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Exercise Class and Smoothie Tasting:
Waltonwood Cotswold is hosting a Free Wellness Day, which includes exercise classes and smoothie tastings. The public is invited to exercise with residents in a 3 p.m. class led by Katie Cracraft, fitness coordinator at Waltonwood Cotswold. The community’s chef will present smoothie demo and tastings at 3:30 p.m. The nursing team will be available to provide wellness clinics, including blood pressure checks. In addition, The Weston Group, a rehabilitation company, will be conducting balance games and Bayada Home Health will be available to answer questions from residents and guests as well. Anyone interested in attending the event should RSVP by calling 704-490-4330. Waltonwood Cotswold, 5215 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 2-4 p.m. May 31.
Learn to Square Dance at Baker’s Place:
Looking for something to do? Come have 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 and learn the calls of mainstream square dancing. Gene Baker Caller - email at email@example.com $5. Baker’s Place, 2843 Williams Road, Matthews. 704-576-0318. 7-9 p.m. June 1.
Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis - Charlotte:
Sign up at www.cctakesteps.org/charlotte2017. Registration opens at 9 am, and the walk steps off at 10 a.m., at Symphony Park in Charlotte. Our walks are family-friendly and pet-friendly. Info: Haley Price at firstname.lastname@example.org. Free registration; fundraising encouraged. Symphony Park at South Park Mall, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-972-2000. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. June 3.
Geared for all ages, attendees will learn about chocolate, tempering and choose from a variety of ingredients for making their own chocolate bark. Registration is required either in person at The Secret Chocolatier or online at https://squareup.com/market/the-secret-chocolatier. Cost is $25 per person. For information, visit www.thesecretchocolatier.com. The Secret Chocolatier, 2935 Providence Road, Charlotte. 2-3 p.m. June 3.
Around the World Carnevale Event Fundraiser:
Join us for an evening of traveling the globe in a Carnevale themed setting at the Village Tavern. Tickets are $25 or $45 per couple. Proceeds will benefit Advocacy & Awareness for Immune Disorders Association (AAIDA), a 501(c)3 nonprofit for research, education and advocacy. Please visit www.GoDoAaida.org or email info@GoDoAaida.org to purchase tickets or for information. Tickets will also be available for purchase the day of the event. $25. Village Tavern, 4201 Congress St., Charlotte. 704-552-9983. www.villagetavern.com. 7-10:30 p.m. June 3.
Countdown to Summer Party for Everyone:
Everything free. Living Saviour Lutheran Church, 6817 Carmel Road, Charlotte. 704-542-3626. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 3.
“Global Voices” concert by Caritas Acapella Ensemble:
The Caritas Acapella Ensemble will present a vocal concert, “Global Voices,” twice on Sunday, June 4, 2017, in Charlotte and in Davidson. A 3 p.m. concert will be at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte. An identical concert will start at 7 p.m. at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Main St., Davidson. The unaccompanied, auditioned chorus, conducted by Artistic Director Cathy Youngblood, will perform music in many different styles by composers from 14 different countries, including China, Sweden, South Africa, New Zealand, Russia, France, Germany, Spain, Israel, Brazil and more. Works by Rachmaninoff, Debussy and Mendelssohn are included.Tickets sales are cash or check only: adults $15 in advance or $20 at the door; $5 at the door with a valid student ID; free for children through age 11; $40 for families; and $12 each for groups of 10 or more. Will-call sales are available at the advance price for pickup at the concert. For tickets, call 980-272-8556, email CaritasTicketSales@gmail.com. For information call 704-953-4411. Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte. 704-376-3695. www.myersparkpres.org. 3-4:30 p.m. June 4.
Moment Musical Sunday Serenade Concerts:
Moment Musical, a classical chamber music ensemble, presents its Sunday Serenade Concerts at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Sunday afternoons. Donation suggested: $10; $20 per family. Westminster Presbyterian Church Charlotte, 101 Colville Road, Charlotte. 3 p.m. June 4.
3rd Annual Charity Tribute: “Lost in the 50’s”:
Enjoy your favorite stars — Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Dion, Johnny Cash and more, plus performances by the Charlotte Dance Alliance. $18 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. Levine Senior Center, 1050 Devore Lane, Matthews. 704-846-4654. www.levineseniorcenter.org. 4-7 p.m. June 4.
Free Knitting Class:
This knitting class is for beginners interested in learning how to knit. This class is free and open to the community. Register at the Levine Senior Center Library. Levine Senior Center, 1050 Devore Lane, Matthews. 704-846-4654. www.levineseniorcenter.org. 1-3 p.m. June 5.
Talks & Meetings
Bilingual Stories & Music - Fathers/Padres:
Come celebrate our amazing fathers in a fun way with songs, fun games, stories, and more.These fun, interactive bilingual (Spanish/English) mornings incorporate music, plays, and stories geared specially for families with children ages 0-6. All families interested in raising bilingual and globally-minded children are welcome! $5 for up to 6 family members; Free for Mint members. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. June 3.
GriefShare meeting seeks to provide support to individuals experiencing grief and loss. Let us hep you move from mourning to joy. $15 for participant guide. Wesley United Methodist Church, 3715 Rea Road, Charlotte. 6:30-8 p.m. June 5.
Meet the Author Kathy Izard:
Join award-winning author Kathy Izard, graphic designer, wife, mother of four daughters and volunteer at Charlotte’s Urban Ministry as she tells the story of an unlikely meeting with formerly homeless author Denver Moore. Listen as she talks about how she published the book and the stories behind Charlotte’s Moore Place. Free and open to the public. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library — Myers Park, 1361 Queens Road, Charlotte. 704-416-5800. www.cmlibrary.org. June 6.
Huntersville Growers’ Market:
Local produce, baked goods, and the Downtown Market Event Series, makes the market a great Saturday morning destination for the entire family. Shop local and shop fresh with our vendors and enjoy the weekly themes/activities for free. Huntersville Elementary School, 200 Gilead Road, Huntersville. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. June 3.
Statesville Garden Tour:
Come to Statesville and enjoy a self-paced tour of amazing and diverse gardens. Take a leisurely stroll through each of the six showcased gardens, lingering along the way to witness the beauty of a Southern garden in June. $10. Downtown Statesville, 100 W. Broad St., Statesville. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 3. 1-5 p.m. June 4.
2017 Charlotte Pond Tour:
The variety of our membership is reflected in the styles of the nine ponds featured on the tour. Our ponds range from natural to formal and everywhere in between. www.charlottepondtour.com. $10 per person. 2017 Charlotte Pond Tour, South Charlotte, Charlotte. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 3.
Wake up Hike:
1-2 miles on moderate terrain with a few stops if we see something neat. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 9-10 a.m. June 3.
Talons Summer Flight Show: Flights of the Forest:
Carolina Raptor Center’s high flying, gravity defying summer flight show features CRC’s trainers putting our native and exotic birds through their paces in free flight. Experience the whoosh of feathers over your head. Learn about the natural history, habitat and natural behaviors of birds of prey. Interact with birds as you never have before. Owls, vultures, hawks and falcons are the stars in this show. Please arrive a half an hour early so that you won’t miss the show. Sign up online until 2 hours before the show and in the Visitor Center up until 10 minutes before the show begins. Gates to amphitheatre open 30 minutes before show time. Free with paid admission to the Raptor Trail. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org. 1-1:30 p.m., 3-3:30 p.m. June 3. 1:30-2 p.m. June 4.
Repticon Charlotte Reptile & Exotic Animal Show:
Repticon Charlotte is a reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. All ages. Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 U.S. 49 N., Concord. 704-920-3976. www.cabarrusarena.com. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 3.
National Egg Day:
Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte. 704-357-1269. www.ncagr.gov. June 3.
During this hour, we will look at natural objects in a new way, using the sun. This method of printing harnesses the energy of the sun and the power of water. Join us to see how it works. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. $4. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 2-3 p.m. June 4.
Family Stream Search:
Kids and adults of all ages are invited to dip their hands and toes into our babbling stream. An educator will help you catch and identify all sorts of aquatic critters. Nets, buckets and supplies provided. On-going from 1:30-4:30 pm. Registration not required. Wear sturdy closed-toed shoes with a heel that can get wet and muddy (old sneakers or Keen/aqua-type water shoes are best). No flip-flops or bare feet for safety. Wear old clothes and bring a change of clothes and shoes. Meeting place will be the Four Seasons trail picnic area. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 1:30-4 p.m. June 4.
Nature Story Corner:
Settle in and get comfortable as we read a variety of nature based stories. Stories may be accompanied by puppets and audience participation as we learn about the wonders of nature. After the story we will hike into the forest to do an 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. June 5.
Hand Painted Pillows:
Learn basic composition and design principals as you adorn a one-of-a-kind, crafted-with-love throw pillow cover (envelope style). $45 includes all materials. Small Hands Big Art, 8025 Ardrey Kell Road, Charlotte. 704-246-8271. www.smallhandsbigart.com. 6-7:30 p.m. June 2.
Pottery 51 - local handmade NC pottery:
Handmade ceramic pottery by more than 20 member artists. Wheel thrown and hand built pieces for sale. Classes and workshops offered. Pottery 51, 7714 Matthews, Mint Hill. 704-995-0909. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 3.
June Featured Exhibit: Artists of the Carolinas:
Showcasing local artists. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. June 10. Free. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 6.
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