Fort Mill Times

INXS tribute band plays Aug. 8 in Lake Wylie


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;



Allison Creek Bluegrass, 7-9 p.m. Aug. 7, Allison Creek Presbyterian Church, York. Doors open at 6 p.m. with concessions available at 6:30 p.m.

Support group

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


Music at Wylie

KICK, a national INXS Tribute Band, performs, 9-11 p.m. Aug. 8, Lake Wylie Bowl N’ Bounce. Cost: $5 at the door. 803-831-2553;


Photo hummers

Photographing Hummingbirds, 9:30 a.m.-noon Aug. 9, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by Dave Kelly, owner DEK Photography, learn techniques to improve ability to capture these small, fast-moving jewels. Cost: $40 for garden members, $46 for nonmembers. 704-829-1252;

Car show

“Honoring our Heroes” Car Show and Cruise-In, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 9, Reagan’s Public House, 6257 Carolina Commons Drive, Fort Mill. There will be 1960s and ’70s music, along with awards for first through 10th place and door prizes. Registration runs 9-11 a.m. with judging noon-2 p.m. and awards at 2:30 p.m. Entry fee: $20 in advance; $25 day of the show. Proceeds will be used for local VFW programs. 803-547-0400;


Reptile Day

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


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;

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;

Simmers’ art

Works by Amelia Simmers, through Aug. 28, City Hall Rotunda Gallery, 155 Johnston Ave., Rock Hill. Simmers holds a bachelor’s degree, studying under watercolorist Zolton Seabo. She works in watercolors, pen and ink, pencil and oil. 803-328-2787;


Bird view

Birding Walk, 9-10 a.m. Aug. 12, 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, observe nesting patterns and establish a basis for bird counts. Free with garden admission. 704-829-1252;

Gluten Free

Nutrition Series: Gluten Free 101, 10:30 a.m.-noon Aug. 14, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by Tracey W. Fox, find out if the gluten in your diet is sabotaging your health. Learn a “do it yourself” strategy to figure out your gluten tolerance, how to heal your gut and improve your health. Holistic nutrition principles will be discussed. Cost: $15 for garden members, $20 for nonmembers. 704-829-1252;

Help teen

A Spirit Night, for COTA in honor of Jordan Diggs, 5-9 p.m. Aug. 14, Moe’s Southwest Grill, 1910 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. The doctors at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte have recommended a life-saving kidney transplant for Jordan, 17, of Chester. 20 percent of all receipts will go to COTA to help Diggs with expenses. Children’s Organ Transplant Association is a national charity based in Bloomington, Ind., dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising money for transplant-related expenses. 803-374-7580;

Community Day

2nd annual Community Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 16, Lake Wylie Bowl N' Bounce. The free event includes: bounce houses, stilt walkers, face painting, princess story times, firetruck and smoke house tours, York County Mounted Police and registration for the center’s youth bowling clubs. Money will be raised for USO through raffles and canned items donated for the Second Harvest Food Drive will enter guests in a contest. 803-831-2553;

Garden walk

Horticultural Highlight Walk, 1 p.m. Aug. 16, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Horticulture staff will highlight what’s in bloom, seasonally relevant gardening tips and behind-the-scenes details. Free with garden admission. 704-829-1252;

Grow fruit

Growing Fruit at Home, noon-1 p.m. Aug. 21, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by Daniel Shires, agricultural agent at N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, learn the ins and outs of growing grapes and berries successfully in the Carolina Piedmont, from planning planting sites to variety selection, soil management, fertilization, pruning and pest control, and seasonal care. Free with garden admission. 704-829-1252;

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;