Southern Spring Home & Garden Show:
More then 300,000 feet of show, including Belgard Gardens with 28 beautifully landscaped gardens, IDS Designer Rooms, floral displays like ikebana and orchids, bonsai And more. Three stages with horticulture, lifestyle and cooking experts. Talk with experts representing 450-plus companies that can help you with all your home improvement.10 a.m. March 4. The Park Expo and Conference Center, 2500 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte.
International Collectibles & Antiques Show:
Everything you'd expect to see at a circus. 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. See website for ticket prices, purchase. Also March 8-9. 941-552-9952. www.thefuncircus.com. Cabarrus Arena, 4751 Highway 49 N., Concord.
Some great Broadway tunes presented by Future Stars. 7:30 p.m. March 7-10; 2:30 p.m. March 11. $10 adults, $5 children. Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. N.W., Concord. 704-788-2405. www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.
Creature Feature and Story Time: Snakes:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve is home to some amazing critters. Discover a new and exciting creature each month through a story, activity and/or craft. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. Ages 6 and older. Free. 10 a.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte.
University City Women's Group:
The University City Women's Group monthly meeting. Social time begins at 9:45 a.m. followed by business meeting, program and lunch. Cost for lunch is $14. For reservations contact Susan Zongker at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit website ucwg.org. All are welcome. Oasis Shrine Temple, 604 Doug Mayes Place, Charlotte.
Full Moon Hike:
Discover the preserve after hours. We will explore the trails by the light of the moon. We may hear an owl or see a beaver; who knows what the night will bring. Participants must be able to hike two to three miles on uneven terrain. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. Ages 5 and older. 6 p.m. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857.
'Stones in his Pockets':
Multiple award-winning comedy by Marie Jones tells the story of two down-on-their-luck Irish lads and their quiet rural community as they come to terms with the visit of a big Hollywood movie shoot. 8 p.m. March 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24; 7:30 p.m. March 15 and 22; 2:30 p.m. March 18. $20 adults / $15 students/senior adults. Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius. 704-619-0429. www.warehousepac.com.
Charlotte Quilters' Guild 2012 Quilt Show:
Charlotte Quilters' Guild Presents The 2012 Quilt Show 9 a.m. March 9 and 10. $6 admission; free parking 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. More than 250 quilts, silent auction, guild boutique, raffle prizes, 45 vendor spaces. Details: www.charlottequiltersguild.org. Metrolina Tradeshow Expo, 7100 Statesville Road, Charlotte. 704-596-4643. www.metrolinatradeshowexpo.com.
Open Test & Tune:
Come dial-in your ride at the Bellagio of drag strips during the Open Test & Tune sessions March10, 17 and 24. Tickets and registration will be available on the event day at the dragway. These events are open to all cars, both street vehicles and race cars. 9 a.m. March 10, 17 and 24. Tickets are $5 at the gate. The registration fee is $20 per vehicle. zMAX Dragway, Bruton Smith Boulevard, Concord. 1-800-455-FANS. www.zmaxdragway.com.
Explore a local treasure. Participants must be able to hike seven to nine miles on uneven terrain at a moderate pace. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. Age 12 and older. Free. 8 a.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte.
SHIFT Charlotte 2012:
Welcome to SHIFT Charlotte, our very own local Metaphysical Event. 9 a.m. Palace Theatre, 8325 Copley Drive, Cornelius. 704-892-7000. www.havanasc.com.
Intergalactic Bead & Jewelry Show:
Reward yourself with a bead buying trip. All shows are wholesale/retail. If purchasing wholesale bring copies of your sales tax license. www.beadshows.com. $5 March 10; $4 March 11; 12 years and younger, free. 10 a.m. 888-729-6904. www.beadshows.com. Metrolina Tradeshow Expo, 7100 Statesville Road, Charlotte. 704-596-4643. www.metrolinatradeshowexpo.com.
Explore the stream to find insect larvae and other animals that live in the water. We will look for creatures by netting and screening and stay dry while finding them. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. Ages 6 and older. Free. 2 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857. www.charmeck.org.
Creating a Backyard Habitat:
Join a naturalist and see how easy it is to create your own wildlife friendly area. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. Ages 12 and older. Free. 2 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857. www.charmeck.org.
Charlotte Cake Artists:
The Charlotte Cake Artist meeting will be a demonstration given by Toni Johnson on how to construct a Topsy-Turvy Cake. Guest dues for first meeting $5. 7 p.m. Panera Bread, 8034 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-979-1990.