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By Jody Mace

Family

Carolina Alpaca Celebration

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 N.C. 49 North, Concord. www.carolinaalpacacelebration.com.

More than 600 alpacas – animals originating in South America that resemble small llamas – will be competing for ribbons in the show ring. There also will be kids’ activities, free educational seminars and yarn-spinning demonstrations. Vendors will showcase their wares, including clothes made of alpaca fleece and books about alpacas. Parking costs $5 per vehicle.

Family

Junior League’s Go Kids Go!

9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Billingsville Elementary School, 124 Skyland Ave. 704-771-5426.

The Junior League of Charlotte launches its series of fitness events for kids 4-14 (and their families). It will run for four Saturdays, and each event will include physical activity, interactive learning sessions and giveaways for the kids. You’ll need to register in person each week, between 9 and 9:30 a.m.

Family

Charlotte Symphony Guild’s Musical Petting Zoo

11 a.m. Saturday. ImaginOn, 300 E. Seventh St. www.cmlibrary.org.

It has nothing to do with animals. It’s a chance for children to look at, listen to and try out orchestra instruments.

Exhibition

Showcase of Woodcarvings

Noon-4 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday. Marion Diehl Rec Center, 2219 Tyvola Road. www.charlottewoodcarvers.com.

The largest show of its kind in the Southeast features a carving competition, carvings and carving supplies for sale, raffle items, silent auction and mini-seminars. This year’s theme: cartoon caricatures.

Festival

Purim Palooza

10:30 a.m. Sunday. Gorelick Hall in the Levine Jewish Community Center, 5007 Providence Road. Although the event is free, you need to reserve tickets in advance. www.charlottejewishfilm.com/films/#esther.

Introduce your preschool-age child to Purim, which celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from the wicked Haman in the days of Queen Esther of Persia. Watch the animated film “Esther, the Girl Who Became Queen.” There also will be a scavenger hunt, crafts, a photo op with Queen Esther and snacks.

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