Preschool Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Lake Wylie Public Library. For children aged 3 to 5 and their caregivers.
Wonderful Wednesdays Series, through July 29, Museum of York County, 4621 Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill. Program, 11 a.m.; demonstrations and hands-on activities, noon-2 p.m. Enjoy a 30- to 45-minute program, explore the museum, take part in special hands-on activities, or bring a picnic to enjoy outdoors. July 15 is "What in the World?" for ages 5 and older. Curator of Natural History Steve Fields will lead an interactive investigation of nature's puzzling specimens. Bring an object to be identified. Cost: $7, adults; $6, seniors, $5 ages 4-17, free for children 3 and younger. 803-329-2121; chmuseum.org
AT THE GARDEN
Garden Nights, 5-9 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 25, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Food with a tropical flair, including beer and wine, will be available for purchase from Something Classic, the garden's daily food service provider. Free with admission: $10, adults; $9, seniors 60 and older; and $5, children 4-12. 704-825-4490; DSBG.org
FOR RED HATTERS
Red Hat Ladies Garden Party, 1-5 p.m. July 16, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. The event includes a craft activity, a pot-a-plant to take home, floral design presentations and adaptive gardening tool demonstrations. Light refreshments will be available. The Red Hat Parade will be held at 3 p.m. on the Four Seasons Lawn. Prizes will be awarded for the best flower-themed, best bug-themed and overall most outrageous Red Hat. Cost: $15 for garden members, $20 for non-members. Registration requested. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org
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
Moonlight Stories for ages 12 and younger, 10:30 a.m. July 17, Lake Wylie Public Library. Enjoy African storytelling tradition with drumming and dance, spirited call and response songs by Orisirisi African Folklore.
SEE A PLAY
"Gooney Bird Greene and Fine Dining," 7 p.m. July 17-18 and July 24-25, 3 p.m. July 19 and 26, presented by The Yorkville Players, McCelvey Center, York. 866-334-0064; yorkvilleplayers.com
"Herbs for the Garden," 10:30 a.m.-noon July 18, The Orchid Conservatory Room, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Led by Master Gardener Sandi Fenton discussing herbs, how they are used, and when and how to grow them. Learn about the fragrant, wonderful world of herbs. Cost: $15 for members, $18 non-members. Registration required. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org
The Intergalactic Bead & Jewelry Show takes place 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 18-19 at Metrolina Expo Trade Center Bldg. C, 7100 Statesville Road, Charlotte. Both wholesalers and retailers will be present, with colorful gemstone beads, crystals, pearls, hand-made glass beads and unique clasps. Cost $5 for Saturday, $4 for Sunday, children 12 and younger free. 888-729-6904
Introduction to Genealogy, 11-11:45 a.m. July 18, McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St., York.
Understand the basic resources available for researching your family tree. Free. 803-684-3948
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. Activities and demonstrations vary weekly. Admission: $6 for adults, $5 seniors; $3 ages 4-17, free for members and children 3 and younger. 803-684-2327
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 aged 4-17 and free to members and children 3 and younger. chmuseums.org
Vintage Club of Tega Cay bowling, 10 a.m. first Monday of the month, Strikers, Rock Hill. Cost: $8 a session, includes games, shoes and lunch. 803-547-0337
SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure drops anchor at Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, July 4-Jan. 31, 2010. The nearly 11, 000-square-foot exhibition features hundreds of artifacts recovered from actual Odyssey deep-ocean archaeological excavations, which tell stories about each shipwreck and life during the time of the sinking. Cost: $10, adults; $8, children aged 2-13 and seniors 60 and older. 704-372-6261; discoveryplace.org
First York County Tropical Jam, 8:30 p.m. July 24, Sylvia Theater, 27 N.Congress St., York. Local bands Rum Punch Bandits and Anderson-Avery Tropical Band play original songs and covers. The Anderson-Avery Tropical Band will release "Island Songs Vol. 1." There will be hula girls, congas lines, steel drums and more. Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 the day of show. 803-684-5590; sylviatheater.com, etix.com