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Matthews Food Truck Fridays:
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. Sept. 2 and 9.
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Matthews Alive Festival:
Annual Labor Day festival with three entertainment stages, indoor artisan shows, 160-plus arts and crafters, street food vendors, Sponsor/Exhibitor Row, full carnival, kids’ inflatables and activity areas, and Labor Day Parade. Free. matthewsalive.org. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-847-4411. www.matthewsnc.com. 6-10 p.m. Sept. 2. 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sept. 3. 12-7:30 p.m. Sept. 4. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 5.
Charlotte Kosher BBQ:
The Annual Charlotte Kosher BBQ Championship is a free, communitywide, family event with food available for purchase. It’s a fun-filled day of contests and entertainment, plus plenty of activities for the kids. Free admission; food available for purchase. Levine Jewish Community Center, 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-5007. www.charlottejcc.org. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 5.
Learn to Square Dance:
Looking for something to do? Come have some fun, meet new people, make new friends, and learn to square dance - even with two left feet. Exercise your mind and body. Join us on Thursday nights. $5. Baker’s Place, 2843 Williams Road, Matthews. 704-576-0318. 7-9 p.m. Sept. 8.
Fall Kids’ Consignment Sale:
Harrison UMC’s fall children’s consignment sale is a great way to buy and sell clothing, furniture, toys and other items for children of all ages, from infants through teens. Proceeds benefit efforts to help the needy. Free. Harrison United Methodist Church, 15008 Lancaster Hwy., Pineville. 704-541-3463. harrisonchurch.org. 6-8 p.m. Sept. 8. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Sept. 9. . 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Sept. 10.
Cornwell 5K, Aquathlon and Family Festival:
The Cornwell Center and Queens University present their Annual 5K, Aquathlon (swim and 5K) and family festival at The Cornwell Center. The family festival is free and open to participants, spectators and the general public. And it’s all to benefit the Levine Cancer Institute in honor of Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. $25-$35. The Cornwell Center, 2001 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Sept. 10.
Annual Potters Market Invitational:
More than 50 North Carolina potters sell their creations from a tent on the Mint Museum’s lawn. The event also features demonstrations, food, live music and more. $10; free for children younger than 12. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 10.
Meetings and talks
DivorceCare Support Group Church:
Separated? Divorced? Consider attending DivorceCare, a weekly seminar/support group that will help you heal from the hurt. It’s a warm caring environment led by people who understand what you are going through. Learn practical information and gain hope for your future. Church at Charlotte, 2500 Carmel Road, Charlotte. Aug. 31. Sept. 7.
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 a.m.-8:15 a.m. Sept. 2 and 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. Sept. 3, 5, 10 and 12..
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. Sept. 5.
Job Search Support Group:
Christians in Career Transition is a ministry providing support for those out of work, about to be and/or under-employed. Learn the proper methods for a successful job search and how to overcome issues. Meet at St. Matthew Church ’s New Life Center building in Room 132 for two hours of dialogue on the subject. No cost and no reservation needed. For info, contact Jack Rueckel at 704-341-8449. Free. St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. www.stmatthewcatholic.org. 7-9 p.m. Sept. 5.
Transitioning From End of Career Into Retirement:
55 and older? Financially concerned about your future? Come learn about community and educational resources to re-engage in life. A panel of professionals will discuss post-retirement topics, and will be followed by a “walking lunch” among tables with community organizations dedicated to helping you prepare for retirement. Free. Park Road Baptist Church, 3900 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-523-5717. www.parkroadbaptist.org. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 9.
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. Sept. 12.
Nature and farmers markets
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. 31, Sept. 3, 7 and 10.
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. Notes: 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. 31, Sept. 7.
Pure Pizza’s Sustainable Saturday Market:
Enjoy 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. Sept. 3 and 10.
Iredell Master Gardener Demonstration Garden:
Visitors are welcome to tour the garden, see what’s being grown and ask questions of Master Gardeners. 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. 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Sept. 3.
Talon Summer Flight Shows:
There are only 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. Sept. 3.
Join an educator from the Nature Center to conduct a “leafy” experiment to help you better understand why leaves change color in the Fall. Registration required. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 10-11 a.m. Sept. 3.
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. $15 members $20 others. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org. 3-4 p.m. Sept. 4.
Family Biodiversity Hike:
Join a naturalist at McDowell Nature Preserve to discover the local flora and fauna along our trails. This hike is eligible for our 100-mile hike club. Registration required. Dress appropriately for the weather. Wear closed-toe shoes for hiking. Bring water and insect repellant if desired. No strollers please. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Sept. 5.
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 one and a half hours. $15 single; $20 tandem. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 8.
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 the morning away. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Sept. 9.
Camping at Reedy Creek Nature Center:
Discover the joys of camping with Reedy Creek Nature Center. Marshmallows for roasting will be provided. Spend the night in tents under the stars, go on short hikes in the evening and morning, and eat a continental breakfast. Tents will be provided. $6. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 6 p.m. Sept. 9.
Join a naturalist and explore the magical world of mushrooms. The program will start with a brief introduction to mushrooms and then guests will head out on the trail to look for some local species. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 3-4 p.m. Sept. 10.
Reedy Creek Adult Naturalist Club:
Are you curious about the natural world around you? Are you interested in what you are seeing in our local nature preserves or your backyard? Have you ever taken an hour just to walk a mile because you are stopping to look at/identify what you see? If so this is the group for you. We will come together to explore various Nature Preserves throughout the county as we take a closer look at our surroundings. Free. RibbonWalk Nature Preserve, 4601 Nevin Road, Charlotte. 704-432-6459. charmeck.org. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 10.
Search the nature preserve for the perfect leaves to make art with while learning the science behind colorful leaves and other fall changes. After hiking through the preserve, participants will make leaf and bark rubbings, stampings and paintings. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-3 p.m. Sept. 10.
Create art without trash. All materials will be provided by the forest, bring your creativity and nature will inspire you to create a master piece. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Sept. 11.
Nature Story Corner:
Settle in and get comfortable and read a variety of nature based stories. . 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. Sept. 12.
Adult Hiking Series: Last Days of Summer:
Get up and get active while learning about nature during this 75-minute, adult-only hike through McDowell Nature Preserve. This hike is eligible for our 100-mile hike club. Registration required. Dress appropriately for the weather. Wear closed-toe shoes for hiking. Bring water and insect repellant if desired. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Sept. 13.
Hike for Healing:
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. 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 1.
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. 31. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 3. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 5. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 10.
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. 31. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 11.-5 p.m. Sept. 4.
Oscar Folk Expressionism:
Free. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 31. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 2. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 3. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 6. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 7. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 9. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 10. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 13.