Lake Wylie Covekeepers meeting Feb. 12 at Camp Thunderbird

February 8, 2014 

Covekeepers meeting Wednesday

The Lake Wylie Covekeepers welcome Dr. Peter Phillips, professor of biology at Winthrop University, to their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Camp Thunderbird.

Phillips will discuss his studies of Costa Rican tropical watersheds and coastal ecology, and compare those water issues with challenges facing the Catawba River.

All Covekeepers and the public are welcome.

For questions, email Ellen Goff at and include “Covekeeper” in the subject line.

Library board meeting Thursday

The York County Library Board of Trustees will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the York Public Library, 21 E. Liberty St.

Library board meetings are held monthly and are open to the public. For more information, call 803-981-5831 or visit

Nominate a senior volunteer

The Salute to Senior Service program seeks nominees for outstanding service.

The program, sponsored by Home Instead Inc., recognizes the contributions of adults age 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes.

Members of the community are asked to nominate and vote online at through March 1. State winners will be determined by popular vote. A panel of senior care experts will then select a national Salute to Senior Service winner from among the state honorees.

Home Instead Inc. will donate $500 to each of the state winners’ designated and approved nonprofit organizations, and their personal stories will be shared online on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame. In addition, $5,000 will be donated to the national winner’s designated charity.

To complete and submit an online nomination form and view the contest’s official rules, visit Call 803-817-1901 for more information.

Small grant applications accepted

Small Grants through the Arts Council of York County are available to individual artists, nonprofit organizations and schools throughout York County. The deadline to apply is 9 a.m. March 3.

The 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 will be awarding $8,795 to projects occurring during April-June. Organizations and individual artists may request up to $1,000 per grant and may receive up to two grants in a calendar year.

Call 803-328-2787 or visit for more information.

Arts Council honored

The Arts Council of York County was named Associate Member of the Year 2013 at the SC Festival & Event Association’s 2014 Event Planner’s Conference and Trade Show held Jan. 23 in Myrtle Beach.

Nominated by ChristmasVille for their involvement in the annual festival, the Arts Council has directly supported the ChristmasVille mission for eight consecutive years. From providing the use of the Center for the Arts and the Gettys Art Center to hosting and curating the Vernon Grant art collection, the inspiration for ChristmasVille, and securing volunteers, the Arts Council is the hub of ChristmasVille. The Center for the Arts is likely the most visited facility during the event. In addition to the Vernon Grant art exhibition, the following ChristmasVille-related events took place at the Center for the Arts in 2013: Gingerbread House Building Workshop, Gingerbread House Contest, VIP/Sponsor Party, Painting with Granna Moses, Name the Gnome Contest, The Gnome Tree, the Public Reception for the Vernon Grant exhibit, The Angel Tree, the York County High School Arts Exhibition and Reception, and the site where festival-goers voted for their favorite Chairman’s Choice image.

The Arts Council remains dedicated to ensuring the success of ChristmasVille by soliciting volunteers to act as docents for the Vernon Grant exhibition, providing a richer experience for guests, and volunteering as an organization to the event. Over the years, the Arts Council’s executive director, Debra Heintz, and her staff have served on ChristmasVille’s Board of Governors and as Team Leaders, appeared as Gnomes helping to welcome Santa to town, and designed storefronts throughout ChristmasVille. Mary Lynn Norton, Facilities Manager of the Arts Council’s Community Performance Center and Artistic Director, currently serves on the Board of Governors and is curator of the Vernon Grant collection at the Center for the Arts.

In 2013, ChristmasVille received two small grants from the Arts Council. One, to digitally restore the works of Vernon Grant, and the second, to bring best-selling author, Mary Kay Andrews, to ChristmasVille.

For more information, visit

Blood drives set

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

• 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb.17, York Tech, 452 Anderson Road, Rock Hill. donors get a free T-shirt.

• 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 17, Upper Palmetto YMCA, 402 Charlotte Ave., Rock Hill.

• 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 18, York Tech, 452 Anderson Road, Rock Hill. donors get a free T-shirt.

CBCC’s Pints for Pounds campaign is underway. CBCC will donate seven pounds of food for every blood donation through Feb. 28 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. Visit for more information or to make an appointment at any location.

Animal foster homes needed

The Animal Adoption League seeks foster homes for dogs and cats.

Time and resources to provide a foster animal with adequate care is a must. Other requirements vary depending on animal needs. Foster homes are asked to provide foster animals with plenty of love, adequate food and water, shelter from the elements and exercise. Administering medication may also be necessary.

AAL is a nonprofit organized in 1992 by a group of individuals based in the Charlotte area. The mission to provide veterinary care and temporary-to-permanent housing for homeless and rescued animals.

For more information, visit

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 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 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

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