Community news for Nov. 28

November 26, 2013 

Rotary clubs paint at CAAC

The Lake Wylie and Clover Rotary clubs joined Nov. 14 at Clover Area Assistance Center to paint a pantry wall in preparation for installing glass-door refrigeration units.

The clubs partnered this fall to raise money to purchase and install the units, completing Phase Two of CAAC’s Full Choice Pantry project.

The Coins For CAAC coin collection campaign ended Oct. 26, but cans filled with coins are still being accepted. The fundraiser, plus matching funds from the Rotary Foundation, raised enough money to move forward with the project.

York Rotary makes donation to ELP

The York Rotary Club has donated more than $5,000 to the Early Learning Partnership, which promotes programs for children up to age 6 in York County.

York Rotary President Matt Dover last week gave a check to Teresa Creech, executive director of the ELP. The money was raised through the Rotary’s Nov. 9 Beach Bash fundraiser at The Garden Café.

The money was raised to support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Initiative, which is coordinated in York County by the ELP.

Early Learning Partnership is a nonprofit group that develops and promotes programs that support the health and academic readiness of children up to age 6 in York County. It has three literacy programs, called Born To Read, Reach Out and Read and The Dolly Parton Imagination Library of York County.

Early Learning also supports four Family Resource Centers, with medical clinics for uninsured children that are staffed and operated by the four school districts in York County and Rock Hill Pediatrics.

Creech also presented a plaque to York schools Superintendent Vernon Prosser for his support of ELP.

Joy 4 Tots generates toys for kids

More than 500 motorcycles rode through Clover on Nov. 10 during the annual Joy 4 Tots Toy Ride, to generate toys for children in need.

The ride, organized for the past nine years by Clover resident Sheila Walker, started at the Oakridge Community Center. It ended at Roosevelt Community Park, where members of the Clover High School varsity basketball team collected toys brought by the riders, and the riders enjoyed a meal.

The toys will be distributed to children in the Clover and Oakridge areas. Supporters who made donations to cover expenses included Clover Grill, Courtney’s, Nicholas Store, Hardee’s and Green Pond UMC.

Clover women plan Christmas dinner

The Clover Woman’s Club Christmas Dinner will be 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Concord Cove. For information call Windy Bartee at 803-222-7533.

Club taking tea reservations

The Woman’s Club of Rock Hill is taking reservations for its Victorian Teas, which are ChristmasVille events. Teas will be 1 p.m. Dec. 6 and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the historic Armstrong-Mauldin House, 607 Aiken Ave.

Cost is $20 per person. The tea includes carolers and servers in Victorian attire and music by harpists, Joan Reid and Nancy Smith. The Sugar Plum Boutique will feature some new vendors showing Christmas-themed gifts, decorations and home-made holiday treats.

The club’s cookbook “Traditional Tea Time Favorites” will be available.

The club also is taking reservations for a Children’s Tea with Mrs. Claus at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Cost is children, $10; adults, $15 and includes favors, music by the Musicality Ringers and other fun activities. Menus differ for children and adults. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The boutique will include items for children. It will be open one hour before, during and after the teas.

For reservations for either event, call 803-328-8888.

CAAC seeking donations for holiday meals

The Clover Area Assistance Center is beginning distribution of food items for holiday meals. This includes turkeys and hams of all sizes.

Nonperishable food items needed are: cranberry sauce, potatoes, yams, green beans, corn, gravy, stuffing mix, broth, olives, pie filling, quick bread mixes and biscuit or muffin mix.

Holiday food distribution will continue through Dec. 19. Food can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at CAAC, 1130 S.C. 55 East, Clover, and other times by appointment. For more information, call 803-222-4837.

Carolinas Wind Orchestra to play free concert

The Carolinas Wind Orchestra will present “Holiday Fantasia 2013: An Evening of Celebration and Joy,” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Byrnes Auditorium on Winthrop University campus.

The free program features holiday favorites, along with contemporary arrangements and standard repertoire for concert band.

The orchestra is based at Winthrop University, drawing more than 100 musicians from the greater Charlotte metropolitan area. Principal conductor is Dr. William Malambri. For this concert, it will be conducted by Drs. Stanley Michalski and Larry Wells. For more information, visit carolinaswindorchestra.org.

Choral groups performing carols Dec. 8

The York County Choral Society and Chamber Singers will present A Celebration of Carols featuring Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and concert settings of carols of the Nativity, with the Rock Hill Elementary Honors Choir as special guests, at 4 p.m. Dec. 8 in Byrnes Auditorium at Winthrop University.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 seniors 62 and older, $5 students with ID. For information, call 803-547-2008 or visit yorkcountychoralsociety.org.

Youth sought for local swine project

Saturday is the deadline to register with the Clemson Extension Service in York, Lancaster and Chester counties for the 4-H and FFA swine project and the 2014 show and sale.

Youth ages 5 to 19 will obtain a feeder pig in January, raise it for about three months and show the finished hog at the annual livestock show and sale. Youth must register as a 4-H member or be a registered member in the Clover or York FFA chapter to participate.

The weigh-in will be Monday, Jan. 6 and the show and sale will be Saturday, March 22 at the Chester Livestock Exchange in Richburg.

This is a United Way of York County-sponsored project. The Bank of York sponsors the Grand and Reserve Champion prizes and the York County Farm Bureau awards special prizes to show participants. For details, call the York County Clemson Extension Service office, 803-684-9919, ext. 113, or the Chester County Extension Service office, 803-385-6181, ext. 113.

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 helps offload.

Volunteers must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds. Being 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 211.

York to offer programs for seniors

The York Parks and Recreation Department is offering 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 needs 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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