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3-day Whitewater Center fest offers competitive sports and 10 bands

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Festival

North Carolina Science Festival

Various locations, dates and times. ncsciencefestival.org

This statewide collection of events, taking place through April 26, is intended to ignite an interest in science in both kids and adults. In the Charlotte area, events will take place at a number of venues, including Discovery Place, UNCC, CPCC, libraries and ImaginOn. Many of the events are free. Some have a cost, and others are free after admission into the venue, like Discovery Place. Some require registration. Free events this week include “Inside Interactive Computing Design” at UNCC Friday; “Earth Day’s 45th Anniversary Celebration” on Sunday at Atomz Lab in Charlotte; and “Rube Goldberg Machines” Thursday at Kannapolis Library. Visit the NC Science Festival website and search on the Charlotte area and “free” to find all the free events going on around town.

Music

Center City Concert

Mon Noon. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 115 West Seventh St. centercityconcerts.org

Center City Concerts continue with Timeline Jazz Quartet, a band out of Williamsburg, Va. that entertains audiences with a variety of standards, Latin tunes, bebop and funk. The noon concert is free. The group will also perform a longer set at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Ave. in Davidson. The cost for the Sunday show is $15, or $10 for seniors.

Starry night

Knightsounds PlazaCast

Fri, Sat 7:30 p.m. Levine Center for the Arts, 430 South Tryon St. charlottesymphony.org

Enjoy a spring evening and a free outdoor PlazaCast of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra concert “A Night in New York.” Bring a chair or blanket and set up at Levine Center for the Arts. The concerts will be shown live from Knight Theater on a 16 by 9-foot screen with speakers. Selections will include Leonard Bernstein’s most popular musicals, as well as klezmer music and George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”

Environment

Matthews Earth Day Celebration

Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Stumptown Park, 120 South Trade Street, Matthews. matthewsnc.gov

Matthews’ annual Earth Day Celebration is a fun, family-friendly event. Various wildlife, animal and environmental groups will share displays. There will be a medicine drop-off on site, as well as document shredding, recycling stations and curbside Goodwill drop-off. The celebration will also include food vendors, live music and “green merchandise” for purchase.

Exercise

Fit in ’15

A variety of free fitness classes have started up in Romare Bearden Park. Classes take place Monday through Saturday, in the mornings and evenings, through June. Options include Bootcamp, Insanity, Zumba, Yoga, The Werk Out, Tabata and Rise and Flow Yoga. Visit Romare Bearden Park’s website for details.

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