Stories and activities for 3- to 5-year-olds and their caregivers, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Lake Wylie Public Library. No registration required.
Photographing Orchids, 9:30 a.m.-noon Feb. 16, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by Dave Kelly, DEK Photography, learn to use the digital SLR camera’s shutter speed, aperture opening, ISO sensitivity, a meter and the histogram, for amazing color and artful composition. Cost: $40 for members, $46 for non-members. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org
Horticultural Highlight Walks, 10 a.m. Feb. 16, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Join the horticulture staff on a custom tour of the garden. Guides will feature the garden’s winter highlights. Free with garden admission. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org
Showcase of Woodcarvings, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 16-17, 2219 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. More than 100 carvers from 10 states, including York County, will exhibit carvings in competition for $1,800 in awards. Theme is “The Wild Wild West.” There will be demonstrations and selling of carvings by nationally known carvers. Tom Wolfe will host a carving competition both days of the show. Carving competitions, seminars, vendors for carving supplies and a raffle. Free admission free parking. 704-529-1748; charlottewoodcarvers.com
The Rock Hill Music Club’s Mid-Winter Concert, 3 p.m. Feb. 17, St. John’s United Methodist Church, 321 S. Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. Free with a reception following. Tenor John Fowler and Virginia Moe on organ will perform. Jerry Helton and Don Rogers will lead song. 803-366-4266
Wedding Showcase, noon-5 p.m. Feb. 17, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. There will be dozens of vendors offering the latest trends in wedding attire, photography, food and beverage menus and samples, floral arrangements, entertainment needs and much more for the big day. Brides get in free. General admission: $12 adults, $11 seniors 60 and older, and $6 children 4-12. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org
“By Way of the Back Door: The Enslaved at Historic Brattonsville” tours, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays through February, Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells. In conjunction with Historic Brattonsville’s Living History Saturday, this month visitors will have the opportunity to take part in a 30 to 45 minute site tour that will concentrate on the lives of the enslaved who worked for the Bratton family through three generations. The focus of the tour will be on the slaves who belonged to Col. William Bratton, Dr. John Simpson Bratton and going into the sons of Dr. John S. Bratton, as well as those who were still on the plantation during and after the Civil War. Visitors will also learn about the descendant families who are still connected to the site. Admission: adult, $6; senior, $5; children ages 4-17, $3. 803-684-2327; chmuseums.org
The Tints That Glow, through Feb. 17, Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill. A free, public reception will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 7. Using Lord Byron’s poem “She Walks in Beauty” as a backbone, Caroline Rust’s exhibit embodies installations of paintings and objects in a multifaceted examination of the feminine world. Showing concurrently are works by Allison Tierney in the Perimeter Gallery, and Batik by Jessica Calloway’s students from Fort Mill High School in the Edmund Lewandowski Classroom Gallery. 803-328-2787; yorkcountyarts.org
Shag classes, 7 p.m. Mondays, Belmont Parks & Recreation. 704-813-4783
Ballroom dance classes, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays through April 30, Lake Wylie YMCA, 4036 Charlotte Hwy. Dances include Rumba, Cha Cha, Mumbo, Salsa, Waltz, Fox Trot, Merengue, Bolero, Tango and Shag. Lead instructor is Jay Hussey, certified instructor from Fred Astaire. You do not have to be a member of the Y to join. Cost: $10 per person per night. 803-831-1888
“A Life in the Forest: The Paintings of Sallie Middleton,” on display through March 31, Springs Gallery at the Museum of York County, 4621 Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill. More than 30 watercolor paintings of plants and animals offer authentic portrayals of the native wildlife of the Carolinas. Admission: $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for children ages 4 and older; free on Sundays. chmuseums.org
Card Making Class, fourth Friday of month, J. Paul Ford Rec Center, Belmont. Must register. 704-460-9292
Lil Bit Crafty Class, 1 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, J. Paul Ford Rec Center, Belmont. 704-825-8191
“The Marvelous Wonderettes,” Feb. 19, Clover School District Auditorium Performing Arts Series. This off-Broadway hit features over 20 classic hits from the ’50s and ’60s and is a must-take trip down memory lane to 1958 Springfield High School prom. Tickets: $15. 803-222-8018; clover2.k12.sc.us/csda
Allison Creek Bluegrass, 6 p.m. Feb. 21, Allison Creek Presbyterian Church, S.C. 274. Music starts at 7 p.m. Trinity Gospel Bluegrass Band will be taking the stage. No cover charge; food for sale.
Anniversary Premiere Party, 7 p.m. Feb. 23, Larne Building, 103 N. Main St. A new Clover 2012 movie will debut.
Orchid Workshop, 2-4 p.m. Feb. 23, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Learn how to grow and succeed with orchids at home. Conservatory staff will discuss tips for growing and repotting orchids. Participants will leave with two orchids - one they pot themselves and one in bloom. Cost: $20 for members, $25 for non-members, plus $25 materials fee. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org
Celtic Crossroads, March 7, Clover School District Auditorium Performing Arts Series. The cast, all sons and daughters of musicians, are steeped in the tradition of handed-down tunes played with relish of freedom that was once outlawed in Ireland. 803-222-8018; clover2.k12.sc.us/csda
The Artsy Affair, 7:30 p.m. March 9, City Club of Rock Hill, 140 E. Main St., Rock Hill. All proceeds benefit The Arts Council of York County programs including arts in education and community engagement programs, small grants to artists, arts organizations and schools, Main Stage Series, Blues & Jazz Festival, Underexposed Film Festival, and exhibits. Music is by DJ Angel Juarez. There will be a scavenger hunt, open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Tickets: $75 for members; $80 non-members. Dress is black-tie optional. Tickets must be purchased in advance by March 1. 803-328-2787; yorkcountyarts.org
Artful Weekend, March 9-10, Museum of York County, 4621 Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill. At 10:30 a.m. March 9 is Nature Journaling & Book Signing with South Carolina illustrator and author Helen Correll. Following her 30-minute program, participants will have the opportunity to purchase and have her sign her illustrated book, “Middlewood Journal: Drawing Inspiration from Nature.” At 11:30 a.m. is Sketching in the Galleries using Sallie Middleton’s works as an inspiration. Bring art materials (dry medium). From 3 to 4 p.m. March 10, is Gallery Talk with Asheville Art Museum’s School & Family Program Manager Erin Shope talking about the exhibit. chmuseums.org
Clover time capsule dedication, 2 p.m. March 17, New Centre Park. Attendees will bury the time capsule as a finale to the celebration. Attendees are encouraged to wear green for St. Patrick’s Day.
Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt, 7:15 p.m. March 28, Belmont. For ages 3-8. Easter Bunny will appear. 704-825-8191