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Coming Up 3-27-19

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A weekly listing of area coming events

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.
Upcoming area blood drives
American Red Cross

• April 1, 2:30-7 p.m., Mineral Springs United Methodist, 5915 Old Waxhaw Monroe Road, Mineral Springs
• April 5, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Buford High School, 4290 Tabernacle Road, Lancaster
For details, visit redcrossblood.org or call (800) 733-2767.
One Blood (formerly Community Blood Center of the Carolinas)
• March 28, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., York Tech, 452 Anderson Road, Rock Hill
• March 29, 3-8 p.m., Regal Manchester Stadium 14, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill
• April 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Clinton Junior College, 1029 Crawford Road, Rock Hill
• April 3, 1-4 p.m., Regional Operations Center - Waxhaw, 2700 Providence Road South, Waxhaw
To make an appointment, visit www.oneblood.org or call (888) 59-BLOOD.
USCL Players present ‘God Spell’
The USC Lancaster Players will present “God Spell” at 7:30 p.m. March 29 and 30, and 2 p.m. March 31 in Stevens Theatre at USC Lancaster, 476 Hubbard Drive, Lancaster. Tickets are $5 at the door. For details, call (803) 313-7017 or email BERRYMBL@mailbox.sc.edu.
Author talk March 30 at IL library 
Amy Clipston will discuss her latest book “An Amish Reunion” at 10 a.m. March 30 at Del Webb Library at Indian Land. All are welcome at this free event, sponsored by the Friends of the Del Webb Library. For details, contact Ginny Gertler at ginny@dbfcomputer.com.
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 to spay/neuter all pit bulls and pit-mix dogs in Lancaster County. To qualify for the special rate, fill out a low-cost spay/neuter application at www.lancasterspca.net. 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.
Savvy Nonprofits Resource Exchange April 1
The J. Marion Sims Foundation, 800 N. White St., Lancaster, will host a Savvy Nonprofits Resource Exchange at 2:30 p.m. April 1. For details or to register in advance, visit http://bit.ly/firstmondayworkshops or call (803) 286-8772.
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 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.
NAMI family support groups meet
• The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Connections (for adults with mental health conditions) and Family Support groups meet at 6:15 p.m. April 2 (first Monday and third Thursday of each month) at First Presbyterian Church, 700 N. Main St., Lancaster. For details, visit www.nami-piedmont.org.
• 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.
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.
Lions Club meets April 4
The Lancaster Lions Club meets at noon April 4 (first and third Thursday each month) at Seagull’s Grill, 1305 S.C. 9 Bypass West, Lancaster.
Buford Battlefield clean-up April 4-6
The Friends of the Buford Massacre Battlefield will host a community clean-up 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 4-6 at the Buford park, 262 Rocky River Road, Lancaster. On Thursday and Friday, the Buford High School JROTC will rake leaves and remove debris from the park. On Saturday, adults will be needed to use chainsaws and heavy weed cutters to clean up vegetation and overgrowth. The use of a tractor with a bush hog would be greatly appreciated. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. For details, call (803) 548-7871.
‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’ performances
The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County will perform “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” at 7:30 p.m. April 4-7 and at 3 p.m. April 6-7 at Bundy Auditorium, USC Lancaster, 476 Hubbard Drive, Lancaster. For details or to buy tickets, call (803) 285-7451.
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.

Relay for Life Survivor Lunch April 6
Covenant Baptist Church, 165 Craig Manor Road, Lancaster, will host the Relay for Life Survivor Lunch at 11 a.m. April 6. For details, call (803) 283-3333 or stop by Mane Street Hair Designers, 209 S. Catawba St., Lancaster.
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.
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 couples filing jointly. For details or to request an appointment, call (803) 577-3456 and leave a message and a phone number.
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 (April 27). Admission is $10 each and proceeds benefit Christian Services.
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.
Caregiver group meets April 17
Hospice Care of S.C. will hold a caregiver support group 10-11 a.m. April 17 (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.
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.
Enter Red Rose Festival Photography Contest
The Red Rose Festival Photography Contest and Exhibition will be held May 19-20 at the annual Red Rose Festival in downtown Lancaster. Open to all ages, participants may submit one 8x10 color or black and white photograph demonstrating “the heart of the community in Lancaster County.” There is no entry fee. This is a juried competition and there are cash awards: $150 for first place, $100 for second and $50 for third. In addition, an honorable mention photograph will be named. The exhibition will be on display in the Springs House galleries throughout May.
All submissions are due by 3 p.m. April 19 at Lancaster County Council of the Arts, 201 W. Gay St., Lancaster. For details or to register, call (803) 285-7451, email arts.takepart@gmail.com or visit www.lccarts.net.
Indian Land SAR meets April 30
The Indian Land Sons of the American Revolution Chapter meets 2:30-3:30 p.m. April 30 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 April 30
The Marine Corps League meets at 7 p.m. April 30 (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.
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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