Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive. 704-568-1774. charlottemuseum.org.
Catch two free, family-friendly events Saturday: Patriot Day celebration 11 a.m.-5 p.m., featuring crafts, a Revolutionary War campsite, tour of the Hezekiah Alexander homesite and 18th-century cooking demos. Even President George Washington will pay a visit.
And 1-4 p.m., the Charlotte Folk Society will provide music at their annual Old-Time Music Jam & Ice Cream Social. Enjoy a song circle, storytelling by the Storytelling Guild of Charlotte and a clogging demo. Free ice cream while supplies last.
Concert series at Romare Bearden Park
Various times during week. Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church Street. charmeck.org
The 5.4-acre Romare Bearden Park opened Labor Day Weekend and already has a full calendar of free live music this month. The Music Box Lunch Series features local and regional talent 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. And Party in the Park take place 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays.
‘Tossed ‘n’ Found’ opening reception
Fri 6-9 p.m. The Charlotte ARTery, 1515 C South Mint St. charlotteartery.org
All the artwork in this juried exhibit is created from reclaimed, salvaged and scrounged materials. Bring a donation for the Charlotte Assistance League, such as furniture, clothing, books, toys, jewelry, household items, electronics, computers, shoes, sports equipment and baby items. Call the Thrift Shop at 704-525-5000 to arrange a furniture pickup. If you miss the opening reception, you can visit the juried exhibit noon-5 p.m. Sept. 7, 14 and 21.
‘4 Little Girls’ screening, discussion
Sun 2:30 p.m. Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh St. 704-333-1887 museumofthenewsouth.org
The Spike Lee documentary, nominated for an Academy Award, tells the story of the bombing of Birmingham, Ala.’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in 1963, which killed four young girls. It’s free to attend but RSVP at 704-333-1887 ext. 501 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Educator Saturdays at Discovery Place museums
Sat All four Discovery Place museums discoveryplace.org
Saturdays in September, educators plus one guest may visit any of the Discovery Place family of museums for free. No need to register in advance; bring a valid school ID. Home-schoolers, bring proof of status. You will receive a packet including the new educator guides, coupons and a chance to win a free field trip for your class.
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