Community news for York, Chester and Lancaster counties, Nov. 8, 2015

An evening of visual and performing arts hosted by the Therapeutic Arts Programming (TAP) Committee will be 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 20, at the Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill. “TAP Into the Arts” will highlight art from area youth and adults with intellectual disabilities. Artists will display their works in watercolor, photography, pottery and other handmade items. Select items will be for sale. The Praise Dance Troupe will perform at 7 p.m. The free event is presented by Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism. For information, call Wendy Waddle at 803-329-5659.

Special events

▪ Cheer for Children will kick off its “Season of Thankfulness” at Gratitude: A Game Changer, noon Saturday at South Pointe High School. The event features games music, dance, impersonations and facepainting by Melissa. Pastor C.T. Kirk, Chester Cheetah, Coach Squeaky, Demon coaches and Sylvia Circle Demons will perform. Free and open to the public. For information, call 803-366-6100 or go to

▪ The WBT Briarhoppers will perform 7 p.m. Saturday at McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St., York. The original band members first came together in 1934 to promote products for Charlotte’s radio station WBT. Today’s sixth version and award-winning family band continues the bluegrass tradition. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. Advance tickets are available at the Museum of York County and the Historical Center of York County or by calling 803-909-7313 or 803-909-7488.

▪ The Wesley United Methodist Church Grace & Mercy Soup Kitchen will open at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the church, 110 W. Jefferson St., York. The soup kitchen will be open 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. To support the kitchen, contact Phyllis Moore-Ward at 803-417-7664 or Pam Gilmore at 803-415-6070.


▪ Rock Hill Civitan Club will have its fall yard sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in the gym at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 2115 Celanese Road. Barbecue sandwich plates, $5. Proceeds go to community service and special needs projects.

▪ Clover High School Band’s annual fish fry will be 3-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m Nov. 15 at the high school cafeteria, 1525 S.C. 55 East. Plates, $10. Ticket available at the door.

▪ “Tailgating for Trevor” will be 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Endzone Sports Bar, 2354 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill. Hot dog plates, $6. There will be a live deejay, door prizes, 50/50, auctions. Bring a chair. Trevor, 13, was recently diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. 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.

▪ The Arts Council of Chester County will host its Jingle Bell Bazaar Holiday Art Market, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday 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 Friday 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.

▪ Second annual Craftacular event, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday 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. Saturday at Frank Road Post No. 34. Vendors welcome. For information, email

Veteran tributes

▪ A Veterans Day Commemoration will be 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday at Saluda Trail Middle School. Liz Hood, media specialist, has organized displays, exhibits and invited veterans and state dignitaries to talk with students about patriotism and military service. More than 20 military organizations will be represented.

▪ A Tribute to Veterans event will be 10 a.m. Wednesday 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.

▪ To commemorate Veterans Day, the 282nd Army Band Flextet and guest performer Erin Moon Kelly will perform an array of chamber wind pieces include military marches, classics, folk tunes and children’s songs at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bundy Auditorium at USC-Lancaster. Free and open to the public.

▪ 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. Saturday 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. Wednesday 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 Wednesday 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.


▪ Rock Hill Community Theatre will present “Waiting Rooms,” 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Nov. 20-21 and 3 p.m. Nov. 15 and 22 at the theater, 546 S. Cherry Road, Rock Hill. Written by Laura Sansing Pfizenmayer, formerly of York, the play follows the lives of three family members who hash out family conflicts in a hospital waiting room. Tickets are $15; $12, students and seniors; $2 off matinees. Opening night reception with the playwright is 6:30-7:30 p.m. Friday. Reception tickets, $10 in addition to admission. Tickets available at

▪ The York County Choral Society will present Handel’s “Messiah” Part 1 at 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1320 India Hook Road, Rock Hill. Tickets are $20, adults; $10, seniors; and $5, students.


▪ The Museum Guild will meet at 10 a.m. Monday at the Museum of York County, 4621 Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill. Donald Rodgers, a Native American storyteller, will entertain with stories of Catawba’s lore. Free and open to the public. For information,Windy Cole at 803-909-7218.

▪ The York County Marine Corp League’s local detachment, The Olde English Leathernecks, will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 732 W. Main St., Rock Hill. The league consists of Marine veterans, retired Marines and associates. For information, call Don Hicks at 803-517-7253.


▪ The Carolina Accordion and Banjo Society will meet at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Jonathan’s, Independence Parkway, Matthews, N.C. For information, call Kathy at 803-325-1601.

▪ The Clover Woman’s Club will meet 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the clubhouse, 234 Church St. Bill Wiley will talk about the Forestry Fire Wise Program. Members area asked to bring monetary donations and/or non-perishable food items and paper products for the Clover Area Assistance Center. Items especially needed are canned fruits, boxed cereal and toilet paper.

▪ York County Genealogical & Historical Society will meet 10 a.m. Saturday 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.


▪ AARP Drivers Safety Program will be offered 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday at Toyota of Rock Hill, 640 Galleria Blvd. 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 callt Gerald Hensley 803-789-5810.


▪ South Carolina Legal Services will have a free clinic on how to apply expungements and pardons and what South Carolina criminal charges can be expunged. The clinic will be 2 p.m. Nov. 16 in conference room 201 at Rock Hill City Hall, 155 Johnston St. No one will be allowed in after 2 p.m. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, call 803-327-9001 or 1-800-922-3853.

▪ United Way of York County will present a financial basics workshop for York County staff, volunteers and board members of registered non-profit organizations, 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Nov 17 at the City Club of Rock Hill, 140 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Staff from Burkett, Burkett & Burkett CPA will lead the workshop. Register at


▪ The York County 4-H awards program and banquet will be 6 pm. Tuesday at Eastview Baptist CHurch, 1430 Gordon Road, Rock Hill.

▪ Clemson Extension Service and the city of Rock Hill will host the Great Outdoors Adventure for homeschool youth February through May for age 5-15. Programs will be at various locations, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. one day each month. Cost is $65 for ages 5-9 and $75, ages 10-15. Deadline to register is Jan. 29. For information, call 803-684-9919 ext 113 or email


▪ The Rock Hill Youth Council grant program deadline is Nov. 13. The program awards grants of up to $500 to youth-led projects. Applications are available at Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office, Room 390 in City Hall or online at For information, contact Patti Panetti, youth program coordinator, at 803-329-5625 or

York County Library

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

Programs at the York County Library in Rock Hill in November include:

Tabletop Gaming for Teens and Adults, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday, will focus on Mensa Select award-winning games like Kulami, Hive, Forbidden Island and Qwirkle, among others. For teens and adults; children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration not required.


▪ The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program needs volunteers to help low-income, elderly and handicapped taxpayers prepare income tax returns. Volunteers will be trained by the Internal Revenue Service, N.C. and S.C. Departments of Revenue to prepare basic tax returns. Training is free and is offered to volunteers who are willing to learn to prepare 1040A, 1040EZ, and the basic 1040 forms with schedule A and B. Training will include filing on computers. Training will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 11-15 at Rock Hill City Hall in the wellness center on the first floor. Volunteers can choose hours and days they wish to work. For information, call Bill Perry, York County coordinator, at 803-322-4195.


▪ The Rock Hill High School class of 1959 will meet 1 p.m. Tuesday for lunch and fellowship at the Golden Corral on Anderson Road, Rock Hill. All classmates, spouses and friends are welcome.

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

Support groups

▪ Affirmation of York County is a faith-based support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, their families and friends. The group will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2955 S.C. 160, Fort Mill. For information, call Ellen at 803-417-0954, Melissa at 803-547-6042, or email

▪ A Parkinson’s support group will meet 1:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at Westminster Towers Community Room, 1330 India Hook Road, Rock Hill. 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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