Community News for May 30

May 29, 2013 

Scotch-Irish event planned

The Culture & Heritage Museums and the Center for Scotch-Irish Studies will host the seventh biannual Scotch-Irish Identity Symposium June 6 and 7 at the McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St., York.

The biannual symposium provides a forum for scholars from across the United States and Canada to present the latest research in the fields of Scotch-Irish history, culture and heritage in North America. The theme for this year’s conference, “Scotland, Ulster and America: Ties that Bind,” will explore the cultural exchanges between Scotland, Ulster and America during the past 400 years.

The Scotch-Irish Identity Symposium is being held in conjunction with the 16th annual Clover Scotch-Irish Festival and Scottish Games June 8 in Clover.

Details and conference registration information are available at or contact Michael Scoggins at 803-818-6768,

Master Gardener applications accepted

Clemson Extension Service is taking applications for the Master Gardener Class. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays Aug. 6 to Nov. 12 at the Clemson Extension Office, 120 N. Congress St.

The program is open to all adults, regardless of gardening experience. Participants learn about all aspects of gardening from soils, to growing vegetables, fruits, trees, shrubs, flowers and lawns. They also learn about garden pests, beneficial insects and plant physiology.

Class costs $300. In addition to the fee, participants must volunteer a minimum of 40 hours in service to the community.

Enrollment is limited, and applications are due by July 6. Applicants will be contacted in July. Call 803-684-9919 for more information.

Seniors can get coupons for produce

The York County Council on Aging, in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Social Services, will issue free coupons to low income individuals age 60 and older that can be used at local participating farmers’ markets.

Those eligible will get $25 in coupons that may be used at participating markets through Oct. 15. The coupons will be distributed on a first-come basis.

The coupons will be issued 1 to 2:30 p.m. June 5 at the Senior Center at Highland Park, 917 Standard St. in Rock Hill. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. June 6 at the York Senior Center, 14 N. Congress St.

Applications must be submitted in person. Proof of identity and residence in York County is required. Applicants must also meet household income eligibility requirements.

For information, contact the York County Council on Aging at 803-327-6694.

Arts council offers summer camps

Arts Council of York County’s 2013 Summer Art Camps will run June 10 to July 12 featuring 20 topics for ages 6 and older. The camps will be at the Center for the Arts, the Gettys Art Center and the Community Performance Center.

Camps will be 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Camps fees are $75 for members and $85 for nonmembers. I Heart Art summer camp T-shirts are $10 at registration. The deadline for camp registration is two weeks prior to the start of each camp. View the full schedule of camps at and download the registration form at

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

Art grant deadline approaching

The deadline to apply for small grants through the Arts Council of York County is June 1. Small grants are available to individual artists, nonprofit organizations and schools in York County.

The council allocates between $4,000-$5,000 to small grant awards each quarter. Organizations and individual artists may request up to $1,000 per grant and may receive up to two grants in a calendar year.

Information and applications are available by calling 803-328-2787 or go to

Art guild to offer summer camps

The Yorkville Artists’ Guild will sponsor summer art camps for children June 11 to 14 at McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St., York.

The camps are 9:30 to 11 a.m. for ages 7 to 9; 12:30 to 2 p.m. for ages 10 to 12; and 3 to 4:30 p.m. for ages 13 to 15.

Cost is $80 for each camp, which includes all art supplies. There will be at least two teachers for each class and no more than 15 students per class. For details, call Sandy Brindle at 803-981-3598.

York parks and rec offers summer camps

The York Parks and Recreation Department will offer basketball, baseball and art camps this summer.

Art camps will be at the York Recreation Center and include:

• “The Magnificent Me” for ages 10 to 13, 9 a.m. to noon June 24 to 28. Students will learn the basics of portraiture and sculpture techniques through chalk pastel and clay.

• “Sculpture, Sculpture, Sculpture” for ages 11 to 13, 1 to 4 p.m. June 24 to 28. Students will learn sculpture techniques using various materials and design techniques including found objects, clay, paper and paint.

Space is limited to 10 students per class. Cost is $75 and includes all materials. Art camp will be taught by certified art teacher Gina Bruce. Registration deadline is June 17 and registrants must pay half of the fee to reserve a place.

Sport camps will be:

• Basketball camp, for boys and girls ages 5 to 15, 9 to 11 a.m. July 8 to 11 at the York Recreation Center. Cost is $50 per child and includes a T-shirt. The camp will be conducted by York Comprehensive High School varsity basketball coaches and players. Registration deadline is July 3.

• Baseball camp, for ages 7 to 12, 10 to 11:30 a.m. July 22 to 24 at the York Recreation Complex on Fourth Street. Cost is $35 per child or $60 for two siblings and includes a camp T-shirt. The camp will be conducted by YCHS varsity baseball coaches and players. Registration deadline is July 17.

Registration for all the camps will be 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the York Recreation Center on White Rose Lane. For more information, call 803-684-3742.

Sign up for Lions golf tourney

The River Hills Lions Club’s annual Memorial Celebration Golf Tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. June 17 at River Hills Country Club.

Registration and lunch start at 11 a.m. There will be an awards dinner and “skill” contests at 5:30 p.m. Rain date is June 24. To register or for more information, call 803-831-2249 or visit

CACC seeking pantry volunteers

The Clover Area Assistance Center is seeking volunteers to help customers shop directly from its food pantry shelves. This a good opportunity for people who are outgoing, caring, enjoy meeting and helping new people, and who want to have fun while they volunteer.

A weekly or biweekly commitment of three and a half hours at a time is needed. Hours are from 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and from 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays. For more information or to request a volunteer application packet, call Jennifer at 803-222-4837 or email her at

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