Jody Mace: On the Cheap

Your trash can pay for your weekend fun

Belmont Abbey to host free concert Sunday afternoon.
Belmont Abbey to host free concert Sunday afternoon.

Bechtler at Night

Fri 2.19 5-9 p.m. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St.

At this free event the third Friday of every month, enjoy special tours, scavenger hunts and art-making activities. This month, check out the new second-floor exhibition, “The Art of the Print,” which delves into the history of printmaking. Live music will be provided by Bria Alexander, a 13-year-old jazz singer from Community School of the Arts. The Modern Café will be open, and wine and specialty cocktails will be available.

Story Slam

Fri 2.19 7 p.m. Atherton Mill and Market, 2104 South Blvd.

Charlotte Storytellers presents “Trashy: A Story Slam,” and it’s free to get in … if you bring some waste. You read that right. Bring some compostable material for Crown Town Compost to turn into something beautiful and you get in for free. Examples: waste from fruits, vegetables, eggshells, pasta and bread. Get full list at If you don’t want to bring compostable material, admission is $5. At the story slam you’ll hear stories with the theme of “trash” – eating it, talking it, being it or feeling like it. If you have a story to tell, make sure it’s around five minutes long and sign up at the door. About 10-12 storytellers will be randomly selected.

Family Campfire

Sun 2.21 1-4:30 p.m. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville.

Warm up by the campfire at Latta. Bring your own chair or blanket. They’ll supply the marshmallows, hot chocolate, games and stories. While you’re there, check out the animals in the nature center or take a walk through the Fairy House trail.

Arts in the Abbey

Sun 2.21 3 p.m. Abbey Basilica, 100 Belmont-Mount Holly Road. Belmont.

Belmont Abbey College offers a full season of concerts at the beautiful Abbey Basilica. Sunday’s program, “Innovations Italian Style – Music of the 17th Century,” features UNC Charlotte Chorale, along with Carolina Pro Musica performing works by Monteverdi and Carissimi. The college is off Interstate 85, Exit 26, in Gaston County.

CIAA Toyota Fan Fest

Thur 2.25 5-10 p.m. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St.

The CIAA Toyota Fan Fest is a free fan event that accompanies the CIAA Tournament. The Fan Fest runs Thursday-Saturday, with Thursday activities featuring the Marines Chin Up Challenge, Miller Coors 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, a fashion show and a performance by hip-hop recording artist Fabolous.