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York County: Events this week

Hot happenings around York County this week:

    • Love books? Don’t miss The Friends of the York County Library book sale Thursday through Saturday at the First ARP Church gymnasium, 201 E. White St., Rock Hill. Pay just $2 per inch of the book stack! Videos, DVDs and audiobooks will also be for sale at bargain prices. Get the inside scoop during the opening night for Friends members from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Memberships will be sold at the door beginning at $10 for individuals and $25 for families. The sale opens to the public on 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. All items will be half price Saturday!
    • The River Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens on Saturday also includes antique cars and art collections at 10 locations in the Lake Wylie area. Four River Hills homes are included in the event. The show is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advance tickets cost $20 and are available at Q2U BBQ Pit and Lake Wylie Coffee House. Tickets will be available the day of the show at the River Hills main entrance and Clover Community Bank beginning at 9 a.m. For information, call 704-965-8703 or email
    • Medi Home Hospice will sponsor a community prayer service from noon to 12:30 p.m. Friday at Epiphany Lutheran Church to pray for our community and the world. The church is at 2370 W. Main St., Rock Hill. Refreshments will be provided. For information, call 803-327-5190 or email


For more local happenings, visit the The Herald’s Community News page (or better yet, subscribe to the newspaper!!)

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Update: More Earth Day freebies and special events!

Reduce, reuse, recycle . . . Check out these deals to mark Earth Day!

  • FREE full size cleanser from Origins. Simply fill out this form, take in your current cleanser (empty or full), and trade it in for an Origins full size Checks and Balances or A Perfect World (value $18.)
  • Join Anthropologie for a FREE Earth Day craft workshops for kids. Click on the area where you live, then you’ll find the schedule.
  • Free EVOS Organic Shake nationwide.
  • Get a free reusable tote bag through April 22 at Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market when you spend $20 or more. The totes usually sell for 99 cents. You can find the coupon for the free tote at Fresh & Easy’s Facebook fan page Click on “Offers” in the left column.
  • Lowe’s is giving a 1 million free trees on April 23 to celebrate Earth Day! Stop by your local store and claim yours. More info
  • Download for FREE The Four Seasons – A Earth Day Interactive Children’s Story Book on iTunes.
  • Free admission to all 392 U.S. National Parks Celebrate Earth Day 2011 by taking your family to visit our National Parks. Admission is free through Sunday, April 25.
  • You can swap five plastic bags for a free reusable tote bag at Disney Stores on April 22. And, no, you can’t trade 50 plastic bags for 10 free totes. Find the nearest Disney Store by checking out the website.

Thanks, Mother Nature Network!

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Earth Day tomorrow: Free Starbucks coffee or tea

Enjoy a  free Starbucks coffee or tea tomorrow and celebrate Earth Day!

Bring a reusable travel cup to your local Starbucks store tomorrow, April 22, and get a free cup of coffee or tea.

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8 ways to save $ on gas

MyCityMommy had some great ideas on ways to save you a little extra at the pump:

1. Use a STP Gas treatment: This much-lauded additive cleans your engine and fuel intake system while fighting fuel-line freeze and boosting your car’s performance and mileage. You should use it a few times to see full benefits, but you will: at least 10% improved mileage, all while protecting your engine.

2.) Inflate those tires: Countless studies have shown that cars with properly inflated and balanced tires get better gas mileage — around 3.3%, according to government stats.

3.) Change your oil, and put the right oil in: This is key for older cars especially, which in many cases will benefit from using 5W-30 motor oil.

4.) Buy low-octane gasoline: Unless your car specifically requires premium, skip it and go for low-octane fuel.

5.) Use MurphyUSA’s smartphone app to find the cheapest prices instead of driving around looking for the best deal.

6.) Gas Buddy or Gas Price Watch: These are both online sites that watch gas prices giving you the highest and lowest prices in your area.

7.) Car Pool or Walk...this seems obvious!

8.) Check the signs: Some places allow you to pay CASH for a discounted price

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Free “Newman’s Own” item for volunteering

Do a good deed and get a great freebie! When you sign up for a project at VolunteerMatch during the month of April, you’ll receive a coupon for a free Newman’s Own product.

VolunteerMatch is an easy way to find where help is needed in your area. They will link you with a variety of opportunities, mainly with nonprofits and civic organizations. All you do is type in your ZIP code or city/state (and add a keyword, if you’re looking for something specific).

Click here to get started: Nourish the Good

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Even small amounts help: Donate to Japan

Catastrophes, like the one in Japan, can seem overwhelming. You think, “How can I possibly make a difference?” But you can! Even small amounts help!

And here’s an easy way to do it. is a site that “exists simply to encourage everyone to contribute what they can. Once you select your charity and donation amount, your donation is processed entirely by Paypal. 100% of your donation will go to the charity of your choice.”

Send them $1. Send less than $1. Send more! You choose where your money goes: American Red Cross, AmeriCares, Hands On Tokyo, GlobalGiving, Operation Blessing, Salvation Army, Save the Children or World Vision.

Stop by Small Amounts and see what great work it’s doing!

Click here to start: Small Amounts

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Gap, Old Navy, Banana Repub: 30% off, plus 5% to charity!

The Give & Get event is back, and you can get 30% off your purchase at Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Banana Republic Factory Store and Gap Outlet!  Valid for purchases between March 17–20.  PLUS, 5% of your sale will be donated to your choice of charities (from the list below). 
Choose the charity you’d like to support and print that coupon:

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