Community news for Jan. 30

January 29, 2014 

Relay team plans Zumba party

The First Baptist Church Stars of Hope Relay for Life team will have a Cupid-style Zumba party from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 8 at the Carolina Crossing YMCA.

There will be a free nursery, door prizes and more. Cost is $10 at the door. For details, or advance tickets, contact Annissa Biggers at

York center to host diabetic shoe clinic

The York Senior Center, 14 N. Congress St., will host a diabetic shoe clinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3.

A certified shoe fitter with a variety of diabetic shoes for men and women will be there. The event is open to the public and to diabetics on Medicare.

Bring your Medicare card and doctor’s name and address. For details, call 803-804-0275.

Registration begins for Girls on the Run

Registration for Girls on the Run of the Tri County, presented by Piedmont Medical Center, opened this week. Activities begin Feb. 24 and end with the Girls on the Run 5K on May 10.

The after-school program inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

For information, go to To volunteer, contact Lindy Morris at 803-493-3834 or email

Clover Optimists plan contest

The Clover Optimist Club will host its annual oratorical contest for area youth at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 29.

Youth will be asked to write and speak on the topic “How my passions impact the world.” The speech must be four to five minutes long.

Each contestant must prepare his or her own speech, and may receive advice in the preparation.

The contest is open to all youth younger than 19. Parental permission is required.

The contest will be at the Clover Optimist Club, 1500 Tom Joye Road, Clover. Entrants should bring a copy of their speech, a copy of their birth certificate and the application.

For details, or an application, contact Ashby or Josie Skinnell at 803-684-2008 or email

GOP group invites new members to Feb. 28 meeting

The Clover-Lake Wylie Republican Women’s Club welcomes newcomers, visitors and members to its Feb. 28 membership luncheon at River Hills Country Club.

Featured speaker is Kim Wellman, president of the S.C. Federation of Republican Women.

The meeting will begin with an 11:30 a.m. social, followed by lunch and speaker at noon. Cost of the luncheon is $18 per person. To reserve a seat with or without lunch (please specify), email by Feb. 25.

To become a member of the Clover Lake Wylie Republican Women's Club, email Annual membership dues are $25; dues for associate members (men) are $10. CLWRW membership includes an automatic membership in the SC Federation of Republican Women and the National Federation of Republican Women.

School bond focus of Feb. 4 Rotary meeting

Clover School District Superintendent Marc Sosne and Public Information Officer Mychal Frost will present information about the school district’s March 22 bond referendum during the Feb. 4 Lake Wylie Rotary Club meeting at Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, 5220 Crowders Cove Road.

The presentation will feature a multimedia overview of the five projects included on the $67 million bond package. Lunch costs $9, catered by Christopher’s. For more information, visit

Polar Plunge planned Feb. 22 for Special Olympics

Area Eleven Special Olympics will host the third annual Frozen Fans Polar Plunge at Ebenezer Park on Lake Wylie. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and the plunge is at noon.

Proceeds will benefit Special Olympics athletes in York, Chester and Lancaster counties by providing year round sports training and competition for local, state and national competitions.

A minimum of $50 must be raised to take the plunge and participants will receive a Frozen Fans T-shirt. Fun costumes are encouraged, but not required. Registration is not necessary. For more information, email

Gardening symposium planned

Seven experts on gardening will be featured during the ninth annual Joy of Gardening Symposium March 1 at Baxter Hood Center, York Technical College, Rock Hill.

Speakers include Joe Lamp’l, Barry Glick, Cory Tanner, Stephanie Turner, Keven Shanks, Paul Thompson and Rolf Mischker. Topics range from the “Five Biggest Mistakes in Our Gardens and How to Fix Them” to “Organic Pest Management.”

Nearly 20 vendors will offer plants, gardening books, pottery, jewelry and other items during the event.

Registration will open at 8 a.m. Cost is $50 and includes lunch and drawings for door prizes.

Registration is available at Deadline is Feb. 21. For information, call Nancy Newman at 704-443-1366.

The symposium is sponsored by the Master Gardeners of York County.

HIV/AIDS awareness event planned

The Catawba Care Coalition will observe the 14th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day with an event 1-4:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Emmett Scott Recreation Center, 801 Crawford Road, Rock Hill. It will include free food, door prizes, entertainment, free health screenings and HIV testing.

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