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
Never miss a local story.
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 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
Book signing, 7 p.m. March 14, Palmetto Room, 150 E. White St. Meet author Kimberly P. Johnson and the Friendship 9. Johnson’s first nonfiction book, “No Fear for Freedom: the Story of the Friendship 9,” shares the story of civil rights activists who changed the movement by implementing Jail, No Bail.
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
The 18th annual Charlotte Goes Green/St. Patrick’s Day Parade, 11 am. March 15, uptown Charlotte. The parade will march south on Tryon Street, take a left on Third, then march to Caldwell Street. Grand marshal is Tom Murray, CEO of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. charlottestpatsday.com
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. Pieces are available for purchase. 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.
The Carolinas Myositis Support Group – Charlotte, 2-4 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month, Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St. Pineville, N.C. Speakers will address various topics related to living with myositis and will include a psychologist, neurologist, MDA representative, pharmaceutical representative and acupuncturist. 704-708-8999
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
Music in Wylie
DeCarlo band performs, 9 p.m. March 21, Lake Wylie Bowl N’ Bounce. Fronted by current Boston lead singer Tommy DeCarlo, hear classic Boston songs and songs by artists such as .38 Special, Toto and Foreigner. 803-831-2553
To the moon
“Back To The Moon For Good,” opens March 21, The Museum of York County’s Settlemyre Planetarium, 4621 Mt. Gallant Road, Rock Hill. Forty years after the historic Apollo landings, this 25-minute digital film ushers in a new era of lunar exploration, immersing spectators in the latest space race – a $30-million private competition to land a robotic spacecraft on the Moon. Narrated by Tim Allen. Runs every Tuesday-Saturday at 3:30 p.m. until June 6. The family-friendly planetarium show is included with museum admission. 803-329-2121; chmuseums.org
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
The Gaston Symphonic Band performs, 8 p.m. March 29, Clover School District Auditorium, 1625 S.C. 55, Clover. Gaston Symphonic band has more than 75 members playing a variety of music from classical, pops, marches, Broadway and jazz. The concert is free and no tickets are required. 803-222-8018; clover.k12.sc.us/csda
Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment exhibit, opens March 29, Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte. The first stop on the national tour of the exhibition following its run at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C. On view through July 20, featuring nearly 100 photographs, including moving depictions of far-flung cultures, compelling illustrations of conceptual topics and arresting images of social issues. Cost: $10 special exhibition fee after general museum admission. wovexhibition.org
Jillian Michaels on stage, April 15, Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts, Charlotte. Tickets: start at $25. BlumenthalArts.org