July 21, 2008

There’s Plenty to Discover at York County Museum

By Mary Jo Balasco

The Culture and Heritage Museums will have the following events:

* Sights and Sounds of the American Revolution, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 5 at Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells. The sound of field drums and wooden fifes will take you back to the time of George Washington and Paul Revere. The Plymouth Fife and Drum Corps of Plymouth, Mich., a junior corps for ages 12 to 18, recall the days when fifing and drumming were used to relay commands to soldiers, direct unit movements and provide inspiration. A fife and drum performance will be at 11 a.m.; Voices of the American Revolution: Readings from History will be at 11:45 a.m.; military drill and weapon demonstrations will be at noon; and hearth cooking demonstrations and tours of Col. William Bratton's home will be ongoing. Admission is adults, $6; seniors, $5; youth ages 4 to 17, $3; and members and children 3 and younger, free. For details, call 684-2327.

* Family workshop, for children ages 4 and older with an adult, from 7 to 8 p.m., Aug. 11 at the Museum of York County, 4621 Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill. Participants will be taught about the benefits of outdoor time and share in activities. Each family will receive a magnification loupe. Cost is $5 per family for CHM members and $8 per family for non-members. The event is organized by Liz Baird of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in recognition of international "Take a Child Outside Week." To register, call (803) 981-9182 by Aug. 4. Space is limited and refunds are not available after registration deadline.

* Bridges & Trails: Connecting Community to Nature, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at MYCO. Learn about the projects Carolina Thread Trail and A Bridge and Its Place. An overview of the planned regional trail network will be given by Ann Browning, Carolina Thread Trail project director, and a discussion of a project for planning footbridges to unite segments of the trail will be conducted by Deborah Ryan, associate professor in the School of Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The event is free. For registration, call (803) 329-2121 by Aug. 5. Designs and results of the student study are on exhibit at MYCO through August.

Shakespeare swings back for second weekend

The Young Yorkville Players will present "The Shakespeare Project" and "The Fifteen Minute Hamlet" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. July 27.

In "The Shakespeare Project," adapted by James Zager, the most famous scenes and monologues are taken from a selection of Shakespearean works and presented in a contemporary style with new interpretations.

In "Fifteen Minute Hamlet," Tom Stoppard's version takes the most famous and best- loved lines from Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and condenses them into a hilarious 15-minute version.

Tickets are $8 adults and $5 children and may be purchased at the door. For details, call (866) 334-0064 or 980-7412 or visit www.yorkvilleplayers.com.

Football seminar planned at Fewell Park

Fewell Park will have a free football seminar, In the Huddle, with Bobby Carroll, head football coach at South Pointe High School, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the park, 1204 Alexander Road, Rock Hill.

Carroll will talk about the game for youth and adults. Topics include rules, plays and more. For details, call Jim Austin, center supervisor, at 329-5645 or visit www.rockhillrocks.com.

Tega Cay hosting bash, baseball night

The Tega Cay Community will have the following events:

* The eighth annual Tega Cay Bash, from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Tega Cay Golf Club and Community Center, 1 Molokai Drive, Fort Mill. This year's theme is football fever. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. For details and tickets, call Trudie Bolin Heemsoth at 547-5900 or e-mail her at [email protected]

* Tega Cay's seventh annual baseball night, Saturday at the Knights Baseball Stadium, 2280 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill. A tailgate party will be at 5 p.m., pregame activities will be at 6:45 p.m. and the game starts at 7:15 p.m. Bob Cullen, citizen of the year, will throw the first pitch. The evening will end with fireworks. Neighborhood groups are encouraged to join with the Vintage Club, fire department, Lions and other participating groups. For details and reserved seat tickets, call Bill Fenton at 548-6206 or Barbie Staples at 548-3512, Ext. 123.

Football camp planned at Belleview school

Belleview Wildcat football coaches invite youth ages 7 to 10 to attend a free football camp from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4, 5, 7, 8 and 11 at the baseball field at Belleview Elementary School, 501 Belleview Road, Rock Hill. For details, call Coach Phil at (803) 322- 3826, Coach Jason at (803) 367-1692 or Coach Rob at (803) 371-3896.

Music, dance event planned in Southland Park

Bringing It To The Neighborhood, an event with live music and youth praise dancers, will be at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Southland Park community, 1000 Winchester Drive, Rock Hill. Taking the City Ministries is sponsoring the event. The public is invited and transportation is available. Food will be provided. For details, call Deaconess Jacqui at (803) 328-2263.

Local Red Hat group plans holiday bash

The Red Hat Rubies of Rock Hill will have its formal Christmas ball from 7 to 11 p.m. Nov. 22. Cost is $45 per person and includes a sit-down dinner, door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, cash bar and disc jockey. Tickets must be purchased by Aug. 1. Send checks payable to Rock Hill Rubies to Annette Greene, 230 Campsite Road, Rock Hill, S.C. 29732. Include name, chapter name, address, e-mail address and escort's name, if applicable. Tickets and directions will be mailed two weeks prior to the event. No refunds are given after Aug. 1.

Summer reading program is planned at York school

Hunter Street Elementary School will have a summer reading program for students. Students may check out books and participate in fun literacy activities on these dates:

* Monday, activities, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., library open, 9 a.m. to noon.

* July 28, activities, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., library open, 3 to 6 p.m.

* Aug. 4, activities, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., library open 9 a.m. to noon.

Local arts council announces classes

The Arts Council of Rock Hill will have the following classes:

* A pottery workshop led by Mickey Shane, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Rock Hill Pottery Center, 201 E. Main St. Shane is a noted ceramic artist and will demonstrate how adornments such as handles, spouts, lids and others, when combined on a pot, can have a greater effect as a whole than their individual effects. Shane will discuss formal relationships and proportions when creating pottery and how to allow one's work to grow naturally. Participants are encouraged to ask questions. Cost is $50 and the deadline to register is Monday. The workshop is part of the council's 2008 Workshop Series. For details, call the pottery center at 980-3888, the arts council at 328-2787 or visit www.yorkcountyarts.org.

* Sculpture cake carving techniques, 2 and 6 p.m. July 29 at Cookie Cafe, 113 E. Main St., Rock Hill. The class is demonstration only. Cost is $10 and includes refreshments. Registration forms can be obtained at the cafe from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Space is limited. Registration deadline is July 25. For details, visit www.cakemanonline.com. or call 980-5812.

* Fondant techniques, 2 and 6 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Cookie Cafe, 113 E. Main St., Rock Hill. The class is demonstration and participation with all materials supplied. Cost is $20 for the class and $10 for materials. Registration forms can be obtained at the cafe from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Space is limited. Registration deadline is Friday. For details, visit www.cakemanonline.com. or call 980-5812.

National pageant has Lancaster interest meeting

The Miss South Carolina U.S. United Pageant, a preliminary to the National Miss U.S. United Pageant, will have an interest meeting from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Lancaster County Library, 313 S. White St., Lancaster.

The pageant is accepting applications for the following age divisions: Tiny Miss, ages 2 to 5; Little Miss, ages 6 to 8; Pre- Teen Miss, ages 9 to 11; Junior Miss, ages 12 to 14; Teen Miss, ages 15 to 19; Miss, ages 20 to 29; Ms., ages 30 to 45; Mrs., ages 25 and older and must be married; Elegant Ms., ages 18 and older and must be a dress size of 14 and above; and Elite Ms., ages 46 and older.

No pageant experience is necessary. For details, call Aisha Mackey at (803) 287-0119 or Drico Rutledge at (704) 430-5883 or visit www.usunitedpageant.com.

McCelvey season tickets are now available

Season tickets for the 2008-2009 McCelvey performing arts series are now available. The Shady Grove Band will kick off the season Sept. 20. Future performances include War Bonds, the Annie Moses Band and Simply Sinatra. Season tickets are $55 for CHM members and $75 for non-members by calling 684-3948.

Free English classes offered in September

Life Builders ESL Ministry offers free English classes to those wanting to learn or improve their English. Classes meet every week beginning in September.

Teachers and volunteers are needed. Training for teachers will begin in August. Classes are offered in Rock Hill, York, Clover, Fort Mill and Lancaster. For details, call Barbara at 327-6144 or e- mail her at [email protected]

Two singles groups have area events

These singles groups will meet:

* Clover First Baptist Church invites single and single-again Christian adults of all denominations to a summer singles mingle at 7 p.m. Friday at the church, 117 S. Main St. The event will include food, fun, fellowship and networking with area singles. Child care will not be available. For details, e-mail [email protected]

* Redemption World Fellowship of Rock Hill is sponsoring a new class for singles or others interested in finding a direction in life. The class will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. July 28 at 1524 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Registration is $30 and includes study material. For details, call Lorie Mayfield at (704) 257-4542 or e-mail her at [email protected]

English country dancers to perform at church

The Red Hills English Country Dancers will perform 18th- and 19th- century dances at 7:15 p.m. July 28 in the St. John's Center at St. John's United Methodist Church, 321 S. Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. The event is free and open to the public. The audience will be invited to participate in one of the dances. Parking is off of Elizabeth Lane in the church's inside parking lot. For more information call Pat Grant at 980-4000.

Glenciarn programs cover herbs, container gardens

Rock Hill Parks, Recreation & Tourism will have the following free events for the Glencairn Garden First Fridays in the Garden program:

* "Superb Herbs: Learn the Basics of Herb Gardening," from 10 to 11 a.m. Aug. 1 indoors at the Glencairn Garden Learning Center, 825 Edgemont Ave., Rock Hill.

* "Introduction to Container Gardens," from 10 to 11 a.m. Sept. 5 indoors at the Glencairn Garden Learning Center.

No reservations are necessary. The monthly classes are taught by the York County Master Gardener Association, a voluntary organization whose members have completed training and that aims to educate the public about gardening practices. For details, call Paul Thompson at 684-9919, Ext. 112.

Church co-ed volleyball planned in Lancaster

The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Department will have an adult church co-ed volleyball meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 4 at Springdale Recreation Center, 260 South Plantation Road, Lancaster. Leagues rules, fees, divisions and starting dates will be discussed. Participating churches must send a representative. For details, call the recreation department at (803) 285-5545.

Golf tourney to assist St. Anne School tuition

The Catholic Parishes of York County are joining for the York County Catholic open golf tournament at 10 a.m. Aug. 4 at Regent Park, Regent Parkway, Fort Mill.

The open, which will benefit tuition assistance for St. Anne School, will be a captain's choice format. For sponsorship information, e-mail Silvia Wozniak at [email protected]

For registration to play, contact these people at the following churches: St. Anne, Fr. Adilso Coelho at 329-2662 or e-mail [email protected]; St. Philip Neri, Janet Norton at 548- 5804 or e-mail [email protected]; St. Mary, Marty Martinson at or e-mail [email protected]; Divine Savior, Ed Kelly at 328- 8091 or e-mail [email protected]; or All Saints, Len Turi at 831- 0797 or e-mail [email protected] For additional information, visit www.stanneschool.com.

Stories, plays planned for reading program

All York County libraries will offer a free vacation reading program for ages 3 to 12 through Aug. 1. For details, visit www.yclibrary.org or call 981-5888. Children can keep track of minutes read or being read to and will receive prizes when they meet goals. Programs include:

* Toddler time, for ages 24 to 35 months, 10 to 11 a.m. Thursdays at the Fort Mill Public Library. A weekly story time with songs, finger plays and movement activities for toddlers and their parent or caregiver.

* Jumping Jitterbugs, a story time for ages 24 to 35 months and their caregivers, 4 p.m. Monday at the York County Library. To register, call 981-5888.

* The Ugly Duckling, 1, 2:30, and 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Fort Mill Public Library; 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Wednesday at the York County Library; 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Clover Public Library; 2:30 and 4 p.m. Thursday at the York Public Library; and 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Lake Wylie Public Library. Porkchop Productions brings colorful characters, big laughs and audience participation in this whimsical adaptation of the classic tale about a misfit duckling.

* Creepy, Crawly Critters, for ages 6 to 9, 11 a.m. Tuesday at the York County Library. To register call 981-5888. Explore the lives of good and bad bugs with a special guest, The Orkin Lady, become a certified master bug hunter and make insect crafts.

* Insect-O-Mania, for ages 10 to 12, 3 p.m. July 29, York County Library, Rock Hill. Learn about the life of bees from a local beekeeper and make an earthworm hotel. To register, call 981-5888.

* Family story time, for children of all ages accompanied by an adult, 4 p.m. Thursdays through July 31 at the York County Library.

The summer reading program for teens also will run through Aug. 1 for rising sixth- through 12th-graders. Some programs require registration. For a complete schedule visit www.yclibrary.org or call 981-5830.

Related events include:

* Teen Bling Jewelry Workshop, for rising sixth- to 12th- graders, 2:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the York County Library. Call 981-5860 to register. Learn how to make earrings using wire, jewelry findings and tools. Each participant will make at least 3 pairs of earrings.

* Anime Fest, for rising sixth- to 12th-graders, 6 to 8 p.m. July 28 at the York County Library. Enjoy Japanese food, music and door prizes. To register, call 981-5860.

* Guys Read, for guys in grades sixth- through 12th, who can play video games and find out about books from 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 29 at the York County Library. The event is sponsored by Woody's Music, Hobby Stop and Nichol's Store.

* Rock on with rock band, for rising sixth- to 12th-graders, 5 to 7 p.m. July 31 at the Fort Mill Public Library. Teens can explore their inner rock star with Wii's "Rock Band" and play other video games.

* Change your look hair and make-up tips; rising sixth- through 12th- graders can learn quick and easy hair and makeup tips from cosmetologist Page Cauthen from 1 to 2 p.m. July 31 at the York County Library. To register, call 981-5860.

The Friends of the York County Library book sale will be July 31 through Aug. 2 at the First ARP Church gymnasium, 201 E. White St., Rock Hill. Preview night for Friends members is from 5 to 8 p.m.. July 31. Memberships will be sold at the door for $10 individuals and $25 families. The sale is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 1 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 2. Thousands of books will be for sale, priced at $1 per inch, measuring the height of the book stack. Videos, audio books and surplus library equipment will be for sale at bargain prices. Aug. 2 is half-price day; books are 50 cents per inch, small paperbacks are 25 cents each and videos are 50 cents each. For details, call 981-5837.

Library locations are:

* The York County Library, 138 E. Black St., Rock Hill, 981- 5858.

* The York Library, 21 E. Liberty St., York, 684-3751.

* The Clover Library, 107 Knox St., Clover, (803) 222-3474.

* Fort Mill Library, 1818 Second Baxter Crossing, Fort Mill, 547- 4114.

* The Lake Wylie Library, 185 Blucher Circle, Lake Wylie, (803) 831-7774.

Quilters, dancers among local meetings

The following groups will meet:

* The York County Quilters will meet Monday at New Life Free Methodist Church, 2685 Celanese Road, Rock Hill. Fellowship will be at 6:30 p.m. with a meeting at 7 p.m. Saradean Hallman will share her experience with machine quilting and display her award-winning quilts with members. Visitors are welcome. For details, visit www.yorkcountyquilters.org.

* The board of directors of Keystone, the York County Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at 140 E. Main St., Suite 300, Rock Hill.

* The York County Democratic Party will host its daytime forum at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Firebonz All American Barbecue and Grill, 2445 Cherry Road, Rock Hill. Historian Mike Scoggins is the guest speaker. For more information, call the party at 327-4222.

* The South Central Neighborhood Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Liberty Community Baptist Church, 315 Little St., Rock Hill. For details, call 327-2312 or 327-6604.

* The Ballroom Dance Club will have its fourth Friday dance from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Springs Recreation Complex, 971 Tom Hall St., S.C. 160, Fort Mill. Dress is dressy casual. Disc jockey will be Jim Wright playing a variety of ballroom music. Non-alcoholic beverages are provided. Members are asked to bring snacks to share. Admission for first- and second-time visitors is $5 and other visitors are $10. For details, call Joyce at 366-9805 or visit www.TheBallroomDanceClub.com.

* The Tega Cay Lions Club will meet at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Tega Cay Clubhouse, 1 Molokai Drive. Guest speaker will be Leslie Nease, a former radio host for New Life 91.9 radio and a previous contestant on "Survivor China." For details visit www.leslienease.com. For meeting details, call President Lion Jerry Church at 548-5523.

Back to school bash among local fundraisers

These fundraisers are happening:

* Rosevelt Community Watch is seeking school supplies or monetary donations for its annual Back to School Bash at Rosevelt Community Park in Clover. Donations will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Rosevelt Community Center, Wilson Street, Clover, or can be given to any community watch member. Monetary donations can be sent to Rosevelt Community Festival, P.O. Box 1352, Clover, SC 29710. For details, call Willie Phillips at (803) 222-3772 or (803) 389-7031.

* Thrift Store Ministries of Western York County, 31 N. Congress St., York, will have a buy-one-get-one-free sale on men's and women's blue jeans and women's tops this week. The store needs donations of furniture, clothing, appliances and other items. Volunteers are needed. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday; the store is closed Wednesday and Sunday. Thrift Store Ministries serves needy families in the York school district. For details, call 628-0808.

* Restoration Outreach Ministries will have a benefit horse show at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Greenway, Old Charlotte Highway, Fort Mill. Gate fees are $5 adults and $3 children younger than 12. Concessions will be on the grounds. Horse show participants must have current coggins and cost is $5 per class for most classes. All proceeds go to Restoration Ranch, a non-profit charity organization. For details, call Janice, 417-2640; or Hilary, (803) 448-9704.

* The Humane Society of Lancaster will have a Saturday social to benefit the animals of Lancaster County from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 126 S. Main St., Lancaster. Grilled hot dog plates and cold beverages will be sold. Pets will be available for adoption. Adoption fees are $100 with a $50 refund upon proof the pet has been spayed or neutered. For details, call the hotline at (803) 285-5900 or e-mail the Humane Society at [email protected]

* The Tega Cay Lions are helping the Fort Mill Care Center collect school supplies for Fort Mill area students who cannot afford supplies. Donations may be dropped off at the Tega Cay city office building, Shoreline Parkway, or taken to the Lions Club meeting from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month at the Tega Cay Clubhouse, 1 Molokai Drive. All types of supplies are needed, especially one-inch three-ring binders and wide- ruled notebook paper. For details, call Sue Gulasky at the Tega Cay Lions at 548-3539 or Joy Rives at the Fort Mill Care Center at 548- 8637.Chester grads, families announce reunion news

The following families and school groups are having reunions:

* The Chester High School Class of 1986 will have a 40 & Fabulous Affair at 8 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Ballroom of Summit Restaurant, 134 Main St., Chester. Admission is $15 per person at the door. A special invitation is extended to the Chester High class of 1985 and friends of the class of 1986. All-black attire is requested. Live jazz, savory hors d'oeuvres and evening-dance music will be part of the event, presented by JayJon Communications & Entertainment Group, LLC and its owner CHS 1986 alumnus Sonjy Bambi Allen. For more information, contact JayJon Communications & Entertainment Group at [email protected], call (336) 324-4572 or visit www.jayjonheritagegroup.com.

* The descendants of Alexander McMullen and Alice Abernathy McMullen are having a family reunion Aug. 29 through 31. Registration will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 29 at Cherry Park. For details, call Bobbie McMullen Marshall at 329-6228 or Joanne McMullen Wright at 329-4211.

* The annual reunion of the Covington family will be at 1 p.m. July 27 at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church, 2132 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill. For details, call Teresa Stricker at (803) 379-0764.

* The McDaniel family is having a family reunion at 1 p.m. Aug. 3 at Adnah United Methodist Church, 1 Adnah Drive, Rock Hill. Families are asked to bring a picnic basket. For details, call John L. Feaster at (803) 581-3106.

Veterans benefits are subject of seminar

The Sterling House of Rock Hill will have a veteran's benefit seminar at 3 p.m. Thursday. The seminar addresses benefits concerning assisted living for veterans and surviving spouses. Pat Nivens with York County Veterans Affairs will discuss the services. For details and reservations, call the center at 366-1189.

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