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
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Allison Creek Bluegrass, 7-9 p.m. May 1, Allison Creek Presbyterian Church family life center, York. Timber Ridge will performer. This free, family-friendly bluegrass concert is offered the first and third Thursday every month. Doors open at 6 p.m. Food concessions are available at 6:30 p.m.
Overeaters Anonymous, 6:45 p.m. Thursdays, River Hills Community Church, Room 116, 104 Hamilton’s Ferry Road, Lake Wylie. piedmontintergroup.org
Friends of the Library Book Sale, May 2-3, First ARP Church gymnasium, 201 E. White St., Rock Hill. Thousands of books for adults and children will be for sale, priced at $2 per inch, measuring the height of the book stack. Videos, DVDs and audio books will be for sale. Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. All items half price May 3. 803-981-5837 ; yclibrary.org
S.C. Strawberry Festival, May 2-3, Fort Mill. This Berry’s Beach Bash themed event includes live beach music and shag dancing, and pig races, recipe contest, golf tournament and more. Pageant will be held Friday at Nation Ford High School auditorium. The main portion of event is held at Walter Elisha Park offering food vendors, carnival rides, and games and live music on several stages. scstrawberryfestival.com
Learn about water gardens, 11 a.m. May 2, Glencairn Garden Learning Center, 835 Edgemont Ave., Rock Hill. Clemson Extension Service Agent Corey Heaton, an expert in wildlife, fisheries and pond management, will discuss water gardens and small ponds at May’s First Friday in the Garden. The event is sponsored by Master Gardeners of York County, Clemson Extension Service and the Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.
Yoga at DSBG
Yoga in the Garden, 9:30-10:30 a.m. May 3, 17, 24 and 31, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by Jessica MacIntosh, Simply Yoga Belmont, learn how to connect breathing to yoga postures and proper alignment for your body. Suited for beginners and seasoned practitioners. Bring your own yoga mat. Cost: $5 for garden members, $15 for nonmembers. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org
Horticultural Highlight Walk, 1 p.m. May 3 and 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
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 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 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.
2014 Western York County Senior Expo, 9 a.m.-noon May 6, Filbert Presbyterian Church, U.S. 321, York. For seniors, caregivers, and health care professionals with door prizes, food, beverages, entertainment, health screenings and health services information available. Admission is free. 803-684-2590, 803-222-3312
Tom Earnhardt at the garden, noon May 6, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Author and host of UNC-TV’s “Exploring North Carolina” will present his take on use of native species in the North Carolina landscape. He also will sign copies of his book, “Crossroads of the Natural World Exploring North Carolina with Tom Earnhardt.” First Tuesday presentations are free with garden admission: adults, $12; seniors 60 and older, $10; and children 4-12, $6. Guests are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. 704-825-4490; DSBG.org
Lifestyle Lift Open House, 4:30-7 p.m. May 8, Lake Wylie Public Library, 185 Blucher Circle. Meet Lake Wylie and River Hills resident Dr. Alex Guba of Lifestyle Lift to learn about she does. Reservations required: 704-948-3370.
Go Red For Women Luncheon and Education Forum, May 8, Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by a health expo and lunch at noon. Since 2008, the American Heart Association has hosted the Go Red For Women Luncheon and Education Forum in Charlotte. The half-day event includes a heart healthy lunch, a handbag live auction, health screenings, a Go Red shopping boutique and powerful survivor stories. Reservations: 704-417-5756; charlottencgoredluncheon.heart.org
Day for mom
Mother’s Day at the Garden, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 10-11, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. All mothers get free admission, and the first 250 mothers receive a free potted plant, courtesy of Rountree Plantation Garden Center. Enjoy complimentary 30-minute yoga sessions in the White Garden every hour, beginning at 10 a.m., by Yoga with Raha and Friends. Wellness consultations will also be provided by Susan Reynolds with Alternative Wellness Center. Live music will be performed both days: Brandon Williams will play jazz on May 10 and harpist Lelia Lattimore on May 11. For an additional fee, carriage rides will be available from Southern Breezes Carriages (weather permitting). A Wine Walk runs 1-3 p.m. May 11, featuring wine from Yadkin Valley. Wine Walk cost is $20 per person or $30 per couple and includes garden wine glass. Pre-packed picnic baskets are available: 704-333-9779. Admission for moms and garden members is free; adults, $12; seniors 60 and older, $11; and children 4-12, $6. 704-825-4490, DSBG.org
Birding Walk, 9-10 a.m. May 13, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by garden volunteers, stroll through the gardens, Meadowood Walk and Persimmon Trail to scout for seasonal birds. Free with garden admission: adults, $12; seniors 60 and older, $10; and children 4-12, $6. Guests are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. 704-825-4490; DSBG.org
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
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