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‘Cars 3’ Pre-Screening Benefit for IGNITE:
You are invited to a pre-screening of Disney Pixar’s “Cars 3.’ Proceeds benefit the IGNITE Program for individuals with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. $25 ticket purchase includes showing, any size soft drink and any size popcorn. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the movie begins at 7 p.m. $25. Our Town Cinemas, 227 Griffith St., Davidson. 7 p.m. June 15.
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Hot dog lunch:
Bethel Presbyterian Church Fellowship Committee invites the community to a weekly hot dog lunch on Thursdays through July 27. There is no cost to attend, but donations will be accepted. Bethel Presbyterian Church, 19920 Bethel Church Road, Cornelius. 11a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 15.
Music on Means:
Free outdoor concert series. Beer, wine and water will be available for sale and consumption in concert footprint. Lawn chairs welcome. Check out our new brewery Red Hill Brewing Company, grab a bite from one of our many locally owned restaurants and peruse Union Street for one of a kind gifts while enjoying the atmosphere of live family entertainment. Enjoy outside dining, games, shopping and more in Concord. Free. Historic Downtown Concord, Union Street, Concord. 6-9 p.m. June 15.
Charlotte Symphony at Duke Energy’s EnergyExplorium:
The Charlotte Symphony will perform inspired selections from Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn, as well as popular favorites from “My Fair Lady” and “Rocky.” Free admission and parking. Pack a picnic and bring a blanket. Boaters may anchor in the EnergyExplorium’s cove at the southern tip of Lake Norman. Concessions provided by Clean Juice and the East Lincoln High School Band Boosters. No pets, please. For information, contact the EnergyExplorium at 980-875-5600. Free. EnergyExplorium, 13339 McGuire Nuclear Station Road, Huntersville. 704-875-5600. 8:15 p.m. June 16.
Karaoke Dance Party:
The Wind Bar & Grill, 15800 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. 8-11:55 p.m. June 16.
Santa’s Summer 5K, Cancer Walk and Elves Fun Run:
Bring your friends and family and join us to raise money to fight cancer. Information: santas5k.acpmp.org $25-35. Bellingham Park, 1600 Bellingham Drive, Mooresville. 8-11 a.m. June 17.
Boater’s Safety Education:
All registrations must be done on-line at www.usps.org/lakenorman $45 with student manual; $25 with no manual. Duke Energy Environmental Center, McGuire Nuclear Station Road, Huntersville. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. June 17.
2nd Annual Harlan’s Heroes Hot Rod Happening:
Hot rods, classics, bikes, trucks and hotwheels. Car show with trophies and prizes. Free to attend. Food and vendor prices vary. $10 registration to enter show vehicle. Abide-A-While Acres, 5483 Old Plank Road, Iron Station. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 17.
Lake Norman Dragon Boat Race:
Come watch as teams of 20 people have to stay in sync and execute as one to sprint across 250 meters. Entry is free. The race is organized and run by Organized Chaos Dragon Boat Powered by GWN, with volunteer support from Top of the Week Rotary. All Seasons Marina, 827 Langtree Road, Mooresville. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. June 17.
Open Mic Tuesdays:
Hosted by Jarrid and Allen of Pursey Kerns. The Kilted Buffalo, 8625 Townley Road, Huntersville. 9-12:30 a.m. June 20.
‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ presented by CSD Summerstock:
Community School of Davidson will present a CSD Summerstock production of “Peter and the Starcatcher.” Before there was Peter and Wendy, there was an orphan boy and Molly, the spunky heroine of “Peter and the Starcatcher.” Tickets are $8 online at www.csdspartans.seatyourself.biz. Remaining tickets will also be available at the door at a cost of $10. $5 student/child tickets will be available for all performances, seats permitting. Advanced tickets are recommended, as shows often sell out. ArtSpace at the Community School of Davidson, 404 Armour St., Davidson. 7-9 p.m. June 14, 15, and 16. 2-4 p.m., 8-10 p.m. June 17. 2-4 p.m. June 18.
Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies:
Find out how to attract hummingbirds and butterflies for the home garden. The experts at the garden center will help guests navigate ways to make their landscape a habitat for these popular pollinators. Free. Pike Nurseries, 1016 Devore Lane, Matthews. 6:30 p.m. June 14. 9 a.m. June 17.
Primitive Skills: Fire Building:
Fire building is an art form, for any primitive skills expert. Because you are not in a “survival” situation there is no immediate need for a fire. It is rather a skill garnished by ones knowledge of trees and surroundings and a test of patience. Here we will go over the different tools for making a friction fire, demonstrate the different techniques and then you will get your chance at trying it out. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 2-3 p.m. June 14.
The Nature of Greenways: Campbell Creek Greenway:
Join us for another monthly exploration of one of our many wonderful Greenways. This is a relaxed walk with stops along the way to discover the natural side of these active green spaces. Parking will be off Margaret Wallace Road. 2116 Margaret Wallace Road Charlotte 28105 (gravel lot across from Fire Station) Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Campbell Creek Greenway, 2116 Margaret Wallace Road, Charlotte. 9-10:30 a.m. June 16.
Talons Summer Flight Show: Flights of the Forest:
Interact with birds as you never have before. Owls, vultures, hawks and falcons are the stars in this show.Please arrive a half an hour early so that you won’t miss the show. Sign up online until 2 hours before the show and in the Visitor Center up until 10 minutes before the show begins. Gates to amphitheatre open 30 minutes before show time. Free with paid admission to the Raptor Trail. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org. 1-1:30 p.m., 3-3:30 p.m. June 17. 1:30-2 p.m. June 18.
Huntersville Growers’ Market:
Shop local and shop fresh with our vendors & enjoy the weekly themes/activities. Huntersville Elementary School, 200 Gilead Road, Huntersville. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. June 17.
Family Fun Day:
Enjoy adventures such as canoeing, fishing, games, hiking and more led by our experienced staff. Lunch will be provided. Registration required for all participants. $15. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 17.
Reedy Creek Adult Naturalist Club at South Fork Trail:
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. 16- and 17-year-olds must be accompanied by adults or be OK’d by instructor Free. South Fork Trail, 119 Willow Drive, McAdenville. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. June 17.
Summer Science Series:
Join us as we take to the trails or the lab and perform some really awesome hands on science experiments. This month’s topic? The sun. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 17.
Eat Your Vegetables Day:
Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte. 704-357-1269. www.ncagr.gov. June 17.
Learn the basics of Geocaching and discover the hidden treasures that await you at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 1:30-3 p.m. June 18.
Wildlife Discovery: Birds of Prey:
What is the difference between an eagle and a hawk? How do owls see so well at night? What is the world’s fastest animal? These questions and many more will be answered through an interactive program about the many different birds of prey in the Central Piedmont region. Registration required for all participants. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 3-4 p.m. June 18.
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 as we learn about the wonders of nature. 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 a.m.-11 a.m. June 19.
Volunteer Work Day:
Help the Carolina Waterflowl Rescue spruce up the rescue and meet your favorite animals.Registration is open for our monthly work day, Free lunch for all volunteers (vegetarian options available). Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, 5403 Poplin Road, Indian Trail. 704-668-9486. www.carolinawaterfowlrescue.com. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 20.
Activities for seniors
Volunteer Transportation Service Training:
On Wed., June 15 there will be a Volunteer Transportation Service Training held by Centralina Area Agency on Aging from 1-4 p.m. at South Iredell Senior Center. If you are interested in attending this training and becoming a transportation volunteer, please contact the Senior Center at 704-662-3337 to register or for more information. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 1-4 p.m. June 15.
Young Harts Summer Picnic:
Come celebrate with friends on Fri., June 16 at 11 a.m. The meat and dessert are being provided. No dessert needed. Please bring your favorite picnic side dish item to share. Sodas are also appreciated. Please bring finger foods to share with the group. Young Hearts is a Senior Social Club that meets monthly at South Iredell Senior Center. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 16.
13th Annual Spring Dance Concert:
Bring a friend or come solo and enjoy dancing or just socializing and making new friends. 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-plus and spouse or caregiver. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 5:30-8 p.m. June 16.
Talks & meetings
Probus Club of Lake Norman:
The hourlong program will begin at 10:30 am. You are invited to join members for lunch at a nearby restaurant following the meeting. Free. Berea Baptist Church, 1015 River Highway, Mooresville. 704-663-0986. www.bereabaptist.net. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. June 20.