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Habitat holding Global Village info session Feb. 5 in Rock Hill

Learn about Habitat global trips

Habitat for Humanity of York County will hold an informational session at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at 825 N. Anderson Road, to talk about its upcoming Global Village trip.

Learn about Habitat’s Global Village program and opportunities in October to Guatemala and Romania.

Call 803-328-1728 or visit

Health Fair Feb. 6 in Clover

Free heart health screenings are being offered 7:30-11 a.m. Feb. 6 during the free Community Health Fair at Clover Community Center, 120 Bethel St.

There will be wellness vendors, door prizes, insurance consultations and more. February is National Heart Month.

Health screening participants must fast as of midnight the day before. Screenings are available for ages 18 and older.

Visit for details.

Observe HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Feb. 7 marks the 15th annual observation of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative. Catawba Care in Rock Hill will mark the day at noon at McBryde Hall at Winthrop University with free tax filing information, free immunizations, health screenings, food and entertainment.

Catawba Care is at 500 Lakeshore Parkway and offers free, rapid HIV testing and free STD testing 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday. No appointments necessary. For more information, call 803-909-6363 or visit

Blood drives set

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

• 4-7 p.m. Feb. 10, 2015 Nishie G’s Restaurant, 727 Dilworth Lane, suite 105, Rock Hill.

• 1-4 p.m. Feb. 13, Lowe’s Home Improvement, 1640 S.C. 160 W., Fort Mill.

• 4-7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Free movie ticket.

As part of CBCC’s sixth annual Pints for Pounds campaign, CBCC will donate 7 pounds of food to Second Harvest Food Bank for each blood donation made this month.

Call 704-972-4700 or visit for more information.

CAAC seeks food donations

Clover Area Assistance Center seeks food donations.

Items needed include chicken noodle soup, macaroni and cheese, and other nonperishable items.

Donations may be dropped off 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, and 8 a.m.- 3p.m. Thursday at the center, 1130 S.C. 55 E.

Call 803-222-4837 for information.

Rock Hill shelter gets grant

A Rock Hill shelter is among dozens in South Carolina that will share in almost $10 million from the federal government for programs to help the homeless.

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro announced last week that the money will go to 66 programs throughout the state that provide services for the homeless. The programs help those living on the streets, as well as helping the homeless find services.

Among those organizations receiving funds is Pilgrims’ Inn, a shelter based in Rock Hill. Pilgrims’ Inn will receive around $50,000 to secure permanent housing for clients with a history of mental illness or substance abuse, said Bryant Ward, the shelter’s executive director.

One of the largest factors in determining who gets HUD funding is the Point-in-Time count, an annual census of the area’s homeless population. Pilgrims’ Inn serves as the key organization for York County’s Point-in-Time count, which will run through Feb. 4.

Pilgrims’ Inn is still seeking volunteers to help with the count, Ward said. People wanting to volunteer should call 803-327-4227.

Sheriff’s office holding public forum

The York County Sheriff’s Office will hold a public forum to discuss the success of the YCSO/ICE 287g program at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 24 in the jury assembly room of the Moss Justice Center.

Sheriff’s Office staff and ICE officials will answer questions.

St. Patrick’s Day vendors needed

The town of Clover is accepting vendor applications for the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Festival March 14.

Deadline is Feb. 27. For information, call 803-222-9493 or visit

Registration open for gardening event

Registration is open for the 10th annual Joy of Gardening Symposium set for Feb. 28 at Baxter Hood Center.

Sponsored by the Master Gardeners of York County, the day-long event will include seven gardening experts, break-out sessions, vendors and a chance to win door prizes.

The registration fee, which includes lunch, is $60.

To register, visit

To pay by mail, make checks payable to: Master Gardeners of York County, and mail to: 266 Fischer Road, Fort Mill, SC 29715.

Flu shots for children available

Free flu shots for children are available at the Early Learning Partnership’s free children’s clinic.

Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays in the Rock Hill Family Resource Center, 410 E. Black St. Children birth to age 18 who do not have health insurance can see a doctor or nurse practitioner. Services include sick visits, immunizations, and sports and school physicals.

For appointments, call 803-322-6636.

Other clinics are held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in York, Fort Mill and Clover. York County children may attend any of the four clinics.

CHS Class of ’85 plans reunion

Clover High School Class of 1985 is looking for classmates for the 30-year reunion.

Classmates can send contact information to or call 704-582-0781.

Fun run, walk planned for Relay for Life

The second annual Hippity Hoppity Hope 5K fun run and walk will be April 11 at First Baptist Church, 102 S. Congress St.

The event is a benefit for the church’s Relay for Life team, raising money for the annual American Cancer Society benefit.

A children’s race will begin at 7:50 a.m. and the 5K race will be at 8 a.m. Cost is $20 for the 5K only. All proceeds benefit the cancer society.

Register at

Life jacket designs wanted

BoatUS Foundation seeks the best new design for the 2015 Innovations in Life Jacket Design Competition. Deadline is April 15. Designs must be submitted to

A short video about the competition is available at Winners, with a $10,000 prize, will be announced in September at the International Boat Builders Exhibition and Conference in Louisville, Ky.

Animal shelter seeks volunteers

York County Animal Shelter Adoption Center, 713 Justice Blvd., needs volunteers to help bathe and groom, exercise, socialize, train, provide adoption information and follow-up, and publicity and marketing.

Volunteers must be 18 or older, and go through orientation and training process. For more information, call 803-818-6485.

Volunteer applications can be downloaded at

Agape offers Canine Forward program

Agape Senior has a new volunteer program, Canine Forward, which offers regular free dog walking and playtime services for seniors living independently, but who are physically unable to exercise their animals.

The program recognizes the importance of the relationship between the owner and his or her pet.

The program depends on volunteers for walking, playing with and brushing the animals.

Canine Forward provides training. To volunteer, call 803-329-4544.