Coming Up 4-24-19

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A weekly listing of area coming events

Upcoming area blood drives
American Red Cross

◆ April 24, 1-5:30 p.m., Indian Land Elementary School, 4137 Doby’s Bridge Road, Indian Land; in memory of Dr. Gayle Lee
◆ April 27, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church, 8601 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte
◆ April 30, 2:30-7 p.m., Unity Presbyterian Church, 303 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill
For details, visit redcrossblood.org or call (800) 733-2767.
One Blood
◆ April 25, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Atrium Health Pine- ville - CMC Pineville, 10628 Park Road, Charlotte
◆ April 26, 3-9 p.m., Stonecrest Shopping Center, 7825 Rea Road, Charlotte
◆ April 28, 3-9 p.m., Regal Manchester Stadium 14, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill
To make an appointment, visit www.oneblood.org or call (888) 59-BLOOD.
SMH Auxiliary Masquerade sale
The Springs Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will sponsor a Masquerade Jewelry and Accessories $5 fundraising sale 7 a.m.-7 p.m. April 24 and 25 and 7 a.m.-5 p.m. April 26 in the lobby of MUSC Health-Lancaster, 800 W. Meeting St., Lancaster. All proceeds benefit the SMH Auxiliary.
LASS open house April 26
A Lancaster Animal Shelter Supporters (LASS) open house will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 26 at Del Webb Library, 7641Charlotte Highway, Indian Land. Attendees will learn ways to help the county’s homeless animal population, both hands-on and from home. For details, visit LASSofSC.org.
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. April 25 (last Thursday of each month). The show is free, but donations are appreciated.

Poetry writing workshop April 25
Lancaster County Library, 313 S. White St., Lancaster, will hold a poetry writing workshop at 6 p.m. April 25 in the meeting room. USC Lancaster Professor Lisa Hammond will lead the workshop.
IL VFW Post 12136 meets April 27
Indian Land VFW Post 12136 meets April 27 at Brews Tavern, 8083 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land. There is a meet-and-greet at 9 a.m., followed by the meeting at 9. All veterans and guests are welcome. For details, visit www.vfw12136.org.
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 (May 11), and Midnight Run performs the last Saturday of the month (April 27). Admission is $10 each and proceeds benefit Christian Services.
CCO String Quartet performs April 28
The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Calin Lupanu’s String Quartet will perform at 2:30 p.m. April 28 at the Lancaster Cultural Arts Center, 307 W. Gay St., Lancaster. Admission is $15. All proceeds benefit the restoration of the cultural arts center. For details or to purchase tickets, visit lccarts.net or call (803) 285-7451.
LCCA ladies Sunday tea April 28
The Lancaster County Council of the Arts will host a Ladies Night Out Sunday Afternoon Tea fundraiser from 3-5:30 p.m. April 28 in the Arnold Room at USC Lancaster, 476 Hubbard Drive, Lancaster. The event will include food and drink, an auction, raffles, entertainment and a hat contest.
Prices are $25 for members, $30 for non-members and $255 for a table of eight. For details, call (803) 285-7451.

Spay and Neuter Spay-getti Dinner
The Lancaster County Spay and Neuter Spay-getti Dinner will be 4-8 p.m. April 29 at Grinder’s, 208 N. Park Drive, Lancaster. Prices are $10 to dine in or carry out and $6 for kids ages 12 and under for dine in only, and include all-you-can-eat spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, dessert and tea. For details, visit facebook.com/Lancaster-County-Spay-Neuter-Project or text (818) 885-0577.
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
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.
Photography Club meets May 1
The Anne Springs Close Greenway Photography Club meets at 6:30 p.m. May 1 (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 May 2
The Lancaster Lions Club meets at noon May 2 (first and third Thursday each month) at Seagull’s Grill, 11305 S.C. 9 Bypass West, Lancaster.
NAMI support  groups meet
• The National Alliance on Mental Illness Family Support Group meets 7-8:30 p.m. May 2 (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.

• The NAMI Connections (for adults with mental health conditions) and Family Support groups meet at 6:15 p.m. May 6 (first Monday and third Thursday of each month) at First Presbyterian Church, 700 N. Main St., Lancaster. For details, visit www.nami-piedmont.org.
First Friday in the Garden May 3
Tthe next First Friday in the Garden program is 9:30 and 11 a.m. May 3 at the Glencairn Garden Learning Center, 826 Edgemont Ave., Rock Hill. Clemson Extension Agent Paul Thompson wil lead the free program.
Career and college fair May 3
Southside Early Childhood Center, 500 Hampton Road, Lancaster, will host a career and college fair from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 3. Business representatives from several businesses including Nutramax Laboratories, Lineberger Construction, Founders Federal Credit Union and many more.
Spring Community Yard Sale May 4
Lancaster’s Spring Community Yard Sale will be 7 a.m.-noon May 4 inside the American Legion, 823 Kershaw Camden Highway, Lancaster. Outside spaces are $10 and inside spaces are $15. For details call the American Legion at (803) 283-2394.
County Chess Club meets May 4
Lancaster County Chess Club meets May 4 (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.
MS support group meets May 7
The Lancaster MS Support Group meets at 6 p.m. May 7 (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 May 7
A New Road, a support group for parents who have lost a child, meets at 7 p.m. May 7 (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.
Lancaster DAV to meet May 13
The Disabled American Veterans meets at 7 p.m. May 13 (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 will meet May 14 (second Thursday of each month) at Towne Tavern Indian Land, 9789 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land. The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 250 will meet at 5 p.m. After its meeting, both the post and the auxiliary unit will join together for a meal. The Post 250 will meet at 6:30 p.m. to elect post officers for the upcoming fiscal year. All members are encouraged to attend.
Caregiver group meets May 15
Hospice Care of S.C. will hold a caregiver support group 10-11 a.m. May 15 (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 May 17
The Ballroom Dance Club meets at 7:30 p.m. May 17 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.

Sex assault support group meets
The Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault support group meets at 6 p.m. May 21 (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.
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. For details on the Indian Land club, call (803) 230-4856. For details on the Lancaster club, call (302) 897-6030.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.