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Dole Get Up and Grow! Together Healthy Living Tour & Challenge:
Team up to get healthy this summer with free recipe tastings, giveaways, a hands-on Kid’s Corner and other fruit and veggie fun. Visit the Healthy Living Challenge kiosk for the chance to win chef-led parties and other group prizes. Free. Food Lion, 7400 Candlewyck Lane, Charlotte. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 18.
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Movies Under the Stars:
Before settling down to enjoy the film at dusk, kick-off the evenings at 7 p.m. with live music from Mr. Nigel and Friends and activities for the entire family. Guests can also purchase snacks. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Movie schedule: Aug. 19, Kung Fu Panda 3 (PG); Aug.26, Peanuts (G). Free. Symphony Park at South Park Mall, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-972-2000. 7 p.m. Aug. 19.
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. Aug. 19.
Dole Get Up and Grow! Together Healthy Living Tour & Challenge:
Team up to get healthy this summer with free recipe tastings, giveaways, a hands-on Kid’s Corner and other fruit and veggie fun. Visit the Healthy Living Challenge kiosk for the chance to win chef-led parties and other group prizes. Free. Food Lion, 8119 Blair Road, Mint Hill. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 20.
Shepherd’s Center Memorable Mondays Lecture Series:
$5. St. Stephen United Methodist Church, 6800 Sardis Road, Charlotte. 704-364-1824. www.ststephenumc.net. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 22.
Classes and meetings
iPad Beginner Class:
Join The Shepherd’s Center for a computer class geared towards seniors. Bring your own device. $40. Southminster Inc., 8919 Park Road, Charlotte. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Aug. 17 and 19.
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. theredbootcoalition.org. Another Broken Egg, 3920 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 980-207-2582. www.anotherbrokenegg.com. 7:15-8:15 a.m. Aug. 19.
Lupus Empowerment Seminar:
This year’s Lupus Empowerment Workshop Series in Charlotte will feature Dr. Manika Zeri of Northeast Rheumatology, who will be presenting “Lupus and the Skin.” The Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter will also be presenting “Doctor-Patient Communication.” Free. www.lupusnc.org. Myers Park Presbyterian Church Outreach Center, 1073 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-927-1284. wellness.myersparkpres.org. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 20.
Emotions Anonymous Meeting:
12-step group for emotional instability. Free. Free. www.namilexington.org/support/family-support-groups/. Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 3307 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-364-1234. 7-8 p.m. Aug. 22.
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. Aug. 21.
Nature and farmers markets
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. Village at Robinson Farm, 8410 Rea Road, Charlotte.9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 17, 20 and 24.
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. Aug. 17.
Family Hike & Stream Stomp:
Investigate Bugg Creek for salamanders, crayfish and more in this catch-and-release adventure. Learn about erosion and other environmental issues affecting aquatic wildlife. Canceled in case of severe weather. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 9:30-11 a.m. Aug. 17.
Weekday Wanderers: Stephen’s Creek Nature Preserve:
Visit one of Mecklenburg County’s wonderful Nature Preserves. Stephen’s Creek is a 352-acre treasure located in the upper Mountain Island Lake Watershed. - Must be able to hike 4 to 5 miles on uneven terrain. Must call to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 17.
Old Town Farmers Market:
Free. Old Town Rock Hill, East Main St., Rock Hill. 5-8 p.m. Aug. 18.
Hike for Healing in the energy of a full moon:
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 during a full moon. 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. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 18.
Sustainable Saturday Market:
Fresh produce, great coffee, baked goods, live music and fun for the kids. Pure Pizza - Plaza Midwood, 1911 Central Ave., Charlotte. 980-430-1701. purepizzaclt.com. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Aug. 20.
Talon Summer Flight Shows:
Trainers putting native and exotic birds through their paces in free flight. Please arrive a half an hour early so that you won’t miss the show. Tickets will be sold online up until 2 hours before the show and in the Visitor Center up until 10 minutes before the show begins. Gates to the 80-seat amphitheater open 30 minutes before show time. Adults $10, seniors $8, students $6, children 4 and younger free. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org. 1-1:30 p.m., 3-3:30 p.m. Aug. 20.
World Honey Bee Day:
Beekeepers at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market will be passing out free honey recipes. They will also be answering any questions that you have about honey bees and how vital they are to our food system. Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte. 704-357-1269. www.ncagr.gov. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 20.
Did you know that a snake uses its tongue for both taste and smell? Butterflies have taste receptors in their feet, while a bloodhound’s nose has 40 times more scent receptors than a human nose. Test your own senses and discover some amazing animal abilities during Charlotte Nature Museum’s August Creature Feature - Sensational Senses. Included in admission. Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte. 704-372-6261. www.charlottenaturemuseum.org. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 20.
The Duke Mansion Home and Garden Tour:
Enjoy a free self-guided tour of this historic landmark home, including the exquisite overnight rooms and more than 4 acres of gardens. Sunday evening will feature a “Twilight Tour” with a cash bar, music and small bites from The Mansion’s chef. Free valet parking on site. All tours are free but require an RSVP. Sign up for your time, from noon to evening, at https://tourofdukemansion.eventbrite.com or call 704-714-4453. Learn about the history of The Mansion and experience its setting in one of Charlotte’s most historic neighborhoods. Free, RSVP required. The Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road, Charlotte. 704-714-4400. www.dukemansion.com. 12 p.m. Aug. 21.
During this 45-minute encounter, participants will get “nose to beak” with some of our bald and golden eagle residents and have an opportunity to take a photograph with one of these majestic creatures. Our raptor encounters are 3 p.m. every Sunday through Labor Day Weekend. The Eagle Encounter costs $15/each for members and $20/each for others. Reservations are recommended. Limited tofour participants. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org. 3-4 p.m. Aug. 21.
Observe birds in flight while learning about them from their handlers. At 3 p.m., attend the Live Bird Presentation to see some of our resident birds up close and personal while learning about them from their handlers. Adults $10, seniors $8, students $6, children 4 and younger free. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org. 3-3:30 p.m. Aug. 21.
Ever wonder how water works? Discover the journey of a water droplet by becoming one yourself through a game that puts the water cycle into perspective. Then test water quality at various spots within the nature preserve and end with a stream search for animals that call these water environments home. 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. Aug. 21.
Third Sunday Scavenger Hunt:
Join staff from the McDowell Nature Center on the third Sunday each month as we discover the preserve with a scavenger hunt. This month, we will learn about the various types of plants at the preserve through leaf identification. Participants will complete this self-guided scavenger hunt and win prizes upon completion. This program will include a 1- to 1.5-mile, self-guided hike over uneven terrain. Registration is required. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear good hiking shoes. Bring bottled water. Free. www.parkandrec.com. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 3-4 p.m. Aug. 21.
Sunrise Kayak Tour:
Join McDowell Staff members for a kayak tour of Lake Wylie during early morning hours as we search for wildlife as they begin their day. We may encounter wading birds, osprey in search of food, basking turtles and more. Registration is required. Meet at waterfront. Bring extra clothes, towel, and water. $15. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 6:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Aug. 19.
Annual Studio Artists’ Exhibition:
Showcases the artists who take weekly studio classes. Free. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 17. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 18. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 20. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 23. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 24.
Two To Watch:
Work by sculptor Matthew Steele and painter Nicholas Napoletano, both of Charlotte. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 17. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 20. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 22.
West Meets East:
The books on display from The Mint Museum Library’s collection influenced, inspired, and documented the impact of Chinese culture on Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 17. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 18. 1-5 p.m. Aug. 21. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 24.
Adult Workshop — Let the Fur and Feathers Fly With Ryan Kirby:
Wildlife artist discusses fundamentals of depicting animals on canvas and the inspiration behind the images. Students will learn to creatively and accurately paint both fur and feathers. Secrets to drawing anatomy, how to capture and use good reference, unique insight on toning and preparing your canvas, as well as adding dynamic movement to your composition. Live demos, one-on-one with artist critique. Photos provided for reference or bring your own. $350. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 20.