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Hot dog lunch:
Bethel Presbyterian Church Fellowship Committee invites the communityto a weekly hot dog lunch. There is no cost to attend but donationswill be accepted. Bethel Presbyterian Church, 19920 Bethel Church Road, Cornelius. 704-896-3103. www.bethel-pc.org. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 29.
Movies in the Park:
“Storks.” This is a free, family event. Drinks, candy and popcorn will be available for purchase. Sunset is 8:45 p.m. Richard Barry Park, 13707 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville.. 8:15-10:45 p.m. June 29.
Kids In America - Totally 80s Tribute:
Langtree Live Free. DJ Chase Morgan Starts at 5 p.m. Langtree Lake Norman, 401 Langtree Road, Mooresville. 704-997-2620. langtreelkn.com. 6-9 p.m. June 29.
Karaoke Dance Party:
Free. In The Wind Bar & Grill, 15800 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. 8-11:55 p.m. June 30.
The Music Ministry of First Baptist Church Mooresville will share the patriotic musical “The Torch Is Passed.” The public is invited to attend. First Baptist Church, 150. S. Church St., downtown Mooresville. www.fbcmooresville.com. 8:30 and 11 a.m. July 2.
Open Mic Tuesdays:
Hosted by Jarrid and Allen of Pursey Kerns. Come out and play or just listen to Lake Norman’s local artists and enjoy a wide variety of local and craft beers. No cover. The Kilted Buffalo, 8625 Townley Road, Huntersville. 9-12:30 a.m. July 4.
Nature & Gardens
Kid’s Stream Stomp:
Cool off this summer with a stream search. Participants use nets to find what is hiding within the stream. You’ll learn what these creatures can tell us about the quality of the water. Nets, buckets and supplies provided. Registration required. Wear sturdy closed-toed shoes with a heel that can get wet and muddy; old sneakers or Keen/aqua-type water shoes are best. Wear old clothes and bring a change of clothes and shoes. Meeting place will be the Four Seasons trail picnic area. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 2-3:30 p.m. June 28.
Modern Fire Building:
So you come to terms of your survival situation and must spend at least a night in the wilderness. Hopefully, you were prepared and packed some matches, a lighter or some flint and steel to start a fire. We will cover the modern fire building techniques, the proper set-up for a fire and then you will test your knowledge by building and attempting to start and maintain a fire. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 2-3:30 p.m. June 28.
Cocktails & Gardens Happy Hour at The Duke Mansion:
Summer cocktail hours are back at The Duke Mansion. Join us Monday through Thursday evenings through July. Enjoy a cash bar and more than four acres of spectacular gardens and grounds to stroll. No reservations required. Just bring your friends and have a great time. Free. The Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road, Charlotte. 704-714-4400. www.dukemansion.com. 5-8 p.m. June 28-29, July 3-4.
Join a naturalist on a half-mile hike as we look under logs, rocks, leaves and much more in pursuit of bugs. Learn what an insect is and how they benefit us. Registration required. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Bring your own water bottle and bug spray. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 2:30-4 p.m. June 30.
Talons Summer Flight Show: Flights of the Forest:
Learn about the natural history, habitat and natural behaviors of birds of prey. 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 amphitheater 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. July 1. 1:30-2 p.m. July 2.
Huntersville Growers’ Market:
Local produce, baked goods, and the Downtown Market Event Series, makes the market a great Saturday morning destination for the entire family. Shop local and shop fresh with our vendors and enjoy the weekly themes/activities. Free. Huntersville Elementary School, 200 Gilead Road, Huntersville. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. July 1.
Summer Science Series: Weather Wonders:
Come get your fill of science in the summertime with a Reedy Creek Environmental Educator. Join us as we take to the trails or the lab and perform some really awesome hands on science experiments. This month’s topic? Weather. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Ages 7 and older. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 1.
Reptile Meet and Greet:
Come and meet all of our reptile friends at Reedy Creek Nature Center. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. All ages. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 2-3 p.m. July 2.
Ants on Parade:
Do all ants bite? What is an ant’s favorite food? What kind of house do they make? Sing, craft and learn all about ants. Registration required.Children outside the 3-7 age range may tag along, but will not receive their own craft. $3. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 3-4 p.m. July 2.
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 a themed 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. July 3.
Red, White, and Blue: Patriotic Nature:
Who would have thought that our local wildlife could be patriotic? Find out how and which animals love the land of the “Free and the Home of the Brave” at this “Revolutionary” program on the Fourth of July. Registration required for all participants. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 2-3 p.m. July 4.