. Aug. 19 at the VFW Hall, 732 W. Main St. All Purple Heart recipients are welcome. For information, call Rich Roszelle at 803-367-8328.


▪ Winthrop Small Business Development Center will offer a workshop on “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Franchises,” 6-8 p.m. Aug. 18 in Room 415 of the Thurmond Building at Winthrop University. To register, go to and click on event calendar, or call 803-323-2283.


▪ FAM Fest 2015 (Film-Animation-Music) is a family-friendly, faith-filled show, 2-10 p.m. Friday at Baxter Hood Center, 375 S Anderson Road, Rock Hill. Films are selected for their ability to invoke an uplifting and thought-provoking cinema experience. Most film blocks are suitable for all ages, with the exception of block No. 4, which is not recommended for preteens and younger. For information, go to


▪ The Fort Mill Community Playhouse will hold auditions for its Dinner Theater, “Interruptions,” at 4 p.m. Aug. 30 and 7 p.m. Aug. 31 at Fort Mill Community Playhouse, 615 Banks St. “Interruptions” runs Nov. 5-7 and 13-15. Bring a list of all conflicts during Sept. 14-Nov. 15. Headshot and resume is appreciated but not required. Auditions will consist of cold readings. Roles are available for three male, five female and two flexible roles. Rehearsals begin Sept. 14. For more information, go to or call 803-548-8102.

▪ York County Choral Society auditions will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 27 and 6-7 p.m. Sept. 3 at Westminster Presbyterian Church choir room, 1320 India Hook Road, Rock Hill. YCCS is a community concert choir with approximately 60 singers who perform large choral works. In its 35th year, the choir is directed by Katherine Kinsey, director of choral activities at Winthrop University. For information, contact Kinsey at or 803-323-2250.


▪ The Upper Palmetto YMCA is planning its annual ski trip to Aspen/Snowmass, Colo. Feb. 20-25 (or if you’d like to stay longer, we can make those accommodations). Cost includes lodging, equipment rentals, ski school (if needed), transfers, tips, taxes, lift tickets, two “get acquainted” dinners. One, two and three bedroom units are available. For information contact Jimmy Johnson at 803 324 9622, ext. 228, or email or go to

▪ Rock Hill’s four public swimming pools will close at 5 p.m. Saturday. The pools are at Boyd Hill, Emmett Scott and Northside recreation centers and Oakwood Acres. Hours are 1-6 p.m. weekdays (except for Boyd Hill, which is 2-6 p.m. weekdays). Saturday hours are 1-5 p.m. The cost is 75 cents per child and $2 per adult. More information at or 803-329-5620.

▪ The Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is offering “Families Exploring Nature” at Riverwalk one Saturday each month to get families outdoors for a hike in the woods and other activities. Programs will be 9:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 15, Sept. 12, Oct. 3 and Nov. 14. Participants should bring water and comfortable walking shoes; a camera is also suggested. Cost is $2 per person per event and registration is required. Register at or call 803-322-3134.

▪ Registration for Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism’s Fall Youth Sports is open through Aug. 21. Offered are football for ages 7-10 as of Sept. 1 and recreation soccer for ages 5-13 as of Sept. 1. Both cost $42.

Those who participated in the 2015 Spring Youth Sports leagues will get a $7 reduction in the registration fee because they purchased insurance in the spring.

Register during office hours weekdays at Manchester Meadows, the Cherry Park tower, the PRT office (Room 390) at City Hall, and at the four recreation centers.

First-time players must bring a copy of their birth certificate to register. Returning players can register online a

Volunteer coaches are also needed for these programs. Those interested in coaching should call Jason Reynolds at 803-329-5640.


▪ Habitat for Humanity of York County needs volunteers who are either skilled or experienced in home construction and repairs. An orientation meeting will be 9 a.m. Friday at 825 N. Anderson Road. The volunteers are members of The Skilled Construction Team, which provides on-site leadership to Habitat volunteers under the direction of the construction manager and site supervisors.

▪ Life Builders English as a Second Language Ministry will have ESL Volunteer Basic Training, Aug. 28-29 in Rock Hill. It is a certificate course taught by certified trainers. For information, contact Life Builders at or 803-579-1511 by Aug. 22

▪ 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.


▪ Descendants of Robert McCaw Bratton and Lucinda Alexander Bratton will have the annual Bratton reunion Sunday at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church in Hickory Grove. Lunch will be 1 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. Bring covered dishes and drinks. For information, contact Beth Dover at 803-684-7135.

▪ The Chester High School class of 1975 40th class reunion will be Sept. 11-13 in North Charleston. A dinner cruise will be Sept. 12. Cost is $65 per person. Roundtrip bus fair to North Charleston is $30 per person. Space is still available. RSVP to Bertha Rhinehart Sims at 803-209-2523 or Diane Hooper Wilmore at 803-385-6985 or Theodore Wilder at 803-374-1310 or email for hotel information and an itinerary. On Facebook, the contact is Patricia Wilmore Hampton.

Support groups

▪ A Parkinson’s Support Group will meet 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Westminster Towers Community Room, 1330 India Hook Road, Rock Hill. Open to the community. For information, call 803-328-5231.

▪ 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 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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