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Food Lion Feeds gives $2,500 to Clover center

Clover Food Lion store Assistant Manager Katie White, right, presents at check for $2,500 to Karen van Vierssen, executive director for Clover Area Assistance Center.
Clover Food Lion store Assistant Manager Katie White, right, presents at check for $2,500 to Karen van Vierssen, executive director for Clover Area Assistance Center. CLOVER AREA ASSISTANCE CENTER

Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation presented $2,500 to Clover Area Assistance Center.

“These funds will be used to purchase perishable items to supplement the food donations we receive from the public,” said Karen van Vierssen, executive director for CAAC.

Established in 2001, the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation provides financial support for programs and organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry in the communities it serves. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $9 million in grants. Clover Area Assistance Center was eligible to receive this grant because of its affiliation with United Way of York County.

CAAC is at 1130 S.C. 55 E. In addition to food, Clover Area Assistance Center provides financial support for utilities, rent, fuels (kerosene, propane, oil), firewood, prescriptions and adult education. Through the support of the River Hills Lions Club, clients are eligible to apply for vision care and hearing aids. CAAC also operates a small medical and a dental clinic. For information about volunteering, call 803-222-4837.

For more information, visit

Mended Hearts golf tourney April 20

Mended Hearts Chapter 289 of Rock Hill is sponsoring a golf tournament April 20 at the Spring Lake Country Club in York.

Tee time is 1 p.m. Cost is $50 per golfer in a captain’s choice format. Prizes range from $50 to $200.

Mended Hearts is a support group dedicated to inspiring hope in heart disease patients and their families. Call 803-684-9512 to register or for information.

Tickets available for CAAC gala

Clover Area Assistance Center Annual Gala is 6-10 p.m. April 21 at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont.

The theme is Diamonds & Denim. The event will feature music performed by Cottonwood Bluegrass Band, gourmet buffet dinner, open bar, silent auction, and a live auction called by guest auctioneer Don Russell of WBT Radio.

Tickets cost $150 per person and must be purchased in advance. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Credit cards not accepted for auction sales. Guests are asked to bring non-perishable food items to supports CAAC’s “Keep It Local! Feed the Need In Our Community” campaign.

Call 803-222-4837 for tickets and more information.

Make-A-Wish meeting April 21

Make-A-Wish South Carolina is holding a regional volunteer meeting at 7 p.m. April 21 at the Baxter Village YMCA.

Anyone interested in volunteering is welcome. For information, email

Conservation group meeting April 21

The next Commissioners meeting of the York Soil and Water Conservation District is 5 p.m. April 21 at the USDA Service Center, 1460 E. Alexander Love Highway.

The public or agencies interested in conservation are welcome. For information, call 803-684-3137.

Find natural allergy solutions at free seminar

Dr. Amber M. Pederson of Lake Wylie Family Chiropractic is offering a free lecture on seasonal allergies and ways to relieve discomfort naturally at 11 a.m. April 23 at Scholarship Gold, 244 Latitude Lane, suite 106.

Pederson will discuss different solutions for allergies based on individual needs, whether seasonal allergies or food sensitivities.

Light refreshments and supplement samples available. Email or call 803-831-6500.

Exhibit reception April 30 for Clover artist

Ty Hobson of Clover has a solo art exhibition at Gallery 27, 808 Highway 27 West, in Lincolnton, N.C.

“Wherever the Road Takes Us,” paintings by Ty Hobson, will be on display April 30-May 18. A reception is 7-9 p.m. April 30.

Hobson’s paintings are subtle and atmospheric, soft and subdued. He’s work is heavily influenced by fantasy artist Frank Frazetta, depicting bikers and people very much outside the mainstream, in monumental wilderness settings. Many of his paintings are comical and outlandish - not quite fantasy but not quite realism – all a little larger than life.

Hosbon is a Gastonia, N.C., native. He is best known for his many municipal mural projects and for his work at the Schiele Museum in Gastonia.

For gallery information, call 704-240-9060or visit

Habitat clinic for women April 23

Habitat for Humanity of York County and Lowe’s Home Improvement are hosting “how-to” construction clinics for women volunteering during the ninth annual National Women Build Week April 30-May 8.

Lowe’s of Fort Mill , 1640 Highway 160 West, will hold a clinic at 8 a.m. April 23 covering How to Install Insulation and Drywall.

“With 2,300 Women Build houses built by all-women construction crews, this program is an excellent way to recruit, educate and inspire women to build, and advocate for decent and affordable houses in their communities,” said honorary chair of York County Habitat’s Women Build Kittie Watson.

To sign up for the clinic, call 803-985-9244 or email

Autism center student artwork on display

Gallery 120 presents Chrysalis Autism Center’s extraordinary children as April’s featured student artists in support of International Autism Awareness Month.

Student artists range in age from 3 to 7.

Chrysalis Autism Center is a non-profit organization at 410 Oakland Ave., suite 101, Rock Hill. Individualized treatment packages are designed based on child’s specific learning needs and unique characteristics.

Free vessel safety checks available

The Catawba Sail and Power Squadron, the local unit of the United States Power Squadrons serving the Lake Wylie area, holds free Vessel Safety Checks for any boater.

All types of boats may be checked including power boats, pontoon boats, sail boats, kayaks and canoes. Upon successful completion of the Vessel Safety Check, the boater will receive a decal to display on the boat.

The results of vessel checks are for statistical purposes without reference to the owner of the boat.

To plan a vessel check, visit or email name, address and phone number to An examiner will schedule an appointment at teh boater’s convenience and location of choice.

Dazzle and Denim helps Affinity Health Center

Affinity Health Center’s 13th annual Dazzle and Denim fundraising event is 7-11 p.m. May 13 at the Magnolia Room at Laurel Creek.

Proceeds go to the center, a not-for-profit, United Way organization serving healthcare needs providing high-quality, comprehensive care with compassion, dignity and respect. Affinity provides healthcare for nearly 2,000 patients, 1,200 of which are uninsured and more than 1,700 are low-income.

Tickets cost $60 individual or $100 for a couple through May 6. Afterward, tickets cost $65 per person. Tables can also be reserved for groups of 10 for $500. Visit

For more information, call 803-909-9710.

Riversweep registration is open

Riversweep returns in 2016 in spring on May 21.

By placing Riversweep the weekend before Memorial Day, organizers expect more boat captains. They are reaching out to homeowner associations and planning drawings for boat captain, early registration and volunteer sites. They are working to add another cleanup site in Belmont for a total of 14 locations.

Register online at

Applications from artists accepted

The Visions of Art exhibit is accepting applications from local artists to be part of the Sept. 23-24 showcase at River Hills Country Club.

Applicants from experienced artists and ages 12-18 will be accepted through July. Framed artwork, mixed media, photography and sculpture accepted. The number of artists showing will be determined by space available.

The show fee is $30, which includes three entries and an invitation to the “Visions” preview cocktail party and art stroll 7-9:30 p.m. Sept. 23.

For an application or information, call chairwoman Suzanne Krause at 803-831-0689 or email

Sheriff’s office offers community event form

The York County Sheriff’s Office has a new Community Events Request form available online for anyone wanting sheriff’s office personnel, vehicles or other resources at community events.

Visit, click “Community Events Request” and fill out the information.

The request must be submitted at least three weeks before the event date for consideration. A submission request does not guarantee the office will be able to fulfill the request. After the request has been received, sheriff’s office personnel will contact the submitter.

Books wanted for jail inmates

The York County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center seeks gently-used softcover and paperback books for inmates.

Fiction and nonfiction books are wanted for the library. To donate, call 803-628-3087 or email

Expect survey at York County arts events

The Arts Council of York County announces it has joined the Arts & Economic Prosperity V, a national study measuring the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences.

As one of nearly 300 study partners across all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, The Arts Council of York County will collect detailed financial data about local nonprofit arts and culture organizations such as theater and dance companies, museums, festivals and arts education organizations.

“Many people don’t think of nonprofit arts organizations as businesses,” said Debra Heintz, executive director of the Arts Council, “but this study will make clear the arts are a formidable industry in our community – employing people locally, purchasing goods and services from local merchants and helping to drive tourism and economic development.”

The Arts Council also will collect surveys from attendees at arts events using a short, anonymous questionnaire asking how much money they spent on items such as meals, parking and transportation, and retail shopping specifically as a result of attending the event.

Previous studies have shown an average attendee spends $24.60 per person, per event, beyond the cost of admission. Those studies have also shown, on average, 32 percent of arts attendees travel from outside the county in which the arts event took place, and those cultural tourists typically spend nearly $40 per person.

Surveys will be collected through the end of the year. The results will be released in June 2017.

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

Veterans group meets in Lake Wylie

The Point Man International Ministries group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at The Journey church.

Point Man is a veteran-to-veteran ministry with a primary service to offer spiritual healing from PTSD. Point Man also is involved in group meetings, hospital visits, conferences, supplying speakers for churches and veteran groups, welcome home projects and community support.

The organization, which includes more than 200 local outposts, reaches spiritually and emotionally wounded veterans.

The local group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month.