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Week Ahead

St. Patrick’s Day Dance

The Lancaster Shag Club will host a St. Patrick’s Day Dance from 8-11:30 p.m. March 17 at the Lancaster Moose Lodge, 200 Shrine Moose Drive, Lancaster. Admission is $5 for shag club members and $8 for everyone else.

Annual Freedom Fund Banquet

The Kershaw Branch of the NAACP will hold the annual Freedom Fund Banquet at 6 p.m. March 17 at the recreation center, 6354 Matson St., Kershaw.

The Rev. David Wright of Monroe, N.C., will speak. For details, call (803) 475-4174.

Moon Flute Quartet Concert

A free Moon Flute Quartet Concert will be held at 2:30 p.m. March 18 at the Historic Springs House, 201 W. Gay St., Lancaster.

The event features Erin Moon-Kelly, Ryan Moon, Kate Moon-Orara and Joyce Moon playing the flute and Richard Moon conducting, composing and arranging the music. For details, e-mail erinmoonkelly@hotmail.com.

Historical cemetery dedication

The Lancaster County Historical Society will dedicate the “County Home/Poor House Cemetery” as a historical site at 3 p.m. March 18. Attendees should park at 1920 Pageland Highway, Lancaster. The cemetery is a short walk from there.

NAACP Black History Month program

The Lancaster Branch NAACP will celebrate Black History Month with a special program at 3 p.m. March 17 at Mount Zion AME Zion Church, 317 E. Barr St. All are welcome. For details, call (803) 283-3863.

Native American Studies Week

USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center, 119 S. Main St., Lancaster, will hold the 13th Annual Native American Studies Week March 16-21. This years’ theme is “Political, Economic and Civil Rights Movements in Indian Country.” The events include:

- 6 p.m. March 19, “The Cherokee Word for Water” film screening in USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium, 476 Hubbard Drive, Lancaster.

- 2-4 p.m. March 20, “Activism of Native Women” symposium, featuring Dr. Elizabeth Ellis of New York University, Dr. Courtney Lewis of USC, Ph.D. candidate Jami Powell of Tufts University and Marvel Welch of the N.C. Commission of Indian Affairs speaking in Bundy Auditorium.

- 5:30 p.m. March 20, “Remembering the Past, Healing the Present and Creating the Future,” a presentation by DeLesslin “Roo” George-Warren at the NASC, with refreshments served at 5 p.m.

- 11:15 a.m. March 21, “Kahes’vkus Tvm Vehidi: Return of the Pee Dee,” an exhibit which features items curated by members of the Pee Dee Tribe opens at the NASC.

- 1:30 p.m. March 21, “Tradition, Family and Pop Culture: The Artwork of Jessica Clark and Tom Farris” exhibit opening at the NASC.

All of the events are free to the public. For details, call (803) 313-7172 or visit www.usclancaster.sc.edu.

UW seeking impact panel members

The United Way of Lancaster County is accepting applications for volunteers to serve on the Community Impact Panel. All applications will be reviewed by the UWLC Community Impact Committee for approval. Upon receiving training, panel members will tour and review UW partner agency programs throughout the county. Panel members will work as a team to develop investment recommendations for 2018-19. Time commitment is approximately 10-15 hours from March through May. For details or to receive a volunteer application, call (803) 283-8923 or e-mail exec.director@uwaylcsc.org by March 19.

Church and community basketball league enrollment

Hope on the Hill, 612 E. Meeting St., Lancaster, will have open enrollment for the church and community basketball league from 5:30-7 p.m. March 19 in the Barr Street Gym. 

The league is open to ages 8-18 and all must be enrolled in school. Participation is free. For details, call the Rev. Wayne Murray (803) 416-7910.

Vets Coffee Clubs meet

The Veterans Coffee Clubs meet at 8 a.m. every Tuesday. The Lancaster group meets at 521 BBQ, 123 S. Main St., Lancaster, and the Indian Land group meets at Inspiration Ministries, 3000 World Reach Drive, Indian Land, in the café/bookstore.

All veterans, military branches and ranks are invited to come tell stories, mingle and make new friends. For details on the Lancaster club, call (302) 897-6030. For details on the Indian Land club, call (803) 230-4856.

‘Celebration of Scouting’

Girl Scout Group 970 will host a “Celebration of Scouting” at 6 p.m. March 20 at Lancaster Community Center, 508 E. Meeting St., Lancaster. The program, led by Girl Scouts, will feature retired educator Dr. Charmaine Stradford speaking. All are welcome.

Watercolor workshop

The Lancaster Arts League will meet at 6 p.m. March 20 at the Springs House, 302 W. Dunlap St., Lancaster. Barbara Lynn will conduct an impressionistic watercolor rose painting workshop. The cost is $10 and includes use of supplies and a mat for finished painting. The workshop is limited to 12 people. For details or to register, call (803) 285-1820.

Videography Club meets March 22

The Lancaster County Library, 313 S. White St., will host Videography Club meetings from 4-5:30 p.m. once a month in the library’s meeting room. The club is for grades 5-12. The next meeting is March 22. For details, contact Eve Bowers at (803) 285-1502 or ebowers@lancastercountysc.net.

Ag + Art Tour seeking participants

The Lancaster County Ag + Art Tour is seeking farm tour sites for events in June. Tours will run from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 9 and 1-5 p.m. June 10. Deadline to apply is March 21.

The free, self-guided tours offer farmers a way to showcase their operations and expand exposure to locals and visitors. Tour stops include family farms that produce food, fiber or timber, add value to traditional agricultural products or other farm-based activities, such as farmer’s markets and roadside stands. Local artisans will be assigned to participating farm sites during tour weekends to showcase their work.

For details or to apply, visit www.agandarttour.com/farms.

Videography Club meets March 22

The Lancaster County Library, 313 S. White St., will host Videography Club meetings from 4-5:30 p.m. once a month in the library’s meeting room. The club is for grades 5-12. The next meeting is March 22. For details, contact Eve Bowers at (803) 285-1502 or ebowers@lancastercountysc.net.

Battle of Hanging Rock presentation

The Katawba Valley Land Trust will host a presentation on the revolutionary war battle of Hanging Rock at 7 p.m. March 22 at USC Lancaster’s Carole Ray Dowling Center, 476 Hubbard Drive, Lancaster. Kip Carter will speak during the free event. All are welcome. For details, call Dick Christie at (803) 285-5801.

IL Rodeo March 23, 24

Future Farmers of America and the S.C. High School Rodeo Association will hold a Rodeo at 8 p.m. March 23 and 24 at 9062 Henry Harris Road, Indian Land, with gates open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 and kids ages 6 and under get in free. For details, call (828) 553-1416 or e-mail reinhardtk@fortmillschools.org.

Laps for Lancers March 24

The Laps for Lancers 5K, 10K and one mile fun run fundraiser is 8 a.m. March 24 at USC Lancaster’s Carole Ray Dowling Building, 476 Hubbard Drive, Lancaster. Price to enter is $30 and the family-friendly event includes a pancake breakfast for $5, music and other children’s activities. To register, visit www.racingtoes.com/2018-events/. For details, call (803) 313-7460.

KVLT nature hike March 24

The Katawba Valley Land Trust will host a nature hike on March 24 at the Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve. Hikers will meet at 10 a.m. in the lower parking area on Nature Preserve Road. SCDNR Preserve manager Johhny Stowe will lead the hike to Beaver Pond and Flat Creek and will discuss the ecology of beaver ponds, canebrakes and cove and bottomland hardwood ecosystems and the conservation of the endangered Carolina heelsplitter mussel. For details, call Dick Christie at (803) 285-5801 or visit www.kvlt.org.

IL Relay for Life March 24 at ILHS

Rockin’ 4 Relay, Indian Land’s Relay for Life, will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 24 at Indian Land High School’s stadium, 8063 River Road. Local Relay teams will meet at the track to walk, celebrate those who have survived cancer and raise money for the American Cancer Society. There will be plenty of food, bounce houses and kids’ activities, karate and dance demonstrations, and performances by the ILHS Concert Band and Percussion Ensemble and The Hinson Girls.

IL Relay organizers hope to reach a goal of 500 luminaries at the event. Luminaries are $10 each. Contact a team captain or send a message via Facebook to buy a luminary in honor or in memory of someone you love.

For details, participants and sponsors should contact Kaleb Keefe at (843) 601-2123 or kaleb.keefe@cancer.org or visit www.relayforlife.org/indianlandsc.

Dixon and Jones perform benefit concert March 24

Don Dixon and Marti Jones will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. March 24 at the Cultural Arts Center, 307 W. Gay St., Lancaster. Admission is $25 per person and all proceeds benefit the restoration and security for the Olde Presbyterian Church Cemetery. For details or to reserve tickets, call (803) 285-7451 or visit www.lccarts.net/tickets.

Dementia support group meets

Hospice Care of Tri County will hold a dementia support group at 1 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Council on Aging Building, 5353 Kershaw Camden Highway, Heath Springs.

The group provides emotional, educational and social support for caregivers. For details, call Julie Trott at (803) 432-1195 or (800) 675-4368.


Volunteers needed to cleanup Buford battlefield

The Friends of the Buford Massacre Battlefield and the Civil War Trust will conduct a cleanup and restoration of the historic Buford Massacre Battlefield, 262 Rocky River Road, Lancaster, on March 28 and 29. Volunteers are needed to help remove debris and for fence removal. Refreshments will be provided. Volunteers should bring work gloves, rakes and safety eyewear. Buford High JROTC students will assist in the cleanup. For details, call Ken Obriot (803) 548-7871.

Relay bake sale March 29

Lancaster County Public Safety will hold a bake sale from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 29 in the lobby of the County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster. All proceeds benefit Relay for Life.

Community garden seeks gardeners

The United Way of Lancaster County is seeking participants for the Lancaster County Community Garden near the Lancaster Parks and Recreation Department on 260 S. Plantation Road, Lancaster.

Garden sites will be free for participants to grow their own produce. Free seeds and plants will be provided. Applications are available at the United Way of Lancaster County office, 109 S. Wylie St., Lancaster. Deadline to sign-up is March 30.

For details or to volunteer, sponsor or donate to the garden, call (803) 283-8923 or e-mail garden@uwaylcsc.org.

Instructors needed for Arts and Sciences Camp

Lancaster County Council of the Arts is offering instructor positions for the 2018 Arts and Sciences Camp. Camp locations and dates include an unannounced Lancaster location July 9-13, Bethlehem Baptist Church July 16-20, First Baptist Church of Kershaw July 23-27 and Pleasant Hill UMC July 30-Aug. 3. Classes are from 9 a.m.-noon Monday through Friday and will include a minimum of 8-10 children per class. The deadline to apply is March 30. To pick-up an application, visit LCCA at 201 W. Gay St., Lancaster. For details, call (803) 285-7452.

MGES summer camp accepting applications

Registration is open for the McDonald Green Elementary Summer Camp until March 30. The camp is for rising kindergarteners through fifth grade and is 7 a.m.-6 p.m Monday through Friday May 29-Aug. 10, with closings July 2-6. Rates are $65 per week for one child, $90 per week for 2 children or $115 per week for three children. Applications are available in the office of McDonald Green Elementary, 2763 Lynwood Drive, Lancaster, or at http://mges.lancastercsd.com/.

SMH accepting junior volunteer applications

Springs Memorial Hospital will accept summer junior volunteer applications through March 31. Applications may be picked up in the hospital lobby, 800 W. Meeting St. Lancaster, and from guidance offices at local middle and high schools. All students ages 14-17 are eligible. For details, call Lori Johnson at (803) 416-5459.

DAV to meet

The Disabled American Veterans will meet at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the American Legion, 823 Kershaw Camden Highway, Lancaster. The next meeting is April 9. For details, call (803) 285-4081.

Dementia caregiver support group

The Medical Services of Hospice will hold a dementia caregiver support group at 1 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Council on Aging Building, 5353 Kershaw Camden Highway, Heath Springs.

The group provides a non-threatening and non-judgmental environment for individuals to express feelings and concerns, as well as a place to exchange ideas and learn more about local resources and education programs to assist caregivers. For details, call Julie Trott at (803) 432-1195 or 1-877-675-4368.

Free tax return prep by VITA

Volunteers throughout Indian Land, Fort Mill and Lancaster are now offering free tax return preparation through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.

The United Way of Lancaster County’s VITA sites at the Del Webb Library and Lancaster Library are open through April 15. Call 211 or (866) 892-9211 to make an appointment.

AARP Tax Aide

The AARP Foundation’s Tax Aide program provides tax return preparation help to low- to moderate-income taxpayers. Services are offered 1-5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays now through April 16 at the Lancaster County Council on Aging, 309 S. Plantation Road, Lancaster. For details, call Verma Blakney at (803) 285-9847.


Hospice seeking volunteers

Hospice of Lancaster is seeking volunteers to work with patients, provide administrative duties or help with events. For details or to volunteer, call (803) 288-2477 or (803) 286-1472.

Lancaster High multi-year reunion

Lancaster High School classes 1980-1989 are planning a multi-year reunion. For details or if interested in participating, call (803) 283-7289 or send your contact information to kennithstewart@aol.com.

Reading Pals seeking volunteers

United Way of Lancaster County is seeking volunteers for its Reading Pals program. Volunteers are required to work one-on-one with a child at Brooklyn Springs Elementary School for at least one hour each week.

To qualify, all volunteers must fill out an application on the Lancaster County School District’s website, www.lancastercsd.com, and must attend United Way’s Volunteer Orientation. For details, call (803) 283-8923 or e-mail exec.director@uwaylcsc.org.

Grief support group meets

GriefShare, a 13-week grief support group led by trained counselors, will meet on Tuesday mornings by request and Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. at Pleasant Dale Baptist Church, 133 S Potter Road, Lancaster. For details, call (803) 804-7769 or (803) 554-2846.

TOPS meets on Thursdays

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) is a nonprofit organization to support weight loss.

- Chapter No. 0314 meets from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays at Springdell Baptist Church, 1420 Springdell Church Road, Lancaster. For details, call Mary Rouse at (803) 285-0590.

- Chapter No. 0181 meets from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays at Canaan Freewill Baptist Church, 1525 Kershaw Camden Highway, Lancaster. For details, call Lisa Newton at (803) 246-2295.

Financial Bounce Back program

HOPE in Lancaster now offers the free Financial Bounce Back program for Lancaster County residents who are experiencing financial challenges and are either currently employed or have recently lost a job. The program offers financial counseling, food and nutrition counseling and job and career counseling. Some financial assistance is available. For details or to apply, call Christal Childers at (803) 288-5867 or e-mail cchilders@hopeinlancaster.org.

Grace Place now accepting applications

Grace Place of Lancaster, 212 E. Brooklyn Ave., is now accepting applications for it’s after school program for first through fourth graders. The program is free. For details, call (803) 804-3311.

Senior adult food program

HOPE in Lancaster now offers a senior adult food program to residents of Lancaster County who are 65 and older and would benefit from healthy food once a month. Qualified applicants will have a monthly appointment to receive free food.

Applications can be submitted in person 8:30-11 a.m. Monday through Friday at HOPE, 2008 Pageland Highway, Lancaster, and should include a S.C. picture ID, Social Security card, DSS form (if receiving SNAP) and proof of all income. For details, call (803) 286-4673.

NAMI seeking volunteers

The National Alliance on Mental Illness and Piedmont Tri-County of Lancaster County are seeking volunteers to facilitate family and recovery support groups and present presentations that include personal testimonies and symptoms to teens.

For details or to volunteer, call (803) 283-7437 or e-mail lsw220@hotmail.com.

Reunion committee meets

The Clinton Avenue-Market Street Reunion Committee is planning its annual reunion for Aug. 4-6.

For details, call Johnita Myers at (803) 416-2080, Lavonna Watts (803) 529-2177, Lynette Stover (803) 286-4528 or Darlene Cureton (803) 577-0465.

Girl Scouts seeking members

Girl Scouts are seeking new members and leaders for 2018. For details or to join, contact Beth Sims at esims@gssc-mm.org or call (803) 374-9994.

Sexual Assault support group meets monthly

The Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault support group meets at 6 p.m. every third Tuesday each month at Clyburn Mangum Center, 106 N. York St., Lancaster. This is a closed group. For details or to register, call (803) 286-5232.

Lancaster Fatherhood Project

The Lancaster Fatherhood Project, 105 S. Wylie St., Lancaster, invites fathers to join its program to receive tools to become positively engaged in the lives of their children, family and community. For details, visit www.lanfatherhood.org or call (803) 283-3444.

Kershaw American Legion

The Kershaw American Legion will meet at 6 p.m. every third Thursday of each month at Kershaw Bowling Alley, 200 Close Circle, Kershaw. For details, call Billy Craig at (803) 475-4069.

Citadel House seeks volunteers

The Citadel House emergency shelter project, 1242 Trestle Lane, Lancaster, is seeking volunteers to donate personal hygiene products and other items and to provide meals or to stay overnight.

The Citadel House is a local nonprofit homeless shelter that provides supportive services and intensive case management to homeless individuals in Lancaster. It’s a violence and drug-free, zero-tolerance facility. For details, contact James Pringle at (980) 328-2390.

Lions Club meets

The Lancaster Lions Club will meet at noon the first and third Thursday of each month at Seagull’s Grill, 1305 S.C. 9 Bypass West, Lancaster.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets

For details on Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, call (803) 285-4131 or visit www.area62.org.

LSPCA gives away hay bales

Lancaster SPCA is giving away a free bale of straw to any Lancaster County resident with an outside dog or cat. Straw can be picked up at the Lancaster Animal Shelter, 118 Kennel Lane, or by e-mailing Lancspca@comporium.net. Only one bale will be given per home.

NAMI support groups meet

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) holds support group meetings on the first Thursday of each month for adults living with mental health conditions and their loved ones.  NAMI’s Connection is for adults living with mental health conditions, and NAMI’s Family Support Group is for their loved ones.

NAMI’s Connections and Family Support groups meet the first Monday and third Thursday of each month at First Presbyterian Church, 700 N. Main St., Lancaster. NAMI’s Family Support Group also meets each month from 7-8:30 p.m. in room 203 at Transformation Church, 8978 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land. For details, visit www.namipiedmont.com.

Magic Needle Quilt Guild meets

The Magic Needle Quilt Guild meets the second Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. in the fellowship hall of Douglas Presbyterian Church, 2325 Sunday Place. Guests are welcome.

Marine Corps League meets

Marine Corps League meets at 7 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month at 347 Brooklyn Ave., Lancaster.  Active-duty and former active-duty Marines, Fleet Marine Force corpsmen and Fleet Marine Force chaplains are eligible to join as regular members. Others are eligible to join as associate members.

The league perpetuates the traditions and spirit of those who have served our country and supports programs to aid veterans and communities. For details, call Jerry Holt at (973) 897-9251 or visit www.tinyurl.com/marineleague1169.

Clinton Avenue/Market Street Committee meets

The Clinton Avenue/Market Street Committee meets from 10 a.m.-noon the first Saturday of each month at the Lancaster County Library, 313 S. White St. For details, call (803) 577-0446.

Grace Bleachery reunion meetings

The Grace Bleachery reunion meeting is held 3-6 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month at the Lancaster County Library, 313 S. White St. All are welcome. For details, call (803) 285-2564 or (803) 286-6291.


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