Community news for York, Chester and Lancaster counties, April 14, 2016

“Bite It Up Blue” Breakfast is Saturday Grace Lutheran Church to support “Autism Awareness Month.” Enjoy an all-blue breakfast.
“Bite It Up Blue” Breakfast is Saturday Grace Lutheran Church to support “Autism Awareness Month.” Enjoy an all-blue breakfast. Provided photo

Third Annual “Bite It Up Blue” Breakfast will be 8-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church, 426 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill, to support “Autism Awareness Month.”

The menu features blue corn grits, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, biscuits and a special, one-of-a-kind blue sawmill sausage gravy. Don’t miss the blue pancakes, blueberry muffins and other blue delicacies.

Tickets are $10, adults; $8, children. All proceeds go to Chrysalis Autism Center and are tax deductible.

To volunteer or for tickets, contact Charlie Presler at 803-984-3153.

Special events

▪ The Friends of the York County Library will host a ribbon cutting and grand opening of Friends Books on Main at 10 a.m. Friday at 206 E. Main St., Rock Hill. This will be a permanent location of Friends of the Library book sales. The store will be open to the public 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 15-16 and April 22-23. Thousands of used books for adults and children, DVD’s and audiobooks will be for sale. Additional book sale hours will be announced later. All proceeds benefit York County Libraries. For more information, go to

▪ St. John’s United Methodist Church’s Wednesday fellowship dinner will 5:45-7 p.m. April 20 in the St. John’s Center, catered by Renew Our Community (ROC) Catering, made up of ROC clients who are graduates of a rigorous culinary arts training program. They will also present a program about what ROC is doing to make a difference in the community. RSVP by Friday at 803-327-3113.

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

▪ 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 Oakland Avenue and White Street, Rock Hill. Rain or shine. Bring excess plants from your garden and select from what others have contributed.

▪ Community Bingo, hosted by Agape Senior for ages 55 and older will be 2 p.m. April 19 at Agape Hospice, 12 N. Congress St., York, and 2 p.m. March 29 at Glenrock Baptist Church, 1815 Dobys Bridge Road, Fort Mill. Free refreshments. Limited seating. For York, RSVP to 803-818-5601; for Fort Mill, RSVP to 803-329-4544.


▪ Mount Vernon United Methodist Church will have a fish fry 4-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday at the church, 2160 Smithford Road, Hickory Grove. Plates are $10, adult (eat-in or take out); $4, ages 4-12 (eat-in only). Proceeds to the building fund.

▪ Philadelphia United Methodist Church at 2260 Chester Highway, York, will be a stop for motorcyclists participating in a Scripture Run April 23 to raise funds for a local child with cerebral palsy. A community yard sale will be held with spaces available for $10, with proceeds going to the fundraiser. Anyone wishing to sell must provide a table and begin set up at 7 a.m. Sausage biscuits, coffee and juice will be sold. For information, email


▪ York County Quilt Guild will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at Grace Lutheran Church, 426 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. Nancy McNally, long arm quilter, will present the program and trunk show on every aspect of quilting and designing, titled “What Was I Thinking???”

▪ York Soil and Water Conservation District commissioners will meet 5 p.m. April 21 at the USDA Service Center, 1460 E. Alexander Love Highway, York. Open to the public. For information, contact Barbara O’Connell at 803-684- 3137, ext. 101.

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

▪ The Western York County branch of the NAACP will meet 6 p.m. April 21 at the Greater York Chamber of Commerce. For information contact Wanda Simril at 803-684-6200.

Lunch and learn

▪ Family Trust Investment Services will offer a free Stock Market Update, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 26 at Captain Steve’s Restaurant, 1975 U.S. 21, Fort Mill. Matt Griffin, financial consultant at Family Trust Investment Services, will cover market volatility, the effect of oil on the stock market, and China’s impact on the U.S. economy. Seating is limited. Register at or by calling 803-367-4158.


▪ 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.


▪ 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 and those who want to join as associate members are encouraged to attend. For information, call Charlie M. Robinson at 803-327-4547 or James T. Dunham at 704-232-0793.

Support groups

▪ A Parkinson’s support group will meet at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Westminster Towers Community Room, 1330 India Hook Road, Rock Hill. Exercises beneficial to Parkinson’s patients will be demonstrated, and an open forum will be held to discuss general and personal issues pertaining to Parkinson’s. 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 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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