Classes, etc. for the 50+ set

Birds and Brews

“Eats, Beaks & Brews” event at the Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Rd., Huntersville, 6-8 p.m., doors open at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 13. Activities for all ages including food trucks, beer and wine tastings, music and more. The event’s theme will focus on bird identification. $10 at the door, $8 in advance, free for those 20 and younger.


For tickets: 704-875-6521, ext. 300. test

Wine Tasting

Sample 21 wines followed by a three-course meal at Aria Tuscan Grill, 100 N. Tryon St., 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 17. Tasting, $20; dinner, $30; both for $50 per person.


Reservations required: 704-548-9463.

Scott Fowler speaks!

Charlotte Observer Sport Columnist and author Scott Fowler will discuss and sign his book, 100 Things Panthers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 22, Mountain Island Regional Library’s Community Room. Free.


To register: 704-416-5600.

Nature Walk

“A Naturalist’s Walk” 2-3:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Rd. Take a guided walk with a naturalist and learn about the flora and fauna of the preserve and the creatures who call it home. Free.


Reservations required: 704-432-6460.

Electronic Books Primer

Check out the most popular titles using your eReader, tablet, smartphone or laptop. Schedule a one-hour, personal training session and learn to download books from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s digital collection. Independence Regional Library, 6000 Conference Dr., Aug. 13 and 20. Free.


Appointment required: 704-416-4800, opt.4.