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Cell Phone Drive for Cell Phones For Soldiers:
With the proceeds from the recycling, the organization purchases prepaid phone cards for military families and has provided more than 300 million minutes of free talk time by sending more than 5 million calling cards to servicemen and women and recycling more than 15 million cell phones, reducing the impact on landfills. If you have any old phones lying around or know of any family or friends who may have an old cell phone, please dontate them. Mark Antonich Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., 8832 Blakeney Professional Dr., Charlotte. 704-944-2080. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.
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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 . Exercise your mind and body. Join us on Thursday nights and learn the calls of mainstream square dancing. Gene Baker is caller; email at firstname.lastname@example.org. $5. Baker’s Place, 2843 Williams Road, Matthews. 704-576-0318. 7-9 p.m. July 6.
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. July 8.
Exploring History: My Life Under Hitler:
Join Frederick Folkerts as he discusses his experiences growing up in Wuppertal, Germany during World War II, including the bombing of the city and its aftermath. Free. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library — South County Regional, 5801 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-416-6600. www.cmlibrary.org. 6-7 p.m. July 10.
Whole Art at Whole Foods with Modern Craft Collective:
Join Modern Craft Collective for a creative Tuesday afternoon in Ballantyne with a variety of food + earth inspired art workshops. Each week you’ll dive into a different medium like watercolor botanical illustrations, shibori dyed aprons, fabric printed market bags and more. Advance tickets are required; sign up for one week at a time or the entire summer series. Workshops are all-levels and perfect activities to get your feet wet in a new creative skill. See schedule and reserve tickets on www.moderncraftcollective.com. $45 plus. Whole Foods Market - Waverly, 7221 Waverly Walk Ave., Charlotte. 1:30-3 p.m. July 11.
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. July 5.
2017 Strikes for Charity Bowl:
The 2017 inaugural Strikes for Charity Bowl is a charity bowling event hosted by Chris Smith of the Cincinnati Bengals and special guest Kony Ealy of the New Englad Patriots. Come out and bowl for charity with Chris and his NFL friends. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Boys and Girls Club of Charlotte and West Rowan High School in Salisbury. Autograph and photography opportunities will be available. Presented by RC Brand Management. 10 Park Lanes, 1700 Montford Drive, Charlotte. 704-523-7633. www.rollten.com. July 8.
Talks & Meetings
Get It Done: Living Successfully with ADD/ADHD:
$45 individual; $75 couple. Ballantyne Executive Suites, 15720 Brixham Hill Ave., Charlotte. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 8.
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 10.
Wednesday Woodland Wellness Walk:
Join us as we enjoy some fresh air, sunshine and beautiful surroundings with like-minded people. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. West Branch Nature Preserve, 18229 Shearer Road, Davidson. www.carolinathreadtrailmap.org/trails/trail/west-branch-nature-preserve-trail. 9-11 a.m. July 5.
Cocktails & Gardens Happy Hour at The Duke Mansion:
Summer cocktail hours are back at The Duke Mansion. 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. The Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road, Charlotte. 704-714-4400. www.dukemansion.com. 5-8 p.m. July 5, 6, 10 and 11.
Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte. 704-357-1269. www.ncagr.gov. July 7.
What is the difference between a carnivore and an herbivore? Whose tracks are those? Stop by our classroom anytime between 1 and 3 p.m. to explore a variety of minigames and natural specimens that answer these questions and many more. A naturalist will be on hand. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 1-3 p.m. July 8.
Huntersville Growers’ Market:
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. July 8.
Talons Summer Flight Show: Flights of the Forest:
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 8. 1:30-2 p.m. July 9.
Crafts, games, stories, puppets, hikes and more. Learn about animals and plants that surround us in the preserve. Parent participation is encouraged. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 10-11 a.m. July 10.