Community News for Aug. 1

July 30, 2013 

Military order to hold benefit for wounded vets

The Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 2008, will host a VIOLA fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Lowe’s in York. Come out and support Wounded Veterans Helping Other Veterans.

For more information, contact Butch Glenn at 803-684-3957. The group is looking for veterans who have received the Purple Heart to join the chapter.

McDaniel family to have a reunion

The McDaniel Family reunion will be 1 p.m. Aug. 4 at Adnah United Methodist Church, York. Bring a well-filled picnic basket. For information, call John L. Feaster at 803-581-3106 or 803-379-3730 or email

Auditions set for choral society

The York County Choral Society will hold auditions in the choir room at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1300 India Hook Road, Rock Hill, from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 15 and 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Aug. 22.

The fall concert will be Dec. 8 in Byrnes Auditorium at Winthrop University. Details: contact Dr. Katherine Kinsey at; 803-323-2250 or 704-591-5147 or visit

Literary competition to be held

The Arts Council of York County presents its 10th annual Literary Competition, highlighting short stories and poetry from the Southeast; and the second Annual Youth Literary Competition, highlighting short stories and poetry from across York County.

The postmark deadline for entries is Friday, Sept. 20.

The 10th annual Literary Competition will include an adult and youth component. Each category will be judged independently. Authors may enter both the short story and poetry competition. First-place awards are $100. Winners of the youth competition will be awarded certificates of achievement.

Entry fees for the adult competition are: nonmembers: $15 per entry; arts council members: $10 per entry. There are no entry fees for the youth competition. All participants are invited to a free, public reception and awards ceremony from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill.

For more information, call the arts council at 803-328-2787, email or visit the website at

Blood drive set in Sharon

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will hold a blood drive 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 17, St John Missionary Baptist Church, 3726 Woodlawn Street, Sharon.

Garden group plans garlic sale

The Master Gardeners of York County will hold their second annual garlic sale Friday, Aug. 2, at the Learning Center, Glencairn Garden, 835 Edgemont Ave., Rock Hill.

The sale will be from noon to 2 pm, following the monthly First Friday in the Garden, also at the Learning Center.

At least six types of gourmet garlic, including new varieties, will be available for purchase. The bulbs, which are fresh-picked and grown without chemical sprays, are suitable either for cooking or replanting.

Both mild and pungent types will be offered, some of which will store for nine months or longer. For further information call 803-222-9321 or email

MYCO offers Ice Age exhibit

The Museum of York County will be open until 8 p.m. the second Tuesdays of the summer – Aug. 12 and Sept. 10 – for its Ice Age exhibit, with special programs starting at 5 p.m.

Pack a dinner. At 6 p.m., take a tour of the nature trail. If the sky is clear between 7 and 7:30 p.m., visitors can look at the sun safely through specially-filtered telescopes.

Inside the museum, Steve Fields will answer questions and show additional examples of what lived in the area during the Ice Age. At 8 p.m., a program in the Settlemyre Planetarium will show the night sky and how it was different during the Pleistocene.

After the planetarium show if it’s a clear night, the Carolina Skygazer’s astronomy club will let visitors use their telescopes to look at objects in the sky.

Admission is $5, adults; $4 seniors; $3 for children ages 4-17; free for children 3 and younger and for Culture & Heritage Museum members.

Sweet Repeat welcomes new members

Sweet Repeat Charitable Foundation has welcomed 25 new members this year and is looking for more.

Volunteers are needed for two to six hours a month to work at the Sweet Repeat Shop at Lake Wylie Plaza behind Fred’s.

All proceeds benefit local charities. Club membership applications are being accepted and are available at the store.

Call 803-831-0225 for more information.

Meal delivery volunteers needed in Clover

The York County Council on Aging is in need of volunteers to deliver meals to frail, homebound seniors in Clover. Delivery takes about an hour and can be done during a lunch hour or around that time.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering should call Tonya Begley at the Clover Mill Senior Center at 803-222-9286 between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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

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