“Hummingbird Festival”: Aug. 15, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. Come celebrate the hummingbird at this free nature event. Enjoy crafts, nature walks, plant sales and storytelling, as well as birdbanding demonstrations by ornithologists. Lectures on the hour: Hummingbirds 101 - 10 a.m., Hummingbird Migration - 11 a.m. Photographing Birds - 12 p.m., Native Plants & Backyard Habitats -1 p.m., Hummingbird Research – 2 p.m.. (704) 432-6460 charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/ParkandRec/
“Creature Feature: Scent-sational Senses” Aug. 15, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road. Join with Naturalists to investigate your own amazing senses compared with the unique senses of other creatures in the animal kingdom. Other activities will include a special story time, puppet show and crafts.Also “Ravenous Raptors” Aug. 15 and 16 12:30 p.m. Find out what makes raptors and birds of prey such incredible hunters. Then create your own ‘owl-mazing’ owl art. (Dragonfly Theater) Admission $8 per person, Members and children younger than 2 free. Tickets: charlottenaturemuseum.org, via phone at 704.372.6261 x300 or in person at the Museum.
“Good Soil: A Gardener’s Guide to Soil Testing”: Aug. 18, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. or Aug. 19, 10 a.m. – 12 noon. Renfrow Hardware, 188 N. Trade Street, Matthews. Join Jeff Rieves, Horticulturist & former NC Cooperative Extension agent to learn the basics and more about soil testing and conditioning. Register and advance pay $20.00 at Renfrow Hardware or /www.renfrowhardware.com/classes
“Build Your Own Raised Garden Beds”: Aug. 20, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension Center, 1418 Armory Drive. Learn how to build cost-effective, practical raised garden beds. Plans and material lists included. Register online, in advance $10 mecklenburg.ces.ncsu.edu/sustain/
“Green Your Lawn the Earth-Friendly Way”: Aug.20, 6-7:30 p.m., Morrison Regional Library, 7015 Morrison Boulevard. Join Mecklenburg Master Gardeners to learn ecofriendly, practical methods to improve the health and appearance of your lawn. Register and details: www.cmlibrary.org/programs
“Garden Nights”: Aug. 20, 5 - 9 p.m. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 New Hope Road, Belmont. Enjoy a walk in the garden and food, wine and beer. Special program each week, see calendar. Child care available 5-9 see website for details. Members free, $12.95 for adults, www.dsbg.org/events/garden-events 704-825-4490
“Get Out and Give Back Volunteer Workday on the Fourney Creek Trail”: Aug. 22, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Carolina Thread Trail, 1601 Forney Creek Parkway, Denver. Join Trail Masters and volunteers to help trim vegetation overgrowth, manage invasive plant species and help with the sustainability of the trail. Register in advance, adults 16 and older, online information: www.carolinathreadtrail.org/cervis-volunteer-event-registration 704-376-2556.
“Frog Walk”: Aug 22, 7:30 p.m. Four Mile Creek Greenway. Sign-up early for this popular fun-filled walk led by Observer columnist Taylor Piephoff, where frogs are the stars, with appearances by deer, beavers, turtles and more! $5 per person. Carol@GreenwayBirdHouse.com to advance register.