Fun for preschoolers
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.
Overeaters Anonymous, 7-8 p.m. Thursdays, Lake Wylie Christian Assembly Church, 5766 Charlotte Hwy. 704-466-2660
Junior Shag Lessons, 5:45-7 p.m. Thursdays, Lynn’s Dance Club, 4819 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. Free lessons are for ages 8 to 20; no partner required. More boys needed. Instructors are Bill Bateman and Fran Taylor, members of Charlotte Shag Club Junior Shag committee. 704-784-2758
Music at Wylie
DeCarlo performs, 9-10:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Lake Wylie Bowl N’ Bounce, Lakeside West, Lake Wylie. The band is fronted by current Boston lead singer Tommy DeCarlo, and will perform a collection of Boston hits along with songs by Foreigner and .38 Special. Cost: $5 cover charge; $80 per lane for up to five people for two hours of bowling and shoes. Reservations recommended. 803-831-2553; lwbnb.com
Music on Main
Main Street Live!, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 13, East Main Street, Rock Hill, hosted by York County Regional Chamber and presented by Williams and Fudge. The band The Weekends opens at 6 p.m. playing country, beach, blues, R&B, Motown and classic rock. There will be a children’s zone.
AARP - Affordable Care Act for Older Adults, 2:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte. Learn about The Affordable Care Act and what’s changing with Medicare, prescription drugs, long term care and other services important to older North Carolinians. Audience: seniors, adults. 704-416-6800; cmlibrary.org/programs/
Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13, McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, Charlotte. Past nights have featured instrumentalists, singers, dancers, storytellers, poets, jugglers and magicians. Performance content is family friendly. Free.
“By the Sweat of Our Brows,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 14, Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells. Experience the African-American journey centering on the lives of African-Americans who lived in the Brattonsville community in the 1800s. Records indicate that in 1843, the Bratton plantation was home to 139 enslaved men, women and children. More than 150 years later, their descendants have come together to help Historic Brattonsville honor and celebrate their ancestors’ legacies. Meet nationally recognized historian Joseph McGill Jr., a field officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, at 12:45 p.m. McGill travels throughout 12 states conducting the Slave Dwelling Project, where he finds extant slave dwellings and spends a night, blogging at lowcountryafricana.com. On Sept. 13, he will sleep in one of the slave cabins at Historic Brattonsville. There also will be theatrical performances, craft and food vendors, music and bus tours. Cost: adults, $6; seniors, $5; youth ages 4-17, $3; ages 3 and younger, free. 803-329-2121; chmuseums.org
Meet the children’s author, 3 p.m. Sept. 15, Main Street Children’s Museum, Rock Hill. Author Tameka Fryer Brown will be on hand. The new OWL (Our Wee Literature) Book Club is held once a month for families with children of beginning and early readers interested in sharing stories at home and learning about the author or illustrator. 803-909-7218; chmuseums.org
Back to School practice the “3 R’s,” 5-6:30 p.m. Sept. 17, Lake Wylie Public Library. For sixth to 12th graders practice reading, running and redecorating with games, crafts and food. registration required. 803-831-7774; yclibrary.org
“Tying the Knot” and “ManDove” showing, 12:30 and 7 p.m. Sept. 18 respectively, Dina’s Place, Winthrop University, Rock Hill. Part of the Underexposed Film Series. Jim de Sève directs “Tying the Knot,” which digs deeply into the past and present to uncover the meaning of civil marriage in America today. From award-winning documentary filmmakers Jim de Sève and Kian Tjong “Man Dove” unusual film leaves the interpretive narrative at home as it blends ethnographic filmmaking and reflexive documentary form into a unique cultural adventure. Question-and-answer session with the directors follows. The documentary runs 65 minutes and is not rated. Tickets: $5. 803-328-2787; yorkcountyarts.org
AARP - Affordable Care Act for Families, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 18, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte. Learn about The Affordable Care Act, how it’s being implemented and how families in North Carolina may be affected. Audience: adults. 704-416-6800; cmlibrary.org/programs
“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” Sept. 18-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 - on sale Aug. 20; pay what you can Sept. 12, and preview performances Sept. 13-14. 704-342-2251, ext. 21; actorstheatrecharlotte.org
Arts at the Abbey presents Carolina Brass, 8 p.m. Sept. 19, Abbey Basilica, 100 Belmont-Mt. Holly Road, Belmont. From the elegance and grace of classical music to the hard driving sound of a big band, Carolina Brass puts it all together. Free; donations accepted. 704-461-6813; bac.edu
Charlotte Chapter of DeMolay Hot Dog sale, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sept. 21, Setzer Lodge, 4217 Stacy Blvd., Charlotte. DeMolay is a nonprofit organization that shows males ages 12- 21 how to be responsible adults with good moral character, and helps develop social and leadership skills. Hot dog plate: $5, includes fixings, chips and drink. 704-315-3804, 704-280-9921
Horticultural Highlight Walk, 1 p.m. Sept. 21, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Join garden 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
“Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851-1939” exhibit , opens Sept. 22, 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. The exhibition was co-organized by the Carnegie Museum of Art and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and traveled to the New Orleans Museum of Art before making its final stop at the Mint. On view through Jan. 19. Admission: $10 adults; free to children younger than 18 with paying adult. Cocktail reception is at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21. Tickets cost $200 for non-members, $100 for members, and $50 for Corporate Leadership Circle and Crown Society patrons. Call 704-337-2011 to register.) mintmuseum.org
Mystery Book Club, 6:45-7:45 p.m. Sept. 24, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte. The club will be hosted by Christine Tran, a mysteries reviewer for the online publication BookList, discussing “Defending Jacob” by William Landay. Audience: adults. 704-416-6800; cmlibrary.org/programs
The Second City, Happily Ever Laughter, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27, The Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Doors open at 7 p.m. Drawing on classic material from The Second City archives as well as scenes ripped from the morning headlines, The Second City’s Happily Ever Laughter is a chance to see comedy stars in the making during an evening of smart, cutting-edge comedy. Arts Council of York County member, $40; nonmember, $45; at the door, $50. 803-328-2787; yorkcountyarts.org
Friends of the Library Book Sale, Sept. 27-28, Lake Wylie Public Library. Choose from hardcover fiction, paperbacks and children’s books, priced from 50 cents to $2 each. Sale hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 27 and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 18. yclibrary.org
Digital SLR II – Metering, 9:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 28, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by Dave Kelly, DEK Photography, learn how to get the correct quality of light to reach the camera’s sensor. Both incident and reflective light metering will be presented. Class requires a digital SLR camera. Cost: $40 for garden members, $46 for non-members. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org
Seed Collection Workshop, 10:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 28, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Participants will join the horticulture staff on a guided tour of the perennial gardens to seek out and collect seed from the garden’s best summer performers. A classroom presentation will focus on seed preparation and tips for successful germination. Cost: $20 for garden members, $25 for non-members. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org
Christy’s Courage Foundation fundraiser, 2-6 p.m. Oct. 5, Mac’s Speed Shop, Steele Creek. Christy’s Courage is a nonprofit organization helping children with Esophageal Atresia. 704-609-3756; christyscourage.com
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
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
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