Bill Harley show Sept. 21 in Rock Hill

September 15, 2013 

WEDNESDAY

Film fest

“Tying the Knot” and “ManDove” showing, 12:30 and 7 p.m. Sept. 18 respectively, Dina’s Place, Winthrop University, Rock Hill. Part of the Underexposed Film Series. Jim de Sève directs “Tying the Knot,” which digs deeply into the past and present to uncover the meaning of civil marriage in America today. Question-and-answer session with the directors follows. The documentary runs 65 minutes and is not rated. Tickets: $5. 803-328-2787; yorkcountyarts.org

Family health

AARP - Affordable Care Act for Families, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 18, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte. Learn about The Affordable Care Act, how it’s being implemented and how families in North Carolina may be affected. Audience: adults. 704-416-6800; cmlibrary.org/programs

New play

“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” Sept. 18-Oct. 5, Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St., Charlotte. By Alex Timbers with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman. This play tells the story of America’s first political maverick. A.J. beat the British, shafted the Indians and smacked down the Spaniards all in the name of these United States – who cares if he didn’t have permission? For ages 16 and older. Tickets - $24-$31 - on sale Aug. 20; pay what you can Sept. 12, and preview performances Sept. 13-14. 704-342-2251, ext. 21; actorstheatrecharlotte.org

Fun for preschoolers

Preschool Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Lake Wylie Public Library. Story time and activities for ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers. No registration required.

THURSDAY

Bluegrass time

Allison Creek Bluegrass, 7 p.m. Sept. 19, Allison Creek Church, Highway 274, York. Johnny Campbell & The Bluegrass Drifters will be featured. Campbell is a third generation fiddler hailing from Nashville, Tenn. Doors open at 6 p.m. Concessions are available at 6:30 p.m. This is a family-friendly event with no cover charge. allisoncreekbluegrass.com

Carolina Brass

Arts at the Abbey presents Carolina Brass, 8 p.m. Sept. 19, Abbey Basilica, 100 Belmont-Mt. Holly Road, Belmont. From the elegance and grace of classical music to the hard driving sound of a big band, Carolina Brass puts it all together. Free; donations accepted. 704-461-6813; bac.edu

Overeaters group

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

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

SATURDAY

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

Hot dog!

Charlotte Chapter of DeMolay Hot Dog sale, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sept. 21, Setzer Lodge, 4217 Stacy Blvd., Charlotte. DeMolay is a nonprofit organization that shows males ages 12- 21 how to be responsible adults with good moral character, and helps develop social and leadership skills. Hot dog plate: $5, includes fixings, chips and drink. 704-315-3804, 704-280-9921

Garden walk

Horticultural Highlight Walk, 1 p.m. Sept. 21, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Join garden staff on a custom tour of the garden, highlighting what’s in bloom, seasonal gardening tips and behind-the-scenes details. Free with garden admission. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org

Harley concert

Bill Harley concert, 2 p.m. Sept. 21, York County Library, Rock Hill. A prolific author and recording artist, Harley has spent his life working with children and family audiences earning the accolade of “a Garrison Keillor for kids. An author signing will follow the program with Harley’s recordings and books available for purchase, including his newly released children’s book, “Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year.” Recommended for ages 6 to adult. Registration is required. 803-981-5888

SUNDAY

World’s Fairs

“Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851-1939” exhibit , opens Sept. 22, Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte. See about 200 examples of glass, furniture, jewelry, ceramics, precious metalwork and textiles displayed at the world’s fairs between London’s Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations in London in 1851 and New York’s World’s Fair in 1939. On view through Jan. 19. Admission: $10 adults; free to children younger than 18 with paying adult. Cocktail reception is at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21. Tickets cost $200 for non-members, $100 for members, and $50 for Corporate Leadership Circle and Crown Society patrons. Call 704-337-2011 to register.) mintmuseum.org

COMING

Book club

Mystery Book Club, 6:45-7:45 p.m. Sept. 24, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte. The club will be hosted by Christine Tran, a mysteries reviewer for the online publication BookList, discussing “Defending Jacob” by William Landay. Audience: adults. 704-416-6800; cmlibrary.org/programs

Learn at lunch

Heart2Heart Monthly Lunch-n-Learn: “Ablation Therapy and Atrial Fibrillation,” 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 25, City Club of Rock Hill, 140 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Dr. Arun Kundra, on-staff electrophysiologist at Piedmont Medical Center, will discuss innovative technologies to diagnose and treat interruptions and irregularities in heart rhythm. A question-and-answer period will follow. Cost: $15, includes buffet lunch, beverages and tax. Reservations required. 803-524-5671; TheHeart2HeartFoundation.org

Comedy

The Second City, Happily Ever Laughter, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27, The Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Doors open at 7 p.m. Drawing on classic material from The Second City archives as well as scenes ripped from the morning headlines, The Second City’s Happily Ever Laughter is a chance to see comedy stars in the making during an evening of smart, cutting-edge comedy. Arts Council of York County member, $40; nonmember, $45; at the door, $50. 803-328-2787; yorkcountyarts.org

Book sale

Friends of the Library Book Sale, Sept. 27-28, Lake Wylie Public Library. Choose from hardcover fiction, paperbacks and children’s books, priced from 50 cents to $2 each. Sale hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 27 and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 18. yclibrary.org

Photo light

Digital SLR II – Metering, 9:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 28, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by Dave Kelly, DEK Photography, learn how to get the correct quality of light to reach the camera’s sensor. Both incident and reflective light metering will be presented. Class requires a digital SLR camera. Cost: $40 for garden members, $46 for non-members. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org

Collect seeds

Seed Collection Workshop, 10:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 28, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Participants will join the horticulture staff on a guided tour of the perennial gardens to seek out and collect seed from the garden’s best summer performers. A classroom presentation will focus on seed preparation and tips for successful germination. Cost: $20 for garden members, $25 for non-members. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org

Fundraiser fun

Christy’s Courage Foundation fundraiser, 2-6 p.m. Oct. 5, Mac’s Speed Shop, Steele Creek. Christy’s Courage is a nonprofit organization helping children with Esophageal Atresia. 704-609-3756; christyscourage.com

Ren fair

20th annual Carolina Renaissance Festival, weekends 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Oct. 5-Nov. 24, Huntersville, N.C. The Festival’s artisan marketplace mimics 16th century architecture and features 100 merchants, crafters and artists that create, demonstrate and sell handmade wares. Eleven outdoor stages and performance settings offer non-stop theater, comedy, music, dance, magic, circus entertainments and falconry demonstrations. Hundreds of costumed villagers fill the lanes with additional entertainment. The festival’s signature attraction features medieval Knights on horseback jousting three times daily in the queen’s tournament arena. 877-896-5544; RenFestInfo.com

BBQ Championship

Q-City Charlotte BBQ Championship, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Oct. 18-19, uptown Charlotte on Tryon Street, between Trade and Stonewall streets. This is the largest Memphis Barbecue Network sanctioned competition in the Southeast. Vintage Trouble is the music headliner on Saturday and The Soul Rebels headline Friday night. Other performances include Tinsley Ellis and Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights. Registration for barbecue competition teams is open. Previous grand champions include Myron Mixon of Jack’s Old South BBQ, Melissa Cookston of Yazoo’s Delta Q and Mark Lambert of Sweet Swine O’Mine. Free event. charlottebbqfestival.com

Cancer walk

13th annual American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, Oct. 19, NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte. Celebrate breast cancer survivors, learn about reducing risk and finding the disease early, and raise money to help finish the fight against breast cancer. 704-553-5361; MakingStridesWalk.org/CharlotteNC

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