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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.
Upcoming area blood drives
American Red Cross
- July 26: 1:30-6 p.m. Chik-fil-A, 901 S.C. 9 Bypass, Lancaster.
- Aug. 7: 2:30-7 p.m. White Springs Baptist Church, 1249 Grace Ave., Lancaster.
- Aug. 11: 2-6:30 p.m. Church of the Good Shepherd, 1005 University Drive, 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.
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 www.facebook.com/thecraftstand/.
Kershaw Open
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.
Chinese auction July 29
The Lincoln Lodge 162 and Lincoln Chapter 108 will host a Chinese auction at 2 p.m. July 29 at Brooklyn Springs Elementary, 1637 Billings Drive, Lancaster. Doors will open at 1 p.m. and tickets are $5 or five for $20. All proceeds benefit community scholarships, senior programs and school supplies for Lancaster students.
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.
To add coming events to this listing, e-mail it to news@thelancasternews.com, fax it to (803) 283-8969, or mail it to The Lancaster News, P.O. Box 640, Lancaster, SC 29721.
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” 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 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.
J.F.K. and Sara Knight Mosley Reunion
The families of J.F.K. and Sara Knight Mosley will hold a reunion at noon Aug. 6 in the Kershaw Bowling Alley Recreation Room, 200 Close Circle, Kershaw. Attendees should bring a well-filled picnic basket. For details, call Jo Ann Hudson at (803) 475-3264.
Genealogical club
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
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.
Open Mic Night
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.



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