Learn about Mended Hearts July 24 in Rock Hill

July 22, 2013 

Learn about Mended Hearts Wednesday

Gerald Kemp, regional director of Mended Hearts, will be the speaker at the Wednesday, July 24, Lunch-n-Learn from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the City Club of Rock Hill.

The cost is $15 per person, which includes buffet lunch, beverages, tax and tip. Reserve a seat by calling 803-524-5671 or visit TheHeart2HeartFoundation.org.

Each month, the Heart2Heart Foundation features programs to raise awareness about heart disease and educate women about prevention.

The local chapter meets the last Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Doctor’s Dining Room at Piedmont Medical Center.

The foundation encourages women to take advantage its screenings available at PMC. Cost is $39.95. Screenings must be scheduled in advance by calling 877-228-3638.

Barbecue served Saturday in Belmont

A barbecue fundraiser for the Belmont Historical Society will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 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.

Blood drives set throughout county

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas announces the following blood drives:

• 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 during June and July at any of CBCC’S five center locations will receive a family-sized soft-side cooler. Platelet donors are eligible to donate every two weeks. To participate, call 704-972-4700.

Deputies honored for DUI enforcement

Five York County Sheriff’s Deputies were recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the South Carolina Department of Public Safety with the DUI Enforcement Hero Award.

Deputies Jon Osborne and Matt Palmer received the silver award for making between 25 and 49 DUI arrests in 2012. Deputies Travis Shealey, Ryan King and Christopher Laurencio received the Bronze award for making between 16 and 24 DUI arrests in 2012. The Gold award is for those officers who make more than 50 DUI arrests.

“We will continue to put pressure on those people who choose to drink and drive in York County,” said Sheriff Bruce Bryant. “Drunk drivers threaten the lives and safety of the citizens of York County and we won’t tolerate it.”

Since 2011, the York County Sheriff’s Office has seen a 61 percent increase in DUI charges made in the county jurisdiction. Arrests in 2011were 148, and in 2012, 239. So far this year, the York County Sheriff’s Office has made 118 DUI arrests.

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.

KOP collecting items Aug. 3

The Kenya Orphanage Project, with founder Monique Boekhout of Lake Wylie, has been busy collecting items to ship to Kenya to benefit the children at the House of Hope, home to 160 orphans in Nairobi.

The House of Hope also has an education block with elementary and secondary schools. Plans for the future are to offer a two-year vocational teaching program on site recognized by the Kenyan government.

On Aug. 3, KOP will again collect donations at River Hills Community Church Life Center parking lot from 9 a.m. to noon. Items needed include gently used and in working condition items to be sold in a yard sale to help with shipping costs.

Items specifically needed for shipment to Kenya are:

• Children’s clothing, shoes, balls, bicycles, stuffed animals, musical instruments, back packs, books, CDs and DVDs, school supplies.

• Hygiene items: soap, deodorant, shampoo, body lotion, sanitary pads.

• Linen: Bed sheets, blankets, towels, drapes and curtains, table clothes, fabric.

For more information or to make arrangements, call 803-831-2012 or 704-301-3652.

Art exhibit applications accepted

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.

Small Arts Grants deadline Sept. 2

The deadline to apply for small grants through the Arts Council of York County is Sept. 2.

Small Grants are available to individual artists, non-profit organizations and schools throughout York County. The Small Grants Program provides support for small or pilot arts activities, artist professional development, new and developing programs or organizations, and special projects of high artistic quality that cannot support themselves.

The Arts Council allocates between $3,000-$4,000 to small grant awards each quarter. Organizations and individual artists may request up to $1,000 per grant and may receive up to two grants in a calendar year. Applications for the October - December 2013 grant period are due by at 5 p.m. Sept. 2. Information and applications are available through the Arts Council at 803-328-2787 or yorkcountyarts.org.

Art on Main accepting applications

The Fort Mill History Museum will present Art on Main, a Fine Art and Master Craft Festival, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5.

With fine art and master crafts as its focal point, Art on Main will feature local entertainment, art demonstrations and food concessions from local restaurants.

For booth or show information and applications, visit FortMillArtOnMain.org.

CAAC needs volunteers

Clover Area Assistance Center, 1130 S.C. 55 E., needs volunteers to share skills and areas of expertise.

Skills needed include curriculum development/instruction; programs and services; information technology; and financial assistance and personal budgeting.

Hourly positions for pantry and computer intake also available.

For more information, call 803-222-4837.

Meal delivery volunteers needed

The York County Council on Aging is needs volunteers to deliver meals to frail, homebound seniors in Clover. Delivery takes about one hour and can be done during a lunch hour or around that time.

Anyone interested in volunteering should call Clover Mill Senior Center at 803-222-9286 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Artist project grant available

Applications for the Regional Artist Project Grant are available.

The grant provides funding for individuals and unincorporated groups of artists to pursue projects that further enhance their artistic development.

The RAPG is open to eligible artists in all disciplines and provides an all or nothing grant of up to $2,000 to pay for one professional development fee, or to purchase or rent one piece of equipment.

Guidelines and applications are available at yorkcountyarts.org and must be submitted online by noon Sept. 19.

For more information, call 803-328-2787.

Classes for family with mentally ill offered

A free series of 12 classes for caregivers that provides basic education about brain disorders, as well as ways to improve the lives of families with a loved one living with mental illness, begins Aug. 19 at Carolinas Cornerstone Church, 1790 Gardendale Road.

The Family to Family course will cover information about mood disorders (bipolar disorder – manic-depression, major depression), panic disorder, borderline personality disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder – OCD, schizophrenia, and co-occurring brain and addictive disorders. The course will also address coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse, basic information about medications, communication skills, problem-solving skills, recovery and rehabilitation, and self-care.

Registration is required. Call 803-487-7707.

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