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The Mint Museum’s 80th Anniversary Season:
Jon Stuhlman, Mint Museum Senior Curator presents a sneak peek at the upcoming exhibitions and events for the museum’s 80th anniversary year. The event is sponsored by Friends of the Mint. Coffee is served at 10 a.m. and the program begins at 10:30 a.m. Included in admission. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Sept. 16.
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Oscar Folk Expressionism:
Free. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 14. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 16. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 17. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 20.
Girls Night Out - Painting at CFA:
“Mediterranean Village” theme. You will receive step by step instruction. $40 includes all supplies. Refreshments provided. 21 and older only. $40. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com. 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 16.
Union Symphony Trio Con Brio:
This concert features Alicia Bowen on violin; Anna Hunsucker on viola; and Mary Hege on cello. Matthews Community Farmers Market, 188 N. Trade St., Matthews. 704-821-6430. www.matthewsfarmersmarket.com. Market is open 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 17.
Moment Musical Sunday Serenade Concerts:
Moment Musical, a classical chamber music ensemble, presents its Sunday Serenade Concerts. Donation suggested: $10; $20 per family. Westminster Presbyterian Church Charlotte, 101 Colville Road, Charlotte. 3 p.m. Sept. 18.
Classes & Meetings
Lupus Foundation Support Group:
This support group meets on second Wednesdays. Free. www.lupusnc.org. Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte. 704-376-3695. www.myersparkpres.org. 1-2:30 p.m. Sept. 14.
DivorceCare Support Group Church:
Learn practical information and gain hope for your future. Church at Charlotte, 2500 Carmel Road, Charlotte. Sept. 14.
New Friends of Carolina, a social group open to all women new or native to the Carolinas, will hold a welcome coffee for new and perspective members. For details, contact the group at 866-213-9183, newfriendsofcarolina.com or visit us on Facebook. Matthews Womens Club Services, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. 11:15 a.m. Sept. 15.
Cap Making Workshop:
Volunteer Mia Dappert returns for this intermediate-level sewing workshop. On day one of the workshop, Dappert will teach basic 18th century sewing stitches. Materials will be provided to participants. Space is limited. Registration required. $10 one-day registration; $18 full workshop. James K. Polk State Historic Site, 12031 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. 704-889-7145. www.nchistoricsites.org. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 16.
Red Boot Coalition Meeting:
Weekly, one-hour meetings, where participants practice listening without an agenda and sharing openly with one another. Participants will then take these skills out into the world to create more constructive leadership. Free. theredbootcoalition.org. Another Broken Egg, 3920 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 980-207-2582. www.anotherbrokenegg.com. 7:15-8:15 a.m. Sept. 16.
National Medicare Education Week:
Free events. Levine Jewish Community Center, 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-5007. www.charlottejcc.org. 9-10:30 a.m. Sept. 16.
Disabled Veteran Free Membership:
The Charlotte Wood Working Club is offering one year free membership for disabled veterans. Free. Charlotte Woodworkers Association, 1208 Salem Drive, Charlotte. charlottewoodworkers.org. Sept. 17 and 19.
Job Search Support Group:
Christians in Career Transition (CICT) is a ministry providing support for those out of work, about to be and/or under-employed. Learn the proper methods for a successful job search and how to overcome issues. No cost and no reservation needed. For info, contact Jack Rueckel at 704-341-8449. St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. www.stmatthewcatholic.org. 7-9 p.m. Sept. 19.
Emotions Anonymous Meeting:
12-Step group for emotional instability. Free. Free. www.namilexington.org/support/family-support-groups/. Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 3307 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-364-1234. 7-8 p.m. Sept. 19.
Learn to Square Dance at Baker’s Place:
Exercise your mind and body.$5. Baker’s Place, 2843 Williams Road, Matthews. 704-576-0318. 7-9 p.m. Sept. 15.
Matthews Food Truck Fridays:
Food trucks and artists with live music. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-847-4411. www.matthewsnc.com. 5-9 p.m. Sept. 16.
Community Block Party:
The Block Party feature free food and drinks, live music and DJs, fire engines, bounce houses, games for children and adults, door prizes, local vendors, a visit from the Panthers’ Sir Purr and more. Free. Mouzon United Methodist Church, 3100 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 5-8 p.m. Sept. 17.
NephCure Kidney Walk:
The walk brings together local patients, friends and family dedicated to raising awareness and funds to find improved treatment options and a cure for primary chronic kidney diseases. Family-friendly event include children’s games, food and an auction featuring items generously donated by the Carolina Panthers and local NASCAR driver David Ragan. Free. Park Road Park, 6220 Park Road, Charlotte. charmeck.org. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Sept. 17.
Instruction and equipment will be provided. Free for first time. Nano Center, 624 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Matthews. 704-849-8316. www.nanosports.co. 5-6 p.m. Sept. 18.
Annual Samaritan’s Feet Barefoot Golf Invitational:
Head to The Golf Club at Ballantyne this September for the annual Samaritan’s Feet Barefoot Golf Invitational. Tournament registration opens at noon, followed by lunch and a 1 pm shotgun start. Dinner and the awards program follows at 6. All proceeds from this event go to helping support the mission of Samaritan’s Feet in providing shoe and hope for children in communities and around the world. Golf Club at Ballantyne, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., Charlotte. 704-248-4383. www.theballantynehotel.com. 12-8 p.m. Sept. 20.
Fresh vegetables, fruit, berries, herbs and plants, plus Duke’s Bread and other local specialties. Every Wednesday and Saturday at Rea Road and Williams Pond Lane. Free. Village at Robinson Farm, 8410 Rea Road, Charlotte. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 14 and 17.
Lake Wylie Evening Kayak Tour:
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. Sept. 14.
The Nature of Greenways: Toby Creek Greenway:
Join a relaxed walk along a different greenway each month, with stops to discover the natural side of these active green spaces. To register, call 980-314-1119. Meet in the parking lot at Kirk Farm Fields. Free. Kirk Farm Fields, 210 E. Mallard Creek Church Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1001. charmeck.org. 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Sept. 14.
Family Fort Building:
Learn the survival skill of shelter building with your family. Work together using materials found in the woods to build a sturdy, weather-resistant shelter. Registration required. Dress appropriately for the weather. Wear closed-toe shoes for hiking. Bring water and insect repellant if desired. Work gloves are recommended. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 3-4:30 p.m. Sept. 16.
Celebrate the end of Summer with a nature-themed craft. Stop by the McDowell Nature Center. Registration required. Notes: Dress to get messy. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 2:30-4 p.m. Sept. 17.
Fresh produce, great coffee, baked goods, live music and fun for the kids. Pure Pizza - Plaza Midwood, 1911 Central Ave., Charlotte. 980-430-1701. purepizzaclt.com. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Sept. 17.
Robinson Rock House Hike:
Explore some of the natural history at the preserve. Once part of a network of cotton plantations, Reedy Creek has only recently become forested again. The moderate 3-mile hike will lead down to the ruins of Robinson Rock House, an 18th century stone dwelling. To register, call 980-314-1119. Free. www.naturefind.com. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 2-3:30 p.m. Sept. 17.
Build Your Own BirdFeeder:
Not only are song birds pleasing to the eye and ear, their behavior is vital to the health of fields, forests and even suburban neighborhoods. Build a backyard bird feeder out of recycled material. To register, call 980-314-1119. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2 p.m., 3 p.m. Sept. 18.
Calling all kids and parents: Discover what fall has in store at Reedy Creek. Through various hands-on activities such as crafts, games, stories, puppets, hikes and more, learn about animals and plants in the preserve. To register, call 704-432-6460. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Sept. 19.
Hike for Healing:
Studies are showing that there are many healing benefits to walking in the woods. Join us to connect with nature and perhaps heal some of your life stressors in this relaxed hike. We will start our hike with an inspirational nature quote and then hit the trails. There will be stops along the way for connecting moments. Must be able to walk up to 2.5 miles on uneven terrain. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 15.