FAM Fest 2014 March 29 in York

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FAM Fest Saturday in York

FAM Fest 2014 winners will be shown at 3 p.m. March 29 at The Sylvia Theater, 27 N. Congress St.

One of the winning entries in this year’s showcase will be selected to be entered as a competing short in the 2015 Charleston International Film Festival, an Oscar-qualifying festival.

Tickets and information: lamplightpro.com/FAMFest.

Blood drives scheduled

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas announced the following blood drives this month in York County:

• 12:30-3:30 p.m. March 27, McClancy Seasoning Co., 1 Spice Road, Fort Mill.

• 1-4 p.m. March 28, Westminster Catawba Christian School, 2650 India Hook Road, Rock Hill.

• 8:30-11:30 a.m. March 28, Compact Power, 3326 Hwy. 51, Fort Mill.

• 1:30-4:30 p.m. March 28, Compact Power, 225 NorthPark Drive, Rock Hill.

• 4-8 p.m. March 29, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Free movie ticket for donors.

Through April 30, CBCC will make a financial contribution for each donation to the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte

Look for more information at cbcc.us or call 704-972-4700.

Learn about eating healthy with MS Saturday

Michael Fischer, clinical dietitian at the ALS/MDA Center of Carolinas Healthcare System, will discuss healthy foods and snacks for multiple scoliosis patients and caregivers at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Pensons, 4475 Island Forks Road.

Call 803-831-2277 for more information.

Museum project earns state award

The South Carolina African-American Heritage Commission recognized the Culture and Heritage Museums’ “By the Sweat of Our Brows” as a project that significantly and dramatically influences in a permanent way the preservation and interpretation of African-American history and culture in S.C. The 2014 Project Award will be presented to York County’s Culture and Heritage Museums on Friday, March 28, at the South Carolina Archives & History Center in Columbia.

The mission of the South Carolina African-American Heritage Commission is to identify and promote the preservation of historic sites, structures, buildings, and culture of the African-American experience in South Carolina and to assist and enhance the efforts of the South Carolina Department of Archives & History.

“By the Sweat of Our Brows” is part of the living history programming at Historic Brattonsville and features the experience of the African-American journey from enslavement to today. The narrative includes both scholarly research and the collective memories of descendants of Bratton slaves, and endeavors to present a more accurate story about the lives of the enslaved. Scholarly research for the program began to take root in 2008 when the Culture and Heritage Museums received an award from the S.C. Humanities Council for the “Historic Brattonsville Community Oral History Project.” For the oral history project, scholar Lisa M. Bratton conducted oral history interviews within the African-American community at Brattonsville. The findings were transcribed, cross-referenced, and provided to several repositories, along with physical “material culture” such as photographs and letters.

“By the Sweat of Our Brows” is a one day event in September. Historic slave interpreters dressed in 18th century clothing go about their domestic routines in the fields, cabins and kitchens of Brattonsville.

Historic Brattonsville is a 778-acre plantation and living history museum at 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells. Visit chmuseums.org.

Book-a-Rama underway

Winthrop University and Rock Hill Reads, together with Rock Hill Schools and the Early Learning Partnership of York County, are holding Book-a-Rama, a community book drive and reading celebration in honor of Jamie Comstock’s Inauguration as Winthrop’s 10th president.

The goal for Book-a-Rama is to collect 5,000 new or gently used children’s books to be distributed to high-need elementary schools within Rock Hill School District 3 and eight additional school districts (York, Clover, Fort Mill, Chester, Lancaster, Fairfield, Cherokee and Union) for current and summer reading initiatives.

There are 46 book donation locations to support Book-a-Rama.

Winthrop students, faculty and staff, alumni, retirees, business and community partners will collect book contributions through the end of the month. From 11 a.m to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 27, volunteers will sort and pack books according to reading level for distribution to community children in need and celebrate the value of reading with local children.

For more information, call 803-323-1451 or 803-323-2141.

Local artists holding open studio April 5

Artists Jann Pollard and Anne-Marie Steele, both Palisades residents, will have their paintings on display in an Open Studio from 10 a.m., to 5 p.m. April 5 at 10307 Wabeek Court, Charlotte.

The artists are offering a 30 percent donation of any purchase to cancer to Livestrong.org in your name.

See their work online at jannpollard.com/openstudio. For more information, call 704-910-6422 or 704-733-9969.

CAAC gala pays tribute to Hollywood

Clover Area Assistance Center’s 11th annual gala on April 24 at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New hope Road, will be a salute to old-time Hollywood.

The evening’s entertainment features a buffet dinner, open bar, silent and live auctions and Choraliers’ tribute to Hollywood music.

Tickets cost $100 per person; limited to 200 guests.

CAAC, 1130 S.C. 55 E., is the largest food pantry in Western York County and provides critically needed aid through food, financial assistance, education, medical and dental care.

CAAC also needs volunteers including those with skills in curriculum development/instruction; programs and services; information technology; and financial sssistance and personal budgeting. Hourly positions for pantry and computer intake also are available.

For more information about the gala or to volunteer, call 803-222-4837.

Juvenile Arbitration volunteer training set

The York County Solicitor’s Office will have Juvenile Arbitration Training for volunteers beginning at 5:30 p.m. April 7 at the York County Solicitor’s Office Juvenile Court Division, 1070 Heckle Blvd., suite 207, Rock Hill.

Juvenile Arbitration is a community-based diversionary program for first-time juvenile offenders charged with non-violent crimes. Arbitrators serve to review the facts of a criminal allegation and determine what the appropriate consequence should be for the juvenile involved. This can include restitution to the victim, community service, tours of detention centers, drug and alcohol counseling or anything reasonably intended to correct the behavior of the offender. The arbitrator monitors the progress of the juvenile and, if necessary, refers them back to court for prosecution if there is a lack of compliance.

Volunteers have to be at least 21 years of age. Additionally, all volunteers will be screened by SLED and DSS, and must be approved by the Solicitor’s Office. Call 803-909-7557 or email anna.melvin@yorkcountygov.com for an application.

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