LAKE WYLIE The Lake Wylie Rotary Club is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Friday at Waston Insurance on S.C. 49.
Donors through June 30 are entered in a drawing for three $1,000 winners. All donors receive ceramic bowls at the Lake Wylie drive.
Garden hosts plant sales
BELMONT The Garden Store at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is expanding its annual Spring Plant Sale this month.
In addition to offering a selection of plants propagated by the staff, the garden will host plant specialty vendors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays this month.
The following are scheduled:
• April 6-7, Windcrest Farms, Vegetables, heirloom vegetables, flower, bushes and soil.
• April 13-14, Cindys Greenhouses, hanging basket, pots and tomatoes; Charlotte Bamboo, bamboo and ferns; North State Hostas, Unity Farms, heirloom vegetables.
• April 20-21, Oakdale Greenhouses, Japanese Maples, cactus, tropical and exotic plants; World of Salvias, Salvia plants and botanical art.
• April 27-28, Shagreen Nursery, annuals, perennials, herbs, hanging baskets and flowering shrubs.
Admission is free with general admission. Call 704-829-4490 or visit DSBG.org.
Speaker brings graveyard history to life
STEELE CREEK Dan Patterson, professor emeritus of English and Folklore at UNC-Chapel Hill, will speak at 2 p.m. April 7 at Old Steele Creek Presbyterian Church, 7407 Steele Creek Road. The event is sponsored by the Steele Creek Historical and Genealogical Society.
Patterson is an expert on early folkways of the North Carolina backcountry with a specialty in the early tombstone carvers of Mecklenburg and surrounding counties. He will talk about the tombstones carved by the Bigham families of the Steele Creek community. A guided graveyard tour will follow.
Patterson is the author or editor of nine books. His most recent book, The True Image: Gravestone Art and the Culture of Scotch Irish Settlers in the Pennsylvania and Carolina Backcountry, tells the story of the Bigham family of stonecutters in Pennsylvania and North Carolina from 1730 into 19th century. In describing these early settlers and their craft, he tells a story of life in early Mecklenburg that goes beyond the names and dates.
Women Build clinic Sunday
ROCK HILL As the national partner of Habitat for Humanitys Women Build program, Lowes in Rock Hill is offering free training clinics for women interested in volunteering with the Women Build.
The following training clinics are scheduled 8-9 a.m.:
• April 7 How to install insulation and drywall
• May 5 How to finish interior with paint and trim
• June 2 How to frame walls and roof (conducted offsite at Habitat for Humanity ReStore)
Space is limited to 20. Lowes in Rock Hill is at 1350 Springdale Road. For more information or to sign up to participate, call 803-328-1728 or visit yorkcountyhabitat.org.
Lake Wylie Library closed April 8-9
LAKE WYLIE The Lake Wylie Public Library will be closed April 8-9 for building maintenance. Normal operating hours will resume April 10. For information, visit yclibrary.org.
Legal preparations seminar Monday
ROCK HILL The York County Library and Family Trust Federal Credit Union are offering free workshop called Old Age is No Place for Sissies from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, at the library on Black Street.
Getting Old is Not for Sissies will be conducted by Mitchell Payne of Warner, Payne & Black. Payne is a founding member of the Carolinas Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, a charter member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners, and a member of the elder law committee for the South Carolina Bar. Hell give an overview of wills, and documents for power of attorney and healthcare power of attorney and why theyre important.
Handouts will be provided and books on the topic will be available for checkout. Participants are asked to register in advance at familytrust.org/knowyourdough or by calling James Sheedy at 803-326-2187.
This is the final workshop of Know Your Dough: Inspiring Financial Freedom, an eight-month series conducted free by the library and Family Trust Federal Credit Union.
Friends in Business invites new members
LAKE WYLIE Friends in Business of Lake Wylie is a local specialty-business networking group that welcomes visitors.
The group meets at 8 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month at Cafe 49, and 11:30 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month at All Saints Catholic Church. For more information, call 803-631-5161 or visit lakewyliebusinesses.com.
Army Band cancels Clover concert
The Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus has canceled its April 8 concert in Clover, citing defense budget cuts under sequestration.
The concert was part of the Clover School District Auditoriums performing arts series, and tickets have already been printed and distributed.
We have scheduled 139 performances in the coming months, all of which will be canceled under sequestration, Col. Timothy J Holtan said. These unusual fiscal constraints are forcing our nations senior leaders to prioritize the militarys most essential missions, ensuring that our deployed soldiers and their units remain ready, resilient, and fully supported.
York County public safety accredited
ROCK HILL After a two-year process, the York County Department of Public Safety Communications was awarded the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. accreditation March 23.
To receive CALEA accreditation, York County PSC had to meet 218 standards which include; organization, direction and supervision, human resources, recruitment, selection and promotion process, training, operations and preparation for critical incidents.
CALEA accreditation provides a management model for administration and operations of the 911 center. Also CALEA requires that all 911 communicators received appropriate training, reduces the agency liability and ensures a great accountability to the community and the agencies DPSC serve.
York County PSC is one of four accredited 911 centers in South Carolina. The York County center will be re-evaluated every three years.
The CALEA commission mentioned it was impressed that York County PSC, which was created in 2009, was able to achieve accreditation so quickly.
The awards celebration banquet was held in at the Embassy Suites in Charleston.
CALEA was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcements major executive associations to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioner.
For more information, call 803-329-0911 or visit calea.org.
Blood drives scheduled
YORK COUNTY Community Blood Center of the Carolinas has scheduled the following blood drives:
• April 3-4 10 a.m.-3 p.m., York Tech, 452 Anderson Road, Rock Hill. Free T-shirt to all donors.
• April 6, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Agape International Ministries, 135 S. Oakland Ave., Rock Hill.
• April 6, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., First Care Medical Clinic, 1462 Constitution Blvd., Rock Hill.
More public drives can be found at cbcc.us. Call 704-972-4700 for information.
Go Red For Women offers Lifestyle Change Award
CHARLOTTE The American Heart Association is accepting applications for the first Go Red For Women Change award to celebrate women who have made a change that impacts their quality of life and improves their health losing weight, lowering their cholesterol, improving their eating habits and increasing their level of physical activity. No change is too small and all accomplishments will be considered. Nomination forms are due by April 12.
The winners will be announced April 17 and then honored during the sixth annual Go Red For Women Luncheon and Educational Forum at the Charlotte Convention Center on May 16.
The nomination form for the Go Red For Women Change Award and can be found at ahacharlotte.ejoinme.org.
CAAC Gala set for April 25
CLOVER Clover Area Assistance Center announces the annual fundraising gala with this years theme, An Evening in the Orient, will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. April 25 at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont.
There will be food, open bar, live auction and music.
Cost is $90 per person. To request an invitation, call CAAC at 803-222-4837.
Arts Council accepting exhibit submissions
ROCK HILL The Arts Council of York County is accepting applications for gallery exhibitions.
The Arts Council is looking for artists interested in presenting their work in the Dalton Gallery, a professional gallery appropriated for the exhibition of experienced artists and community projects. The gallery is a 1,800-square-foot space, illuminated by adjustable track lighting.
Each year, the Arts Council presents eight exhibits. Artists wishing to be considered for 2014 may submit an entry including artists resume, written proposal for the exhibition or artist statement, inventory lists with titles, sizes and mediums, jpg images on CD or DVD, plus a $20 application fee. Artists can submit individually or as a group.
Entry deadline is May 1. For more information, visit yorkcountyarts.org or call 803-328-2787.
CAAC seeks volunteers
CLOVER Clover Area Assistance Center, 1130 Hwy. 55 E., seeks volunteers.
Volunteers are need to answer telephones in shifts from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Volunteers also are needed to assist pantry shoppers, work on special projects, help computer data entry, and classroom instruction and curriculum development.
CAAC is open 1-4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 9 a.m.-noon Thursdays.
For more information, call 803-222-4837.
Short film entries accepted
ROCK HILL The Underexposed Film Festival YC will be held Nov. 15-16 at Community Performance Center.
Independent filmmakers may submit short films in the following categories: narrative, documentary, animation or experimental, with a runtime of 45 minutes or less to participate in this juried competition.
For festival guidelines and entry information, visit withoutabox.com/login/12361 or UnderexposedFilmFestivalYC.org.
Awards totaling $1,950 will be presented at the festival.