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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.


CIAA Fan Experience

Fri 5:30-10 a.m. and 5-10 p.m. (also noon-8 p.m. Saturday). Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St.

Each day this free family-friendly event during the CIAA basketball tournament will feature celebrity appearances, performances by popular R&B and hip-hop artists and interactive games.


Snug Harbor March residency

Wed 10 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. 704-561-1781.

Each month, Snug Harbor has an artist in residence. The March artist is David Childers, one of North Carolina’s most prolific songwriters. Childers was the front man for The Modern San Juans and currently leads The Overmountain Men. The Avett Brothers cover his songs. He will be joined by the band Appalucia. Shows are for 18 and older.


‘Lego Movie’ building event

Sat 11 a.m. Barnes & Noble stores.

Kids ages 4 and older can build a scene from “The Lego Movie.” It’s free but space is limited, so call the store first. Barnes & Noble stores are at The Arboretum, Birkdale Village, Morrison Place and Carolina Place.


Junior League’s Go Kids Go!

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

This free fitness event is offered for kids ages 4-14 and their families for four Saturdays; this is the second week. Each event will include physical activity, interactive learning sessions and giveaways for the kids. You’ll need to register in person between 9 and 9:30 a.m.


Go fishing with Dr. Seuss

Sun 2 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6460.

Reedy Creek Nature Center celebrates the 100th birthday of Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, with a free event for kids ages 4-8. Kids will hear the Dr. Seuss’ story “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” and learn about the fish in the nature preserve’s lakes and ponds. Kids will also learn how to cast with a fun fishing game. Parent participation is needed for the casting game. Call to register.

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