Coming Up 3-20-19

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A weekly listing of area coming events

Upcoming area blood drives
American Red Cross

• March 20, 2:30-7 p.m., St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill
• March 22, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Lancaster County Natural Gas, 1010 Kershaw Camden Highway, Lancaster
• March 23, 2-6:30 p.m., Islamic Center of South Charlotte, 1048 Gant Road, Indian Land
For details, visit redcrossblood.org or call (800) 733-2767.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
• March 20, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Akzo Nobel, 1872 S.C. 9 Bypass West, Lancaster
To make an appointment, call (888) 59-BLOOD.
Exhibit receptions at NASC March 20-21
• A reception for the “Wassamasaw Tribe of Varnertown Indians: One Community, One Family” exhibit is 1-3 p.m. March 20.
• A reception for the “South Carolina Indigenous Celebrations” exhibit featuring powwow photography is 5-7 p.m. March 21.
Both are at the Native American Studies Center, 119 S. Main St., Lancaster.
‘Spy Pilot’ author to visit Sun City
Francis Gary Powers Jr., author of “Spy Pilot,” will give a one-hour lecture, answer questions and sign books 1:30-3 p.m. March 20 at The Lake House at Sun City Carolina Lake.
Powers’ book details his father’s capture and imprisonment by the Russians during the Cold War. U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers Sr. was shot down over Russia on May 1,1960.
This event, sponsored by The Friends of the American Legion Indian Land Post 250,  is open to the community, but those who do not live in Sun City must pay a $3 admission fee.
To attend, RSVP to William Chick at littlechick@msn.com.
Lions Club meets March 21
The Lancaster Lions Club meets at noon March 21 (first and third Thursday each month) at Seagull’s Grill, 1305 S.C. 9 Bypass West, Lancaster.
Beekeeping Academy meets
The Carolinas Beekeeping Academy meets 7-8:30 p.m. March 21 (third Thursday of each month) at the S&C Cafeteria, 1691 Great Falls Highway, Lancaster. The academy will cover the biology, anatomy and physiology of bees, and beekeeping techniques. For details or to register, call (803) 804-1546 or email pappys@comporium.net.
NAMI support group meets March 21
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Connections (for adults with mental health conditions) and Family Support groups meet at 6:15 p.m. March 21 (first Monday and third Thursday of each month) at First Presbyterian Church, 700 N. Main St., Lancaster. For details, visit www.nami-piedmont.org.
Andrew Jackson’s birthday March 23
Andrew Jackson State Park, 196 Andrew Jackson Park Road, Lancaster, will host a celebration in honor of Andrew Jackson’s 252nd birthday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 23. It will feature traditional crafters and re-enactors. Wilbur’s Last Ride will sell barbecue. The event is free with regular park admission is $2 adults; $1.25 SC seniors; free for ages 15 and younger. For details, call (803) 285-3344.
Wildflower talk at Forty Acre Rock
The Katawba Valley Land Trust will host a free wildflower talk with Wofford University biology professor Dr. Doug Raynor 1:30-3:30 p.m. March 23 at Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve, 2207 Conservancy Road, Kershaw. The event is open to the public. For details, call (803) 285-5801.
‘Buddy Plan’ book signing March 24
Local author Don McCorkle will sign copies of his book “The Buddy Plan” 3-5 p.m. March 24 at the Historic Courthouse, 104 N. Main St., Lancaster.
American Legion fundraiser March 25
Indian Land  American Legion Post 250 will hold a fundraiser 7 a.m.-2 p.m.  March 25 at Cruzin’ Rebuenz, 8390 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land. The restaurant will give the group a percentage of sales during that time to help fund its youth programs. 
Indian Land SAR meets March 26
The Indian Land Sons of the American Revolution Chapter meets 2:30-3:30 p.m. March 26 in Hickory Tavern’s Oak Room, 8364 Charlotte Highway. Lunch is 1:30-2:30 p.m. For details, contact John Marker at (704) 843-6930 or jmarker@carolina.rr.com.
Marine Corps League meets
The Marine Corps League meets at 7 p.m. March 26 (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.
Fort Mill Elks open house March 26
The Fort Mill Elks will hold an open house 7-9 p.m. March 26 at the Spratt Building, 215 Main St., Fort Mill.
Come see what the Elks are doing and learn how you can become an Elk. There will be presentations on the Fort Mill Fire Department and the Foundation for Fort Mill Schools at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. No RSVP necessary. For details, contact Stephanie Heald-Fisher at fortmillelkspr@gmail.com or (920) 889-1544.
Caregiver group meets March 20
Hospice Care of S.C. will hold a caregiver support group 10-11 a.m. March 20 (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.
LCPR offers shag dance lessons
Lancaster County Parks and Recreation will sponsor shag lessons with dance instructor Patty Blackmon in Indian Land. Classes are 6:30-7:30 p.m. and 7:30-8:30 p.m. with an intermediate and advanced class at 8:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays through March 25 at Indian Land Recreation Department, 8286 Charlotte Highway.
Lancaster classes are 6:30-7:30 p.m. and 7:30-8:30 p.m. with an intermediate and advanced class 8:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays through March 26 at  Springdale Recreation Complex, 260 Plantation Road, Lancaster.
Classes are $40 per person for a four-week session. For details or to register, call (803) 285-5545 or (704) 723-6282.
Bowling center holds dance nights
Lancaster Bowling Center, 1352 Reece Road, Lancaster, will host a dance night with a live band 7-10 p.m. two Saturdays of the month. Night Train performs on the second Saturday of the month (April 13), and Midnight Run performs the last Saturday of the month (March 23). Admission is $10 each and proceeds benefit Christian Services.
Indian Land SAR meets March 26
The Indian Land Sons of the American Revolution Chapter meets 2:30-3:30 p.m. March 26 in Hickory Tavern’s Oak Room, 8364 Charlotte Highway. Lunch is 1:30-2:30 p.m. Members, spouses, Daughters of the American Revolution and those interested in joining should attend. The group will assist if you are unsure about your patriot lineage. Meetings are open to the public. For details, contact John Marker at (704) 843-6930 or jmarker@carolina.rr.com.
Marine Corps League meets
The Marine Corps League meets at 7 p.m. March 26 (last Tuesday of each month) at 347 Brooklyn Ave., Lancaster, with a meal at 6 p.m. Active-duty and former active-duty Marines, Fleet Marine Force corpsmen and Fleet Marine Force chaplains are eligible to join as regular members. Others may join as associate members. For details, call Jerry Holt at (973) 897-9251 or visit www.tinyurl.com/marineleague1169.
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. March 28 (last Thursday of each month). The show is free, but donations are appreciated.
HOPE offers free tax preparation help
HOPE in Lancaster, 2008 Pageland Highway, offers free tax help through SC Thrive noon-3 p.m. March 28 and April 11. To qualify for this free service, applicants should have an adjusted gross income of $65,000 or less per year for individual filers and $95,000 or less for married coupes filing jointly. For details or to request an appointment, call (803) 577-3456 and leave a message and a phone number.
Sign up now for IL Relay for Life
This year’s Indian Land Relay for Life is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 30 at Harrisburg Elementary School, 10251 Harrisburg Road, Indian Land. The goal is $50,000. For details or to register, visit http://relay.acsevents.org/site or email kaleb.keefe@cancer.org.
LSPCA offers spay/neuter special
During March, the Lancaster Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is offering a special low price of $20 spay/neuter cost for all pit bulls and pit-mix dogs in Lancaster County. The fee will cover the surgery and pain medications at one of the LSPCA’s veterinarian partners.
To qualify for the special rate, fill out a low-cost spay/neuter application at www.lancasterspca.net.
Vaccinations and microchip are also available. Owners of other breeds are welcome to apply for low-cost spay/neuter at the regular rate of $30 for cats and $40 for dogs.
Contact LancSPCA.SC@gmail.com for details.
MS support group meets April 2
The Lancaster MS Support Group meets at 6 p.m. April 2 (the first Tuesday of each month) in room 206 at Second Baptist Church, 1426 Great Falls Highway, Lancaster. Park and enter at the front entrance of the church. Meetings are open to those living with multiple sclerosis, caregivers, family and friends.
Bereaved parents meet April 2
A New Road, a support group for parents who have lost a child, meets at 7 p.m. April 2 (first Tuesday of each month) in the office building of Immanuel Baptist Church, 1152 Great Falls Highway, Lancaster. New members are welcome. For details, call Janice Steele at (803) 804-9120.
ASCG Photography Club meets April 3
The Anne Springs Close Greenway Photography Club meets at 6:30 p.m. April 3 (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.
NAMI family support group meets
The NAMI Family Support Group meets 7-8:30 p.m. April 4 (first Thursday of each month) in Room 203 at Transformation Church, 8978 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land. For details, contact Sue Korn at (704) 575-5928 or suekorn08@gmail.com.
First Friday in the Garden April 5
“Annual Vines for Season-Long Flowers” will be the subject of the next First Friday in the Garden program at 9:30 and 11 a.m. April 5 at the Glencairn Garden Learning Center, 826 Edgemont Ave., Rock Hill. Clemson Extension Agent Paul Thompson leads the free program.
County Chess Club meets April 6
Lancaster County Chess Club meets April 6 (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.
Library Friends book sale April 6
The Friends of the Del Webb Library will host a book sale April 6 at the Del Webb Library at Indian Land, 7641 Charlotte Highway.
Books in the Friends Book Room are buy one, get one free, starting at 25 cents. Paperback fiction in the Meeting Room is six for $1. Collectibles in the Meeting Room, including a special music section (instruction books, songbooks, sheet music) are regular priced and buy one, get one free. Prices as marked.
The cash-only sale opens at 9 a.m. for Friends members and at 10 a.m. for the general public. Friends memberships (beginning at $15) will be sold at the door. The sale ends at 12:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Del Webb Library.
Paul Sanwald Jazz Quartet to perform April 6
The Paul Sanwald Jazz Quartet will perform at 7 p.m. April 6 at the Lancaster Cultural Arts Center, 307 W. Gay St., Lancaster. Admission is $10. All proceeds benefit the restoration of the cultural arts center. For details or to purchase tickets, visit lccarts.net or call (803) 285-7451.
Lancaster DAV to meet April 8
The Disabled American Veterans meets at 7 p.m. April 8 (second Monday of each month) at the American Legion, 823 Kershaw Camden Highway, Lancaster. For details, call (803) 285-4081.
IL American Legion Post 250 meets
American Legion Post 250 meets at 6:30 p.m. April 11 (second Thursday of each month) in Belair United Methodist Church’s family social hall, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land.
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.
United Way offers free tax preparation
United Way of Lancaster County volunteers in Indian Land and Lancaster are offering free tax return preparation for those with household incomes of $55,000 or less through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at the Lancaster County Library and the Del Webb Library in Indian Land. Volunteers prepare basic tax returns, including Schedules A, claims for the Earned Income Tax Credit and other tax credits, and comparable state tax forms. Volunteers do not prepare business or complex returns.
Taxpayers must have photo ID and Social Security cards (or individual taxpayer ID numbers) for themselves, spouses and dependents. They should also bring wage and earnings statements (Form W-2), interest and dividend statements (Form 1099), a copy of last year’s return, and any other income and expense information.
For joint e-filed returns, both spouses must be present to sign forms.
To register for an appointment, call 211 or (866) 892-9211.
Free tax assistance service available
Free tax preparation assistance is available 1-5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through April 15 at the Lancaster County Council on Aging, 309 Plantation Road, Lancaster.
Bring a photo ID, Social Security cards or ITIN numbers for all statements of income, W-2 and 1099 forms, brokerage statements of sales of stocks or bonds, health-care forms, marketplace exemption letters, and checking and savings account information for direct deposit or refund. Walk-ins welcome.
Sexual assault support group meets
The Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault support group meets at 6 p.m. April 16 (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.
Ballroom Dance Club meets April 19
The Ballroom Dance Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. April 19 in the Oak Room at Fort Mill Golf Club, 101 Country Club Lane, Fort Mill. Prices are $10 for singles and $20 for couples, which includes a 30-minute dance lesson.
Light refreshments will be provided and attendees may bring wine. The dress code is dressy casual. All skill levels are welcome. For details, call (980) 297-1602.
Food distribution, free meal at HOPE
HOPE in Lancaster, 2008 Pageland Highway, Lancaster, offers surplus food distribution at 2:30 p.m. every Thursday. Surplus food distribution is available for the first 70 participants. Requirements include an S.C. picture ID and a piece of mail with your correct name and address to indicate that you reside in Lancaster County. Food distribution will be available in the HOPE parking lot.
Del Webb Library offers 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.
Veterans Coffee Clubs meet Tuesdays
The Veterans Coffee Clubs meet at 8 a.m. Tuesdays. The Indian Land group meets at CrossRidge Cafe, 3000 World Reach Drive, Indian Land, and Lancaster group meets at 521 BBQ, 123 S. Main St., Lancaster.
All veterans, military branches and ranks are invited to come tell stories, mingle and make new friends. For details on the Lancaster club, call (302) 897-6030. For details on the Indian Land club, call (803) 230-4856.
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.
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.
GAL volunteers needed
Volunteers are needed for the Cass Elias McCarter Guardian as Litem (GAL) Program. GAL volunteers are appointed by family court judges to represent every child who appears in family court because of abuse or neglect.
Volunteers must complete a free 30-hour training program, pass a background check and be at least 21 years old. During the training, they learn about the process of finding a safe and permanent home for each child as quickly as possible. Volunteers are the voice of the child in the courtroom. Through their written reports, GALs inform the judge of the child’s wishes and what they feel is in the child’s best interest.
To learn more about the GAL Program in South Carolina and how you can be that person, contact Christine South at the Lancaster County GAL office (803) 286-6064, Christine.South@admin.sc.gov or gal.sc.gov.
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.
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 experiencing financial challenges, who are 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.
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 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.

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