Boys & Girls Clubs of York County benefit lunch served Dec. 5 in Rock Hill

December 3, 2012 

Good Folks of York County’s annual fundraiser lunch will be held Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Baxter Hood Center at York Technical College.

The buffet line opens at 11:45 a.m.

The event raises money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of York County, which provides after-school and summer camp programs at three locations. Donations will help the group buy a bus that can pick up children at schools and be used for field trips, while saving money for programming.

For more information, visit

Volunteers needed

United Way of York County’s Sleigh Bell Network needs volunteers to collect and pack toys from 9:30 to 1 p.m. Dec. 8 and Dec. 15.

Toys for all ages and $10 gift cards are greatly needed.

For more information or to request volunteer group times, email or call 803-554-2803.

‘Winter Wonderful’ Saturday in Fort Mill

The Charlotte Knights are holding “Winter Wonderful” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, 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 the 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. The last day to donate is Dec. 21.

Blood drives scheduled

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas announces the following drives this month:

• noon-4:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Edgewater Corporate Center, 3023 HSBC Way, Fort Mill.

• 2:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Lowe’s, 1640 Hwy. 160 W., Fort Mill.

• 4-8 p.m. Dec. 15, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Free movie ticket to all donors.

4-6 p.m. Dec. 17, Army Recruitment Office, 2301 Dave Lyle Blvd., Rock Hill.

• 1-7 p.m. Dec. 20, Piedmont Medical Center, 222 S. Herlong Ave., Rock Hill.

• 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 21, Piedmont Medical Center, 222 S. Herlong Ave., Rock Hill.

• 7:30-10:30 a.m. Dec. 21, city of Tega Cay, 7200 Tega Cay Drive, Tega Cay.

• 2-4 p.m. Dec. 23, Best Buy, 1775 Chamberside Drive, Rock Hill.

• 4-8 p.m. Dec. 29, 2012, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Free movie ticket to all donors.

Donors who give blood through Dec. 31 will be able to sign a tag for Puppies for Patients program that will then be attached to a stuffed animal puppy and delivered to children in area hospitals during the holidays. Sign up to donate at or call 704-972-4700.

Call 704-972-4700 or visit to make an appointment.

CAAC seeks holiday meal donations

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.

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Film fest winners announced

Winners of the Arts Council of York County inaugural Underexposed Film Festival are:

• Exposed, best in show: “Twenty-one Questions,” directed by Micah Troublefield. A scientist’s attempt at time travel lands him in an inter-dimensional legal snafu.

In The Limelight, 2nd place: “The Endless,” directed by Rusty Sheridan. A jaded voyeur traverses a cold city at night, contemplating the existence and the recurring randomness of everything.

• Out of the Shadows, 3rd place: “City of Canvas: The Story of Camp Greene,” directed by Jack Dillard. This is the story of Camp Greene, the World War I training camp in Charlotte.

• Everyone Loved It, audience choice: “Twenty-one Questions,” directed by Micah Troublefield. A scientist’s attempt at time travel lands him in an inter-dimensional legal snafu.

The Underexposed Film Festival was held Nov. 9-10 at the Community Performance Center, and showcased many award-winning films from Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and Festival de Cannes.

Carolina Community Actions Inc. is offering low-income families additional assistance with heating bills, water, mortgage and rent.

CCA also administers a family assessment program to assist with obtaining employment, license for Certified Nursing Assistant, supplies, General Education Degree and child care.

CCA’s Low-Income Home Energy and General Emergency assistance programs assist eligible households twice a year with benefits up to $1,000. Qualification is based on total gross household income during the past 30 days.

Applications for emergency heating (bills with cut-off notice), HVAC units, rent and mortgage assistance will be taken Mondays through Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. at the Apple West Center, 546 S. Cherry Road, Rock Hill, SC.

Assistance may be provided up to $1,000.

Applications for non-emergency heating assistance will be taken at the following locations throughout York County. Assistance may be provided up to $750.

Specific information can be obtained by calling 2-1-1 or 1-866-892-9211.

Pancake breakfast with Santa Dec. 15

The River Hills Lions Club’s annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa Claus will be served from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Dec. 15 at Camp Thunderbird.

Cost is $10 per child and $5 per adult, and includes pancake breakfast, pony rides, face painting, bounce houses and a picture with Santa Claus.

Donate food to pay library fine

The annual Food for Fines program runs through Dec. 31 at all York County libraries.

Library users may pay off fines for overdue materials with nonperishable food and personal hygiene items.

For each donated item, $1 will be credited to outstanding fines only, but will not cover the cost of lost or damaged materials.

All types of nonperishable food items, toiletries and disposable diapers will be collected. Items collected will be donated to York County food banks.

Library patrons are encouraged to participate even if they have no outstanding library fines.

For more information, visit

Tree auction benefit Dec. 20

HarborChase Festival of Trees Auction will be held 4:30-8 p.m. Dec. 20 at 1611 Constitution Blvd.

More than 25 decorated live Fraser Fir trees decorated by local businesses will be auctioned to benefit the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and festive drinks will be served.

Reservations requested. Call 888-573-5948 or 803-981-6855.

HSYC Christmas shop open

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.

• Clover Area Assistance Center seeks the following volunteers: to answer telephones, financial assistance counselors, computer data entry clerks for client intake, pantry workers, special project workers and classroom instruction/curriculum development. CAAC, 1130 S.C. 55 E., is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday. Telephone volunteers are needed in shifts from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during days of operation. For more information, call 803-222-4837 or email

• Volunteers are needed at the York County Animal Shelter to help with bathing and grooming, exercising, socializing, training, providing adoption information and follow-up, publicity and marketing. Volunteers must be 18, and orientation and training are required. For more information, call 803-628-3190 or visit the shelter, 713 Justice Blvd., York. Applications are available online at

• Agape Hospice of the Piedmont has patients and families in the York and Clover areas who need the caring support of local volunteers. Volunteer services can be an exceptional gift to patients and their families. Volunteers can offer a variety of services such as: provide clerical or administrative office support; provide caregiver relief; baking ministry; visit patients for companionship or socialization; listen to memories or record life stories; share music, magazines, books or scriptures; hold a hand or share a smile. To learn more, call 803-517-2021 or email

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