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Hot dog lunch:
Bethel Presbyterian Church Fellowship Committee invites the community to a weekly hot dog lunch. There is no cost to attend, but donations will be accepted. Bethel Presbyterian Church, 19920 Bethel Church Road, Cornelius. 704-896-3103. www.bethel-pc.org. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 22.
Friday After Five Summer Concert Series:
Beer, wine, soft drinks and food are available for purchase. There is no cost to attend and the public is welcome. Bring your chairs and enjoy a night of music. No pets or coolers are allowed. Free. Downtown Statesville, 100 W. Broad St., Statesville. 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 23.
Karaoke Dance Party:
Join us for a rocking good time Friday night, from 8 pm until midnight. Drink specials and singer giveaways. Free admission. In The Wind Bar & Grill, 15800 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. 8-11:55 p.m. June 23.
Symphony in the Park:
Bring your picnic baskets, blankets and chairs to Celebrate America with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Rockie Lynne will be the opening act. Enjoy children’s activities, concessions and more. Beer and wine proceeds will benefit Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists. Coolers and picnic baskets are welcome, but no glass containers, pets, smoking nor open flames allowed. Fireworks follow the symphony. Free event; Concessions available for purchase. Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road, Cornelius. 704-892-6031. 6-9 p.m. June 24.
Open Mic Tuesdays:
Hosted by Jarrid and Allen of Pursey Kerns. Come out and play or just listen to Lake Norman’s local artists and enjoy a wide variety of local and craft beers The Kilted Buffalo, 8625 Townley Road, Huntersville. Free addmission. 9-12:30 a.m. June 27.
Book Discussion Group:
Join a group of book lovers for a monthly book discussion on the fourth Tuesday of each month. For the month of June the book of choice is any book by Author Lee Smith. The group will be led by Carol Phillips. All book lovers are welcome to join in the discussion. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 1:30-3 p.m. June 27.
Davidson Community Players presents the story of Little Orphan Annie, Oliver Warbucks and a lovable mutt named Sandy. Advanced tickets start at $25 for adults, $23 for seniors and $15 for students. Tickets can be purchased at DavidsonCommunityPlayers.org or by calling the box office at 704-892-7953. Davidson College, Duke Family Performance Hall, 207 Faculty Drive, Davidson. 8 p.m. June 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and July 1; 2 p.m. June 25 and July 2.
Sharpe House Murder Mystery:
“Death Ahoy” presented. Cost is $90 per person for the dinner and show. Please make your choice of entree when calling Keith for reservations 704-682-7508. Reservations must be made by 5 p.m. June 21.This event will be a fundraiser for The Silas Alexander Sharpe Foundation. Historic Sharpe House, 402 S. Center St., Statesville. 704-871-2085. www.thesharpehouse.org/contact-us.html. 6-10 p.m. June 23.
Join us in honoring the Summer Solstice on Wednesday, June 21 with a flow of 108 Sun Salutations. Class will be lead by Leanna Muroski, Dina Gambella and Jessi Sauls. Afterward, enjoy Fresh Med food truck and live music by local artists, Analog Crash. This special edition class will take place on the Stewart Creek Greenway - rain or shine. Class costs $5. Please bring your own mat. Blue Blaze Brewing, 528 South Turner Ave., Charlotte. 6:30-7:30 p.m. June 21.
The Art of Making Rope:
The art of making rope or cordage is a primitive skill that is valuable as rope can be used in many ways. Learn what plants are good for rope making and learn how to make cordage. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 2-3 p.m. June 21.
Hike for Healing:
Studies are showing that there are many healing benefits to walking in the woods. Join us to connect with nature and perhaps heal some of your life stressors in this relaxed hike. We will start our hike with an inspirational nature quote and then hit the trails. There will be stops along the way for connecting moments. Must be able to walk up to 2.5 miles on uneven terrain. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 6-7 p.m. June 22.
Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte. 704-357-1269. www.ncagr.gov. June 24.
The Hiker’s Challenge:
Do you consider yourself an outdoor enthusiast? Put your skills to the test and go head to head with the best Trailheads in Charlotte. The Hiker’s Challenge is a 4 stage, single-elimination challenge open to all ages and skill sets. Participants will have to quickly and accurately complete a series of tasks before their competitors in order to move to the next round. More of a spectator than competitor? Sip on a pint of Blue Blaze beer, enjoy a plate from Killer Q BBQ, and dance all evening long to River Ratz bluegrass. Day of registration and pre-registration sign-in: 12:30- 1:30 pm.Competition starts at 2 pm. Challenge 1) Lace a boot. Sounds easy right? Try racing against both the clock and other competitors. Challenge 2) Fly fishing. The target isn’t as easy to hit as it appears. Challenge 3) MacGyver a fire. We’ll supply you with tools, it’s up to you how you use them. Challenge 4) Chug a Popular Tent then pitch one. Timing is everything. Prizes. $15 to compete, free to watch. Blue Blaze Brewing, 528 South Turner Ave., Charlotte. 2-6 p.m. June 24.
Huntersville Growers’ Market:
Join the Huntersville Growers’ Market at Huntersville Elementary School on Saturday’s from May until September. Local produce, baked goods, and the Downtown Market Event Series, makes the market a great Saturday morning destination for the entire family. Shop local and shop fresh with our vendors and enjoy the weekly themes/activities. Free. Huntersville Elementary School, 200 Gilead Road, Huntersville. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. June 24.
Talons Summer Flight Show: Flights of the Forest:
Carolina Raptor Center’s high flying, gravity defying summer flight show features CRC’s trainers putting our native and exotic birds through their paces in free flight. Please arrive a half an hour early so that you won’t miss the show. Sign up online until 2 hours before the show and in the Visitor Center up until 10 minutes before the show begins. Gates to amphitheater open 30 minutes before show time. Free with paid admission to the Raptor Trail. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org. 1-1:30 p.m., 3-3:30 p.m. June 24. 1:30-2 p.m. June 25.
Turtle Talk (and Walk.):
Summer offers the perfect weather for our cold-blooded turtle friends to thrive. Meet three different types of turtles and get to know them, learn how to treat turtles when you encounter one in the wild and hike to Slider Pond for some turtle watching. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 1:30-2:30 p.m. June 25.
Jands-on activities such as crafts, games, stories, puppets, hikes and more, we will learn about animals and plants that surround us in the preserve. Come and explore with us. Parent participation is encouraged. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 10-11 a.m. June 26.
Cocktails & Gardens Happy Hour at The Duke Mansion:
Enjoy a cash bar and more than four acres of spectacular gardens and grounds to stroll. No reservations required. Just bring your friends and have a great time. Free. The Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road, Charlotte. 704-714-4400. www.dukemansion.com. 5-8 p.m. June 26 and 27.