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Seize the last days of summer with this free fun

Roast marshmallows at the Family Campfire at Latta Plantation Nature Center Friday.
Roast marshmallows at the Family Campfire at Latta Plantation Nature Center Friday. contributed

Family campfire at Latta

Fri 8.28 6-9 p.m. Friday. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. bit.ly/lattacampfire

Bring your chairs or blankets, sit around the campfire, roast marshmallows and enjoy a late summer evening. There will be field games to play, stories to listen to and songs to sing. Registration is not required.

Plaza Midwood Library’s 20th Anniversary

Sat 8.29 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 1623 Central Avenue. cmlib.org

Celebrate all day with Plaza Midwood Library with free programs and refreshments. The Plaza Family Band will perform kid-friendly tunes at 11:30 a.m. The library will close as usual at 5 p.m. but will reopen at 5:45 for the second live musical performance, this one for adults, by The Mike Strauss Band.

Block Party

Sat 8.29 1-3 p.m. Northlake Mall, 6801 Northlake Mall Drive. shopnorthlake.com/events/back-school-block-party

Aimed at teens, this event focuses on anti-bullying. Teens who take a pledge against bullying will have a chance to win four concert tickets. iHeartRadio DJ Boomer will play the latest hits. Other fun: food from Northlake restaurants, Coke samples, Charlotte Hornets Honeybees, mini-makeovers by Clinique, a performance by Carolina Renaissance Festival and a selfie station. Donations of school supplies will go to Classroom Central.

‘The Hand That Feeds’

Thur 9.3 5:30 p.m. Levine Museum of the New South, 200 East Seventh Street. museumofthenewsouth.org

Watch “The Hand That Feeds,” a documentary about undocumented immigrant workers in a café in New York’s Upper East Side who fought in 2012 for a living wage. The film won awards in multiple film festivals. Following the film there will be a discussion on immigrant workers and the fight to raise the minimum wage. You’ll find a link to register on the website.

River Jam

Sat 8.29 Thurs 9.3 7 p.m. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. usnwc.org/category/riverjam

There’s no place quite like the Whitewater Center to take in an evening concert. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and listen to the tunes as the rafters fight the rapids and the zip-liners soar overhead. On Saturday, Asheville’s Appalachian folk/bluegrass band, Tellico, will perform and on Thursday, Charlotte’s own Sinners & Saints will take the stage.

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