Stories and activities for 3- to 5-year-olds and their caregivers, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Lake Wylie Public Library. No registration required.
Junior Shag Lessons, 5:45-7 p.m. Thursdays, Lynn’s Dance Club, 4819 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. Free lessons are for ages 8 to 20; no partner required. More boys needed. Instructors are Bill Bateman and Fran Taylor, members of Charlotte Shag Club Junior Shag committee. 704-784-2758
Digital SLR IV - Flash Photography, 9:30a.m.-noon March 16, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by Dave Kelly, DEK Photography, learn to use both the on-camera popup flash and the optional hot-shoe flash. Topics to be covered are flash as the main light source, balanced flash, fill flash and using flash to freeze motion. Learn how to determine which type of lighting should be used in various situations. Cost: $40 for members; $46 for non-members. DSBG.org
Birding Walks, 9-10 a.m. March 16, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by Susan Holland and Gail Ice, stroll through the gardens and Meadowood Walk to spot winter residents such as cardinals, towhees, robins, sparrows, brown thrashers and bluebirds. DSBG.org
Honeybee Culture with the Bee Ladies, 11 a.m. March 16, Lake Wylie Public Library. Sally Adams and Anita Lehew, “The Bee Ladies” from Mama Beehive Honey Farm, will present an interactive, educational program that covers everything from the jobs of the worker bees to early lessons in beekeeping. Each participant will receive a honey straw and a beeswax tea light. Registration required. 803-831-7774
Learn about Cattleyas
The Classic Cattleyas, 2-4 p.m. March 16, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Internationally acclaimed orchid expert Arthur E. Chadwick comes to the garden to share his knowledge of orchids. Co-author of “The Classic Cattleyas,” Chadwick’s lecture will focus on cattleyas, their history, growing tips and will answer questions too. In addition, he will sign autographs and bring orchids selected from his collection that encompasses 13 greenhouses. Cost: $15 for members, $18 for non-members. DSBG.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.
St. Pat’s fest
The St. Patrick’s Day on Main Festival, 4:30-9:30 p.m. March 17, downtown Rock Hill. The festival will kick off with a bagpiper and will feature live Irish/Celtic music by the Federal Clan Kings and the Thistledown Tinkers, Irish dancers from Walsh Kelley School of Irish Dancing & Rince na h’ Eireann Dance School of Traditional Irish Dance, arts and crafts vendors, amusement area, food and more. Entertainment schedule is available online at onlyinoldtown.com. Free.
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
Card Making Class, fourth Friday of month, J. Paul Ford Rec Center, Belmont. Must register. 704-460-9292
Fly a kite
Let’s Go Fly a Kite, 4-5:15 p.m. March 21, Lake Wylie Public Library. Children ages 8-12 can learn the basics of kite-building and, if weather permits, test fly them. Registration required. 803-831-7774
Peter Rabbit Garden Adventure, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 23-24, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. The loveable and mischievous rabbit from the Beatrix Potter story will visit for a special Easter adventure. In addition to characters from the story, the garden will have live bunnies available for professional photo sessions. Greg Briley Photography will be available with photo packages starting at $39.95. Food and drinks available for purchase. Free with garden admission: adults, $12; seniors 60 and older, $10; and children 4-12, $6. DSBG.org
Natalie Merchant will perform with the Charlotte Symphony, March 23, Belk Theater. During her performance with the Charlotte Symphony, Merchant will include songs from her days with 10,000 Maniacs. Tickets: start at $44.50. 704-972-2000; charlottesymphony.org
Preventing Senior Fraud, 11 a.m.-noon March 28, Lake Wylie Public Library. Pam Horack of Pathfinder Planning LLC will show how easy it is to fall for a scam, why con artists prey on seniors, common types of fraud, and how to avoid becoming a victim. Registration required. 803-831-7774
Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt, 7:15 p.m. March 28, Belmont. For ages 3-8. Easter Bunny will appear. 704-825-8191
The 31st annual Great Easter Egg Classic, 3:15-5:15 p.m. March 28, Cherry Park, Rock Hill. There will be 50,000 Easter eggs spread over the softball fields and will contain hundreds of prizes, ranging from Easter Baskets to candy to Coca-Cola six packs. For children ages 2 to 11. All prizes must be picked up by 6 p.m. the day of the event. 803-324-9622