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Volunteer for battlefield cleanup

Local volunteers will team up with the Civil War Trust to clean up the Buford Massacre Battlefield in Lancaster at 9 a.m. March 30. The event is part of Park Day, a nationwide effort that includes more than 130 historic sites in 30 states. 

Thousands of volunteers across the country will participate as Park Day celebrates over 20 successful years. Activities include cleaning up debris and downed limbs, clearing brush and landscaping around the mass grave site and park. 

Volunteers will receive T-shirts and drinks will be provided. To sign up, contact Ken Obriot at kcobriot@gmail.com.

Sign-ups for class of ’67 50th reunion

The Buford High School class of 1967 will celebrate its 50th reunion on April 22. All who wish to attend should contact Earl Hinson by March 31.

CCA playground dedication

Carolina Christian Academy, 1850 Kershaw Camden Highway, Lancaster, will hold a dedication ceremony for its new playground at noon March 31 on the playground basketball court. A picnic lunch will be served, followed by “playtime” for kids and parents.

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.

Metal sculpture workshop

Bob Doster will host a metal sculpture and bottle tree workshop from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. April 1 at Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio, 217 E. Gay St., Lancaster. It costs $100 per person to design, cut, weld and polish a sculpture. Wear work clothes and closed-toe shoes. Bring a box lunch or eat at a downtown restaurant. For details or to RSVP, call (803) 285-9190 or e-mail rcdoster@comporium.net.

Roses reunion set for April 1

The Roses department store reunion is 8:30 a.m. April 1 at JoMars Family Restaurant, 278 S.C. 9 Bypass East. For details, call (803) 273-9846.

Michael Anderson book signing 

The Lancaster County Library, 313 S. White St., will host a book signing from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 1. Michael Anderson, local author and founder of All For One Ministries, will be at the library to speak with readers and sign copies of his newest book, “Deeper Woods.” For details, call (803) 285-1502. 

Glenda Manus book signing

The Lancaster County Council of the Arts will sponsor a book signing event from 2:30-4 p.m. April 2 at the Springs House, 201 W. Gay St., Lancaster. The event will feature Glenda Manus, Van Wyck native and author of the Southern Grace Series. It will celebrate the release of Manus’ newest novel, The Sweet Tea Quilting Bee, the fifth in the series.

Community forum April 3

Part two of the “Let’s Talk About It” community forum is 6-8 p.m. April 3 in the Barr Street Auditorium, 610 E. Meeting St., Lancaster. Topics to be discussed include race relationships, community and law enforcement concerns. 

The forum is facilitated by attorney Mitch Norrell and will include the participation of Sheriff Barry Faile, Police Chief Scott Grant, Gary Robinson and the full audience.

Paws In the Panhandle meets

The monthly Paws In the Panhandle meeting is 6 to 7:45 p.m. April 3 at the Del Webb Library, 7641 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land.

American Legion Post 31 meets

The American Legion Post 31, 823 S. Main St., Lancaster, will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. April 3. A meal will be served at 6 p.m. For details, call (803) 283-2394.

Upcoming area blood drive

American Red Cross

- 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 4, USC Lancaster, 476 Hubbard Drive.

- 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 7, North Central High School, 3000 Lockhart Road, Kershaw.

For details or to make an appointment, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming area rabies clinics

- April 4 at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 1841 N. Rocky River Road, Lancaster.

- April 6 at White Springs Baptist Church, 1249 Grace Ave, Lancaster.

- April 11 at USC Lancaster (beside Hubbard Hall), 476 Hubbard Drive.

- April 13 at Camp Creek Baptist Church, 998 Potter Road, Lancaster.

- April 18 at McDonald Green Elementary School, 2763 Lynwood Drive, Lancaster.

- April 20 at Heath Springs Elementary School, 158 Solar Road, Heath Springs.

- April 25 at Charlotte Road/Van Wyck Volunteer Fire Department, 4455 Old Hickory Road, Van Wyck.

- April 27 at Rich Hill Volunteer Fire Department, 3089 Rocky River Road, Heath Springs. 

- May 2 at Tradesville Community Center, 2851 Old Camden Monroe Highway, Lancaster.

- May 4 at Elgin Volunteer Fire Department, 114 Tram Road, Lancaster.

Clinics are 6-7:30 p.m. and cost $6 per shot. Other vaccines will be available including canine distemper/parvo, canine kennel cough, feline FVRCPP 4-way and feline leukemia. These yearly shots for both cats and dogs are $16 each. For details, call (803) 286-8131. 

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 Rd., Lancaster. For details, call (803) 804-7769 or (803) 554-2846.


United Way Day of Caring

United Way of Lancaster County will hold its Annual Day of Caring on April 7.  

Day of Caring offers businesses, individuals, organizations and civic clubs the opportunity to help local nonprofit human service agencies accomplish much-needed projects during one day of organized volunteerism. Projects include painting, cutting grass, washing windows, raking leaves, etc.

Volunteer work teams interested in participating should contact the United Way of Lancaster County office, 109 S. Wylie St., or visit its Facebook page for a current list of available projects. Groups helping to complete projects are only required to provide personal items and labor, but the individual that requested the project should supply all materials needed. 

For details, contact Melanie Outlaw at (803) 283-8923.

Sign up for 4-H garden project

Registration for the 2017 4-H garden project is open to all S.C. youth ages five to 18. Youth will plant a small garden of at least 50 square feet that contains a minimum of four vegetables. 

Cost for this project is $10. Registration will remain open until April 7. For details, call Steve Hucks at (803) 283-3302, extension 0, or e-mail him at chucks@clemson.edu.

Seth’s Giving Tree clay shoot

Seth’s Giving Tree will hold a fundraising clay shoot April 7 at Rocky Creek Sporting Clays, 3390 Mountain Gap Road, Richburg. Proceeds benefit the Seth Muennich Scholarship Fund. To register go to www.SethsGivingTree.org or e-mail SethsGivingTree@gmail.com.

Annual Spring breakfast April 8

Camp Creek Lodge No. 317, 2366 Camp Creek Rd, Lancaster, will hold its Annual Spring breakfast from 6:30-10:30 a.m. April 8. Dine-in or take out plates for $6.

Genealogical club to meet April 8

The Lancaster County Genealogical Club will meet at 1 p.m. April 8 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.

Free tax prep by AARP Foundation

The AARP Foundation will provide tax aid from 1-5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through April 12 at the Lancaster County Council on Aging, 309 S. Plantation Road. 

Services are available for low- to moderate-income taxpayers, especially those who are 50 and older. 

Last year’s returns, social security cards for taxpayer and dependents, photo ID, all 2016 W-2, W-2G and 1099-98, interest income statements and necessary receipts are needed. A blank check or account information is needed if refunds are directly deposited in your account.

For details, call Verma Blakney at (803) 285-9847.

Free water watch training session

The Catawba Riverkeepers Foundation will hold a free water watch training session from 1-5 p.m. April 12 in the Edgewater Golf Club meeting room, 2380 Catawba Ridge Blvd., Lancaster. 

Registration ends April 10. For details or to register, call Bobbi Ann Helgeson (803) 627-8783.

Free Easter basket give-away April 15

There will be a free community Easter basket give-away for ages 2-15 from 2-8 p.m. April 15 at 327 Elm St., Lancaster. The event will include, facepainting, games, bingo and raffle tickets will be given out to win other gifts. Drinks, hot dogs and chips will be provided. Everything is free to the public. For details, call Ellen Haggins at (803) 577-3822.

Community garden needs participants

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. 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. Plant day is April 22. 

To sponsor or donate to the garden, contact Elaine McKinney at (803) 287-7102. For details or to volunteer, call (803) 283-8923 or e-mail garden@uwaylcsc.org.

Jabberwock pageant April 22

Lancaster Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. will host the 2017 Jabberwock pageant at 6 p.m. April 22 in the Lancaster High School auditorium. The theme will be “Motown-Dancing with Heart and Soul.”

Community Playhouse presents Hairspray

The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County will feature the musical Hairspray at 7:30 p.m. April 21-22, 3 p.m. April 23 and 7:30 p.m. April 27-29 in the Barr Street Auditorium, 610 E. Meeting St., Lancaster. 

Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and $5 for kids 10 and under. Advance tickets can be purchased at The Arts Coucil of Lancaster County, 201 W. Gay St. For details, call (803) 285-7451.

‘Singing in the Park’ April 23

The Kershaw Community Park Council will host a “Singing in the Park” from 2-5:30 p.m. April 23. Area choirs, groups and individuals will perform in the amphitheater in Stevens Park, 200 Close Circle, Kershaw. The trail leading to the amphitheater is handicap accessible. The event is free to attend. All are welcome. 

If interested in performing, contact Spencer at (803) 475-2380, (803) 320-3526 or e-mail Kershawpark@gmail.com. Sound equipment will be set up for all performers to use.  

LCCA spring concert April 23

Lancaster County Council of the Arts will sponsor the spring Vivian Major Robinson concert at 2:30 p.m. April 23 in the Cultural Arts Center, 307 W. Gay St. 

The concert will feature violist, Miles Hoffman and pianist, Fabio Parrini. Admission is free. For details, call (803) 285-7451 or visit www.facebook.com/VMRConcerts.

Sunday Afternoon Tea is April 23

The Lancaster County Council of the Arts will hold a Ladies Night Out Sunday Afternoon Tea fundraiser from 3-5:30 p.m. April 23 in the Bradley Arts & Sciences Building of USC Lancaster, 476 Hubbard Drive. Signature cocktails, dainty sandwiches, desserts and tea will be served. 

The event includes a silent auction and raffle prizes, entertainment and much more. Tickets are $20 for LCCA members and $25 for nonmembers. Tickets can be purchased online or in person and are available until April 14. 

For details about hosting a table of 8 for $200 and/or event sponsorships, call (803) 285-7451, visit www.lccarts.net or stop by the Springs House, 201 West Gay St., Lancaster. Proceeds benefit community art programs, children’s classes, gallery exhibits and local and regional artists. 

Submit Red Rose Festival applications

Red Rose Festival applications are now available for artists, craftsmen, food vendors and commercial vendors. The event is slated for May 19, 20 in the downtown Cultural Arts District. The family-friendly event hosts live music, children’s rides and activities, art and other special activities.

Apply online at www.lancastercitysc.com, e-mail events@lancastercitysc.com or call (803) 289-1498.

Summer Kids Fest May-July

Youth Innovations, LLC, Youth Development and Leadership Center has opened registration for Summer Kids Fest. The youth enrichment camp runs May through July and includes outdoor games, dress-up days, service learning activities, treasure hunt, story telling, character education, STEM activities, interactive games, education connection, guest speakers, field trips and more. 

For details, call (803) 288-1462 or visit 207 W. Barr St., Lancaster.

Hillside High 2017 reunion

The Hillside High School 2017 reunion is Sept. 1-3, 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 Sept. 1, lunch and sightseeing cruise and a nighttime banquet Sept. 2 and worship services 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.


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.

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 non-profit 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.

Sign language class meets

Lancaster County Library, 313 S. White St., will hold a sign language class from 3-4 p.m. every Tuesday through May 30. The class will use the book, “Signing Made Easy” by Mickey Flodin and Rod Butterworth. For details, call (803) 285-1502.

TOPS meets on Thursdays

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

- Chapter No. 0314 meets from 9:30-11:30 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.

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.

Grief support group meets

“A Journey Towards Healing,” a six-week grief support group sponsored by Hospice of Lancaster, is 1-2 p.m. every Tuesday at the Moriah Baptist Association, 914 W. Meeting St., Lancaster. The group will provide tools and directions to assist on the journey of grieving. RSVP to Alice Robson at (803) 286-1472. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.


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