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Oscar Folk Expressionism:
Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com. 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. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 14.
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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. Sept. 7. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 10.
Plein Air Basics: A Workshop:
The workshop will include such topics as getting equipped, choosing a site, composing on site, under painting or blocking in, and handling color and paint. Call Mint Hill Arts for outdoor location of workshop or contact Martha Faires for information at email@example.com, 702 502-5205. $75; $65 members. www.marthafaires.com. Mint Hill Arts, 11205 Lawyers Road, Mint Hill. 980-226-5532. www.minthillarts.org. 9 a.m.-5 p.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.
Sine Nomine: Maurten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna:
The ensemble Sine Nomine remembers the 15th anniversary of 9/11 with a message of hope and peace through its performance of Morton Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna. $10; $5 students. wearesinenomine.com. Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte. 704-376-3695. www.myersparkpres.org. 3-4:30 p.m. Sept. 11.
Learn to Square Dance at Baker’s Place:
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:
Clothing, furniture, toys and other items for infants through teens. Proceeds benefit efforts to help the needy. Free admission. Harrison United Methodist Church, 15008 Lancaster Highway, 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.
Historic Cooking Guild:
The ladies of the Historical Cooking Guild of the Catawba Valley will hold a lively and interactive historic back-country cooking demonstration. Free. www.jameskpolk.net. James K. Polk State Historic Site, 12031 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. 704-889-7145. www.nchistoricsites.org. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 8.
Matthews Food Truck Fridays:
The community food truck rally hosted by the Town of Matthews Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resource Department. Live music. www.matthewsfun.com. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-847-4411. www.matthewsnc.com. 5-9 p.m. Sept. 9.
Cornwell 5K, Aquathlon and Family Festival:
The Cornwell Center and Queens University present their Annual 5K, Aquathlon (swim and 5K) and family festival. The family festival is free and open to participants, spectators and the general public. It benefits the Levine Cancer Institute in honor of Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month $25-$35. The Cornwell Center, 2001 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 8-11:30 a.m. Sept. 10.
Meetings and workshops
DivorceCare Support Group Church:
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. Sept. 7 and 14.
Transitioning From End of Career Into Retirement:
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.
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. theredbootcoalition.org. Another Broken Egg, 3920 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 980-207-2582. www.anotherbrokenegg.com. 7:15-8:15 a.m. Sept. 9.
Disabled Veteran Free Membership:
The Charlotte Wood Working Club is offering one year free membership for disabled veterans. Charlotte Woodworkers Association, 1208 Salem Drive, Charlotte. charlottewoodworkers.org. Sept. 10. and 12.
Lyme Disease Support Group:
Join us 1-4 p.m. the second Saturday of each month. www.natcaplyme.org. Queens Grant High School, 10323 Idlewild Road, Matthews. Sept. 10.
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. Sept. 12.
Lupus Foundation Support Groups: Central Charlotte:
This support group meets on second Wednesdays. Free. www.lupusnc.org. Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte. 704-376-3695. www.myersparkpres.org. 1-2:30 p.m. Sept. 14.
New Friends of Carolina, a social group open to all women new or native to the Carolinas, will hold a welcome coffee for new and perspective members. For details, contact the group at 866-213-9183, newfriendsofcarolina.com or visit us at facebook.com. Matthews Womens Club Services, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. 11:15 a.m. Sept. 15.
Teen Allergy Workshops:
The workshops will cover all aspects of dealing with a severe allergy diagnosis in an age appropriate manner. Topics to be covered but are not limited to: stress, anxiety, dealing with friends, schools, outside activities, autoinjector management and the like. $10. Carolina Asthma and Allergy Center, 11933 Providence Road, Charlotte. Sept. 15.
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 Rd, Charlotte. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 7, 10 and 14.
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. Sept. 7 and 14.
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.
Basic Nature Photography:
Cheryl Hicks from SPCC will be providing tips and tricks for nature photography. There will be door prizes. Free. www.mastergardenersunioncountync.org. Union County Agricultural & Conference Center, 3230 Presson Road, Monroe. www.co.union.nc.us/LivingHere/AgriculturalConferenceCenter.aspx. 7-8 p.m. Sept. 8.
Mecklenburg Audubon Meeting:
Monthly two-hour meeting of fellowship, education and inspiration for those who love birds and wish to explore the issues that affect them. See meckbirds.org for details. Free. Marion Diehl Recreation Center, 2219 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-432-0237. www.charmeck.org. 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 -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.
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.
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.
Pure Pizza’s Sustainable Saturday Market:
Pure Pizza - Plaza Midwood, 1911 Central Ave., Charlotte. 980-430-1701. purepizzaclt.com. 9 a.m.-12 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. 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. 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. Notes: 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.
The Nature of Greenways: Toby Creek Greenway:
Join a relaxed walk along a different greenway each month, with stops to discover the natural side of these active green spaces. To register, call 980-314-1119. Meet in the parking lot at Kirk Farm Fields. Free. Kirk Farm Fields, 210 E. Mallard Creek Church Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1001. charmeck.org. 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Sept. 14.