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Dust off your fairy gear this weekend

Hundreds of alpacas will converge on Concord this weekend.
Hundreds of alpacas will converge on Concord this weekend. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

Cantor & Friends: Great Love Songs, Mostly Jewish

Sun 2.14 4 p.m.. Temple Israel, 4901 Providence Road. templeisraelnc.org.

Elias Roochvarg, who has been cantor of Temple Israel since 1995, is presenting an afternoon of music with other notable musicians. A cantor is the musical leader of Jewish religious services, but in many cases his or her musical repertoire extends far beyond the liturgy. No RSVP is required, but seating is limited.

Fairy House Festival

Sat 2.13 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/ParkandRec.

Bring your fairies, elves, gnomes and other small magical creatures for this popular annual festival. They’ll learn how to build fairy houses and gnome homes on a special wooded trail that is known for its high yearlong population of fairies. There will be storytelling, children’s crafts, activities and games – all focused on fairies and nature. Appropriate costumes are encouraged but not required. Food vendors will be on-site. No registration required. Important: Don’t bring in wood from outside the nature preserve.

Carolina Alpaca Celebration

Sat-Sun 2.13-14 Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 N.C. 49 North, Concord. carolinaalpacacelebration.com.

More than 600 alpacas will compete for ribbons in the show ring. Alpacas are animals resembling small llamas, originating in South America. There will also be kids’ activities, free educational seminars and yarn spinning demonstrations. Vendors will showcase their wares, including clothes made of alpaca fleece and books about alpacas. There’s a charge for parking.

Charlotte Concert Band: A Night at the Movies

Sat 2.13 7 p.m. Dana Auditorium, Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave. charlotteconcertband.org.

This volunteer band of professional and amateur community musicians will feature music from movies from the silent film era to modern times. The highlight will be a presentation of the Donald Hunsberger arrangement of the Star Wars Trilogy, composed by John Williams.

Museum Family Days

Sat 2.13 Noon-4:30 p.m. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St. bechtler.org.

Sun 2.14 1-4 p.m. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St. mintmuseum.org.

Kids get into the Bechtler and uptown Mint museums free this weekend. The Bechtler’s Family Day is Saturday; adult admission is $8. There will be hands-on activities throughout the museum for families to enjoy, including watercolor painting and handmade Valentines. If that’s not enough, on Sunday the Mint Museum Uptown is holding its Sunday Fun Day, when kids get in free and adult admission is $6. The Mint will also feature Valentine-making, as well as collage-making, scavenger hunts, yoga and more.

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