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 Week Ahead

Upcoming area blood drives

American Red Cross

- July 20: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Springs Memorial Hospital, 800 W. Meeting St., Lancaster.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

- Aug. 9: 1-4:30 p.m. Comporium Lancaster Plant Work Center, 318 Stewman St., Lancaster.

For details, visit redcrossblood.org or call (800) 733-2767.

 ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’

The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County will feature performances of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” at 7:30 p.m. July 20-22 in the Barr Street Auditorium, 610 E. Meeting St., Lancaster. 

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and $5 for kids 10 and under. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Arts Council of Lancaster County, 201 W. Gay St. For details, call (803) 285-7451.

Lunch and Learn series speaker

Dr. Andrew Frank, author of “The Red Stick War in Florida: Rethinking Jackson, the Creek Nation and the First Seminole War,” will speak noon-1 p.m. July 21 at the Native American Studies Center, 119 S. Main St., Lancaster, as part of USC Lancaster’s Lunch and Learn Series. This is a free event.

Pageland Summer Concert July 21

The Ball Theatre, 220 W. McGregor St., Pageland, will hold a summer concert at 9 p.m. July 21. As part of the Pageland Watermelon Festival, the event will feature The Hinson Girls, Deep Creek and others performing.

Committee fish fry July 22

The Clinton Ave.-Market St. Committee will hold a fish fry at 10 a.m. July 22 across the road from Mount Zion AME Zion Church, 317 E. Barr St., Lancaster. All proceeds benefit the reunion in August. For details, call (803) 285-2564.

Summer Smarts: Arts and Sciences summer camps

The Lancaster County Council of the Arts 2017 Summer Smarts: Arts and Sciences summer camp dates are:

- July 24-28, First Baptist Church, 210 N. Matson St., Kershaw.

- July 31-Aug. 4, Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian Land.

Camp runs from 9 a.m.- noon each day. Registration is $90 for members and $105 for non-members and includes daily snacks, T-shirt and supplies. Volunteer and scholarship opportunities are available. For details, call (803) 285-7451.

Community Playhouse auditions

The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County will hold auditions for its production of “Little Shop of Horrors” 6-8 p.m. July 24-25 at the Springs House, 210 W. Gay St., Lancaster. 

Attendees should be prepared for a cold read and arrange a musical selection. No a cappella performances allowed. Performance dates are Oct. 6-8 and 12-17.

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.


Free summer meal program available

Clinton Elementary School will serve breakfast 7-8 a.m. and lunch 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday until July 27.  

These free meals are offered to students under age 18 through the USDA Summer Food Service program. Menus are available on the school website, www.lancastercsd.com.

NTACT Band & Show perform

As part of Lancaster’s Finally Friday series, the NTACT Band & Show will perform during a free outdoor concert at 6 p.m. July 28 at 216 S. Catawba St., Lancaster. For details, visit www.lancastercitysc.com.

Pam Taylor performance

The Craft Stand, 134 S. Main St., will host an American roots and blues performance by Pam Taylor from 7:30-10 p.m. July 28. Admission is free. For details, visit https://www.facebook.com/thecraftstand/.

Kershaw Open July 29-30

The Kershaw Open will be held at 8 a.m. July 29-30 at the Kershaw Golf Course, 301 Club House Drive, Kershaw. Dinner and a Flighting Party will follow round one on Saturday and awards will be given after round two on Sunday.

It is a 36 hole stroke-play event. Players are flighted based on score following round one. Prizes include $225 for first place in each flight, $100 for second place, $50 for third place and different cash prizes for closest to the pins on Par 3 holes. Entry fees are $55 for members and $65 for non-members. For details, call Logan Sowell at (803) 235-0364.

LCPR fall sports registration opens

Lancaster County Parks and Recreation will hold registration for its fall sports. Those sports and registration fees are $75 for football ages 7-12, $30 for cheerleading ages 7-12, $65 for soccer ages 5-15, $50 for girl’s youth volleyball ages 7-12 and $50 for introduction to soccer age 4 only. The age cutoff date is Sept. 1. Registration may be completed online at www.mylancastersc.org/parks or at one of the following locations:

- Springdale Recreation Center, 260 Plantation Road, Lancaster, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, July 31-Aug. 18.

- Buford Recreation Center, 4073 Hurley Walters Road, Lancaster, from 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 1, 3, 8, 10, 14, 15 and 17.

- Walnut Creek Recreation Center, 10521 Walnut Creek Parkway, Lancaster, 6-8 p.m. July 31-Aug. 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 14, 16 and 17.

- Andrew Jackson Recreation Center, 6354 N. Matson St., Kershaw, 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 3 and 15.

- Heath Springs Depot, 101 Duncan St., Heath Springs 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 10 and 17.

Donate Christmas gifts for children

Ellen Haggins is now accepting donations for the free Christmas gifts she will give away to children in December. Donations include items such as baby dolls, games, footballs, basketballs, board games and trucks. For details or to donate, call (803) 577-3822.

 “A Matter of Balance” senior program

Lancaster County Council on Aging, 309 S. Plantation Road, will host “A Matter of Balance” senior program 10 a.m.-noon every Tuesday and Thursday until Aug. 3. The free program is for older adults who are concerned about falling. Attendees will set goals, exercise to increase strength and make changes to reduce falls.

Clinton Ave.-Market St. reunion

The Clinton Ave.-Market St. Committee will hold its neighborhood reunion from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Springdale Recreation Center, 260 Plantation Road, Lancaster. There is a $10 reunion fee. Food will be served and games will played throughout the day. For details, call (803) 285-2564 or (803) 577-0465.

Hillside High Class of ’69 meeting

The Hillside High Class of 1969 will hold its quarterly meeting at 2 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Able House, 803 E. Arch St., Lancaster. For details, call Marshall Benson at (803) 287-5949, Pat Moses Marks at (803) 273-9415 or Vivian Anthony Dawkins at (803) 287-7563.

Craig-Lucas Reunion Aug. 6

The Craig-Lucas Reunion is 1 p.m. Aug. 6 at Kershaw Second Baptist Church, 7737 Kershaw Camden Highway, Kershaw. It is for all descendants of George and Sally Lucas-Craig. For details, call (803) 475-4069.

Open Mic Night Aug. 10

Crossridge Café, 3000 World Reach Drive, Indian Land, will hold an Open Mic Night from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 10. This free event is family-friendly and is open to performers and audiences of all ages.

Performances must be no longer than five minutes, be appropriate for a general audience, include no profanity or vulgarity, stay within the 5-feet deep by 10-feet wide stage dimensions and be set up before and cleared out after the performance within 90 seconds by the performers. Crossridge Café will provide up to two microphones, a DI box for instrument amplification and chairs and stools.

Interested performers should e-mail openmic@crossridgecafe.com and must provide the performer’s first and last name, what type of performance, the city and state of residence, a brief bio that will be used to introduce you and an MP3 file of audio if needed for the performance.

Genealogical club to meet Aug. 12

The Lancaster County Genealogical Club meets at 1 p.m. Aug. 12 in the Native American Studies Center, 119 S. Main St., Lancaster. The meeting is open to anyone needing help researching their family tree. For details, call (803) 448-6305.

Greenway golf tournament Aug. 19

The Lindsay Pettus Greenway Golf Tournament is at 9 a.m. Aug. 19 at Lancaster Golf Club, 1821 Springs Club Road, Lancaster. It costs $200 for a four-man team and includes lunch, door prizes and gift bags. Prizes include $500 for first place, $300 for second place, $100 for third place and prizes for the closest to pin and longest drive. Teams may register at the golf course or e-mail Katsul@comporium.net before Aug. 16.

Tantrum performs Aug. 25

As part of Lancaster’s Finally Friday series, Tantrum will perform during a free outdoor concert at 6 p.m. Aug. 25 at 216 S. Catawba St., Lancaster. For details, visit www.lancastercitysc.com.

“Bluegrass, Barbecue and Building”

Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County will hold its fifth annual “BBB,” or “Bluegrass, Barbecue and Building,” event 5-9 p.m. Aug. 26 in USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium and Arnold Multipurpose Room, 476 Hubbard Drive, with dinner served 5-7 p.m.

Barbecue plates include pulled pork, baked beans, mac and cheese, roll, drink and homemade banana pudding. 

Hot dog plates include two hot dogs, buns, slaw, baked beans, chili, condiments, drink and banana pudding. 

Craft beer from Benford Brewing, poured by the Craft Stand, is available separately.

The event features performances by the Larry Stephenson Band, The Hinson Girls, Flatland Express and the Sun City Cloggers.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, if available. The event has sold out every year. Tickets can be ordered on www.habitatlancastersc.com or by calling (803) 283-1203.


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 county 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.

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.

Grace Bleachery reunion meetings

The Grace Bleachery reunion meeting is the third Sunday of each month from 3-6 p.m. at the Lancaster County Library, 313 S. White St.

All are welcome. For details, call (803) 285-2564 or (803) 286-6291.

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. 

Child loss support group meets

“A New Road,” a grief support group for parents who have lost a child, meets on the first Tuesday of each month at the Immanuel Baptist Church office building, 1152 Great Falls Highway, Lancaster. New members are welcome at anytime. For details, call Janice Steele at (803) 285-3609 or (803) 804-9120 or the church office at (803) 283-8459.

Free homework help available

Citadel of Love Christian Fellowship, 1789 Lynwood Drive, Lancaster, 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 3:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays ready and willing to assist. For details, call (980) 328-2390.

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.

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.

Lion’s Club meets

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

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. 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 a 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. 

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

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 over night.

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

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.

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.

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 meet

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) holds support group meetings 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.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets

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

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