Community News from York, Chester and Lancaster counties: Nov. 1, 2015

The Palmetto Council of Boy Scouts annual “Scouting for Food” drive will start Saturday when Scouts drop off donation bags and information in area neighborhoods.

Scouts will collect the bags Nov. 14. All items will be donated to local food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens. Last year more the 40,000 pounds of food was were collected.

Special events

▪ Greg Paige, arboretum curator for Bartlett Tree Experts in Charlotte, will talk about “Underultilized Trees” at the First Friday in the Garden program, 11 a.m. Friday at the Glencairn Garden Learning Center, 825 Edgemont Ave., Rock Hill. Free. Paige, an experienced horticulturist, has worked at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., and Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, N.C.

▪ Eastern York County’s CROP Walk will be 3 p.m. Sunday, starting at Winthrop University. It’s the event’s 38th anniversary. Registration begins at 2 p.m. The walk will start on the Dinkins Hall lawn, go through Winthrop’s main gates, around Byrnes Auditorium, down Scholars Walk and then through downtown Rock Hill. Prior to the walk, there will be interactive and educational activities, as well as music provided by Winthrop University’s Vision of Prayze Gospel Choir. York County’s CROP Walks have raised more than $700,000, with more than $175,000 remaining with local agencies. CROP Walk is the community hunger appeal of Church World Service. Admission is free, but participants are asked to bring at least one canned food item to go to a local food pantry.

▪ The Rock Hill alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will participate with Habitat for Humanity, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at 225 Avery St., Fort Mill. Volunteers will be painting and/or light construction duties. Arrive by 8:45 am and wear blue or red. Volunteers must be age 16. For information contact Marilyn Martin at

▪ Catawba River Art Guild will have an exhibition Tuesday-Nov. 29 at City Hall Rotunda Gallery, 155 Johnston St, Rock Hill. Gallery house are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. The guild also will exhibit Monday-Nov. 30 at Gallery 120, 120 Bethel Street, Clover. A public reception will be 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 11. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays.


▪ TirzahFest will be 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Tirzah ARP Church, Mount Gallant Road, York. Breakfast biscuits will be available 8-10:30 a.m. and Thanksgiving lunch ith all the trimmings from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be vendors, frozen casserole meals, baked good, canned good, crafts.

▪ The 13th annual Holiday Market Craft and Gift vendor sale will be 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Westminster Towers Heritage Hall, 1330 India Hook Road, Rock Hill. Craft and gift vendors will offer jewelry, accessories, Christmas items, cosmetics and door prizes.

▪ York Rotary Club third annual Upstate Beach Bash will be 6:30 p.m. Saturday at The Garden Cafe with live music by The Catalinas. Tickets, $25. Contact Shannon at 803-323-4961 or Proceeds to The Early Learn Partnerships of York County to support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

▪ “Tailgating for Trevor” will be 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Endzone Sports Bar, 2354 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill. Trevor, 13, was recently diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. Hot dog plates, $6. There will be a live deejay, door prizes, 50/50, auctions. Bring a chair. Proceeds will help with medical bills. For information, call Tiffany at 803-431-0582 or Kimmie at 803-372-1169.

▪ India Hook United Methodist Women’s Vendors Market is seeking vendors. For reservations, call Dottie Davis at 803-329-7757. The market will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 21 at the church on Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill.

▪ Lakewood Baptist Church will have an 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday Nov. 7 featuring homemade crafts at the church on Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill. Food will be available. Proceeds to Lottie Moon.

▪ The Professional Business Women’s Association will host a Black-Tie Fundraiser, 5-10 p.m. Saturday 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 Arts Council of Chester County will host its Jingle Bell Bazaar Holiday Art Market, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Chester War Memorial Building. Items for sale include handmade jewelry ornaments, painting, pottery, wreaths Santa Spindles, baked goods, antiques and a hot chocolate bar. There will be raffles and door prizes.

▪ 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. Saturday 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. Thursday 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

Veteran tributes

▪ A Tribute to Veterans event will be 10 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Veterans Garden at Glencairn Garden, Edgemont Avenue, Rock Hill. This patriotic program will honor men and women of the military. The American Legion Post 34, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2889, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1404, and other local groups will participate. Free and open to the public. For information, call Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism at 803-329-5620.

▪ Sterling Lodge No. 344 and Living Beauty Temple No. 709 will honor veterans and family members and the community at a lunch noon -2 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Elk Lodge, 1644 Ogden Road. Free. Veteran of the lodge will be recognized.

▪ Lakewood Baptist Church will have its annual Veterans Day service Nov. 15 during the 11 a.m. service at the church on Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill. All veterans are invited to special service.

▪ The Chester County Veterans Day ceremony will be 11 a.m. Nov. 11 in the Chester County War Memorial Building. Shaun Stewart, county supervisor, will speak. Chester High School ROTC will present the colors. Patriotic music will be by the Chester High School Band. The event is sponsored by the Chester County Veterans Affairs, American Legion Post 27, DAV Chapter 19 and the United States Marine Corp League-Detachment 1161 and ladies auxiliaries.

▪ Texas Roadhouse in Rock Hill is offering a complimentary lunch Nov. 11 to all veterans – active, retired, or former military – with a military or VA ID card or discharge papers. For information, call the restaurant at 803-909-7427.


▪ Allison Creek Bluegrass will host The Hinson Girls at 7 p.m. Thursday at Allison Creek Presbyterian Church, Allison Creek Road at S.C. 274. The Hinson Girls are a family band composed of four sisters who play bass, banjo, mandolin and guitar and sing traditional bluegrass music. Doors open at 6 p.m. Concessions open at 6:30 p.m. Admission, free but donations accepted.

▪ Rock Hill Parks, Recreation & Tourism concludes its Friday Lunch Stop live music, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Black Street parking lot with a performance by Chris Holder Friday. Some seating available. Bring chairs or blankets.

Christmas parades

▪ The deadline to enter the Rock Hill’s Christmas Parade is Monday. The parade will be 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 and feature lighted floats and units showcasing the Light up the Night theme. The parade begins on Oakland Avenue at Winthrop University and ends on Main Street downtown. Participants are asked to dress in festive holiday attire. Parade guidelines and entry forms are available at Fewell Park Center, 1204 Alexander Road, or call 803-329-5645. Floats are available for rent. For information about rental, call 803-329-5645.

▪ The town of Fort Lawn is accepting entries for its annual Christmas Parade, 2 p.m. Dec. 12. Rain date, 3 p.m. Dec. 13. For information, call Town Hall at 803-872-4724, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. No fee. Entries are due Nov. 25. Floats will be judged and cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners.


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

▪ The Lesslie Rural Fire Tax Board will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lesslie Fire Station, 3191 Lesslie Highway., Rock Hill.

▪ The Flint Hill Fire Department will have an election for its board of directors, noon-4 p.m. Saturday at FHFD Station No. 1, 1950 U.S. 21 Bypass, Fort Mill. All residents of the Flint Hill Fire District, 18 years old and older are eligible to vote. For information, call Doug Chapman at 803-548-0199.


▪ The York County Coin Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Captain Steve’s in Fort Mill and at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday at Jacksons Cafeteria in Rock Hill.

▪ 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. Wednesday 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.


▪ AARP Drivers Safety Program will be offered for ages 26 and older 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. Monday, Nov. 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

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

Hunger relief

▪ The Second Harvest Partners, sponsored by Providence Presbytery, will have a hunger relief site, 9 a.m. Tuesday at Green Pond United Methodist Church, 983 Bethel St. Clover and 9 a.m. Friday at Hermon Presbyterian Church, 107 Heckle Blvd. Rock Hill. Volunteers will help distribute food to participants who meet USDA eligibility income guidelines. For information, contact Catawba Area Agency on Aging at 803-329-9670.

York County Library

▪ All York County libraries will be closed Nov. 11 for staff training. Normal business hours will resume Nov. 12.


✔The 4-H Poultry Sale will be 10 a.m. Saturday 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.


▪ An enrollment drive for the Affordable Care Act will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday at North Central Family Medical Center, 1131 Saluda St., Rock Hill. Open enrollment runs Sunday-Jan. 31. For assistance call 803-325-7744 ext. 236 or 803-581-0574 ext. 407.

▪ North Central Family Medical Center and York Technical Dental College will host a free dental screening 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 10 at 1131 Saluda St., Rock Hill. The screening detects problems with teeth and gums. After the screening, other services can be obtained from the dental college. No appointment is necessary. For information, call the medical center at 803-325-7744.


▪ Semi-annual luncheon of Celanese retirees will be 11:30 a.m. Nov. 11 at Golden Corral, North Anderson Road, Rock Hill. An update on the Celriver Legacy Project will be given. All former employees invited.

▪ The Emmett Scott High School class of 1967 will celebrate November birthdays 5:30 p.m. Monday at FATZ, Herlong Avenue, Rock Hill.

Support groups

▪ A brain injury support group for survivors and caregivers will begin 6 p.m. Thursday in room 200 at HealthSouth in Rock Hill, 1795 Dr. Frank Gaston Blvd. For information, contact the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina at 803-731-9823.

▪ The Adult Enrichment Centers of Rock Hill caregiver support group will meet 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at 359 Park Ave., Rock Hill. Open to the community. For information, call Dee Curran at 803-327-7448.

▪ 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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