Learn about York County’s growing wild hog population Oct. 4 in Rock Hill

September 29, 2013 

THURSDAY

Wine & Shoes

Wine Women & Shoes, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 3, Charlotte City Club, 121 W. Trade St., Charlotte. About 350 wine-savvy, shoe-loving women will kick up their heels for a cause as they gather to sip wines from some of the country’s top winemakers, savor tasty bites, shop the latest trends in the high-end boutique marketplace, and swoon over the charming “Shoe Guys” serving up the season’s must-haves on silver platters. Guests will be able to participate in a Key to the Closet raffle with a chance to win a closet full of gift certificates, jewelry, clothes and more valued at more than $6,000. A silent and live auction also will be held, plus a runway fashion show. Proceeds benefit Second Harvest Food Bank Childhood Hunger programs. winewomenandshoes.com/charlotte

Bluegrass in York

Allison Creek Bluegrass, 7 p.m. Oct. 3, Allison Creek Church, S.C. 274, York. Jim Garrett and the Popcorn Sippers perform. Garrett has been performing music for more than 50 years. He has a diverse background by playing in various country, rock, hard rock and bluegrass bands, as well as studio work. He is an accomplished musician as he plays lead and acoustic guitar, lead and backup vocals. Doors open at 6 p.m. Concessions available at 6:30 p.m. Family-friendly, free event. allisoncreekbluegrass.com

FRIDAY

Wild hogs

Wild Hogs, 11 a.m. Oct. 4, Learning Center, 835 Edgemont Ave., Rock Hill. Corey Heaton, Clemson Extension wildlife and natural resources agent for York, Chester and Lancaster counties, will discuss how homeowners can cope with a growing population of feral hogs and other nuisance wildlife in York County at the next First Friday program. Free.

AARP talk

AARP Coffee & Conversation: Livable Communities, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 4, Steele Creek Branch, 13620 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte. Learn about livable communities and share your thoughts on making the Queen City a city for all ages. Audience: seniors, adults. 704-416-6800

SATURDAY

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

ONGOING

New play

“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

World’s Fairs

“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 1851 and New York’s World’s Fair in 1939. Admission: $10 adults; free to children younger than 18 with paying adult. 704-337-2011; mintmuseum.org

COMING

Bird walk

Birding Walk, 9-10 a.m. Oct. 8, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Stroll through the gardens, Meadowood Walk and Persimmon Trail to scout for seasonal birds with volunteers Gail Ice and Ann Mozingo. Free with garden admission. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org

Book club

Steele Creek Readers Book Club, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 8, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte. Discuss “The Bird Sisters” by Rebecca Rasmussen. Audience: adults. 704-416-6800

Computer class

Computer Basics, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 9, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte. 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. Audience: adults. 704-416-6800

Web basics

Internet Basics, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 9, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte. Learn how to access, navigate and print from a website. Get basic techniques for web searching and Internet safety. Experience with a computer mouse and keyboard is needed, but prior knowledge of the Internet is not. Audience: adults. 704-416-6800

‘Sandyland’

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

Meet author

Meet author Nancy Hertz, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 12, Lake Wylie Public Library, 185 Blucher Circle. The Mount Holly author will be signing her recently released book, “Broken Stone: A Real Fairy’s Tale,” an adult/young adult fiction book inspired by a girl’s broken headstone found in a Charlotte cemetery. The book also inspired a CD of original music performed, written and produced by her husband, Chris Hertz. 803-831-7774

Photo comp

Digital SLR III – Composition, 9:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 12, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by Dave Kelly, DEK Photography, use elements of composition to direct the eye of the viewer to the image you want them to see. Learn composition skills needed to create balance and harmony. Digital SLR camera required. Cost: $40 for garden members, $46 for nonmembers. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org

Compost time

Eco-Friendly Gardening: Basic Composting, 2 p.m. Oct. 12, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte. The Wipe-Out-Waste division of Mecklenburg County’s Solid Waste Management department will explain the hows and whys of home composting, proper soil, preparation and management. Audience: adults, children 12-18. 704-416-6800

Prevent foreclosure

NC Foreclosure Prevention, 6 p.m. Oct. 15, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte. Free information session by NC Foreclosure Prevention Fund. Audience: adults. 704-416-6800

Meet Barefoot

Meet the Author: Daniel W. Barefoot, 6 p.m. Oct. 16, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte. Celebrate reading and meet Daniel W. Barefoot, North Carolina author and historian, former attorney and legislator, and magician. His presentation will include a little magic and readings from “Let Us Die Like Brave Men” and from some of his ghost stories. Audience: adults, children ages 12-18. 704-416-6800

Library fun

A Magic Tree House Expedition!, 4-5 p.m. Oct. 17, Lake Wylie Public Library. Travel through time with Jack and Annie to explore the magical world with activities, games and crafts. For ages 7-10. Registration required; limited to 16. 803-831-7774

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

Storyteller

Seven! World Folk Tales by Storyteller Tim Lowry,11 a.m. Oct. 19 , Lake Wylie Public Library. A fun and interactive tale-telling program with kazoos, sound effects and audience participation. Visit storytellertimlowry.com. For ages 4 and older. No registration required.

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

Garden walk

Horticultural Highlight Walk, 1 p.m. Oct. 19, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Join the horticulture 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

Spooktacular

Monster Mash, 5-6:30 p.m. Oct. 22, Lake Wylie Public Library. Filled with bone-chilling games, creepy crafts and eerie refreshments, prizes awarded for costumes. For sixth- to 12th-graders. Registration required; limited to 25. 803-831-7774

Photo light

Digital SLR IV – Available Light Portraiture, 9:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 26, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by Dave Kelly, DEK Photography. This course will discuss classic portrait poses and lighting techniques using available light. The course also includes a lecture and in the field portrait photography. Digital SLR camera with a flash or optional flash preferred. Cost: $40 for garden members, $46 for nonmembers. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org

Paper crafts

Papercrafting, 1-3 p.m. Oct. 27, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by artist Suzanne Patz. Use rubber stamps, gift cards and other elements to create autumn-inspired pieces. Cost: $18 for garden members, $22 for nonmembers, plus $5 materials fee. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org

Mystery books

Mystery Book Club, 6:45 p.m. Oct. 29, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte. Discussion of “Choke Point” by Ridley Pearson. Audience: adults. 704-416-6800

‘Catching Fire’

“Catching Fire” movie release party, 5-6:30 p.m. Nov. 19, Lake Wylie Public Library. Enjoy food and activities inspired by the book and film, “Catching Fire.” For grades 6-12. Registration required; limited to 25. 803-831-7774

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