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 Week Ahead

HS Elementary bake sale

Kristy Horton’s second grade class at Heath Springs Elementary School will continue its bake sale from 10:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 9 to raise money to buy toys for children at Levine Children’s Hospital. Students will bring in baked goods, make posters to advertise and will work the bake sale. For details, call (803) 273-3176.

Christian Services mobile food truck

Christian Services will have a mobile food truck from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 9 at Pleasant Plain Baptist Church, 3795 Pleasant Plain Road, Kershaw.

Recipients must meet income guidelines and have a Lancaster County picture ID. If you do not have a Lancaster County picture ID, please visit the food pantry. Bring the gold pantry card if you have one. For details, call (803) 285-4444.

Joslyn Clark reunion Dec. 9

Anyone who worked at Joslyn Clark is invited to a lunch reunion at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 9 at The Wagon Wheel Restaurant, 5724 Lancaster Highway, Fort Lawn. For details, call Jackie McCoy at (803) 273-0162.

Christmas dance set for Dec. 9

The Newtown Neighborhood Reunion/Gay Street Reunion Christmas dance is 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 9 at the Lancaster County Community Center, 508 E. Meeting St. Admission is $10.

Wrestling benefit show Dec. 9

Lynx Wrestling Alliance will hold a wrestling benefit show for Gwen Parker and Brandy Watts on Dec. 9 at the American Legion, 823 Kershaw Camden Highway. Doors open at 7 p.m. and bell time is 8 p.m. Wrestlers include Rex Rumble, Fuzzy Bass, Sweet Ginger, Delta Squad, Father Darkness and more. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for children and free for ages 5 and under.

Resolute Reindeer 5K run/walk

The Resolute Reindeer 5K run/walk for Habitat for Humanity is 9 a.m. Dec. 10 at the University of South Carolina Lancaster, 476 Hubbard Drive. Check-in is 8 to 8:30 a.m. 

The cost is $25 per person. Register online at www.habitatlancastersc.org or contact (803) 416-7787 or pamelagiardiello@yahoo.com. 

Van Wyck Christmas Parade

The eighth annual Van Wyck Christmas Parade and Candy Toss is noon Dec. 10 at the intersection of Steele Hill Road and Old Hickory Road. Santa will arrive at the community center for photographs after the parade. Bring your own camera. Van Wyck Express train rides and Wilbur’s Last Ride Barbecue will also be available at the community center after the parade.

Participation applications are available at the Van Wyck Post Office, 5222 Old Hickory Road, Van Wyck, or by contacting Pat Oglesby at (803) 517-0775 or poglesby@comporium.net.

Join Van Wyck 4-H Club

The newly formed Van Wyck Community 4-H Club recently began meetings and plans to enter a float in the Dec. 10 Van Wyck parade. If you would like to join the club, call (803) 283-3302, extension 0. It is open to youth outside of the Van Wyck area.

Lancaster Christmas Parade

The Lancaster Christmas Parade is 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 10 on Main Street in the Cultural Arts District of Lancaster. Participants are encouraged to decorate floats and vehicles with the “Ugly Christmas Sweater” theme in mind. Grand Marshall is the Buford High School Lady Jackets Softball 2016 AA State Champions.

For applications and information, visit www.lancastercitysc.com or contact Events and Promotions Manager Joe Timmons at (803) 289-1498 or events@lancastercitysc.com. Applicants are encouraged to register early to ensure acceptance.

IL community clean-up day

The Indian Land Community Clean-Up Day is 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 11. Volunteers will meet at the Indian Land Center parking lot, 1245 Rosemont Drive. 

Liberty Waste is sponsoring the event by providing final roadside pickup, trash grabbers, vests and a point-of-contact to assist on the day of the event. Discover Indian Land is managing the logistics and event details. The county of Lancaster is providing the location of “trouble spots” and 200 trash bags.

Showmars of Indian Land will donate a lunch and drink for each volunteer. Volunteers are asked to provide their own gloves and comfortable shoes. For details, call Suzanne Todd at (704) 905-8825 or e-mail weloveindianland@gmail.com.

Van Wyck Lighting of the Way is Dec. 11

The annual Lighting of the Way is 4 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Van Wyck Post Office on the corner of Old Hickory and Steele Hill Road. There will be hundreds of candles lining the village and stops for short programs at local churches. For details, call Jane Massey at (803) 285-6444.

Crawford Holiday Memorial Program

Crawford Funeral Home will hold its Holiday Memorial Program at 5 p.m. Dec. 11 at Crawford Funeral Home Chapel, 410 W. Meeting St. The program is part of the funeral home’s after care service. There will be music from local churches and presentations from funeral home staff. For details, call (803) 285-3261.

NAACP to meet Dec. 12

The Lancaster branch NAACP executive/membership meeting is 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at The Living Word Church, 117 E. Market St. All are welcome. For details, call (803) 283-3863.

Chamber award nominations

The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce is accepting 2016 award nominations through Dec. 14. The awards are as follows:

- Volunteer of the Year – Nominate someone who has stood out in volunteering with the Chamber.

- Small Business of the Year – Nominate a business with 30 employees or less. The business must be a Chamber member in good standing for three years.

- Business Person of the Year – Nominate an individual business person whose efforts stood out in their business industry and/or community. This is open for any size business.

Email nominations to brenda@lancasterchambersc.com with the name of the person or business. If a person, add where they work and one sentence telling why they should be nominated. Winners will be announced at the annual soiree on Jan. 19.

‘A Celtic Christmas’

The Jennifer Licko Band will present “A Celtic Christmas” at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Lancaster Cultural Arts Center, 307 W. Gay St. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Seating is limited. For tickets, call (803) 285-7451 or visit www.lccarts.net/tickets. Proceeds help restore the Cultural Arts Center.

Donate toy, get 20 percent off

Bring a new, unwrapped toy and drop it off in the donation box through Dec. 16 at Garris Jewelers, 965 N. Main St. and receive 20 percent off on a regularly priced item.

Springs’ writing event Dec. 16

Dr. Christopher Bundrick, associate professor of English at USCL, will introduce a selection of Elliot Springs’ writing at noon Dec. 16 at the Native American Studies Center, 119 S. Main St. The “Elliot White Springs and Old South Humor” event will offer a lively discussion of the humor, cultural value and literary significance of some of Springs’ less-well-known writing.

Class of ’70 Christmas Gala

The Barr Street High School class of 1970 Christmas Gala is 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 16 at the American Legion, 823 Kershaw Camden Highway. The event is dressy casual. For details, call (803) 285-8657 or (803) 285-6542.

Christian Services’ Angel Tree program

Christian Services, 1227 Great Falls Highway, coordinates a large adopt-a-child program with Toys for Tots and The Salvation Army. The parents or guardians of gift recipients are required to complete a two-hour financial class and five volunteer hours. For information, call (803) 320-4804, email christianservices.lancaster@gmail.com or visit www.christianserviceslsc.com.


Lancaster High class of ‘72 meets

The Lancaster High School class of 1972 will meet to plan at 3 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Lancaster County Library, 313 S. White St., for the 2017 reunion. For details, call (803) 285-7997 or (803) 285-9668.

‘Christmas Brass with Tom Burge’

“Christmas Brass with Tom Burge” is 2:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Lancaster Cultural Arts Center, 307 W. Gay St. Burge is trombonist and host of WDAV’s “Sunday Evening with Tom Burge.” He will be joined by three other members of the Charlotte Symphony, trumpet player Rich Harris, horn player Bob Rydel, tuba player Audrey Foard and professor of music at the University of South Carolina School of Music James Ackley. 

Admission is for the event is free. For details, call (803) 285-7451.

Free gifts for children

Ellen Haggins will give free gifts to children from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 18 at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 2393 New Hope Road, Heath Springs. For details, call (803) 577-3822.

‘Home for the Holidays’ benefit

The 2017 Barr Street High School Reunion will sponsor its “Home for the Holidays” benefit from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Dec. 23 at the Lancaster County Community Center, 508 E. Meeting St. There will be a silent auction and entertainment will be provided by deejay Chris Brown. Admission is $20 per person. Wear holiday attire. Proceeds will benefit the reunion. For details, call (803) 285-4860.

Book Santa Claus through Dec. 25

Book Santa Clause for a $25 per hour donation to HOPE in Lancaster until Dec. 25. For details, call (803) 287-9483.

Musical Christmas light show

A musical Christmas light show will be held nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. through Dec. 26 at 7248 Flat Rock Road, Kershaw. 

Park across the road and tune to 104.5 FM to listen as more than 10,000 lights flash in sync with music. There will be 17 musical sequences, 5 narrative sequences and more than 40 computer controlled outputs. For details, visit the Flat Rock Christmas Lights page on Facebook.

Register now for ‘Joy of Gardening’

Early-bird registration is open for the annual Joy of Gardening Symposium on Feb. 25, 2017, at Baxter Hood Center, Rock Hill. The registration fee, which includes lunch, is $50 before Dec. 31 and $60 after.

Sponsored by the Master Gardeners of York County, the daylong event includes seven gardening experts, breakout sessions, vendors and a chance to win door prizes. To view the speakers or register online, visit www.sympoium.yorkmg.org/registration. 

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

See Lancaster Live will present “POLTER-HEIST,” an audience participation murder mystery by Tony Schwartz and Marylou Ambrose, on Jan. 7, 2017 at the University of South Carolina’s Bradley Arts and Sciences Building, 476 Hubbard Drive. 

Doors open at 6 p.m. and guests can visit The Craft Stand Cash Bar and meet with show characters. A three-course dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The main show begins after dinner.

A prize will be awarded to the person who correctly guesses both the murderer and the motive. A prize will also go to the person dressed in the best costume.

Tickets for the dinner and show are $35, plus tax. For information and reservations, call (803) 289-1486.

'Hairspray' auditions Jan. 8-9

Auditions for "Hairspray" will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan 8-9 at the University of South Carolina Lancaster's Bundy Auditorium, 476 Hubbard Drive.

Prepare 16 bars of a song that reflects your vocal range and skill. Bring backing track or sheet music. No a cappella auditions. Auditioners will be taught a segment from a dance number, so wear comfortable clothes and shoes that allow you to move.

The director may ask you to cold read from the script, so research or be familiar with the Broadway show as it is different than the film. Vocal range, age range, physicality and gender will be factored into casting decisions if you audition for a specific role.

Cast size is 24-30, ages 12 and up, and is comprised of nine Caucasian females, seven Caucasian males, six African American females and five African American males.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. April 22-22 and 27-29 and 3 p.m. April 23. For details, visit www.facebook.com/theatreatcplc.

MLK parade, ceremony

The annual “I Have a Dream” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade and ceremony is 1 to 6 p.m. Jan. 14, 2017, in the Cultural Arts District.

Musicians interested in participating in the event should email p.arts@lancastercitysc.com and include website addresses, music samples and/or demos.

For details, visit www.lancastercitysc.com or contact Joe Timmons at jtimmons@lancastercitysc.com or (803) 289-1498.

Red Rose Festival, Finally Friday seeks musicians

See Lancaster SC is seeking musicians interested in participating in the annual Red Rose Festival on May 19-20 in the Cultural Arts District, as well as the Finally Friday free concert series held on the final Fridays of June through September.

Those interested should email p.arts@lancastercitysc.com and include website addresses, music samples and/or demos. For details, visit www.lancastercitysc.com or contact Joe Timmons at jtimmons@lancastercitysc.com or (803) 289-1498.

Hillside High 2017 reunion

The Hillside High School 2017 reunion is Sept. 1-3, 2017, at Hilton Charlotte University Place, 8629 J.M. Keynes Drive, Charlotte. The theme is “Our Journey Continues, Together Again – Let’s Celebrate.”

The itinerary includes an acquaintance get-together on Sept. 1, lunch and sightseeing cruise and a nighttime banquet on Sept. 2 and worship services on Sept. 3. Events will conclude with a cookout/picnic at Heath Springs Elementary School (the former Hillside Elementary and High School), 158 Solar Road, Heath Springs.

Registration is $150, which can be paid in two installments or in full, and is due June 30. Everyone is responsible for booking his or her own rooms by Aug. 2. For details, visit www.hillsidehs.com.


TOPS meets on Thursdays

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) is a non-profit organization to support weight loss.

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.

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.

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. NAMI’s Family Support Group also meets each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in room 203 at Transformation Church, 8978 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land. For details, visit www.namipiedmont.com.

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.

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, 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.

Lancaster Fatherhood Project

The Lancaster Fatherhood Project, 105 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 offered

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.

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 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 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.

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 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.


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