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Celebrate the Great Outdoors Indoors:
Landscape paintings by all represented artists on display and available for purchase. Free. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. June 22. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 24. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 25. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 28. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. June 29.
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Image and Memory:
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. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 22. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 25. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 27.
Country Blues Workshop:
Explore blues music from the 1920s and 1930s, and hear a special performance from Sidewalk Bob, a member of the Charlotte Blues Society. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library - South County Regional, 5801 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-416-6600. www.cmlibrary.org. 6-7 p.m. June 23.
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the music. Free. minthill.com. Mint Hill Town Hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Ln., Mint Hill. 704-545-9726. www.minthill.com. 7:30 p.m. June 25.
Stigall Scholars Recital:
The Charlotte Chapter of the American Guild of Organists presents the current Stigall Scholars in recital. Donations accepted. charlotteago.org. Sardis Presbyterian Church, 6100 Sardis Road, Charlotte. 704-366-1854. sardis.org. 7 p.m. June 26.
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. The Flying Biscuit Cafe, 4241 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-714-3400. www.flyingbiscuit.com. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. June 22.
Red Boot Coalition:
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 24.
Matthews Food Truck Fridays:
Local food trucks and artists with live music. www.matthewsfun.com. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-847-4411. www.matthewsnc.com. 5-9 p.m. June 24.
Charlotte Music Collectors Show:
Featuring music dealers from all over the South selling rare vintage vinyl LPs and 45s, plus CDs, DVDs, memorabilia and more. Buy, sell or trade. $2 admission. Springhill Suites Ballantyne, 12325 Johnston Road, Charlotte. 704-817-1500. www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/cltbt-springhill-suites-charlotte-ballantyne-area. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 25.
Emotions Anonymous Meeting:
12-Step group for emotional instability. Free. www.namilexington.org/support/family-support-groups/. Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 3307 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-364-1234. 7-8 p.m. June 27.
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. www.calvarychurch.com. 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 27.
MARA Colts Football Season:
Register for the 2016 Pop Warner Football Season through July 30. $295. Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association (MARA), 1200 S. Trade St, Matthews. 704-847-0752. marasports.org. June 22.
5th Annual Step It Out Against MS Charity Golf Tournament:
Includes golf cart, 18 holes of golf, dinner, swag bag. $125. Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation, 7500 Olde Sycamore Drive, Mint Hill. 704-573-1000. www.oldesycamoregolf.com. 11:30 a.m. registration June 25.
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 26.
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboratio. $18; $15 students and seniors; $12 children 10 and younger. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St. East, Matthews. 704-846-8343. 8 p.m. June 24. 2 p.m. June 26.
Dragons of the Sky:
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 plants and animals. 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.
Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies - Kids Class:
Experts will teach families about the benefits of attracting pollinators such as hummingbirds and butterflies to the garden. Free. www.pikenursery.com/pages/pike-classes-events. All Pike Nurseries, 12630 N. Community House Road, Charlotte. 704-341-7453. www.pikenursery.com. 9 a.m. June 22.
Pressure Canner Lid Clinic:
Cooperative Extension will offer free testing of dial-gauge pressure canner lids. Seals and valves also will be checked during the free service. Testing also is available by appointment at the Cooperative Extension office. Free. Wagner Hardware, 1521 Shelton Ave., Statesville. 9 -11 a.m. June 23.
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 23.
Evening Kayak at Mountain Island Lake:
Join a naturalist for a relaxing paddle on Mountain Island Lake, taking in the natural beauty while discovering the importance of this habitat to wildlife and human life. Meet at Latta Plantation Nature Center. Time on water is about 1 1/2 hours. $15 single kayak; $20 tandem kayak. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 23.
Trail Work Day:
At Boulders Access Visitor Center. Free. ncparks.gov/crowders-mountain-state-park. Crowders Mountain State Park, 522 Park Office Ln., Kings Mountain. 704-853-5375. www.ncparks.gov. 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. June 24.
Carnivorous Plant Carnival:
Get your ticket for the carnival of carnivorous plants. Discover the wonders of nature up-close and personal with hands-on games and crafts-feed a Venus flytrap and much more. There will be carnivorous plants for sale (including the opportunity to purchase and build your own dish garden), so you can take the sideshow home. This is a 2-hour family event with activities suitable for ages 4-12. Limited to 100 children. $8; free for accompanying adult. UNC Charlotte - Botanical Gardens, 9090 Craver Road, Charlotte. 704-687-0720. gardens.uncc.edu. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. June 25.
Outdoor Education Center Great American Campout Event:
The Iredell County Outdoor Education Center will be hosting a campout in celebration of the National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Campout. $40 for family of four (includes dinner and snacks). www.co.iredell.nc.us/276. Outdoor Education Center, 204 Bluefield Road, Mooresville. 5 p.m. June 25.
Nature Photography With Your Smart Phone:
They are so popular and common that you may not even know that you have a great tool to capture your nature findings in your pocket. Learn about some apps that will help you take fantastic pictures with your smart phone. After reviewing some information inside, you will go outside and snap pictures along the trails. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 9:30-10:30 a.m. June 25.
Stream Restoration 101:
The Reedy Creek has been in rough shape since humans modified the creek for human activities. You will discuss and explore the creek as a restoration project is taking shape to bring the creek back to a healthy stream full of life and connection to the forest. There will be a short presentation and then you’ll walk down to the troubled areas of the stream. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-3 p.m. June 25.
Did you know that seeds use a variety of tricks to travel across the landscape? Join others to learn some of the sneaky ways seeds are able to colonize new areas. You will search for seeds on a nature hike and maybe even plant a seed of your own. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-3 p.m. June 26.
Discover what Summer has in store at Reedy Creek. Through various hands-on activities such as crafts, games, stories, puppets, hikes and more, you’ll learn more about animals and plants that surround you in the preserve. Parent participation is encouraged. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 10-11 a.m. June 27.
Village at Robinson Farm
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 Rd, Charlotte.. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 22, 25 and 29.
Blueberry and blackberry seasons are fast approaching. Vendors at the market will be passing out free blueberry and blackberry recipes. www.charlottefarmersmarket.com. Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte. 704-357-1269. www.ncagr.gov. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. June 25.
Old Town Rock Hill
Free. Old Town Rock Hill, East Main St., Rock Hill. 5-8 p.m. June 23.