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The surviving members of the Friendship Nine and other civil rights protesters whose 1961 convictions for trespassing were vacated in January by a judge. From left, David Williamson, Kenn Gaither (standing in for his father, Thomas Gaither), Mack Workman, Willie McCleod, John Gaines, Clarence Graham, W.T. Massey, Charles Jones, Charles Sherrod and James Wells (seated). Special to The Herald

An encore performance of “No Fear for Freedom,” the musical of the story of the Friendship 9, will be 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday at McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St., York. Tickets are $20, adults; $10, youth. Matinee tickets are $15, adults; $8, youth. Tickets available at the door and online at nofearforfreedom-encoretickets.eventbrite.com.

The musical, co-created by Kimberly P. Johnson and Bruce McKagan, was based on the book “No Fear for Freedom: The Story of the Friendship Nine,” by Johnson.

Support for this project is provided by the Arts Council of York County Small Grants Program, the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of S.C., and the S.C. Arts Commission, which received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Special events

▪ The deadline is Monday for artisans to apply to participate in the

Catawba Regional Ag + Art Tour in York, Chester, Lancaster, Fairfield and Union counties. The self-guided tour is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 27 and 1-5 p.m. June 18. Artisans must participate both days. For information go to agandarttour.com/artisans.


Rudy Mancke, a well-known Palmetto State naturalist, will talk about his environmental career 6 p.m. April 14 at Dinkins Auditorium at Winthrop University. The free event, sponsored by Friends of Dacus Library, is open to the public. The Spartanburg native is best known for his long-running and award-winning ETV series, “NatureScene.”

▪ The

Fort Mill History Museum presents “Impact of Sherman’s March on South Carolina Civilians,” 6 p.m. April 16 at the Fort Mill History Museum, 310 N. White St. Karen Stokes, archivist at the South Carolina Historical Society, will speak. Admission, $5. RSVP to 803-802-3646 by Friday.

▪ The

York County Choral Society will perform Mozart’s Requiem in D minor 4 p.m. May 3 in Byrnes Auditorium at Winthrop University, Rock Hill. This well-known masterpiece features soprano, alto, tenor and bass soloists with orchestral accompaniment.

Also featured will be contemporary composer Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass performed with stringed orchestral accompaniment. Additional selections by both composers will be performed by the York County Chamber Singers.

Tickets are $15, adults; $10, age 62 and older; $5, students with ID. Tickets available at the door or go to www.yorkcountychoralsociety.org.

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▪ York County churches are planning a multicultural, interdenominational Christian gathering,

“Seeking God Together,” to pray for revival and spiritual awakening at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Westminster Presbyterian Church fellowship hall, 1300 India Hook Road, Rock Hill.

Churches organizing the gathering, in addition to Westminster, are First Baptist, Mount Hebron Baptist, Neely’s Creek ARP, Rock Hill Bible Fellowship, York Baptist Association, St. Barnabas Anglican and Lake Wylie Lutheran.

▪ Historic Brattonsville’s annual

“Sheep Shearing Day” will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the site in McConnells. Interpreters at the living history museum will be shearing the Gulf Coast Heritage Sheep and demonstrating throughout the day how raw woolen fleece is processed by carding, spinning, dyeing with natural indigo, and weaving into finished garments. Admission: $6, adult; $5, senior; $3, ages 4-17 and free for Culture and Heritage Museum members and children age 3 and younger. For information, go to www.chmuseums.org or call 803-684-2327.

▪ The city of Rock Hill’s Urban Rock Hill Weed & Seed and United Way of York County are partnering to present this year’s

Project Connect – Day of Caring, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Emmett Scott Recreation Center, 801 Crawford Road.

Project Connect provides information about housing, employment, medical and dental services, chiropractic care and educational opportunities.

The free event includes vendor displays, blood pressure checks, diabetes screenings, haircuts, groceries, clothing, breakfast and lunch. There will also be a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, flag football, music and children’s activities, including inflatables.

For information, contact Dorene Boular at 803-325-2527 or email dorene.boular@cityofrockhill.com, or Tamara Peterson at 803-324-2735 or email tpeterson@unitedwayofyc.org.


▪ The Rock Hill High School Band of Distinction will host a

Vendor Blender and Artisan Show 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in the new gym at the school, 320 W. Springdale Road. The event will feature more than 30 vendors selling jewelry, pottery, fiber art, gifts, toys, ornaments, dolls and more. There will door prizes and auctions.

▪ Bingo, sponsored by the

South Pointe High School chorus, will be 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday at South Pointe High School, 801 Neely Road., Rock Hill There will be bingo, pizza, drinks, snacks, carnival games and prizes. Admission is $3 and includes one card. Additional cards are $2 each or three for $5.


Family night supper and a singing by the Gene Black family will be 6:30 p.m. April 15 at Philadelphia United Methodist Church, 2260 Chester Highway, York. Singing begins at 7:30. Menu: spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, dessert and drink. Donations accepted. Proceeds go to Relay for Life.

▪ The

National Honor Society chapter at Northwestern High School will host a yard sale 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the school. Clothing, furniture, toys, household items and other goods will be sold. There also will be a bake sale and face painting. Proceeds will benefit the society’s scholarship.


▪ The

Western York County branch of the NAACP will meet 6 p.m. April 16 at Wesley United Methodist Church. For information, contact Wanda Simril at 803-684-6200.

▪ The York County Marine Corp League’s local detachment,

The Olde English Leathernecks, will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 732 W. Main St., Rock Hill. For information, contact Don Hicks at 803-517-7253.

▪ The

York County Library board of trustees will meet 5 p.m. Thursday at the Lake Wylie library, 185 Blucher Circle, Lake Wylie. Open to the public. For information, go to www.yclibrary.org or call 803-981-5831.

▪ The Catawba Council of the South Carolina Silver Haired Legislature will meet 11 a.m. Wednesday at Highland Park Senior Center, 917 Standard St., Rock Hill. For information, call Wayne Kersey at 803-287-9453.


Col. William Bratton Chapter Sons of the American Revolution will meet 10 a.m. Saturday at the Fort Mill VFW Post 9138, 1442 Harris Road, Fort Mill.

Daniel Woodruff, president of S.C. Society of SAR, and Bob Krause, color guard commander, will speak on “Weapons of the Revolutionary War” and demonstrate long rifles used to defeat the British army. Open to the public.

Members of the chapter and the S.C. State genealogist will be on hand for those who would like to trace their Revolutionary War family history and consider joining the chapter.


▪ The Ballroom Dance Club will meet 7:30-10:20 p.m. April 17 at Fort Mill Golf Course Club House, 101 Country Club Drive. Adults of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Guest admission is $15 per couple, $7.50 for singles and includes a free dance lesson. Dressy casual. No alcohol; light refreshments provided. For information, call Bob at 803-329-5764, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

▪ The

Tega Cay Beautification Committee workday will be 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, at the Living Memorial Gardens to trim, clean, and weed. New members and workers are welcome. For information, contact pcmartin@comporium.net or 803-802-8727, klinew@comporium.net or 704-287-7432.


▪ The Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is offering

“Families Exploring Nature,” 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at River Park. The topic is “Messy, Muddy Fun.” Cost is $1. Preregistration is required. Register online at cityofrockhill.com/alloutdoors or call 803-322-3134.


▪ The

Travis Smith Project of Greenville will be in concert 9 p.m. Friday at the Sylvia Theater, 27 N. Congress St., York. The band plays acoustic soul/county/R&B. They’ll be joined by Prevo Rogers Jr. and White Lightening. Tickets are $10. For tickets go to www.sylviatheater.com.

▪ Showtime Theatre Co., in association with Westminster Academy of Arts, presents

“Annie The Musical,” April 24-26 at the McCelvey Center in York. Tickets are $5 and available at www.showtimetheatrecompany.com.

The company is seeking rising ninth-graders through college-age singers, dancers, actors, musicians and stage technicians for its production of Disney’s “High School Musical on Stage.” Informational meetings for students and guardians to discuss the program, tuition options, and audition materials and expectations will be 2 p.m. April 12 and May 3 at the Westminster Academy of the Arts, 1320 India Hook Road, Rock Hill. For information or to register, go to www.showtimetheatrecompany.com.


▪ The

Rock Hill Chapter of the South Carolina Writers Workshop is presenting the ninth annual Writers Intensive Workshop on April 25 at Grace Lutheran Church, 426 Oakland Ave.

This year’s theme is “Writers’ Secrets Uncovered.” Each participant can choose four of 24 sessions, a panel discussion and optional critiques. Sessions are presented for beginning writers through published authors and include many genres, poetry and illustration. Registration is 8:30-9 a.m. The cost is $30 for nonmembers; $25 for members and students age 16 and older. Lunch is included. Space is limited. For information and registration, got to at www.rockhillscww.org.

Tax help

▪ The

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program will offer free tax-preparation assistance 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Wednesday at the Rock Hill City Hall Wellness Center. Volunteers are IRS certified and trained by the S.C. and N.C. departments of revenue. Tax returns are electronically filed.

Bring current year’s tax forms, W-2 and 1099s, information regarding other income, information for all deductions and credits, a copy of last year’s tax return, proof of account for direct deposit of refund (e.g., voided check), Social Security or individual taxpayer identification cards, proof of identification.


AARP Tax-Aide Program offers free federal and state income tax preparation 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Tuesday at the Fort Mill branch of the York County Library in Baxter Village. Clients taken on first-come basis. Last client taken at 3:30 p.m. No age or income limit. Limited appointments can be scheduled at calendly.com/fortmilltaxes. Bring 2014 tax return, picture IDs, Social Security cards for all being claimed, 1099s, 1098s, 1095A forms, W-2s, and any other proof of deductions or income. For information, email FortMillTaxes@gmail.com.

Food pantry

▪ The

Second Harvest Partners, sponsored by Providence Presbytery, will have a hunger relief site 9 a.m. Friday at Mount Olive United Methodist Church, 1222 Ogden Road, Rock Hill. Volunteers will help distribute food to participants who meet USDA eligibility income guidelines. For information, call the Catawba Area Agency on Aging at 803-329-9670



▪ More than 900 volunteers are needed for the

Area Eleven Special Olympics Spring Games Friday at Cherry Park. More than 1,200 Special Olympics athletes from York, Chester and Lancaster counties will compete in track and field events. Volunteers will be assigned to a sporting event to help run the event or present awards.

Volunteer registration begins at 9 a.m. Events begin at 10 a.m. and continue until about 1 p.m. Large groups/clubs wanting to volunteer as a team should call 803-329-5659. Individuals can register on-site. Volunteers and spectators should park at the Winthrop Coliseum lot closest to Cherry Park. Shuttles will take volunteers and spectators to the park and will run continuously throughout the games. No rain date is scheduled. Announcements in case of inclement weather will be posted at cityofrockhill.com/prt and at 803-329-5620.


▪ The

Rock Hill High class of 1959 will meet 1 p.m. Tuesday for lunch and fellowship at the Golden Corral, Anderson Road. Classmates, spouses and friends invited.

▪ The

Emmett Scott High School class of 1967 April birthday fellowship dinner will be 5:30 p.m. Monday at The Outback Restaurant, Rock Hill.

▪ The 50th reunion of the

Rock Hill High School class of 1965 will be April 17 with a get-together at the Come See Me Beach Bash downtown and on April 18 at the Rock Hill Country Club with dinner and dancing. For information email lindasjordan@comporium.net.

▪ The

Rock Hill High School class of 1970 is planning its 45th class reunion on Oct. 9-10. To sign up, register at rhhs1970.com or call 803-315-6921.

▪ The annual

Blackstock High School reunion will be April 25 at the school’s former gym, Schoolhouse Road. Registration at 11 a.m. and picnic lunch at noon. All former students and friends are invited. For information, call Susan Cassels at 803-328-1121 or Edward Hunter Mills at 803-581-2744.

▪ Former

Hillcrest Elementary School students will meet 11 a.m. Saturday at Foundation AME Zion Church, Neely Store Road, Rock Hill, to plan a reunion. Bring pictures of former Hillcrest teachers.


Rock Hill High School class of 1960 will host its 55th reunion, 3-8 p.m. May 23 at Elks Park with a catered dinner. Reservations are due May 1. For information, call 803-324-9982.

Support groups

▪ The Piedmont Medical Center

surgical weight loss support group will meet 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Women’s Center Auditorium.


Affirmation of York County is a support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, their families and friends. The group will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2955 S.C. 160, Fort Mill. For information, call Ellen at 803-417-0954, Melissa at 803-547-6042 or email affirmationofyc@gmail.com.


Alateen meets 8-9 p.m. Thursdays at Zoar Road Club, 14701 Thomas Road, Charlotte. Meetings are for two age groups: 6-12 and 13 and older. For information, call 803-547-2124 or 704-904-7834.

▪ >Al-Anon

meets at 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at Serenity Club, 209 Grayson Road, Rock Hill; at noon Tuesdays upstairs at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, 421 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill; at 8 p.m. Mondays at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2955 S.C. 160, Fort Mill; and at 8 p.m. Tuesdays in the house beside First Baptist Church, 121 Monroe White St., Fort Mill.

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