Fort Mill Times

Learn how to get your novel published July 23 at Steele Creek Public Library


Novel idea

“I Have and Idea for a Novel - What Do I Do Next?,” 6 p.m. July 23, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road. Carol Baldwin, author and speaker, will share 10 steps toward making this dream come true. Find out how to brainstorm, how to revise, how to submit your work and how to network with others in the field. To register: 704-416-6800;


Support group

Overeaters Anonymous, 6:45 p.m. Thursdays, River Hills Community Church, Room 116, 104 Hamilton’s Ferry Road, Lake Wylie.


Dragons & Dreams

Dragons & Dreams, 10:30 a.m. July 25, Lake Wylie Public Library, 185 Blucher Circle. Learn about the science of fire and ice presented by the Sciencetellers, using experiments of flash paper, exploding bottles and “cool” dry ice. Recommended for first to fifth grades. 803-831-7774


Hot Yoga

Hot Yoga Workshop, 9:30-11 a.m. July 26, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Led by a Simply Yoga Belmont instructor, a brief segment of this class will provide information on proper hydration. Bring a yoga mat, water and a towel. Cost: $8 for garden members, $20 for nonmembers. 704-825-4490;

Dance Day

National Dance Day, 1-4:30 p.m. July 26, Wells Fargo Plaza, 301 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. The program is designed to give the public a chance to actively participate in the performing arts. Dance instructors will be on site to help teach the two National Dance Day routines. The event moves indoors to the Wells Fargo Atrium for inclement weather.


S.C. boundary exhibit

“The Shaping of South Carolina” exhibit, Fort Mill Historical Society, 301 N. White St., Fort Mill. Exhibit details the disputes, politics and science surrounding the state’s boundary lines from colonial times to the present. Features original maps from the collection of the South Carolina Historical Society, and the Springs Close Family Archives and quotations concerning the science of surveying from noted surveyor and Revolutionary hero, Gen. William Moultrie. In addition, the exhibit highlights the borders in contention today. Open Wednesday-Saturday. 803-802-3646;


See ZimSculpt, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Curated within a horticultural display see the savannahs of south-central Africa to its lush tropical high country, more than 100 sculptures on display and for sale. The garden is open until 9 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 5. ZimSculpt Curator Joseph Croisette will lead garden art walks each Thursday at 7 p.m. to tell the story of the sculptures. Guests will be able to meet with ZimSculpt artists Passmore Mupindiko and Patrick Sephani, who will demonstrate Shona stone carving in a marketplace featuring sculptures and crafts from Zimbabwe. The exhibition is free with garden admission: $12 adults, $11 seniors 60 and older, and $6 children 4-12. 704-825-4490;

Woodland Indians

The Woodland Indians, 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, through Aug. 12, 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;

Gem mining

Gemstone Mining, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, through Aug. 12, 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;

Native movies

Movie Mondays Go Native, 2 p.m. Mondays through 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;


Reading Explosion

Lew-E’s Reading Explosion, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 1, Lake Wylie Public Library, 185 Blucher Circle. Lee Andrews Productions and Professor Lew-E will use volunteers from the audience to form a cloud and make it snow inside. Recommended for first to fifth grades. 803-831-7774

Garden pesticides

Understanding a Pesticide Label, 11 a.m. Aug. 1, Glencairn Garden Learning Center, 835 Edgemont Ave., Rock Hill. Clemson Extension Agent Paul Thompson will give tips on selecting the right pesticide and applying it properly. Free and open to the public.

Garlic sale

The Master Gardeners of York County’s Garlic Sale, Aug. 1, Learning Center at Glencairn Garden, 835 Edgemont Ave., Rock Hill. The sale will begin at 12:05 p.m., following the First Friday in the Garden program about pesticides. Master gardeners have harvested and prepared several hundred more bulbs than last year. There are more than 10 varieties, including Creoles, mild artichoke types and the more pungent silverskin varieties.

Bethel VFD sale

Yard and bake sale, 7 a.m.-noon Aug. 2, Bethel Volunteer Fire Station 1, 5600 S.C. 557, Lake Wylie, for the fire department auxiliary. Along with yard sale items, there will be a bake sale, and water and lemonade for purchase.


Wild Wings, Aug. 2, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Wildlife biologist Susan Campbell returns for her annual research trip as she traps, bands and releases hummingbirds. 704-825-4490;

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;

Simmers’ art

Works by Amelia Simmers, opens Aug. 4-28, City Hall Rotunda Gallery, 155 Johnston Ave., Rock Hill. Simmers holds bachelor’s degree, studying under watercolorist Zolton Seabo. Simmers focused much of her career on creating masterpieces as the artist-in-residence and diorama builder for the Museum of York County and The Catawba Cultural Center. She works in watercolors, pen and ink, pencil and oil. 803-328-2787;

About Meck County

Get to Know Mecklenburg County!, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 6, Steele Creek Public Library. Explore interesting locations, learn about community resources, and find new adventures. Mecklenburg County maps and brochures will be provided. 704-416-6800;

Reptile Day

Reptile and Amphibian Day, 1-4 p.m. Aug. 10, The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6908;

BBQ fest

Butts & Bluegrass BBQ Festival, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 6, Clover Community Park, 256 Community Park Drive, Clover. Sample barbecue with the official judging by the S.C. BBQ Association. There will be music, a motorcycle show, 5K Run for Hunger, craft show, children’s area, cake walk and health screenings. Cost: $10 adults, $5 ages 6-12. Bring a nonperishable food item for $1 off. Proceeds go to Clover Area Assistance Center. 704-214-2892.

Potters market

10th annual Mint Museum Potters Market Invitational, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 6, Mint Museum Randolph, Charlotte. 50 North Carolina potters have been invited to participate in this year’s event. Admission: $10, includes access to the event and admission to The Mint Museum. There will be folk musicians, pottery-making demonstrations and food. Proceeds provide acquisitions of pottery and library materials for the Mint. Online admission begins Aug. 1 at 704-733-9393

Southern Women’s Show

Southern Women’s Show, Sept. 11-14, Charlotte Convention Center. The 32nd annual show will include with jewelry and handbags, make-up tips and tricks, gourmet treats, runway fashion shows, cooking classes and speakers. Show hours: Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: adults $12 at door; $10 in advance online; ages 6-12, $6 at door and online. 704-376-6594;