Community news for York, Chester and Lancaster counties, April 10, 2016

Rock Hill Community Handbell’s concert will on Saturday, April 16, will benefit Family Promise of York County. The concert is at the chapel at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Admission is a personal hygiene or paper product or donation to Family Promise
Rock Hill Community Handbell’s concert will on Saturday, April 16, will benefit Family Promise of York County. The concert is at the chapel at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Admission is a personal hygiene or paper product or donation to Family Promise Provided photo

▪ In observance of National Healthcare Decisions Day, Piedmont Medical Center will host a Five Wishes workshop 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday in the Women’s Tower, 222 S. Herlong Ave., Rock Hill.

National Healthcare Decisions Day is observed annually and is aimed at increasing the number of Americans who have completed an advance directive in which they name the person who will make medical decisions for them in the event they are seriously ill and can’t speak for themselves.

Piedmont Medical Center will be featuring Aging with Dignity’s Five Wishes, a popular living will program. Four one-hour sessions will equip participants with their very own living will, complete with notarization. The event is free and open to the public.

Registration is encouraged as space is limited, but not required. To register, call 803-329-1234, choose option 2, or go to

Special events

▪ Rock Hill Community Handbell concert to benefit Family Promise of York County will be 7 p.m. Saturday in the chapel at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Admission is a personal hygiene or paper product or donation to Family Promise.

▪ The Episcopal Church of Our Saviour will host a plant trade and sale, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the corner of Oakland Avenue and White Street. Rain or shine. Bring excess plants from your garden and select from what others have contributed.

▪ The Woman’s Club of Rock Hill will host a “Champagne & Strawberries Brunch,” 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 17 at the clubhouse, 607 Aiken Ave. Cost is $25, adults and $10 age 12 and younger. Menu includes strawberry salsa, baked ham, New Orleans grillades and grits, egg frittata, chicken crepes, strawberry soup, and assorted desserts. The Strawberry Mini-Boutique, open from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., will feature strawberry jam, pepper jelly, and other hand-crafted gift items. Weather permitting, limited outdoor seating will be available. For information or reservations contact: Betty Hedstrom at 803-415-7278 or leave a message 803-328-8888. Mail check, in advance, to WCRH and note Champagne & Strawberries Brunch; PO Box 3302; Rock Hill, S.C. 29732.

▪ Office of Victim Services is hosting a community fair at 10 a.m. Thursday at Winthrop University, DiGiorgio Campus Center-Ballroom. The event is designed to inform crime victims and the public about available resources, as well as encouraging collaboration among victim service providers. Those attending can meet and talk with various victim services providers in the area, including the Governor’s Office, State Office of Victim Assistance, PPP, local sexual assault centers and local law enforcement Victim Service Providers. Victim service providers are invited to exhibit. For information, contact Debbie Curtis at 803-734-9274 or


▪ Ozzie’s 19th Birthday Bash will be 4-10 p.m. Saturday at VFW Post 2889 in Rock Hill benefiting animal rescue and assistance in York County by Ozzie to the Rescue. Tickets are $15, single; $25, double and $5, age 10 and younger. There will be lasagna or spaghetti dinner and entertainment by Elvis impersonator Matthew Spalding beginning at 7 p.m. Cash bar available. For information call 803-412-4478.

▪ 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.

▪ Relay for Life/York East will have a restaurant fundraiser, 4-10 p.m. Tuesday at Hickory Tavern on Celanese Road in Rock Hill. The restaurant will donate 10 percent of the receipts put in the bucket as you leave. Relay for Life/York East will be 2-10 p.m. May 14 at Dutchman Creek Middle School, Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill.

▪ Project Safe Pet will host a PawBrokers jewelry party, 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Beef O’ Brady’s, 940 Market St., Fort Mill. The event features designer, estate and antique jewelry, and retro pieces. Previously worn jewelry can be brought and donated to be sold at a later date. Proceeds go to Project Safe Pet, which provides low cost, no-cost pet spay and neuter service. Cat and dog food donations also accepted.

▪ 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.


▪ The National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Jackson’s Cafeteria, 1735 Heckle Blvd. The business meeting begins at noon.

▪ The local TPA of America Post K, a nonprofit community services organization, that sponsors childrens’ safety programs, will meet at 6:30 pm Thursday at York Seafood. For information, call Phyllis at 803-328-1654.

▪ The York County Marine Corps League’s local detachment, The Olde English Leathernecks, will meet at 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.


▪ Fewell Park Recreation Center will offer the following classes:

Advanced Watercolor, 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, April 26-May 31 led by Herb Dumaresq. Cost: $54.

Acrylic Painting Landscapes, 10 a.m.-noon Thursdays April 21-May 26 led by Brad Sabelli. Cost: $54.

Introduction to Sculpture, 10 a.m.-noon Fridays April 22-May 27 led by Brad Sabelli. Cost: $54.

Registration is taken at the center 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays at 1204 Alexander Road or at Registration is required. For information, call 803-329-5645.

▪ The Cherokee Extension Office will have a Pond Management Workshop, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on May 6 at 1100 W. Floyd Baker Blvd. Ste. C in Gaffney. Cost is $50, which includes course material, lunch, refreshments, and two pesticide credits. Topics include: aquatic weed identification and control, pond fertilization, fish health and biology, and particularly, pond stocking. There will be a demonstration at a nearby pond. Dr. Cory Heaton, Agriculture and Natural Resources agent, will speak. RSVP to Amy Mallette at 864-489-3141 x114 or email if you would like the link to register online.


▪ Rock Hill Area Shag Club will have its pre-SOS party at 8 p.m. Saturday at Celebrations at Ramada Inn. Potato bar for dinner. Members, $3; guests, $5. Frank Price will deejay.

▪ The Ballroom Dance Club meets 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Oak Room, Fort Mill Golf Course, 101 Country Club Drive. Guests, $15 per couple, $7.50 for singles, and includes a free dance lesson. No alcohol; light refreshments provided. Dressy casual. All skill levels are welcome. For information, call Bob at 803-329-5764, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

▪ Lake Wylie Shag Club Spring Fling Party, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Fort Mill Moose Lodge, 1676 Harris Road with food and dancing. David Spainhour will deejay. Admission: $3, members; $5, guests.


▪ Showtime Theater Co. will host a free audition workshop, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday 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


▪ Applications are available for the York County Farm Bureau scholarship program for students pursuing agricultural or related field degrees. Applications are due June 27. For information, contact Sandra Robbins at 803-684-4235.


▪ The Rock Hill High class of 1959 will meet for lunch 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Golden Corral, 1031 N. Anderson Road. All classmates, spouses and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend.

▪ Blackstock High School’s annual reunion will be April 23 in the school’s former gym on Schoolhouse Road. Registration and fellowship will be 11 a.m. with a picnic at 1 p.m. All students and friends invited. For information, call Susan CAssels at 803-328-1121 or Edward Hunter Mills at 803-581-2744.

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. April 12 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 at 1:30 p.m. April 20 at Westminster Towers Community Room, 1330 India Hook Road, Rock Hill. Exercises beneficial to Parkinson’s patients will be demonstrated with an open forum to give an opportunity to raise general and personal issues pertaining to Parkinson’s. For information, call 803-328-5231.

▪ Sufficient Grace, a support group for women who are caregivers for aging loved ones, will meet 6 p.m. Wednesday in room 321 at First Baptist Church, Hood Center Road, Rock Hill. For information, call Kathy at 803-448-1012.

▪ 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 8 p.m. Mondays at Serenity Club, 209 Grayson Road, Rock Hill; a noon Tuesdays upstairs at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, 421 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill; 8 p.m. Mondays at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2955 S.C. 160, Fort Mill; and 8 p.m. Tuesdays in the house beside First Baptist Church, 121 Monroe White St., Fort Mill.

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