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‘Planet Hopping’ Feb. 7 in Rock Hill


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


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 oddballs 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;

Bluegrass time

Allison Creek Bluegrass Concert, 7 p.m. Feb. 5, 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.


Native Azaleas

First Friday Topic: Native Azaleas, 11 a.m. Feb. 6, Glencairn Learning Center, 825 Edgemont Ave., Rock Hill. Barbara Albritton-Grant, a master gardener and educator, will present the program.

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., Rock Hill. Using original live music and 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;,

Tree pruning

End Crape Murder, Feb. 7, 1051 Eden Terrace, across from Winthrop University baseball stadium, Rock Hill and York County Election Commission Office, 13 Congress St., York. Learn how to prune crape myrtles. Dave Powell, certified master arborist, and Clemson Extension Agent Paul Thompson will demonstrate proper pruning techniques 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in York and 1:30-3:30 p.m in Rock Hill.

Slave experience

“By Way of the Back Door,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays in February, Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells. An African-American program based on three generations of slavery from 1780-1865. Guided tours: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Ongoing activities throughout the day. Admission: adult, $6; senior, $5; ages 4-17, $3. 803-684-2327;

Choristers concert

Clover Choristers’ “Our Valentine To You” concert, 3:30 p.m. Feb. 7, River Hills Community Church sanctuary, 104 Hamilton’s Ferry Road, Lake Wylie. Hear the choir of 48 elementary age children sing music ranging from Valentine’s Day songs to Disney show tunes to a song in Chinese. Tickets: $6 at the door or online

Yoga at DSBG

Wellness and Rejuvenation Yoga Series, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 7, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by Rasheeda Hasan, certified yoga instructor, each class is a personalized yoga experience to relax, rejuvenate and realign the body using breathing techniques, meditation practices and physical yoga poses that borrow from Yin, traditional Hatha, Kundalini, and Ashtanga. Routines are accessible for beginners to advanced students. Call for class cost. 704-829-1252;

Grow orchids

Growing and Repotting Orchids, 1-3 p.m. Feb. 7, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Learn how to grow and succeed with orchids at home. Participants will get hands-on experience and leave with two orchids – one they pot themselves and one in bloom. Cost: $25, plus a $25 materials fee. 704-829-1252;


Employee art

15th annual National Arts Program, through Feb. 26, lobby 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.

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;


Soul music

Carolina Pro Musica, 8 p.m. Feb. 9, Belmont Abbey College, Belmont. Program titled “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;


Bird walk

Birding Walk, 9-10 a.m. Feb. 10, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Stroll with staff 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. 704-825-4490;

Valentine songs

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

Family fun

Come Draw with Me Family Fun Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 14, The Museum of York County, 4621 Mt. Gallant Road, Rock Hill. Museum visitors can join local professional and student artists in sketching and rendering drawings taken from nature’s designs. Free with museum admission.

Art & Lit

“Art & Imagination in Children’s Literature” opens, Feb. 14, The Museum of York County, 4621 Mt. Gallant Road, Rock Hill. Showcases the work of Winthrop University art students taking the course, “Illustration: Fairy Tales and Children’s Literature,” in fall 2014. Taught by Professor David Brown, the course leads students through a study of classic, folk and contemporary children’s literature, and culminates in the students creating their own storybooks with original narratives and illustrations. A reception will be 6-8 p.m. Feb. 21 at the museum and is free with admission. Runs through Aug. 30.

Children and art

Children’s Art Weekend, Feb. 14-15, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Hands-on activities such as crafting Valentines and other art projects will be available. The garden also is holding a coloring contest. 704-825-4490;

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

A Cappella

The Swingle Singers, 8 p.m. Feb. 19, Clover School District Auditorium, 1625 S.C. 55 E., Clover. Celebrating their 50th anniversary, the London-based Swingle Singers are an a cappella group singing pop, rock, jazz, Latin and classical styles. For five decades the group has been setting the standard of vocal agility while pushing the boundaries of musical innovation, and the latest line-up of young talented voices effortlessly uphold the tradition of the original ’60s group. Tickets: $15. 803-222-8018;

Symphony classics

Charlotte Symphony Classics: Mozart, Strauss & Brahms, Feb. 20-21, Charlotte. Christopher Warren-Green, conducting. Lukas Vondracek, piano.

Grant exhibit

“Vernon Grant: An Illustrious Career” opens Feb. 21, The Museum of York County, 4621 Mt. Gallant Road, Rock Hill. The new exhibition encompasses Grant’s life and career from the 1930s-1970s, and showcases Grant’s distinctive wit, style and masterful hand with gouache painting. Runs through Oct. 18.

Garden walk

Horticultural Highlight Walk, 1 p.m. Feb. 21, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Guides will highlight what’s in bloom, seasonally relevant gardening tips and behind-the-scenes details. Free with garden admission. 704-825-4490;

Photo class

Digital SLR III: Composition, 1:30-4 p.m. Feb. 22, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by Dave Kelly, owner DEK Photography, learn composition skills needed to create balance and harmony. Cost: $46. 704-825-4490;