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 Anonymous, 7-8 p.m. Thursdays, Lake Wylie Christian Assembly Church, 5766 Charlotte Hwy. 704-466-2660
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
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.
“Brave” is the free Movies in the Park after Dark, 8:30 p.m. July 19, New Centre Park, Clover. Pre-show children’s activities and concession open at 7 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket. Movies are rated PG and will be shown on a 40-foot screen. Pets, tobacco and coolers prohibited. Donations to God’s Kitchen, Moped to Memphis and Clover Area Assistance Center accepted. Next up: July 26, “Rock IV,” and Aug. 2, “Oz the Great and Powerful.” cloversc.org
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 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
The Friends of the York County Library book sale, July 25-27, First ARP Church gymnasium, 201 E. White St., Rock Hill. Thousands of books for adults and children will be priced at $2 per inch, measuring the height of the book stack. Videos, DVDs and audio books also for sale. Opening night for Friends members 5-8 p.m. July 25; memberships sold at the door. The sale will be open to the public a.m.-7 p.m. July 26 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 27. All items will be half price on July 27. Book sale proceeds are used to fund York County Library programs. 803-981-5837; yclibrary.org
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.
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
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 nonmembers. 704-866-6908; schielemuseum.org
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 nonmembers. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org
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 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, 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
“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.
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 nonmembers. 704-866-6908; schielemuseum.org
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 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 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
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
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
Marti Jones and Don Dixon perform, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17, Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Jones started as the front-woman in the power-pop group Color Me Gone in the ’80s. She produced her first solo record with her now husband Don Dixon, who has worked with R.E.M, The Smithereens, Hootie & the Blowfish, Joe Cocker and more. Tickets: 415. 803-328-2787; yorkcountyarts.org
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 nonmembers. 704-866-6908; schielemuseum.org