Coming Up 12-19-18

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A weekly listing of area coming events

Sex assault support group meets Dec. 18
The Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault support group meets at 6 p.m. Dec. 18 (third Tuesday of 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.

Area blood drives
American Red Cross

• Dec. 19, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Lowe’s, 2508 Cuth-bertson Road, Waxhaw
• Dec. 20, 2-6:30 p.m., Bojangles, 1325 N. Broome St., Waxhaw
• Dec. 26, 2:30-7 p.m., St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill
• Dec. 26, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., York County Library, 138 E. Black St., Rock Hill
For details, visit redcrossblood.org or call (800) 733-2767.
Community Blood Center
• Dec. 20, 12:30-4 p.m., Piedmont Medical Center, 222 S. Herlong Ave., Rock Hill
• Dec. 22, 3-6 p.m., Stonecrest Shopping Center, 7825 Rea Road, Charlotte; donors get free ticket voucher
• Dec. 26, 1-3:30 p.m., RedStone 14, 9650 RedStone Drive, Indian Land
• Dec. 26, 3-6 p.m., Regal Manchester Stadium 14, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill; donors get free ticket voucher and long-sleeved T-shirt
• Dec.  26, 12:30-3:30 p.m. and 3:30-6:30 p.m., Stonecrest Shopping Center, 7825 Rea Road, Charlotte; donors get free ticket voucher and long-sleeved T-shirt
• Dec. 26, 3:30-6:30 p.m., Sun Valley 14, 6449 Old Monroe Road, Indian Trail, N.C.; donors get free ticket voucher and long-sleeved T-shirt
• Dec. 29, 1-4 p.m., RedStone 14, 9650 RedStone Drive, Indian Land
To make an appointment, call (888) 59BLOOD or visit www.cbcc.us/mobiledrives.
Caregiver support group meets Dec. 19
Hospice Care of S.C. will hold a caregiver support group 10-11 a.m. Dec. 19 (third Wednesday of each month) in the Belair United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land. For details, call Cory Turner at (803) 577-4912.
Lancaster Lions Club meets Dec. 20
The Lancaster Lions Club meets at noon Dec. 20 (first and third Thursday each month) at Seagull’s Grill, 1305 S.C. 9 Bypass West, Lancaster.
Lunch and Learn at NASC Dec. 21
The next Lunch and Learn Program will be held at noon Dec. 21 at the Native American Studies Center, 119 S. Main St., Lancaster. The topic is “Salvage Archaeology in the Heart of Cofitachequi.” USC Lancaster professor and archaeologist Chris Judge will speak on his work last summer with the investigations of Mulberry Mounds near Camden.
Simple Faith Ranch hosts live nativity
Simple Faith Ranch will host a live nativity 6-9 p.m. Dec. 21-23 in the parking lot at 305 S. Main St., Lancaster, (the old post office). The free event is a drive-thru with live animals. For details, email simplefaithranch@gmail.com.
Holiday model trains run through Dec. 27
The Railroad Club of Sun City Carolina Lakes’ annual holiday model train layout will be on display through Dec. 27 at The Lodge, 2955 Sun City Blvd., Indian Land. Trains run 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and noon-2 p.m. Saturdays. “The Polar Express” will be read at 5 p.m. Dec. 22. Visitors may buy raffle tickets for one of three Lionel train sets to be given away after the Dec. 22 reading. The exhibit will also be open noon-2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Dec. 26 and 27.
Balsam Grove in concert in VW
Van Wyck Community Center, 5036 Old Hickory Road, Van Wyck, hosts bluegrass band Balsam Grove in concert at 7 p.m. the last Thursday of each month. The show is free but donations towards utilities and the use of the center are appreciated.The next show is Dec. 27.
Register now for gardening workshop
The Master Gardeners of York County will host the 14th annual Joy of Gardening Symposium from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. March 2, 2019, at the Gateway Conference Center, 3200 Commerce Drive, Richburg. The event will include a silent auction and door prizes.
Early bird registration is $60 and is available until Dec. 30. Beginning Jan. 1, registration will be $70, including lunch. For details or to register, visit symposium.yorkmg.org.
Library Story Time
The Del Webb Library at Indian Land, 7641 Charlotte Highway, holds Preschool Story Time at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Each story time is 30 minutes long and features themed stories, songs, dancing and more. After story time, families may stay for an optional craft or activity time. No registration is required to attend Preschool Story Time.
Vets Coffee Club meets weekly
The Veterans Coffee Club meets at 8 a.m. Tuesdays in the Ray Dunsmore Coffee Room at CrossRidge Cafe, 2001 Prayer Center Drive, Indian Land. All veterans, military branches and ranks are invited to come tell stories, mingle and make new friends. For details, call Bill Betit at (302) 897-6030 or (803) 661-0737.
UW offers mental health first aid training
United Way of Lancaster offers mental health first aid courses for businesses, nonprofits, faith-based groups, public service providers and schools.
The eight-hour training by a certified MHFA instructor teaches how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. Nonprofits can get discounted rates.
For details, call (803) 283-8923 or email admin@uwaylcsc.org.
Yoga for seniors on Thursdays
Yoga for seniors by MC YOGA is 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursdays at Prime Time for Seniors Center, 309 S. Plantation Road, Lancaster. Each session is $5 or $20 for five tickets. Buy tickets at the senior center.
Bereaved parents support group meets
A New Road, a support group for parents who have lost a child, meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month in the office building of Immanuel Baptist Church, 1152 Great Falls Highway, Lancaster. New members are welcome. The next meeting is Jan. 1. For details, call Janice Steele at (803) 804-9120.
HOPE offers senior 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. For details, call (803) 286-4673.
Regency Hospice seeks volunteers
Regency Hospice needs volunteers in Indian Land, Lancaster and the Kershaw area to visit and do activities with residents and patients in facilities. For details, call (803) 517-2021.
Photography Club meets Jan. 2
The Anne Springs Close Greenway Photography Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 2 (first Wednesday of every month) at the Nature Center, 1604 S.C. 21 Bypass, Fort Mill. The club, led by photographer Jim Eisner, welcomes all skill levels and all camera styles, from iPhones to DSLR.
County Chess Club meets Jan. 5
Lancaster County Chess Club meets Jan. 5 (first Saturday of each month) at the Lancaster County Community Center, 508 E. Meeting St., Lancaster, with instruction 10-10:45 a.m. and games 11 a.m.-1 p.m. All are welcome. For details, visit carolinaschessfoundation.org or email info@carolinaschessfoundation.org.
MS support group meets Jan. 8
The Lancaster MS Support Group meets at 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month in room 206 at Second Baptist Church, 1426 Great Falls Highway, Lancaster. In January the group will meet on the second Tuesday of the month on Jan. 8. Park and enter at the front entrance of the church. Meetings are open to those living with multiple sclerosis, caregivers, family and friends.
AA meets weekly at Belair UMC
Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in the social hall at Belair United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road. The meetings are open discussion, with speakers on the third Wednesday of the month.
Christmas Basket Fund seeks donations
HOPE in Lancaster is accepting donations for the Ward Faulkenberry Sr. Christmas Basket Fund. The goal is $9,000 and donations will be used to buy a Christmas meal for area residents. Participants who qualify through local agencies will receive bags of food containing a Christmas meal and stocking for each member of their household under the age of 12. Make checks to HOPE and mail to HOPE in Lancaster Inc., P.O. Box 166, Lancaster, SC 29721. Contributions are tax deductible and will be acknowledged with a letter of thanks from HOPE.
NAMI seeking volunteers
The National Alliance on Mental Illness and Piedmont Tri-County of Lancaster County are seeking volunteers to facilitate family and recovery support groups and present presentations that include personal testimonies and symptoms to teens. For details or to volunteer, call (803) 283-7437 or email lsw220@hotmail.com.
HOPE offers Financial Bounce Back program
HOPE in Lancaster now offers the 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 email cchilders@hopeinlancaster.org.
CCA offers help with energy bills
The Lancaster County office of Carolina Community Actions Inc. helps low-income families with home energy bills and other programs and services. Family households must be income-eligible and provide supporting documents to qualify. Apply 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday at 101 Wylie St., Lancaster. For details, call (803) 285-2034.
DAV van goes to Columbia, Rock Hill
The Disabled American Veterans van travels from Lancaster County to Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and to Rock Hill on Fridays for scheduled doctor appointments. For details, call (803) 283-2469.
Marine Corps League meets
The Marine Corps League meets at 7 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month at 347 Brooklyn Ave., Lancaster, with a meal at 6 p.m. For details, call Jerry Holt at (973) 897-9251 or visit www.tinyurl.com/marineleague1169.

Editor’s note: We welcome your submissions. Send coming events information to Carolina Gateway, P.O. Box 640, Lancaster, SC 29721; fax it to (803) 283-8969; or email it to cgnews@thelancasternews.com. Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday for the next week’s paper.