Preschool Story time, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays in January, Lake Wylie Public Library. Weekly story time for children ages 3-5. 803-831-7774
Allison Creek Bluegrass, 6:30 p.m. first and third Thursday of the month, Allison Creek Presbyterian gymnasium, 5780 Allison Creek Road, York. 803-366-1302; thelakewylieman.com, allisoncreekchurch.com
Finnery CD release party, 9 p.m. Jan. 30, Sylvia Theater, North Congress Street, York. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $6 advance. sylviatheater.com
The Friends of the York County Library book sale, Jan. 30-31, Pope John Center at the Oratory, 434 Charlotte Ave., Rock Hill. Times: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 31. Thousands of books for adults and children will be for sale, priced at $1 per inch, measuring the height of the book stack. Videos, audio books and surplus library equipment also will be for sale at bargain prices. On Saturday, books will be sold at 50 cents per inch. 803-981-5837; yclibrary.org
Charlotte Home Show, Jan. 30-Feb. 1, Metrolina Expo Center, Charlotte.
The Greater Charlotte Antique & Collectibles Show Grand Opening Show, Jan. 30-Feb. 1, Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, 4751 N.C. 49 N., Concord, N.C. Show hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. 800-824-3770, 704-596-4643; charlotteantiqueshow.com
Community Chili Cook-Off, 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 31, fellowship building, Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, 5220 Crowders Cove Lane, Lake Wylie. Bring your own chili or just come to enjoy. Donations accepted. 803-831-0304
AT THE LIBRARY
Love Bites at the Library, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan. 31, Lake Wylie Public Library. Create fun crafts, enjoy snacks inspired by the "Twilight" series and play Guitar Hero 3. 803-831-7774
LISTEN TO THE MUSIC
Abyss and Colin Gilbert perform, 8 p.m. Jan. 31, Barnes Recital Hall, Winthrop University, Rock Hill. Tickets: $5 students, $7 non-students.
Living History Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays year-round, Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells. Witness life in the Carolina Backcountry during the 18th and 19th centuries through activities such as farming, shearing sheep, picking cotton and military drills. Admission: $6 for adults, $5 seniors; $3 ages 4-17, free for members and children 3 and younger. 803-684-2327
Museum of York County's Settlemyre Planetarium shows "Follow the Drinking Gourd," 11 a.m. Saturday, 4621 Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill. The illustrates how slaves in Alabama and Mississippi traveled to Canada by using the Big Dipper before the Civil War. 803-329-2121; chmuseums.org
FREE, FREE, FREE
Admission to the Museum of York County, 4621 Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill, is now free on Sundays. Admission on other days costs $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for youth age 4-17 and free to members and children 3 and younger. chmuseums.org
AT THE GARDEN
Orchid Spectacular, through Feb. 15, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Monthlong celebration marks the one-year anniversary of the opening of the Orchid Conservatory. Several orchid-themed continuing education classes will be offered throughout the month featuring topics such as producing award-winning orchids, building a tropical terrarium and growing orchids in the home. For a complete list of classes and dates, visit DSBG.org.
NURSERY RHYME TIME
"Let Loose with Mother Goose," 10-10:45 a.m. Feb. 2, March 2 and April 6 at the Museum of York County, 4621 Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill. Favorite Mother Goose nursery rhymes help children ages 3 to 4 learn by listening, seeing, touching, creating and moving. Registration limited to 12 children and required one week in advance. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $5 per child; $3 per child for members. Additional non-member adults pay general admission price. To register, call 803-981-9182 or 803-329-2121.
LIONS CLUB DINNER
River Hills Lions Club dinner meeting, 7 p.m. Feb. 3, River Hills Country Club. Speaker is Mark Vitner, director and senior economist at Wachovia. Reservations required. 803-370-2828, 803-631-3543; riverhillslions.org
Rock Hill Community Theatre auditions for the youth/family show "Father Knows Best," 6-9 p.m. Feb. 6-8, Rock Hill Community Theatre, 240 E. Black St., Rock Hill. The show is reminiscent of the popular TV show from the 1950s and '60s that deals with the life of the Anderson family. Roles are for youth and adults for about seven males and 10 females. No acting experience required. Prepared monologues are encouraged, but not necessary for auditions. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. April 17-18 and April 24-25 and 3 p.m. April 19 and April16. 803-324-2578
York County's "Party of the Year," the 2009 Gala, 8 p.m.-midnight Feb. 7, Museum of York County, 4621 Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill. Bid on a party for 12 couples at Martin and Harriet Goode's Main Street penthouse, a weekend mountain cabin rental, a dinner party catered by Thi Le or original artwork by Linda McCane painted live. Dance to the sounds of the Fantasy Band, enjoy treats from Tom Ron's Catering & Consulting. Proceeds support programs of the Culture & Heritage Museums:, Historic Brattonsville, Museum of York County and McCelvey Center. Admission: $150 per person for members, $175 for non-members. Sponsorships available. 803-329-2121; chmuseums.org
Epiphany Chocolate Festival, noon-3p.m. Feb. 7, Epiphany Lutheran Church, 2370 W. Main St., Rock Hill. Featuring Epiphany Chocolatiers of Fort Mill. There will be a chocolate coffee cafe, chocolate chili, chocolate fountain, children's events and baked goods. epiphanychocolatiers.com
DINNER THEATRE AT CLUB
"Love Letters" Dinner Theatre, Feb. 7, River Hills Country Club. Written by A.R. Gurney and performed by Dick and Marg Barnes. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m., dinner served at 7 p.m. and performance time is 8 p.m. A portion of the proceeds benefit Animal Adoption League. Tickets: $45 per person. 803-831-7375
BARBECUE FOR SCOUTS
Scout Troop 333 Barbecue Fundraiser, Feb. 8, River Hills Community Church. Cost: $7 per plate. Proceeds support the Troop's high adventure programs. Boys between the ages of 11 and 17 are invited to visit Troop meetings at 7:15 p.m. Tuesdays at the church. bsa333.org
HERE COMES THE BRIDE
Wedding Showcase, noon-5 p.m. Feb. 8, Visitor Pavilion, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Brides looking for ideas are invited to come meet top-quality vendors from the surrounding region. Cost: free with garden admission -- members free, $10 adults, $9 seniors 60 and older, and $5 children ages 4-12. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org
RIVER HILLS NEWCOMERS
River Hills Newcomers Ladies Wine Gathering, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12, home of Susan Gauff, 65 Honeysuckle Woods. Bring paper products, such as paper towels and bath tissue, to be donated to Clover Area Assistance Center. Cost: $5 per person donation. RSVP by calling 831-2737.
"AmerWrecka," 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday Feb. 12-Feb. 28, The Charlotte Arts League, 1517 Camden Road, Charlotte. See this original play by The Actors Lab, an acting studio with offices in Los Angeles and Charlotte. Tickets: $20, $15 students and seniors. 704-372-1000; carolinatix.org
The Democratic Women of Greater Lake Wylie luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 13, Clover High School private dining room. Cherie Mabrey, S.C. Democratic party upstate regional field director, and Nancy Kolman, S.C. Democratic Women's Council president, will share ideas on how we can stay involved and informed. Lunch will be prepared and served by the CHS Culinary Arts Department. All are welcome. Cost: $8 per person. RSVP by Feb. 5. 803-631-5360
River Hills Women's Club luncheon, Feb. 18, River Hills Country Club. Cocktails begin at noon, with jewelry designed by Erena Hunsicker modeled and available for purchase. Lunch is served at12:30 p.m. with the program, "Be My Valentine" -- love songs sung by Jennifer Hough and Kevin Gray, at 1 p.m. RSVP by e-mail or caller by Feb. 11. For club information, call 803-831-0210.
SING IT, SISTERS!
The Lovell Sisters, 8 p.m. Feb. 19, Clover School District Auditorium, 1625 S.C. 55 E., Clover. Three young sisters blend harmony and play mandolin, fiddle and dobro. Cost: $15. (803) 222-8018; clover2.k12.sc.us/csd
River Hills Lions Club dinner meeting, 7 p.m. March 3, River Hills Country Club. Speaker is retired NFL Quarterback Steve Beuerlein. Reservations required. 803-370-2828, 803-631-3543; riverhillslions.org
NEED A LAUGH?
Chapter 6, 8 p.m. March 16, Clover School District Auditorium, 1625 S.C. 55 E., Clover. From their humble collegiate beginnings as the premier jazz a capella ensemble at Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., to their 2001 professional debut, this Chicago area group has received awards and recognition for technique, performance and original arrangements. Their comedy infused blend of pop, jazz, gospel and rock brings spontaneous bursts of laughter throughout the show. Cost: $15. (803) 222-8018; clover2.k12.sc.us/csd
"Greater Tuna," 8 p.m. April 2, Clover School District Auditorium, 1625 S.C. 55 E., Clover. Two performers from Georgia's legendary Springer Opera House play 20 hilarious and often strange characters that comprise a typical day in the Lone Star State's third smallest city, Tuna, Texas. In fact, it takes a team of lightning-fast "dressers" backstage to help create the 20-odd oddballs who represent the population of the entire Greater Tuna area -- men, women, children, animals and space aliens. Some quick-changes occur in fewer than four seconds. Cost: $15. (803) 222-8018; clover2.k12.sc.us/csd
LIONS CLUB MEETING
River Hills Lions Club dinner meeting, 7 p.m. April 7, River Hills Country Club. Speaker is Major Gen. Chuck Swannack, former commander of the 82nd Airborne. Reservations required. 803-370-2828, 803-631-3543; riverhillslions.org
River Hills Lions Club dinner meeting, 7 p.m. June 2, River Hills Country Club. Speaker is Dr. Anthony Plath, associate professor of finance at UNC Charlotte, known as "The go-to guy for commentary for NC based banks." Reservations required. 803-370-2828, 803-631-3543; riverhillslions.org