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Movies in the Park:
Join us to watch “Secret Life of Pets.” Drinks, candy and popcorn will be available for purchase. Please remember all dogs must be on a leash and must be up to date with current vaccines. Any aggressive dogs will be asked to leave the premisses for the safety of others. Movie will begin about 8:15 p.m. Free. North Mecklenberg Park, 16131 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. 704-766-2220. 7:30-10 p.m. Aug. 24.
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Carmen Tate performs solo acoustic. Eddie’s on Lake Norman, 643 Williamson Road, Mooresville.6-9 p.m. Aug. 24.
Friday After Five Summer Concert Series:
This a free concert in front of Mitchell Community College. 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. Aug. 25.
Karaoke Dance Party:
Drink specials and singer giveaways. Free. In The Wind Bar & Grill, 15800 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. 8-11:55 p.m. Aug. 25.
Movie Under the Stars & Back 2 School Bash:
Join the Cornelius PARC Department for a Movie Under the Stars & Back 2 School Bash with Springfree Trampoline, corn hole and other games, and the Caped Crusader himself. The “LEGO Batman Movie” will be shown at dusk about 8:15 pm. Kids are encouraged to dress up in their favorite super hero costume or T-shirt. Concessions will be available for purchase, including hot dogs, popcorn, ice cream and more. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the show. Robbins Park, 17738 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. 704-892-6031. www.cornelius.org. 6:30-10 p.m. Aug. 26.
Volunteers needed at Wings of Eagles Ranch:
Wings of Eagles Ranch Fall Session starts the week of Sept. 11. Volunteers are needed to be side walkers and horse leaders for our therapeutic horseback riding program for kids and adults with special needs. Mandatory training for new volunteers is 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 26. No experience necessary, age 14 and older. Minimum of 1-plus hours a week at a consistent weekly time. Wings of Eagles Ranch, 4800 Faith Trails, Concord. 704-784-3147. www.wingsofeaglesranch.org. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Aug. 26.
Open Mic Tuesdays:
Hosted by Jarrid and Allen of Pursey KernsCome out and play or just listen to Lake Norman’s local artists and enjoy local and craft beers. No cover. Guitar, Bass and Cajon available. The Kilted Buffalo, 8625 Townley Road, Huntersville. 9-12:30 a.m. Aug. 29.
Zumba for Seniors:
The class will meet 11 a.m. Tuesdays for six weeks starting Aug. 29. $30 payment is due by Aug. 28. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Aug. 29.
Talks & Meetings
Cataract Awareness Month:
Join Dr. Craig Self with Charlotte, Eyes, Ears, Nose & Throat Associates for refreshments and an education program on cataracts. Come learn the sign, symptoms and available procedures for cataracts. Please RSVP ahead of time if you plan to attend. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Aug. 24.
Rodney Sadler: Sustaining the Momentum for Political Change:
Rodney Sadler will be speaking about sustaining momentum for political change. Sadler, best known as chair of the NC NAACP Healthcare Committee and a leader in the Moral Monday movement, is an associate professor of Bible at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte. His presentation will explore questions and dissolve barriers that can stifle movement toward positive change in legislation affecting the quality of life for all Americans. The event is being sponsored by Indivisible Lake Norman. Free. Gethsemane Baptist Church of Lake Norman, 565 Jetton St., Davidson. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 29.
This free educational program brought to you by South Iredell Senior Center in partnership with Vaya Health’s Geriatric & Adult Mental Health Specialty Team. Please RSVP to attend by Aug. 25. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Aug. 29.
The Nature of Greenways: Toby Creek Greenway:
A relaxed walk with stops along the way to discover the natural side of these active green spaces. We will meet in the Lowe’s Parking Lot; 1100 Chancellor Park Drive, Charlotte 28213. Park in the Southeast corner, look for the Park and Rec van. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 9-10:30 a.m. Aug. 23.
Cocktails & Gardens at The Duke Mansion:
Cash bar and more than four acres of spectacular gardens and grounds to stroll. Or try out a rocking chair in the shade on our grand front porch. Whether you like the outdoors or indoors, our bar staff is waiting to serve you a summertime sip to help you beat the heat. No reservations required. Just bring your friends and have a great time. Free admission. The Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road, Charlotte. 704-714-4400. www.dukemansion.com. 5-8:30 p.m. Aug. 23, 24, 28, 29.
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. Aug. 24.
Huntersville Growers’ Market:
Shop local and shop fresh with our vendors and enjoy the weekly themes/activities for free. Huntersville Elementary School, 200 Gilead Road, Huntersville. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Aug. 26.
There is nothing more fun than playing by a stream. We will build boats from sticks, leaves and bark and then set them afloat on the stream. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 2-3 p.m. Aug. 26.
Hot Pepper Day:
Come get your fill of all things hot and spicy at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market. Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte. 704-357-1269. www.ncagr.gov. Aug. 26.
Forest for the Trees:
How old is that tree? What kind of tree is that? Why are trees important? Discover the answers to these questions and more as you join a Reedy Creek Environmental Educator on a hike to explore one of North Carolina’s most valuable natural resources. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Aug. 27.
Nature Story Corner:
Settle in and get comfortable as we read a variety of nature based stories. Stories may be accompanied by puppets and audience participation as we learn about the wonders of nature. After the story we will hike into the forest to do an activity based on the story. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Aug. 28.