Computer Basics, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 9, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte. Adults 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. 704-416-6800
Internet Basics, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 9, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte. Adults 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. 704-416-6800
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.
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
Lake Wylie Bowl n’ Bounce ladies’ night, 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 until 1 a.m. Ladies bowl free. Details, contact the center, 803-831-2553.
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
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
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
Rock Hill Army National Guard Car and Truck Show, 8:30 a.m. Oct. 12, 126 Museum Road, Rock Hill. Sponsored by Rock Hill Cruisers. Awards presented at 2:30 p.m. All car clubs welcome. Registration: $20, benefits 178th Engineering Battalion Family Readiness Group. The event includes military displays, vendors and a barbecue lunch, hot dogs, hamburgers, fries and soft drinks provided by Temple Baptist Church.
20th annual Carolina Renaissance Festival, weekends 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. through 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
“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. Admission: $10 adults; free to children younger than 18 with paying adult. 704-337-2011; mintmuseum.org
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 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
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
“Ceramics: Reassessing Tradition” exhibit reception, 6 p.m. Oct. 17, Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Features four artists – Peter Rose, Ron Philbeck, Daniel Johnston, and Bob Hasselle – runs through Nov. 3. Reception is free and open to the public. 803-328-2787; yorkcountyarts.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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Carolina Pro Musica: The Court of Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II, 8 p.m. Oct. 28, Abbey Basilica. 100 Belmont-Mt. Holly Road, Belmont. The Viennese court of Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II (r. 1619-37) was the center of a rich music culture. The Hapsburgs looked to Italy for their composers and performers. Works from the imperial court were the earliest to incorporate Italian innovations of dramatic and melodic inventiveness. Admission is free; donations accepted. 704-461-6813; bac.edu
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
Pianist Emile Pandolfi, Oct. 29, Clover School District Auditorium. Arrangements of time-honored standards and Broadway hits seasoned with classical favorites and new gems. Along with Pandolfi will be guest vocalist Dana Russell. 803-222-8018; clover2.k12.sc.us/csda
Peripheral Neuropathy workshop, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays - Nov. 12 and Dec. 10, Infinite Wellness, 1698 S.C. 160 W., Fort Mill. Presented by Richard Schaffer Jr., MD. Free; seating is limited. 803-547-4343
“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