OWL book club for children resumes Sept. 20

Main Street Children’s Museum resumes its OWL (Our Wee Literature) Book Club at 3 p.m. Sept. 20 featuring “Sammy the Wonder Dachshund.” The book’s author and illustrator, Jonathan Miller, will tell the story of Sammy – a small dog of super-hero proportions who engages in adventures across the planet and beyond. Miller, a Clover High School graduate and Charleston area resident, will be available for book sales and signing.

The OWL Book Club also has a read-ahead-book program for families. This month’s read-ahead-book is “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae.

The club will meet Nov. 15 with Melinda Long, author of “How I Became a Pirate” and “Pirates Don’t Change Diapers.” Feb. 7, the club will feature Julie Murphy, author of “What If We Were All Gray.”

The club is free with general admission. To register, call 803-327-6400.

Admission, $5 for the public and free for Culture & Heritage Museum members and children age 1 and younger.

Special events

▪ Friends of the York County Library will have a book sale 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 25-26 at the Fort Mill branch of the York County Library, 1818 second Baxter Crossing. Choose from hardcover fiction, paperbacks and children’s books, priced from 50 cents-$2. For more information, call 803-981-5837 or go to

▪ Christina Baker Kline, author of the novel “Orphan Train,” will discuss the history of orphan trains in the United States 7-9 p.m. Sept. 28 at the York County Library, East Black Street, Rock Hill. A book sale and signing will follow the program. Seating is limited and registration is required. Call 803-981-5845 or go to, then “events and classes,” to register.

Trains, nicknamed “orphan trains” because of their passengers, were used from 1854-1929 to transport orphaned or abandoned children from the eastern cities of the United States to Midwestern farms to begin new lives.

“Orphan Train” was on five national bestseller lists, including the New York Times. Kline is also the author of novels “Bird in Hand,” “The Way Life Should Be,” “Desire Lines” and “Sweet Water.” Forinformation on the author, go to

▪ The Catawba River Art Guild art exhibition will be Friday-Nov. 1 at The Center for the Arts Perimeter Gallery, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and 2-4 p.m. Sunday.

▪ Rock Hill Parks, Recreation & Tourism resumes its Friday Lunch Stop beginning Friday with live music 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Black Street parking lot. The event runs each Friday through Oct. 30. Arsena Shroeder will perform Friday, sharing soulful vocals on original songs and popular covers. Some seating available. Bring chairs or blankets.

▪ South Carolina Calvert Academy will host a picnic in the park, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at Cherry Park for families interested in learning more about the the school. Bring your own lunch.


▪ Antioch United Methodist Church will host its annual Country Store fundraiser 8 a.m. Saturday at the church, 930 W. Rambo Road, Rock Hill. Breakfast and lunch served. Items for sale include baked goods, jams, jellies, chow-chows,other homemade gifts, seasonal decor, books by the inch and fresh flowers.

▪ Holiday Boutique presented by the Lake Wylie Lutheran Church Quilters is accepting vendors for the sale, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov 7 at the church, Gold Hill Road and S.C.160 in Fort Mill. All items must be hand made or hand embellished; no resale items please. A 10x10 booth is $25. For information and registration, email

▪ The York County Woman’s Club will host “Girlfriends Just Wanna Have Fun!,” an afternoon of card games, mahjong, lunch, door prizes and fashion tips from Chico’s of Rock Hill, noon-4 p.m. Nov. 12 at Grace Lutheran Church, 426 Oakland Ave. Rock Hill. Cost is $25 with proceeds to benefit Hope and Tender Hearts Ministries. For reservations call Peggy at 803-329-8668 or email

▪ Sandlappers Parrot Head Club will host a dance and party, 7 p.m.-midnight Saturday at Long Branch, 761 Riverview Road, Rock Hill, to raise money for Make-A-Wish of South Carolina. The event includes live music by the Rockaholics, silent auction and door prizes, which include a Fines Up Rouge Guitar autographed by Jimmy Buffet with certificate of authenticity; estate 14-karat gold, pearl and diamond pendant; and Cajon drum by Billy Bonham. Tickets are $15 at For information, email Nick George at

▪ Crime Stoppers of York County will have a pancake fundraiser, 8-10 a.m. Saturday at Fatz Cafe, 478 Herlong Ave., Rock Hill. Breakfast includes, pancakes, sausage, fruit cup, drink. Cost is $7, adults and $4, ages 4-8. Proceeds go to Crime Stoppers.

▪ South Pointe Band of Thunder barbecue and tailgate will be Friday. Barbecue and smoked chicken plates, whole butts, barbecue by the pound and tailgate family packs will be available for purchase Prices range from $8 for plates to $40 for tailgate that feeds eight. Pick-up will be at band room at the back of school. For information, go to

Hunger relief

▪ The Second Harvest Partners, sponsored by Providence Presbytery, will have a hunger relief site 9 a.m. Thursday Sept. 16 at Flint Hill Baptist Church, 1214 Flint Hill St., Rock Hill. Volunteers will distribute food to participants who meet USDA eligibility income guidelines. For information, contact Catawba Area Agency on Aging at 803-329-9670.


▪ Every Now and Then will be featured at Allison Creek Bluegrass 7 p.m. Thursday at Allison Creek Presbyterian Church, S.C. 274 and Allison Creek Road near Lake Wylie. Doors open at 6 p.m. with concessions available at 6:30 p.m. Free admission. Love offering.


▪ Keystone board of directors will meet 6 p.m. Monday at Keystone Prevention Center, 1600 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill. Open to the public. For information, call 803-324-4118.

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

▪ The Catawba Chapter of the DAR will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Ebenezer ARP Church in the parlor. Anyone interested in learning more about the DAR is invited to attend.

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

▪ The Western York County branch of the NAACP will meet 6 p.m. Thursday at the Greater York Chamber of Commerce, 23 E. Liberty St. York. For information, contact Wanda Simril at 803-684-6200.

▪ Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 2008 Rock Hill will meet 7 p.m. Wednesday at the VFW Hall, 732 W. Main St., Rock Hill.


▪ The Rock Hill Civitan Club annual Friends & Family Picnic will be 6 p.m. Tuesday at Ebenezer Park in Rock Hill. Members of the Chester Civitan Club and special friends will attend the barbecue dinner. For information, contact

▪ The Ballroom Dance Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Oak Room of the Fort Mill Golf Course, 101 Country Club Drive. Guest admission is $15 per couple, $7.50, singles and includes a free dance lesson. Dances include swing and shag. No alcohol; light refreshments provided. Dressy casual. All skill levels are welcome. For information call Bob at 803.329-5764, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

▪ The Rock Hill Area Shag Club will have its pre SOS party, 8 p.m. Saturday at Celebration at Ramada Inn, Cherry Road, Rock Hill. Members bring a dish to share. Admission: $3, members; $5, guests.


▪ Carolina Community Actions Head Start has openings for ages 3-4 in Rock Hill and York for the 2015-16 program year. Head Start served low-income families and children with disabilities. For information, call 803-328-3074 in Rock Hill and 803-684-2093 in York.

▪ The Clemson Extension Service in York County in partnership with the city of Rock Hill will host the 4-H Come Grow With Me in the Garden series for ages 6-14, September-December at the Glencairn Garden Learning Center, 825 Edgemont Ave. Classes will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. one Monday each month. Cost is $65. Students will learn natural environment, horticulture, vegetable gardening and leadership through creative activities and a service project. Registration and fee deadline is Sept. 22 and includes a 2015-16 yearly membership. For information, contact Faith Isreal at 803-684-9919 ext. 113 or


▪ York County No Wrong Door presents a lunch and learn “Ending the Silence,” a discussion about mental health for parents of middle and high school students. Sessions will be 12:15 p.m. Sept. 22 at Rock Hill Flexible Learning Center, 12 p.m. Sept. 23 at Clover district office, 1 p.m. Sept. 24 York Middle School Little Theater and 11:30 a.m. Sept. 25 at Fort Mill District office. The presentation will be led by the National Association on Mental Illness. Lunch provided by York County All on Board. For information, call 803-610-8174.

▪ Symposium for Women Sept. 26 at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Fort Mill. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. with free heart health screenings by Piedmont Medical Center and complimentary 12-lead EKG and review to qualified women by Carolina Cardiology Associates. Session speakers include Cindy Kelly of Whole Health Reset, Jimmie Sherrill of Piedmont Medical Center, and keynote speaker Dr. Scott Seibel of Catawba-Piedmont Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery. Cost is $10 and includes a heart-healthy breakfast and educational materials. There will also be vendor giveaways and door prizes. Register at Seating is limited.


▪ The Heart2Heart Foundation needs makeup artist volunteers for the annual Old Town Zombie Crawl 5K Run, Walk & Fun Run on Oct. 24 in downtown Rock Hill. A free zombie makeover class for volunteers will be 3-5 p.m. Sept. 26, at Palmetto Dance Studio, 1449 Ebenezer Road. Volunteers unable to attend can email To sign up, go to

▪ 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 Emmett Scott High School class of 1967 monthly birthday fellowship dinner will be 5:30 p.m. Monday at O’Charley’s, 2265 Crown Pointe Drive, Rock Hill.

▪ Those who attended or worked at “Old” Lesslie Elementary School on U.S. 21 are invited to attend a community event sponsored by Friendship United Methodist at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at at the church. The event features a free concert with Scott Carroll and Surfside. Bring a lawn chair. Open to the public.

▪ The 52nd annual Curry Family reunion will be Oct. 11 at Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church, 1660 Pleasant Grove Road, Chester with worship at 11 a.m. and picnic lunch at 1 p.m. For information, contact Randy Perry Sears at 317 Red Fox Road, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579 or email

Support groups

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

▪ 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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