Preschool Story Time, 10:30 a.m., Lake Wylie Public Library. Story time and activities for ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers. No registration required.
Frank Vignola concert, Sept. 13, Clover School District Auditorium, part of Performing Arts Series. Vignola’s performance careers across the musical spectrum from jazz standards to opera, classic rock to contemporary pop, Latin to R&B, classical to swing, with even a smidgen of boy-band choreography tossed in. Season tickets are available for $40. Individual tickets, also available, range from $5 to $15. 803-222-8018; clover2.k12.sc.us/csda
Photographing Fall Flowers, 9:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 15, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructor Phyllis Peterson provides a guided tour through the garden to learn about locations for best blooms and tips for photographing effectively. Topics include: background choices, color theory and composition. Designed for digital point and shoot cameras and digital SLR owners. Bring a camera and a tripod, if you have one. Cost: $50 for garden members, $60 for non-members. DSBG.org
Horticultural Highlight Walks, 10 a.m. Sept. 15, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Guides will highlight new developments and installations in the garden, note favorite plants and share behind-the-scenes details. Each walk will be a unique experience. Free with garden admission. 704-825-4490; DSBG.org
Dan Franklin Smith concert, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15, Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill. The internationally known pianist and recording artist, graduated as a piano major from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and made his European recital debut in 1997 outside of Stockholm, Sweden, where he received a standing ovation and rave reviews. The following year he made his European orchestral debut in Stockholm at Sofia Kyrkan. A debut recording with the Gävle Symfoniorkester soon followed, and not long after, Smith released a recording with the Stuttgart Philharmonic. Tickets: $15 Arts Council members, $20 for non-members. 803-328-2787; yorkcountyarts.org
Longings of the Heart: Music of Georgian Times, 8 p.m. Sept. 15, St. Martin’s Episcopal, 1510 E. 7th St., Charlotte. Music in Scotland, Wales and England by Corelli, Barsanti, Handel and Robert Burns. First of Carolina Pro Musica 35th anniversary concerts. Tickets: $15, $7.50 for students and seniors. carolinapromusica.org
Potters Market Invitational, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 15, Mint Museum Randolph. Forty North Carolina potters have been invited to participate in this year’s event, presented by the Delhom Service League. Admission: $10, includes access to the event and both Mint Museum locations. (Price drops to $8 after 2 p.m.) The event includes live folk music and pottery-making demonstrations. Proceeds go toward acquisitions of pottery and library materials for the museum. 704-337-2010; mintmuseum.org
Adopt a cat
Cat adoption by Animal Adoption League, 2-5 p.m. Saturdays through the end of the month, at the temporary “cat house” located in the Crossroads Shopping Center in Tega Cay. Additionally, cats will be at Chirp ’n Chatter in the same shopping center every day of the week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. mynextpet.com
Once Upon a Lap, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 18-Oct. 9, Lake Wylie Public Library. Stories, songs, and activities for babies 23 months and younger, and their caregivers. Call 831-7774 to register.
Silk Painting, 5-8 p.m. Sept. 20, Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Instructor Marcee Musgrove of White Lotus Studios in Fort Mill will teach basic techniques of painting silk. Students will create three works of art – a 10-inch sun catcher to take home that night, and a 12-by-12 inch square of silk and an 8-by-54 inch Habotai silk scarf that will be professionally set and available for pick up after processing. Cost: $55. Supplies, hors d’oeuvres and drinks provided. 803-328-2787; firstname.lastname@example.org
Books: A Second Life, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 20, Lake Wylie Public Library. Adults, ages 18 and older, are invited to join Lois Stimax for mixed media artwork using unwanted or damaged books to create something beautiful. Participants will have a simple piece of artwork to take home. All supplies furnished. Call 831-7774 to register.
Evening of Hope for Hospice & Community Care concert, Sept. 22, Arts Council of York County Community Performing Arts Center, Rock Hill. Sanskrit - a blend of Celtic, classical and new age influences - performs. Tickets: $20, available at the Hospice office, 2275 India Hook Road, Rock Hill. 803-329-1500
Watercolor at DSBG, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, starting Sept. 22, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by Janis Schneider, this six-session class (no class Oct. 20), offers traditional watercolor techniques and exploration of media such as watercolor pencils, watercolor crayons and texture. For beginners and advanced artists. Cost: $125 for garden members, $150 for non-members, plus additional supplies. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org