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
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.
Bradlee Dean appearance, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Gaston County Public Library Auditorium, 1555 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. Dean is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host, syndicated columnist and founder of You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International, a ministry reaching young adults on college and high school campuses.
“Freedom to Death Row: The Story of Civil Rights Activist Joan Trumpauer Mulholland,” 7 p.m. Sept. 26, Tillman Auditorium, Winthrop University, Rock Hill. Freedom Rider Joan Trumpauer Mulholland came face to face with the Ku Klux Klan, met the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and spent months in prison fighting for civil rights. 803-323-4503
Overeaters Anonymous, 7-8 p.m. Thursdays, Lake Wylie Christian Assembly Church, 5766 Charlotte Hwy. 704-466-2660
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
Music in Lake Wylie
Nighttrain concert, 9-11 p.m. Sept. 27, Lake Wylie Bowl N’ Bounce, Lake Wylie. Nighttrain is a national Guns N’ Roses tribute band. Cost: $10 cover if not bowling; $20 for two hours bowling and shoes. Reservations recommended. 803-831-2553
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
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
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
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
“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” through 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. 704-342-2251, ext. 21; actorstheatrecharlotte.org
“Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851-1939” exhibit through Jan. 19, 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
Superior Plants for Southern Gardens, noon-1 p.m. Oct. 1, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Mark Maher of Flowerwood Nursery, a horticulture expert with 30 years of experience, will discuss the latest trends in plants for Southern gardens during the upcoming First Tuesday Presentation. Free with garden admission: adults, $12; seniors 60 and older, $10; and children 4-12, $6. Guests are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. 704-825-4490; DSBG.org
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
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
Tomas Kubinek, Oct. 8, Clover School District Auditorium. A comic genius, virtuoso vaudevillian.
Sandra Bernhard live show “Sandyland,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10, McGlohon Theater, 45 North College St., Charlotte. Bernhard’s in-your-face performance combines her comedic insight, outspoken views and outrageous mouth, along with her band, The Flawless Zircons. Tickets: $34.50 and $44.50. blumenthalarts.org
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
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