Summer At The Backcountry Farm
10 a.m. Aug. 10, 12, 13-15. Schiele Museum of Natural History, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6900. www.schielemuseum.org
Learn how animals, plants and the earth sustained the European settlers of the Piedmont.
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The Catawba Village
10 a.m. Aug. 10. Schiele Museum of Natural History, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6900. www.schielemuseum.org
Travel through an illustrated history of the Catawba Indians from the 16th-century bark house to the hewn log cabin of 1850. Learn about the close relationship between native people and the environment that provided them food, clothing and shelter.
11 a.m. Aug. 10, 12, 13-15.$4 for kids; $7 for adults, includes museum and planetarium admission. Schiele Museum/James H. Lynn Planetarium, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6900. www.schielemuseum.org
Join Grandpa Ben on a family camping trip and hear lively stories about the night sky and its constellations. A fun family-friendly presentation for all ages.
Kids Day Out
9 a.m. Aug. 11- 15. $60 registration fee. Myers Memorial United Methodist Church, 301 S. New Hope Road, Gastonia.
Program provides educational and fun activities during the school year for children ages 6 months to 4 years. Applications currently being accepted.
NCTA Citizens Informational Workshop
4:30 p.m. Aug. 11. Free. Gastonia Adult Recreation Center, 519 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6841.
NCTA is proposing a new facility between I-85 west of Gastonia and I-485 in western Mecklenburg County to improve east-west travel through Gaston County. NCTA will study the feasibility and effects of developing the proposed project as a toll road.
6 p.m. Aug. 11. Parkwood Baptist Church, 1827 Dixon Road, Gastonia.
String orchestra open to children and adults learning to play an instrument.
Gaston Association Promoting Storytelling
7 p.m. Aug. 11. Lowell Community Center, 501 W. First Ave., Lowell. 704-824-3518.
Adults invited to share a story or come to listen.
Gaston County String Orchestra
7 p.m. Aug. 11. Parkwood Baptist Church, 1827 Dixon Road, Gastonia.
Orchestra for high school students and adults with some playing experience.
Free Movies at Franklin Square Stadium
10 a.m. Aug. 12 and 13. www.regalcinemas.com. Regal Franklin Square Stadium 14, 3778 East Franklin Blvd., Gastonia. 704-824-9556.
Showing “Pirates Who Don't Do Anything - Veggie Tales” and “Evan Almighty.”
Coffee and Conversation Group
10:30 a.m. Aug. 12. First United Methodist Church, Lincolnton, 201 E. Main St., Lincolnton. 704-735-7489.
Coffee and Conversation group now hosts a Bluegrass jam session. Includes about 20 musicians. Refreshments available.
Senior Adults Writers Club
10:30 a.m. Aug. 12. Gaston County Citizens Resource Center, 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Highway, Dallas.
Aspiring poets, novelists and short story writers on all skill levels welcome. Details: 704-922-2160.
Pilot Club of Gastonia
6 p.m. Aug. 12; 6 p.m. Dec. 9. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 805 S. York St., Gastonia.
For business and professional leaders.
6:30 p.m. Aug. 12. 704-825-2035 or 704-829-9691. Cramerton Town Hall, 155 N. Main St., Cramerton.
Taking Off Pounds Sensibly weight-loss group.
Magnolia Stitchers Applique Group
10 a.m. Aug. 13; Lincoln County Senior Center, 511 Aspen St., Lincolnton.
Meets in room 222. Anyone interested in learning appliqué technique welcome.
11:30 a.m. Aug. 13. $12 for Lincolnton-Lincoln Chamber members and their first time guests. First Baptist Church, Lincolnton, 201 Robin Road, Lincolnton. 704-735-3733.
Guest speakers will be Barry Matherly, executive director of the Lincoln Economic Development Association, and Ronnie Bryant, president and CEO of the Charlotte Regional Partnership. Topic: “Creating New Jobs in Lincoln County.”
What Makes Cooking So Cool?
2 p.m. Aug. 13. Free. Scaleybark Branch Library, 101 Scaleybark Road, Charlotte. 704-529-0632. www.plcmc.org
Let's make healthy and delicious snacks! Kids will enjoy preparing (and eating) two tasty dips and a special dessert from the new cookbook “Cool Sweets and Treats to Eat.” For ages 5 to 12; parents welcome.
Magic Machines Embroidery Group
9:03 a.m. Aug. 14. Lincoln County Senior Center, 511 Aspen St., Lincolnton.
Meets in room 222. Open to anyone interested in learning how to do machine embroidery. Details: 704-240-9693.