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Events: Beach Blast June 27 on Lake Wylie

Fiddlers Nash Lyle and Zach Lemhouse play tunes at Historic Brattonsville in McConnells. Music will be part of the Independence Day celebration at Hightower Hall set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 4.
Fiddlers Nash Lyle and Zach Lemhouse play tunes at Historic Brattonsville in McConnells. Music will be part of the Independence Day celebration at Hightower Hall set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 4. CULTURE & HERITAGE MUSEUMS

THURSDAY

Support group

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

SATURDAY

Garden yoga

Saturday Morning Yoga in the Garden, 9:30-10:30 a.m. June 27, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by Rasheedah Hasan of Raha and Friends Yoga. Learn how to connect breathing to yoga postures and proper alignment for your body. For beginners and intermediate students. Bring a yoga mat. Cost: $12 per class. Register online. dsbg.org

Go shop

Fourth of July Vendor Event, June 27, The Market, Sharon. Vendor space info: marycgoforth@gmail.com or 704-813-2882.

Beach Blast

Beach Blast, 6-8 p.m. June 27, Ebenezer Park on Lake Wylie in Rock Hill. Surfside plays beach, blues and oldies music. Free, but parking fees apply. 803-366-6620

SUNDAY

Photo class

Digital SLR IV: Macro and Close-Up Photography, 1:30-4 p.m. June 28, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by Dave Kelly, owner DEK Photography. Digital SLR camera required. Cost: $46. Register online. dsbg.org

MONDAY

Bring kids

Mommy (or Daddy) and Me Mondays, 10-11 a.m. June 29, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Bring your child (up to age 5) to explore nature. Activities include stories, songs, planting seeds, crafts and playtime in Lost Hollow. Cost: $10 per family. Register online. dsbg.org

ONGOING

Symphony series

The Charlotte Symphony’s Summer Pops Series, Sundays through July 3, Charlotte. Gates open at 5 p.m., prelude performances begin at 7 p.m., and the Charlotte Symphony performs at 8:15 p.m. Tickets for the June concerts: $12; July 3 tickets: $16. charlottesymphony.org

COMING

Mini camp

Youth Garden Adventure Camp: Garden Mini-Camp, 9 a.m.-noon June 30-July 2, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Crafts, stories, songs and outdoor play for ages 4-6. Cost: $120 per camper. Register online. dsbg.org

Historic celebration

Independence Day at Hightower Hall, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 4, Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells. A celebration of Independence from King George takes place at Hightower Hall, the antebellum home of John Bratton Jr. Fiddlers will play tunes of liberty and freedom with open calls to dance “Sellenger’s Round” and the “Virginia Reel” on the front lawn. The grounds will be set-up with wickets and mallets for a tournament game of Pall Mall. Toys and games keep the young ones entertained while the big kids play an old-fashion ball game of Rounders. Twenty historical interpreters dressed in period clothing offer cooking demonstrations, house tours and more. Event culminates with a reading of the Declaration of Independence on the front steps of Hightower Hall at 3:30 p.m. Picnics and blankets welcome; food available for purchase. Admission: adults $6, seniors $5, ages 4-17 $3. 803-684-2327; chmuseums.org

Kayak together

Lake Wylie Family Kayaking, 10 a.m.-noon July 10, McDowell Nature Preserve, Steele Creek. Paddle the border of the Carolinas with views of the Buster Boyd Bridge and Copperhead Island. Search for wildlife and learn about the Nature Preserve. All equipment and instruction provided. Children ages 5-9 are required to share a tandem kayak with an adult. Meet at the waterfront programming area. Cost: Single Kayak, $15, Tandem Kayak, $20. Other dates: July 17 and July 31. Registration required. 704-588-5224; parkandrec.com

Go wild

WildLife, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. July 11, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. ZimSculpt provides the inspiration for this mini-exhibition of Zimbabwean wildlife. Learn about what types of wildlife inhabit Zimbabwe, details about the animals and get up close to remarkable exhibit pieces on loan from Museum of York County. Free with garden admission: $12.95 adults, $11.95 seniors 60 and older, $6.95 ages 2-12. 704-825-4490; DSBG.org

About animals

Survival! Animal Adaptations, 3-4 p.m. July 12, McDowell Nature Preserve, Steele Creek. Explore survival techniques through adaptations of animals that live in McDowell Nature Preserve. For ages 8 and older. Dress for hiking outdoors and bring water. 704-588-5224; parkandrec.com

Nature hike

Track Trails: Nature’s Hide & Seek, 3-4 p.m. July 26, McDowell Nature Preserve, Steele Creek. Take a guided nature hike to see what’s at the preserve. Participants receive the Nature’s Hide & Seek guide to aid in exploring the woods in search of local flora and fauna. Covers an easy 1.2 mile hike. For ages 8 and older. Dress for hiking outdoors and bring water. 704-588-5224; parkandrec.com

Humming birds

WildWings, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 1, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Wildlife biologist Susan Campbell will return to lead hummingbird research. Learn about these tiniest birds and assist with the process. Free with garden admission: $12.95 adults, $11.95 seniors 60 and older, $6.95 ages 2-12. 704-825-4490; DSBG.org

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