Jody Mace: On the Cheap

What to do on 7-11? Get a Slurpee, of course

By Jody Mace

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Slurpees

7-Eleven Day

Sat 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 7-Eleven convenience stores. 7-eleven.com.

Celebrate 7-Eleven Day on 7-11 (get it?) with a free small Slurpee. No coupon needed. Warning: Sometimes a flavor runs out, so go early if you have a strong need for a particular flavor.

Art

Open House

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

The Dairy is the former 1940 dairy processing plant of Black’s Dairy, a home delivery company that specialized in milk and ice cream. Today, the Dairy houses art studios of glass, metal, silver and clay, as well as home to two goats, one miniature donkey and many chickens. At the open house visitors can make a summer basket from twigs, chicken wire and other found objects around the Dairy. Glass artist Rose Hawley will be giving away samples of her unique glass for jewelers, mosaic artists and glass fusers. Free picnic included.

Horses

Latta Fun Show

Sat 10 a.m. Latta Equestrian Center, 6210 Sample Road, Huntersville. lattaequestriancenter.com.

Watch horse competitions, which include English and Western riding. Special events include costumes, musical cones, egg and spoon, and drink balance. To watch is free, to show a horse will cost a fee.

Pipes

Organ Summer Recital Series

Sun 4 p.m. Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Road. charlotteago.org/Summer-Recital-Series.html.

The Charlotte chapter of American Guild of Organists is presenting a series of free concerts this summer at area churches. Donations will support the Stigall Scholarships, which provide organ lessons to qualified high school students. Sunday’s performance is special because, along with the sounds of the church's Aeolian-Skinner organ, it features the singing of adults and children from Royal School of Church Music.

Music

Bearden Music Series

Sat 6-9 p.m. Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St. http://bit.ly/1fE6t9S.

This month’s free concert focuses on bluegrass and Americana, with performers Moonshine Racers and Justin Fedor of The New Familiars. Future shows will feature big band music on Aug. 8 and Cajun music on Oct. 17.

Film

Silent movie with live piano accompaniment

Sat 2 p.m. ImaginOn, 300 E. Seventh St. imaginon.org.

Enjoy the silent film “Sherlock, Jr.” starring Buster Keaton and Kathryn McGuire. Award-winning pianist Ethan Uslan will provide live piano accompaniment. Another Buster Keaton movie, the 23-minute silent film “The Goat,” will be screened prior to “Sherlock, Jr.”

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Jody Mace runs CharlotteontheCheap.com and is a member of the Charlotte News Alliance, a network of hyperlocal websites.

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