What to do in October

Ongoing events

SENIOR GAME MORNING: Seniors at the North Mecklenburg Senior Center play cribbage, Scrabble, chess, checkers and cards the first and fifth Fridays of each month from 9 a.m.-noon at 16601 Old Statesville Road. The center encourages seniors to bring friends and their favorite game. Details: 704-875-1270.

Oct. 6

• FALL ROUND-UP: The Schiele Museum of Natural History presents a day of Western-themed activities and adventures 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. The free event, sponsored by Wells Fargo, features demonstrations by cowhands, cooks and historical re-enactors. Details: 704-866-6908.

• AUTUMN FAIRE: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden features handcrafted jewelry, pottery, mosaics and decorative art during its botanical marketplace event 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Participating artists use plants, gardens, nature and the environment in their creations. Guests will also find display-quality pottery, baskets, gourd art, herbal soaps, lotions and demonstrations. Details: www.dsbg.org or 704-825-4490.

Oct. 10

BOOK-SIGNING: Authors Marion Ellis and Howard Covington sign copies of their book, “An Independent Profession: A Centennial History of the Mecklenburg County Bar,” from 7-8 p.m. at Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road, Charlotte. The book examines the Civil Rights struggle, corporate growth, the women’s movement and the transformation of Charlotte from a cotton town to a major U.S. city. Details: 704-525-9239.

Oct. 12

• BARBECUE SALE: Christ United Methodist Church holds its 42nd Annual Barbecue & Bake Sale 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at the church, 8020 Bellhaven Blvd., Charlotte. A plate or three sandwiches are available for $8.50 with eat-in or drive-thru options. The Community Blood Center of the Carolina’s blood mobile will also accept donations 1:30-5:30 p.m.

Oct. 13

• CONCERT: The U.S. National Whitewater Center ends its River Jam concert series with three performances and an oyster roast. The Sons of Bill perform at 4 p.m., The David Mayfield Parade at 6 p.m. and Acoustic Syndicate at 8 p.m. at the center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy., Charlotte. VIP passes are available for $75, which includes access to an exclusive viewing area on the River Center Terrace, one entrée from the River’s Edge Bar & Grill and access to a private bar. General admission is free. Details: 704-391-3900.

• RACE: The U.S. National Whitewater Center presents the inaugural Build Your Own Boat Competition & Race at 1 p.m. at the center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy., Charlotte. Teams of one to four people will build homemade, human-powered whitewater vessels and attempt to navigate the center’s Class IV whitewater rapids. Check-in begins at 11 a.m. Details and rules: www.usnwc.org.

• ALL HALLOW’S EVE: Visitors to Historic Latta Plantation experience the history of Halloween and its famous characters 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. The event includes trick-or-treating around the plantation, Halloween-themed baking in the plantation’s old kitchen, storytelling, pumpkin painting and a costume contest. The event is free with regular site admission ($7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for students and children 5 and under free). Details: www.latta
plantation.org or 704-875-2312.

Oct. 16

• WORKSHOP: Teens at the Mountain Island branch of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library repair books to extend the life of library items at 5:30 p.m. at the library, 4420 Hoyt Galvin Way, Charlotte. Details: 704-416-5600.

Oct. 20

• FALL STAR PARTY: The Schiele Museum holds workshops, hands-on demonstrations and special programs under the starts from 5-11 p.m. at the museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. Participants are encouraged to bring telescopes for a workshop followed by an evening star party. Guests can also tour museum exhibits after hours and watch planetarium shows throughout the evening. The event costs $3 for members and $5 for others. Details: 704-866-6908.

• WORKSHOP: Experienced food historian Clarissa Clifton teaches visitors to Historic Latta Plantation about open-hearth cooking techniques from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. Registration costs $60 per students and includes all supplies. Details and registration: www.lattaplantation.org or 704-875-2312.

Oct. 22

• BOOK CLUB: The Last Chapter Book Club, a book club for adults, meets the fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the main branch of the Gaston Public Library, 1555 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. Meetings take place in the library’s conference room. Details: 704-868-2164.

Oct. 26

• GHOST WALK: Visitors to Historic Latta Plantation experience the darker side of Latta during a candle-lit tour 7-10 p.m. at 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. Re-enactors take visitors back to 1867 and find that “Sampleville” has been taken over by “Death’s Circus.” The tour includes a walk through the mayor’s house – which has been taken over by clowns, Death’s Tavern, the slaughter house and the town cemetery. The walk is not recommended for children younger than 10. Admission cost $8 per person (members are admitted free). Details: www.lattaplantation.org or 704-875-2312.

• BEER FESTIVAL: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden presents its annual beer festival, “Harvest Brewed,” 6-9 p.m. at the garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. The event features craft, micro and home brews from North Carolina and beyond. Guests will have the opportunity to try a wide range of beers and enjoy live music and food. The festival costs $25 for members and $35 for others, which includes beer samples, a commemorative sampling glass and appetizers. For tickets and details: www.dsbg.org or 704-829-1252.

Oct. 27

• GHOST WALK: Visitors to Historic Latta Plantation experience the darker side of Latta during a candle-lit tour 7-10 p.m. at 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. Re-enactors take visitors back to 1867 and find that “Sampleville” has been taken over by “Death’s Circus.” The walk is not recommended for children younger than 10. Admission cost $8 per person (members are admitted free). Details: www.lattaplantation.org or 704-875-2312.

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