Learn how to practice "eco-friendly" gardening from Paul Thompson of the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service, 2 p.m. May 28, Lake Wylie Public Library. Find out how to attract "good bugs" to your garden, including lady bugs, praying mantids and lacewings, and how to encourage them to stay. (803) 981-5844; yclibrary.org
Tega Cay Vintage Club dinner meeting, May 28, at the Tega Cay Golf Club in the Phil Glennon Community Center. Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Evening entertainment will be provided by the Vintage Club Players as they present their rendition of a popular TV Quiz show. The group is planning a trip to T-Bones on the Lake June 12 by boat or car. (803) 547-6662; email@example.com
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Blues singer Robin Rogers performs, 7-10 p.m. Thursdays, Longitude 81, 971 Gold Hill Road, Fort Mill. robinrogers.com
Open blues jams, first and third Thursday of every month, McHale's, Gold Hill Road, Fort Mill. (803) 548-2151
The River Hills Newcomer's May Social (for adults only), 7 p.m. May 31, hosted by Ann Marie and Robert Rau, 34 Catawba Ridge Court. BYOB and mixers. Contribution is $5 a couple, $3 individuals. Call (803) 831-0736 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to attend. River Hills Newcomer's Club provides an opportunity to get to know others in the community and enjoy social events. Call (803) 831-0736.
Rocky Shoals Spider Lily Festival, 1-6 p.m. May 31, Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia. Explore the river shores with rangers and natural history experts,participate in guided kayak outings to view blooming lilies, listen to live bluegrass music or purchase non-endangered lilies for your garden. Tickets: $5. Proceeds go toward the ongoing restoration of the Rocky Shoals Spider Lily. columbiasc.net
"Wildlife Gardening" class, 1-3 p.m. May 31, Orchid Conservatory classroom, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. With a few easy steps, learn how to enjoy a garden full of hummingbirds, butterflies and other wildlife throughout the summer. From birdhouses and hummingbird feeders to birdbaths and choosing the right plants, learn what attracts these creatures to your back yard. Duane Clerc, the garden's education specialist, will lead the class, which includes a tour of the garden. Participants also get to take home a plant. Cost: $15 for members, $18 for non-members. (704) 829-1252; DSBG.org
"Great Herbs for the Garden," noon-1 p.m. June 3, monthly first Tuesday class offered at the Wren Rooms in the Visitor Paviliion at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Garden instructor Sally Wall will lead the class as she teaches participants about the wide variety of herbs, the stories behind them and how they are used. Learn tips to grow your own herb garden. Free with garden admission; registration not required. Participants may bring a bag lunch. (704) 825-4490; DSBG.org
Yorkville Artists' Guild monthly meeting, 7 p.m. June 5, McCelvey Center, York. Public is invited. (803) 328-6747
Carolinas Chain Gang, a Chapter of the Crochet Guild of America meets, 10 a.m.-noon June 7, Fort Mill Library, 1818 2nd Baxter Crossing, Fort Mill. This month's demonstration/teaching is Tunisian crochet. Also known as afghan stitch, Tunisian is worked on a crochet hook but leaves the loops on the hook like in knitting. (704) 219-6322; email@example.com
Charlotte Dragon Boat and Asian Festival, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 7, Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius, N.C., hosted by The Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation. caacc.com
River Hills Newcomer's Coffee , 10 a.m. June 12, home of Marie Husvar, 46 Timberidge Drive, Lake Wylie. Bring paper products, such as paper towels and bathroom tissue, to be donated to Clover Area Assistance Center. Call (803) 831-8434 by June 10 to attend.
Summer Kickoff, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 7, the first in a family summer series, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Jump into a garden adventure to learn about three types of plants in the summer garden -- flowers, vegetables and herbs. Search for a variety of flower colors in the garden, craft your own herbal creations and try tasty plant parts including "leaf juice" and "seedy snacks." In addition, children will have the opportunity to pot their own flower, herb and vegetable plants to take home and grow over the summer. CONTEST: The garden will be hosting the "Great Sunflower Contest." Children and adults may pick up their official seeds and entry form at the Summer Kickoff or at the garden admissions deskJune 8-July 6. Participants should bring a photo of themselves with their tallest sunflower, documentation of the sunflower's height and the completed entry form by Sept. 5. Winning entries will be judged at the Fall Family Festival Sept. 27. General admission: $10 adults, $9 seniors 60 and older, $5 children aged 4-12. (704) 829-1252; DSBG.org