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LKN Summer Concert Series:
Two musicians/bands, four food trucks and plenty of street vendors. Bring your chairs if you want to make sure to get a seat. Musical acts for the evening: Natty Boh Duo, 5-7 p.m.; Michael Hager Band, 7:30-10 p.m. Free admission; family friendly. D9 Brewing, 11138 Treynorth Drive, Cornelius. 704-457-9368. www.d9brewing.com. 5-10 p.m. July 23.
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Cancer Support Group:
The Cancer Share and Care group meets in room B204. Free. Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 575 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. 11 a.m. July 21.
Eats, Beaks and Brews!:
Join us at Carolina Raptor center for a night out with food trucks, live music, beer and wine tasting. $8 in advance; $10 at the door; younger than 21, free. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org. 6-8 p.m. July 21.
Join the Senior Center for the first Santa’s Workshop of the year. Although the opening of the Santa’s Gift Shop isn’t until November, it takes a lot of work and time to prepare for this two- month sale. Volunteers needed monthly from now through the grand opening Nov. 5. Donations of household items, Christmas items, decorations, crafts, jewelry, etc. are also needed. Donated items must be clean and in good condition. No books, broken items, or clothes; although, hats, gloves, and scarves are accepted. Donations may be dropped off at the front desk of the Senior Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m weekdays. Proceeds go to support South Iredell Senior Center. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. July 25.
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 Center every Monday from 11 a.m.-noon 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 25.
Talks & Readings
Robert Beatty: ‘Serafina and the Twisted Staff’:
Join New York Times bestselling author Robert Beatty, who lives in Asheville, to celebrate the release of his new book, “Serafina and the Twisted Staff,” the sequel to last year’s hit set at Biltmore Estate. The mystery-thriller for young readers 8 and older and adults follows the story of an unusual cat-like girl who lives at Biltmore Estate during the opulence of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This special event includes a presentation by the author, Q&A, free food and drink, a book signing, lots of Serafina giveaways. Free. Barnes & Noble – Birkdale Village, 8725 Townley Road, Huntersville. 704-895-8855. www.barnesandnoble.com. 6-9 p.m. July 20.
Lake Norman Chamber eCommerce Group:
This group unites successful online business people and hopeful entrepreneurs. Participants discuss best practices, strategies, tips, tricks, software and platforms. 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. July 27.
Cocktails & Gardens:
Celebrate summer at The Duke Mansion On Monday through Thursday evenings in 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 enjoy. Free. The Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road, Charlotte. 704-714-4400. www.dukemansion.com. 5-8 p.m. July 20.
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 and meet new people in a fun environment. 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 20.
Weekday Wanderers: Boone Cave Park:
This month we will visit Boone Cave Park in Davidson County. This park sits on the banks of the Yadkin River where we will dip our feet in after a wonderful hike in the woods. Must be able to hike 4-5 miles on uneven terrain. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Meet at Reedy Creek Nature Center and take van to location. $6. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 20.
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. 2-2:30 p.m. July 21.
Habitat Steward Training:
Habitat Steward Training is a National Wildlife Federation program. This 24-hour class, hosted by HAWK (Habitat and Wildlife Keepers) teaches how/where to create certified wildlife habitats, the benefits of native plants and dangers of invasives, local flora and fauna, native wildlife, The Butterfly Highway program and more. $55. Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-321-7275. July 23. and 24.
Guided Nature Walk:
Join Charlotte Nature Museum on the fourth Saturday of each month for an educational walk around the Paw Paw Nature Trail with a naturalist to discover the beauty and diversity of the bottomland forest habitat. Included with Museum admission. Admission is $8 per person, children younger than 2 are free. Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte. 704-372-6261. www.charlottenaturemuseum.org. 10:15-11 a.m. July 23.
Through crafts, games, stories, puppets, hikes and more, come learn about plant-life, animals and their homes, weather and more. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 10-11 a.m. July 25.