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Purple Heart Homes Charity:
Live music performed by Bad Azz and drawings will be held for numerous items; food and beverages available. Free classes and demonstrations will be going on every half hour. Q Athletic Performance Center, 140 Raceway Drive, Mooresville. 704-975-7111. www.theqfit.com. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 2.
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4th of July in Davidson:
Come to a parade that includes a color guard, fire engine and lots of patriotic residents. Parade marchers are asked to line up at McEver Field on South Street at 5:15 p.m., and the festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. Residents are encouraged to march in the parade dressed in Independence Day attire and to decorate their wagons, bicycles, tricycles and pets in red, white and blue. A color guard comprised of members of the police and fire departments will lead the parade up South Street onto Main Street and onto the town green. The Concert on the Green will begin at 6 p.m. and will feature Pushh, music of the 80’s, 90’s and today. There are no fireworks. Free. Downtown Davidson, N. Main St., Davidson. 704-892-7591. www.exploredavidsonnc.com. 5 p.m. July 4.
Readings & meetings
Matthew Neill Null Reading:
Sarabande Books author Matthew Neill Null will be reading from his newest collection of short stories, “Allegheny Front.” Afterward will be a short discussion and an author signing. Free. Main Street Books, 126 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-892-6841. www.facebook.com/pages/Main-Street-Books-Davidson-NC/182037956226. 7-8:30 p.m. June 29.
Airport Growth and How It Affects Local Businesses:
Brent Cagle, interim aviation director for Charlotte Douglas International Airport, will give an update of plans, discuss the future growth of Charlotte and talk about the local impact of being home to a top 10 airport at the next Power Luncheon sponsored by Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. Included in his presentation will be airport fast facts, projected growth for the next 20 years, future development plans to meed demand and 2016 major milestones and current projects. $20. NorthStone Country Club, 15801 Northstone Drive, Huntersville. 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 30. www.lakenormanchamber.org.
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 30.
Iredell Master Gardener Demonstration Garden:
The Iredell Extension Master Gardener Demonstration Garden will be open to the public on the first Saturday of each month through October. Visitors are welcome to tour the garden, see what’s being grown and ask questions. The Demonstration Garden features vegetable gardens, fruit trees, plants for shade and sun, a water feature and a children’s garden. The Demo Garden is located behind the NC Agricultural Center at 444 Bristol Drive, Statesville. Free. NC Agricultural Center, 444 Bristol Drive, Statesville. 9-11 a.m. July 2.
Lake Wylie Family Kayak Tour:
Paddle the edges of McDowell Nature Preserve as you enjoy time with your family. This program includes all equipment and is led by a certified instructor. Participants will learn the basics of kayaking as well as natural history about Lake Wylie. Registration is required. All equipment is provided. Children 5-9 years are required to be in a tandem with an adult. Pack extra clothes, towel and water. $15 single; $20 tandem. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 9:30-11:30 a.m., 2-4 p.m. July 2.
I Speak for the Trees:
Join a naturalist and discover the native trees of Mecklenburg County. From the edible persimmon to the poisonous buckeye, Reedy Creek is home to a wide variety of tree species. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. July 2.
Birds of Prey:
Celebrate Independence Day by learning about bald eagles and their cousins, the raptors or birds of prey. These animals are beautiful predators, with lots of interesting qualities. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-3 p.m. July 3.
Live Animal Shows:
Enjoy the holiday weekend with a visit to the McDowell Nature Center. Visitors will learn how to safely touch, handle, and even feed a McDowell Animal Ambassador. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. July 3.
Nature Story Corner:
Settle in and get comfortable and read a variety of nature based stories. After the story, hike into the forest to do a themed activity based on the story. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 10-11 a.m. July 4.
The Art of Making Rope:
The art of making rope or cordage is a primitive skill that is valuable, as rope can be used in many ways. Learn what plants are good for rope-making and learn how to make cordage. Free. charmeck.org. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-3 p.m. July 5.
Cocktails & Gardens:
Come celebrate summer at The Duke Mansion. On Monday through Thursday evenings in July, enjoy a cash bar and more than 4 acres of spectacular gardens and grounds to stroll. No reservations required. Bring your friends and enjoy. Free. The Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road, Charlotte. 704-714-4400. www.dukemansion.com. 5-8 p.m. July 5.
Lake Wylie Evening Kayak Tour:
Paddle the edges of McDowell Nature Preserve and get a chance to see the sun set over Lake Wylie with one of our kayak guides. Learn the history of Lake Wylie. Registration is required. Paddle, PFD and kayak provided. Please bring a towel, extra clothes, water bottle, sunscreen, hat and a snack. Must be able to paddle for an extended period of time. $15. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 6.
WAM Walking Club:
Join a fun walking club called WAM (Walk a Mile) for socialization and improved health. Walking locations vary. 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 29 and July 6.
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.
Volunteer Advocacy Opportunities:
The Senior Center encourages all seniors to join the Senior Round Table meeting held the first Monday of every month at 3 p.m. at South Iredell Senior Center. This group’s goal is to help make Mooresville more senior friendly. A big part of what the group does is to advocate for change. Currently, they are advocating for affordable housing for seniors and improving the Mooresville on Main transportation system. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 3-4 p.m. July 4.
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 11 a.m.-noon every 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. 11 a.m., 12:15 p.m. July 11.
Bart Mauceri Jr. — Heaven Above the Lake Photography Exhibit:
This year’s A Journey in ImagesÂ exhibit, Heaven Above the LakeÂ, focuses on photos the artist has taken along Lake Norman, as well as photos from his new collection called “Heavenscapes.”Â Free. Mooresville Public Library, 304 S Main St., Mooresville. 704-664-2027. mooresvillelibrary.org. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. June 29. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. July 1. 10 a.m., 3 p.m. July 2. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. July 4.