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Climb a tree this weekend: It’s free fun

By Jody Mace
Jody Mace
Jody Mace is a freelance writer based in Charlotte, where she lives with her husband, two kids, and a dog, Shaggy.

Climbing

Tree Climbing Competition

8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday. Freedom Park. caa-nc.org

More than 40 professional tree climbers will compete for prizes, bragging rights and a pretty cool belt buckle. Top scorers from Saturday’s events sponsored by the Charlotte Arborists Association will advance to the Masters Challenge on Sunday. Families can get in on some tree action at the Family Fun Climb 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Climbers must be at least 5 years old.

Boating

Paddle Fest

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Lake Davidson Nature Preserve, 750 Jetton St., Davidson. davidsonlands.org

Paddle Fest celebrates water sports at Lake Davidson. A limited number of kayaks and paddle boards will be available for introductory demonstrations. Those with their own boats or boards are encouraged to bring them and join in the activities. Activities will also include dragonboats and clipper war canoes, storytelling, walking tours with naturalist Reed Patterson and music throughout from Billy Jones and other performers.

Music

Charlotte Folk Society monthly concert and gathering: Bluegrass Meets Bolero

7:30 p.m. Friday. Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave. folksociety.org

Charlotte Folk Society’s monthly concert and gathering for March is a special one: A crossover concert featuring Grupo Los Morales and Glen Alexander Bluegrass Trio. It’s presented in partnership with Levine Museum of the New South. Tom Hanchett, the museum’s staff historian, curated this concert and will host the evening. Doors open at 7 p.m. but due to the interest in this concert, you should arrive early. Refreshments, a song circle and jam sessions follow the concert.

Astronomy

Discovery Place Star Party

7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St. discoveryplace.org

Spend an evening with Discovery Place and the Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club observing stars and planets from the Discovery Place parking deck. Jim Craig, director of the James H. Lynn Planetarium at Schiele Museum of Natural History, will give an astronomy talk. There will also be indoor activities on Level 3 of the museum, including the Starlab. Parking is free.

Music

Jazz on the Green

Noon Saturday. Overcash Building lawn, CPCC, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. sensoria.cpcc.edu.

Enjoy a free outdoors jazz concert as part of the Sensoria Festival, a week-long celebration of the arts. Other free events include dance, film, lectures and poetry. Visit Sensoria’s website for the full schedule.

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