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Week Ahead

Mobile food truck

Christian Services’ mobile food truck will be at Carolina Christian Academy, 1850 Kershaw Camden Highway, from 8 to 10 a.m. today. Recipients must live in Lancaster County, meet income guidelines, have a current picture ID and proof of residency. Bring your pantry card if you have one. You may pick up for one other family if you provide all of their information. For details, call (803) 285-4444 or (803) 288-8112.

Newtown/Gay Street Reunion events

The Newtown/Gay Street Reunion will have a meet and greet from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Barr Street High School Cafeteria, a tailgate cookout Barr Street School parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 25, a banquet at 6 p.m. June 25 at the Springdale Recreation Complex, 260 S. Plantation Road, and Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. June 26 at St. Paul AME Church, 133 Pleasant Hill St.

See Lancaster SC events

See Lancaster SC is offering the following family-friendly events this summer:

- The Finally Friday free summer concert series will kick off at the “Welcome Back Picnic” from 6 to 9 p.m. today on the shady lawn behind City Hall, 216  S. Catawba St. Mister Pleaze will perform, and Hwy 55 will sell food. Attendees are invited to bring chairs and blankets.

- “See Lancaster Live,” a series of Lancaster Performing Arts offering a wide variety of affordable entertainment, will host “Jazz Flute with Galen” at 6 p.m. July 9 at the Cultural Arts Center/Olde Presbyterian Church, 307 W. Gay St. Tickets are $20 plus tax per person. Seating is limited. To purchase tickets, call (803) 289-1486, visit www.lancastercitysc.com/performingarts or email p.arts@lancastercity.com.

- “See Lancaster Live” will present Bright Star Touring Theater’s “Once Upon a Time” from 1 to 2 p.m. July 26 at the University of South Carolina Bundy Auditorium, 476 Hubbard Drive, for a production of Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk. The recommended ages are pre-k through fifth-grade. Tickets are $5 each online and at the door. To purchase tickets, visit www.lancastercitysc.com/performingarts.

For details about “See Lancaster Live” events, contact April Joplin at (803) 289-1494 or arts@lancastercitysc.com. For details about Finally Friday events, contact Joe Timmons at (803) 289-1498 or events@lancastercitysc.com.

Yard sale

Christian Services will have a yard sale from 7 a.m. to noon June 25 at 1227 Great Falls Highway. A 10-by-10 rental space is $20. If interested, call Mark Barrett at (803) 804-3979.

Fair and safety expo is June 25

The Pleasant Valley Fire Department, 9370 Possum Hollow Road, Indian Land, will host a community fair and safety expo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 25. There will be family activities and giveaways.

Hood family reunion

The Hood family reunion is 10 a.m. June 25 at Mt. Tabor Lodge, 618 Craigwood Lane. For details, call (803) 288-8112 or (803) 285-1504.

Unity in the Community

Lancaster County Community Relations will sponsor the 2016 Unity in the Community event from 4 to 8 p.m. June 25 in the courthouse parking lot (corner of Dunlap and French St.). For details, call Odell Parker at (803) 287-7419 or Kevan Waiters at (803) 804-0476.

IL alumni reunion

The Indian Land alumni reunion for classes graduating 1930 through 1983 is June 26 at the Indian Land Elementary School cafeteria, 4137 Doby’s Bridge Road. Doors open at 10 a.m. and a covered dish lunch (drinks are supplied) is 1 p.m. There will be a short program, but most of the time is reserved for visiting with fellow alumni.

Crime watch group to meet

The Buford-Tradesville area crime watch group meeting is 7 p.m. June 28 at Tabernacle United Methodist Church, 5908 Tabernacle Road. Deputy Bill Murphy will present a review and discussion of recent activities in the area.

4-H summer camps

Chester and Lancaster County 4-H is offering the following overnight and day camp opportunities:

- Camp Wild – June 28-30; ages 8-14; $75; in the Chester State Park; tents are available for loan; this three-day program includes boating, hiking, crafts, shooting sports and overnight camping in tents.

- Can Your Own Food – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 6, 7; for grades 6-12; $10 per child; at the Fort Lawn Community Center; this program focuses on canning and jelly making with hands-on instruction.

- Sewing Day Camp – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 11, 12; for ages 9-19; $15 per child (covers materials); at the Lancaster Extension Office; learn how to use a sewing machine by creating a personal sewing project.

- Ag in Action – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 19-21; for rising 5-8 graders; $30 (includes lunch); at the Fort Lawn Community Center; learn where food comes from, how to cook and visit a farm.

- Forensics Camp – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 25, 26; for rising 5-8 graders; $20 (includes lunch at the Fort Lawn Community Center); learn about crime scene investigation and forensics with the United Way of Lancaster County and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department.

- ICook – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 28, 29; $30 per child; held in the Fort Lawn area; learn about food preparation and cooking skills.

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

Master Gardener class signup

The application deadline for Master Gardener training for York, Chester and Lancaster counties has been extended until June 30.

Classes are 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from Aug. 2-Nov. 8 at the York County Clemson Extension service office, 120 N. Congress St., York.

For details, contact Paul Thompson at pthmpsn@clemson.edu or (803) 684-9919, extension 112.

BMMR family reunion trip

The BMMR family will travel to Buffalo, N.Y., by bus on June 30 and return July 3. Anyone interested in the trip may call (803) 285-6501.

Shining Minds summer camp

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

The program is for students in first through sixth grade and will include Lancaster County African American history, reading and storytelling, visual arts, singing, dance, creative and critical writing and more. Shinning Minds Parents-Grandparents Institutes will be held throughout the sessions. 

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

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 binders 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.

Individuals, agencies, businesses, churches or other organizations may contact Lauren Kornegay at (803) 289-4438 or Lauren.Kornegay@dss.sc.gov if they are interested in partnering, donating or becoming and drop-off location. Checks may be made payable to Lancaster County Outreach Project, P.O. Box 1719, Lancaster, SC 29721.


Charlesboro parade

The 37th annual Charlesboro July 4th parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 4. The pledge of allegiance and prayer will be held at New Haven Baptist Church on Taxahaw Road at 10:15 a.m. Line-up is also at the church. There is no need to reserve a space. Safe vehicles displaying an American flag from families, churches and other community groups are welcome. 

Community members will provide soft drinks and snacks after the parade and the Sims family with Brenda Ellis will provide entertainment at the Charlesboro Baptist Church parking lot. No selling or soliciting is allowed. For details, Jean Campbell at (843) 658-3555, Nancy Vincent at (803) 285-8781 or Frances Thompson at (803) 804-8837.

There will be a fireworks show at 9 p.m. at the pond at 7870 Taxahaw Road, Kershaw. Donations are appreciated to help offset the cost. No alcohol is allowed. Bring lawn chairs.

Rich Hill celebration

The Rich Hill community will hold its annual Independence Day celebration at 4 p.m. Monday, July 4. The parade starts at 1700 Billy Kirk Road, Heath Springs, turns right onto Rocky River Road heading north and end at Rich Hill Fire Department. Parade spectators may line up down Billy Kirk Road. For details, call (803) 320-2524.

Heath Springs celebration

Heath Springs will hold its 27th annual Fourth of July celebration at 6 p.m. Monday, July 4, on Main Street. The celebration will include a parade, live music from “Mister Pleaze,” food and inflatables. Line-up for the parade begins at 5 p.m. on College Street. Participation requires a tasteful display of patriotism. For details, call (803) 287-3350.

Youth Serve

Kershaw Area Resource Exchange (KARE) will continue its Youth Serve summer camp July 11-15. The program is a discipleship and mission opportunity for students ages 13-19. The price is $65 per student, with a $15 discount to Kershaw area students who sign up at least two weeks before their desired week. For details or application forms, visit www.youthserve.org.

LCCA 2016 summer camp

The Lancaster County Council of the Arts 2016 arts and sciences summer camp dates are:

- July 11-15, Covenant Baptist Church, 165 Craig Manor Road

- July 18-22, Tabernacle United Methodist Church, 5908 Tabernacle Road

- July 25-29, First Baptist Church, 210 N. Matson St., Kershaw

- Aug. 1-5, Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian Land

Camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon each day. Early registration is $65 for LCCA members and $80 for non-members. A $25 late registration fee will be applied after June 17. Registration includes daily snacks, T-shirt and supplies. Volunteer and scholarship opportunities are available. For details, call (803) 285-7451.

50 Plus Club dance

The 50 Plus Club will have its annual all white attire dance at 9 p.m. July 15 at the American Legion, 823 Kershaw Camden Highway. For details, call (803) 577-0446 or (803) 416-2171.

Free ESL refresher class

The Moriah Baptist Association, 914 W. Meeting St., will offer a free ESL (English as a Second Language) refresher class at 9 a.m. July 23. The targets for the event include ESL certified instructors and candidates for ESL certification. The goals of the program are as follows:

- Refresh ESL skills for instructors.

- Provide ESL instruction for instructor candidates.

- Provide a support system for ESL in Lancaster.

- Assist in establishing classes in non-English speaking pockets in Lancaster County.

- Share the Gospel with the non-English speaking population in Lancaster County.

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

Craig-Lucas reunion

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.

Art workshop

The following art workshop is coming to Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio, 217 E. Gay St.:

- 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. 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.

Sponsored by Avant Garde Center for the Arts, a scholarship is offered for each workshop. For details or an application, email cmstevens@comporium.net.

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 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.


TOPS meets on Thursdays

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Chapter No. 0314 meets every Thursday at Springdell Baptist Church, 1420 Springdell Church Road. 

Weigh-in is 9:30 a.m. The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. For details, call (803) 285-0590.

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 our veterans and communities. For details, call Jerry Holt at (973) 897-9251 or visit www.tinyurl.com/marineleague1169.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Environmental group seeks volunteers

An environmental organization is looking for local participation and volunteers to reconnect with nature. For details, email kayakcatawba@yahoo.com. 

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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