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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. The caller is Gene Baker; email at email@example.com $5. Baker’s Place, 2843 Williams Road, Matthews. 704-576-0318. 7-9 p.m. Aug. 24.
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The Next Step: African American Dance Showcase:
Join us for a celebration of culture as we feature exhibitions in dance. Groups across the Charlotte area will highlight African American dance styles like hip hop, breakdancing and stepping. We will also be treated to native cultural dances from east to west Africa. Dancers are encouraged to contact us about participating. Tickets are $10. $10. Gorelick Hall at Shalom Park, 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte. 5-7 p.m. Aug. 26.
Simple Steps 1: Is Starting a Business Right for You?:
This introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. Start-up Basics provides you with an overview of the skills and tools you need when deciding to start a business. In this session, you learn about: the advantages and disadvantages of owning a business, the most profitable form for your business, and the fundamentals of formation, organization, marketing, cash flow and funding sources. No Fee. SBA - Small Business Administration, 6302 Fairview Road, Charlotte. 1-3 p.m. Aug. 24.
Movies Under the Stars:
Kick-off the evening at 7 p.m. with activities for the family before the movie. Concessions available. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Free. SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-364-4411. www.southpark.com. 7 p.m. Aug. 25.
Local breastfeeding support group La Leche League will be hosting a baby fair featuring vendors, door prizes, a silent auction, a child and parent play/craft area, and information sessions for families and expectant moms. The first 50 families will receive a swag bag filled with products and offers from participating vendors. Free. Morning Star Lutheran Church, 12509 Idlewild Road, Matthews. 704-847-4502. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 26.
Sunday Afternoon in the Park:
The arts festival will feature artists of all types, music and traditional festival foods. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy an afternoon in the shade of oak trees. Vendor applications are available at www.minthill.com. For information, contact Tina Ross firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-545-6231. Free. Mint Hill Park on Wilgrove, 5233 Wilgrove-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill. 704-545-9726. 1-6 p.m. Aug. 27.
Puerto Rican Festival 2017:
Vendors, artists and salsa band El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico. $5. Symphony Park at South Park Mall, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-972-2000. 12-8 p.m. Aug. 27.
GriefShare meeting seeks to provide support to individuals experiencing grief and loss. Let us help you move from mourning to joy. $15 for participant guide. Wesley United Methodist Church, 3715 Rea Road, Charlotte. 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 28.
Toronto FC II at Charlotte Independence:
$15-$75. www.charlotteindependence.com. Matthews Sportsplex, 1505 Tank Town Road, Matthews. 704-336-3854. 7 p.m. Aug. 26.
Tour de Turns:
The 6th Annual Tour de Turns is an original and unique benefit bicycle ride winding through tree-lined south Charlotte neighborhoods offering 15, 25, 37 and 62 mile routes. We are pleased to announce our 2017 beneficiary is Loaves & Fishes. Live music. Craft Beer Garden (purchase beer tickets on-site day of event). Raffle with dozens of great prizes; tickets available day of the event. $40 to $96. Carmel Road Neighborhood Park, 2365 Carmel Road, Charlotte. 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Aug. 26.
The Nature of Greenways: Toby Creek Greenway:
A relaxed walk with stops along the way to discover the natural side of these active green spaces. We will meet in the Lowe’s Parking Lot; 1100 Chancellor Park Drive, Charlotte 28213. Park in the Southeast corner, look for the Park and Rec van. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 9-10:30 a.m. Aug. 23.
Cocktails & Gardens at The Duke Mansion:
Cash bar and more than four acres of spectacular gardens and grounds to stroll. Or try out a rocking chair in the shade on our grand front porch. Whether you like the outdoors or indoors, our bar staff is waiting to serve you a summertime sip to help you beat the heat. No reservations required. Just bring your friends and have a great time. Free admission. The Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road, Charlotte. 704-714-4400. www.dukemansion.com. 5-8:30 p.m. Aug. 23, 24, 28, 29.
Hike for Healing:
Studies are showing that there are many healing benefits to walking in the woods. Join us to connect with nature and perhaps heal some of your life stressors in this relaxed hike. We will start our hike with an inspirational nature quote and then hit the trails. There will be stops along the way for connecting moments. Must be able to walk up to 2.5 miles on uneven terrain. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 6-7 p.m. Aug. 24.
Avian Health & Wellness:
In this course students learn about their parrot’s health and signs to look for that indicate illness. Learn what to expect during a vet visit and about common pet-bird diseases. RSVP to email@example.com or call 704-889-2325. Free. Parrot University, 321 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2325. www.parrotu.com. 2-4 p.m. Aug. 26.
There is nothing more fun than playing by a stream. We will build boats from sticks, leaves and bark and then set them afloat on the stream. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 2-3 p.m. Aug. 26.
Hot Pepper Day:
Come get your fill of all things hot and spicy at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market. Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte. 704-357-1269. www.ncagr.gov. Aug. 26.
Forest for the Trees:
How old is that tree? What kind of tree is that? Why are trees important? Discover the answers to these questions and more as you join a Reedy Creek Environmental Educator on a hike to explore one of North Carolina’s most valuable natural resources. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Aug. 27.
This course focuses on the basics of pet-bird ownership from health and nutrition to outfitting the cage to hazards in the home. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704-889-2325 Free. Parrot University, 321 S. Polk St, Pineville. 704-889-2325. www.parrotu.com. 2-4 p.m. Aug. 27.
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 a.m.-11 a.m. Aug. 28.