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Events: ‘Beauty and the Beast Jr.’ on stage May 2-3 in Clover

From back left, Zachary Baskin plays Gaston, Spencer Addison as the Beast, and Margaret East as Belle in “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” presented May 2-3 in Clover.
From back left, Zachary Baskin plays Gaston, Spencer Addison as the Beast, and Margaret East as Belle in “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” presented May 2-3 in Clover. CLOVER CHORISTERS/LYRICAL PHOTOGRAPHY


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


Couples dance

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

Support group

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


Book sale

Friends of the Library Book Sale, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. May 1 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 2, First ARP Church gymnasium, 201 E. White St., Rock Hill. Thousands of books priced at $2 per inch, measuring the height of the book stack. DVDs and audiobooks also for sale. All items half price Saturday. 803-981-5837;


On stage

“Beauty and The Beast Jr.,” 3:30 p.m. May 2-3, Blue Eagle Auditorium, 300 Clinton Ave., Clover, presented by Clover Choristers and Clover Youth Theatre Company. Tickets: $10, available online or at the door.

Rain or Shine

Whether it’s Rain or Shine, it’s Weather!, 3-4 p.m. May 2 and May 23, McDowell Nature Center, Steele Creek. Explore what weather is and where it comes from. For ages 6-12. Participants will learn about cloud classification and thunderstorm development, and how to use basic weather instruments and read weather maps. Free event, but registration requested. 704-588-5224;

Stroke aware

Stroke Community Awareness Fair, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 2, Independence Park, Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte. Novant Health and the American Heart Association will provide free educational sessions and services to the community to help prevent and know signs of stroke.

Free family movie

Movies in the Park, at dusk May 2, Ebenezer Park, Rock Hill. Watch “Big Hero 6” on the shore of Lake Wylie. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and other amenities. Alcohol prohibited. Movie free; light refreshments available for fee. 803-366-6620

Charlotte festival

Charlotte Naturally festival, 10 a.m.-noon May 2, Marshall Park, 800 E. 3rd St., Charlotte, hosted by National Wildlife Federation. Includes family-friendly entertainment, games, music and food. Charlotte was named Community Wildlife Habitat, recognizing community-wide efforts to create green landscapes, improve air and water quality, restore vital wildlife habitat and improve the health and well-being of inhabitants. Charlotte is the third largest city in the U.S. to receive the designation.


Ensemble concert

Belmont Abbey College’s Chorus and Instrumentalists Ensemble concert, 3 p.m. May 3, Abbey Basilica, Belmont. The program will include music in celebration of the Easter season, spiritual and folk songs, jazz, Broadway and instrumental works. Admission is free, donations accepted. 704-461-6012;


Body art

“Body Embellishment” exhibit, through Sept. 6, Mint Museum Uptown, Levine Center for the Arts, 500 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. Explore the most innovative artistic expression in the 21st century international arenas of body extension, augmentation and modification. Includes about 100 objects by artists and designers, also including Naomi Yasuda, whose work has appeared on the nails of Madonna and more. 704-337-2000;

Speak Spanish

Conversational Spanish for English Speakers, 6 p.m. Mondays, Steele Creek Public Library. Forget high school Spanish class. No verbs will be conjugated here. This class is for everyday use of the Spanish language. All materials provided. For adults. To register: 704-416-6800.,

Crossroads Cafe

Crossroads Cafe, 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Steele Creek Public Library. For adults and teens age 12-18 who speak some English but want to improve. Instructors from CPCC. 704-416-6800;

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.


Fabulous Equinox

The Fabulous Equinox, 7:30 p.m. May 7, The Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill. The “Mostly Mercer Show” gives the Equinox Band a chance to show off one of the South’s best exports – the music of Johnny Mercer. From “Blues in the Night” to “Jeepers Creepers,” “Hooray for Hollywood” to “One for My Baby,” hear American music from one of the 20th century’s most prolific song composers. Advance tickets: $35, or $30 for arts council members; $40 at the door. 803-328-2787;,

Family day

Homeschool Family Field Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 13, Copperhead Island shelter, Steele Creek. Enjoy a collection of activities including games, fishing, kayaking and hiking. Hot dog lunch will be served. For ages 5 and older. Cost: $8. Registration required by calling McDowell Nature Center, 704-588-5224.

Home tour

York-Chester Historic Neighborhood’s Home and Garden Tour, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 16, Gastonia. Tour features five homes and seven gardens. 704-691-7922

Take a hike

Fitness Hike, 3-4 p.m. May 31, McDowell Nature Preserve, Steele Creek. Enjoy a comfortable, yet steady pace hiking throughout the preserve. For beginner and advanced hikers ages 8 and older. Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes and bring bottled water. Free admission. Registration requested. 704-588-5224;

Yoga at Camp T

Yoga, 10 a.m. June 13, Duke Pavilion at Camp Thunderbird, 1 Thunderbird Lane, Lake Wylie. Open to the community, donations accepted to help Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Class taught by Jenny’s Yoga of Gastonia. Arrive 15 minutes early. More classes: Aug. 8 and Sept. 12 with Charlotte Metro YMCA instructors.