Time to mulch
Learn about mulching, 11 a.m. Nov. 1, Learning Center, 835 Edgemont Ave., Rock Hill. Now is a good time to mulch plants. Learn about various types of mulch and pick up tips on proper mulching at this First Friday in the Garden event. Clemson Extension Agent Paul Thompson will present the free educational program.
Photos up close
Digital SLR V – Macro and Close-Up Photography, 9:30 a.m.-noon Nov. 2, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by Dave Kelly, DEK Photography, learn about macro and close up photography. Class requires a digital SLR camera. Cost: $40 for garden members, $46 for non-members. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org
“Ceramics: Reassessing Tradition” exhibit, through Nov. 3, 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. 803-328-2787; yorkcountyarts.org
Shag classes, 7:30 p.m. Mondays beginning Nov. 4, St. John's United Methodist Church, 321 S. Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. Tommy and Gail Davis will start with the basic step and progress through commonly danced steps. All ages and skill levels invited. Cost: $20 per person. 803-980-4000; firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Laughing Planet Jewelry to be First Tuesday Topic, noon-1 p.m. Nov. 5, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont, N.C. Melia Lyerly, the jewelry artist of Laughing Planet Jewelry, has been creating original works of jewelry art for more than a decade, working in a variety of mixed metals to create uniquely distinctive and highly individual pieces. She’s one of the artists who supplies The Garden Store with locally produced, hand-made products that comprise nearly half of all merchandise in the store. Free with garden admission: members is free; 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
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
Birding Walk, 9-10 a.m. Nov. 12, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by volunteers Gail Ice and Ann Mozingo, stroll through the gardens, Meadowood Walk and Persimmon Trail to scout for seasonal birds, and observe nesting patterns and establish a basis for bird counts. Free with garden admission. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org
Horticultural Highlight Walk, 1 p.m. Nov. 16, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 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
Bid on trees
Symphony Guild of Charlotte’s third annual Festival of Trees holiday fundraiser, Nov. 16-Dec. 8, with the new Breakfast at Nordstrom – A Holiday Children’s Fashion Show at SouthPark Mall on Nov 16. Festival of Trees is a real-time and online silent auction of tabletop artificial trees decorated by renowned interior, floral and landscape designers, businesses, retailers, nonprofits and community organizations. As a prelude to the debut of the trees, the fashion show, featuring styles for women and children, will be held at 8:30 a.m. in the children’s department of Nordstrom. The 13 trees will be on display for bidding in the luxury wing of SouthPark Mall outside of Nordstrom. The trees will relocate to Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Dec. 5-8, and be on display for bidding before and during the Charlotte Symphony Pops Series performances of “Magic of Christmas.” Bidders also can vie for the trees online at symphonyguildcharlotte.org/FOT.htm. Visit the website for fashion show tickets: $25 for adults, $15 for children 12 and younger, and $40 for VIP seating. Proceeds from both events benefit the Charlotte Symphony, Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras and youth music education. Peppermint Forest Christmas Shop is donating the pre-lit, 3-foot-tall trees.
“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