Children invited to make graffiti at Lake Wylie library

July 7, 2013 

THURSDAY

Museum series

An Evening at the Museum, 6-7:30 p.m. July 11, part of Summer Lecture Series, 310 N. White St., Fort Mill. Learn about the story of Willie Patterson and Colonial Elliot White Springs. Free for members, $5 for non-members. 803-802-3646; fortmillhistorymuseum.org

Library graffiti

Graffiti at the Library, 5-6:30 p.m. July 11, Lake Wylie Public Library. Rising sixth- to 12th-graders are invited to wear old clothes and bring a clothing item to personalize. Call 803-831-7774 to register.

Shag lessons

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

Overeaters group

Overeaters Anonymous, 7-8 p.m. Thursdays, Lake Wylie Christian Assembly Church, 5766 Charlotte Hwy. 704-466-2660

FRIDAY

Music in Lake Wylie

Principle Skinner performs, 9 p.m.-midnight July 12, Lake Wylie Bowl N’ Bounce. Set list includes Van Halen, Aerosmith, Steve Miller Band, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon and more. Free admission. 803-831-2553

Reading safari

Dig Into Reading Safari Show, 10:30 a.m. July 12, Lake Wylie Public Library. Magician Chad Crews’ program features books, magic, music, storytelling, and live animals, including snakes, hissing cockroaches, tarantulas and scorpions. Recommended for pre-K to fifth grade. No registration required, but seating is limited.

SATURDAY

Robot time

Clash of the Bots IV, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 13, The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. Join the excitement as robots play hockey and clash together in all-out battles of finesse and brute strength. Discover how robots are built and how robotics increasingly plays a beneficial role in society. Admission; $3 museum members; $3 in addition to museum admission for non-members. 704-866-6908; schielemuseum.org

Huck’s Defeat

Huck’s Defeat at Historic Brattonsville, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 13 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 14, Historic Brattonsville. Included in the day’s activities will be demonstrations of military camp life, music, crafts and also; theatrical presentations that breathe life into the tumultuous times that our region experienced during the American Revolution. On Saturday, the two biggest events of the day will be the Battle of Huck’s Defeat in the morning followed by the Battle of Blackstock’s Plantation in the afternoon. Sunday will feature an 18th century worship service and, the reenactment of the Stallions Raid as well. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $4 for children 4-17. chmuseums.org

ONGOING

Animal Encounters

Animal Encounters, 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 9, The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. Learn about the adaptations of reptiles, mammals, amphibians and insects with hands-on opportunities. 704-866-6923; schielemuseum.org

Market open

Old Town Market, 5-8 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 29, 115 Caldwell St., Rock Hill. The market features fresh seasonal produce, pastured meats, farm products, handmade arts and crafts, entertainments and children’s activities. 803-329-5562; onlyinoldtown.com/market

Gem mine

Gemstone Mining, noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through Aug. 9, The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. Visit the Grist Mill to search for mineral treasures like garnets, topaz, rubies, emeralds and rose quartz. Take home what you find. 704-866-6923; schielemuseum.org

For military

The Mint Museum offers free admission to all active duty military personnel, including active Reserve and National Guard, and their families through Labor Day. All Blue Star Museums, including the Mint, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Discovery Place, Johnson C. Smith University and Levine Museum of the New South, are offering free admission to all military ID holders and up to five family members. In addition, the Mint is offering free admission to any veteran with a veteran’s ID card and up to five of their family members for the summer. The initiative applies to both Mint locations, Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts, 500 S. Tryon St., and Mint Museum Randolph at 2730 Randolph Road.

Painting exhibit

Thomas Kelly Pauley painting exhibition, on display through July 30, City Hall Rotunda Gallery in Rock Hill’s City Hall, 155 Johnson St., Rock Hill. This exhibit pays homage to historic portrait artists such as Gilbert Stuart and Charles Willson Peale, providing images that enable the viewer to connect the past to the present, and to understand that what we did in the past will affect decisions we make today and in our future. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 803-328-2787; yorkcountyarts.org

COMING

Can Beans

Pressure Canning with locally grown beans, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 16, York County Extension Service, 120 N. Congress St., York. Instructed by Angela Forbes. Wear closed-toed shoes. Cost: $30. Register early; space limited to 12. 803-684-9919; https://shopping.clemson.edu

Bath canning

Water Bath Canning with locally grown tomatoes/salsa, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 19, York County Extension Service, 120 N. Congress St., York. Instructed by Angela Forbes. Wear closed-toed shoes. Cost: $30. Register early; space limited to 12. 803-684-9919; https://shopping.clemson.edu

Tale time

The Three Goats Gruff, 10:30 a.m. July 19, Lake Wylie Public Library. Theatre group Porkchop Productions performs their version of this fairy tale favorite in a fast-paced, whimsical adaptation. Recommended for pre-K to fifth grade. No registration required, but seating is limited.

Garden tour

Horticultural Highlight Walk, 1 p.m. July 20, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Join the horticulture staff on a custom tour of the garden. Guides will highlight what’s in bloom, seasonally relevant gardening tips and behind-the-scenes details. Free with garden admission. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org

Achieve goals

Accomplish Your Goals with Jennifer Pharr Davis,” 6-8 p.m. July 24, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road. Davis, author and record-breaking hiker of the Appalachian Trail, shares successes and how to refine business practices by focusing on goal-setting, teamwork, efficiency and creative problem solving. Free. For adults only. 704-416-6800; cmlibrary.org/programs

Computer class

Computer Basics, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. July 24, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road. Learn to use the keyboard and mouse, and get a basic overview of computer terms and concepts in this class for people with little or no previous computer experience. Free. For adults only. 704-416-6800; cmlibrary.org/programs

Juggling fun

Flying Debris Juggling Show, 10:30 a.m. July 26, Lake Wylie Public Library. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind performance by Todd Key and his “Flying Debris Show” combining juggling, circus skills, a little magic, and a mix of comedy and reading encouragement for kids of all ages. Recommended for pre-K- fifth grade. No registration required, but seating is limited.

Word basics

Microsoft Word Basics, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. July 26, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road. Create, edit and save a document in Microsoft Word. Some experience with computers recommended. Free. For adults only. 704-416-6800; cmlibrary.org/programs

Excel class

Microsoft Excel Basics, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. July 27, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road. Create a simple worksheet using Microsoft Excel. Participants must be comfortable working in the Windows environment. Basic knowledge of Microsoft Word is helpful. Free. For adults only. 704-416-6800; cmlibrary.org/programs

Learn about animals

Wild About Animals!, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 27, The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. Go behind the scenes of the museum to discover how the keepers care and train animals. Learn about enrichment activities and help animal keepers prepare items for the animals to enjoy. Discover the special care that is needed to preserve the mounted animals in our collections. Visit with a taxidermist to learn how specimens are prepared for display. Enjoy displays, live animal encounters and games throughout the day. Free for museum members; free with paid general admission for non-members. 704-866-6908; schielemuseum.org

Butterfly photos

Photographing Butterflies, 9:30 a.m.-noon July 27, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. , Instructed by Dave Kelly, DEK Photography learn the best ways to capture the movement and colors of butterflies. This class requires a digital SLR camera. Cost: $40 for garden members; $46 for non-members. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org

Book club

Mystery Book Club, 7-8 p.m. July 30, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road. The Mystery Book Club will be hosted by Christine Tran, a mysteries reviewer for the online publication BookList, will discuss “Start Shooting” by Charlie Newton. Titles chosen by the group will be discussed the last Tuesday of each month until November. Free. For adults only. 704-416-6800; cmlibrary.org/programs

Meet author

Meet the Author: Jean Houghton-Beatty, 6-8 p.m. July 31, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road. Local author Jean Houghton-Beatty will share excerpts from her novel, “Stoney Beck,” and discuss her research and writing process. Free. For adults only. 704-416-6800; cmlibrary.org/programs

Pickle veggies

Pickle Veggies, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 2, York County Extension Service, 120 N. Congress St., York. Instructed by Angela Forbes. Wear closed-toed shoes. Cost: $30. Register early; space limited to 12. 803-684-9919; https://shopping.clemson.edu

Magic garden

The Secret Garden, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 2, Lake Wylie Public Library. Bright Star Children’s Theatre performs this classic work of literature and includes the audience to make the magical garden come to life. Recommended for pre-K- fifth grade. No registration required, but seating is limited.

Stone age

Tools of Stone, 1-3 p.m. Aug. 3, The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. Visit a group of flint knappers at work as they fashion a variety of flaked stone tools using the techniques practiced by our ancient ancestors. Replicated stone arrow and spear points, knives, drills, axes and adzes will be on display. Free for museum members; free with paid general admission for non-members. 704-866-6908; schielemuseum.org

Hummingbirds

Wild Wings!, Aug. 4, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Wildlife biologist Susan Campbell returns for her annual research trip as she traps, bands and releases hummingbirds. Visitors can observe, ask questions and help release the birds. Free with garden admission: adults, $12; seniors 60 and older, $10; and children 4-12, $6. DSBG.org

Monkey time

Monkey Mania, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Aug. 10, The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. Visitors will meet the Monkey Lady and her capuchin monkey family. Learn about the unique adaptations of capuchin and marmosets that help them survive. Primate trainers will be on hand to answer questions and to share their experiences. Seating is limited; reservations required. Cost: $3 museum members; $3 plus museum admission for non-members. Call 704-866-6908 for advance tickets. schielemuseum.org

Free admission

Free Tuesday sponsored by Duke Energy, 4-8 p.m. Aug. 13, The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. All the museum’s exhibits and Nature Trail will be available for your exploration. At 5 p.m., explore a variety of fluorescent rocks and minerals. There will be a special showing of The Planets at 7 p.m. in the James H. Lynn Planetarium. 704-866-6908; schielemuseum.org

Ice Age

Chill Out in the Ice Age!, 5-8 p.m. Aug. 13, Museum of York County, 4621 Mt. Gallant Road, Rock Hill. On the second Tuesday evenings during summer months (through September), the exhibits and Museum Store will be open late. Pack a dinner and make a picnic, then at 6 p.m., depart on a tour of the nature trail. If the sky is clear, look at the sun safely through telescopes and learn how our star affects the Earth’ climate. Inside, Dr. Steve Fields will offer answers about the Ice Age. At 8 p.m., watch a Settlemyre Planetarium show. Admission: $5 for adults; $4 for seniors; $3 ages 4-17. Next date is Sept. 10. 803-329-2121; chmuseums.org

Bake bread

Baking Bread, 2 p.m. Aug. 17, The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. Discover the science and art of bread making. From raw ingredients to the finished product, learn about the factors that work to create one of mankind’s most common yet misunderstood foods. At the end of the program, sample bread and get recipes to try at home. Cost: $3 museum members; $3 plus museum admission for non-members. Seating is limited; reservations required. 704-866-6908; schielemuseum.org

Wagon ride

On the Great Wagon Road, 1-5 p.m. Aug. 25, The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. By 1776 there were more than 250,000 settlers in the Carolina Backcountry. The main route of settlement into the area was from Pennsylvania down the Great Wagon Road, from Philadelphia through West Virginia into the Carolinas and on to Georgia. Discover why folks made the journey, how they traveled and what they brought with them. Free for museum members; free with paid general admission for non-members. 704-866-6908; schielemuseum.org

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