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Celebrate Atherton’s 3rd anniversary with free fun this week

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.


Atherton Market’s 3rd anniversary celebration

Sat 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Atherton Market, 2104 South Blvd.

Atherton Market is always a great place to shop from local vendors, but the market has even more to offer during its celebration. Peter Hatch will give a talk about his book, “A Rich Spot of Earth: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello,” at 9:45 a.m., followed by a book signing. The Mike Strauss Band will perform until noon, and chefs from Jim Noble’s restaurant, The Kings Kitchen, will perform cooking demonstrations beginning at 11. There will be activities for kids, too. .


Summer camp

Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun Noon-5 p.m. June 8-July 14. Bass Pro Shops, Concord Mills.

Bass Pro Shops is again offering a variety of free family activities during the summer, including a shooting range, shooting arcade and casting challenge. On Saturdays, enjoy free homemade ice cream 5-6 p.m. while supplies last.


Fanta Festival

Sun 11 a.m.-7 p.m. McAlpine Park, 8711 Monroe Road.

Cinco de Mayo has come and gone, but heavy rains delayed the Fanta Festival, the biggest Cinco de Mayo festival in the Carolinas. Rescheduled for Sunday, the festival will feature Mexican musicians, traditional folk dancing, authentic foods, a cultural marketplace, a free soccer clinic for children ages 6-12, the McDonald’s Kid Zone, the Coca-Cola Fun Zone, a nonprofit and small business area, and games for the whole family.


Tony Awards viewing party

Sun 7 p.m. McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St.

Watch the live broadcast of the 67th Annual Tony Awards on a 10-by-14-foot screen. Doors open at 7, show begins at 8. The event is free – first come, first served. You could win a prize bag including tickets to shows, dinners and more.


Guided tour of Charlotte Liberty Walk

Mon 10:30 a.m. Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh St.

The Charlotte Liberty Walk is normally a self-guided tour. You download the app onto your mobile device and then walk a nine-block route through Center City, stopping at the 15 plaques that commemorate Charlotte’s involvement in the Revolutionary War. On Monday, however, you can experience a free guided tour, organized by the Charlotte Regional History Consortium. Meet at the Levine Museum of the New South at 10:30 a.m. or join up in front of Two Wells Fargo Plaza around 10:45 a.m. Local historian Jim Williams will lead.


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