Libraries closed Thursday
YORK COUNTY All York County libraries will be closed Thursday, July 4. Normal operating hours will resume Friday. For information about library programs and services, visit yclibrary.org.
Neurologist to speak at MS meeting
LAKE WYLIE Dr. Michael Kaufman, an award-winning clinical neurologist, will be the guest speaker at a Multiple Sclerosis support group meeting at 7 p.m. July 11 at the home of Cathy Penson, 4474 Island Forks Road.
Kaufman has been involved in several MS research projects and is past chairman of the Integrative Panel of the Congressionally Directed MS Research Program. He will be available to answer questions.
For reservations, call 704-301-3569.
Gettin’ Lucky on the Lake July 13
STEELE CREEK Gettin’ Lucky on the Lake annual fundraiser for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. July 13 at the Red Fez Club.
Along with door prizes and entertainment, there will be a reverse raffle with the grand prize of $1,000 with a pre-purchased $50 ticket. Call 704-634-2800 for tickets or more information.
Art exhibit applications accepted
LAKE WYLIE The committee for the “Visions of Art” invites experienced and beginner artists in Lake Wylie and surrounding areas to submit works for the Sept. 20-21 non-juried exhibit at River Hills Country Club.
Applications for paintings, sculpture and photography will be accepted through Aug. 23. The entry fee is $30.
Artists age 18 and older may submit three entries with size restrictions. Participants are invited to meet the public at a preview party from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday.
Call 704-617-9180 or 803-831-7173 for an application or more information.
French students tour France
GASTONIA Ten students from Gaston Day and Clover High school took a trip to France from June 10-19 with French teacher Sue Brown and their parents.
The tour included sites in the cities of Paris, Bordeaux, Carcassonne, Nimes, Avignon, Biarritz, the beaches of the Riviera in Cassis and Nice, Monte Carlo and the Fragonard perfume factory in Eze. They also went to San Sebastian, Spain.
Among the students were Clover High School students Amber Oliveri, daughter of Jeff and Wally Oliveri of Lake Wylie, and Maggie Ballard, daughter of Amber and Greg Ballard of Clover, and Gaston Day School student Paige Brown, daughter of Chris and Sue Brown of Lake Wylie.
in DUI blitz
YORK COUNTY A DUI enforcement blitz ended June 22 with 12 Driving Under the Influences cases made by the Highway Patrol in York County.
With this week’s holiday, Lt. Cpl. Billy Elder of the community relations office in Rock Hill says, “Stay alert, drive sober, buckle up, slow down and watch for pedestrians.”
YORK York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant announces two members of York County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 1786 brought home academic awards from the June 16-21 North Carolina Academy for Law Enforcement Explorers training camp at the North Carolina Justice Academy in Salemburg, N.C.
Explorer Tayler Case was awarded the Master Police Officer and Jeremiah M. Goodson Jr. Advanced Class Academic Award.
Explorer Britney May won the Basic Class Deputy Charles Hester Academic Award. The academic award is given to the Explorer with the highest test average at the end of training
Each award is named after law enforcement personnel who have died in the line of duty.
Also attending the camp was Taylor Eddington (Advanced Class), Matthew Rushing and Mathew Beatson (Basic Class). In addition, Sgt. Robert Wooten and Deputy Mike Doty of the York County Sheriff’s Office served as academy advisors for the week.
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Arts council awarded
ROCK HILL The Arts Council of York County executive director, Debra Heintz, announced June 20 the receipt of a $5,000 grant from York County Community Foundation.
The grant was awarded to assist with funding for new comprehensive software to expertly manage current patrons and support growth in the next 5 to 7 years and to expand the annual Blues & Jazz Festival in October.
For more information about the council, call 803-328-2787 or visit yorkcountyarts.org.
Artists’ entries due July 12
ROCK HILL The Arts Council of York County presents the 24th annual Juried Competition at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St. The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. July 12.
The Juried Competition is open internationally to artists 18 and older. Only original work, created in the last two years, and not previously shown at the Center for the Arts, Dalton Gallery will be accepted. All forms of media are eligible, including video.
Entry fees cost $30 for up to two pieces, each additional piece is $10 for members; or $40 per entry, each additional piece is $10, for non-members. Limit four pieces per artist.
Top award is $1,000. Winners will be announced at a free, public reception to be held at the Center for the Arts at 6 p.m. Aug. 15.
Visit yorkcountyarts.org for guidelines, or call 803-328-2787 for more information.
Discovery Place adds education center
CHARLOTTE Discovery Place is creating a new center dedicated to providing pre K-12 educators with the skills necessary to be inspiring teachers of science, technology, engineering and math.
The new program will be housed in the Bank of America STEM Center for Career Development, in space provided by Bank of America immediately adjacent to Discovery Place’s uptown complex. Duke Energy has committed $450,000 over several years to enable the program to expand to hundreds of teachers throughout the state.
The new center will combine principles of informal science education and inquiry-based learning to provide educators with STEM content knowledge plus creative strategies designed to engage students.
Blood drives set
YORK COUNTY Community Blood Center of the Carolinas announces the following blood drives:
• July 6, 4-8 p.m., Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Free movie ticket for donors.
• July 15, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Oakdale Presbyterian Church, 12585 Hwy. 55, Clover.
• July 17, 1:30-5:30 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1300 India Hook Road, Rock Hill.
• July 20, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Lakewood Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 3520 Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill.
• July 25, 1:30-3:30 p.m., McClancy Seasoning Co., 1 Spice Road, Fort Mill.
• July 27, 2013, 4-8 p.m., Charlotte Knights, 2280 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill. Free game admission for donors.
For blood donation information, call 704-972-4700 or visit carolinadonor.org.
The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas also is holding a whole blood and platelet donation campaign.
Donors who give whole blood two times at one of CBCC’s five donor centers – Charlotte, Hickory, Monroe, Gastonia and Concord – through Sept. 30 will be entered into the “Grilling Hot Summer” drawing for a Weber Genesis E310 gas grill. Donors will receive a free T-shirt for their first donation. For appointments, call 704-972-4729.
For those who donate platelets three times June and July will receive a family-sized soft-side cooler. Platelet donors are eligible to donate every two weeks. To participate, call 704-972-4700.
Library summer reading programs continue
York County libraries are offering summer reading programs for all ages.
Participants may keep track of hours read with the online summer reading program.
The four programs are: “Tiny Tots” designed for children ages 3 and younger and their parent; “Dig into Reading” for children ages 12; “Beneath the Surface” for rising sixth-12th graders; and “Groundbreaking Reads” for adults.
Each reading program features special prizes and incentives for those who complete the reading requirements.
In addition, free programs for children and families include weekly performances by puppeteers, theatre groups, and others.
Teens can participate in free programs including geocaching, chess club, anime and more.
The summer reading programs are sponsored by Friends of the York County Library. Register at yclibrary.org and view a complete schedule of summer programs.
Horse trails conference July 18-20 in Rock Hill
ROCK HILL The first National Equestrian Trails Conference will be held July 18-20 at the Baxter M. Hood Center with equestrian experts from across the country helping to educate trail riders on policies and practices.
The three-day conference themed, “Helping the American Trail Rider Understand Conservation Policy,” will feature presentations on the future of wilderness; policies that affect trails, trail horses and trail riders; qualities of good horse trails; protected species and how they affect land use; use of private lands; preserving open space; and creating trails through partnership.
There also will be a Youth Trails Quiz Bowl, a friendly competition testing trail building knowledge.
Attendees will visit local attractions featuring equestrian amenities such as Kings Mountain parks and Anne Springs Close Greenway.
Conference registration costs $200. A single-day registration fee is $80.
For more information, call 803-828-288-3911 or 803-329-5200, or visit NETC2013.com.
Barbecue in Belmont July 27
BELMONT A barbecue fundraiser for the Belmont Historical Society will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 27 at 40 E. Catawba St.
Music by the Elks Academy will be provided from 2 to 5 p.m.
Plates cost $8 and include barbecue, beans, slaw, dessert, two buns and sauce. Used books, drinks and cookies will be for sale.
Call 704-724-6086 or 704-491-0790 to order tickets or for more information.