Artists wanted for June 17 gallery
Painters, sculptors, photographers, pencil, charcoal, pastel and mixed media artists are wanted for Art Night in Lake Wylie.
The gallery exhibition and sale is at 7 p.m. June 17 at The River Rat on Highway 557.
Submissions for sample work or portfolio review will be accepted until June 15. Call 209-812-5939, 980-318-7246 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
See Glasscock’s works through June 14
York County artist Holly Glasscock participated in the International Artist Magazine’s Art Challenge on the theme Seascapes, Rivers and Lake, and was named a finalist in the competition with her painting, “Ahead of the Storm.” This piece is featured in the June/July issue of International Artist Magazine.
Glasscock said she found the inspiration to create “Ahead of the Storm” during a visit to Edisto Island. Throughout her three months of work in creating her piece, she captured the light and was challenged by making the sky look realistic.
The Arts Council of York County is hosting an exhibition of Glasscock’s work through June 14 in the Perimeter Gallery at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St
For more information on Glasscock and her art, visit hollyglasscock.com.
Call the arts council at 803-328-2787 or visit yorkcountyarts.org.
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 from 9 a.m. to noon June 13 at Killian’s Service Center, 810 Bethel St., Clover.
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 email@example.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.
Register for libraries’ summer reading programs
York County Libraries offers summer reading programs for all ages.
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
▪ 2-6:30 p.m. June 15, American Red Cross, 200 Piedmont Blvd., Rock Hill.
▪ 2 to 7:30 p.m. June 25 at First Baptist Church, 117 S. Main St., Clover
▪ 2:30 to 7 p.m. June 18 at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill
▪ 2:30 to 7 p.m. June 19 at All Saints Catholic Church, 553 Pole Branch Road, Lake Wylie
▪ 2:30 to 7 p.m. June 24 at Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home, 700 Heckle Blvd., Rock Hill
▪ 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 18 at Bethesda Presbyterian Church, 4858 McConnells Highway, York
Community Blood Center of Carolinas
▪ 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.
Food service program continues through Aug. 14
York County Council announces the administration of the Summer Food Service Program runs through 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 33 years.
To locate a meal service site, call the Summer Feeding Office in Rock Hill at 803-909-7511.