After hours event to open ‘Only Owls’ at Museum of York County

“Only Owls–After hours” is a special event hosted by the Museum of York County on Mount Gallant Road provides extended museum hours from 5-8 p.m. Nov. 10 to kick off the new exhibit “Only Owls.”

The Carolina Raptor Center will be on site with live owls for presentations at 6:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Woodsy Owl, the U.S. National Forest Service’s mascot, will be make an appearance. The Settlemyre Planetarium will feature “Perseus and Andromeda” at 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Gardner’s BBQ food truck will be on site from 4-7 p.m. and a percentage of the food sales will benefit the museum. The Museum Store will be open during the event. The exhibit runs Nov. 7-Feb. 28 in the museum’s Springs Gallery.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the museum will feature “Carolina Landscapes” – a collection of large-scale realistic paintings by Al Beyer in the Nature Nook Gallery.

Admission: $6, adults; $5, seniors; $3, youth and free to Culture and Heritage Museum members and age 3 and younger. For information call 803-329-2121 or go to

Special events

▪ “Stories of the Stones,” Rose Hill Cemetery Tour, will be 1-4 p.m. Nov. 7 at the cemetery, 229 E. Liberty St. York. Re-enactors dress in period costumes and tell the stories of the lives of citizens who have shaped our community. Sponsored by the Yorkville Historical Society. Tickets, $5 and free for children and students grades 1-12. Handicapped assistance available if requested. For information, contact Jan Ramsey at 803-684-3844, email or go to

▪ York Recreation Department will host a flashlight pumpkin hunt and hay ride Thursday at the York Recreation Complex, 74 Fourth St. Hay rides start at 6 p.m. and pumpkin hunt starts at 7 p.m. Bring a flashlight. Free. Pumpking painitn will be 4-5 p.m. Friday Oct. 30 at the recreation center, 21 White Rose Lane. Materials provided. Free.


▪ The 37th annual Rock Hill Striders Great Pumpkin 5K and fun run for Pilgrims’ Inn will be Oct. 31 beginning at Dinkins Hall at Winthrop University. 5K begins at 9 a.m. and the fun run at 9:45 a.m. Packet pickup and race day registration is 7:30-8:45 a.m. 5K registration, $35 in advance; $40 at the race; fun run, free. Online registration at

▪ The Professional Business Women’s Association will host a Black-Tie Fundraiser, 5-10 p.m. Nov. 7 at Regal Manor Clubhouse, 549 Starlight Drive, Fort Mill. The event features cocktails, hors d’oeurves, dinner, dancing and silent auction. Tickets, $50 and available at or email Proceeds to PBWA scholarship fund.

▪ The United Methodist Women of Bethel United Methodist Church will have a Homemade Holiday Pie Sale. Orders for sweet potato, pumpkin, coconut custard, apple, chocolate nut, buttermilk, pecan and peanut butter pies are due by Nov. 13 by calling 803-324-2455 or 803-324-4344. Pies can be picked up 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 20 at the church, 1232 Curtis St., Rock Hill.

▪ Richburg Chapter No. 213 Order of the Eastern Star will have a spaghetti supper, 4-8 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Masonic Lodge in Richburg. Tickets, $7. Eat in or carry out. Proceeds to the scholarship fund.

▪ Second annual Craftacular event, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 14 at Lifeway Church, 114 S. Congress St., York. Inside booth rental, $25; outside, $15. For information, contact Jenifer 803-627-6501.

▪ CraftMainia holiday extravaganza, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 14 at Frank Road Post No. 34. Vendors welcome. For information, email

▪ Lynda Randle, a Gaither homecoming artist, will be in concert 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at Rock Hill First Baptist Church. Donations will be given to the York County Christian Women’s Job Corps. Tickets are free but donations are accepted. Tickets are are available by calling the YCCWJC office at 803-327-6077. For information you can go to

▪ 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


▪ Jasmin Tiodang, 1994 graduate of Winthrop University and former student of Eugene Barban, will give a piano recital, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Barnes Recital Hall at Winthrop. The program will include works by Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Ginastera and Scriabin. Tiodang currently is a performer and teacher in Puerto Rico. The recital is free and open to the public.

▪ The Winthrop University Vision of Prayze Gospel Choir will celebrate its seventh anniversary with a reunion concert 4 p.m. Nov. 1 at Oakland Baptist Church, 1067 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. The concert will feature performances by current and past members of the choir and Liturgical Prayze Dance Team. Free admission.

▪ Fort Mill Community Playhouse presents its fall dinner theater with “Interruptions,” a comedy written by Burton Bumgarner, Nov. 6, 7, 13 and 14. Doors open at 6 p.m. (cash bar available); dinner at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $35. Reservations are required at or call 803-548-8102. Nondinner shows will be 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 and 3 p.m. Nov. 15. Tickets are $15, adults; $13, students and seniors.

▪ Rock Hill Parks, Recreation & Tourism hosts its Friday Lunch Stop with live music, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Black Street parking lot. The event runs each Friday through Nov. 6. Entertainers include the Dixieland Duo (Tim Hartis and Tim Moe) Friday and Chris Holder on Nov. 6. A special Wednesday edition will be Oct. 28 featuring Greg Lilley. Some seating available. Bring chairs or blankets.

Art show

▪ Gallery 120 in Clover will host an art exhibition by members of the Catawba River Art Guild Nov. 2-30. A public reception will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at the gallery, 120 Bethel St. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays.


▪ The Yorkville Historical Society will meet 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The architect for the York County Courthouse will discuss the renovation project with emphasis on the preservation of the architectural and historical components of the building. Public is welcome to attend.

▪ Bethel Fire Tax District will meet 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at Station No. 1. Officers for 2016 will be elected.

▪ Bethel United Methodist Church will host a panel discussion on homelessness, 7-8 p.m. Thursday at the church on Curtis Street, Rock Hill. There will be speakers from various nonprofit agencies who talk about the issues our community faces regarding homelessness specific to single men and women. For those interested in volunteering at the Men’s Warming Center, tours of the facility as well as a brief overview will be provided. For information, call 803-327-4881.


▪ The Newcomers Club of York County, a women’s social and civic minded organization, will meet 11:30 a.m. Nov. 11 at The Palmetto Room, 150 E. White St., Rock Hill.Scott Anderson of Duke Energy will speak. Cost is $15, all inclusive. For reservations contact Kris at or 954-821-9310 by 10 P.M. Nov. 5.

▪ York County Genealogical & Historical Society will meet 10 a.m. Nov. 14 at Landsford Canal State Park, 2051 Park Dr., Catawba Park Superintendent Al James and Ranger Don Oneppo will discuss the creation of a canal in the 1820s to avoid the rocky shoals of the Catawba River and the rare Rocky Shoals Spider Lily. Hiking opportunities after the meeting. Cost to enter the park is $2, adults; $1.25, age 65 and older.

▪ The Tega Cay Beautification Committee will hold a workday from 8-10 a.m. Nov. 4 at the Living Memorial Gardens to trim, clean, and weed. New members and workers are needed. For information, email or call 803-802-8727 or, 704-▪ 287-7432.

▪ Lake Wylie Shag Club’s Halloween Monster Mash willbe 8 p.m. Saturday at the Fort Mill Moose Lodge, 1676 Harris Road, Fort Mill. Roy Childress will dee jay. Best costume prized will be awarded. Admission is $3 for members; $5 for guests. The club hosts “Shag Time” 8 p.m. Tuesdays at the lodge. Shag lessons are offered 7:30-8. Line Dance lessons are 6-7:30 p.m. Cover charge, $1.

▪ The Rock Hill Area Shag Club will have its Halloween costume party, 7 p.m. Friday at Celebrations at Ramada Inn. Officer will be elected. Club will provide dinner. Bring a dessert. Prizes will be given for the best costume and most original.


▪ AARP Drivers Safety Program will be offered for ages 26 and older 9 a.m.-1 p.m Tuesday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 10 at Toyota of Rock Hill, 640 Galleria Blvd., Rock Hill. Participants will get a certificate that may reduce the insurance rate on collision and liability coverage and is good for three years. Cost is $15, members; $20, nonmembers. To register contact Gerald Hensley 803-789-5810.

▪ Beginner Waltz classes will be offered 7:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 2, 9, and 16 at St John’s United Methodist Church, 321 S. Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. Open to the public. Written dance steps provided. Cost is $15 for the three classes with proceeds going to the youth of the church. Arrive early to register at the first class. For information, call Pat at 803-372-1315 or email

▪ Children ages 9-11 can create a beautiful pumpkin using melted crayons, glitter and other decorations, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday at the York County Library, East Black Street, Rock Hill. Bring two mini or a small pumpkins to decorate. Register online at or call 803-981-5888.

▪ Chester County Beekeeping Association will hold a “Basic Beekeeping Class” 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Clemson Extension office, 109 Ella St. Cost is $25. To register, call 803-581-8031.


▪ The Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department’s Happy Travelers trip to the Islands of New England will be June 3-10. Adults of all ages are welcome; participants do not have to be a member of the group to travel. Travelers will visit Providence, Newport, Boston, Plymouth Rock, Plimoth Plantation, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Hyannis and Provincetown. Cost is $2,750 ($3,150 single occupancy) and includes airfare, motorcoach transportation, sites of interest, lodging and some meals and taxes and gratuities. Cancellation insurance is available. A $250 deposit is due by Dec. 1. The balance is due by March 25. Registration and payment is taken at the PRT Office at City Hall 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays or online at Fees can also be mailed to City of Rock Hill, Katie Conley, PO Box 11706, Rock Hill, SC 29731. For space availability, call Katie at 803-329-5626. For details go to

▪ 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 easily make those accommodations for you). 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, or go to


The 4-H Poultry Sale will be 10 a.m. Nov. 7 at 116 Columbia St., Chester. Groups of three or five Rhode Island Red, Barred Rock and Golden Comet hens for sale. Buyers must register by contacting Robin Currence at or 803-209-0538.


▪ Salvation Army is looking for volunteer bell ringers this coming Christmas season. Kettle operations run 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Shifts are two hours per day. Kettles will begin Nov. 13 and end Dec. 24. For information or to sign up go to

▪ Bethel United Methodist Church will open its Men’s Warming Center in November at 1232 Curtis St., Rock Hill. The center opens around Nov. 15 and closes the middle of March. Volunteers are needed to help run the center. For information, call 803-327 4881.


▪ The Rock Hill Chapter of Finley High School alumni will meet 5 p.m. Monday at the home of James T. Dunham. Any one who graduated or attended Finley High School is invited. For information, call Charlie M. Robinson at 803-327-4547 or James T. Dunham at 704-232-0793.

▪ Celanese Bobbin Stores reunion will be 4 p.m. Thursday at Mayflower Restaurant, Celanese Road, Rock HIll. For information, call Mamie Brady at 803-1357.

▪ Former Hillcrest Elementary School students will meet 11 a.m. Saturday at Foundation AME Zion Church, 1852 Neely Store Road, Rock Hill.

Support groups

▪ GriefShare, a new 13-week series, meets 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1830 Celanese Road, Rock Hill. For information, contact Bill Stroud at 803-517-6177.

▪ 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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