Trail opening Friday
BELMONT, N.C. Seven Oaks Preserve Trail will open at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. The parking lot is located at 6900 S. New Hope Road, N.C.
The 2.8-mile trail runs along Lake Wylie’s shoreline and has been under construction at the Seven Oaks Preserve since summer. The trail is on a preserve protected by Catawba Lands Conservancy and connects to other trails at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.
After a brief opening ceremony that includes a ribbon cutting and a sign unveiling, there will be a guided nature hike.
Good Folks lunch Wednesday in Rock Hill
ROCK HILL Good Folks of York County will raise money for two charities at its annual buffet lunch beginning at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the Richardson Ballroom at Winthrop University’s DiGiorgio Center.
Proceeds go to the Adult Enrichment Center in Rock Hill for a sheltered walkway to protect disabled adults from inclement weather, and to the Palmetto Pregnancy Center in Rock Hill for ultrasound equipment and training.
For more information, visit goodfolksofyorkcounty.com.
Chorale group launches biscuit program for soldiers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Charlotte Chorale invites the community to help give about 2,000 Fort Jackson soldiers traveling through the Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Dec. 19 a holiday treat.
For the fifth year, the singing group, directed by Kevin Gray of Lake Wylie, is collecting $1 donations for its “Buy a Biscuit” program to give these Columbia-based Army service members a warm sausage biscuit when they arrive by bus at 4:30 a.m. on their journey home for Christmas. The program is part of an ongoing partnership with the Chorale and the airport’s USO of N.C. Charlotte Center.
Donations will be collected at the Chorale’s Spirit of Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the McGlohon Theater in Charlotte or can be mailed to Charlotte Chorale, P.O. Box 471005, Charlotte, NC 28247. Checks should be made payable to Charlotte Chorale and “Buy a Biscuit” noted. All donations are tax deductible.
Keeping with this year’s motto, “Celebrating 10 Years of Great Music & Giving Back,” the choral group also has partnered with the American Red Cross.
Dec. 14 concertgoers are encouraged to bring new blankets to be donated to the Charlotte chapter of the American Red Cross for local residents in need. The donation drive pays homage to music from “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” which will be performed during the concert. A blanket drop-off bin also will be located at the American Red Cross office, 2425 Park Road, Charlotte, N.C.
Concert tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students 16 and younger, and available online at carolinatix.org.
Library taking food for fines
YORK COUNTY York County Libraries will be collecting “Food for Fines” through Dec. 31 to encourage the return of overdue library materials while giving back to the community.
Library users may pay off fines for overdue materials with nonperishable food and personal hygiene items. For each donated item, $1 will be credited to outstanding fines. It will not cover the cost of lost or damaged materials.
Nonperishable food items, toiletries and disposable diapers will be collected for local food banks. Library patrons are encouraged to participate even if they have no outstanding library fines.
Donations will be accepted at any library and on the Bookmobile. For more information, visit yclibrary.org.
More than 500 ride for Toys for Tot event
CLOVER Hundreds of motorcycles thundered through the area on Nov. 10 for the ninth annual Joy 4 Tots Toy Ride, organized by Sheila Walker of Clover.
Riders started at Oakridge Community Center with more than 500 motorcycles starting at 2 p.m. traveling through Clover and ending the ride at Roosevelt Community Park.
Clover High School Girls Varsity Basketball team helped at the finish collecting the toys. Participants were treated to soup, chicken, fish, desserts and more.
The 10th annual Joy 4 Tots Ride is scheduled Nov. 9, 2014.
Be a Santa to a Senior
ROCK HILL Home Instead Senior Care is teaming up with nonprofit agencies and area retailers to sponsor Be a Santa to a Senior – a program that collects, wraps and delivers gifts to senior citizens in York and Chester counties. The program runs through Dec. 20.
Golden Corral, 1031 N. Anderson Road, Rock Hill, has a tree up until Dec. 13 featuring ornaments with seniors’ first names and their gift requests. Holiday shoppers can pick an ornament from the tree, buy the items listed and return them unwrapped to the store, with the ornament attached.
The Home Instead Senior Care office will enlist volunteers from its staff, senior-care business associates, nonprofit volunteers and others to collect, wrap and distribute the gifts. Delivery begins Dec. 16.
For more information, call 803-817-1901 or visit BeaSantatoaSenior.com.
Holiday meal deliveries underway
CLOVER 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 continues through Dec. 19.
Food can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at CAAC, 1130 Highway 55 E., Clover. Other times by appointment. For more information, call 803-222-4837.
Blood drives set in York County
YORK COUNTY Community Blood Center of the Carolinas announces the following blood drives in York County:
• 1-7 p.m. Dec. 19, Piedmont Medical Center, 222 S. Herlong Ave., Rock Hill.
• 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 20, Piedmont Medical Center, 222 S. Herlong Ave., Rock Hill.
• 2-6 p.m. Dec. 22, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Donors receive a free movie ticket.
• 4-8 p.m. Dec. 26, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Donors receive a free movie ticket.
The center is holding its ninth annual Puppies for Patients program through 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.
Environmental program accepting applications
YORK COUNTY Farmers may apply by Dec. 20 for cost-share through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program offered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
NRCS provides financial and technical assistance to help eligible South Carolina landowners who address natural resource concerns, promote environmental quality and protect wildlife through EQIP. This program helps farmers improve production while protecting environmental quality by addressing such concerns as soil quality, grazing management, water quality, forestry and wildlife.
Producers interested in applying should visit the York County USDA Service Center, 1460 E. Alexander Love Highway, York, or call 803-684-3137 for information.
Visit sc.nrcs.usda.gov for more information, including eligibility requirements.