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Kids Kartoons and Comics Camp:
Kids and Teen Kartoon and Comics Camp. $190. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 15.
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June is Great Outdoors month. Come indoors to see beautiful landscape artwork, which is available for purchase. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. June 15. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 17. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 18. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 15. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 18. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 20. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 21. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. June 22.
Thomas McNickle: Image and Memory:
Jerald Melberg Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings and watercolors by Pennsylvania artist Thomas McNickle. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.
Star Gazer Camp:
Through contemporary and aerial dance, campers create a dance inspired by our solar system. $200 per week plus $25 registration fee. Caroline Calouche & Co., 9315 Monroe Road, Charlotte. 704-844-0449. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 15.
Join us for live entertainment brought to you by a young woman from Tennessee. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the music. Free. Mint Hill Town Hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane, Mint Hill. 704-545-9726. www.minthill.com. 7:30 p.m. June 18.
Flying Biscuit Cafe Raises Funds for Childhood Cancer Research:
The Flying Biscuit Cafe is raising funds in June for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which benefits childhood cancer research. Flying Biscuit restaurants will donate a percentage of kids meal sales, while also accepting donations from customers and working to raise awareness for this important cause. The Flying Biscuit Cafe, 4241 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-714-3400. www.flyingbiscuit.com. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. June 15.
Ballantyne Business Book Review:
The Ballantyne Business Book Review will offer Charlotte business leaders and professionals a chance to pick up key themes from great business books and ideas on how to start applying them right away. Participants will discuss “The Pumpkin Plan” at the first session. $25-$124. Sandler Training/Dunn Enterprises, 13925 Ballantyne Corporate Place 2827, Suite 125, Charlotte. 704-536-3277. 8-9:30 a.m. June 15.
The Town of Matthews Fire & EMS Department will hold its annual Citizens Academy, a five-week program for residents and business professionals to learn more about the department’s daily and emergency operations. Applications may be emailed to email@example.com or dropped off at Fire Station 1, 236 S. Trade St. Matthews Fire Station, 236 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-847-4411. www.matthewsnc.gov. 6:30-9 p.m. June 16.
Matthews Food Truck Fridays:
Local food trucks and artists with live music. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-847-4411. www.matthewsnc.com. 5-9 p.m. June 17.
Girls Night Out:
Girls can spend the night together and create a “Night at the Beach” painting with step-by-step instruction. Refreshments served and supplies included. $40. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com. 7-8:30 p.m. June 17.
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. Another Broken Egg, 3920 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 980-207-2582. www.anotherbrokenegg.com. 7:15 a.m.-8:15 a.m. June 17.
Polk Pop-Up Program, Historic Tatting:
Join volunteer Michele Glover as she leads our next Pop-Up program, a Historic Tatting demonstration. Michele will lead visitors through a hands-on demonstration of this historic weaving technique. This is a drop-in program. No reservations necessary. Free. James K. Polk State Historic Site, 12031 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. 704-889-7145. www.nchistoricsites.org. 11 a.m. June 18.
Developing Champions Coaches Clinic:
This Youth Fitness and Athletic Development clinic is dedicated solely to teaching coaches on how to develop kids athletically ages 6-18. The event features world class guest speakers and hands on training from the best youth performance trainers in the world. Athletic Revolution Matthews, 701 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Matthews.. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 18.
Developing Champions Coaches Clinic:
This Youth Fitness and Athletic Development clinic is dedicated to teaching coaches how to develop kids athletically ages 6-18. Athletic Revolution Matthews, 701 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Matthews. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. June 19.
Her Father, His Joy: Father Daughter Dance:
Community event being held to celebrate fathers and the relationship they have with their daughters. Food, fun, music and onsite surprises. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte’s meal sponsorship program. $28.50-$60. Red Diamond Event Center, 11021 Downs Road, Pineville. 704-713-1335. www.reddiamondcharlotte.com. 5:30-9 p.m. June 19.
Losing your spouse, a parent, or a child can be devastating, and dealing with the grief is sometimes tougher than anticipated. Based on a Christian worldview, GriefShare explores the impact of personal grief spiritually, intellectually, emotionally and physically. This class is open to the community. Please register in advance at www.calvarychurch.com. Calvary Church, 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-543-1200. 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 20.
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. Meet at St. Matthew Church ’s New Life Center building in Room 132 for two hours of dialogue on the subject. No cost and no reservation needed. For 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. June 20.
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. June 20.
Tumble and soar in our Cirque Camp with classes in trapeze, acrobatics, sling, juggling and contortion. $200 per week plus $25 registration fee. carolinecalouche.org. Caroline Calouche & Co., 9315 Monroe Road, Charlotte. 704-844-0449. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 20.
Community Cat Meeting — Friends of Feral Felines:
Featured speaker, Susan Spaulding of Feline Outreach, Rescue & Education (Alley Cat Allies member), will present a talk entitled “Help! I found a homeless community cat/kitten” and humane care. Free. Morrison Regional Library, 7015 Morrison Blvd., Charlotte. 704-416-5400. www.plcmc.org. 6-7:30 p.m. June 21.
Medical Reiki Carolinas Meet & Greet:
The community is invited to join members from the Medical Reiki Carolinas Team to learn more about the relaxing benefits of Reiki as a Complementary Therapy in the Healthcare Setting. A brief discussion followed by an opportunity to experience Reiki first hand with complimentary mini sessions will round out the evening. Free. CMC-Mercy, 2001 Vail Ave., Charlotte. 704-304-5000. www.carolinashealthcare.org/cmc-mercy. 7 p.m. June 21.
FC Barcelona Soccer Camp in Charlotte:
The Official FC Barcelona Soccer Camp in Charlotte offers the same methodology, style and values of the world’s most renowned soccer club. Open to boys and girls 7-16 years old. Official FCB Nike training kit provided with registration. $425. Mecklenburg County Sportsplex - Matthews, 1505 Tank Town Road, Matthews. 704-336-3854. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 15.
Ken Walters MARA Colts Kicking Camp:
Want to kick, punt, or long snap? Want to do better? Then join two-time Super Bowl Champion Ken Walker at this space-limited instructional camp. $100. playbetter.maracoltsfootball.com. Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association (MARA), 1200 S. Trade St, Matthews. 704-847-0752. marasports.org. 6-8 p.m. June 15 and 16.
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. June 19.
Universal Yoga Cross-mat Practice with Mara Healy:
The Cross-Mat Mandala Class is a Universal Yoga method that skillfully integrates asanas, vinyasas adn turns on the mat with pranayamas, mantras and internal awareness. $20. Be Yoga Carmel Road, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-705-2610. beyogasouth.com. 12:30-3:30 p.m. June 19.
Musical theater. $18; $15 students and seniors; $12 children 10 and younger. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St. E., Matthews. 704-846-8343. 8 p.m. June 17. 2 p.m. June 19.
Browse an array of fresh vegetables, fruit, berries, herbs and plants, plus Duke’s Bread and other local specialties. Every Wednesday and Saturday at Rea Road and Williams Pond Lane. Free. Village at Robinson Farm, 8410 Rea Road, Charlotte. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 15, 18 and 22.
National Go Fishing Day:
Seafood vendors will be passing out free recipes. Stop by the market to pick up salmon, trout, bass and other fish. Free. Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte. 704-357-1269. www.ncagr.gov. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. June 18.
Browse an array of fresh vegetables, fruit, berries, herbs and plants, plus Duke’s Bread and other local specialties. Every Wednesday and Saturday at Rea Road and Williams Pond Lane. Free. Village at Robinson Farm, 8410 Rea Road, Charlotte. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 22.
Garden Insects: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly:
Gaston County Master Gardeners present Vicky Bertagnolli, Consumer Horticulture Agent, to discuss both the good and bad bugs, you find in and around your garden. Free. Gaston County Citizens Resource Center, 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Highway, Dallas. 704-922-0301. gaston.ces.ncsu.edu. 10 a.m. June 16
Weekday Wanderers: South Fork Trail:
This month we will visit another wonderful section of the Catawba Thread Trail. The journey will take you to the South Fork Trail for a half day walk along the river with stops along the way to explore and perhaps dip your feet in the cool water. Hike will be about 4.4 miles. Meet at Reedy Creek Nature Center and take van to location. $6. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 16.
Live Animal Feeding:
Join others for this brief program as Reedy Creek’s staff members feed a few of the animals. Whether a snake, turtle, toad or lizard, it will surely be a cool experience. Staff will be on-hand to answers your questions as well. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-3 p.m. June 16.
Summer Walk and Talk:
The nice weather is here, the flowers are blooming and the animals are awake, so it is the perfect time to get out and explore the preserve. Join others on this day for a most wonderful walk and get your questions answeredbout. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-3 p.m. June 17.
Enjoy some mountain air while cooling your feet in a waterfall. There should be lots of blooming wildflowers to discover as well as other delights of nature.. There is nothing like music in the woods. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-3 p.m. June 18.
Create art without trash. All materials will be provided by the forest, bring your creativity and nature will inspire you to create a master piece. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-3 p.m. June 19
Nature Story Corner:
Settle in and get comfortable and read a variety of nature-based stories. Stories may be accompanied by puppets and audience participation as you learn about the wonders of nature. After the story, they will hike into the forest to do a themed activity based on the story. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 10 a.m.-11 a.m. June 20.
Survival: Modern Fire Building:
Learn about 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. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-3 p.m. June 21.
Dragons of the Sky:
They say dragons are mythical creatures only found in fairy tales, but have you visited Reedy? Have you seen the dragons? The creatures may not be the dragons you are thinking of, but they are vicious predators and fun to catch. Come and explore the world of the dragonfly. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 10-11 a.m. June 22.
Family Biodiversity Hike:
This 1-mile guided hike will take a route through the forest where participants will be able to see and learn about any different plants and animals. Come and discover the life within our forest. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 10:30-11:30 a.m. June 22.
Did you know that honeybees are the only insects that produce food for humans? Come and learn from Kim O’Shea more about the art of beekeeping, including tips to get started, resources, recommendations and more. $5. www.go.ncsu.edu. North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service – Mecklenburg County Center, 1418 Armory Drive, Charlotte. 704-336-2082. mecklenburg.ces.ncsu.edu. 12-1:30 p.m. June 22.
Safe Solutions to Common Issues in the Summer Garden:
Expert Bill Sloan introduces simple methods for properly identifying and troubleshooting common problems in the garden and offers safe, research-based environmentally friendly practices. After the talk, walk (1:30-4 p.m.) the many botanical gardens and experience the beauty and joy of nature. Extension Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions. Free. gardens.uncc.edu. University of North Carolina at Charlotte – Botanical Gardens, 9090 Craver Road, Charlotte. 704-687-0720. gardens.uncc.edu. 1-4 p.m. June 19.
Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies - Kids Class!:
During this fun and informative class designed especially for kids, Pike Nurseries garden experts will teach families about the benefits of attracting pollinators such as hummingbirds and butterflies to the garden. Advice on how to create a welcoming habitat with food, water, shelter and sunlight. Free. www.pikenursery.com/pages/pike-classes-events. Pike Nursery, 12630 N. Community House Road, Charlotte. 704-341-7453. www.pikenursery.com. 9 a.m. June 22.