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Employee artwork showcased Jan. 30 in Charlotte


Dad time

Daddy and Me, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road. An evening story time for preschoolers and their dads. 704-416-6800;

Story time

Preschool Story Time, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Wednesdays, Lake Wylie Public Library. For ages 3-5 with caregiver. No registration required


Support group

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


Employee art

15th annual National Arts Program reception, 5-8 p.m. Jan 30, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St., Charlotte. Showcasing the artistic talents of city, county and library employees, retirees and their families with 173 works of art, ranging from paint and photography to sculpture, craft and mixed media and created by 137 artists. Artistic work will be judged in amateur, intermediate and professional categories, as well as youth and teen categories, 12 years and younger and 13 to 18 years old. On display through Feb. 26 in the lobby


For kids

Papercrafting with Kids: Valentines, 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 31, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by Stamp and Paper Artist Suzanne Patz and garden instructor Becky LaBar. Parents and children each make their own Valentines plus work together on special, hand-crafted creations. Children younger than 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Best suited for children 6 and older. This class is $25 per adult, $5 per child plus $5 per person materials fee. Garden members receive a 15 percent discount on the class fee, but not the cost of materials. 704-829-1294;


Panama Canal

“Connecting the World: The Panama Canal at 100” exhibit, through Feb. 1, The Mint Museum, 500 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. Mint Museum Uptown will also host musical performances, a film screening, gallery talks, and a public appearance by contemporary artist Mel Chin, who created an original commissioned installation in conjunction with the exhibition.

Explore solar system

“The Solar System: A Journey of Exploration,” Schiele Museum of Natural History, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. A new, original exhibit explores the solar system. 704-866-6908;

Arts & Orchids

Art & Orchids exhibit, through March 18, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. The exhibition by Lost Hollow designer W. Gary Smith is set against the backdrop of the garden’s collection of orchids, which offer dramatic and unusual shapes, forms and colors found in nature. Free with garden admission: $12 adults, $11 seniors 60 and older, and $6 children 4-12. 704-825-4490;


Musical soap opera

“Della’s Diner” musical soap opera, 8 p.m. Feb. 5, Clover School District Auditorium. Della is the sassy, big-hearted cafe owner who dispenses love, wisdom and moral advice to the parade of odd balls who come and go from her cozy diner on Morning Glory Mountain. While Della is trying to keep her family from killing each other, a stranger arrives in the diner with ties to Della’s past, if only they would let him speak. Tickets: $15. 803-222-8018;

Irish tales

“Land, Love, and Laughter: Irish Storytelling and Song,” 11 a.m. Feb. 5, Dinkins Auditorium, Winthrop University, Rock Hill. Associate professor of music Connie Hale is active across the state and nation as a clinician, and her articles have appeared in publications such as “The Orff Echo” and “Music Educators Journal.” She has spent much time in Ireland researching the country’s storytelling and songs. Desserts and beverages will be provided. 803-323-2220;

Symphony waltz

Charlotte Symphony KnightSounds: A Waltz to Remember, Feb. 6, Charlotte. With Soprano Katherine Polit and the Metropolitan Ballroom dancers. Roger Kalia, conducting.

Family Outing

Belle et Bête and Lunch Money: “Planet Hopping,” 2 p.m. Feb. 7, The Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St. Using original live music and various puppetry techniques including marionettes and rod puppets, live video feed projections and sand drawing, Belle et Bête and Lunch Money’s production of Planet Hopping is the story of a young pilot and her robot sidekick as they travel through the stars. The show mixes elements of sci-fi and intergalactic rock ‘n’ roll with real lessons about our solar system. Tickets: adults: $10, children: $7.50. 803-328-2787;,

Soul music

Carolina Pro Musica, 8 p.m. Feb. 9, Belmont Abbey College, Belmont. Program entitled So longs the Soul. Through vocal and instrumental selections the ensemble explores the desire of the human soul to touch the eternal. Featured will be Joseph-Hector Fiocco’s Lamentations - a setting of verses from The Lamentations of the Prophet Jeremiah, arias by J.S. Bach and instrumental works by Marcello, and Veracini. The ensemble features period instruments traverso (an 18th century flute), recorder, viola da gamba, chamber organ and voice. Tickets: $16 regular admission, $8 for students and seniors. 704-334-3468;

Valentine songs

Charlotte Symphony Pops: A Symphonic Valentine, Feb. 13-14, Charlotte. With the Noel Freidline Trio. Roger Kalia, conducting.

Symphony for kids

Charlotte Symphony Lollipops: Beethoven Lives Upstairs, Feb. 14, Charlotte. With Classical Kids Live and pre-concert Musical Petting Zoo. Roger Kalia, conducting.

Go Italiano

Carnivale in Venice, 7-10:30 p.m. Feb. 14, St. Philip Neri Church, Parish Hall, 292 Munn Road E., Fort Mill. Dinner and dance sponsored by Italian American Club of York County. Includes door prize drawings. Tickets: $35. 803-547-3277; 803-746-7944