Monkey Mania going on Aug. 10 in Gastonia

August 5, 2013 

THURSDAY

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

SATURDAY

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

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. 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

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

Book club

Steele Creek Readers Book Club, 10:30 a.m.-noon Aug. 13, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road. Staff member will lead a discussion of “Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker” by Jennifer Chiaverini. For adults. 704-416-6800; cmlibrary.org/programs

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

Concert in Park

Summer Concert in the Park series, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 13, Fewell Park, Alexander Road, Rock Hill. Local musician Chad Watson plays. Bring a picnic and blanket or lawn chair. 803-329-5645; rockhillrocks.com

Word basics

Microsoft Word Basics, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Aug. 14, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road. Create, edit and save a document in Microsoft Word. Designed for adults with some computer experience, but little or no previous word processing experience. Audience: Adults, seniors. 704-416-6800; cmlibrary.org/programs

Word II

Microsoft Word, Part II, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Aug. 14, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road. This class is a follow up to the Word Basics class. After a review, paragraph formatting, headers and footers, and other more advanced topics will be explored. Prior Word experience is required. Audience: Adults, seniors. 704-416-6800; cmlibrary.org/programs

Choral auditions

The York County Choral Society auditions, 6-9 p.m. Aug. 15 and 5:30-6:45 p.m. Aug. 22, choir room at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1300 India Hook Road, Rock Hill. Rehearsals will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church 7-9:30 p.m. beginning Aug. 22. The fall concert will be Dec. 8 in Byrnes Auditorium at Winthrop University. 803-323-2250, 704-591-5147; yorkcountychoralsociety.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

Mystery club

Mystery Book Club, 6:45-7:45 p.m. Aug. 27, 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. Book: “The Intercept” by Dick Wolf. Titles chosen by the group will be discussed on the last Tuesday of each month until November. Audience: Adults, seniors. 704-416-6800; cmlibrary.org/programs

Excel basics

Microsoft Excel Basics, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Aug. 28, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road. Create a simple worksheet using Microsoft Excel. Participants must be comfortable with working in the Windows environment. Basic knowledge of Microsoft Word is helpful. Audience: Adults, seniors. 704-416-6800; cmlibrary.org/programs

Excel II

Microsoft Excel, Part II, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Aug. 28, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road. This class is a follow up to the Excel Basics class. After a review, formulas, functions, modifying a spreadsheet, and charts and graphs will be explored. Prior Excel experience is required. Audience: Adults, Seniors. 704-416-6800; cmlibrary.org/programs

Memorial concert

Dave Fugman Memorial Concert, 2-10 p.m. Sept. 7, The Trap bar and grill, 1923 Westinghouse Road, Charlotte. Proceeds from the concert benefit the American Diabetes Association in Charlotte. Concert organizer is John Haldenwang of Tega Cay, who played with the late Dave Fugman, who died from diabetes complications. The featured live bands include Skinny Velvet, Traffic Jam, Nsane Jane, HaldenVang, Alien Radio, Raisin Cain and Red Dirt Revelators. Admission: $10 per person, $15 per couple. 803-951-837-0008; 704-910-5640

Benefit concert

RideAbility Therapeutic Riding Center’s Scholarship Benefit Concert, 7 p.m. Sept. 21, Clover School District Auditorium, 1625 S.C. 55 E., Clover. Nashville recording artist Templeton Thompson headlines with Clover’s “American Idol” Ja’Bria Barber opening. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 day of. All proceeds provide therapeutic horseback riding services to special-needs children. 803-222-6008; rideability.com

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