Please submit your event information online. Go to events.charlotteobserver.com and click on “Add Event.” The submission deadline for print is two weeks in advance of the event date.
Queen City Brass Band:
Annual patriotic concert. 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. July 3.
Never miss a local story.
The Flying Biscuit Cafe is raising funds in June for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which benefits childhood cancer research. Restaurants will donate a percentage of kids meal sales, while also accepting donations from customers and working to raise awareness for this important cause. Varies. The Flying Biscuit Cafe, 4241 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-714-3400. www.flyingbiscuit.com. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. June 29.
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. July 1.
Ballantyne Beer Garden:
Enjoy a pop-up Ballantyne Beer Garden on the South Lawn featuring live music, local beer, a cookout and a drawing for prizes. Menu items will be available a la carte. The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. 704-248-4000. www.theballantynehotel.com. 12-7 p.m. July 3.
Meetings & Talks
Ballantyne Book Club:
The Ballantyne Book Club will discuss “Child 44” by Tom Rob Smith at its next meeting. Seating is limited and RSVP is required. The Ballantyne Book Club meets monthly and is open to everyone. Free. Courtyard by Marriott Charlotte Ballantyne, 15635 Don Lochman Lane, Charlotte. 5:30 p.m. June 29.
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. theredbootcoalition.org. Another Broken Egg, 3920 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 980-207-2582. www.anotherbrokenegg.com. 7:15 a.m.-8:15 a.m. July 1.
MARA Colts Football Season:
Sign up for the 2016 Pop Warner Football Season. Registration ends July 30. $295. Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association (MARA), 1200 S. Trade St, Matthews. 704-847-0752. marasports.org.
Find out about or play pickleball. 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. July 3.
Landscape paintings by all represented artists on display and 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 29.
Thomas McNickle: Image and Memory:
Exhibition of paintings and watercolors by Pennsylvania artist Thomas McNickle. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 29. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 2.
Gallery Exhibit: Refreshing Seascapes:
Come see sparkling coastal scenes, marshes, rivers, lakes and streams at the Charlotte Fine Art Gallery. All the work by the represented artists will also be available for purchase. Free. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 1. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 2. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 5. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. July 6.
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 29. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 2. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 6.
Old Town Farmers Market:
Free. Old Town Rock Hill, East Main St., Rock Hill. 5-8 p.m. June 30.
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 30.
Iredell Master Gardener Demonstration Garden:
The Iredell Extension Master Gardener Demonstration Garden will be open to the public on the first Saturday of each month through October. Visitors are welcome to tour the garden, see what’s being grown and ask questions. The Demonstration Garden features vegetable gardens, fruit trees, plants for shade and sun, a water feature and a children’s garden. The Demo Garden is located behind the NC Agricultural Center at 444 Bristol Drive, Statesville. Free. NC Agricultural Center, 444 Bristol Drive, Statesville. 9-11 a.m. July 2.
Lake Wylie Family Kayak Tour:
Paddle the edges of McDowell Nature Preserve as you enjoy time with your family. This program includes all equipment and is led by a certified instructor. Participants will learn the basics of kayaking as well as natural history about Lake Wylie. Registration is required. All equipment is provided. Children 5-9 years are required to be in a tandem with an adult. Pack extra clothes, towel and water. $15 single; $20 tandem. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 9:30-11:30 a.m., 2-4 p.m. July 2.
I Speak for the Trees:
Join a naturalist and discover the native trees of Mecklenburg County. From the edible persimmon to the poisonous buckeye, Reedy Creek is home to a wide variety of tree species. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. July 2.
Birds of Prey:
Celebrate Independence Day by learning about bald eagles and their cousins, the raptors or birds of prey. These animals are beautiful predators, with lots of interesting qualities. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-3 p.m. July 3.
Live Animal Shows:
Enjoy the holiday weekend with a visit to the McDowell Nature Center. Visitors will learn how to safely touch, handle, and even feed a McDowell Animal Ambassador. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. July 3.
Nature Story Corner:
Settle in and get comfortable and read a variety of nature based stories. After the story, 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. 10-11 a.m. July 4.
The Art of Making Rope:
The art of making rope or cordage is a primitive skill that is valuable, as rope can be used in many ways. Learn what plants are good for rope-making and learn how to make cordage. Free. charmeck.org. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-3 p.m. July 5.
Cocktails & Gardens:
Come celebrate summer at The Duke Mansion. On Monday through Thursday evenings in July, enjoy a cash bar and more than 4 acres of spectacular gardens and grounds to stroll. No reservations required. Bring your friends and enjoy. Free. The Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road, Charlotte. 704-714-4400. www.dukemansion.com. 5-8 p.m. July 5.
Lake Wylie Evening Kayak Tour:
Paddle the edges of McDowell Nature Preserve and get a chance to see the sun set over Lake Wylie with one of our kayak guides. Learn the history of Lake Wylie. Registration is required. Paddle, PFD and kayak provided. Please bring a towel, extra clothes, water bottle, sunscreen, hat and a snack. Must be able to paddle for an extended period of time. $15. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 6.