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David Childers performs Friday in Dallas.
David Childers performs Friday in Dallas. WWW.FOLKSOCIETY.ORG

Concerts at the Courthouse

Fri 2.26 7 p.m. Historic Courthouse, 131 N. Gaston St., Dallas, N.C.

Mount Holly native David Childers headlines this installment of Gaston County Museum’s concert series. His extensive body of work includes recordings with his bands The Modern Don Juans, Overmountain Men and, currently, the Serpents. He’s a prolific N.C. songwriter with a keen interest in history that often makes its way into his music.

Charlotte Symphony Guild’s Musical Petting Zoo

Sat 2.27 11 a.m. ImaginOn, 300 E. Seventh St.

The Musical Petting Zoo offers a chance for children to look at, listen to and try out orchestra instruments.

Grand National Curling Club Mixed Championship

Fri-Sun 2.26-28 Various times. Charlotte Curling, 6525 Old Statesville Road.

Stop by Charlotte Curling and get to know this unique sport. The winners of this tournament will advance to the U.S. Curling Association Mixed National Championship. This weekend’s local tournament will feature members of clubs from Maine to Florida, including the Charlotte Curling Club, Triangle (N.C.) Curling Club and Atlanta Curling Club.

People, Places and Pride: Charlotte’s Historic Black Neighborhoods

Sun 2.28 2:30 p.m. Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh St.

The Levine Museum is partnering with the Charlotte Museum of History to explore the stories of Charlotte’s historic black neighborhoods. Mary Newsom, associate director of Urban and Regional Affairs at UNC Charlotte’s Urban Institute, will moderate a conversation about the history and future of black neighborhoods. Joining her will be Mattie Marshall, president of the Historic Washington Heights Community Association, as well as documentary filmmaker Kathryn Frye and John Howard from the Charlotte Historic District Commission. Please register on the website.

Family Fort Building

Sun 2.28 3 p.m. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road.

Is it survival training or just having fun outside? Either way, bring your family to McDowell Nature Preserve and work with other families on building shelters from materials found in nature. While you’re there, check out the animals at the McDowell Nature Center and hike on some of the 7 miles of trails through the preserve.