Meet author Jean Houghton-Beatty July 31 at Steele Creek Library

July 27, 2013 

WEDNESDAY

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

THURSDAY

Bluegrass in York

Allison Creek Bluegrass, 7-9 p.m. Aug. 1, Allison Creek Presbyterian Church, York. Most Wanted Bluegrass from Tennessee performing. Doors open at 6 p.m. with concessions available at 6:30 p.m. allisoncreekbluegrass.com

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

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; 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.

Garlic sale

Master Gardeners of York County Garlic Sale, noon-2 p.m. Aug. 2, Learning Center, Glencairn Garden, 835 Edgemont Ave., Rock Hill. Sale follows the monthly First Friday in the Garden, also at the Learning Center. At least six types of gourmet garlic, including new varieties, will be available for purchase. The bulbs, which are fresh-picked and grown without chemical sprays, are suitable for cooking or replanting. Both mild and pungent types will be offered, some of which will store for nine months or longer. 803-222-9321; garlic@yorkmg.org

SATURDAY

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 nonmembers. 704-866-6908; schielemuseum.org

Hummingbirds

Wild Wings!, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 3, 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

ONGOING

Mystery books

Mystery Book Club, 7-8 p.m. last Tuesday of the month through November, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road. Mystery titles, chosen by the group, will be discussed. For adults. 704-416-6800; cmlibrary.org/programs

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.

COMING

Summer Sod

First Tuesday Presentation: Sustainable Summer Sod, noon-1 p.m. Aug. 6, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Tom Fox of John Deere Landscapes and J.P. Hayes from Buy Sod will share tips on selecting the right sod and maintaining the lawn throughout the year, especially in the warm summer months Free with garden admission: adults, $12; seniors 60 and older, $10; and children 4-12, $6. Bring a bag lunch. 704-825-4490; 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

Hummingbirds

Photographing Hummingbirds, 9:30 a.m.-noon Aug. 10, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by Dave Kelly, DEK Photography. Learn techniques that will improve your ability to capture these small, fast-moving birds through your camera lens. Digital SLR camera required. Cost: $40 for garden members, $46 for nonmembers. 704-829-1252; DSBG.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

Bird walk

Birding Walk, 9-10 a.m. Aug. 13, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by volunteer Karen Gibson. Stroll through the gardens, Meadowood Walk and Persimmon Trail to scout for seasonal birds – observe nesting patterns and establish a basis for bird counts. Free with garden admission. 704-829-1252; DSBG.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

On stage

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. Jones 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

Garden stroll

Horticultural Highlight Walk, 1 p.m. Aug. 17, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Garden staff will highlight what’s in bloom, seasonally relevant gardening tips and behind-the-scenes details. Free with garden admission. 704-829-1252; DSBG.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 nonmembers. 704-866-6908; schielemuseum.org

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