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VFW Auxiliary meets Jan. 31

VFW Auxiliary meets Jan. 31

The Indian Land Ladies Auxiliary VFW 10126 will meet 10:30 a.m. Jan. 31 at the Del Webb Library, 7641 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land.

New members are welcome and should arrive at 10:15. For

information, contact Joan Tenney at 803-547-7430 or

Newcomers hold mixers

Newcomers Club of York County, a women’s social and civic-minded organization, meets the second Wednesday of each month. For more information, go to

Civic sorority welcomes moms

Fort Mill’s Delta Alpha Gamma, the Sorority for Mommies, is dedicated to community projects and supporting local businesses and causes, such as breast cancer research and awareness. For more information, go to or email

Beta Sigma Phi is here to help

Beta Sigma Phi, an international women’s sorority, has a chapter in Fort Mill. The sorority is a nonacademic one with 200,000 members in chapters around the world and 30 members in Fort Mill and Tega Cay (Epsilon Epsilon Chapter). It was founded for social, cultural and civic enrichment.

The Greek letters of its name represent life, learning and friendship, which is the organization’s motto. They hold two annual charity drives: one in the fall to raise money for Fort Mill Care Center and one in the spring to raise money for Foundation for Fort Mill Schools.

For more information, email or look for Beta Sigma Phi of Fort Mill on Facebook.

New Friends ready to welcome you

New Friends of Carolina is a women’s social group open to residents of the Charlotte area. It offers activities such as luncheons with guest speakers, fashion shows, visits to museums, community service, food, fun and games. For more, go to, call 1-866-213-9183, or email

Learn about the Catawba Masonic Lodge

Catawba Masonic Lodge 56, AFM, 220 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill, was chartered in 1858 by The Grand Lodge of Ancient Free Masons of South Carolina and is one of the oldest Masonic lodges in the state. It is part of a worldwide fraternity whose members serve the community. The lodge holds fundraising projects for the Fort Mill Care Center and other charitable causes.

Masonic lodges at Indian Land and Rock Hill were organized by members from Catawba Lodge. Current worshipful master, or presiding officer, is Jeremy Grant. For information, call 803-802-0056, email or go to

Support group confronts LGBT issues

Affirmation of York County is a support group for people in faith communities who seek support and understanding for themselves and others in working through the issues confronted by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, their families and their friends. For information, email

Join the Grateful Threads

The Graceful Threads quilting and sewing group meets 1-3 p.m. Thursdays in Room 15 at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2955 S.C. 160 W., Fort Mill. New members are welcome.

The goal of the group is to share ideas and skills, to learn new techniques and to create prayer quilts for folks who might need encouragement, prayer and a warm wrap. For more information, call the church office at 803-548-0800.

Have something to say? Say it here!

Toastmasters offers leadership training in a relaxed and supportive environment. Build confidence in you by speaking on familiar topics while encouraging others as they, too, pursue personal growth. Multiple tracts exist for self improvement within the Toastmasters Club including the Better Speaker Series and the Leadership Excellence Series.

The Fort Mill chapter meets at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 Munn Road E., Fort Mill. Call Nick Sloane at 803-628-7679 or Matt Cilley at 704-258-1792.

No Excuse Moms

A new club called No Excuse Moms meets 10 a.m. Mondays at Walter Y. Elisha Park in downtown Fort Mill.

The groups is for both working and stay-at-home mothers who want to meet other mothers/caregivers to network and exercise. Children welcome.

For more information, see No Excuse Moms on Facebook or email

Support to prevent self-injury available

Door of Hope 4 Teens meets 7:30-8:15 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month in the Regent Park area of Fort Mill.

For the meeting location and to register, call Debra Cornacchia at 914-393-1904. For more information, go to

Photo club for home-schoolers

A new photography club for home-schooled students meets the third Friday of each month at the Fort Mill Public Library in Baxter Village.

The club is designed to help home-schooled kids who love photography explore the world by encouraging self-expression through learning composition, style of photography and proper use of camera equipment to capture great images. Participants must be ages 8-13 and will need to bring a camera to each meeting. This program is run through the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service and the 4-H Club. For more information, call 803-684-9919, ext. 113, or email

Fort Mill Democrats meet at Towne Tavern

The Fort Mill Democratic Forum meets 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at Towne Tavern, 2000 S.C. 160 West, Fort Mill. All are welcome. For more information, call 803-547-5220.

VFW has membership drive

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9138 is working to recruit all eligible veterans and active duty military personnel into the VFW. Anyone who ever served or is serving in any of the five branches of the U.S. military, including the Reserve or National Guard, is welcome to join. Call 803-547-5480 after 3 p.m., Monday-Saturday.

Birth mother group meets regularly

A group offering support to women who have given up children for adoption meets in Fort Mill. The goal of this group is to help heal from the pain of losing children. Confidentiality at these support group meetings is stressed and remains a high priority. For information, call 803-548-7698 or email

All artists welcome

The Catawba River Art Guild meets at 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Arts Council of York County, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Guests are welcome.

The Catawba River Art Guild was created to support, encourage and inspire the interest of art and artists in the community. Dues are $20 per year. For more information about the guild and upcoming classes, call Herb Dumaresq at 803-327-5065.

Legion Post 43 seeks members

American Legion Post 43 in Fort Mill is actively recruiting all eligible retired and active duty military members. The post, at 427 Banks St., Fort Mill, also holds public bingo nights at 6:30 p.m. every Friday. For details, call 803-547-2414.

DBSA support group meets weekly

The Fort Mill chapter of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance meets 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the Parish Building at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 Munn Road E., Fort Mill.

DBSA is a nonprofit organization that provides support to people coping with depression, anxiety, bipolar and other mood disorders through safe, peer-directed support groups. For information, go to or

Yoga Club welcomes all

The Charlotte Yoga Club in Fort Mill and Lake Wylie brings $5 yoga, budokon and Pilates classes to the area. There’s no cost to join. For information, go to

From Michigan? This club’s for you

The Michigan Club of Sun City Carolina Lakes is soliciting new members. You must be a former Michigan resident and live in Sun City Carolina Lakes. Annual dues is $10 per person or couple. If you are interested in joining this club, email Dale Jordan at

Rotary: ‘Service above self’

Rotarians and guests meet at 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Fort Mill Golf Course Clubhouse to discuss how to apply “Service Above Self.” The mission of Rotary is to eradicate polio worldwide.

Rotary, one of the world’s premier international humanitarian service organization, invites everyone to see how they serve our Fort Mill community, world peace projects around the world and just have fun and fellowship. Go to

Calling all gardeners

Gardening on the Cay is open to residents of Tega Cay and surrounding communities to create an interest in gardening, protect wildflowers and birds, encourage community and civic beautification and further friendships in Tega Cay and Fort Mill.

Each month, the group provides a program that meets the National Garden Club’s objectives, ranging from orchid workshops, shade gardening and pruning to photography, winterizing your garden, container gardening, soil amendments and dealing with bugs. They host guest speakers and offer projects that serve local schools and the community. There are also field trips.

Meetings are held the last Tuesday of the month at the Glennon Center, lower level. Dues are $25 a year. For details, call Nancy Stone at 803-462-4777.

Al-Anon helps alcoholics’ families, friends

An Al-Anon Family Group is a community resource providing support to anyone affected by a relative or friend’s drinking. Meetings are 8 p.m. Mondays at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2955 S.C. 160 West, Fort Mill; and 8 p.m. Tuesday and 9 p.m. Saturdays at First Baptist Church, 121 Monroe White St., Fort Mill.

Down syndrome support offered

A support group for Fort Mill-area residents who have loved ones with Down syndrome is available. For details, call Theresa Marino at 803-802-0332.

Prostate cancer support available

In conjunction with the American Cancer Society Columbia office, Marvin Smith of Fort Mill provides ACS Man-to-Man prostate cancer support in the York County area. If you have recently been diagnosed with or treated for prostate cancer, call 803-802-0903 or email

Support for incest survivors available

A support group for victims of incest meets in Indian Land. Sarah Harrison, an expert peer counselor in the field and the author of “You Love Your Daddy, Don’t You?” a book about her own childhood incest, hosts the group.

The group meets the first and third Thursday of each month at the Del Webb Library, 7641 Charlotte Highway, Fort Mill. Incest victims and survivors are welcome to come and find support to move ahead in their lives. Contact Harrison at 803-548-0490 or

Are you a caregiver for an Alzheimer’s/other dementia’s patient?

Are you feeling overwhelmed with your caregiving responsibilities? Meet people who are dealing with the same life issues that you are facing, learn techniques that will work for you and find comfort in friendship.

Group meets 10-11 a.m. the second Friday of each month in the Carolina Lakes Golf Clubhouse meeting room (first door on left off lobby). A free in-home agency caregiver can be provided to stay with your loved one while you attend the support group. Call Seth Zamek at 803-548-6766.

•  A caregivers support group meets at 852 Gold Hill Road, Suite 201, Fort Mill. This group is a structured gathering of caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia who meet to discuss issues related to Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. Call 803-396-2155.

Alateen meetings for teens affected by others’ drinking issues

Weekly Alateen meetings are held from 8 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. It’s a 12-step meeting for children and teens whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. The group offers meetings for ages 6-12 and 13-19.

Meetings are at the Zoar Road Club, 14701 Thomas Road, Charlotte, about 2 miles from Sonic on S.C. 160 in Fort Mill). Go to

Knit together

To anyone interested in crochet or knitting, a local chapter of the Crochet Guild of America meets from 10 a.m. to noon the second Saturday of each month at the Fort Mill Public Library. For more information, email Rose Baker at, or visit

Like horses?

A 4-H Equestrian Club is available for kids ages 5 and older. It is led by Teresa Snyder, a horse riding instructor. Call Margie Sippel at 803-684-9919, ext. 113, or email