California Dreaming Feb. 7 in Clover

February 2, 2014 


Story time

Preschool Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Lake Wylie Public Library. For 3- to 5-year-olds and their caregivers. No registration required.


Trio concert

Poinsett Piano Trio in concert, 8 p.m. Feb. 6, Arts at the Abbey, Belmont. Program includes “Fauré: Trio,” “Op. 120” and “Brahms: Trio in B major, Op. 8.” Founded in 2008, the trio consists of pianist David Gross, violinist Deirdre Hutton and cellist Christopher Hutton. Admission is free. Donations accepted.


Allison Creek Bluegrass, 7 p.m. Feb. 6, Allison Creek Presbyterian Church, Highway 274, York. Bullet Creek and the Cowboy Church Band perform. Family-friendly event held the first and third Thursday of every month. Doors open at 6 p.m. with food concessions available at 6:30 p.m.

Female leader

Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz at Winthrop, 11. am. Feb. 6., Dina’s Place in the DiGiorgio Campus Center, Rock Hill. The first woman to lead a U.S. military academy, Stosz will discuss her career in the Coast Guard and also women in leadership in the military The free event is open to the public. Stosz became the 40th superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., in 2011. She was formerly the director of reserve and leadership at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C., where she developed policies to recruit, train and support more than 8,000 Coast Guard reservists. Her personal awards include three Legion of Merit medals, four Meritorious Service medals, two Coast Guard Commendation medals and two Coast Guard Achievement medals. She also served tours of duty as chief of officer assignments, program reviewer and acquisition funds coordinator for major systems acquisitions; military and executive assistant for the Secretary of Transportation; commanding officer of the Coast Guard’s recruit training center; and director of the Coast Guard Enterprise Strategic Management and Doctrine. She has a bachelor’s degree in government from the Coast Guard, a master of business administration from Northwestern University, an executive fellowship in national security through the MIT Seminar XXI program and a master of national security strategy from the National War College. 803-323-2209


MS support

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meeting, 10 a.m. Feb. 8, The Cabin at Cathy Penson’s, 4474 Island Forks Road, Lake Wylie. Amber Ward, occupational therapy coordinator for the Department of Neurology at the MS Center on Edgehill Road in Charlotte, will discuss procedures to aid MS patients. To attend: 704-607-4950

Guided tours

By Way of the Back Door: The Enslaved at Brattonsville, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays in February, Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells. Guided tours focus on three generations of slavery from 1780-1865, along with ongoing activities throughout the day. Tours will include stops at Colonel Bratton’s house, the slave cabins, the Brick Kitchen and the Homestead. Interpreters will tell the story about Watt and lead visitors to the slave cemetery to ponder upon his marble tombstone, a rare tribute for a slave, erected by the Brattons in honor of his patriotic services in the Battle of Huck’s Defeat. Admission: adults, $6; seniors, $5; youth ages 4-17, $3. 803-684-2327;

California dreaming

California Dreaming, 8 p.m. Feb. 7, Clover School District Auditorium, 1625 Hwy. 55 E., Clover. A dance tribute to an era that introduced the world to the good vibrations of love, peace and summertime fun. There was a brief magical moment in the mid-’60s when American youth migrated to California by the millions and transformed pop culture forever. Well-groomed folk musicians grew out their hair, plugged in Fenders and Rickenbackers, and the radio sizzled with the tight harmonies and dreamy lyrics that stitched Malibu, Greenwich Village and Haight-Ashbury together in an explosion of music that was danceable, singable and oh, so romantic. Tickets: $15. 803-222-8018;


Photo comp

Digital SLR III – Composition, 1-3:30 p.m. Feb. 9, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by Dave Kelly, DEK Photography, use the elements of composition to direct the eye of the viewer to elements of the image. This class requires a digital SLR camera. Cost: $40 for garden members,$46 for nonmembers. 704-829-1252;


Learn Spanish

Conversational Spanish For English Speakers, 6 p.m. Mondays, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road. Forget high school Spanish class. No verbs will be conjugated here. This class will help you learn everyday Spanish. To register: 704-416-6800;



Third annual Playfest , through Feb. 9, The Warehouse of Performing Arts Center, Cornelius, N.C. Includes Lake Wylie Playwright Carol Butler’s “Catch and Release.”

On display

“Silhouettes” by Tim Matthews exhibit, Feb. 4-27. City Hall Rotunda Gallery, 121 Johnston Ave., Rock Hill. An exhibit focused on the thoughtful play of color, texture, contrast, light and shadow. Matthews paints primarily in acrylics, but also works in watercolor, pen and ink, pencil and colored pencil, with subjects that range from seascapes to still life and portraiture. The works featured in Silhouettes are an exercise in stretching the artist’s imagination. Not all are representational works; many are abstractions, sketches created with paint. 803-328-2878;;

Flights’ exhibit

Tony DiGiorgio’s “Travels and Flights of Fancy” exhibit, through Feb. 16, Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill. DiGiorgio’s artistic approach creates striking imagery that provides viewers with an introduction to the possibilities of photography in the digital age. Showing concurrently to DiGiorgio’s work in the Dalton Gallery are works by Dana Shelby in the Perimeter Gallery, and Matt Horick and Caleb Sauls in the Edmund Lewandowski Classroom Gallery. 803-328-2787;

First cultures

“The First Carolinians: The Life & Times of the First Cultures in the Palmetto State,” through March 1, Fort Mill History Museum, 310 N. White St., Fort Mill. 803-802-3646,

Art and Orchids

Arts and Orchids exhibit, through March 23, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. The garden has paired thousands of its orchids with the works by North Carolina artist Rick Lazes. “The World is Bending” is made up of large shapes made of wood or metal, that Lazes says make a social statement about the changes and challenges that people around the world are encountering during the early part of the 21st century. “Liquid Art” showcases colorful acrylic sculptures melted into obscure shapes. These pieces are painted with incredible detail. The pieces will be available for purchase. Orchid arrangements will complement the art. The garden will offer classes on how to grow and care for orchids at home from 1-3 p.m. March 1. Workshop costs $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers, plus a $25 materials fee. Photographing Orchids will be held 9:30 a.m.-noon Feb. 16 with instructor Dave Kelly. The exhibits are free with garden admission $12 adults, $11 seniors 60 and older, and $6 children 4-12. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. 704-825-4490;

Photo exhibition

“Bearing Witness: The New York Photo League and Sonia Handelman Meyer,” through June 29, Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. Made up of about 100 photographs from photo league members.


Go birding

Birding Walk, 9-10 a.m. Feb. 11, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Stroll through the garden with staff to scout for seasonal birds – observe nesting patterns and establish a basis for bird counts. Free with garden admission. 704-829-1252;

Garden walk

Horticultural Highlight Walk, 1 p.m. Feb. 15, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Join staff on a custom tour of the garden. Free with garden admission. 704-829-1252;

Pro Musica

Carolina Pro Musica presents The French Court of Catherine de Medici, 8 p.m. Feb. 25, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 1510 E. Seventh St., Charlotte. Catherine, who married Henri II King of France, was inclined to express her creativity through festivals. She was known to enjoy dancing and showcased dance-dramas, an early form of ballet. Vocal music, often part of these productions, consisted of one or two voice accompanied chanson or multi-voiced arrangements. Tickets: $7.50-15.00.

Close photos

Digital SLR IV – Macro and Close-up Photography, 9:30 a.m.-noon Feb. 22, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. One of our most advanced offerings, macro and close-up photography presents the photographer with some unique challenges. Requires a digital SLR camera. Cost: $40 for garden members, $46 for nonmembers. 704-829-1252;

Garden symposium

Ninth annual Joy of Gardening Symposium, March 1, Baxter Hood Center, York Technical College, Rock Hill. Seven experts – Joe Lamp’l, Barry Glick, Cory Tanner, Stephanie Turner, Keven Shanks, Paul Thompson and Rolf Mischker – will talk about “Five Biggest Mistakes in Our Gardens and How to Fix Them” to “Organic Pest Management.” Nearly 20 vendors will offer plants, gardening books, pottery, jewelry and other items during the event. Registration opens at 8 a.m. Cost: $50 fee includes lunch and drawings for door prizes. Registration deadline: Feb. 21. 704-443-1366;

Women’s conference

“Change Begins with Me” conference in support of Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 8, The Well-Agape International Ministries, 135 S. Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. The Catawba Care event is free and participants will be provided with free breakfast, lunch, tote bags, T-shirts and gas cards. The conference will provide women with an opportunity to increase their awareness of women’s issues including HIV/AIDS and provide networking opportunity. Advance registration: Day-of registration available. 803-909-6363

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