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News briefs: York County food service program begins June 8

Food service program starts June 8

York County Council announces the administration of the Summer Food Service Program run June 8-Aug. 14.

Meals will be provided to all children 18 years of age and younger without charge. The Summer Food Service Program has operated in York County for the past 33 years.

To locate a meal service site, call the Summer Feeding Office in Rock Hill at 803-909-7511.

Clover group hosts clothing drive

Rideability Therapeutic Riding Center in Clover will host a used clothing and household materials drive June 13.

Donations to benefit the riding center can be dropped off at Killian’s Service Center, 810 Bethel St., Clover, from 9 a.m. to noon June 13.

The drive is collecting used clothing, bed and bath linens, drapes, purses and belts, shoes and sneakers, as well as household items, including vases, photo frames and albums, jewelry, glassware, dishes, pots and pans, school and office supplies and craft kits.

Hard goods should be in boxes and soft items in trash bags.

The riding center at 927 Stallion Spirit Trail offers horse-related programs to children and adults with special needs. It aims to promote the well-being of riders in partnership with Grace United Methodist Church Special Friends. For details, email lyraedavis@gmail.com.

Sponsor a Highland Games League athlete

Highland Games League is offering Sponsor-an-Athlete program for businesses and individuals for the Clover games to be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 13 at New Centre Park.

Sponsorship costs $50 and will help provide each athlete with lunch, T-shirt and snacks.

Sponsors are welcome to come to the game to meet your athlete.

Make checks payable to The Highland Games League, c/o Ted Leger, P.O. 5233, Lake Wylie, SC 29710.

Juneteenth celebration set in Rock Hill

Juneteenth celebration is June 19-20 in Rock Hill.

The event kicks off 6-9 p.m. June 19 with a concert in Fountain Park, 300 E. Main St., featuring The Fantasy Band and drum and dance performances. Food trucks will be available to purchase food and beverages.

A monument dedication to honor African-American owned businesses will be 10-11:30 a.m. June 20 at Old Town Amphitheater at Rock Hill City Hall, 144 E. Black St. Following the dedication is a festival and cookout 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Friendship College, 445 Allen St. Activities include a flag-raising ceremony and prayer service to honor black veterans including the U.S. military, law enforcement and first responders. There will be stage performances featuring a narration on the purpose of Juneteenth, interpretations, musical performances, literary works, storytelling, dances and artists’ works.

For more information, call 803-329-9099 or visit juneteenth.com/history.htm or onlyinoldtown.com/juneteenthrockhill.

Register for libraries’ summer reading programs

York County Libraries will offer summer reading programs for all ages beginning June 8, featuring online registration.

With a superheroes theme, the four programs are: Tiny Tots for children ages 3 and younger and their parent, Every Hero has a Story for children ages 3-11, Unmask for ages 12-17 and Escape the Ordinary for adults.

Each reading program features prizes and incentives for those who complete the reading requirements. In addition, free programs for children and families include weekly performances by puppeteers, theater groups, magicians and others. Teens can participate in free programs including chess club, anime and gaming.

Summer reading programs are free and designed to encourage reading for pleasure and relaxation. Studies have shown that students who read during the summer to keep up necessary skills are better prepared when school starts in the fall.

All summer reading programs are sponsored by the Friends of the York County Library. Register at yclibrary.org.

Blood drives scheduled

American Red Cross

▪ 2:30-7 p.m. June 9, Unity Presbyterian Church, 303 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill.

▪ 2-6:30 p.m. June 15, American Red Cross, 200 Piedmont Blvd., Rock Hill.

Community Blood Center of Carolinas

▪ 3:30 pm-6 p.m. June 6, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Free ticket voucher.

▪ 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 7, Eastview Baptist Church, 1430 Gordon Road, Rock Hill. Free T-shirt.

▪ 7 a.m.-1 p.m. June 10, Piedmont Medical Center, 222 S. Herlong Ave., Rock Hill. Free T-shirt.

▪ 1-7 p.m. June 10, Piedmont Medical Center, 222 S. Herlong Ave., Rock Hill. Free T-shirt.

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 nps.gov/Southcarolina.

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.

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 yorkcountyarts.org.

Call 803-328-2787 for more information.

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