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Heaven Above the Lake:
Bart Mauceri Jr. photography exhibit. Free. Mooresville Public Library, 304 S Main St., Mooresville. 704-664-2027. mooresvillelibrary.org. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. June 22. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. June 24. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 25. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. June 27.
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Symphony in the Park:
Bring your picnic baskets, blankets and chairs to Celebrate America with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy children’s activities, concessions and more. Beer and wine proceeds will benefit Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists. Coolers and picnic baskets are welcome, but no glass containers, pets, smoking nor open flames allowed. Fireworks follow the symphony. Free. Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road, Cornelius. 704-892-6031. 6 p.m. June 25.
Pressure Canner Lid Clinic:
Cooperative Extension will offer free testing of dial-gauge pressure canner lids in June. Seals and valves also will be checked during the free service. Testing also is available by appointment at the Cooperative Extension office.. Wagner Hardware, 1521 Shelton Ave., Statesville. 9-11 a.m. June 23.
Outdoor Education Center Great American Campout Event:
The Iredell County Outdoor Education Center will be hosting a campout in celebration of the National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Campout. $40 for family of four (includes dinner and snacks). www.co.iredell.nc.us/276. Outdoor Education Center, 204 Bluefield Road, Mooresville. 5 p.m. June 25.
Charlotte Music Collectors Show:
Featuring music dealers from all over the South selling rare vintage vinyl LPs and 45s, plus CDs, DVDs, memorabilia and more. Buy, sell or trade. $2 admission. Springhill Suites Ballantyne, 12325 Johnston Road, Charlotte. 704-817-1500. www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/cltbt-springhill-suites-charlotte-ballantyne-area. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 25.
WAM Walking Club:
Join a fun walking club called WAM - Walk a Mile for great socialization and improved health. Be sure to wear good walking shoes and bring water and a snack. A walking stick is suggested, but not required. There is a restroom available on each walking route. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 9:30-10:30 a.m. June 22 and 29.
Enjoy food, fun, fellowship and friends. Everyone is invited to the festivities regardless of whether you dance or not. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 5:30-8 p.m. June 24.
Need to Improve Your Balance?:
Tai Chi is designed to improve balance, increase range of motion, circulation and leg strength, as well as decrease arthritic pain. Classes are instructed by Mike Gentile, a certified physical trainer, AF instructor, and Reiki master. Open Tai Chi classes meet at South Iredell Senior Center11 a.m.-noon Monday for advanced students and from 12:15-1:15 p.m. for beginners. $6. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. June 27.
Eye Health As We Age:
Dr. Rachel Sabo will teach guests about having healthy eyes while aging. Her presentation will cover conditions that become more common after age 65, with a focus on cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. $1. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 27.
Book Discussion Club:
Join a group of book lovers for a monthly discussion of their favorite books on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 1-3 p.m. June 28.
Red, White and Blue Bingo Bash:
All seniors celebrating a birthday or not, are invited to play bingo, win prizes and have refreshments. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 10:30-11:30 a.m. June 28.
Learn the Truth About A Reverse Mortgage:
Robbie Stevens will present and answer questions on reverse mortgages. Stevens is a certified reverse mortgage counselor and has been trained by the N.C. Housing Finance Agency. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 2-3 p.m. June 29.
Talks & Readings
Lake Norman Chamber eCommerce Group:
Participants discuss best practices, strategies, tips, tricks, software and platforms in the ever changing eCommerce environment. The Lake Norman eCommerce Group meets on the last Wednesday of every month. Free. Bank of America Financial Center, 20005 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. 704-896-0100. 10:30 a.m. June 29.
Dragons of the Sky:
The creatures may not be the dragons you are thinking of, but they are vicious predators and fun to catch. Come and explore the world of the dragonfly. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 10-11 a.m. June 22.
Family Biodiversity Hike:
This 1-mile guided hike will take a route through the forest where participants will be able to see and learn about plants and animals. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 10:30-11:30 a.m. June 22.
Did you know that honeybees are the only insects that produce food for humans? Come and learn from Kim O’Shea more about the art of beekeeping, including tips to get started, resources, recommendations and more. $5. www.go.ncsu.edu. North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service - Mecklenburg County Center, 1418 Armory Drive, Charlotte. 704-336-2082. mecklenburg.ces.ncsu.edu. 12-1:30 p.m. June 22.
Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies - Kids Class:
Experts will teach families about the benefits of attracting pollinators such as hummingbirds and butterflies to the garden. Free. www.pikenursery.com/pages/pike-classes-events. All Pike Nurseries, 12630 N. Community House Road, Charlotte. 704-341-7453. www.pikenursery.com. 9 a.m. June 22.
Pressure Canner Lid Clinic:
Cooperative Extension will offer free testing of dial-gauge pressure canner lids. Seals and valves also will be checked during the free service. Testing also is available by appointment at the Cooperative Extension office. Free. Wagner Hardware, 1521 Shelton Ave., Statesville. 9 -11 a.m. June 23.
Live Animal Feeding:
Join others for this brief program as Reedy Creek’s staff members feed a few of the animals. Whether a snake, turtle, toad or lizard it will surely be a cool experience. Staff will be on-hand to answers your questions as well. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-3 p.m. June 23.
Evening Kayak at Mountain Island Lake:
Join a naturalist for a relaxing paddle on Mountain Island Lake, taking in the natural beauty while discovering the importance of this habitat to wildlife and human life. Meet at Latta Plantation Nature Center. Time on water is about 1 1/2 hours. $15 single kayak; $20 tandem kayak. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 23.
Trail Work Day:
At Boulders Access Visitor Center. Free. ncparks.gov/crowders-mountain-state-park. Crowders Mountain State Park, 522 Park Office Ln., Kings Mountain. 704-853-5375. www.ncparks.gov. 8-11:30 a.m. June 24.
Carnivorous Plant Carnival:
Get your ticket for the carnival of carnivorous plants. Discover the wonders of nature up-close and personal with hands-on games and crafts-feed a Venus flytrap and much more. There will be carnivorous plants for sale (including the opportunity to purchase and build your own dish garden), so you can take the sideshow home. This is a 2-hour family event with activities suitable for ages 4-12. Limited to 100 children. $8; free for accompanying adult. UNC Charlotte - Botanical Gardens, 9090 Craver Road, Charlotte. 704-687-0720. gardens.uncc.edu. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. June 25.
Nature Photography With Your Smart Phone:
They are so popular and common that you may not even know that you have a great tool to capture your nature findings in your pocket. Learn about some apps that will help you take fantastic pictures with your smart phone. After reviewing some information inside, you will go outside and snap pictures along the trails. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 9:30-10:30 a.m. June 25.
Stream Restoration 101:
The Reedy Creek has been in rough shape since humans modified the creek for human activities. You will discuss and explore the creek as a restoration project is taking shape to bring the creek back to a healthy stream full of life and connection to the forest. There will be a short presentation and then you’ll walk down to the troubled areas of the stream. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-3 p.m. June 25.
Did you know that seeds use a variety of tricks to travel across the landscape? Join others to learn some of the sneaky ways seeds are able to colonize new areas. You will search for seeds on a nature hike and maybe even plant a seed of your own. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-3 p.m. June 26.
Discover what Summer has in store at Reedy Creek. Through various hands-on activities such as crafts, games, stories, puppets, hikes and more, you’ll learn more about animals and plants that surround you in the preserve. Parent participation is encouraged. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 10-11 a.m. June 27.