Community News for Aug. 22

August 20, 2013 

York to offer programs for seniors

The York Parks and Recreation Department is introducing two programs for seniors ages 55 and older that will begin in September. Classes will be at the York Recreation Center on White Rose Lane.

For more information, call 803-684-3742. The programs are:

• Pickleball will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays, beginning Sept. 9. Pickleball is an easy game for any skill level. All materials and equipment will be provided and is free of charge.

• Seniors in Motion is a low-intensity exercise class that will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday beginning Sept. 3. Classes will help improve cardiovascular, flexibility, balance and strength through low intensity exercises. The cost is $10 per month.

Clover Optimists honor local youth golfer

The Clover Optimist Club honored Zach Reuland, a fifth grade student from Rock Hill, for his outstanding performance in the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship.

Zach is the 10-year-old son of Kerry and Mark Reuland of Rock Hill. Zach won his age division in the state tournament in Myrtle Beach, and was eligible to participate in the International tournament in Florida. However, Zach could not attend the Florida tourney because hwas playing in the U.S. Kids International tournament.

Zach placed 38th out of 142 golfers from around the world. The Clover Optimist Club honored Zach with a framed certificate and monetary award. They plan to sponsor him again next year.

The Optimist International Junior Golf Championship is one of the largest and best-known junior golf tournaments in the world. Each year, more than 600 golfers participate in the event.

Optimists have been involved in the sport of junior golf for more than 30 years by holding local, regional and international tournaments. More than 5,000 golfers compete in official Optimist District qualifying tournaments. The best of these golfers, along with international golfers from around the globe, advance to the annual Optimist International Junior Golf Championships. Former champions and top finishers of the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships include Tiger Woods, Nancy Lopez, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III and Michelle McGann.

The Optimist Junior Golf tournament is open to boys and girls ages 10-18. Interested golfers can contact Josie Skinnell with the Clover club at 803-684-2008 or check out the website at

Clover barbecue, bluegrass festival planned

The second annual Butts and Bluegrass Festival will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 at Clover Community Park.

The event includes a kids’ corner, zip line, biker games, vendors and entertainment by Whipperwill. Admission is $10, adults; $5, children. Proceeds will benefit Clover hunger relief efforts.

The event is sponsored by the town of Clover and residents Lisa and Jeff Thornburg.

4-H anglers club forming

The Clemson Extension Service York County will offer a 4-H Anglers Club and is open to new members.

The first meeting will be 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 for youth ages 9 to 17. The youth need to provide their own rod, tackle box and bait. For meeting location and additional information, contact Jennifer Stalford via email at or call her at 803-493-4020.

For more information about programs, contact the Clemson Extension office at 120 N. Congress St., York, call 803 684-9919 or e-mail

Artists’ guild plans show and sale

The Yorkville Artists’ Guild will host its annual open art competition Aug. 23 to 25 during Summerfest in York. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 23 and 24 and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 25 at McCelvey Center.

A reception for invited guests will be 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 22 at McCelvey. Pickup time for artists to retrieve their work after the show is 4 to 5 p.m. Aug. 26.

For details, call 417-0146 or 981-3598.

Small grants application deadline approaching

The deadline to apply for small grants through the Arts Council of York County is Sept. 2. Small grants are available to individual artists, nonprofit organizations and schools in York County.

The arts council allocates between $3,000 and $4,000 in 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.

For information or applications, call 803-328-2787 or go to

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 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 15 and 5:30 p.m. 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 p.m. 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

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.

CAAC 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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