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Say farewell to fall at the Whitewater Center

UNC Charlotte has designed a mobile performance space/community meeting place called MAX that will perform on Saturday.
UNC Charlotte has designed a mobile performance space/community meeting place called MAX that will perform on Saturday. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte Folk Society monthly concert and gathering

Fri 10.9 7:30 p.m. Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave. folksociety.org.

This month’s event features Red Clay Ramblers, an acclaimed North Carolina band known for its old-time mountain music, bluegrass, country rock, New Orleans jazz and gospel. Doors open at 7. Refreshments, a song circle and jam sessions follow the concert. Donations will be accepted.

Charlotte Mini Maker Faire

Sat 10.10 10 a.m.-4 p.m. N. Tryon St., between Sixth and Seventh streets. cltmakerfaire.org.

Discovery Place will host Charlotte’s first Mini Maker Faire. All activities outside the science museum are free and include demonstrations and performances throughout the day at UNC Charlotte’s Mobile Arts and Community Experience stage, created by Boxman Studios from a former shipping container. Stop by the MAX stage to check out the performance schedule. The inside activities are included in the cost of museum admission, and tickets can be purchased in advance at cltmakerfaire.org.

U.S. National Whitewater Center Fall Finale

Sat 10.10 Noon. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. usnwc.org/relax/festivals/fall-finale.

Celebrate fall at the finale to the Whitewater Center’s River Jam music series. Admission is free, as always, although there’s a $5 parking charge. Live music will be provided by The Suffers at 4 p.m., The Last Bison at 6 and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe at 8. Starting at noon, watch the competitors race their homemade vessels down the channel in the Build-Your-Own-Boat competition. 12K and 5K Obstacle Trace Races take place earlier in the morning. There’s a charge for participating in the races. Check the website for details.

Second Sunday Jazz Workshop with John Shaughnessy

Sun 10.11 8-11 p.m. Petra’s, 1919 Commonwealth Ave. petrasbar.com.

The second Sunday of every month, jazz musicians, composers and listeners are invited to Petra’s Second Sunday Jazz Workshop with John Shaughnessy. Bring your instrument and sit in with some of Charlotte’s best jazz musicians, or sing a song with them. If you’re a composer bring your music charts and you can hear them performed. Age 21 and older.

Meet NASCAR Hall of Fame’s new mascot

Sat 10.10 10 a.m.-2 p.m. NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza, 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. nascarhall.com.

Be among the first to meet NASCAR Hall of Fame’s new mascot, Champ the Cheetah, at this fun family event. You’ll also get to spend some time with some of Champ’s friends: Sir Purr from the Carolina Panthers, Homer the Dragon of the Charlotte Knights, Chubby from the Charlotte Checkers and Blue from the Charlotte Hounds. A hundred kids will win free Champ the Cheetah T-shirts.

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