Community news for York, Chester and Lancaster counties, March 27

Registration for free swim lessons opens May 2 at Rock Hill Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department’s main office and neighborhood centers.
Registration for free swim lessons opens May 2 at Rock Hill Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department’s main office and neighborhood centers. File

The Rock Hill Music Club annual concert and receptions will be 3 p.m. April 3 at Byrnes Auditorium at Winthrop University. Featured musicians will be York residents Hazel Baile Somerville and Murray Somerville, organ and the Horn Society of the Carolinas, which include French horn musician from Rock Hill, Fort Mill and Charlotte.

The music club presents the free concert each year as a gift to the community. The club is awarding 17 music scholarships to band, choral and string musicians from three high schools, six Winthrop music majors, a French Horn Society student and a South Carolina Summer Camp scholarship.

Vietnam remembrance

▪ A Vietnam War 50th anniversary Commemoration Ceremony, sponsored by Columbia VA Regional Office, SCNG Service Member and Family Care Directorate, will be 1-1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Rock Hill South Carolina National Guard Armory, 126 Museum Road. Other events include a military career and resource fair, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and VA listening forum and claims workshop, 1:30-4 P.M.

▪ Kings Mountain Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will honor Vietnam War veterans at noon Tuesday at York City Hall. York Mayor Eddie Lee will speak. The event is in partnership with the Vietnam War Commemoration Committee.

▪ The Catawba Chapter of DAR, a Vietnam 50th Commemorative Partner, will recognize veterans who served during the Vietnam era at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 2115 Celanese Road. If you were a member of the armed services during this time, please contact Janie at 803-980-2357 to receive your invitation.

Special events

▪ The Shepherd’s Center of Rock Hill spring classes of Adventures in Learning beging April 4, meeting each Monday through May 9. Cost is $20. The Shepherd’s Center meets downstairs at Oakland Baptist Church, at 1067 Oakland Avenue, in Rock Hill. The first classes are 10-11a.m, followed by a break with session from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Classes include a new series on Law and Order, games, bridge and creative writing, exercise, gardening and good food and and a tour of Bush and Vine in York. On May 9the Creative Writing group will present their original stories and with a catered lunch after. For a complete list of classes, go to or call 866-610-3663.

▪ Clover Kids Fun Day, 9 a.m.-2 p.m Wednesday at the Market Building, 116 Columbia St., Chester for ages 7-13. Limited to 14 children. Cost is $5. Lunch included. To register, call Rae’L Jackson at 803-374-9424. Deadline to register, Monday.

▪ Living Beauty Temple No. 709 annual Purple & White disco, 9 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Elk Home, 1644 Ogden Road, Rock Hill. Donations, $8 in advance; $10 at the door.

▪ North Central Family Medical Center will hold a voter registration drive 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 9 at 1131 Saluda St., Rock Hill.

▪ Poet Metta-Sáma Melvin will read her works and speak to students about creative writing at 7 p.m. April 6 in the Tuttle Dining Room at Winthrop University. Melvin is an assistant professor and the director of creative writing at Salem College and has written three books, “Nocturne Trio,” “South of Here,” and her most recent chapbook, “The Year We Turned Dragon.” The visit is part of the Creative Writers Reading Series, hosted by the Winthrop University Department of English. Free and open to the public.

▪ Master’s Car Club will have a “Show and Shine,” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Burns Chevrolet Cadillac, Cherry Road. Rock Hill. Free registration, door prizes, 50/50 and awards. Free hot dogs and drinks. For information, go to

▪ Vendors are wanted for the 2016 Western York County Senior Expo May 3 at Filbert Presbyterian Church, York. Space is limited to 50 exhibitors. For information, call the Greater York or Greater Clover chambers of commerce at 803-684-2590 or 803-222-3312.

▪ “Budding and Grafting” is the topic of First Friday in the Garden, 11 a.m. Friday at the Glencairn Learning Center, 826 Edgemont Ave., Rock Hill. Clemson Extension Agent Paul Thompson will give the presentation.


▪ The Hickory Grove Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor its annual hash and barbecue sale and antique tractor show, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Hickory Grove Park, Wylie Avenue. In addition there will be craft, bake and yard sales. Other food includes sausage biscuits, gravy biscuits, hot dogs and hamburgers. Hash and barbecue can be purchased by the pint and quart. Yard sale tables are $10. A 5K run/walk starts at 8 a.m. with registration at 7 a.m. For information call Fire Chief Kenny Gilfillan at 803-925-2626.

▪ Mended Hearts Chapter 289 of Rock Hill is sponsoring a golf tournament on April 20 at the Spring Lake Country Club in York. Tee time is 1 p.m. at $50 per golfer in a Captain’s Choice format. Prizes range from $50-$200. Send entries with checks to Gerald Kemp, 215 Oakwood Ave., York, S.C. 29745. Checks made payable to Mended Hearts are tax deductible. Mended Hearts is a support group dedicated to inspiring hope in heart disease patients and their families.

▪ Mount Holly United Methodist Church will have its 15th annual Christian Sport Shooter Classic, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 23 at Rocky Creek Sporting Clay Club, Mountain Gap Road, Richburg. Registration opens 8:30 a.m. Cost: $100, adults; $75, youth. Proceeds go to the sanctuary fund. Information and registration at

▪ Mario’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant will host a spirit night to benefit Rock Hill Community Theatre, 4-9 p.m. on Monday. Tell the server you support RHCT, and 20 percent of your receipt will be donated to the theatre.

▪ Clover Optimist Club barbecue will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday next to Killian’s service station, Bethel Street. Plates, $8; sandwich and chips, $4; five-pound bucket, $35 and drinks, $1. One dollar from every plate sold will go the Killian medical fund; the rest to Optimist youth programs. For tickets, call Ashby Skinnell at 803-684-2008 or 803-322-0177.

▪ The Run4Agriculture 5K walk/run will be 8 a.m. Saturdayin Hickory Grove. Registration is $25. Proceeds go the Sara Ann Comer Scholarship fund. To register go to For details email

▪ Battered But Not Broken Ministry will have its fifth annual spring banquet, 6-7:30 p.m. April 30 at Anna’s Arbor, Gadsden Street, Chester. For information contact Tammy Williams at 803-385-2290.

▪ The 2016 Festival Golf Classic will be April 19 at Pinetuck Golf Club with lunch and 12:45 shotgun start. Entry fee is $240 per team or $60 per player and includes a mulligan, beverages and lunch. Post-tournament door prizes and awards. Proceeds to the Children’s Attention Home and charter school. For information, call Jerry Couch at 803-329-1734 or Lewis Murray at 803-0327-1141.


▪ Fort Mill Community Playhouse presents “Improv” with the Charlotte Comedy Theater-South, 8 p.m. Friday. Admission, $10. Limited seating. For reservations go to or call 803-548-8102. Tickets available at Tega Cay Pharmacy or Crossings on Main.

▪ Eugene Barban will give a piano concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Barnes Recital Hall at Winthrop University. Barban will perform works by Mozart, Daquin, Glinka, Henselt and Alkan. The concert is free and open to the public.


▪ The Yorkville Historical Society will meet 7:30 p.m. Thursday McCelvey Center in York. Melinda McKeown talk about the book “More Than Petticoats – Remarkable South Carolina Women.” Visitors welcome.

▪ Habitat for Humanity of York County will hold a “Building on Faith” informational meeting at 6 p.m. April 5 at Grace Lutheran Church, 426 Oakland Ave., Habitat is teaming with interested faith groups, businesses, civic groups and individuals to construct four new homes and complete 30 home repair projects during 2016. Residents who are interested in learning more about home ownership and current homeowners who are want information about the home repair program are invited. RSVP to


▪ NAMI Piedmont Tri-County will have a family-to-family education program for caregivers and families of those living with mental illness. The free series of 11 classes begins 6:15-8:45 p.m. April 18 at First Baptist Church, Hood Center Road, Rock Hill. Registration is required by calling 803-610-8174 or email

▪ A first-time home buyers workshop, sponsored by Carolina Realty and the Rhinehart Real Group, will be noon-2 p.m. Saturday at Vision and Beyond Ministries, 2939 India Hook Road, Rock Hill. Topics include home ownership, rent vs. mortgage and down payment assistance. Lunch provided. Free but RSVP is suggested. RSVP to Cathy Stewart at or 803-487-9918 or Michelle Rhinehart at or 803-415-9391.


▪ AARP Drivers Safety Program for ages 26 and older will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 15 at Cox’s Harley-Davidson, 1178 Galleria Blvd., Rock Hill. No driving test is required for the safety refresher course. Participants will get certificates that may reduce insurance rates for collision and liability coverage on your vehicle for three years. Cost for members is $15; non members, $20. Make checks payable to AARP. Registration is required. For information or registration, contact Donald Hunt 803-328-5507.


▪ The Rock Hill Civitan Club will hold a membership meeting 7 p.m. p.m. April 5 at Mary’s Cafe. Fellowship at 6:30 p.m. Anyone age 18 and older is invited to join. James McIlrath, a past district governor will speak about the South Carolina Special Olympics. For information, go to or contact Ella Messer at 803-366-9896.

▪ The Vintage Club of Tega Cay’s monthly dinner 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Phil Glennon Community Center. Cocktails at 6 p.m. The club will celebrates its 30th anniversary. The club is open to Cay residents age 50 and older. information, contact Judie Fiegel at 803-207-0793 or

▪ Lake Wylie Shag Club’s offers shag-dance lessons and line-dance lessons for $1 Tuesdays at the Fort Mill Moose Lodge. Line-dance lessons begin at 6 p.m. and shag-dance lessons at 7:30 p.m. The dance floor opens for all dancers at 8 p.m. The event features a DJ and snack bar.


▪ Registration for free swim lessons will begin May 2. The lessons are taught by trained swim instructors and offered by the Rock Hill Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department (PRT). Sessions for ages 4-adult begin June 6 and will run every two weeks through August. Times and skill levels vary per site. Swim lessons are held at the four city pools, which open June 4. Registration is taken in person, on a first come basis during business hours at Room 390 at City Hall, Boyd Hill Center, Emmett Scott Center, Fewell Park Center and Northside Center. Space is limited. For a schedule of classes and locations go to or visit the PRT office. Call 803-329-5620 with questions.


▪ Showtime Theater Co. will host a free audition workshop, 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 15 for rising eighth-graders to adult at the Westminster Academy of the Arts, 1320 India Hook Road. Auditions for Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” will be 10 a.m. April 23 at the academy. Performance will be July 15-17 at Johnson Hall at Winthrop University. For information, go to

York County Library

▪ All York County libraries will be closed Sunday in observance of Easter and remain closed on Monday for staff training. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday.

Tax help

▪ AARP will have free federal and state income tax preparation Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 14 at the Fort Mill Library in Baxter Village. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with the last client taken at 3:30 p.m. The service is primarily first-come but a limited number of appointments are available. There is no limit on age or income. Bring all tax documents and last year’s returns. For information, email

▪ Taxaide will offer free tax preparation 12:30-3:30 p.m. through March 31 and April 13-14 in the adult education area at the Flexible Learning Center, 1234 Flint St. Ext., Rock Hill. Additional hours will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 5 at the Charlotte Avenue YMCA, Rock Hill. Bring tax documents and last year’s returns.

▪ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance will offer free tax preparation, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through April 14 in the wellness center at Rock Hill City Hall. Bring tax documents and last year’s returns.


▪ The Rock Hill chapter of Finley High School alumni will meet 5 p.m. Monday at Jackson’s Cafeteria 1735 Heckle Blvd. Anyone who graduated or attended Finley High School is invited to attend. For information, call Charlie M. Robinson at 803-327-4547 or James T. Dunham at 704-232-0793.

▪ Former members of the Army Reserves B & D Co. 391st Engineer Battalion will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at the YMCA in Chester.

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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