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Rock Hill

Oakland Baptist Church has received the gift of music. A member of the church, who passed away recently, donated money for the purchase of Carillon bells.

The bells have been installed in Oakland's steeple. The system of bells has the ability to play more than 500 hymns, 16 bell peals, 14 segments of swinging bells and 9 bell tolls.

The bells are currently programmed to ring at 9 a.m., noon and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and hymns will play at various times of the day.

"We hope that the people of Rock Hill will take time to stop and enjoy the bell chimes and hymns that will play every day and reflect on the gift of God," said the Rev. Bob Shrum, senior mMinister of Oakland.


College financial aid officers and other volunteers will be available to help high school students complete their free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms on Feb 18, "FAFSA Day."

The program is open to students who plan to attend college in the 2012-13 academic year. Representatives will be at 17 Charlotte locations. Visit to register for a time and location.


Vendors are needed for the 2012 Spring Charity Bash 7 p.m.-midnight March 9 at Pineville Hut, 413 Johnston Road.

The event will benefit the Salvation Army Center of Hope and Redeemers Recovery Ranch. The dress code will be semi-formal. The Charlotte Health & Business Network and Carolina Business Women are sponsoring the event. Marty Sanders of the Salvation Army and Sylvia Helms of Redeemers Recovery Ranch will speak.

The Center of Hope provides daily stability and a permanent way out of homelessness. As Charlotte's only 24/7 year-round emergency shelter, the Center of Hope routinely operates at capacity. Details:

South Charlotte

The Venus Chapter of Charlotte of the Daughters of Penelope will hold its 16th annual Queen of Hearts High Tea and celebration of fashion on Feb.18 to benefit The Breast Cancer Fund at the Levine Cancer Center.

The event will take place 2-5 p.m. at Carmel Country Club, 4735 Carmel Road.

There also will be guest speakers from the Levine Cancer Institute, the Daughters' grand president and a testimonial from a breast cancer survivor.

Tickets are $35. Tables of eight or nine are also available at $280-315. To purchase tickets, become a sponsor call Dianne Leventis at 704-366-8284 or Eleni Livas Bingham at

Mineral Springs

The Charlotte Steeplechase Association is seeking volunteers for the 17th running of the Queen's Cup.

Volunteers are needed for various race day operations on April 28. If you are interested please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Angela Lilley at 704-843-7070 or you can submit a volunteer form on line at