Community News for Sept. 26

September 24, 2013 

Self-defense class to be offered in York

Strike Back Self Defense for Women and Children is conducting an eight-hour self-defense class for women at the York Recreation Center on White Rose Lane. The eight-hour class is divided among four mornings, from 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 2, 7 and 9.

Strike Back is owned Alicia Bolin and Carrol Ostendorf, who say they understand the fears that women experience. Both women are black belt martial artist and are certified instructors from the R.A.D. Systems of Self-Defense (Rape Aggression Defense System).

Women of any age are welcome. The cost of the class is $100. The registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 27. Registration is held at the York Recreation Center from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays.

The class is limited to 20 students. For more information about Strike Back Self Defense for Women and Children, call York Parks and Recreation Department at 684-3742 or email Alicia and Carrol at

Benefit ride planned for Abby’s Hope

A benefit ride for Abby’s Hope is planned at 11 a.m. Sept. 28 beginning at Patti-O Grill in Clover. There is a $15 donation requested for one rider, a $20 donation for two rides and $15 for an extra hand. The ride will make three stops and last bike in will be at 5 p.m.

Proceeds will go to buy a handicap van to transport Abby Nivens, a 10-year-old girl from York who suffers from cerebral palsy. She can’t sit or stand on her own, and she makes weekly visits to doctors in Spartanburg.

For information, call Lori Hoover at 803-448-3098.

Clover Woman’s Club plans yard sale

The Clover Woman’s Club will have a huge flea market and yard sale fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Clover School District Office at 604 Bethel St.

The event will benefit the club’s scholarship fund. Donated items may be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays through Oct. 17 at Clover Community Center, 120 Bethel St.

S.C. treasurer to speak to Republican Women

South Carolina State Treasurer Curtis Loftis will speak at the Clover-Lake Wylie Republican Women’s Club’s Sept. 27 meeting at River Hills Country Club.

Loftis will present an overview of his responsibilities and accomplishments since taking office Jan. 12, 2011. Special guest Phil Land, regional outreach director for Sen. Lindsay Graham, also will talk.

The program will close with a question-and-answer session and musical entertainment provided by Land, a bluegrass musician.

Guests, members and potential new members – both women and men – are invited. An 11:30 a.m. social will be followed by lunch at noon and speaker at 12:30 p.m.

Lunch costs $18 per person. To reserve a seat with or without lunch (please specify), call 803-831-1814 by Sept. 24 or email

To join, call 803-831-1814. CLWRW membership includes membership in the S.C. Federation of Republican Women and the National Federation of Republican Women. Men may join the CLWRW as an associate member. Annual membership dues cost $25. Associate members dues cost $10.

Feral hogs to be topic of garden seminar

Cory Heaton, Clemson Extension wildlife and natural resources agent for York, Chester and Lancaster counties, will discuss how homeowners can cope with a growing population of feral hogs and other nuisance wildlife at the next First Friday program.

The free educational program will be in the Learning Center, 835 Edgemont Ave., Rock Hill, at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4.

First Friday in the Garden is a public service of the Master Gardeners of York County, Clemson Extension Service and Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

Marching band event is this weekend

The Northwestern High School Purple Regiment and the Rock Hill High School Band of Distinction will host The Olde English Festival of Bands at noon Saturday, Sept. 28 at District Three Stadium on Cherry Road.

The competition, presented by Carolinas HealthCare System, includes 19 bands from North and South Carolina that will compete for eight finalist spots. Rock Hill and Northwestern bands will also perform in exhibition.

Gates open at 11 a.m. Finals will begin at 7:45 pm. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students. For information, contact Joe Gulledge at 803-981-1323 or Mark Yost at 803-981-1225.

Volunteer food shoppers needed

Clover Area Assistance Center is looking for volunteers to serve four to five hours once or twice a month to help select foods for purchase from Charlotte area food bank Second Harvest.

Volunteers will be responsible for loading pallets and large boxes of food into a 26-foot truck and then offloading the merchandise into the CAAC warehouse.

Volunteers work in teams of three to select the food, and an additional team of four assist with offloading.

Volunteers must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds, able to drive and maneuver a large truck and forklift is a plus, but not required.

CAAC is at 1130 S.C. 55 E. Food donations can be dropped off at CAAC 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday.

For more information or to obtain a volunteer application packet, call 803-222-4837.

Assistance available

Carolina Community Actions Inc. has funds available to assist low-income families with services including mortgage, rent, water and heating bills. CCA’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, General Emergency Assistance Program and Duke Energy Project Share Program assists eligible households with benefits ranging from $50 to $1,000.

In addition, CCA Inc. administers employment, license for Certified Nursing Assistance, books, supplies, GED, childcare and youth leadership programs. Qualification is based on total gross household income during the past 30 days.

For more information on each program, call Diane Wells, Community Services Liaison, at 803-329-5196 or call 2-1-1.

York to offer programs for seniors

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

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

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

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

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, 803-222-9286, between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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