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Mountains to Sea Real Estate Expo:

Vacation home showcase includes 24 North Carolina and Tennessee mountain and coastal resort communities. Resort Weekend Getaway prizes. Show is 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Today and Sunday. Details: 561-289-4451. Charlotte Marriott Executive Park, 5700 Westpark Drive.

North Carolina: A Nature State

Get a natural history lesson on North Carolina's state bird, reptile, fruit, berry and other symbols at Latta Plantation Nature Center. Then, head out on the nature trail. 2 p.m. today. $4 adult, $3 child. Details: 704-875-1391 or www.parkandrec.com. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville.

Tour Six Private Gardens

Visit six private gardens in Charlotte through The Garden Conservancy's Open Days program. The gardens are open Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 28 from 1-5 p.m. Visitors can begin the tour and obtain a $25 ticket book at Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary at 248 Ridgewood Ave. For more information, call 1-888-842-2442 or visit www.opendaysprogram,org

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