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Kick off Charlotte spring with free Italian ice at Rita’s

Take a picture and post it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #RitasFirstDayofSpring for a chance to win free Italian ice for a year.
Take a picture and post it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #RitasFirstDayofSpring for a chance to win free Italian ice for a year. ogaines@charlotteobserver.com

Treats

Free ice at Rita’s Ice

Fri Noon-9 p.m. Rita’s Ice locations. ritasice.com

Celebrate the official beginning of spring with a free ice at Rita’s. This is a 23-year tradition for Rita’s Ice. Take a picture and post it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #RitasFirstDayofSpring for a chance to win free ice for a year.

Art

Swing into Spring

Fri 7 p.m. The Violin Shoppe, 2112 East Seventh St. theviolinshoppe.net

The Violin Shoppe’s open house and art reception will feature vintage music from the Little Big String Band. New music-themed art will be on display and for sale. There will be complimentary refreshments and kids’ activities, as well as spring sale prices on instruments and accessories.

Opera

Coffee Cantata

Sat Noon 7th Street Public Market, 224 East Seventh St. 7thstreetpublicmarket.com

Celebrate J.S. Bach’s 330th birthday. Coffee Cantata will feature a performance by Opera Carolina, as well as artisanal Italian food samplings from Zia Pia Imports. For the coffee part of the event, you can’t go wrong by purchasing from Not Just Coffee.

Weather

WeatherFest

Sat 1-5 p.m. McEniry science building, UNCC’s main campus. facebook.com/events/693033464129325/

Hosted by the UNCC Meteorology Department, WeatherFest will feature presentations and displays from Charlotte Emergency Management, the NWS, NOAA, HurricaneTrack.com and many more organizations. Local TV meteorologists will also be on hand, and kids can launch a weather balloon.

History

Selma in Retrospect

Wed 6:30-8 p.m. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 South Tryon St. mintmuseum.org

Both Mint Museum locations are free every Wednesday after 5 p.m. This Wednesday, Mint Museum Uptown is hosting a special event around the 50th anniversary of the civil rights marches in Selma, Ala. Before the event, from 4:30-6:15 p.m., visitors can register to vote. The program includes the curator’s presentation of “Selma” by Barbara Penington, an oration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Alabama speech, Negro spirituals by a vocalist and choir and artists’ responses to the “Selma” painting.

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