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Teen Summer Stock Series - ‘Legally Blonde’:
An award-winning musical based on the “Legally Blonde” movie follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. The show takes the audience from the sorority house to the halls of justice. $10; $12 at door. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-7953. www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org. 7 p.m. July 13. 2 p.m. July 14.
Variety of vendors offer fresh produce, honey, jams and jellies, meats, desserts, more. Children’s activity booth and free lemonade. 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays. Broad Street United Methodist, 355 S. Broad St., Mooresville. 704-663-2161.
Cocktails & Gardens:
Come celebrate summer at The Duke Mansion. On Monday through Thursday evenings in July, enjoy a cash bar and more than four acres of spectacular gardens and grounds to stroll. No reservations required. Just bring your friends and enjoy. Free. The Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road, Charlotte. 704-714-4400. www.dukemansion.com. 5-8 p.m. July 13, 14, 19 and 20.
Carolina Raptor Center - Eats, Beaks and Brews!:
Join us at Carolina Raptor center for a night out with food trucks, live music, beer and wine tasting, and much more! $8 Advanced | $10 At door | Under 21 free. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org. 6-8 p.m. July 14.
Talks, readings & meetings
Lake Norman Town Managers Present Town Budgets:
The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will welcome Town Managers Anthony Roberts of Cornelius, Jamie Justice of Davidson and Greg Ferguson of Huntersville at its July Focus Friday @ Chamber event. The three Town Managers will present their approved town budgets and discuss upcoming capital improvements. Free. Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. 704-892-1922. www.lakenormanchamber.org. 8:30-10 a.m. July 15.
Robert Beatty: ‘Serafina and the Twisted Staff’:
Join New York Times bestselling author Robert Beatty to celebrate the release of his new book, “Serafina and the Twisted Staff,” the highly anticipated sequel to last year’s runaway hit set at Biltmore Estate. Published by Disney Hyperion, this exciting mystery-thriller for young readers (8+) and adults follows the story of an unusual cat-like girl who lives at Biltmore Estate amidst the opulence of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This special event includes a presentation by the author, Q&A, free food & drink, a book signing, lots of Serafina giveaways, and the opportunity to meet the author and fans of Disney Hyperion’s newest book series. Free. Barnes & Noble - Birkdale Village, 8725 Townley Road, Huntersville. 704-895-8855. www.barnesandnoble.com. 6-9 p.m. July 20.
Democrats of North Mecklenburg:
RSVP by replying to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please bring a friend and learn more about the Democrats in North Mecklenburg County. Free. Spotlight Branding, 15905 Brookway Drive, Huntersville. 305-433-4600. 7-8 p.m. July 19.
Reedy Creek is hosting a Bluegrass Pick-Up Jam. If you play an instrument, bring it along and join in. Or you can just bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the music. It will be held at the theater in the Natural Play Area. Free. charmeck.org. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-3 p.m. July 16.
Lake Wylie Evening Kayak Tour:
Paddle the edges of McDowell Nature Preserve and get a chance to see the sun set over Lake Wylie with one of our kayak guides. Registration is required. Paddle, PFD and kayak provided. Please bring a towel, extra clothes, water bottle, sunscreen, hat and a snack. Must be able to paddle for an extended period of time. $15. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 13.
Live Animal Feeding:
Join others for this brief program as Reedy Creek’s staff members feed a few of the animals. Whether a snake, turtle, toad or lizard it will surely be a cool experience. Staff will be on-hand to answers your questions as well. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-2:30 p.m. July 14.
Evening Kayak at Mountain Island Lake:
Join a naturalist for a relaxing paddle on Mountain Island Lake, taking in the natural beauty while discovering the importance of this habitat to wildlife and human life. Meet at Latta Plantation Nature Center. Time on water is about 1 1/2 hours. $15 single; $20 tandem. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. July 14.
Habitat Steward Training:
Habitat Steward Training is a National Wildlife Federation program. This 24-hour class, hosted by HAWK (Habitat and Wildlife Keepers) teaches how/where to create certified wildlife habitats, the benefits of native plants and dangers of invasives, local flora and fauna, native wildlife, The Butterfly Highway program and much more. $55. Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-321-7275. July 16.
Third Sunday Scavenger Hunt:
Join staff from the McDowell Nature Center on the third Sunday each month as we discover the preserve with a scavenger hunt. This month, we will learn about the various types of plants at the preserve through leaf identification. Participants will complete this self-guided scavenger hunt and win prizes upon completion. This program will include a 1 1/2 -mile, self-guided hike over uneven terrain. Registration is required. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear good hiking shoes. Bring bottled water. Free. www.parkandrec.com. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. . 3-4 p.m. July 17.
Grab a net and stroll the stream in search of all life (big and small) that calls the stream home. Animals of all varieties inhabit the streams at Reedy. Come prepared; bring shoes that can get wet. Old sneakers or close-toed sandals work best. And Reedy will provide the nets. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-3:15 p.m. July 17.
Weekday Wanderers: Boone Cave Park:
This month we will visit Boone Cave Park in Davidson County. This park sits on the banks of the Yadkin River where we will dip our feet in after a hike in the woods. Must be able to hike 4 to 5 miles on uneven terrain. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Meet at Reedy Creek Nature Center and take van to location. $6. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 20.
WAM Walking Club:
Join a fun walking club called WAM - Walk a Mile for great socialization and improved health. Walking locations vary so you’ll never get bored. May’s schedule for every Wednesday is as follows: Week 1 - Town walk, meeting at South Iredell Senior Center, Week 2 - Liberty Park, Week 3 - Main Street, Week 4 Billingham Park. Be sure to wear good walking shoes and bring water and a snack. A walking stick is suggested but not required. There is a restroom available on each walking route. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. July 13. and 20.
Join Lake Norman Oncologist Dr. Christina Dodge, NP-C for a program on post-cancer treatment. Learn about survivorship-specific care plants and improvement of health and quality of life. A light lunch is included. The program is being sponsored by LNRM. Please note: there is no phone registration for this event. $1. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 1-2 p.m. July 15.
Independence Day Dance:
Enjoy an evening of food, fun and fellowship, whether you dance or not. Please bring a dish to share, along with serving containers and utensils. Spouses and caregivers welcome. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 5:30-8 p.m. July 15.
After Cancer Treatment. Lunch and Learn. Survivorship Specific Care plans. Improvement of health and quality of life. RSVP with $1 to South Iredell Senior Center by July 11th. $1. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 1 p.m. July 15.
The Single Seniors will meet and go out for lunch. The Single Seniors focus on making new friends, going places together and having an all-around good time. Don’t miss the great outings and fun activities. Regular group meetings are held at the South Iredell Senior Center the 3rd Monday of every month at noon. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 12-1 p.m. July 18.
Need to Improve Your Balance?:
Tai chi is designed to improve balance, increase range of motion, circulation and leg strength, as well as decrease arthritic pain. Recommended by the Arthritis Foundation, tai chi is good for the body, mind and spirit. It’s known to have helped some individuals to improve high blood pressure, muscle tone, circulation, flexibility, aching backs and joints. It has even helped some to lose weight. Classes are instructed by Mike Gentile, a certified physical trainer, AF instructor, and reiki master. Open tai chi classes meet at South Iredell Senior Center every Monday from 11a.m.-noon for advanced students and from 12:15-1:15 pm for beginners. $6. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 11 a.m., 12:15 p.m. July 18.