Coming Up 12-26-18

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A weekly listing of area coming events

Area blood drives
American Red Cross
• 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
• Dec. 28, 2-6:30 p.m., The Lodge at Sun City Carolina Lakes, 2955 Sun City Blvd., Indian Land
• Dec. 29, 1-5:30 p.m., Bojangles, 8327 Collins Road, Indian Land
• Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Dunkin Donuts, 5009 Lake Vista Blvd., Fort Mill
For details, visit redcrossblood.org or call (800) 733-2767.
Community Blood Center
• 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, 12:30-6:30 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. 27, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Carolinas HealthCare System Pineville, Mecklenburg A and B Rooms, 10628 Park Road, Charlotte
• Dec. 27, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Piedmont Medical Center, 222 S. Herlong Ave, Rock Hill
• Dec. 28, 3:30-6:30 p.m., Strikers Family Sportscenter, 124 N. Anderson Road, Rock Hill
• Dec. 28, 2-5 p.m., Ayrsley Grand Cinema 14, 9100 Kings Parade Blvd., Charlotte
• Dec. 29, 1-4 p.m., RedStone 14, 9650 RedStone Drive, Indian Land
• Dec. 29, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., BRACE Family YMCA, 3127 Weddington Road, Matthews, N.C.
• Dec. 30, 3-6 p.m., Regal Manchester Stadium 14, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill; donors get free ticket voucher and long-sleeved T-shirt
• Dec. 30, noon-2:30 p.m., Illumine Church, 1262 Riverchase Blvd., Rock Hill
• Dec. 31, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Lowe’s Home Improvement, 2508 Cuth-bertson Road, Waxhaw
• Jan. 1, 2-5 p.m., Ayrsley Grand Cinema 14, 9100 Kings Parade Blvd., Charlotte
To make an appointment, call (888) 59BLOOD or visit www.cbcc.us/mobiledrives.
Holiday 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. The exhibit will 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. Dec. 27 (last Thursday of each month). The show is free but donations towards utilities and the use of the center are appreciated.
Register now for gardening workshop
The Master Gardeners of York County will host the 14th annual Joy of Gardening Symposium 8 a.m.-3 p.m. March 2 at the Gateway Conference Center, 3200 Commerce Drive, Richburg. The event will include a silent auction and door prizes.
Early bird registration is $60 through Dec. 30. Beginning Jan. 1, registration will be $70, including lunch. For details or to register, visit symposium.yorkmg.org.
NAACP Jubilee Day celebration Jan. 1
The Lancaster branch of NAACP will celebrate Jubilee Day/Emancipation Proclamation Day at 11 a.m. Jan. 1 at The Living Word Church, 117 E. Market St., Lancaster. The Rev. Michael Peay of Mount Tabor AME Zion Church will speak. All are welcome. For details, call (803) 283-3863.
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.
Bereaved parents group meets Jan. 1

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.
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.

Sign up Jan. 3 for Itty Bitty Bookworms
The next registration date for Itty Bitty Bookworms is Jan. 3. Patrons interested in the program can call (803) 548-9260 or come by the Del Webb Library at Indian Land, 7641 Charlotte Highway, that day to sign up. The Itty Bitty Bookworms program is designed with literacy and motor skills in mind for babies ages 0 to 2 years old. The program runs six to seven weeks long and meets Thursdays at 9:30, 10:15 or 11 a.m. for 20 minutes. Registration is required to attend classes.

Lancaster Lions Club meets Jan. 3
The Lancaster Lions Club meets at noon Jan. 3 (first and third Thursday each month) at Seagull’s Grill, 1305 S.C. 9 Bypass West, Lancaster.
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.
Free peer mental health education program
NAMI Piedmont Tri-County will host a free peer education program from 6:15-8:30 p.m. for 11 consecutive Tuesdays beginning Jan. 8 at First Presbyterian Church, 700 N. Main St., Lancaster. The program provides basic education to family members and friends with a loved one living with mental illness. Pre-registration required. Class size is limited to 20 people. For details, email lancasterptc @gmail.com or leave a message at (803) 374-3887.
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.
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.
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 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.
Sex assault support group meets Jan. 15
The Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault support group meets at 6 p.m. Jan. 15 (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.
Caregiver support group meets Jan. 16
Hospice Care of S.C. will hold a caregiver support group 10-11 a.m. Jan. 16 (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.
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.
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.
UW 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.

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.