Cornhole festival Nov. 1-2 at Carowinds

October 28, 2013 

Clover pumpkin carving, costume contest tonight

The town of Clover will host a Halloween pumpkin carving and costume contest 6-7:30 p.m. tonight, Oct. 29, at the Clover Community Center, 120 Bethel St.

Prizes will be given for first-place winners in all categories, including original carving, painted pumpkin and traditional jack o’ lantern.

Categories for the costume contest, for ages 12 and younger, are funniest costume and most original.

The event will include carnival games and refreshments.

Download an entry form at cloversc.org or call 803-222-9493.

Safe driving course Thursday in Rock Hill

AARP Drivers Safety Program will be offered for ages 26 and older 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at Cox’s Harley Davidson, 1178 Galleria Blvd.

Participants get certificates at the end of the class that may reduce the insurance rate on collision and liability coverage.

Cost is $12 for AARP members, $14 for nonmembers. Registration is required by Monday, Oct. 28.

For information or to register, call 803-789-5810 or 803-329-4405.

Sheriff’s office ups Halloween safety

The York County Sheriff’s Office will have 15 extra deputies on the streets checking on and verifying the addresses of the 145 registered sex offenders in York County on Thursday, Oct. 31.

To keep children safe during Halloween, York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant asks parents to follow a few rules:

• Be aware of sex offenders in your area.

• Go with your children to homes – make trick or treating a family event.

• Only trick-or-treat if houses are well lit.

• Never let your kids enter homes without parent’s permission

Parents can go to yorkcountysheriff.com to search for sex offenders in a neighborhood. Also people can sign up for automated email alerts, as well as find more safety tips for parents and children.

Cornhole festival this weekend at Carowinds

The American Cornhole Organization will host its South Carolina Major No. 2 Friday-Saturday, Nov. 1-2, at Carowinds. Festival on Friday will be 4-10 p.m. The festival will continue 8:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday.

The ACO South Carolina Major is a cornhole festival that will feature game challenges, Luck of the Draw tournaments, and ACO members’ only World Ranking Points singles and doubles tournaments. The Luck of the Draw tournaments and game challenges are pay-as-you-go activities that are open to the public.

The Rock Hill/York County Convention and Visitors Bureau has secured the cornhole event for two consecutive years.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 803-329-5200 or 888-563-2002.

Teen actors, singers wanted

Learn with Laughter is having an open casting call from 1 to 6 p.m. Nov. 8 for actors who sing and dance for the production of “Fun with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).” Auditions are at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St., third floor, dance studio A.

Learn with Laughter has partnered with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to present this musical production with live action, robotic puppets, magic, multimedia segments and live music for 5,000 elementary school students and the greater Charlotte community at Blumenthal Performing Arts Booth Playhouse, March 27-April 6.

Needed are: Fiona the Science Buff – female, age range 15-19, Hispanic, African-American, Asian. Must have perky, engaging personality. Must be able to sing and dance. Circus Gang – male and female, ages 15-19, all races considered. Energetic. Must be able to use a video camera onstage (camera experience). Must be able to push and pull 30-pound weight on-stage. Must be able to sing and dance.

There is pay. Actors should bring a picture and resume and prepare a song.

Grave dedication planned Nov. 9

A dedication of grave marker commemorating the service of Revolutionary War patriot James Brian Sr. will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 9 at Mill Creek Cemetery, 431 Harper-Davis Road.

The public is invited. For more information or if you plan to lay a wreath, email murrayw@comporium.net.

Thread Trail seeks volunteer help

The Carolina Thread Trail seeks volunteers to help clean trash along Lake Wylie’s shoreline at the Seven Oaks Preserve Trail to prepare for its public debut.

Volunteer hours available are 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Nov. 13 and again Nov. 14. Lunch will be provided noon-1 p.m. Also, gloves, snacks and water will be provided.

This trail will connect to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.

Volunteers will meet in the back of the parking lot of the garden. There will be signs for the meeting location.

Register to volunteer at carolinathreadtrail.org/cervis-volunteer-event-registration-page/. You will need to create a volunteer profile with the Carolina Thread Trail.

Blood drives set in York County

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas announces the following blood drives in York County:

• 4-6:30 p.m. Nov. 5, Army Recruitment Office, 2301 Dave Lyle Blvd., Rock Hill.

• 3-8 p.m. Nov. 27, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Donors get a free movie ticket.

• 3-8 p.m. Nov. 30, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Donors get a free movie ticket.

The center will hold the ninth annual ‘Puppies for Patients’ program Friday, Nov. 1-Dec. 31. Donors who give blood during this time will be able to sign a tag that will be attached to a stuffed toy puppy and delivered to children in area hospitals and care facilities during the holidays.

More public drives can be found online at cbcc.us. Call 704-972-4700 or go to carolinadonor.org to make an appointment at any location.

Gardeners can give extras locally

A local group wants to enlist York County gardeners in the fight against food insecurity.

“An estimated 25 percent of York County residents aren’t sure where their next meal will come,” said Lori Nash, a volunteer with the Master Gardeners of York County.

Food pantries often lack refrigeration or the ability to store fresh vegetables on an ongoing basis, so they focus on canned and boxed goods, Nash said.

“But fresh produce is essential to healthy living, and many of our gardens produce a bit extra that could go to good use,” she said.

Nash, chair of the nonprofit group’s Share the Harvest York County committee, said anyone who grows vegetables can now donate food through 12 organizations, including Clover Area Assistance Center, in York County. The list is available at yorkmg.org/sharetheharvest, includes a map, addresses, telephone numbers and other information about specific agencies.

Master Gardeners give away several thousand pounds of vegetables every year. Organizations may email mailto:info@yorkmg.org to be included on the list.

Animal shelter seeks volunteers

The York County Animal Shelter needs volunteers to help with bathing, grooming, exercising, socializing, training, providing adoption information, and assisting in follow-ups, publicity and marketing, and various other jobs at the shelter.

Volunteers must be 18 or older, and orientation and training are required. For information, call 803-628-3190 or visit the shelter at 713 Justice Blvd.

Memory screenings offered Nov. 19

As part of National Memory Screening Day, an annual initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, HarborChase Assisted Living & Memory Care in Rock Hill and Hospice of South Carolina will offer free, confidential memory screenings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 19 at 1611 Constitution Blvd.

Qualified healthcare professionals will administer the memory screenings and provide educational materials about memory concerns, brain health and caregiving. The face-to-face screenings consist of a series of questions and tasks, and takes 5 to 10 minutes to administer.

AFA suggests memory screenings for anyone concerned about memory loss or experiencing warning signs of dementia; whose family and friends have noticed changes in them; who believe they are at risk due to a family history of dementia; or who want to see how their memory is now and for future comparisons.

Screeners emphasize that results are not a diagnosis, and encourage individuals who score poorly as well as those who still have concerns to pursue a full medical examination.

For more information, call 803-981-6855 or visit harborchase.com/rockhill.htm.

CAAC seeks food donations

Clover Area Assistance Center is requesting donations green beans, sweet peas, black eyed peas and pinto beans (dry or canned), chicken noodle soup, canned pasta with meat and broth.

Donations may be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday at CAAC, 1130 S.C. 55 E. For more information, call 803-222-4837.

Volunteer food shoppers needed

Clover Area Assistance Center is looking for volunteers to serve four to five hours spans once or twice a month to help select foods for purchase from Charlotte area food bank Second Harvest.

Volunteers will be responsible for loading pallets and large boxes of food into a 26-foot truck and then offloading the merchandise into the CAAC warehouse.

Volunteers work in teams of three to select the food, and an additional team of four assist with offloading.

Volunteers must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds, able to drive and maneuver a large truck and forklift is a plus, but not required.

CAAC is located at 1130 S.C. 55 E. Food donations can be dropped off at CAAC 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday.

For more information or to obtain a volunteer application packet, call 803-222-4837.

Assistance available

Carolina Community Actions Inc. has money available to assist low-income families with services including mortgage, rent, water and heating bills. CCA’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, General Emergency Assistance Program and Duke Energy Project Share Program assists eligible households with benefits ranging from $50 to $1,000.

In addition, CCA Inc. administers employment, license for Certified Nursing Assistance, books, supplies, GED, childcare and youth leadership programs. Qualification is based on total gross household income during the past 30 days.

For more information, call 803-329-5196 or call 211.

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.

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