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 Week Ahead

Foundation to host youth forum

The J. Marion Sims Foundation will host two “Sims Talk” sessions today to explore what changes youth want to see in Lancaster County, Great Falls and Fort Lawn. The sessions, targeting 16- to 25-year-olds, are 10 a.m.-noon or 4-6 p.m. in the special events room at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bradley Arts & Sciences Building, 476 Hubbard Drive. For details, call (803) 286-8772 or visit the “Your Voice Matters (Sims Talks)” page on Facebook.

Volunteer drop-in

Agape Hospice will hold a drop-in/ice cream social from 1 to 3 p.m. today at 404 W. Meeting St. Attendees will learn how to become a hospice volunteer. For details, call Kay Lee at (803) 517-2021.

4-H offers summer cooking camp 

Chester and Lancaster County 4-H is offering an ICook day camp from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 28-29 for grades 5-8 at the Fort Lawn Community Center. Cost is $30. Kids will learn about food preparation and cooking skills.

Register at the Lancaster County Clemson Cooperative Extension Office, 107 S. French St., or www.clemson.edu/extension/lancaster/. For details, call (803) 283-3302, ext. 0, or email Steve Hucks at chucks@clemson.edu.

Girl Scout events

- A free Girl Scout volunteer training program is 10:30 a.m. July 28 at the University of South Carolina Lancaster Bradley Building, 476 Hubbard Drive. For details or to register, contact Beth Holmes at (803) 374-9994 or bbirtholmes@gssc-mm.org.

- A Jump Into Girls Scouts event is 4 p.m. July 29 at 429 Marvin Road, Indian Land, in the business park. There will be inflatables and other activities. Open house is from 4 to 6 p.m. Parents are invited to Parent’s Night Out offered by Impact 1 Allstars for $10 per child from 6 to 10 p.m. For details, call (803) 374-9994.

Shining Minds summer camp

The Southside Adult Family Literacy, a program of the United Heritage Family Coalition, is sponsoring Shining Minds Youth Leadership Institute, a youth summer camp, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through July 28 at the Preston Blackmon Center, 708 Sowell St. and Deliverance Word of Faith Church, 500-B Palmetto St.

The program is for students in first through sixth grades and will include Lancaster County African-American history, reading and storytelling, visual arts, singing, dance, creative and critical writing and more. 

Shining Minds Parents-Grandparents Institutes will be held throughout the sessions.

Sponsors and volunteers make this program possible and are greatly appreciated. For details on the Shining Minds Youth Institute, visit www.prestonblackmoncenter.org or call Stella Williams or Linda Myers at (803) 286-5442.

Women’s Enrichment Center golf tourney

The Women’s Enrichment Center’s 10th annual golf tournament is July 29 at the Lancaster Golf Club. The tournament has a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The entry fee is $65 per person. Lunch is provided.

The tournament has more than $1,000 in prize money. The deadline for entry is July 27. For details, call (803) 286-5900.

“Let’s Talk About It” discussion panel

“Let’s Talk About It,” a panel to openly and honestly discuss race relationships and law enforcement concerns, is 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 1 at Lancaster High School, 617 Normandy Road. 

Panel members include Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile, Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Carter, city and county council members, clergy and community members. The panel discussion will be facilitated by S.C. Rep. Mandy Powers-Norrell.

Back to school supply drive

Lancaster County Outreach Project (LCOP) is collecting the following items for its back-to-school drive for abused and neglected children: notebooks, highlighters, calculators, dictionaries, ruled index cards, subject dividers, book bags or messenger bags, composition books, spiral notebooks, book covers, three-ring or zipper binders, folders, glue sticks, children safety scissors, rulers and loose-leaf wide-rule paper.

LCOP has school supply donation drop boxes in the following locations:

- Christian Services, 1227 Great Falls Highway.

- The Lancaster Fatherhood Project, 105 S. Wylie St.

- The Master’s Next Dimension Church, 726 S. Main St.

- Chick-fil-A, 901 S.C. 9 Bypass West.

- Gus’ Family Pizza Restaurant, 605 S. Main St.

- Gus’ House of Pizza, 101 S. Hampton St., Kershaw.

LCOP will also hold “Pack the Back” events from 1 to 4 p.m. July 29 and Aug. 5. They ask volunteers to help pack backpacks with over 10,000 school supplies such as pencils, paper, crayons, notebooks, book covers, binders, glue sticks, scissors, etc. Register by phone or email by contacting Lauren Kornegay at (803) 289-4438 or Lauren.Kornegay@dss.sc.gov.

You may also contact Kornegay for large donations, arranging drop-off or pickup, partnering or becoming a drop-off location. Checks may be made payable to Lancaster County Outreach Project, P.O. Box 1719, Lancaster, SC 29721.

IL American Legion to meet 

The new Indian Land American Legion Post 250 will meet Aug, 1 in Hickory Tavern’s Oak Room, 8364 Charlotte Highway (U.S. 521), Indian Land. The meal is from 6:30 to 7 p.m.; the meeting starts at 7:15 p.m.

For details, contact William Chick at (803) 422-9486 or littlechick@msn.com, or Jerry Marcus at (540) 693-5386 or pjmarcus47@hotmail.com.

Underage drinking talk

The Coalition for Healthy Youth will sponsor “Communities Talk: Town Hall to Prevent Underage Drinking” at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 3 in the special events room of the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bradley Building, 476 Hubbard Drive. 

The talk is open to the public and will feature a panel of local experts and youth to discuss and shed light on the issue of underage drinking in Lancaster County. Pizza and drinks are provided. Parents are encouraged to bring their teenagers.


Chinese auction

The Lancaster branch of the NAACP will sponsor a Chinese auction at 1 p.m. Aug. 6 at Barr Street/Hope on the Hill, 610 Meeting St. Doors open at noon. Proceeds will benefit Robin Kirk, Lancaster’s contestant for 2017 S.C. NAACP Woman of the Year. For details, call (803) 235-8758 or (803) 235-0007.

Family reunions

- A reunion for the families of J.F.K. and Sara Knight Mosley is noon Aug. 7 in the Kershaw Bowling Alley recreation room. Attendees should bring a well-filled picnic basket. For details, call Jo Ann Hudson at (803) 475-3264.

- A reunion for the descendants of George and Sally Lucas Craig is 1 p.m. Aug. 7 at Kershaw Second Baptist Church, 7737 Kershaw Camden Highway. For details, call Billy Craig at (803) 475-4069 or Bruce Craig at (803) 286-7279.

- The descendants of George W. and Alice Ingram Sowell will hold their annual family reunion at 1 p.m. Aug. 14 at Thorn Hill Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 2587 Kershaw Country Club Road, Heath Springs. For details, call (803) 320-3932.

Look Good...Feel Better is Aug. 8

Look Good...Feel Better, an American Cancer Society support program and workshop for women diagnosed with, or being treated for cancer, is 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 8, at Marion Sims Theater inside Springs Memorial Hospital, 800 W. Meeting St. 

Done in a small setting, Look Good...Feel Better is a two-hour, hands-on program by trained cosmetologists that includes skin care/makeup application tips, along with options for dealing with hair loss and nail care that are the side effects of cancer treatment drugs. The workshop is free. To register, call (803) 283-8494 or (803) 283-9474. 

ESL volunteer basic training

Life Builders English as a Second Language Ministry will conduct ESL volunteer basic training Aug. 19-20 in Rock Hill. Volunteers and teachers are needed in York, Lancaster and Mecklenburg Counties. This is a certificate course taught by nationally certified trainers. For details, contact Life Builders ESL Ministry at (803) 579-1511 or lifebuildersesl@gmail.com by Aug. 12.

Springs Leroy Plant reunion

A reunion for all former Springs Leroy Plant employees is being planned. The reunion meeting is 1 p.m. Aug. 13 at North Elementary School, 1100 Roddey Drive. If you are interested in helping plan this reunion, call (803) 872-4353 or (803) 804-0652. 

AJHS class of ’87 reunion

The Andrew Jackson High School class of 1987 35-year reunion is Aug. 19-20. The cost is $25 per person. For details and payment information, contact Chrys Steele at (803) 287-1437, chryss@comporium.com or via Facebook.

Pageant contestants sought

Pageant contestants ages 5-18 are needed for the Lancaster Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Jabberwock 2017 pageant, “Motown – Dancing With Heart & Soul.” An orientation/interest meeting is 3 p.m. Aug. 28. For details, call Tammy Wheeler at (803) 313-2278.

Art competition

The Marian Hagins Memorial Art Competition is open to any resident of Lancaster County high school age or older. Paintings may be delivered between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, 201 W. Gay St. 

First place wins $250, second place $125, third place $75, fourth place $50, honorable mention (4) $10 each and people’s choice $25. For details and competition guidelines, call the LCCA office at (803) 285-7451.

Art workshop

Bob Doster will hold metal sculpture and bottle tree workshops from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10 at Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio, 217 E. Gay St. The cost is $100 per person to design, cut, weld and polish. Wear work clothes and closed-toe shoes. Plan for lunch at a downtown restaurant or bring a box lunch. To RSVP, call (803) 285-9190 or email rcdoster@comporium.net. For details, visit www.facebook.com/backstreetstudio.

September Fest

Rainbow Promise Enterprise will hold September Fest 2016 from 2 to 8 p.m. Sept. 17 at Heath Springs Town Hall. They are in need of vendors, musicians and other talented participants. For details, call (803) 804-4630.

Grace Bleachery Reunion

The Grace Bleachery Reunion is 6 p.m. Sept. 24 at the American Legion, 823 Kershaw Camden Highway. Planning is in the final stages, and they have accommodations for 200 people. For details, call Gwen Elder at (803) 286-6291 or Patricia Wilson at (803) 577-0446.

Red Rose Film Festival

Lancaster Performing Arts “See Lancaster Live” series will hold the Red Rose Film Festival at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 in the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium, 476 Hubbard Drive.

Filmmakers of all ages are encouraged to submit entries by Oct. 18. 

All scenes must be filmed in Lancaster County and incorporate at least one red rose. Family-friendly films in DVD format must be no longer than 10 minutes, and a $15 application fee should be included with submission. Applications are available at the Springs House, 201 W. Gay St.

Ten films will be chosen to be shown at the film festival, and winners will be announced for first, second and third place and people’s choice.

Tickets to the festival are $5 each and may be purchased at the door or in advance by visiting www.lancastercitysc.com/performingarts.aspx. A full list of rules may also be found at the site. For details, contact April Joplin at (803) 285-1145 or p.arts@lancastercitysc.com.

Monster Dash

The United Way’s Monster Dash trail run is Oct. 22 at Riverside Rodeo Arena, 1504 Cedar Pines Lake Road. There will be monsters and obstacles on three miles of off-road terrain and a costume contest.

Early bird signup is $25 from Aug. 1-Sept. 30. Regular signup is $35 from Oct. 1 to race day. Participation on the trail as a monster, zombie or ghoul is $15. There is a free T-shirt to the first 50 registrants. 

For details, visit www.uwaylcsc.org or call (803) 283- 8923. Registration and waiver forms are available online.


TOPS meets on Thursdays

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

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

Alcoholics Anonymous meets

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

Marine Corps League meets

Marine Corps League meets at 7 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month at 347 Brooklyn Ave. Active-duty and former active-duty marines, FMF corpsmen and FMF 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 county and supports programs to aid veterans and communities. For details, call Jerry Holt at (973) 897-9251 or visit www.tinyurl.com/marineleague1169.

Lancaster Fatherhood Project

The Lancaster Fatherhood Project, 117 S. Wylie St., 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.

Line dance lessons

Lancaster Lively Line Dancers lessons are 7 p.m. every Thursday at the Moose Lodge Ballroom, 200 Moose Shrine Road. The teacher is Dianne Mahaffee and the DJ is Ed Sullivan. Cost is a $3 donation for the teacher and DJ.

Veterans Coffee Club meets

The Veterans Coffee Club meets at 8 a.m. every Tuesday 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, call (803) 230-4856.

NAMI support groups

NAMI Piedmont Tri-County holds support group meetings each month for people in the Lancaster, Chester and York areas.

The NAMI Connection Support Group is peer lead and for people living with mental illness.

The NAMI Family Support Group is for families and friends of adults living with mental illness. There is also a support group for families of children and adolescents living with mental illness. For schedule information and details, visit www.namipiedmont.org.

Free computer classes

Free basic computer classes have started at the HUB Computer and Recourse Center, 1787 Lynwood Drive. Morning sessions are 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, and afternoon sessions are 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday.

Classes are six weeks. Admission to the classes begins after assessment. Resume and cover letter writing, online application and interview preparation counseling assistance is also offered. For details, call Pastor James Pringle at (980) 328-2390.

Clinton Avenue/Market Street Committee meets

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

Dementia support

Hospice Care of Tri County will hold a dementia support group at 1 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Heath Springs Senior Complex, 212 Spring St., 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.

Lions Club meets

The Lions Club meets at noon the first and third Thursday of every month at Captain’s Galley, 1305 S.C. 9 Bypass West.

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.

Grace Bleachery Reunion meetings

The Grace Bleachery Reunion meets the third Sunday of each month from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Lancaster County Library, 313 S. White St.

Anyone interested is invited. For details, call (803) 285-2564 or (803) 286-6291.

Free homework help available

Citadel of Love Christian Fellowship, 1789 Lynwood Drive, is offering free homework assistance at its after school center for nearby elementary and middle school students.

Mentors from Lancaster High School’s Civinettes are there from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays ready and willing to assist. For details, call (980) 328-2390.

Adult education

The Lancaster Adult Education Program’s evening classes have changed to 5 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday only.

New student registration and Work-key testing are offered at 5 p.m. Monday only. For details, call (803) 285-7660.

Al-Anon group meetings

Al-Anon, a worldwide fellowship adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous, holds group meetings from 8 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at First Presbyterian Church, 700 W. Main St.

For details, call (803) 285-1684 or visit www.alanon-sc.org.


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