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Ballantyne Rocks Music Series:
John Sullivan & Friends performing. Ballantyne Village, 14825 Ballantyne Village Way, Charlotte. ballantynevillage.com. 6-9 p.m. June 28.
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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 is caller, email at email@example.com. $5. Baker’s Place, 2843 Williams Road, Matthews. 704-576-0318. 7-9 p.m. June 29.
Ballantyne Rocks Music Series:
Coddle Creek featuring Jack Lawrence. Ballantyne Village, 14825 Ballantyne Village Way, Charlotte. ballantynevillage.com. 6-9 p.m. July 1.
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. For more information, visit www.thesecretchocolatier.com. $25 per person. The Secret Chocolatier, 2935 Providence Road, Charlotte. 2-3 p.m. July 1.
Red, White & Blue July Fourth Lawn Party:
Enjoy a festive event at the golf pavilion with live music, food trucks, local NC beer, games and fireworks. Picnic blankets or patio folding chairs are recommended. This event is open to the public and has no admission fee. Free. The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. 704-248-4000. www.theballantynehotel.com. 5:30-9:30 p.m. July 1.
Queen City Brass Band:
Join us for the Patriotic Concert, an annual Mint Hill tradition featuring Charlotte’s own Queen City Brass Band. Members of the community will gather on the front lawn of Town Hall to pay tribute to our great country. The Mint Hill Fire Department will be on hand to raise the giant flag. Free. Mint Hill Town Hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane, Mint Hill. 704-545-9726. www.minthill.com. 7:30-9 p.m. July 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. July 3.
Blake Boehringer - Accelerate Basketball:
Myers Park High School, 2400 Colony Road, Charlotte. 704-343-5800. pages.cms.k12.nc.us/mphs/. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. June 28.
Charlotte Firecracker 5K:
USATF Certified. The 5k course is a rolling loop around the Olde Providence neighborhood and kids and grown-ups alike will enjoy the Family Fun Run. The 5K is chip-timed using the state-of-the-art MyLaps timing system. Watch a video of yourself crossing the finish line and then cruise over to our results tent for live results. After the race, join us for a pool party, music, food and drinks. $25 to$35. Windyrush Country Club, 6441 Windyrush Road, Charlotte. 7-8:30 p.m. July 3.
Nature & Gardens
Kid’s Stream Stomp:
Cool off this summer with a stream search. Participants use nets to find what is hiding within the stream. You’ll learn what these creatures can tell us about the quality of the water. Nets, buckets and supplies provided. Registration 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. 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. 2-3:30 p.m. June 28.
Modern Fire Building:
So you come to terms of your survival situation and must spend at least a night in the wilderness. Hopefully, you were prepared and packed some matches, a lighter or some flint and steel to start a fire. We will cover the modern fire building techniques, the proper set-up for a fire and then you will test your knowledge by building and attempting to start and maintain a fire. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 2-3:30 p.m. June 28.
Cocktails & Gardens Happy Hour at The Duke Mansion:
Summer cocktail hours are back at The Duke Mansion. Join us Monday through Thursday evenings through 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 have a great time. Free. The Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road, Charlotte. 704-714-4400. www.dukemansion.com. 5-8 p.m. June 28-29, July 3-4.
Join a naturalist on a half-mile hike as we look under logs, rocks, leaves and much more in pursuit of bugs. Learn what an insect is and how they benefit us. Registration required. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Bring your own water bottle and bug spray. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 2:30-4 p.m. June 30.
Talons Summer Flight Show: Flights of the Forest:
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 amphitheater 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. July 1. 1:30-2 p.m. July 2.
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. Free. Huntersville Elementary School, 200 Gilead Road, Huntersville. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. July 1.
Summer Science Series: Weather Wonders:
Come get your fill of science in the summertime with a Reedy Creek Environmental Educator. Join us as we take to the trails or the lab and perform some really awesome hands on science experiments. This month’s topic? Weather. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Ages 7 and older. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 1.
Reptile Meet and Greet:
Come and meet all of our reptile friends at Reedy Creek Nature Center. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. All ages. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 2-3 p.m. July 2.
Ants on Parade:
Do all ants bite? What is an ant’s favorite food? What kind of house do they make? Sing, craft and learn all about ants. Registration required.Children outside the 3-7 age range may tag along, but will not receive their own craft. $3. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 3-4 p.m. July 2.
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 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. July 3.
Red, White, and Blue: Patriotic Nature:
Who would have thought that our local wildlife could be patriotic? Find out how and which animals love the land of the “Free and the Home of the Brave” at this “Revolutionary” program on the Fourth of July. Registration required for all participants. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 2-3 p.m. July 4.