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Haulers on Union:
The streets of Concord will be packed with locals and NASCAR fans catching a glimpse of more than 30 MONSTER Energy NASCAR Cup car haulers as they make their way down Union Street en route to Charlotte Motor Speedway. It will be a free party with live music featuring the iconic Chairmen of the Board and The Entertainers, activities for children, food trucks, giveaways, race cars on display and more. Free. Union Street, Union Street, Concord. 5 p.m. May 18.
The Woody Russell Trio:
The Austin-based Woody Russell Trio performs. information and tickets available at homefrontmusicseries.com. $15. Wynfield Forest Clubhouse, 15722 Wynfield Creek Parkway, Huntersville. 8-10 p.m. May 19.
This 5K run/walk is to celebrate the memory of Lauren Marie Kimsey. The race will benefit her favorite charity, Big Day at The Lake and The Lauren Marie Kimsey Foundation for Synovial Sarcoma. The race will start with a release of 250 live butterflies. Family friendly. Great prices. Live music. We hope that you will bring your entire family out for this event which will also feature live music. $35. https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Cornelius/ButterflyRun5k; registration ends 11:59 p.m. May 19. Aquesta Bank, 19510 Jetton Road, Cornelius. 8 a.m.-noon May 20.
Old Town Cornelius Jazz Festival:
Join the Town of Cornelius and the Cornelius Cultural Arts Group for the Old Town Cornelius Jazz Festival. Attendees will enjoy an evening of local jazz, food trucks, craft beer and children’s activities. Free event; concessions available for purchase. Smithville Park, 19710 S. Ferry St., Cornelius. 3:30-9 p.m. May 20.
Boater’s Safety Education:
The Lake Norman Sail & Power Squadron course. Parents and children at least 10 years old are encouraged to attend together. All registrations must be done on-line at www.usps.org/lakenorman. $45 with student manual; $25 no manual. Duke Energy Environmental Center, McGuire Nuclear Station Road, Huntersville. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 20.
Syttende Mai 2017:
Come and celebrate Norway’s Constitution Day with the largest Syttende Mai festival in the southeast. We will have Norwegian polse, a small parade, a Norwegian marketplace, raffle and children’s activities. Bring a side item and a baked good to be sold at our fundraiser. We are supporting Common Heart food pantry. Bring two nonperishable food items and get a free raffle ticket. $10-$20. Poplar Tent Presbyterian Church, 6841 Poplar Tent Road, Concord. 1-4 p.m. May 20.
Children’s Charity Kart:
This is a fun-filled event for race fans and families. Height requirement for adult karts is 4 feet 10 inches. Junior racers must be a minimum of 4 feet tall to race. $20 wristband will include unlimited go kart rides, snacks, drinks, novelties, silent auction and games provided by our sponsors. $5 for nonriders. Proceeds will be donated to NASCAR Foundation. K1 Speed, 800 Derita Road, Concord. 1-5 p.m. May 21.
Celebrity Swing Classic Golf Tournament:
To reserve your spot, visit carolina.nflalumni.org/events/csc or contact Tom Grogan, tournament director, at 704-236-2447 or email@example.com. $1,000. River Run Country Club, 19125 River Falls Drive, Davidson. 704-892-4633. 12-10 p.m. May 21-22.
Open Mic Tuesdays:
Hosted by Jarrid and Allen of Pursey Kerns. The Kilted Buffalo, 8625 Townley Road, Huntersville. 9 p.m-12:30 a.m. May 23.
Little 600 Race:
The tempo of the 600 Festival revs up when the Little 600 takes the green flag at the GoPro Motorplex. It’s a great opportunity to see some of NASCAR’s biggest drivers battling each other for bragging rights in GoPro Motorplex’s rental fleet of go-karts. Come out for a free event featuring a full field of NASCAR drivers in the 15-lap main event as well as a NASCAR spotters race. Free. GoPro Motorplex, 130 Motorplex Drive, Mooresville. 704-696-2926. www.gopromotorplex.com. 5 p.m. May 23.
Activities for seniors
Bring a friend or come solo and enjoy dancing or just socializing and making new friends at South Iredell Senior Center on Fri., May 19, from 5:30-8 p.m. Enjoy food, fun, fellowship, and friends as we dance to the tunes. Everyone is invited to the celebration whether you dance or not. Please bring your favorite snack or finger food to share and be sure to bring serving containers and utensils. The dance is open to all senior adults age 60+ and their spouse or caregiver. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 5:30-8 p.m. May 19.
Book Discussion Club:
Join a group of book lovers for a monthly book discussion. For the month of May the book of choice is any book by Janet Evanovich, 17 Stephanie Plum Mysteries. The group will be led by Ann Hancock. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 1:30-3 p.m. May 23.
Free Cholesterol Screening:
Lake Norman Regional Medical Center will provide a free total cholesterol-only check. No appointment needed and you do not need to fast for the screening. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 1-2 p.m. May 23.
Endangered Species Day; Hike, Film Viewing and Discussion:
Join us to celebrate and raise awareness about Endangered Species Day. We will start with a hike through the preserve before settling in to the classroom for a showing of a documentary about Endangered Species. The film will be followed up by a short discussion. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 6-8:30 p.m. May 19.
The Wonders of Water:
How do water bugs walk on the pond surface? How does water climb from the roots to the leaves? Why don’t bubbles pop immediately? Join us for all or part of this program to experiment with water, and try to answer these burning questions! Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 1:30-3:30 p.m. May 20.
Umbrella Tree Trail Guided Hike:
Studies are showing that there are many healing benefits to walking in the woods. Join us to connect with nature and perhaps heal some of your life stressors in this relaxed hike. We will start our hike with an inspirational nature quote and intention setting. There will be stops along the way for connecting moments, meditation and periods of hiking in silence. Must be able to walk up to 2 miles on uneven terrain. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 2-3 p.m. May 20.
Reedy Creek Adult Naturalist Club:
Are you curious about the natural world around you. Are you interested in what you are seeing in our local nature preserves or your backyard? Have you ever taken an hour just to walk a mile because you are stopping to look at/identify what you see? If so this is the group for you! We will come together to explore various Nature Preserves throughout the county and beyond as we take a closer look at our surroundings. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Meet at West Branch Nature Preserve, 18444 Shearer Road, Davidson; 16- and 17-year-olds must be accompanied by adults or be OK’d by instructor. Free. West Branch Nature Preserve, 18229 Shearer Road, Davidson. www.carolinathreadtrailmap.org/trails/trail/west-branch-nature-preserve-trail. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. May 20.
Secret Gardens of Fourth Ward:
The Secret Gardens of Fourth Ward is an urban garden and lifestyle tour in the heart of Historic Fourth Ward. The tour showcases a mix of private gardens, courtyards, rooftop terraces and outdoor living spaces that are rarely open to the public. Additional tour attractions include: Complimentary food and beverage tastings (while they last), in gardens and restaurants along the tour route, and free B-Cycle and horse-drawn carriage rides throughout the neighborhood. Please follow us on Facebook for event updates. This walkable, self-guided tour includes admission to a variety of private gardens, as well as docent-led tours of Fourth Ward Park and historic Elmwood/Pinewood Cemetery at 3 p.m. each day. In addition to the featured gardens, the tour will highlight public art, historic homes and special points of interest along the tour route. $20. Historic Fourth Ward, West Ninth and North Poplar streets, Charlotte. 704-287-0211. 12-4 p.m. May 20 and 21.
Huntersville Growers’ Market:
Local produce, baked goods, and the Downtown Market Event Series. Free. Huntersville Elementary School, 200 Gilead Road, Huntersville. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. May 20.
International Migratory Bird Day:
It can be a long journey between non-breeding sites across the Americas and the Caribbean to nesting sites in the United States and Canada. Your own backyard may serve as a stopover site, especially if it provides the food, water and shelter birds need, along with a haven that is safe from threats, such as free-roaming cats and pane glass. $12, $10 seniors, teachers and military, $8 students ages 4-18, free younger than 4. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 20.
Vendors carry shiitake, maitake, oyster, button and many others. Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte. 704-357-1269. www.ncagr.gov. May 20.
9th Annual Grove Park-Ravenwood Garden Tour:
Private garden open to the public. Also local art and plants for sale. Free tour. Art and plants priced as marked. Grove Park Ravenwood Garden Tour, 6801 Terry Lane, Charlotte. 1-5 p.m. May 21.
Nature Story Corner:
Settle in and get comfortable as we read a variety of nature based stories. Stories may be accompanied by puppets and audience participation. After the story we will hike into the forest to do an activity based on the story. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 10-11 a.m. May 22.
A Journey in Images: Images of Coastal Carolina Photo Exhibit:
Mooresville photographer Bart Mauceri Jr. Free to the Public. Mooresville Public Library, 304 S. Main St., Mooresville. 704-664-2027. mooresvillelibrary.org. May 17.