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The Charlotte Chapter of the American Guild of Organists presents Chase Loomer, a former Stigall Scholar, in recital. An offering will be received to benefit the Ann & Robert Stigall Scholarship Fund, which provides annual support for young students in the Charlotte metro area to study the organ with local guild members. christchurchrochester.org/content/chase-loomer. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1623 Carmel Road, Charlotte. 7 p.m. July 10.
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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. July 6 and 13.
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 8.
Community Blood Drive:
Students who organize and host a successful blood drive with CBCC now through Sept. 30 have the chance to earn scholarship money for their secondary education. Details: Kim Jones at 704-972-4727 or at KLJones@cbcc.us. Chick-fil-A, 9010 Albemarle Road, Charlotte. 704-537-2140. www.chickfila.com. 4-7 p.m. July13.
MARA Colts Football Season:
You are invited to sign up for the 2016 Pop Warner Football Season. Registration ends July 30, 2016. $295. Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association (MARA), 1200 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-847-0752. marasports.org.
Deep Stretch and Yoga Nidra Savasana with Laura Hannon:
$16. Be Yoga Carmel Road, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-705-2610. beyogasouth.com. 7-8:30 p.m. July 8.
RollEasana with Chrys Kub:
RollEasana Yoga: Roll and Release with Asana: This is self massage using foam rollers and small massage balls integrated with releasing yoga postures. $16. Be Yoga Carmel Road, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-705-2610. beyogasouth.com. 12:30-1:45 p.m. July 10.
Find out more or 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. July 10.
Talks & meetings
Red Boot Coalition:
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. 7:15-8:15 a.m. July 8.
Local Author Afternoon:
Free. Barnes & Noble at Carolina Place Mall, 11025 Carolina Place Parkway, Pineville. 704-544-9985. 2-6 p.m. July 9.
Second Saturday Divorce Workshop:
This women-only class addresses the legal, financial, and personal issues of a divorce in a logical, yet compassionate way. $45. secondsaturdaycharlotte.com. YWCA, 3420 Park Road, Charlotte. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. July 9.
Disabled Veteran Free Membership:
The Charlotte Wood Working Club is offering one year free membership for disabled veterans. Free. Charlotte Woodworkers Association, 1208 Salem Drive, Charlotte. charlottewoodworkers.org. July 11.
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. July 11.
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. July 11.
Cocktails & Gardens:
On Monday through Thursday evenings in July, enjoy a cash bar and more than four acres of spectacular gardens and grounds to stroll. No reservations required. Just bring your friends and enjoy. Free. The Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road, Charlotte. 704-714-4400. www.dukemansion.com. 5-8 p.m. July 6, 7, 12 and 13.
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 and meet new people in a fun environment. 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 and 13.
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. 980-314-1119. 6-7:30 p.m. July 7.
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. 2-2:30 p.m. July 7.
Reedy Creek Garden Stewards:
Join a naturalist and learn about some of the plants in the garden and their uses and benefits as you weed, prune and plant. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 9-11 a.m. July 8.
Watermelon Day with the Baker’s Basement Band:
Enjoy free watermelon samples, watermelon recipes and the Baker’s Basement Band will be playing bluegrass. Free. Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte. 704-357-1269. www.ncagr.gov. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. July 8.
Have fun stomping around in our stream, searching for invertebrates, fish, amphibians and other animals hiding within it. Learn what these unique animals can tell us about the quality of the water. Registration is required. Wear closed-toed shoes with a back that can get wet and muddy. Please no flip-flops. Wear old clothes and bring a change of clothes and shoes. Meets at the Four Seasons Trail. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 10:30-11:30 a.m. July 8.
Snakes of North Carolina:
Meet Grover Barfield from the Carolinas Reptile Rescue and Education Center and learn about snakes of North Carolina. You can find out how to identify venomous snakes, what to do if you encounter one and view real snakes up close. Please register in person, by phone or online at tinyurl.com/steelecreek-lib. Free. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library - Steele Creek, 13620 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte. 704-416-6800. 2 p.m. July 9.
Learn about the animals of McDowell Nature Center at the campground. Enjoy a hands-on experience with a native resident of the nature preserve. Meets at the amphitheater. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve campground, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 3-3:30 p.m. July 9.
Seasonal Happenings: Critter Camouflage:
Join us on the second Sunday of every month as we learn about seasonal happenings at the McDowell Nature Preserve. This month, we will explore how animals and insects use color to blend in and hide from predators. Learn how this creative adaptation works and create a camouflage craft to take home. Registration is required. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 3-4:15 p.m. July 10.
Ever wonder what signs animals leave behind? Join us at Reedy Creek Nature Center to discover some of the clues animals leave behind when they travel through the woods. We will play games, search for animal tracks and make a plaster cast of a track. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-3 p.m. July 10.
crafts, games, stories, puppets, hikes and more, learn about plant-life, animals and their homes, weather and more. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 10-11 a.m. July 11.
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.-9 p.m. July 6. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 8. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 9. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 12. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. July13.