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African artist Benhura in Belmont Aug. 26-Sept. 2

African artist to visit Belmont

Dominic Benhura, honored for his work by the United Nations and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, will visit Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden daily Aug. 26-Sept. 2.

Benhura is considered part of the second generation of Shona sculptors, emerging from the generation that started the art movement in the late ’60s and early ’70s. His work, which frequently focuses on children and family life in Zimbabwe, is exhibited at galleries and exhibition spaces all over the world from the Atlanta airport to Singapore.

He will join fellow artists Passmore Mupindiko and Patrick Sephani, whose work along with dozens of other Zimbabwe artists, is on display at the garden through Sept. 28. More than 100 sculptures are on display and offered for sale along with African art and jewelry.

Zimsculpt represents nearly 200 artisans in Zimbabwe, exhibiting at the Chelsea Flower Show in the United Kingdom, Royal Botanical Gardens in Ontario and at Naples Botanical Garden in Florida.

The exhibition is free with garden admission: $12 adults, $11 seniors 60 and older, and $6 children 4-12. For more information, call 704-825-4490 or visit

Notary seminar offered

Secretary of State Mark Hammond is offering a free regional notary public seminar 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at York Technical College Baxter Hood Center Barnes Theater for all South Carolina notaries and those interested in becoming a notary.

The seminar will address new state laws governing the duties and responsibilities of notaries. The unauthorized practice of law will also be addressed in a joint session with a representative from the South Carolina Bar.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. For more, visit

Sign up for free health program

Gaston County Cooperative Extension is offering Living Healthy program for six weeks.

Classes will be held 9:30 a.m.-noon on Wednesdays, Sept. 3-Oct. 8 at Lucile Tatum Center, 959 Osceola St.

Living Healthy was developed by Stanford University and teaches how to use medication effectively, manage symptoms such as pain, fatigue and depression; increase endurance, strength and flexibility; improve communication skills; and eat well to live well.

Program materials provided include resource book, relaxation CD and light refreshments.

The program is free, but registration is required. Call 704-865-3291 by Aug. 27.

Reserve seat for Off the Streets luncheon

Off the Streets Program’s first Ladies Luncheon and Silent Auction will be held noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 30 at First United Methodist Church, 190 E. Franklin Blvd.

Guest speaker is Jennifer P. Davis, author of “On My Way to Sixty ... I Lost My Mind!”

The Off the Streets Program is a nonprofit organization helping homeless women with drug and alcohol addiction to become self-sufficient by offering transitional housing and support in Gaston County and the surrounding areas. The program has provided the community with 10 years of support through providing a link to detoxification services, life skills training, job placement services, 12-step programs and other needed services.

Donations of gift certificates, gift baskets or other merchandise are sought.

Luncheon cost is $20. To make a reservation or for more information, call 704-879-4373 or 704-214-3331.

Comedian highlights Hospice fundraiser

Chonda Pierce, the “Queen of Clean Comedy,” brings her cheerful, unpretentious Southern charm, musical talent and wit to Rock Hill Sept. 4 for a Hospice fundraiser at First Baptist Church.

Pierce headlines Hospice & Community Care’s second annual LOL event, which raises money for under-insured hospice patients in the community. The evening will feature dessert and coffee.

Pierce has received five Emmy nominations, appeared in several films including “Your Love Never Fails” and “12 Wishes of Christmas,” is the author of six best-selling books and was recently honored with the “Comedian of the Year” Visionary Award.

Tickets are available at

For more information, call 803-329-1500.

Blood drives announced

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will hold the following blood drives:

• 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Sept. 6, Lake Ridge Community Center, 1040 Angelica Lane, Tega Cay. Lauren Miller student drive.

• 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sept. 8, Sherer Dental Lab, 1145 Camden Avenue, Rock Hill.

• 4- 8 p.m., Sept. 13, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Free movie ticket for donors.

• 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sept. 15, York Tech, 452 Anderson Road, Rock Hill.

• 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Sept. 16, Piedmont Medical Center, 222 S. Herlong Ave., Rock Hill.

• 1-7 p.m., Sept. 17, Piedmont Medical Center, 222 S. Herlong Ave., Rock Hill.

• 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Sept. 18, York County Sheriff’s Office, 1675‑2A York Highway, York.

• 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sept. 18, York Tech, 452 Anderson Road, Rock Hill. Free T-shirt.

• 3-7 p.m., Sept. 28, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Free movie ticket.

• 4:30-7:30 p.m., Sept. 29, Gold’s Gym, 2685 Celenese Road, Rock Hill.

CBCC is holding its annual Pints for Pencils campaign this month and September. For every blood donation, CBCC will provide school supplies for local public school systems.

CBCC is recruiting students for its Students Saving Summer Scholarship program through Sept. 30. High school and college students who organize and host a successful blood drive have the chance to earn scholarship money for their secondary education.

For more information or to register for the scholarship program, call 704-972-4727 or email

Call 704-972-4700 or go to to make an appointment.

Artists may apply for grant

The Arts & Science Council has made applications available for the Regional Artist Project Grant at Submission deadline is noon Sept. 19.

The grant provides up to $2,000 for individuals and groups of unincorporated artists to pursue projects that to improve artistic development by attending a professional advancement experience or purchasing/renting a piece of equipment.

The grant is available to artists in all disciplines. Artists on the staff of one of the participating arts councils or artists who received a RAPG within the past two calendar years (2013 and later) are not eligible to apply.

The RAPG is administered and funded by ASC, in partnership with the arts councils in Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Rowan, Rutherford, Union and York counties, as well as the North Carolina Arts Council and the Blumenthal Endowment.

Entries sought for literary competition

The Arts Council of York County presents its 11th annual Literary Competition, highlighting the best in short stories and poetry from across the Southeast, and the third annual Youth Literary Competition, highlighting the best in short stories and poetry from across York County. The postmark deadline for entries is Sept. 19.

The annual Literary Competitions include two categories – short story and poetry. Each category will be judged independently. Authors may enter both the short story and the poetry competition, and entries are eligible to win an award in each competition. Awards are $100 for first, $50 for second and $25 for third. There will be no repeat prize winners within the categories. The winners of the Youth Literary Competition will be awarded certificates of achievement.

There are no restrictions on subject matter. All participants must submit three copies of each entry for distribution to judges. Email entries will not be accepted. No entries will be returned. Your name must not appear on the manuscript, and pages must be numbered with the title of the entry. Include the title of the submitted work and all contact information on the entry form. For complete guidelines and entry information, visit

Entry fees for the adult competition are: nonmembers: $15 per entry; ACYC members: $10 per entry. There are no entry fees for those entering the youth competition. Those submitting to the youth competition must be enrolled in a K-12 program to be eligible to enter.

All participants are invited to a free, public reception and awards ceremony 6-8 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., where the winners will be announced. Winners are encouraged to read passages from their work at the reception.

For more information, call 803-328-2787 or visit