Community News for York, Chester, Lancaster counties – March 17, 2016

Draft horses will be out plowing in the fields at ‘Children’s Day on the Farm,’ March 26 at Historic Brattonsville.
Draft horses will be out plowing in the fields at ‘Children’s Day on the Farm,’ March 26 at Historic Brattonsville. Culture & Heritage Museums

▪ Discovery Day to help record the history of Rock Hill Printing & Finishing Co. will be 1-5 p.m. Wednesday at Family Trust Federal Credit Union, 225 W. White St., Rock Hill. Culture & Heritage Museums’ staff wants to document objects, photos and other memorabilia in order to commemorate the history of the plant. Residents who have old photos, news articles, memos, newsletters, advertisements, fabric samples or objects that relate to the Bleachery are invited to bring them by for CHM’s historian Michael Scoggins and archivist Nancy Sambets to review and document. For information call 803-684-3948, ext. 2

Special events

“Children’s Day on the Farm,” an annual family event at Historic Brattonsville celebrating farm life in the Carolina Piedmont during the 18th and 19th centuries, will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m March 26. Admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 4-17, free ages 3 and younger and Culture & Heritage Museum members.

▪ Agape Hospice will sponsor Community Bingo for ages 55 and older at 2 p.m. March 25 at Glenrock Baptist Church, 1815 Dobys Bridge Road, Fort Mill. There will be 10 games and plenty of prizes. Limited seating. RSVP at 803-329-4544.


▪ Relay for Life 2016/York East will have a fundraiser 4-9 p.m. Tuesday at Mario’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant, Cherry Road, Rock Hill. The event will be 2-10 p.m. May 14 at Dutchman Creek Middle School, Rock Hill. For information, go to

▪ The third annual Hippity Hoppity Hope 5K fun run and walk, sposored by the Relay for Life team, will be 8 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, 102 S. Congress St, York. The children’s race starts at 7:50 a.m. Cost is $20 for the 5K. Proceeds to the American Cancer Society. Relay For Life of Western York County will be 11 a.m.-11 p.m. May 7 at York Middle School.

▪ The Optimist Club of Rock Hill’s 13th Annual Captain’s Choice Charity Golf Tournament will be Tuesday at the Rock Hill Country Club with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $320 for teams of four. A sandwich lunch is included in the entry fee. There will be a live and silent auction. Proceeds go to Optimist youth charities. For information or registration, contact David Angel at 803-327-6112 or Whitey Adams at 803-327-5530.

▪ Bethel United Methodist Church soup kitchen is open 11 a.m. Thursdays through March 24 at the church, 1232 Curtis St., Rock Hill. Open to the community. Donations accepted.

St. Patrick’s Day

▪ The eighth annual St. Patrick’s Day on Main Festival will be 4:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday in Rock Hill’s Old Town district. The festival will feature live Irish/Celtic music from the Federal Clan Kings and Carolina Ceili, an Irish/Celtic folk band from Asheville, N.C. Irish dancers from two of the best dance schools in the Southeast, Walsh Kelley School of Irish Dancing and Rince na h’Eireann Dance School of Traditional Irish Dance, will perform. There will be more than 25 Irish/Celtic and other arts and crafts vendors, a large amusement area for children, and plenty of food and beverages. Admission is free. For complete schedule, see

▪ In Clover, the 18th annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday on Main Street downtown. The event, hosted by the town of Clover, features the Leprechaun Leap 5K Run/Walk for YMCA’s special needs programs. A dog show offers awards for best-dressed in Irish costume for people and dogs. Lauren Light will provide live entertainment. There will be food vendors, amusement rides and a kids’ zone. Admission is free. Register for contests and events online at

▪ In Fort Mill, the 10th Annual Baxter Village Spring Fling Festival and St. Patrick’s Parade will be 2-6 p.m. Saturday on Market Street. The parade, 5-5:30 p.m., is open to any local resident, organization or business. To participate, be in the north lot of the Baxter Village YMCA by 4:30 p.m. For information:


▪ Spencer Estates Neighborhood Association will meet 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the City Operations Center, 757 S. Anderson Road, Rock Hill. Jennifer Childers will talk about new events for the Come-See-Me Festival.

▪ York County Genealogical & Historical Society, 3 p.m. Sunday in the historic sanctuary at Unity Presbyterian Church, 303 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill. Scott Syfert, author of “The First American Declaration of Independence?” on the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence will speak.


▪ South Carolina Legal Services will host a free clinic on obtaining expungements and pardons, 10 a.m. Monday in room 201 at Rock Hill City Hall, 155 Johnston St. Participants will learn what South Carolina criminal charges can be expunged and how to apply for expungements and pardons. No one will be allowed after 10 a.m. Space is limited and registration is required. Contact South Carolina Legal Services at 803-327-9001 or 800-922-3853.

Head Start

▪ Carolina Community Actions Head Start is accepting applications for children in York and Chester counties ages 3-4 for the 2016-’17 program year. Head Start serves children from low-income families and children with disabilities. Applications for infants and toddlers up to age 3 and pregnant mothers for the Clover, Rock Hill and Chester areas. For information, call the Head Start center in your area.


▪ Area 11 Special Olympics Spring Games will be 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday at Cherry Park. More than 1,200 Special Olympics athletes from York, Chester and Lancaster counties will compete in track and field events, and 900 volunteers are needed to make the day a success. Volunteers will be assigned to a sporting event to help run the event or present awards. Volunteer registration begins at 9 a.m. Individuals do not need to call in advance to help, but large groups/clubs wanting to volunteer as a team should email in advance. Announcements in case of inclement weather will be posted at and at 803-329-5620.


▪ Former piano students of Martha J. Curry are invited to a drop-in to commemorate the 100th anniversary of her piano, 2-4:30 p.m. Saturday at her home in Clover. For information, email

Support groups

▪ 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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