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Get your green on at the Whitewater Center

Rafters navigate the green water rapids of the U.S. National Whitewater Center.
Rafters navigate the green water rapids of the U.S. National Whitewater Center. THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER

Green River Revival

Sat 3.12 10 a.m.-5 p.m. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. usnwc.org.

Celebrate an early St. Patrick’s Day at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. The Color Me Green 5K (charge for participating) starts at 10, live music from Hip Abduction, The Last Bison and Blind Pilot begins at noon, and the river turns green at 1. While there, participate in the many outdoor activities, including rafting, climbing, kayaking and riding the zip lines, all of which incur a charge. There’s a $5 charge for parking.

Charlotte Folk Society monthly concert and gathering

Fri 3.11 7:30 p.m. Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave. folksociety.org.

This month’s gathering features Joe Craven, who is more than just a musician. He’s an entertainer known for his gift of gab and his penchant for turning anything, from a cookie tin to a bedpan, into an instrument. Doors open at 7 p.m. Refreshments, a song circle and jam sessions follow the concert. Donations will be accepted.

Psychedelic Paint Party

Fri 3.11 7-10 p.m. Charlotte Art League, 1517 Camden Road. bit.ly/cltpaintparty.

Step back in time to awaken your creativity. Charlotte Art League’s Brush ‘n’ Beats event this month pays homage to the ’60s. Unleash your art amid the black lights, lava lamps and live psychedelic music. Admission is free, as is unlimited paint. Easels and paintbrushes will be provided. You just need to buy a canvas, which will be sold at a discounted rate. Beer and wine will be sold at $3/glass.

The Fundamentals of Hip-Hop

Sat 3.12 1-4:30 p.m. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. blumenthalarts.org.

Hands-on sessions at this free program for all ages will focus on several elements of hip-hop, including breaking, graffiti and DJing. The program is presented by the Cosmic Union and The Black Jedi chapters of Universal Zulu Nation, along with Blumenthal Performing Arts. To pay homage to Women’s History Month, all presenters this time will be women.

Art Break

Thur 3.17 Noon-1 p.m. Levine Center for the Arts, South Tryon Street between Stonewall Street and West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. mintmuseum.org.

On the third Thursday of every month, stop in at one of the museums at Levine Center for the Arts between noon and 1 and get a free 30-minute lunchtime tour. The Mint Museum, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture are all participating. These docent-led tours offer a brief but focused art encounter, and still allow you time to grab lunch.

Spring Family Fun Day: Explore the Carolina Backcountry

Sat 3.12 1-4 p.m. Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive. charlottemuseum.org.

At Charlotte Museum of History’s Spring Family Fun Day, visitors of all ages will take part in a collaborative art project, create their own pinch pots and play colonial games. Lemonade and cookies will be served. Register online here: charlottemuseum.org/RegisterFree.asp.

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