Coming Up 8-14-19

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A weekly listing of area coming events

Area blood drives posted
American Red Cross
• Aug. 14, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Travelers, 11440 Carmel Commons Road, Charlotte
• Aug. 24, noon-4:30 p.m., Inspire Dentistry of the Carolinas, 8810 Blakeney Professional Drive, Suite 120, Charlotte
• Aug. 28, 2:30-7 p.m., Pleasant Hill United Methodist, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian Land
• Aug. 31, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Southern Spirits, 9989 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land
For details, visit redcrossblood.org or call (800) 733-2767.
• Aug. 16, 4-9 p.m., Stonecrest Shopping Center, 7718 Rea Road, Charlotte
• Aug. 16, noon-5 p.m., Lowe’s Home Improvement, 2508 Cuthbertson Road, Waxhaw
• Aug. 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., esri, 3325 Springbank Lane, Charlotte
• Aug. 22, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Premier Inc., 13034 Ballantyne Corp. Place, Charlotte
• Aug. 22, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Atrium Health (CMC) Pineville, 10628 Park Road, Charlotte
• Aug. 24, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Captain Ben Moore Memorial Drive, Indian Land Fire Department No. 10, Lancaster
To make an appointment, visit www.oneblood.org or call (888) 59-BLOOD.
Paws on Parade artists needed
The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is calling for Lancaster County artists to design fiberglass dogs for the second litter of Paws on Parade dogs. For details or an application, call (803) 285-7451 or email arts.takepart@gmail.com. The deadline to apply is Aug. 15.
Museum displays handcrafted baskets
The Museum of the Waxhaws, 8215 Waxhaw Highway, Waxhaw, will display more than 150 handcrafted baskets by Anne McGuirt Stewart and Jane McGuirt Johnson through Aug. 15. The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2-5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for children ages 6-12.

AJ State Park open house Aug. 15 

Andrew Jackson State Park will hold a Happy Hours open house 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, with free admission for all. A self-guided scavenger park will help visitors explore the park and spend some happy time in nature. Sop by the nature center for trail mix and to turn in completed scavenger hunts for a 20 percent discount at the gift shop or a free bottle of water. All Happy Hours visitors will get a $1 discount coupon on admission to the Life in the Waxhaws Lantern Tour on Nov. 9. The park is at 196 Andrew Jackson Park Road (9 miles north of Lancaster off U.S. 521). Call (803) 285-3344 for details.

Classic car cruise-in Aug. 15

Classic car cruise-ins will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at Highway 55, 683 S.C. 9 Bypass East, Lancaster. The next one is Aug. 15. Cruise-ins will run through Oct. 17, weather permitting. All makes and models welcome. For details, call Ron Faile at (803) 235-5070.
Lancaster Lions meet Aug. 15
The Lancaster Lions Club meets at noon Aug. 15 (first and third Thursday each month) at Seagull’s Grill, 11305 S.C. 9 Bypass West, Lancaster.
Vets concealed carry class Aug. 17
The American Legion Post 31, 823 S. Main St., Lancaster, will sponsor a veterans-only concealed carry weapons class 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 17. The cost of the course is $35, with a $10 deposit.
There is a $50 application fee for permits. The fee is waived for disabled veterans and retired law enforcement officers.
A photocopy of both sides of your driver’s license is required for the class. Mail payment to American Legion Post 31, P.O. Box 33, Lancaster SC 29721. Class size is limited. For details, call (803) 246-1454.
Food Truck Invasion Aug. 17 in Lancaster
Food Truck Invasion is 4-8 p.m. Aug. 17 at the American Legion Fairgrounds, 823 S. Main St., Lancaster. The free admission event will feature live entertainment and a kids’ zone. Remember to bring lawn chairs and blankets. For vending information, call (803) 448-7508 or (803) 246-9327, or email anomalies@comporium.net.
Shag lessons start Aug. 19 in IL
Lancaster County Parks and Recreation will sponsor shag lessons with dance instructor Patty Blackmon in Indian Land and Lancaster throughout August.
Beginner classes are 6:30-7:30 p.m. and 7:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 19, 26 and 27, at the Indian Land Recreation Department, 8286 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land.
Beginner 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. Aug. 20, 26 and 27, at the Lancaster Recreation Department, 260 Plantation Road, Lancaster.
Classes are $40 per person for a four-week session. Singles and couples welcome.
For details or to register, call (803) 285-5545 or (704) 723-6282.
AARP Driver Safety Program
The Lancaster County Council on Aging will host an AARP Driver Safety Program 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Prime Time for Seniors Center, 309 S. Plantation Road, Lancaster.
The course covers defensive driving techniques and how to adjust to age-related changes.
Admission is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members.
Registration is required. Class size is limited to 25.
Sexual assault support group meets
The Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault support group meets at 6 p.m. Aug. 20 (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
Hospice Care of S.C. will hold a caregiver support group 10-11 a.m. Aug. 21 (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.
Lunch and Learn set for Aug. 23
The next Lunch and Learn program, “On Elevated Ground,” is noon Aug. 23 at the Native American Studies Center, 119 S. Main St., Lancaster. Dr. Meg Kassabaum, Weingarten assistant curator for North America, will present “On Elevated Ground: Ritual Practice at Early Native American Platform Mounds in the Deep South,” discussing earthen mounds in the American South. For details, call (803) 313-7172.
Pirate Day at Museum of the Waxhaws
The Museum of the Waxhaws, 8215 Waxhaw Highway, Waxhaw, N.C., will host its ninth annual Pirate Day 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 24. The event will include pirate re-enactors, mermaids, food, games, vendors and demonstrations of sword fights, cannon fire and bullwhips cracking. Tickets are $6 and are available at museumofthewaxhaws.org or at the door. Guests are encouraged to wear pirate attire for the event, but dress-up is not required. For details, call (704) 843-1832.
Marine Corps League meets Aug. 26
The Marine Corps League meets at 7 p.m. Aug. 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, and others as associate members.
For details, call Jerry Holt at (973) 897-9251 or visit www.tinyurl.com/marineleague1169.
Marian Hagins art competition opens
The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is issuing a call for artists for the 2019 Marian Hagins Memorial Art Competition. The juried show is open to all Lancaster County artists, high school age and older. Cash prizes are awarded to nine winners, including the People’s Choice Award.
Artists may submit up to two paintings, which must be delivered to the LCCA at 201 W. Gay St., during office hours Aug. 28-30. All paintings must be framed and ready to hang with screw eyes and wire, and identified on the back with the name of the artist, title, medium and price.
The community exhibit will be on display in the Springs House Galleries during September and October.
The artist reception is 3-5 p.m. Sept. 15. The gallery exhibit and reception are free and open to the public, sponsored by the Hagins Family, LCCA and the Lancaster County Art League. For details, visit the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, 201 W. Gay St., Lancaster, call (803) 285-7451 or email lccarts.net.
Balsam Grove in concert Aug. 29
Van Wyck Community Center, 5036 Old Hickory Road, Van Wyck, hosts bluegrass band Balsam Grove in concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 (last Thursday of each month). The show is free, but donations toward the community center’s upkeep are appreciated.
IL VFW Post 12136 meets Aug. 31
Indian Land VFW Post 12136 meets Aug. 31 at Brews Tavern, 8083 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land. A meet-and-greet at 9 a.m. is followed by the meeting at 9:30. All veterans and guests are welcome. For details, visit www.vfw12136.org.
Vets Coffee Clubs meet weekly
The Veterans Coffee Clubs meet at 8 a.m. The Indian Land group meets Tuesdays at CrossRidge Cafe, 2001 Parkway Drive, Indian Land, and the Lancaster group meets Thursdays 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.
MS support group meets Sept. 3
The Lancaster MS Support Group meets at 6 p.m. Sept. 3 (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 Sept. 3
A New Road, a support group for parents who have lost a child, meets at 7 p.m. Sept. 3 (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.
Greenway photo club meets Sept. 4
The Anne Springs Close Greenway Photography Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 4 (first Wednesday of every month) at the Adventure Center, 194 Adventure Road, Fort Mill. The club, led by photographer Jim Eisner, welcomes all skill levels and all camera styles. Free for greenway members, $5 for others. For details, contact SaraLee@ascgreenway.org.
NAMI support groups meet
•  The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family Support Group will meet 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 5 (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 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Piedmont Tri-County of Lancaster County offer free support groups for adults with any kind of mental health condition and separate support groups for family members at 6:15 p.m. the first Monday of each month at First Presbyterian Church, 700 N. Main St., Lancaster. or details, call (803) 283-7437 or visit www.nami-piedmont.org.
Alcoholics Anonymous meets
For details on Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, call (803) 285-4131 or visit www.area62.org.
Chess Club meets Sept. 7
Lancaster County Chess Club meets Sept. 7 (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.
Lancaster DAV meets Sept. 9
The Disabled American Veterans meets at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 (second Monday of each month) at the American Legion, 823 Kershaw Camden Highway, Lancaster. For details, call (803) 285-4081.
Post 250, auxiliary meet Sept. 10
The American Legion Post 250 and its auxiliary will meet Sept. 10 (second Tuesday of each month) at Towne Tavern, 9789 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land.
The auxiliary will meet at 5 p.m. After its meeting, the auxiliary and the post will eat an optional meal together.
Post 250 will meet at 6:30 p.m. All members are encouraged to attend.
Carolina Thread Trail volunteer workday
Lancaster County Parks and Recreation and the Carolina Thread Trail will host a volunteer workday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 12. Volunteers and staff will meet at 9 a.m. at the Walnut Creek pavilion, 10521 Walnut Creek Parkway, Lancaster. Tasks for the day include basic tree pruning, removing unwanted debris, weed control and trash pickup. Water, snacks and lunch will be provided. For details, call (803) 285-5545.
Genealogy club meets Sept. 14
The Lancaster Genealogy Club meets at 10 a.m. Sept. 14 at the Native American Studies Center, 119 S. Main St., Lancaster. The club will discuss setting up an email address for genealogy and history inquiries. The meeting will also take individuals’ requests for help with research problems. Attendees are welcome to bring family trees or research information and their computers. For details, call Ann Christie at (803) 273-9909.
Benford hosts Pints for Paws Oct. 26
Lancaster County Spay & Neuter Project is seeking food/arts & crafts/commercial vendors for its second annual Pints for Paws 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 26 at Benford Brewing Co., 2271 Boxcar Road, Lancaster.
The event raises funds for spay and neuter, an important mission that seeks to prevent overcrowding of and increase adoptability of animals in shelters. Leashed pets are invited to attend the fun event with their owners.
Special activities are planned for kids and for dogs, so plan to bring the whole family! Enjoy live music, food trucks, family-friendly activities, mule wagon rides, raffles with tons of great prizes, and a 50/50 raffle.
Adoptable pets will be available for those looking for their own “furever” friend and a silent auction will be held throughout the event.
Admission is $5 for adults; children under 12 get in free. To donate items or services for the silent auction or buy tickets in advance, contact Lancaster County Spay and Neuter Project at lcspnproject@gmail.com.
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 each month.
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.
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.
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.
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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