Meet Southern writer Clyde Edgerton, author of “Lunch at the Piccadilly” and other popular novels, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at Mountain Island Regional Library’s Community Room. Bring book for signing; none for sale. Free. To register: 704-416-5600.
“Conversations on Aging – An Educational Seminar” 8:45 a.m.-noon Aug. 26 at Foundation of Shalom Park, 5007 Providence Road. Experts will guide aging parents and adult children through crucial conversations. Free. Registration required: 877-503-7660.
“When Giant Snakes Invade Your Garden” with Michael Dorcas, 6 p.m. Aug. 27 at Schiele Science Café, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. $5 admission includes snacks, drinks and one adult beverage. Registration not required. Advanced tickets: 704-854-6676.
Home & garden tour
“Beyond the Fountain Home & Garden Tour” at Duke Mansion, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Aug. 28. Tour meets at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3115 Providence Road. $10 with optional dinner opportunity. Limited space, registration required: 704-365-1995.
Storytelling, resume skills
Skills with Soul is a half-day of workshops, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 29, hosted by Holy Covenant United Church of Christ, 3501 West W.T. Harris Blvd. Former Charlotte Observer columnist Tommy Tomlinson will lead a workshop on the fundamentals of great storytelling, and how to use them to tell the story you want to tell. The 15 workshops include sessions on writing effective resumes, bridging the gap between parents and teens, financial planning and staying safe on the Internet. Suggested donation of $10 for individuals and $25 for families of three or more includes the workshops, lunch and child care if needed. Registration required; for details and to register, visit https://sites.google.com/site/skillswithsoul/.
MeckSeniors Card Tournament 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 29 at Albermarle Road Recreation Center, 5027 Idlewild Road N. Test your skills in spades, bid whist and pinochle. Light refreshments. $5. Registration required: 704-567-1941.
Learn about the major wine regions of France, from Alsace to Languedoc-Rousillon and everything in between, noon-1:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at Corkbuzz, 4905 Ashley Park Lane. $55. Reservations required: 704-625-1328.