Storytime With Santa Thursday
Union County First Steps will host “Storytime with Santa” Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Union Housing Authority Community Center at 201 Porter Street, Union.
First Steps Director Laura Wade will begin the event by reading a Christmas story to the children in attendance.
This will be followed by crafts time during which the children, their parents, and other adults accompanying them will make crafts related to the Christmas story that will be read.
Once that is done, the children and adults will sing Christmas songs.
After that, it will be time for Santa to appear and spend some time with the children. Santa will hear each child’s Christmas wishes and then give each of them a small present.
Storytime with Santa is for children ages birth to five years old and parents with children those ages are urged to bring them.
The ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’
The people of Union County have the opportunity to help the less fortunate throughout the year and possibly win $100 for the holidays during UCARE’s “Twelve Days of Christmas.”
Organized and operated by the employees of Union County, UCARE raises funds at Christmas and uses them throughout the year to help those in need. Its main fundraising event is the “Twelve Days of Christmas” in which raffle tickets are sold by county employees and other charitable groups. Each person who buys a ticket not only gets to help the less fortunate, they will also get a chance to have their name drawn during the Twelve Days of Christmas — Dec. 12 through Dec. 23 — and win $100.
There will be a drawing each day of the 12 days at 9 a.m. on WBCU Radio. There will be only one win per person.
Tickets are now on sale at a cost of $1 a ticket or $5 for six tickets and will remain on sale through Dec. 22. They can be purchased at the Union County Courthouse, Union County Airport, Union County Stadium, Timken Sports Complex, and WBCU.
UCARE is looking for other charitable groups to help sell the tickets in order to sell as many as possible and raise as much funds as possible. Even charitable group that assists in this effort will get to keep 50 percent of the proceeds of their sales.
Charitable groups interested in helping sell the tickets are urged to call Sue Cudd or Ronnie Wade at 429-1680.
Lockhart Community Clean-Up
The Union County Department of Code Enforcement and Litter Control will hold a Lockhart Community Clean-Up on Wednesday, Dec. 14 and Thursday, Dec. 15 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.
The central location for the clean-up will be the parking lot accross from the Lockhart Town Hall. Safety vests, gloves, garbage bags, and refreshments will be provided.
Volunteers are needed.
Property owners in Lockhart may leave their trash/junk items on the curb in front of their property on Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and on Thursday, Dec. 15 from 8-11 a.m. for collection.
In addition, the Recycling Center in Lockhart will be open both days for the convenience of the residents of the Lockhart Community.
For questions/concerns, please contact Allyson Wentz and David Kitchens of the Union County Code Enforcement Department at 864-466-4719 and 864-466-4705, respectively.
To see improvements already made and examples of code violations visit https//www.facebook.com/Let’s-make-Union,SC-Beautiful.
Christmas And New Year’s At Rose Hill
Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site will have special events to celebrate both Christmas and News Year’s.
What Christmastime customs were practiced in the late 1800s? Come see for yourself! Travel back in time with a Victorian-style Christmas at Rose Hill Plantation. The mansion will be decorated and we will offer special holiday-themed tours from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4. Father Christmas will join us for a special appearance on Sunday afternoon. Come one and all!
Christmas trees, fancy ornaments and exchanging gifts are some of our familiar holiday traditions which actually started in the 1800s. How did the Gist family celebrate Christmas at Rose Hill? This time of year was also an important holiday for the enslaved people on the plantation. What were their traditions? In addition to the special house tour, visitors can partake of hot drinks and homemade goodies in the plantation kitchen. Warm your hands by the fire and craft your own decoration to take home with you!
Please note that tours begin on the front porch of the mansion on the half hour from 1-4 p.m. Tickets are $7.50 per person (age 6 and older). Age 5 and under, free. Tickets may be purchased in the park office (in kitchen building) the day of your visit. No reservations are required. The program is free with a S.C. Park Passport Plus. The mansion will remain decorated for the holiday season throughout the month of December.
• New Year’s
After the holidays are over and you have made your New Year’s resolutions, start out on the right foot (or the left) with a First Day Hike. Meet with the ranger on Sunday, January 1, 2017 to hike the ½-mile Nature Trail at Rose Hill. Along the way, we’ll stop and explore the nature and history on the park. This walk promises to be refreshing for the mind and body so join us for an exhilarating start to your New Year! Meet at the park office. The tour begins promptly at 10 a.m. $2 per person age 16 and older. Age 15 and under are free. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Binoculars, insect repellent and a camera are optional, but you never know what we might see.
For more information contact Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site, 2677 Sardis Road, Union, SC, 29379 at 864-427-5966 or E-mail [email protected] or go on the web at www.southcarolinaparks.com/rosehill.
Sims Class Of 1968 Fellowship
The Sims High School Class of 1968 will come together at Copper River, located at 2014 Boiling Springs Rd., in Boiling Springs, S.C. for their Christmas fellowship on Friday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. Please RSVP at 674-6799 by Dec. 9. Will look forward to seeing you there.
‘Still Holding to Your Love’
Mary Owens Inc. will present the gospel stage play “Still Holding to Your Love” at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at the USC Union Auditorium. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. To purchase tickets — or for more information about the play — contact Mary Owens at (864) 429-1402.
The Union County Branch of the NAACP will hold its election of officers for the years 2017 and 2018 on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. at 201 Porter St. (Union Housing Authority Building).
All members who are in good standing are encouraged to participate in this election.
Rev. Michael A. Glenn, President — 864-921-7621.
Rev. James A. Williams, Secretary — 864-674-6304.
December At The UCAC
The following activities and events will take place this month at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery at 116 E. Main Street in Union.
Painting with Coffee — Whether you are a beginner, or a lifelong artists join us every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.!
Writers Group — Local Writers will meet Tuesday, December 13 at 6 a.m. This is open to everyone!
Monday Night Music — Looking for something new to do? Join us December 19 at 6:30 p.m. for a night full of Christmas music performed by local, musicians!
Toddler Time — Friday, December 23, 10:30-11:30 a.m. & 12:30-1:30 p.m. will be all about the little ones! Any child 4 years old or younger is invited to join us! $10.
Local Artists Showcase — Are you looking for the perfect Christmas gift? Stop by UCAC today to find it! We have jewelry, pottery, ornaments, woodcarving, hand painted shutters and signs, and so much more! Local Union Artists created everything!
Mini Monet — It’s Christmas time and that means time for those ugly Christmas sweaters! Join us December 17 to create your very own UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER CANVAS and a special Gingerbread House! You MUST register for this class by calling 864-429-2817
$15 members/$29 non-members
Local Artists Showcase
The Union County Arts Council is calling for entries for the 2016 Local Artists Showcase to be held at the UCAC gallery through Dec. 31. This annual showcase features the work of local artists in a variety of media.
The show gives local artists the chance to show their work in a gallery setting and to also sell their work.
The goal of the show is to include as many artists as possible. The show will feature not only paintings and photography, but also wood carving, hand made jewelry, ornaments, signs, clothing, scarves, pottery, soaps and lotions, and works in other mediums.
All artists wanting to take part in this exhibit are asked to drop off their work during UCAC’s normal business hours. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Special arrangements can be made for after hour or weekend drop offs.
All local artists are encouraged to participate in this showcase.
This is a great way for new and seasoned artists to show their work to our community!
The UCAC Office/Gallery is located at 116 E. Main Street in Union. For more information about the Local Artists Showcase, please call 864-429-2817 or email [email protected], www.facebook.com/UnionArts
Town Of Carlisle
The following community events will be held in the Town of Carlisle in November and December.
• Carlisle Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.
• Christmas Food Distribution for the Carlisle Community only Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
For more information about these events call 864-427-1505.
Lions Brooms for sale every Friday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Friends on Main, 126 East Main Street, Union.
Alzheimer’s Support Group
The Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the first Tuesday of each month at Grace United Methodist Church at 5:30 p.m.
For more information contact Penny Adamo at 864-427-8322.
Medi Home Hospice is sponsoring a Bereavement Program. Anyone who has lost a loved one and needs guidance with their loss is invited to attend.
2016 Union County Council Meetings
Second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.
The meetings will be held in the Grand Jury Room at the Union County Courthouse unless otherwise noted.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
2016 Union County School Board Meeting Dates
December 12, 2016 — Union County Career and Technology Center
All meetings are at 7 p.m.
The public and media will be notified if location or times change 24 hours prior to meetings.
Rotarian Bill Graham welcomed Mrs. Barbara Rippy, an active member and supporter of Union. to the Union Rotary Club recently. She told many stories about her life, Union, and the people in Union to the club. She is a true ambassador of Union County and proud supporter of local organizations.
Mrs. Rippy and her husband, Bobby, married on June 12, 1955. They purchased Smith’s Drug Store on Main Street in Union during the summer of 1969. They became active supporters of Union through the years by sponsoring Dixie Youth baseball teams for children and contributing to civic and church organizations. The Rippys owned and operated the drug store for 34 years before retiring. Mrs. Rippy lost her husband in 2012.