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Southern Spring Home & Garden Show opens Feb. 27 in Charlotte


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.


Home & Garden Show

The Southern Spring Home & Garden Show, Feb. 27-March 1, The Park Expo and Conference Center, 2500 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte. The show is celebrating all things Carolina – from the state’s food to its stature as a financial center. Learn from award-winning landscapers, get the latest ideas on lawn and garden – and home improvement, sample favorite foods and wine, explore designer rooms, and enjoy horticulture, design and how-to clinics. Tickets: $11. Parking: $7, cash only. 704-461-6012;

‘Jackie and Me’

“Jackie & Me,” Feb. 27-March 15, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte at ImaginOn, Charlotte. Joey Stoshack, 10, uses his time travel powers to go to 1947 and meets Jackie Robinson, the first African-American baseball player in the major leagues. Joey wants to write a prize-winning report, but he never plans on a trip that will forever change his view of history. For ages 7 and older; but includes scenes of bullying and racial epithets. 704-973-2828;


Fossil Fair

Fossil Fair, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 28, The Schiele Museum of Natural History, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. See museum and fossil club displays and purchase specimens from vendors. Mine for gemstones including garnets, emeralds and amethyst. Meet animated prehistoric characters, see a full-size T. rex, make fossil fish print, search for tiny fossils from the Carolina coast and more. Cost: $3 plus general admission. 704-866-6908;

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;


Club concert

The Rock Hill Music Club 16th annual Mid-Winter Concert and Reception, 3 p.m. March 1, Frances Mae Barnes Recital Hall, Winthrop University, Rock Hill. Featured performing music scholarship recipients will be Joseph Booth, Ellis Hendrix, Tyler Lewis, David Liotta, Lex Nordlinger, Oluwatobi Otekayi, Almond Ponge and Joshua Wald. Free


‘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;

Explore solar system

“The Solar System: A Journey of Exploration,” through September, Schiele Museum of Natural History, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. A new, original exhibit explores the solar system featuring large, active planet displays, hands-on interactives, touchscreens, iPads, a full-sized Mars Rover replica, a simulated Martian colony and more. 704-866-6908;

Grant exhibit

“Vernon Grant: An Illustrious Career” through Oct. 18, 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.


Dance class

Country Couples Dance Class, new session starts March 5, The Journey, 5415 S.C. 557, Lake Wylie. Beginners: 7:30-8:15 p.m. Intermediate: 8:15-9 p.m. Cost: $30 per person for six week session. 803-831-1076

Pride Band concert

The Charlotte Pride Band concert, 5 p.m. March 7, Heaton Hall of Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Road, Charlotte. “Music That Moves You” brings musical pieces such as “Rookie of the Year,” “L’Esprit du Tour” and “Arabesque” to life with action-packed performances. Local LGBT-affirming groups collaborating with the band include The Charlotte Roller Girls and The Queens of D’Nile belly dancers. Tickets: $13, or $22.50 family pass (two adults, children younger than age 12).

Baroque music

North Carolina Baroque Orchestra Chamber Ensemble, 4 p.m. March 8, The Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Hear the music on the harpsichord, theorbo, recorder and baroque flutes. Advance tickets: $25 or $20 for arts council members; or $30 at the door. 803-328-2787;,