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VBS gets a seaside theme

It's that time of year: Vacation Bible schools are in full swing.

At Union Baptist Church in Filbert, “Outrigger Island” finishes up tonight. The week has been full of singing, crafts and snacks, all with a tropical theme. On Wednesday night at the “Snack Shack,” goldfish were dipped into peanut butter, “like God fishes for men,” said craft and snack coordinator Shelly Myers.

This year's VBS attracted 38 children, said “Big Kahuna” Carole Willey. Willey is married to Union's pastor, Paul. She said this year's attendance was a little lower than normal, “probably because it's a big vacation week.” There were more than 50 volunteers spread throughout the week helping the children to have a great time while learning Bible lessons.

The VBS children and volunteers also practiced their songs all week so that they could perform Friday night at Lauren Pines' “Music in the Pines.”

Family Fun Day

Sanctuary Hills Church of God of Prophecy is holding a Family Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 9.

With your $5 admission, you, adults too, can beat the heat on a 35-foot inflatable water slide, get your face painted, play bocce ball and badminton, buy baked goods, bob for apples and more. Hot dog plates will be sold $5 for adults and $2 for children.

The church is at the intersection of Inman Cross Road and U.S. 321, across from the Times gas station. Rain date is Aug. 16.

The money raised will go to the youth group. The group is trying to raise enough money to go whitewater rafting.

Details: Danielle Simcox, 803-927-7847.

Library book sale

The Friends of the Library Book Sale will be Thursday through Saturday at the First ARP Church gymnasium, 201 E. White St. in Rock Hill. If you haven't been, you need to go. In May, 566 people turned out for the last sale. It's a book lover's dream – about 10,000 books are for grabs, according to Debbie Turner, York County Library's community relations manager.

The books are sold for $1 per inch by stack. You also can buy videos, audio books and library equipment.

From 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday is the Friends Preview Night. Memberships will be sold at the door, $10 for individuals and $25 for families.

Friday is the public sale, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

And don't miss Saturday, half-price day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Books on Saturday will be 50 cents per inch, small paperbacks 25 cents, and videos 50 cents. Be sure to bring boxes to carry home your treasures.

Details: 803-981-5837.

Tax-free weekend

The first day of school, Aug. 20, is fast approaching. Supply lists are starting to get organized, and many schools have updated their Web sites with the information.

The good news: South Carolina's tax-free shopping is this week.

From 12:01 a.m. Friday until midnight next Sunday, you can buy many items and not pay sales tax.

Some of the tax-exempt items are:

Household goods such as washcloths, blankets, sheet sets, pillows and shower curtains.

Clothing and accessories, including shoes, hats, scarves and handbags.

School supplies, including pens and pencils, paper, binders, book bags, lunchboxes and calculators.

Computers, printers and printer supplies and software.

Some of the items not covered by the exemption:

Jewelry, cosmetics.

Furniture.

Items placed on layaway.

For more information and a complete list of exempt and non-exempt items, go to www.sctax.org/Tax+Information/Sales+and+Use+Tax/Sales+Tax+Holiday.htm.

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