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Jody Mace

Hodges Family Farm is hosting a free 5K Mud Run and party.
Hodges Family Farm is hosting a free 5K Mud Run and party. AP

Mud Run and Farm Party

Hodges Family Farm is hosting a free 5K Mud Run and party. No registration required, but please RSVP on the Facebook event. There is no start time. Run when you show up. It’s more of an obstacle course than a race. You can run, walk, take shortcuts, stop and smell the flowers. As Frank Hodges said, “Ain’t nobody judging you here.” A clock will be provided, however, for those who wish to judge themselves.

No cost to participate, but parking is $10. Donations will also be collected for the Wounded Warrior Project. If you’re not familiar with Hodges Family Farm yet, you’re in for a treat. It’s one of the oldest Charlotte family farms, at more than 100 years old. Today it’s best known as an equestrian center and pumpkin patch.

Hodges Family Farm, 3900 Rocky River Road East. Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. hodgesfarmnc.com. RSVP: facebook.com/events/1618193988394068

Sensoria 2015

Sensoria, CPCC’s annual celebration of the arts, will include 100 events spanning film, culinary arts, history and culture, literature, music, and visual and performing arts. This festival is a major event and just one more reason we’re lucky to have Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte. Most events are free. Visit the Sensoria website for a full schedule.

Various venues across multiple CPCC campuses. Through April 18. sensoria.cpcc.edu

Free trees

TreesCharlotte, an organization dedicated to increasing Charlotte’s tree canopy, invites the public to its “End of Planting Season TreeStore.” Charlotte residents can pick up free trees to plant – up to two free trees plus a free bag of mulch per tree. You must show proof of Charlotte residency to participate. You’ll also receive mandatory training on how to properly plant and care for your tree and be asked to sign a Stewardship Pledge Form. Trees are 6-10 feet tall. First come, first served. Quantities are limited.

Landscape Management, 701 Tuckaseegee Road. Saturday, 9-11 a.m. (or until trees have all been distributed.) treescharlotte.org

Charlotte Folk Society concert

Charlotte Folk Society’s next gathering features traditional Cape Breton Scottish fiddling and piping performed by Andrea Beaton, Dick Hensold and Troy MacGillivray, who will be making their Charlotte debut. This high-energy Celtic instrumental music will be interspersed with a few songs sung in English and Gaelic. Doors open at 7. Donations appreciated. Refreshments, a song circle and a jam session follow the concert.

Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Avenue. Friday, 7:30 p.m. folksociety.org.

Victorian Lawn Party

Travel back in time and experience a party on the lawn of Dr. and Mrs. Reid. Learn how to make root beer and butter. Create toys such as kazoos and spinning tops and play turn-of-the-century games. Go on a tour of the Reid home and check out three antique cars from the 1910s and 1920s. This event is sponsored by Matthews Heritage Museum and Matthews Historical Foundation.

Historic Reid House, 134 John Street in Matthews. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. matthewsheritagemuseum.org. 704-708-4996

Open House at Art in the Dairy: Sticks of Spring

The Dairy is the former 1940 dairy processing plant of Black’s Dairy, a home delivery company specializing in milk and ice cream. Today, the Dairy houses art studios, and the grounds have goats, a donkey and chickens. At the open house visitors can harvest young trees, already stripped and carved by pygmy goats Franklin and Boots, to be used as walking sticks. Meet the artists and try your hand at various art projects. Check out a guitar made out of the dome top of a litter box, lamp parts, a weed eater string and other found elements. Enjoy food and drink at this free event. Make sure to wear closed-toe shoes.

Art in the Dairy, 7701 Tuckaseegee Road. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. artinthedairy.com

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