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Get your free summer fun on with an ice cream competition

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.


Ice Cream Churn-Off

Sat 11 a.m. Atherton Market, 2104 South Blvd.

Be an ice cream taster and judge. This friendly competition will culminate in a tasting at 11 a.m., when you can vote for your favorite flavor. Kids’ performer Steve Weeks will provide family-friendly musical entertainment starting at 10.


Ice hockey lesson for kids

Sat Noon-1:30 p.m. Extreme Ice Center, 4705 Indian Trail Fairview Road, Indian Trail. 704-882-1830.

Children ages 4-10 can take a free ice hockey lesson, with free skates and equipment provided. (Bring a helmet and gloves; a bike helmet and mittens will suffice.) Space is limited and you must sign up on the website in advance.


Visit the Mint museums

Wed 5-9 p.m. Mint Museums, 500 S. Tryon St. and 2730 Randolph Road. 704-337-2000.

Free admission to either Mint has changed to Wednesday evenings. This week, starting at 7, Mint Museum Uptown will host the creative writing program “The Painted Word.” After observing and discussing a work, participants will be given prompts and writing exercises to inspire them to write a poem or short story. Intended for 16 and older.


Open water swim

Thur 6:30-8 p.m. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900.

Train for an event or just enjoy a casual swim on a 400-meter loop in the Catawba River. Swimmers must wear a brightly colored swim cap and sign a waiver. No lifeguards will be on duty. After, enjoy the band Honey Island Swamp Band at Riverjam.


Movies at the mall

Sat 7:30 p.m. Carolina Place Mall, 11025 Carolina Place Parkway, Pineville.

Catch “Wreck-It Ralph” with surround sound and a 25-foot-high inflatable movie screen on the grass courtyard next to REI, near the food court entrance parking lot. Radio Disney will provide pre-show entertainment at 7:30 p.m.; movie starts at dusk. Free popcorn will be provided. Bring a blanket.

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