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Planes

Carolinas Aviation Museum Community Appreciation Day

Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Carolinas Aviation Museum, 4672 First Flight Dr. 704-997-3770. carolinasaviation.org

Get into the museum for free and meet a passenger from Flight 1549, AKA the Miracle on the Hudson. Paint your handprints on a plane, sit in an actual F4 cockpit, listen to guest speakers from the aviation field, paint t-shirts, build and fly aviation crafts and enter a raffle for free travel from US Airways.

Hummingbirds

Hummingbird Festival

Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6459. charmeck.org

Celebrate these tiny birds before they begin their annual southward migration. Watch bird banding and enjoy storytelling, crafts, face painting, nature hikes, geocaching and more. Food vendors will be on site. This is one of Park and Rec’s most popular events. Park for free off-site and catch a shuttle.

Skating

Back to Cool

Sat Noon-1:30 p.m. Extreme Ice Center, 4705 Indian Trail – Fairview Road, Indian Trail. 704-882-1830. xicenter.com

Skating and equipment rental is free at this open house. Stop by and learn about the clubs and programs offered by the center.

Music

Between 2 Rivers Music Festival

Sat 2-10 p.m. Glenway St., Belmont. b2rmusicfest.com

In addition to the music, the festival features a kids’ zone with inflatables and games, beer garden, food vendors, a half and half raffle and a silent auction. The festival benefits Levine Children’s Hospital. Musical performers include Chuck Johnson & Charleyhorse, Corey Hunt Band, 20 Ride, The Backsliders, Benton Blount, Rachel’s Ransom, Scoot Pittman and Piedmont Boys.

Dance

Silent Disco

Fri 8 p.m. Rooftop 210, Epicentre, 210 East Trade St. pavilionatepicentre.com

At the Silent Disco, the music will be picked up by specially designed wireless headphones, rather than broadcast through the air. Drex Radio-Charlotte and Wiggz & Wonz will be the DJs. Age 21 plus.

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