Veterans Affairs office at new location in York

November 5, 2013 

Abilene Brothers is helped by Lynn Schmidgall, left, and Barb Candler, all of Lake Wylie, at Victory Farms in Gastonia.


Veterans Affairs office at new location

The York County Veterans Affairs office has moved across the street to the agriculture building at 6 S. Congress St.

Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., with appointments requested. For more information, call 803-684-8529.

Mulvaney meeting Wednesday in Rock Hill

U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina Dist. 5 will host a town hall meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Baxter Hood Center; York Technical College, 452 S. Anderson Road.

Mulvaney will give a presentation, and host a question-and-answer period.

Garden to start children’s section

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, will break ground at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, on Lot Hollow, The Kimbrell Children’s Garden.

For garden information, call 703-829-1261.

Teen actors, singers auditions Friday

Learn with Laughter is having an open casting call from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, 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.

Sleigh Bell Network gearing up

United Way of York County’s Sleigh Bell Network, partnering with WRHI’s Toys for Happiness Program and The Herald’s Empty Stocking Fund will begin taking applications for Holiday Assistance at the following locations:

• Family Resource Center, ParentSmart, 410 E. Black St.,Rock Hill, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays - Nov. 8, Nov. 15, Nov. 22 and Dec. 6. 803-980-2079.

• Family Resource Center, Parenting Partnerships, 37 Pinckney St., York, 9 a.m.-noon Fridays - Nov. 8 and Nov. 15 - and noon-3 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 22 and Dec. 6. 803-684-1504.

• YMCA, 402 Charlotte Ave., Rock Hill, 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 16. 803-980-8697.

Applicants must live in York County and must be the parent or legal guardian of eligible child. Children must be no older than 14. Applicant must sign-up at one location and no other assistance program. Call 803-980-8697 for more information.

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

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

Grave dedication Saturday in Lake Wylie

A dedication of grave marker commemorating the service of Revolutionary War patriot James Brian Sr. will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, 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

Clover’s First UMC

to host veterans

A community recognition program to honor veterans and military personnel and their families will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at First United Methodist Church on Bethel Street in Clover.

The event will feature the 208th Army Reserve Band, and is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged. For details, call the church, 803-222-3496.

York County libraries closed Monday

All York County libraries will be closed Monday, Nov. 11, for staff training. Normal operating hours will resume Nov. 12.

In addition, all York County libraries will be closed Nov. 28-Dec. 1 for Thanksgiving.

For more information, call 803-831-7774 or visit

Food donations for holiday meals needed

Clover Area Assistance Center is collecting food for holiday meals.

Items needed include turkeys and hams of all sizes. Nonperishable food items needed are: cranberry sauce, potatoes, yams, green beans, corn, gravy, stuffing mix, broth, olives, pie filling, quick bread mixes, and biscuit or muffin mix.

Holiday food distribution begins Nov. 13 and will continue through Dec. 19.

Food can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at CAAC, 1130 Hwy. 55 E. Other times by appointment. For more information, call 803-222-4837.

Keystone thanks leaders

Keystone Substance Abuse Services, which serves as the York County authority for substance abuse, honored Sen. Wes Hayes and Rep. Gary Simrill during its Oct. 21 board meeting in appreciation for their work.

Keystone submitted a request in the state budget for funds to expand the current Ebenezer Road location. Keystone worked with the York County delegation that strongly supported the state request of more than $1.5 million. After working through the veto process, the request was included in South Carolina’s Capital Reserve Fund for $750,000 on June 27.

York County is now one step closer to having a prevention and adolescent center housing youth and adolescent substance abuse prevention and treatment programs under one roof.

For more information about Keystone, call 803-324-4118 or visit

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.

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

Victory Farm volunteer training class Nov. 16

Victory Farm is looking for volunteers and will be holding a volunteer training class at 2 p.m. Nov. 16 at the farm.

Volunteers do not need horse experience, but should be comfortable around horses.

Along with working with horses and riders, Victory Farm needs volunteer coordinators and help with fundraising projects.

Dory Pell, Victory Farm program director, is a certified Horsemanship Association instructor of riders with disabilities in cognitive and physical categories and is Safety/Standards and Horsemanship instructor certified.

For directions to the farm or more information, call 704-241-2270 or email

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.

For more information, call 803-981-6855 or visit

Meet the Breeds Nov. 23 in Steele Creek

The 23rd annual Piedmont Kennel Club Meet the Breeds event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 23 at 13607 Choate Circle.

While reminding people that puppies are not stocking stuffers and promoting Responsible Dog Ownership Day, the club plans to to fill area stockings for children ages 6 month to 16 by asking attendees to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Magical Toy Drive for distribution by the Greater Charlotte Salvation Army.

Meet trainers, breeds and their owners, and enjoy the Pooch Parade. The event is free.

For more information, call 704-282-4947 or visit

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