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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. 29.
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Matthews Food Truck Fridays:
Local food trucks and artists with live music. www.matthewsfun.com. Free. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-847-4411. www.matthewsnc.com. 5-9 p.m. Sept. 30.
19th Annual Michaelmas Fair. Free admission, entertainment, music, craft and food vendors, pet adoption. Children’s slide and bounce house wristbands $7 (unlimited play). St. Michael the Archangel Anglican Church, 2211 Margaret Wallace Road, Matthews. 704-537-7777. www.stmichaelsanglican.org. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 1.
Third Annual Blessing of the Animals:
Furry and feathered friends are invited for a special blessing. There will be treats for pets and humans. Animals must be on a leash or in a container. Free. Pineville Lake Park, 1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville. 1-3 p.m. Oct. 2.
Kids In Nature Day:
Bring the family and enjoy nature activities such as catch and release fishing, hikes, fairy house construction, bird watching, scavenger hunts and visit with nature exhibitors. Dress to have fun outdoors. Free. Squirrel Lake Park, 1631 Pleasant Plains Road, Charlotte. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 1.
Fresh vegetables, fruit, berries, herbs and plants, plus Duke’s Bread and other local specialties. Village at Robinson Farm, 8410 Rea Road, Charlotte. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 28 and Oct. 1.
Lake Wylie Evening Kayak Tour:
Registration is required. Notes: 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. 28.
This geocache program, for newbies and pros alike, will teach participants how to use a GPS and discover caches around the preserve. The program will include a 2-3 mile hike over uneven terrain. Registration required. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear good hiking shoes. Bring bottled water. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 2-4 p.m. Sept. 28.
Mooresville Farmers Market:
Liberty Park, 225 E. Iredell Ave., Mooresville. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Oct. 1.
Iredell Master Gardener Demonstration Garden:
Visitors are welcome to tour the garden, see what’s being grown and ask questions of Master Gardeners. 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. Oct. 1.
It is estimated that there are more than 9,000 species of birds on this planet. Nearly 660 of these species breed in North America. In the fall as the days shorten and the temperature drops, many of these birds fly hundreds of miles south to their wintering grounds. Join us at Reedy Creek to learn about local migratory birds. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 2-3 p.m. Oct. 1.
The crisp and cooler air of Autumn makes for perfect walking weather. Join us for a brisk afternoon walk to discover what the season change has to showcase. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 1-2:30 p.m. Oct. 2.
Talk and Walk: Signs of Fall:
Enjoy the cooler temperatures and lack of mosquitoes on a relaxed walk while we search for other signs of fall. Learn if your favorite animal hibernates, migrates or stays here through the winter. Registration is required. This walk will cover up to 1.5 miles over easy to moderate terrain; dress appropriately for the weather and bring a water bottle. $3. www.parkandrec.com. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 2 p.m. Oct. 2.
Meetings & Workshops
AARP Charlotte presents Living Longer Living Smarter:
Planning for your future, and preparing your family for the challenges that come with it, can be challenging. Living Longer, Living Smarter is focused on helping prepare for these challenges. Details: email firstname.lastname@example.org Free. www.cmlibrary.org/event/29766-health-education-living-longer-living-smarter. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library at Mint Hill, 6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill. 704-416-5200. https://www.cmlibrary.org/branch/mint-hill. 2-4 p.m. Sept. 30.
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. 30.
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. Oct. 1 and 3.
AARP Charlotte presents The Road to Medicare:
This program provides an overview of Medicare. It is for those who are close to turning 65; considering retirement; have basic questions about Medicare; or want to sort out Medicare’s relationship with their employer’s group health plan. Free. Details: email@example.com. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library - South County Regional, 5801 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-416-6600. www.cmlibrary.org. 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 3.
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 more info, contact Jack Rueckel at 704-341-8449. Free. St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. www.stmatthewcatholic.org. 7-9 p.m. Oct. 3.
Emotions Anonymous Meeting:
12-Step group for emotional instability. www.namilexington.org/support/family-support-groups/. Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 3307 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-364-1234. 7-8 p.m. Oct. 3.
Workshop: Spiritual Formation:
Has God left the room? Discover what to do when your normal Christian spiritual practices leave you dry. Moving to a deeper interior space of intimacy with God has a predictable path once we can see it. Come and see how to move forward in your spiritual formation. $99. Sardis Presbyterian Church, 6100 Sardis Road, Charlotte. 704-366-1854. sardis.org. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Oct. 4.
Talks & Readings
Rachel Cruze Book Signing:
Come meet New York Times best-selling author Rachel Cruze and pick up a copy of her new book, “Love Your Life, Not Theirs.” In the book, Cruze breaks down the comparisons that steal our joy, and our paychecks. She walks readers through seven essential money habits and provides practical tips to live, and love, the life they want. Free. Barnes & Noble at Morrison Place, 4020 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-364-0626. store-locator.barnesandnoble.com. 12 p.m. Oct. 4.
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. Oct. 2.
Oscar Folk Expressionism:
Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 28. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 30.
Lee Hall: Celebration:
A new solo exhibition of recent paintings by Lexington native, Lee Hall.Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 28-30, Oct. 1, 3-4.