York County Habitat planning Guatemala trip

January 18, 2014 

Learn about upcoming Habitat trip

Habitat for Humanity of York County will hold an orientation at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at 825 N. Anderson Road for Guatemala Global Village Trip, which will likely take place in October.

All interested individuals 16 and older are welcome, but an adult must accompany teens younger than 18. Habitat Guatemala is a tithe partner of HFHYC.

Participants will construct a Habitat home, view the local community on a cultural day and have the opportunity to engage with the partner family.

The orientation is mandatory for participation on the trip, and space is limited. Email cmcclung@yorkcountyhabitat.org.

Conservation group meets Jan. 28

The next commissioners meeting of the York Soil and Water Conservation District will be at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the USDA Service Center, 1460 E. Alexander Love Highway.

Members of the public or other agencies interested in conservation issues are welcome to attend. For more information, call 803-684-3137.

Citizen’s Police Academy applications due next week

The York County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for the Citizen’s Police Academy.

The academy will meet for 11 classes from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, March 3 to May 12, ending with formal graduation May 19.

The Citizen’s Police Academy will introduce participants to various functions of the York County Sheriff’s Office and will feature instruction by staff. The goal, in addition to providing an overview of the Sheriff’s Office, is to create partnerships with York County residents.

Class is open to adults ages 18 and older, and is free.

Applications, due Jan. 31, are available at the York County Sheriff’s Office and online at yorkcountysheriff.com.

For more information, call 803-628-7634.

CAAC has more volunteer opportunities

Clover Area Assistance Center is looking for volunteers to help stock pantry shelves. Opportunities are available daily.

CAAC opened its doors this month with an operational Full Choice Pantry. In December, glass door refrigeration merchandisers were installed, allowing clients to select refrigerated and frozen food items. A full wall of grocery store shelving also was added. Project funding was in thanks to Coins for CAAC, a fundraiser sponsored by the Lake Wylie and Clover Rotary Clubs; the money raised was matched by Rotary Foundation grants. The River Hills Lions Club also made a generous donation to Coins for CAAC.

Now, larger quantities of food can be moved from the warehouse and stored on pantry shelves. As a result, more volunteers are needed to keep food, toiletries and paper products sorted and stocked on a daily basis. Stocking volunteers are needed for at least three days a week and at varying hours throughout the day.

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

For more information or to request a volunteer application packet, call 803-222-4837 or email davidcaac@bellsouth.net.

Conservation board candidates sought

The York Soil & Water Conservation District expects to have two vacancies on its board between now and the general election in November; it is seeking candidates to fill the vacancies. A candidate must be a registered voter in York County and interested in conservation. Conservation district commissioners are nonsalaried officials.

Conservation districts were created in 1937 by federal and state law for the purpose of managing natural resources. The idea is that local residents can best protect and conserve the natural resources in their communities. They also are an educational resource for the local schools and community groups on environmental issues. Each district is managed by a five-member board.

Commissioners tasks include planning and directing a conservation program, assigning priority to resource concerns, and serving as a community clearinghouse for information and services on natural resource issues. Regular monthly board meetings are held for setting priorities and planning. Conservation districts partner with federal and state agencies to provide technical and financial assistance to landowners.

Potential candidates may call 803-684-3137, ext. 101, or email Barbara.oconnell@sc.nacdnet.net.

‘Tuscany’ charity ball Feb. 1 in Rock Hill

The Worthy Boys & Girls Camp annual charity ball, “One Night in Tuscany,” will be 6-11 p.m. Feb. 1 at Events at Manchester, 1965 Cinema Drive.

The semiformal event includes a catered meal, live music, dancing, open bar and silent auction. Auction items include sports and movie memorabilia, vacations, jewelry, furniture and more.

There will be a free limo service available at the end of the evening to make sure everyone makes it home safely, as well as a discounted block of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn for reservation by ticket holders.

The Worthy Boys & Girls Camp, organized and run by officers from the Rock Hill Police Department, provides a free weeklong camp to York County children ages 9-12.

Tickets are $75 and available at the Rock Hill Police Department’s Community Services Division at 803-329-5583 or from Sgt. Toshia Smith at 803-329-5541. For information about the camp, visit worthyboysandgirlscamp.com.

HIV/AIDS Day Feb. 8

Catawba Care will hold an event from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in honor of the 14th annual observation of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The event will be at the Emmett Scott Recreation Center, 801 Crawford Road.

The event will have free food, door prizes, entertainment, a free health screenings and free HIV testing.

Catawba Care, 500 Lakeshore Parkway, offers free, rapid HIV testing and free STD testing 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday. No appointments necessary.

For more information, call 803-909-6363 or visit catawbacare.org.

Give blood, feed neighbors

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas has launched its fifth annual Pints for Pounds campaign to support Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. CBCC will donate 7 pounds of food for every blood donation through Feb. 28.

Since 2009, CBCC has been able to contribute 182,534 pounds of food.

For more information, visit carolinadonor.org.

Gallery accepting artist’s submissions

The Arts Council of York County is accepting applications for gallery exhibitions.

The council is looking for artists interested in presenting their work in the Dalton Gallery, a professional gallery appropriated for the exhibition of experienced artists and community projects. The gallery is a 1,800-square-foot space, illuminated by adjustable track lighting.

Each year the Arts Council presents eight exhibits. For more information, call 803-328-2787 or visit yorkcountyarts.org.

Free trees offered

Residents of South Carolina can get 10 free flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation this month. New members will receive two Sargent crabapple, three American redbuds, two Washington hawthorns, three white flowering dogwoods.

The trees will be shipped post-payment at the right time for planting, between Feb.1 and May 31, with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch tall trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free.

Members also receive a subscription to the foundation’s bimonthly publication, Arbor Day, and “The Tree Book,” which includes information about tree planting and care.

To become a member, send a $10 contribution to Ten Free Flowering Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by Jan. 31. South Carolina residents also may join online at arborday.org/january.

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