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News briefs: African sculpture exhibit opening at garden April 30

African sculpture exhibit opening at garden

ZimSculpt, the African exhibition of Shona sculpture, returns to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden with an opening reception 6-9 p.m. April 30.

The event includes a wine walk, curator-led tour, heavy hors d’oeuvres and live music. Tickets cost $60 per person or $100 per couple available at

A garden member preview is 9-11 a.m. May 2 with coffee and breakfast treats. The public opening is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 2-3 with African wine samples and guided tours.

The sculptures will be on display May 1-July 12. The garden is at 6500 S. New Hope Road. For more information, call 704-825-4490.

Child Abuse vigil event April 30

In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Museum of York County is the host site of Child Abuse Awareness Ceremony & Candlelight Vigil 6:30-7:30 p.m. April 30 at the Amphitheater on the trail behind the museum.

The event features Palmetto School Choir. For more information, call 803-329-2121.

The Child Abuse Awareness Ceremony is presented by: Catawba Community Mental Health Center, Children’s Attention Home & Palmetto School, Department of Social Services, Guardian ad Litem Program, Local Law Enforcement, Keystone, Safe Passage, United Way of York County, THOMPSON and the York County Foster Parent Association.

Operation Medicine Drop under way

The York County Sheriff’s Office and law enforcement agencies in York County are teaming up with the York County All On Board Coalition for Operation Medicine Drop 2015.

Residents are asked to drop off unwanted or unused medications this month at any of these locations: York County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Mill, Clover, Tega Cay, Rock Hill or York police departments.

Sheriff’s office awarded for pedestrian safety

York County Sheriff’s Office, on behalf of the 16th circuit Law Enforcement Network, was awarded the South Carolina Pedestrian Safety Award by AAA of the Carolinas at the South Carolina Department of Public Safety 10th annual DUI enforcement recognition ceremonies April 8.

The 16th Circuit LEN, which includes police agencies in York and Union Counties, had the largest reduction of pedestrian collisions when comparing 2014 to the 2011, 2012, and 2013 averages. The statewide reduction in 2014 was 18 percent, the 16th Circuit was at a 55 percent reduction.

Applications for exhibit due May 1

The Arts Council of York County is accepting applications for 2016 gallery exhibitions.

Each year the council presents eight exhibits. Artists wishing to be considered may submit the following to Mike Gentry, gallery manager for the Arts Council: $20 application fee (nonrefundable); 10 hi-res jpeg images submitted on CD or DVD (Mac or PC formatted discs); inventory lists, with titles, sizes and mediums; resume; and written proposal for exhibition and/or artist statement.

All entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. May 1. Artists may submit work as a group or individually. Notification of acceptance will be provided via email. Submission packets will not be returned. Works that sell while on exhibit at the Center for the Arts are subject to a 40 percent commission fee by the Arts Council of York County.

For information, call 803-328-2787, email, or visit

Heat bill help available

Carolina Community Actions is taking applications through April 30 to assist families with home heating bills, and other programs and services through Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and General Emergency Assistance Program.

The LIHEAP program helps households twice each year to pay home energy bills up to $1,000 in addition to assisting with HVAC unit repair or replacement.

The GEAP program assists households with rent or mortgage bills, GED education, job training, tuition for Certified Nursing Assistant training and child care.

Applications are taken 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday at 546 S. Cherry Road, Rock Hill. Appointments are available Wednesdays for applicants 60 and older, or disabled.

Household monthly income for one person cannot exceed $1,471.25 and for two person households cannot exceed $1,991.25. Add $520 for each additional person in the household to help determine eligibility. Income varies for LIHEAP and GEAP programs.

For more information, call 803-329-5195.

Cooking with herbs class offered

Cooperative Extension offers Cooking with Herbs classes at Lucile Tatum Center.

Choose from day or evening session: 6-8 p.m. May 5 or 10 a.m.-noon May 14.

Registration is required, Call 704-922-2110 or email five business days before the session.

Walk to End Lupus needs volunteers

The Lupus Foundation of America North Carolina Chapter needs 100 volunteers to help at its 14th annual Walk to End Lupus Now: Charlotte on May 16 at Central Piedmont Community College – Belk Plaza, 425 N. Kings Drive.

Volunteers are needed anytime between noon-9:30 p.m. Event-day roles include: site set-up, registration, parking, kids area, first aid, support and gear vehicles, food and beverage, finish line cheerleaders and breakdown. Volunteers will be given a T-shirt and meal.

Visit or call 877-849-8271, ext. 4.

S.C. national parks visitor numbers up

A new National Park Service report shows that 1,519,746 visitors to national parks in South Carolina spent $81.1 million in the state in 2014. That spending resulted in 1,275 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of $103.1 million.

The national parks sites in South Carolina are: Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, Congaree National Park, Cowpens National Battlefield, Fort Sumter National Monument, Kings Mountain National Military Park and Ninety Six National Historic Site.

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and National Park Service economist Lynne Koontz. The report shows $15.7 billion of direct spending by 292.8 million park visitors occurred in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 277,000 jobs nationally; 235,600 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $29.7 billion.

According to the 2014 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (30.6 percent) followed by food and beverages (20.3 percent), gas and oil (11.9 percent), admissions and fees (10.2 percent) and souvenirs and other expenses (9.9 percent).

For more, visit

CHS class of ’85 plans reunion

Clover High School class of 1985 is looking for classmates for the 30-year reunion.

Classmates can send contact information to or call 704-582-0781.

Donations needed for fireworks

Donations are being accepted for Lake Wylie Fireworks Fund.

The fireworks display begins about 9:30 p.m. July 4, launching from Camp Thunderbird.

Best viewing is near Buster Boyd Bridge area.

The fireworks are funded solely through donations. Send donations to Camp Thunderbird Fireworks Fund, 1 Thunderbird Lane, Lake Wylie, SC 29710.

Film festival accepting entries

Underexposed Film Festival yc invites independent filmmakers to submit professionally presented short films, with a run time of 45 minutes or less, to participate in this juried competition.

Categories are narrative/fictional, animation, experimental and documentary.

Awards for best of show and in each category totaling $2,250 will be presented at the festival Nov. 5-7 at Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St. Other awards include Cinema Carolina, Best Female Director, Best Student Film and Terry Roueche Audience Choice.

Entry fees and deadlines, beginning in May, vary. For festival guidelines and entry information, visit

Entries submitted via may be eligible for a $5 discount. Entries submitted via are automatically granted a $5 online discount. For those who do not wish to submit their films online, festival guidelines and entry information are available at Mailed and hand delivered entries will not be accepted.

For more information, call 803-328-2787 or visit

Entries accepted for art competition

The Arts Council of York County presents the 26th annual Juried Competition at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., June 18-July 26. Entries must be received by 5 p.m. May 15.

The Juried Competition is open internationally to artists 18 and older. Only original work, created in the past two years, and not previously shown at the Center for the Arts, Dalton Gallery will be accepted. All forms of media are eligible, including video. Limit four pieces per artist.

Entry fees are: members, $30 for up to two pieces, each additional piece is $10; nonmembers, $40 for up to two pieces, each additional piece is $10.

Top award is $1,000. First through third place also awarded. Winners will be announced at a free, public reception to at 6 p.m. June 18 at Center for the Arts.

For guidelines, visit

Arts Council offering summer camps

The Arts Council of York County offers week-long, half-day summer art camps for children ages 6 and older with a focus on the visual, literary and performing arts.

The camps run from June 15-July 24 at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St.; Gettys Art Center, 201 E. Main St.; and at the Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St.

Camps fees are $75 for Arts Council members and $85 for the general public. The deadline for camp registration is two weeks before camp starts. View the full schedule of camps and registration form at

Call 803-328-2787 for more information.