Fort Mill Times

Reading Explosion Aug. 1 at Lake Wylie library


Support group

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


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-graders. 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 a 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;


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 leads walks at 7 p.m. Thursday to tell the story of the sculptures. 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;


Tropical plants talk

African Tropical Plants, noon-1 p.m. Aug. 5, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Orchid Conservatory Manager Joe Dorrian will discusses a variety of African tropical plants on display at the garden. Dorrian started growing orchids at age 9 when he bought an orchid during a field trip to the Bronx Botanical Gardens. In the U.S. Navy, he saw the large and diverse orchid specimens in South East Asia. He moved to Hawaii and worked for Olu-Pua Botanical Gardens and Hawaii Farms, where he imported and exported flowering plants and arrangements. He also worked for Venamy Orchids in Brewster, N.Y., as head grower and manager. First Tuesday presentations is free with garden admission: adults, $12; seniors 60 an older, $10; and children 4-12, $6. Guests are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. 704-825-4490;

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;