Microsoft Word Basics. 11 a.m. Nov. 13, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road. Create, edit and save a document in Microsoft Word. Designed for adults with some computer experience but little or no previous word processing experience. 704-416-6800
Microsoft Word, Part II, 2 p.m. Nov. 13, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road. This class is a follow up to the Microsoft Word Basics class. Adults learn about paragraph formatting, headers and footers, and other more advanced topics will be explored. Prior Word experience is required. 704-416-6800
Preschool Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Lake Wylie Public Library. For ages 3-5 and their caregivers. No registration required.
Southern Christmas Show, Nov. 14-24, The Park Expo and Conference Center, 2500 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte. Tickets: $10 at the door, $3 for children ages 6-12; ages 6 and younger free with paying adult. Advance tickets $9 for adults; available online at SouthernChristmasShow.com.
Underexposed Film Festival YC, Nov. 14-16, Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill. With 39 films entered into competition, and 17 invitational films, the films will be shown in seven, two-hour blocks in the three days. The festival opens at 7 p.m. Nov 14 with the first block. Two blocks will be shown Nov. 15 — one in late afternoon dedicated to documentaries – and the second block at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 brings the final four blocks of films to the festival with an awards ceremony after where the top films, the best female filmmaker, and the best student film will be announced. A VIP party will be in the Courtroom at the Gettys Art Center, 201 E. Main St., after the awards ceremony. Tickets start at $6 per block. Festival passes, VIP party tickets and more information, including the complete schedule will be available at yorkcountyarts.org. 803-328-2787
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.
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
“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
Charlotte Jazz Orchestra, 8 p.m. Nov. 19, Clover School District Auditorium, 1625 Hwy. 55 E., Clover. The Charlotte Jazz Orchestra performs regularly in the community at festivals, public events and in concerts throughout the year. Admission is free; for ticket info call 803-222-8018.
“The First Carolinians: The Life & Times of the First Cultures in the Palmetto State” exhibit opening event, 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 19, Fort Mill History Museum, 310 N. White St. Featured speakers include Dr. Charles R. Cobb of University of South Carolina, Dr. Stephen Davis of UNC-Chapel Hill and Brett Riggs, also of UNC-Chapel Hill. The exhibit is open Nov. 20-March 1. Call 803-802-3646; fortmillhistorymuseum.org
Holidays at the Garden, opens Nov. 22 through Dec. 31, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. The garden glows with half a million LED lights in the lighting display, plus see festive fun in the Visitor Center and Orchid Conservatory, along with servings of hot drinks and treats offered nightly from Belmont’s Caravan Coffee. On Four Season’s lawn, guests can enjoy live entertainment Thursday through Sunday featuring a cappella groups like Queen City Groove, gospel groups like Lake Norman Baptist Church, jazz ensembles, hand bell choirs and more. Holiday events also scheduled: Admission: $12 for adults, $11 for seniors 60 and older , and $6 children 4-12. The garden opens at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day and is closed Christmas Day. DSBG.org
Tablet Petting Zoo, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 22, Lake Wylie Public Library. Learn the basics about tablets, such as iPads, Kindles, Nexus and Nooks, including the advantages and limitations of each model owned by the library, as well as which library resources can be used on each device. Call 803-831-7774 to register.
Mystery Book Club, 6:35 p.m. Nov. 26, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road. Hosted by Christine Tran, a mysteries reviewer for the online publication BookList. Discussing “Mallory’s Oracle” by Carol O’Connell. Titles chosen by the group will be discussed on the last Tuesday of each month. Audience: adults. 704-416-6800
Peripheral Neuropathy workshop, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Infinite Wellness, 1698 S.C. 160 W., Fort Mill. Presented by Richard Schaffer Jr., MD. Free; seating is limited. 803-547-4343
Charlotte’s JazzArts Initiative holiday show, “The Music of Vince Guaraldi,” 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 10, Blumenthal Booth Playhouse at Founders Hall, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. Includes a catered reception and silent auction 5:30-6:30 p.m. Guaraldi is best known for his score to Charlie Brown/Peanuts TV specials and movies including “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown.” Five of Charlotte’s top jazz pianists – Chad Lawson, Mark Stallings, Lovell Bradford, Bill Hanna and Charles Craig – along with an ensemble of regional musicians and vocalists, will be playing the music of the legendary composer and other holiday classics. Tickets: $20 in advance. VIP tickets: $50, include artist meet and greet with complimentary beverages. 704-372-1000; carolinatix.org