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Food Trucks & Music in the Garden:
Family-friendly evening of fun with local food trucks and live music. Food, popsicles, wine, beer and other beverages will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Wing Haven and its educational programs. $12; free for children 10 and younger. Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. www.winghavengardens.com. 5:30-8 p.m. Aug. 26.
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Matthews Food Truck Fridays:
Live music. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-847-4411. www.matthewsnc.com. 5-9 p.m. Aug. 26.
Barbershop Harmony concert:
Concert by the award-winning Charlotte A Cappella Show Chorus. Also featuring the amazing Zero Hour Barbershop Quartet, just back from international competition in Las Vegas. $15-$20. www.CharlotteACappellaShowChorus.com. Providence Presbyterian Church, 10140 Providence Church Lane, Charlotte. 704-846-1079. 2 p.m. Aug. 27.
Sunday Afternoon in the Park:
The arts festival feature artists of all types, music and traditional festival foods. Bring your blankets and chairs to enjoy an afternoon in the shade of majestic oak trees. Free. Mint Hill Park on Wilgrove, 5233 Wilgrove-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill. 704-545-9726. 1-6 p.m. Aug. 28.
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. Aug. 24, 27 and 31.
Old Town Farmers Market:
Free. Old Town Rock Hill, East Main St., Rock Hill. 5-8 p.m. Aug. 25.
Community Blood Drive:
Call 704-972-4700 or go to www.cbcc.us to make an appointment at any location. Lowe’s Home Improvement, 2115 Matthews Township Parkway, Matthews. 704-321-7170. www.lowes.com. 11 a.m. Aug. 26.
Apron Making Workshop:
Join volunteer Mia Dappert as she teaches basic 18th century sewing stitches and guides participants in creating a women’s “Alamance Plaid” apron similar to those that would have been worn between the 1790’s-1810’s. All skill levels are welcome, and materials will be provided to participants. Advance registration is required. $10 one-day registration; $18 full workshop. James K. Polk State Historic Site, 12031 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. 704-889-7145. www.nchistoricsites.org. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 26.
Movies Under the Stars:
“Peanuts,” rated G. Kick-off the evenings at 7 p.m. with live music from Mr. Nigel and Friends and activities for the entire family. Guests can purchase snacks. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Free. Symphony Park at South Park Mall, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-972-2000. 7 p.m. Aug. 26.
Sustainable Saturday Market:
Produce, coffee, baked goods, live music and fun for the kids. Free. Pure Pizza - Plaza Midwood, 1911 Central Ave., Charlotte. 980-430-1701. purepizzaclt.com. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Aug. 27.
Improv Class With Kevin Shimko:
$200. Elemental Healing, 5200 Parks Road, Charlotte. elementalhealingcharlotte.com. 3-6 p.m. Aug. 27.
Guided Meditation and Sound Healing Journey:
$15 payable by cash, check or Paypal at the event. Blakeney Healing House, 9214 Blakeney Heath Road, Charlotte. 7-8 p.m. Aug. 27.
Levine Jewish Community Center Health Fair:
Free screenings, samples, giveaways and prize drawings. Free. Levine Jewish Community Center, 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-5007. www.charlottejcc.org. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 28.
Talks & meetings
DivorceCare Support Group Church:
Learn practical information and gain hope for your future. Church at Charlotte, 2500 Carmel Road, Charlotte. Aug. 24.
Red Boot Coalition Meeting:
Weekly, one-hour meetings, where participants practice listening without an agenda and sharing openly with one another. Free. theredbootcoalition.org. Another Broken Egg, 3920 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 980-207-2582. www.anotherbrokenegg.com. 7:15 a.m.-8:15 a.m. Aug. 26.
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. Aug. 27 and 29.
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. 29. and 31.
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. Aug. 29.
Lake Wylie Evening Kayak Tour:
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. 24 and 31.
Evening Kayak at Mountain Island Lake:
Meet at Latta Plantation Nature Center. $15 single; $20 tandem. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 25.
Talon Summer Flight Shows:
80 seats per show, so make sure to reserve your tickets in advance. 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. 27.
Guided Nature Walk:
Join Charlotte Nature Museum on the fourth Saturday of each month for an educational walk around the Paw Paw Nature Trail with a naturalist to discover the beauty and diversity of the bottomland forest habitat. included in admission. Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte. 704-372-6261. www.charlottenaturemuseum.org. 10:15 a.m. Aug. 27.
Butterflies need specific plants to lay their eggs on and flowers for nectar. Help them out by tossing out a few butterfly bombs, which are balls of dirt with seeds inside. You toss the balls in overgrown grassy areas and let nature takes its course. Rain will break down the ball and the seeds will sprout into plants that butterflies rely on. Get your hands dirty with us and take home a handful of Butterfly Bombs. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 1-2 p.m. Aug. 27.
Introduction to Kayaking:
This kayak workshop is a brief introduction to paddling a kayak. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 2-3 p.m. Aug. 28.
Take a step into the Eagle Aviary. $15/each for members and $20/each others. Reservations are recommended. Limited to four participants. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org. 3-4 p.m. Aug. 28.
Observe our birds in flight while learning about them from their 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. 28.
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. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 10-11 a.m. Aug. 29.
Tour de Turns:
The fifth annual Tour de Turns charity bike ride benefits Friendship Trays the Meals on Wheels affiliate for Charlotte. There are four different routes: 15, 25, 37, and 62 miles long. Volunteers are needed to serve food, manage activities, and sell raffle tickets. www.tourdeturns.org. Carmel Road Neighborhood Park, 2365 Carmel Road, Charlotte. Aug. 27.
Find out more or learn to play. 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. 28.
Annual Studio Artists’ Exhibition:
Free. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 24. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 25. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 27.
Two To Watch:
Exhibition of 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. 24. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 27. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 29.
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 seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 24. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 25. 1-5 p.m. Aug. 28. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 31.
Oscar Folk Expressionism:
Most of Oscar Folk’s work favors the abstract and symbolic over the representational, taking shapes and geometrical forms from the environment and adding his perception into the work itself. Free. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 24. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 26. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 27. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 30. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 31.