Sat 1.23 3:30 p.m. McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road. bit.ly/animalencounter
Visit the McDowell Nature Center and enjoy a hands-on experience with one of the residents. Will it be a snake? A rat? They’re not saying… While you’re there, learn more about what McDowell has to offer, including a 1,107-acre nature preserve, campground, playground, seven miles of hiking trails and fishing and boating access to Lake Wylie.
Comparative Religion Class
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Tues 1.26 7-9 p.m. Temple Beth El, 5101 Providence Road. templebethel.org
Temple Beth El has a long tradition of interfaith education. The 19th annual comparative religion class is open to the public and no registration is required. The focus this year during the six-week series is “Politics and Religion: Where is the Line?” Educators and religious leaders representing Judaism, Buddhism, Conservative Protestantism, Liberal Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, Islam and Baptist faiths will offer their points of view. Live streaming will also be available. Find the link on the website.
Free admission to Mint Museums
Wed 1.27 5-9 p.m. Mint Museums, 500 South Tryon St. and 2730 Randolph Road. mintmuseum.org
Every Wednesday evening admission to both Mint Museum locations is free. Often special events take place on Wednesday evenings as well. This Wednesday, at Mint Museum Uptown, curator Martha Severens will present “Unlocking the Mystery of Eugene Thomason.” Discover the influence of Thomason’s Ashcan school mentors and his expressive sense of place depicting the people and landscape of rural North Carolina. The exhibit “New York to Nebo: The Artistic Journey of Eugene Thomason” will be displayed in Mint Museum Uptown through March 27.
Tue 1.26 9-11 p.m. Hattie’s Tap and Tavern, 2918 The Plaza. hattiescharlotte.com
Every Tuesday night Hattie’s hosts Bingo. It’s free to play. Winners choose from brewery swag like koozies, hats, stickers and bottle openers. Check Hattie’s website for other free events throughout the week, including Yoga, Karaoke and live music.