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ROCK HILL Hospice & Community Care will offer a five-week Coping with the Holidays support group beginning on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the Hospice & Community Care campus.
The group is open to the community at no charge. Space is limited, so registration is required by today, Nov. 27. Call 803-329-1500 or 800-895-CARE and ask to speak to a grief counselor.
Grant’s Santas and the high school exhibits open
ROCK HILL The Arts Council of York County is holding a free, public reception for the Vernon Grant Santa! – Celebrating a Holiday Tradition exhibit from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St. The event is during Rock Hill’s annual ChritmasVille festival.
The exhibition features more than 30 reproductions from original artworks published during Grant’s career in commercial illustration and best known as the creator of the Kellogg’s Rice Krispies characters Snap! Crackle! and Pop! His work can be viewed throughout the year at The Vernon Grant Gallery at the Museum of York County. Vote for your favorite Vernon Grant Santa! through the end of December.
Also happening at the Center for the Arts at the same time in the Edmund Lewandowski Classroom Gallery, the Arts Council of York County hosts the York County High School Art Exhibit Reception and Awards Ceremony, presented by the Yorkville Artists’ Guild. This reception is free and open to the public.
For more information, visit chmuseums.org. For more information, call 803-328-2787.
Head to York Thursday for celebration
YORK The York Downtown Business Association will present a new holiday event, Welcome to Christmas in Downtown York, from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. Each business owner in the downtown area will offer a special event, refreshments or special deals to invite customers in.
“This just kind of kicks off the business selling season for us,” said event organizer Ronnie Bailes, owner of The Men’s Shop on Congress Street. “Almost every one of the businesses on the street are participating. It should be a good evening for downtown.”
Santa will visit and Christmas carolers will be roaming Congress Street during the evening, he said.
Bailes said the event offers an opportunity to showcase downtown York at the holiday season to local residents and those who want to learn more about the community.
“So many communities have lost their downtowns,” Bailes said, “and it’s unique that we have been able to maintain ours.”
Fort Mill author plans book signing in York
YORK Fort Mill author Sam Shope will sign copies of his new Christian book, “A Donkey’s Tale,” from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Footprints Christian Bookstore, 9 N. Congress St.
In Shope’s story from the Gospel of Matthew, Roman is the donkey who has been blessed with perhaps the greatest privilege for a donkey ever - carrying the Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem for His triumphant entry. Readers can experience this tale with his filly-niece and colt-nephew, Sarah and Michael, as he recounts to them his journey.
Clover tree lighting event Friday
CLOVER An official Christmas tree lighting for the Clover community is planned from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Centennial Park in Clover. The lighting will be at 6:30 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the Greater Clover Chamber of Commerce.
Downtown businesses are encouraged to extend hours that evening. Holiday decorations, activities and music are planned in the downtown area. For more information, call 803-627-4619 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candy Cane Market open Saturday
ROCK HILL The Professional Business Women’s Association of York County is hosting its third annual York County Candy Cane Market from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the York Tech Baxter Hood Center.
Stroll through the rows of booths featuring a variety of local vendors, including crafts, artisans, gift stores and home-based businesses.
Free admissions to patrons, festive decorations throughout and proceeds from The Candy Cane Market benefit the PBWA Scholarship Fund.
Visit candycanemarket.com for more information.
Chamber gala reservations accepted
LAKE WYLIE The Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce annual Holiday Gala will be held from 6:30 p.m. to midnight Dec. 6 at River Hills Country Club.
Music will be by The Classics. To make a reservation, call 803-831-2827.
Knights hosts ‘Winter Wonderland’
FORT MILL The Charlotte Knights are holding “Winter Wonderful” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at Knights Stadium.
The event will feature a toy and coat drive, a tree lot, arts and crafts for children, face painting, holiday music and an appearance by Santa Claus.
The event will take place in the Knights Stadium picnic area, which will be covered in snow. Fans are asked to enter through the picnic area gate located in Lot 6.
Fans unable to make the event can stop by Knights Stadium to donate a toy or coat during regular business hours 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 21.
Humane Society Christmas shop open
FORT MILL The annual Humane Society of York County Christmas shop, run by volunteers, is open at 725 Stockbridge Commons.
The shop sells Christmas decorations and gifts, including many hand-crafted items, at low prices.
CAAC seeks holiday meal donations
CLOVER Clover Area Assistance Center is collecting food for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals through Dec. 13.
Items wanted include turkeys, hams, stuffing, gravy mix, gelatin, pie crust, canned yams, potatoes, cranberries, pie filling and fruit. Disposable roasting pans also are requested.
Items may be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at CAAC, 1130 Hwy. 55 E.
Christmas meal items will be handed out the week of Dec. 10.
For more information, visit cloverareaassistance.org.