Mountain Island Regional Library, 4420 Hoyt Galvin Way
Wednesday, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.: Meet Southern writer Clyde Edgerton, author of “Lunch at the Piccadilly” and other popular novels. Bring book for signing; none for sale. Free To register, call 704-416-5000.
Party in the Park
Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St.
Wednesday, 6-9 p.m.: The final installment of the free summer music series features North Tower Band. Bring a picnic and lawn chairs or a blanket.
Schiele Science Cafe, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia
Thursday, 6 p.m.: Listen to Michael Dorcas discuss “When Giant Snakes Invade Your Garden.” Admission $5, includes snacks, drinks and one adult beverage. Registration not required. Advanced tickets: 704-854-6676.
Bars and Bites South End Food Tour
Friday 4-7 p.m.: This happy hour-themed walking food tour will wind through South End, allowing culinary samples and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), meetings with owners and chefs, and a tour of a unique Charlotte culinary shopping destination. Tickets $55, meeting location provided with purchase of tickets. See feastfoodtours.com.
The Great Gatsby Gala
Wells Fargo Atrium, 301 S. Tryon St.
Saturday, 7-11 p.m.: Dance to the Russ Wilson Orchestra, munch on heavy hors d’oeuvres and enjoy an open bar with beer and wine. Black tie or 1920s attire. Tickets $65 or 2/$100, benefits National Multiple Sclerosis Society. More information at www.nationalmssociety.org/chapters/NCT.