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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. 21. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 23. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 24. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 27.
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Workshop - Capturing Cafe Interiors:
$390. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 23.
Learn to Square Dance:
Come have some fun, meet new people, make new friends and learn to square dance, even with two left feet. Exercise your mind and body. Join us on Thursday nights. $5. Baker’s Place, 2843 Williams Road, Matthews. 704-576-0318. 7-9 p.m. Sept. 22.
Salsa and Latin jazz tunes that are great for listening or dancing. $40. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org. 6 p.m. Sept. 22.
K-LOVE Single Moms Event:
Food, giveaways and fun. Free. Nano Center, 624 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Matthews. 704-849-8316. www.nanosports.co. 6-9 p.m. Sept. 23.
Matthews Food Truck Fridays:
Local food trucks and artists with live music while you relax and eat in Stumptown Park. www.matthewsfun.com. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-847-4411. www.matthewsnc.com. 5-9 p.m. Sept. 23.
Polk Pop-Up Program – Historic Tatting:
Join volunteer Michele Glover as she leads a pop-up historic tatting demonstration. Glover will lead visitors through a hands-on demonstration of this historic weaving technique. This is a drop-in program. No reservations necessary. Free. James K. Polk State Historic Site, 12031 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. 704-889-7145. www.nchistoricsites.org. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 24.
Talks & Meetings
DivorceCare Support Group Church:
Separated? Divorced? Consider attending DivorceCare, a weekly seminar/support group that will help you heal from the hurt. It’s a warm caring environment led by people who understand what you are going through. Learn practical information and gain hope for your future. Church at Charlotte, 2500 Carmel Road, Charlotte. Sept. 21.
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 a.m.-8:15 a.m. Sept. 23.
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. 24 and 26.
Be Counted: The 2016 Vote:
Please join the ACLU of North Carolina, Charlotte Chapter, as we welcome Mel Hartsell, Western Piedmont Field Organizer with Democracy NC. Free. Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte, 234 N. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 7-8:45 p.m. Sept. 25.
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. 26.
AARP Charlotte presents Prepare to Care:
The busy lifestyle of most Americans today can make caring for an older relative challenging. Whether you are taking parents to a doctor’s appointment, helping them pay bills or providing full-time care for them in your home, you likely have questions about how to best fulfill your role as a caregiver. Prepare to Care helps make the job more manageable. This workshop includes information on how to have vital conversations with older family members, organize important documents, assess your loved one’s needs and locate important resources. It provides simple, straightforward information and checklists that help guide family conversations. Free. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library — South County Regional, 5801 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-416-6600. www.cmlibrary.org. 6 p.m. Sept. 27.
Find out more or learn to play. 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. 25.
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. 21 and 24.
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. 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. 21.
Evening Kayak at Mountain Island Lake:
Join a naturalist for a relaxing paddle on Mountain Island Lake. Meet at Latta Plantation Nature Center. $15 single; $20 tandem. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 22.
Trail Work Day:
All Trail Work Days are at Sparrow Springs Visitor Center. ncparks.gov/crowders-mountain-state-park. Crowders Mountain State Park, 522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain. 704-853-5375. www.ncparks.gov. 8-11:30 a.m. Sept. 24.
Sustainable Saturday Market:
Fresh produce, 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. 24.
Take a Child Outdoors:
Enjoy a live butterfly release between noon and 1 p.m., weather permitting, and participate in a scavenger hunt or try our new geocache on our 75-mile trail. Meet York County’s Beekeepers, York County Master Gardeners, and other outdoor exhibitors. Free with museum admission. . Museum of York County, 4621 Mt Gallant Road, Rock Hill. 803-329-2121. www.chmuseums.org. 12 p.m. Sept. 24.
Track Trails: Nature’s Hide & Seek:
Take a guided nature hike to see what we can find in the McDowell Nature Preserve. Participants will receive the Nature’s Hide & Seek guide to aid in exploring our woods in search of local flora and fauna. This hike will cover our new Track Trails program, which is an easy 1.2-mile hike along our trail system. Registration required. Dress appropriately for hiking outdoors and bring water. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 2:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sept. 24.
Ask a Master Gardener Event:
Ask questions about landscape and gardening. Feel free to bring out plants or pests that you need to identify. If you just want to come and see the many native plants in the Master Gardener teaching garden, you are more than welcome to attend. Free. Union County Agricultural & Conference Center, 3230 Presson Road, Monroe. www.co.union.nc.us/LivingHere/AgriculturalConferenceCenter.aspx. 9:30-11 a.m. Sept. 24.
Mecklenburg Master Gardeners at Festival in The Park:
Mecklenburg Master Gardeners will be in Freedom Park Gardens by Mahlon Adams Pavillon to answer your gardening questions and children will be given lady bugs to release. See beautiful pollinator gardens and learn how to grow these wonderful plants. Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd., Charlotte. 704-336-2884. www.parkandrec.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 24. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 25.
Furs, Skulls, Bones and More:
Discover the secret life of animals by looking at their furs, skulls and bones. Learn the natural history of North Carolina animals. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 2 p.m. Sept. 24.
What’s That Bird?:
Have you ever looked outside your window or walked on the trails and wonder what kind of bird you are looking at? Discover the species you are looking at through our birding adventure. We will even venture into the preserve to find some birds that call Reedy Creek home. Must call 9800-314-1119 to register. Ages 7 and older. Free. 10-11am Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 10 a.m. Sept. 24.
Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 2 p.m. Sept. 25.
Nature Story Corner:
Settle in and get comfortable and read a variety of nature based stories. Stories may be accompanied by puppets and audience participation as you learn about the wonders of nature. After the story they 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. Sept. 26.
Learn About Beekeeping:
Join Charlotte Local Honey as Libby Mack talks about the hobby of beekeeping. An observation hive with live honey bees will be on display. Come meet the bees and taste their honey. Free. www.cmlibrary.org. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library — Mountain Island Branch, 4420 Hoyt Galvin Way, Charlotte. 704-416-5600. www.cmlibrary.org. 11 a.m. Sept. 24.