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Charlotte Museum of History

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Includes 1774 Hezekiah Alexander Homesite. 3500 Shamrock Drive. Children under 6 free. Members $3-7; nonmembers $5-$10. 704-568-1774.

ONGOING – Settlement in the Backcountry. Mecklenburg: Crossroads of Commerce. Charlotte Stories: Our Collections, Your Treasures. Pole-to-Pole Flag Exhibit.

SEPT. 11 – Distinguished Speaker Series features John Burns. 8 p.m. For members.

SEPT. 20 – Revolutionary Charlotte. Learn what happened here during the war; see encampments of American and British troops; learn about native American tribes. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $7 nonmembers; $5 members.

SEPT. 27 – Smithsonian Museum Day. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free with admission.

OCT. 24 – Haunted Homesite. 6-9 p.m. Reservations required. $10 ages 3 and up. $7 members.

NOV. 22 – Civil War Lantern Tour. 6-9 p.m. $8 adults, $6 children.

JAN. 27 – Distinguished Speaker Series features Cherie Blair. For members.

Discovery Place

Interactive science museum's permanent exhibits include a rain forest, aquarium, human health exhibits and presentations in chemistry and physics. 301 N. Tryon St. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Free to members, $8-$10 nonmembers. See Web site for IMAX film prices.

Special Exhibits

BEGINS LATE SUMMER (DATES TBA) – Flip It, Fold It, Figure It Out. Activities with patterns, shapes and size that entice visitors to play with math.

THROUGH JAN. 4 – A Day in Pompeii. Artifacts from the Roman city that was buried when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D give a glimpse of life in ancient times. $20 adults (14-59), $17 children (2-13), $18 seniors and college students.

IMAX Dome Theatre

THROUGH SEPT. 25 – The Dark Knight. The follow-up to the movie, “Batman Begins.”

THROUGH JAN. 4 – Greece: Secrets of the Past. An archeological journey back in time.

SEPT. 2-NOV. 20 – Mummies: Secrets of the Pharoahs. Tombs, the mummification process and ancient Egyptian society.

SEPT. 2-NOV. 20 – Dinosaurs Alive! Animation brings the earth's earliest creatures back to life.

Latta Plantation

19th-century farm, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. Unless otherwise noted: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sundays. $6, $5 for seniors and students, age 5 and younger free. 704-875-2312. lattaplantation.org.

SEPT. 6-7 – Revolutionary War Re-enactment. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $7, free to 5 and under.

SEPT. 17 – Fall Homeschool Day. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5, 4 and under free.

SEPT. 29 – Open Golf Tournament at The Point Lake and Golf Club in Mooresville. $175 per player or $150 each for a foursome. Includes meal.

OCT. 11-12 – 27th Annual Folklife Festival and Craft Show. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5. Ages 5 and under free.

OCT. 17-18 – Ghost Tales in the Dark. 8 p.m. $12.

OCT. 24-25 – Ghostwalk. 7-10 p.m. $7. Not recommended for 5 and under.

NOV. 8 – Charlotte Gold Rush. Visit a miner's cabin; pan for gold.

NOV. 15 – Civil War Soldier for a Day mini-camp. $40 per camper. Registration required.

NOV. 28-29 – A Plantation Christmas.

DEC. 6 – Candlelight Christmas. $6. Ages 5 and under free.

DEC. 10 – A Homeschool Christmas. $5. Ages 4 and under free.

Levine Museum of the New South

200 E. 7th St. Permanent exhibit: Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Closed major holidays. $6, $5 seniors and children 6-18., $17 family, under 6 free. 704-333-1887. museumofthenewsouth.org.

Exhibits

THROUGH DEC. 28 – Corapeake. Photos and stories of an isolated N.C. town and its African American residents..

DEC. 8-FEB. 28 – From Morning to Night: Domestic Service in the Gilded Age South. Photos of the predominantly African-American domestic labor corps and their contributions to society at the turn of the 20th century.

FEB. 15-FEB. 28, 2010 – Changing Places: From Black and White to Technicolor. Multi-media show on how Charlotte is being reshaped by newcomers from other cultures.

Events

SEPT. 9 – Gospel Shout! Dinner served at 6 p.m. Trombone band and local gospel music, 7:30 p.m. United House of Prayer for All People, 2321 Beatties Ford Road. Free.

SEPT. 12 – New South BBQ Bus Tour. Dr. Tom Hanchett guides you to ethnic suburbs to sample variations on barbecue. $30 members; $35 nonmembers. Reservations: 704-333-1887, ext. 501.

SEPT. 13 – Free for All Day. Free admission 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

SEPT. 18, 20, 26 – Discover Charlotte: History in the “New South.” With Elderhostel, a one-day intro to Charlotte, includes guided tour of exhibits, slide talk by Dr. Tom Hanchett, lunch at Mert's Heart & Soul, walking tour of uptown. Reservations: www.elderhostel.com.

OCT. 23 – Grown Deep Like the Rivers – A Black Poetry Homecoming. Community leaders join local and regional poets, including Slam Charlotte, TJ Reddy and Theresea Elder. 7 p.m. Wachovia Playhouse, ImaginOn. Free.

OCT. 30 – Hodding Carter & Ed Williams: On Southern Politics, Presidential Leadership and Election 2008. Carter is a public policy professor at UNC-Chapel Hill who has been active in race issues and presidential campaigns; Williams is editor of the Observer's editorial pages. 6:30 p.m. reception; 7:30 p.m. program. $8 members, $10 nonmembers. To attend: 704-333-1887, ext. 501.

NOV. 2 – Day of the Dead Festival, noon-5 p.m. Mexican food, music and dance.

NOV. 6 – Global Dish: Real Country Cooking, 6 p.m. Enjoy barbecue and history with cook Dan Huntley and author Dori Sanders. $30 members, $35 nonmembers. Reservations: 704-333-1887, ext. 501.

NOV. 9 – Charlotte in America's Wars, 3 p.m. Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road. Speaker David Erdman. Free.

DEC. 6 – Southern Book Fair. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A full day of authors, books, readings, talks and more. Free with museum admission.

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