Register for library summer programs
YORK COUNTY Registration is open for York County libraries free summer programs being held June 9-Aug. 1.
With a science theme, York County libraries offer four distinct summer reading programs: Tiny Tots: children ages 3 and younger and their parent; Fizz, Boom, Read: children ages 3-11; Spark a Reaction: teens ages 12-17; Literary Elements: adults.
Each reading program features prizes and incentives to complete reading requirements.
In addition, free programs for children and families include weekly performances by puppeteers, theater groups and magicians. Teens can participate in free programs including chess club, anime and gaming.
All summer reading programs are sponsored by the Friends of the York County Library. For more information and to register, go to yclibrary.org.
Blood drives scheduled
YORK COUNTY The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas announced the following blood drives in York County:
• 4-7:30 p.m. May 23, Charlotte Knights, 2280 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill. Free admission for donors.
• 4-8 p.m. May 24, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Free movie ticket for donors.
• 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 24, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1883 Saluda Road, Rock Hill. Josh Ashworth student drive.
• 5-8 p.m. May 27, Omni Health and Fitness Center, 2685 Celenese Road, Rock Hill.
• 9 a.m.-noon May 28, Fort Mill YMCA, 857 Promenade Walk, Fort Mill.
CBCC will remember fallen heroes this month. Donors are encouraged to give blood in memory of someone who laid down their life for others.
For more information, visit cbcc.us or call 704-972-4700.
Conservation group meeting May 27
YORK The next York Soil and Water Conservation District meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. May 27 at the USDA Service Center, 1460 E. Alexander Love Hwy.
Members of the public or other agencies interested in conservation issues are welcome to attend. For information, call 803-684-3137, ext. 101.
Canning classes scheduled
GASTONIA N.C. Cooperative Extension is offering home canning workshops:
• Basics of Canning (lecture only): Learn how to safely preserve foods with water-bath canning, pressure canning, pickling and making jams/jellies. Dates: May 27 10- 11:30 a.m. or May 27 6-7:30 p.m.
• Jams, Jellies & Fruit Spreads: Learn how to safely prepare a variety of fruit spreads. Participants will be guided step-by-step in making a fresh batch of fruit preserves. Dates: May 22 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or June 3 6-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 per session. Location: Lucile Tatum Center, 959 Osceola St.
Call to register: 704-922-2110 five days before each session.
Dazzle and Denim May 30
ROCK HILL Catawba Care’s 11th annual Dazzle and Denim fundraising event will be 7-11 p.m. May 30 at the Magnolia Room at Laurel Creek.
Tickets cost $40 through May 22. After this, tickets cost $50. To purchase tickets, visit catawbacare.org or mail a check to 500 Lakeshore Pkwy., Rock Hill, SC 29730. Red Ribbon Tables can be reserved for groups of 10 for $400.
All proceeds go to Catawba Care, a not-for-profit, United Way organization whose mission is to promote optimal health by providing medical care and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS and by educating the community to prevent the spread of HIV. For more information, call 803-909-6363, ext. 221.
Good Folks give to 2 nonprofits
ROCK HILL Good Folks of York County celebrates its annual fundraising efforts with the ceremonial presentation of two “giant” checks to a pair of local nonprofit organizations – Adult Enrichment Center in Rock Hill for a sheltered walkway to protect disabled adults from inclement weather and Palmetto Pregnancy Center in Rock Hill for ultrasound equipment and training.
Good Folks of York County’s 2013 board president Grier Sandifer, senior vice president at Bank of York, said the success of December’s fundraiser led to being able to meet the needs of two organizations.
The Good Folks of York County presented the Palmetto Pregnancy Center with a check for $47,036; the group handed the Adult Enrichment Center a check for $28,979.
Established more than 25 years ago, the all-volunteer Good Folks of York County raises money each for charities. Funds raised are given to meet basic needs or capital projects that would be a challenge for a nonprofit’s resources. For more information, visit goodfolksofyorkcounty.com.
Donations needed for fireworks
LAKE WYLIE Donations for the Lake Wylie July 4 fireworks are needed.
The show begins at dusk, about 9:30 p.m. July 4, launching from Camp Thunderbird.
The show is funded solely through donations. Contributions can be made to Camp Thunderbird Fireworks Fund, 1 Thunderbird Lane, Lake Wylie, SC 29710.
Pet food pantry opens
CHARLOTTE Spay Neuter Charlotte has launched a community pet food pantry and is also offering a limited number of free surgeries for pet owners in need throughout the Charlotte region.
The Pet Food Pantry will offer free pet food at both Spay Neuter Charlotte locations: 2017 N. Davidson St.and 10833 Pineville Road.
Donations of dog or cat food are accepted at either location.
Through a partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control and the ASPCA, the clinic is also providing 70 free surgeries each month to those whose pets need to be fixed, but can’t afford the surgeries.
To make an appointment, call 704-375-2009, or book online at spayneutercharlotte.org.
Small grants available
ROCK HILL Small Grants are available to individual artists, nonprofit organizations and schools throughout York County. The deadline to apply for small grants through the Arts Council of York County is 5 p.m. Sept. 1
Organizations and individual artists may request up to $1,000 per grant and may receive up to two grants in a calendar year. Information and applications are available through the Arts Council at 803-328-2787 or yorkcountyarts.org.
County offers free program
YORK COUNTY Anyone interested in learning more about York County government can apply for a new program debuting next month.
The York County 101 Citizens Academy is a free program that will walk participants through government departments, giving residents a look at public functions and services.
The program will run 9 a.m. to noon the fourth Thursday of each month May to October.
For more information, call 803-684-8511 or visit yorkcountygov.com/citizensacademy.
Sheriffs’ Association offers honorary memberships
YORK COUNTY Sheriff Bruce Bryant invites York County residents to become honorary members of the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association.
Individuals choosing to join the voluntary program can do so for $25, while businesses can show their support with a $50 contribution. The funding provides technical resources, training, and legislative support on key criminal justice issues. Contributions are tax deductible.
South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association does not solicit via telemarketing. If you receive a phone call, hang up.
Call 803-772-1101 or visit sheriffsc.com for more information.
CAAC seeks volunteers
CLOVER Clover Area Assistance Center, 1130 S.C. 55 East, is the largest food pantry in western York County and provides aid through food, financial assistance, education, medical and dental care.
CAAC needs volunteers, including those with skills in curriculum development/instruction; programs and services; information technology; financial assistance; and personal budgeting. Hourly positions for pantry and computer intake also are available.
For more information, call 803-222-4837.
Animal foster homes needed
CHARLOTTE 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 mynextpet.com.