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Aug. 16

Reptile and Exotic Animal Show:

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Repticon features reptile and amphibian breeders and wholesalers, reptile pet products and supplies, educational seminars and exhibits, and activities for the entire family. $5-$10; free for children younger than 5. www.repticon.com. Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 U.S. 49 N., Concord. 704-920-3976. www.cabarrusarena.com.

Claws:

11 a.m.-6 p.m. Crabs and crustaceans. Included in admission. SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 866-229-1573. www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord/.

Woodland Storytime:

2-3 p.m. Join us in the woods for a story followed by a short stroll through the woods. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-432-6460.

Aug. 17

Nature Story Corner:

10-11 a.m. Stories may be accompanied by puppets and audience participation. After the story, participants will hike into the forest to do an activity. For ages 3 and older. Registration required. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-432-6460.

Teen Weight Loss Program:

1-8 p.m. Price varies per goals. www.facebook.com. Lean Teen Program, 3220 Prosperity Church Road, Suite 102, Charlotte. 704-614-6700. leanteenprogram.com.

Intro to OneClickdigital eBooks:

6-7 p.m. Learn the ways you can use OneClickdigital on your tablet, smartphone or computer. Bring your device and library staff will help you get started. Free. Concord Library, 27 Union St. N., Concord. www.cabarruscounty.us/library. 704-920-2050.

Claws:

10 a.m.-8 p.m. Crabs and crustaceans. Included in admission. SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 866-229-1573. www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord/.

Aug. 18

Cabarrus Art Guild Exhibit:

10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The work of 15 Art Guild members. The art ranges from water color to oil, pastel, acrylic and photography. Free. Cabarrus Arts Council Galleries, 11 Union St. S., Concord. 704-920-2787. www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.

Reach It:

10:30-11:30 a.m. The REACH IT information session will take place in the library’s auditorium. Central Piedmont Community College, with funding from the Department of Labor, offers scholarships in the field of information technology. Attend an information session to learn about each training area and eligibility requirements. Call 704-330-4223 to RSVP. Concord Library, 27 Union St. N., Concord. 704-920-2050.

Social Painting: Open Studio Style:

6:30-8:30 p.m. No experience is required for this free-styling painting session. A paint coach will be available to assist participants. $15. www.eventbrite.com/e/social-painting-open-studio-tickets-16064312792. The Last Word, 230 E. W.T. Harris Blvd., Charlotte. 704-966-9673. thelastwordcharlotte.com.

Aug. 19

Welcome to Medicare Seminar:

10-11 a.m. Free. Concord Library, 27 Union St. N., Concord. 704-920-2050.

End of Summer Luau:

3-4 p.m. Receive a lei, make instrument, and dance to Hawaiian music. Free. Children’s Room, Concord Library, 27 Union St. N., Concord. 704-920-2058.

Aug. 20

Guided Tours:

1:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m. Experience Charlotte’s past as a docent takes you to 18th century Charlotte. Included in admission. Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte. 704-568-1774. www.charlottemuseum.org.

Aug. 21

Teen Weight Loss Program:

1-7 p.m. Price varies per goals. www.facebook.com. Lean Teen Program, 3220 Prosperity Church Road, Suite 102, Charlotte. 704-614-6700. leanteenprogram.com.

Aug. 22

Goldmine Toastmasters Meeting:

8:30-10 a.m. Members have an opportunity to enhance speaking, communication and leadership skills. Free. www.goldminetoastmasters.com. Connect Christian Church, 3101 Davidson Highway, Concord. 704-788-6315. www.connectchristianchurch.org.

Aug. 22

Teen Weight Loss Program:

9 a.m.-noon. Price varies per goals. www.facebook.com. Lean Teen Program, 3220 Prosperity Church Road, Suite 102, Charlotte. 704-614-6700. leanteenprogram.com.

Goldmine Toastmasters Meeting:

8:30.-10 a.m. An opportunity to enhance speaking, communication and leadership skills. Free. www.goldminetoastmasters.com. Connect Christian Church, 3101 Davidson Highway, Concord. 704-788-6315. www.connectchristianchurch.org.

Stories Under the Stars- ShakesCollage:

7 p.m. Literary performing arts event. Programs are geared toward families with children. Free. Kannapolis Branch Library, 850 Mountain St., Kannapolis. 704-920-1180.

BioDiversity Hike: Catawba Falls:

8 a.m.-8 p.m. Head to the Catawba Falls near Old Fort. Cool off during stream crossings and at the waterfall. This is a 3-mile trail and another short trail will be added. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. $12. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-432-6460.

Nature Hike at Reedy Creek:

2-3:30 p.m. Let’s wander through our preserve and see what’s here. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-432-6460.

Open Classroom:

10-11:30 a.m. Stop by the Naturalist Lab to see what we have out to share. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-432-6460.

Aug. 23

Stream Stroll:

2-3:30 p.m. We will walk our way through the preserve by following the flowing water. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. 8/23 Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte.

Claws:

11 a.m.-6 p.m. Crabs and crustaceans. Included in admission. SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 866-229-1573. www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord/.

Watermelon Wine: The Poetry of Americana Music:

3-4 p.m. Award-winning Nashville songwriter Anne E. DeChant teams with Alabama author Frye Gaillard for a program of reading and song. Donation suggested: $10. Holy Covenant United Church of Christ, 3501 W. WT Harris Blvd., Charlotte. 704-599-9810. holycovenantucc.org.

Aug. 24

Budding Adventures:

10-11 a.m. Crafts, games, stories, puppets, hikes and more. Learn about animals and plants in the preserve. Parent participation is encouraged. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte.

Teen Weight Loss Program:

1-8 p.m. Price varies per goals. www.facebook.com. Lean Teen Program, 3220 Prosperity Church Road, Suite 102, Charlotte. 704-614-6700. leanteenprogram.com.

Claws:

10 a.m.-8 p.m. Crabs and crustaceans. Included in admission. SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 866-229-1573. www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord/.

Aug. 25

Cabarrus Art Guild Exhibit:

10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The work of 15 Art Guild members in water color to oil, pastel, acrylic and photography. Free. Cabarrus Arts Council Galleries, 11 Union St. S., Concord. 704-920-2787. www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.

Social Painting: Open Studio Style:

6:30-8:30 p.m. No experience is required . A paint coach will be available to assist participants. $15. www.eventbrite.com/e/social-painting-open-studio-tickets-16064312792. The Last Word, 230 E. WT Harris Blvd., Charlotte. 704-966-9673. thelastwordcharlotte.com.

Aug. 26

Summer Evening Stroll at RibbonWalk Nature Preserve:

7 p.m. Join a naturalist for an evening stroll. Free. RibbonWalk Nature Preserve, 4601 Nevin Road, Charlotte. 704-432-6459. charmeck.org.

Morning Bird Stroll:

10-11 a.m. Discover the birds at Reedy Creek. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-432-6460.

Aug. 27

Guided Tours:

1:15 and 3:15 p.m. Experience Charlotte’s past as a costumed docent takes you to 18th century Charlotte. Included in admission. Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte. 704-568-1774. www.charlottemuseum.org.

Aug. 28

Teen Weight Loss Program:

1-7 p.m. Price varies per goals. www.facebook.com. Lean Teen Program, 3220 Prosperity Church Road, Suite 102, Charlotte. 704-614-6700. leanteenprogram.com.

Aug. 29

Goldmine Toastmasters Meeting:

8:30-10 a.m. Members have an opportunity to enhance speaking, communication and leadership skills. Free. www.goldminetoastmasters.com. Connect Christian Church, 3101 Davidson Highway, Concord. 704-788-6315. www.connectchristianchurch.org.

Teen Weight Loss Program:

9 a.m.-12 p.m. Price varies per goals. www.facebook.com. Lean Teen Program, 3220 Prosperity Church Road, Suite 102, Charlotte. 704-614-6700. leanteenprogram.com.

Goldmine Toastmasters Meeting:

8:30-10 a.m. Enhance speaking, communication and leadership skills. Free. www.goldminetoastmasters.com. Connect Christian Church, 3101 Davidson Highway, Concord. 704-788-6315. www.connectchristianchurch.org.

Bark Boats:

1-2 p.m. Build small boats out of sticks and bark to float down the stream. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-432-6460.

Edible Plants:

2-3:30 p.m. Join a naturalist led hike on the preserve to find out which plants can be put into teas, which can be eaten raw, and which shouldn’t be eaten at all. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-432-6460.

Species Scavenger Hunt:

10-11:30 a.m. A scavenger hunt to see how many local species of plants and animals we can find. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-432-6460.

Scottish Tea:

4-5:30 p.m. A Scottish-themed menu of tea sandwiches, scones and desserts, along with a favorite Scottish tea. $25; $20 members. Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte. 704-568-1774. www.charlottemuseum.org.

Third annual Tour de Saints Bike Ride:

7 a.m. Registration for the ride to benefit Cooperative Christian Ministries of Cabarrus County. 50K, 100K and 50-mile rides and a 10-mile family ride. Riders who register in advance will get an event T-shirt. Lunch is included. Visit tourdesaints@yahoo.com to register. Rain or shine. $30 per rider plus a bag of food items for the CCM food pantry. All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 525 Lake Concord Road N.E., Concord. 704-782-2024. www.allsaintsconcord.org.

Aug. 30

A Naturalist’s Walk:

2-3:30 p.m. Join a naturalist on this guided walk. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-432-6460.

Claws:

11 a.m.-6 p.m. Crabs and crustaceans. Included in admission. SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 866-229-1573. www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord/.

Aug. 31

Claws:

10 a.m.-8 p.m. Crabs and crustaceans. Included in admission. SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 866-229-1573. www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord/.

Teen Weight Loss Program:

1-8 p.m. Price varies per goals. www.facebook.com. Lean Teen Program, 3220 Prosperity Church Road, Suite 102, Charlotte. 704-614-6700. leanteenprogram.com.

Nature Story Corner:

10-11 a.m. Stories may be accompanied by puppets and audience participation. After the story, participants will hike into the forest to do an activity. For ages 3 and older. Registration required. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-432-6460.

Sept. 1

Cabarrus Art Guild Exhibit:

10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The work of 15 Art Guild members in water color to oil, pastel, acrylic and photography. Free. Cabarrus Arts Council Galleries, 11 Union St. S., Concord. 704-920-2787. www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.

Social Painting: Open Studio Style:

6:30-8:30 p.m. No experience is required. A paint coach will be available to assist participants. $15. www.eventbrite.com/e/social-painting-open-studio-tickets-16064312792. The Last Word, 230 E. W.T. Harris Blvd., Charlotte. 704-966-9673. thelastwordcharlotte.com.

Concord Wildlife Alliance Monthly Meet-up:

6:30-8 p.m. Mark Bostrom will speak on “Deciduous Forest Floor Spiders and Global Climate Change.” Free. concordwildlifealliance.com. McGill Baptist Church, 5300 Poplar Tent Road, Concord. 704-788-1180. www.mcgillbaptist.org.

Sept. 3

Guided Tours:

1:15 and 3:15 p.m. Experience Charlotte’s past as a costumed docent takes you to 18th century Charlotte. Included in admission. Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte. 704-568-1774. www.charlottemuseum.org.

Mended Hearts Support Group:

6-7:30 p.m. Mended Hearts’ Cabarrus chapter is dedicated to “Inspiring hope and improving the quality of life for heart patients and their families through ongoing peer-to-peer support.” Free. mendedhearts.org. CMC-NorthEast’s Health & Fitness Institute, 1090 NorthEast Gateway Court, Concord. 704-403-9250. www.carolinashealthcare.org/cmc-northeast.

Sept. 4

Teen Weight Loss Program:

1-7 p.m. Price varies per goals. www.facebook.com. Lean Teen Program, 3220 Prosperity Church Road, Suite 102, Charlotte. 704-614-6700. leanteenprogram.com.

The Nature of Greenways: Clark’s Creek Greenway:

9-10 a.m. Relaxed walk with stops to discover the natural side of these active green spaces. Meet at Mallard Creek Elementary School Greenway Entrance. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. Free. Clarks Creek Greenway, 9729 Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte. charmeck.org.

Sept. 5

Natural Connections:

3-4:30 p.m. A leisurely hike and other activities may include nature art, journaling and meditative practices. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-432-6460.

Mushroom Walk:

11 a.m. Join a naturalist to discover the wonderful world of mushrooms. Free. RibbonWalk Nature Preserve, 4601 Nevin Road, Charlotte. 704-432-6459. charmeck.org.

Teen Weight Loss Program:

9 a.m.-noon. Price varies per goals. www.facebook.com. Lean Teen Program, 3220 Prosperity Church Road, Suite 102, Charlotte. 704-614-6700. leanteenprogram.com.

Goldmine Toastmasters Meeting:

8:30-10 a.m. Members have an opportunity to enhance speaking, communication and leadership skills. Free. www.goldminetoastmasters.com. Connect Christian Church, 3101 Davidson Highway, Concord. 704-788-6315. www.connectchristianchurch.org.

Sept. 6

Claws:

11 a.m.-6 p.m. Crabs and crustaceans. Included in admission. SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 866-229-1573. www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord/.

Investigation Station:

2-3 p.m. A variety of topics throughout the year; something to offer for all ages. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-432-6460.

Sept. 7

Budding Adventures:

10-11 a.m. Activities such as crafts, games, stories, puppets, hikes and more. Learn about plant-life, animals and their homes, weather, and more. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-432-6460.

Claws:

10 a.m.-8 p.m. Crabs and crustaceans. Included in admission. SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 866-229-1573. www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord/.

Teen Weight Loss Program:

1-8 p.m. Price varies per goals. www.facebook.com. Lean Teen Program, 3220 Prosperity Church Road, Suite 102, Charlotte. 704-614-6700. leanteenprogram.com.

Sept. 8

Social Painting: Open Studio Style:

6:30-8:30 p.m. No experience is required. A paint coach will be available to assist participants. $15. www.eventbrite.com/e/social-painting-open-studio-tickets-16064312792. The Last Word, 230 E. WT Harris Blvd., Charlotte. 704-966-9673. thelastwordcharlotte.com.

Sept. 9

5 Seconds of Summer:

7:30 p.m. Australian pop-punk band. $25-$69.50. www.5sos.com. PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd., Charlotte. 704-549-5555. www.ticketmaster.com/PNC-Music-Pavilion-Charlotte-tickets-Charlotte/venue/114764.

Weekday Wanderers: Morrow Mountain State Park:

9 a.m.-4 p.m. A moderate hike of 4 miles to 6 miles with stops to explore and take in the beauty of this treasure that is so close to home. $8. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-432-6460.

Sept. 10

Guided Tours:

1:15 and 3:15 p.m. Experience Charlotte’s past as a costumed docent takes you to 18th century Charlotte. Included in admission. Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte. 704-568-1774. www.charlottemuseum.org.

University City Women’s Group:

9:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Monthly meeting; details at ucwg.org. $19. UCWG at Sands Restaurant at Oasis Shrine Headquarters, 604 Doug Mayes Place, Charlotte.

Sept. 11

Teen Weight Loss Program:

1-7 p.m. Price varies per goals. www.facebook.com. Lean Teen Program, 3220 Prosperity Church Road, Suite 102, Charlotte. 704-614-6700. leanteenprogram.com.

Nature Game Night:

6-8 p.m. Fun, creative and educational games centered around nature. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-432-6460.

Reedy Creek Garden Stewards:

9-11 a.m. Become a steward of Reedy Creek’s Native Plant Garden. Learn about some of the plants in the garden and their uses and benefits as you weed, prune and plant the morning away. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-432-6460.

Sept. 12

Autumn Lamps:

2 p.m. Bring a clear jar and learn how to turn it into a leaf-covered lamp. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-432-6460.

BioDiversity Hike: Table Rock and Hawksbill Mountain:

8 a.m. Head to the summits above Lineville Gorge and explore Table Rock and Hawksbill Mountain. This is a strenuous hike $12. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-432-6460.

2nd Saturday Open Studios:

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Several art studios will be open with resident artists present to talk to and observe. Free. ClearWater Artist Studios, 223 Crowell Drive N.W., Concord. 704-784-9535. clearwaterartists.com.

Teen Weight Loss Program:

9 a.m.-noon. Price varies per goals. www.facebook.com. Lean Teen Program, 3220 Prosperity Church Road, Suite 102, Charlotte. 704-614-6700. leanteenprogram.com.

Goldmine Toastmasters Meeting:

8:30-10 a.m. Members have an opportunity to enhance speaking, communication and leadership skills. Free. www.goldminetoastmasters.com. Connect Christian Church, 3101 Davidson Highway, Concord. 704-788-6315. www.connectchristianchurch.org.

Bost Grist Mill Civil War Reenactment:

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Civil War re-enactors will recreate the Battle of Bost Grist Mill. $8-$12. Bost Grist Mill, 4701 N.C. 200, Concord. 704-782-1600.

Sept. 13

Claws:

11 a.m.-6 p.m. Crabs and crustaceans. Included in admission. SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 866-229-1573. www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord/.

Charlotte Kicks-It 2015:

3-7 p.m. Charlotte Kicks-It Kickball Tournament raises money for children’s cancer research at Levine Children’s Hospital. The MSC Industrial bullpen will have tailgating games, craft beers and more. The Kid’s Zone will again feature fun and games for kids. Donations accepted. CMC-Northeast Stadium, 2888 Moose Road, Kannapolis.

Nature Resin Bracelets:

2 p.m. Find natural things such as ferns and flowers to put into a resin bracelet. $5. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-432-6460.

Sept. 14

Nature Story Corner:

10-11 a.m. Stories may be accompanied by puppets and audience participation. After the story, participants will hike into the forest to do an activity. For ages 3 and older. Registration required. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-432-6460.

Claws:

10 a.m.-8 p.m. Crabs and crustaceans. Included in admission. SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 866-229-1573. www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord/.

Teen Weight Loss Program:

1-8 p.m. Price varies per goals. www.facebook.com. Lean Teen Program, 3220 Prosperity Church Road, Suite 102, Charlotte. 704-614-6700. leanteenprogram.com.

Sept. 15

Social Painting: Open Studio Style:

6:30-8:30 p.m. No experience is required. A paint coach will be available to assist participants. $15. www.eventbrite.com/e/social-painting-open-studio-tickets-16064312792. The Last Word, 230 E. WT Harris Blvd., Charlotte. 704-966-9673. thelastwordcharlotte.com.

Sept. 17

Guided Tours:

1:15 and 3:15 p.m. Experience Charlotte’s past as a costumed docent takes you to 18th century Charlotte. Included in admission. Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte. 704-568-1774. www.charlottemuseum.org.

Sept. 18

Cabarrus Powwow:

7-11 p.m. A traditional Native American powwow with music, singing and dancing. Native American-style arts and crafts will be on display and available for purchase, along with food and refreshments. Traders and vendors will be operating rain or shine. Free. www.cabarruspowwow.webs.com. Camp Cabarrus, 4827 Camp Cabarrus Drive, Kannapolis. campcabarrus.webs.com.

Teen Weight Loss Program:

1-7 p.m. Price varies per goals. www.facebook.com. Lean Teen Program, 3220 Prosperity Church Road, Suite 102, Charlotte. 704-614-6700. leanteenprogram.com.

Sept. 19

Teen Weight Loss Program:

9 a.m.-noon. Price varies per goals. www.facebook.com. Lean Teen Program, 3220 Prosperity Church Road, Suite 102, Charlotte. 704-614-6700. leanteenprogram.com.

Goldmine Toastmasters Meeting:

8:30-10 a.m. Members have an opportunity to enhance speaking, communication and leadership skills. Free. www.goldminetoastmasters.com. Connect Christian Church, 3101 Davidson Highway, Concord. 704-788-6315. www.connectchristianchurch.org.

Cabarrus Powwow:

10 a.m.-11 p.m. A traditional Native American powwow complete with music, singing and dancing. Native American-style arts and crafts will be on display and available for purchase, along with food and refreshments. Traders and vendors will be operating rain or shine. Free. www.cabarruspowwow.webs.com. Camp Cabarrus, 4827 Camp Cabarrus Drive, Kannapolis. campcabarrus.webs.com.

Woodland Story Walk:

1 p.m. The trails at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve are full of inspiration for aspiring storytellers. They will provide the pencil and journal then venture on a hike to collect ideas and props for imaginative stories. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-432-6460.

Sept. 20

Sierra Loop Trail Hike:

3:30 p.m. Join a naturalist on a hike to see what is in the depths of the preserve. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-432-6460.

Claws:

11 a.m.-6 p.m. Crabs and crustaceans. Included in admission. SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 866-229-1573. www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord/.

Sept. 21

Claws:

10 a.m.-8 p.m. Crabs and crustaceans. Included in admission. SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 866-229-1573. www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord/.

Teen Weight Loss Program:

1-8 p.m. Price varies per goals. www.facebook.com. Lean Teen Program, 3220 Prosperity Church Road, Suite 102, Charlotte. 704-614-6700. leanteenprogram.com.

Budding Adventures:

10-11 a.m. Crafts, games, stories, puppets, hikes and more. Learn about plant-life, animals and their homes, weather and more. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-432-6460.

Sept. 22

Social Painting: Open Studio Style:

6:30-8:30 p.m. No experience is required. A paint coach will be available to assist participants. $15. www.eventbrite.com/e/social-painting-open-studio-tickets-16064312792. The Last Word, 230 E. W.T. Harris Blvd., Charlotte. 704-966-9673. thelastwordcharlotte.com.

Sept. 23

2015 NCSHRM State Conference:

The 2015 State Conference of the North Carolina Society for Human Resource Management, Sept. 23-25. Four keynote speakers of national importance, 50 breakout sessions approved for continuing education, an exhibitor hall and events. $150-$450. Embassy Suites Charlotte, 5400 John Q. Hammons Drive N.W., Concord. 704-455-8200. www.embassysuitesconcord.com.

Sept. 24

Guided Tours:

1:15 and 3:15 p.m. Experience Charlotte’s past as a costumed docent takes you to 18th century Charlotte. Included in admission. Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte. 704-568-1774. www.charlottemuseum.org.

Charlotte Motor Speedway AutoFair:

8 a.m.-6 p.m. Features some 50 car club displays and more than 10,000 vendor spaces offering automotive parts and memorabilia. Kids can enjoy face-painting, bounce houses and entertainment in the Play Zone. $10; free for children 13 and younger. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S., Concord. 704-455-3200. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Forest Sculpture:

6-8 p.m. Use natural materials to create art that acts like a part of its surroundings, called Land Art. This can be fun alone or as a group, so bring friends and family. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-432-6460.

Sept. 25

Nature Scavenger Hunt:

4:30-6 p.m. Scavenger hunts are a great way to take in nature and see things that you may not have noticed before. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-432-6460.

Teen Weight Loss Program:

1-7 p.m. Price varies per goals. www.facebook.com. Lean Teen Program, 3220 Prosperity Church Road, Suite 102, Charlotte. 704-614-6700. leanteenprogram.com.

Sept. 26

Teen Weight Loss Program:

9 a.m.-noon. Price varies per goals. www.facebook.com. Lean Teen Program, 3220 Prosperity Church Road, Suite 102, Charlotte. 704-614-6700. leanteenprogram.com.

Goldmine Toastmasters Meeting:

8:30-10 a.m. Members have an opportunity to enhance speaking, communication and leadership skills. Free. www.goldminetoastmasters.com. Connect Christian Church, 3101 Davidson Highway, Concord. 704-788-6315. www.connectchristianchurch.org.

Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival:

Noon-4 p.m. Dancers, musicians, painters, authors, pottery makers, craft makers, poets, clowns, jugglers artists and more make for a fun street festival. Free. www.kannapolisarts.com. Downtown Kannapolis, West Ave., Kannapolis.

Sept. 27

Claws:

11 a.m.-6 p.m. Crabs and crustaceans. Included in admission. SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 866-229-1573. www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord/.

Bark Boats:

3-4 p.m. Come on out and build small boats out of sticks and bark. Then float the boats down the stream. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-432-6460.

Sept. 28

Nature Story Corner:

10-11 a.m. Stories may be accompanied by puppets and audience participation. After the story, participants will hike into the forest to do an activity. For ages 3 and older. Registration required. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-432-6460. .

Claws:

10 a.m.-8 p.m. Crabs and crustaceans. Included in admission. SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 866-229-1573. www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord/.

Teen Weight Loss Program:

1-8 p.m. Price varies per goals. www.facebook.com. Lean Teen Program, 3220 Prosperity Church Road, Suite 102, Charlotte. 704-614-6700. leanteenprogram.com.

Carolina Postal Forum:

8 a.m.-4 p.m. Whatever mail-related service you are looking for or whatever mailing production software/equipment you need for your mailing operation, you can find it on the CPF exhibit floor. $60 attendees; $650 vendor; $200 - $1,000 sponsorship opportunities. Embassy Suites Charlotte, 5400 John Q. Hammons Drive Northwest, Concord. 704-455-8200. www.embassysuitesconcord.com.

Sept. 29

Social Painting: Open Studio Style:

6:30-8:30 p.m. No experience is required. A paint coach will be available to assist participants. $15. www.eventbrite.com/e/social-painting-open-studio-tickets-16064312792. The Last Word, 230 E. W.T. Harris Blvd., Charlotte. 704-966-9673. thelastwordcharlotte.com.

Oct. 1

Guided Tours:

1:15 and 3:15 p.m. Experience Charlotte’s past as a costumed docent takes you to 18th century Charlotte. Included in admission. Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte. 704-568-1774. www.charlottemuseum.org.

Mended Hearts Support Group:

6-7:30 p.m. Mended Hearts’ Cabarrus chapter is dedicated to “Inspiring hope and improving the quality of life for heart patients and their families through ongoing peer-to-peer support.” Free. mendedhearts.org. CMC-NorthEast’s Health & Fitness Institute, 1090 NorthEast Gateway Court, Concord. 704-403-9250. www.carolinashealthcare.org/cmc-northeast.

Oct. 2

Teen Weight Loss Program:

1-7 p.m. Price varies per goals. www.facebook.com. Lean Teen Program, 3220 Prosperity Church Road, Suite 102, Charlotte. 704-614-6700. leanteenprogram.com.

Joe Martin ALS Foundation Golf Tournament and Dinner:

12:30-8 p.m. $175 per golfer. www.joemartinalsfoundation.org/index.php/2014-05-30-03-28-05/golf-tournament. Cabarrus Country Club, 3247 Weddington Road, Concord. 704-786-3104. www.cabarruscc.org.

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