Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Lake Wylie Public Library. For 3- to 5-year-olds and their caregivers. No registration required. yclibrary.org
Overeaters Anonymous, 6:45 p.m. Thursdays, River Hills Community Church, Room 116, 104 Hamilton’s Ferry Road, Lake Wylie. piedmontintergroup.org
Meet the author
Author book signing, 4-7 p.m. May 16, Bagel Boat, Lake Wylie. Lake Wylie Author Richard Whitten Barnes will be signing his sixth novel “Forgotten Roots.” The tragic conclusion 200 years in the past becomes a mystery for present day cop Andrea Blake to solve.
Digital SLR III – Composition, 9:30 a.m.-noon May 17, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by Dave Kelly, DEK Photography, use the various elements of composition to direct the eye of the viewer to elements of the image you want them to see. Learn composition skills needed to create balance and harmony. Digital SLR camera required. Cost: $40 for garden members, $46 for nonmembers. 704-825-4490; DSBG.org
Horticultural Highlight Walk, 1 p.m. May 17, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Join the professional horticulture staff on a custom tour of the garden. Topics vary week-to-week: May 3, assembling and managing container arrangements; May 17, creating contrast in the landscape with sub-tropical species. In addition, guides highlight what’s in bloom, seasonally relevant gardening tips and behind-the-scenes details. Free with garden admission. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org
Tega Cay Art League exhibit, through May 29, City Hall Rotunda Gallery, 155 Johnston Ave., Rock Hill. The Tega Cay Art League is a study group of professional-level artists who meet weekly to paint, draw and discuss fine art. Works by Todd Baxter, Tobi Bordihn, Barbara Davis, Adele Greenfield, Wendy Hope, Madie Horne, Beverley Hughes, Shirley Hunt, Sybil Mitchell, Tom Remmey, Jennifer Stalford and Phiddy Webb are on display. 803-328-2787; yorkcountyarts.org
Go see Gogh
The “Van Gogh Alive” exhibit, through June 1, Discovery Place, Charlotte. More than 3,000 of Vincent van Gogh’s most famous works are taken outside of the frame and brought to life. Guests can walk through images of famous works, such as “The Starry Night,” “Sunflowers,” “The Café Terrace on the Place du Forum,” “The Yellow House” and “Bedroom in Arles.” Admission: $20 for adults ages 14-59; $18 for ages 2-13 and 60 and older. Tickets are on sale for timed entries: discoveryplace.org, 704-372-6261, ext. 300, or in person at Discovery Place. Discovery Place brings to the IMAX screen “Van Gogh: Brush with Genius” in The Charlotte Observer IMAX Dome Theatre. IMAX tickets may be added for an additional $5 per person.
To the moon
“Back To The Moon For Good,” through June 6, The Museum of York County’s Settlemyre Planetarium, 4621 Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill. Forty years after the historic Apollo landings, this 25-minute digital film ushers in a new era of lunar exploration by 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. The family-friendly planetarium show is included with museum admission. 803-329-2121, chmuseums.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.
Billy Joel tribute
The first concert of the Lake Wylie Bowl N’ Bounce summer concert series is May 23 featuring The Stranger: The Billy Joel Tribute Experience. The Stranger has mastered the sights and sounds of the Billy Joel concert experience. Show starts at 9 p.m. $5 at the door. Call 803-831-2553 or visit www.lwbnb.com for details.
Plant Propagation Workshop, 1-3 p.m. May 24, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by Peter Grimaldi, director of horticulture, learn how to propagate several types of plants and take home cuttings from the garden’s collection. Cost: $20 for garden members, $25 for nonmembers. 704-825-4490; DSBG.org
Introduction to Beekeeping, 9:30-11:30 a.m. May 31, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by Marty Gutowski, Gaston County beekeeper, learn what it takes to be a hobbyist beekeeper. This class will provide attendees with a broad introduction, how to select hive locations, equipment needed, starting and maintaining a honey bee colony and seasonal management of a hive. Cost: $18 for garden members, $22 for nonmembers. 704-825-4490; DSBG.org
Arts in the Park
Gaston Arts Council ARTS in the Park, 5 p.m. June 7, Biggerstaff Park, Dallas, N.C. The Gaston Symphonic Band will play the famed the “1812 Overture,” the Gaston Choral Society will entertain with song; visual artists will sell their arts and crafts in the artist marketplace. There will be an art raffle drawing during intermission. Admission and parking are free. 704-853-ARTS (2787); firstname.lastname@example.org
Plant to Petticoat: The Story of Flax, 1-5 p.m. June 1, The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. Early settlers in the Carolinas relied on the strong fibers of the flax plant for processing into linen thread and fabric for hand-sewn clothing. Visit the Backcountry Farm to see costumed interpreters processing flax in 18th century fashion. Try braking, scutching or hackling. Free with museum admission. 704-866-6908; schielemuseum.org
The Woodland Indians, 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, June 9-Aug. 10, The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. Visit the Catawba Village to discover how local American Indians used plants, animals and even the earth to provide for tools, clothing, food and shelter. Free with museum admission. 704-866-6908; schielemuseum.org
Movie Mondays Go Native, 2 p.m. Mondays, June 9-Aug. 18, The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. Enjoy movies on the big screen in the museum’s auditorium with family-friendly films about American Indians. Free with museum admission. 704-866-6908; schielemuseum.org
Gemstone Mining, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, June 9-Aug. 10, The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. Find mineral treasures like garnets, topaz, rubies, emeralds and rose quartz. Participants keep everything found. Cost: $4 with museum admission per person, $4 for Schiele members. 704-866-6908; schielemuseum.org
Free Tuesday, 4-8 p.m. June 10, The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia, sponsored by Duke Energy. All exhibits and Nature Trail available for exploration. At 5 p.m., learn about nocturnal neighbors. A special showing of Hubble Vision II at 7 p.m. in the James H. Lynn Planetarium. 704-866-6908; schielemuseum.org
Outdoor Explorers, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 14, The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. Make your own “explorer gear” – complete with hat, binoculars, and field journals. Learn to make observations and notice common animals in the back yard. Held at the outdoor amphitheater, this family-friendly program is geared toward 4-7 year olds. Free with museum admission. 704-866-6908; schielemuseum.org
Shutter Bugs, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 28, The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. Learn about the science behind developing a photo, create a natural photo frame, and go on a photography scavenger hunt. See the new exhibit, “50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic.” Free with museum admission. 704-866-6908; schielemuseum.org
Born in USA
Born in the USA, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. July 4, The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. Learn about animals native to the U.S. during this family-friendly program. Create a patriotic red, white and blue real flower masterpiece. Free with museum admission. 704-866-6908; schielemuseum.org
Free Tuesday, 4-8 p.m. July 8, The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. sponsored by Duke Energy. All exhibits and Nature Trail available for exploration. At 5 p.m., learn about nocturnal neighbors. A special showing of Hubble Vision II at 7 p.m. in the James H. Lynn Planetarium. 704-866-6908; schielemuseum.org
The Catawba Indians: People of the River, 2 p.m. July 13, Schiele Museum, Gastonia. Native American culture comes alive in this special presentation by Keith Little Bear Brown, a Catawba potter and storyteller. Learn about the legends and lore of the Catawba Indian Nation—The People of the River. Free with museum admission. 704-866-6908; schielemuseum.org
Clash of the Bots V, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. July 19, The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. Join the excitement as robots play hockey and clash together in all-out battles of finesse and brute strength. Discover how robots are built and how robotics increasingly plays a beneficial role in society. Cost: $3 in addition to museum admission. 704-866-6908; schielemuseum.org
Tools of Stone
Tools of Stone, 1-3 p.m. Aug. 2, The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. Visit the Aboriginal Studies Center to see live demonstrations of stone tool making as a group of east coast flint knappers gather to reproduce the knives, axes and projectile points of our prehistoric ancestors. Explore recreated prehistoric structures at the Stone Age Heritage Site. Free with museum admission. 704-866-6908; schielemuseum.org