Preschool Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Lake Wylie Public Library. For 3- to 5-year-olds and their caregivers. No registration required. yclibrary.org
Eco-Friendly Gardening: Productive Vegetable Gardening With Companion Planting, 6 p.m. March 5, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte. Learn to be a savvy gardener. Companion planting is an organic approach to vegetable gardening that can increase the productivity of a garden without using commercial pesticides and fertilizers. To register: 704-416-6800; cmlibrary.org/programs
Allison Creek Bluegrass welcomes Driveline, 7-9 p.m. March 6, Allison Creek Church, Highway 274, York. Doors open at 6 p.m., concessions are available beginning at 6:30 p.m. Free and family-friendly event. allisoncreekbluegrass.com
Carolina Chocolate Drops perform, March 7, McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St., York. The African-American influence on the traditional music of the Piedmont was determinedly crafted into the band’s “Genuine Negro Jig,” which won a 2010 Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album. The Carolina Chocolate Drops began in 2005 as a trio in Durham, N.C., who sought out the company of old-time fiddler and songster Joe Thompson. Tickets: $20 CHM members, $25 general admission. 803-909-7313, 803-909-7488
First Friday in the Garden program, 11 a.m. March 7, Glencairn Garden Learning Center, 835 Edgemont Ave., Rock Hill. Clemson Extension Agent Paul Thompson will present “Annual and Perennial Vines.” First Friday in the Garden is a service of the Master Gardeners of York County, Clemson Extension Service and the Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.
“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. To register: catawabacare.org. Day-of registration available. 803-909-6363
Photographing Orchids, 9:30 a.m.-noon March 8, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by Dave Kelly of DEK Photography use the digital SLR camera’s shutter speed, aperture opening, ISO sensitivity a meter and the histogram to compose an artful photograph. Digital SLR camera required. Cost: $40 for garden members, $46 for nonmembers. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org
Conversational Spanish For English Speakers, 6 p.m. Mondays, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte. Forget high school Spanish class. No verbs will be conjugated here. This class will help you learn everyday Spanish. To register: 704-416-6800; cmlibrary.org/programs
Sudy Dressler and Mary McCorkle art exhibit, through March 16, Williams & Fudge Gallery, Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Both are York artists. Working in oils, Dressler’s works often focus on landscapes. McCorkle paints with color and brushstrokes that suggest rather than define. 803-328-2787; yorkcountyarts.org
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. Pieces are available for purchase. The garden will offer a class on how to grow and care for orchids at home from 1-3 p.m. March 1. Class cost: $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers, plus a $25 materials fee. 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; DSBG.org
Todd Baxter paintings on display, through March 28, City Hall Rotunda Gallery, 121 Johnston Ave., Rock Hill. Baxter of Charlotte, worked as a graphic designer for about 30 years. In June 2010 he began work in fine arts. He works primarily with oils and is a 2014 member of the Oil Painters of America. He has work represented by the Providence Gallery in Charlotte and Olive’s in Fort Mill. 803-328-2787; yorkcountyarts.org
“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.
Steele Creek Readers Book Club, 10:30 a.m. March 11, Steele Creek Public Library. Join a discussion of “The Last Summer of the Camperdowns” by Elizabeth Kelly. Led by a staff member. To register: 704-416-6800; cmlibrary.org/programs
Recycle, Reuse, Re-Craft, 5:30 p.m. March 11, Lake Wylie Public Library. Teens in sixth to 12th grades will play games using household materials and make crafts with recycled items. To register: 803-831-7774. yclibrary.org.
Birding Walk, 9-10 a.m. March 11, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Observe nesting patterns and establish a basis for bird counts. Free with garden admission. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org
Big Ray and the Kool Kats perform, 7:30 p.m. March 14, Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill. The band is comprised of a four-piece rhythm section, four sizzling horn players, two jazzy female vocalists and premiere Sinatra stylist, Dan Barrale. Led by trumpeter Ray Caddell whose live recording credits include appearances with Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole and Frank Sinatra. Advance tickets: $35 for general public, $30 for Arts Council members; $40 at the door. 803-328-2787; yorkcountyarts.org
Horticultural Highlight Walk, 1 p.m. March 15, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Join staff on a custom tour of the garden. See what’s in bloom, hear seasonally relevant gardening tips and get behind-the-scenes details. Free with garden admission. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org
Healthy Living on a Dollar, 2 p.m. March 18, Steele Creek Public Library. Get recipe and food preparation ideas and learn how to stretch your dollars to live healthy on any budget. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program application assistance will be available. To register: 704-416-6800; cmlibrary.org/programs
Animal Adoption League Charity Dog Wash, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 22, Canine Café, 125 Remount Road, Unit A, Charlotte. Cost: $15 per bath. All proceeds go to AAL. Some adoptable dogs will be there. mynextpet.com
Kathy Mattea performs, 8 p.m. March 27, Clover School District Auditorium, 605 Bethel St., Clover. Mattea’s signature blend of Appalachian, gospel, bluegrass, roots and Celtic music have garnered multiple CMA, ACM and Grammy awards. Tickets: $15. clover.k12.sc.us
“Julius Caesar,” March 20-22 and March 27-29, Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square, Charlotte, presented by Shakespeare Carolina. Tickets: $20 for adults and $10 for students/seniors. To reserve tickets: carolinatix.org