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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 more. $8 in advance; $10 at the door; and younger than 21 free. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org. 6 -8 p.m. Aug. 4.
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Char-Broil Nights Pop-Up Shop:
This event provides foodies and grillers with an opportunity to get hands-on experience with Char-Broil grills and smokers. Featured at the event are the latest in innovation. Free. The Brawley Estate, 601 Williams St., Mooresville. 980-224-5916. brawleyestate.com. 6 -9 p.m. Aug. 4.
Dole Get Up and Grow! Together Healthy Living Tour & Challenge:
Team up to get healthy this summer with free recipe tastings, giveaways, a hands-on Kid’s Corner and other fruit and veggie fun. Visit the Healthy Living Challenge kiosk for the chance to win chef-led parties and other group prizes. Free. Food Lion, 1089 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 13.
Community Blood Drive:
Free ticket voucher for donors. Call 704-972-4700 or go to www.cbcc.us to make an appointment. Free. www.cbcc.us. Regal Cinemas Birkdale Stadium 16, 16950 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Huntersville. 704-895-7997. 3 p.m. Aug. 13.
Bring your summer cruiser to GoPro Motorplex’s Victory Lap Cruise-In, featuring food vendors, live music and raffle prizes. Attendees will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite vehicle in the People’s Choice Award with the top-3 winning trophies and prizes. Plus, $15 Rental Kart Races (discounted from $25) for anyone in attendance (16 and older) from 4-9 p.m. All cruisin’ vehicles have the option to enjoy a parade lap around GoPro Motorplex’s 0.7-mile, 11-turn race track at 9 p.m. The Cruise-Ins boast more than 250 vehicles per event. All makes and models of cars, trucks and motorcycles welcome; if you love it, bring it. Cash donations to benefit Mooresville Soup Kitchen accepted. GoPro Motorplex, 130 Motorplex Drive, Mooresville. 704-696-2926. www.gopromotorplex.com. 6-9 p.m. Aug. 16.
Teen Summer Stock Series: ‘The Outsiders’:
Christopher Sergel’s stage adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s novel deals with real people, seen through the eyes of young Ponyboy, a greaser on the wrong side of life, caught up in territorial battles between the have-it-made rich kids and his tough, underprivileged Greaser family and friends. The Teen Summer Stock Series is a two-week intensive production aimed at the advanced young adult performer. $8; $10 at door. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-7953. www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org. 2 p.m. Aug. 14.
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. 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. Aug. 3 and 10.
Hike for Healing:
Studies are showing that there are many healing benefits to walking in the woods. Join us to connect with nature. 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. 980-314-1119. 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 4.
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. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-2:30 p.m. Aug. 4 and 11.
Iredell Master Gardener Demonstration Garden:
The Iredell Extension Master Gardener Demonstration Garden will be open to the public on the first Saturday of each month through October. Visitors are welcome to tour the garden, see what’s being grown and ask questions of master gardeners. The Demonstration Garden features vegetable gardens, fruit trees, plants for shade and sun, a water feature and a children’s garden. The Demo Garden is located behind the NC Agricultural Center at 444 Bristol Drive, Statesville. Free. NC Agricultural Center, 444 Bristol Drive, Statesville. 9-11 a.m. Aug. 6.
Reedy Creek Adult Naturalist Club:
Are you curious about the natural world around you? Are you interested in what you are seeing in our local nature preserves or your backyard? Come to explore various Nature Preserves throughout the county as we take a closer look at our surroundings. Meet at West Branch Nature Preserve. Must call to register. Free. West Branch Nature Preserve, 18229 Shearer Road, Davidson. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 6.
Talon Summer Flight Shows:
Carolina Raptor Center’s high flying, gravity defying summer flight show features trainers putting 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. Tickets will be sold online up until two 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. There are only 80 seats per show, so make sure to reserve your tickets in advance. Adults $10, seniors $8, students $6, children 4 and younger free. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org. 1-1:30 p.m., 3-3:30 p.m. Aug. 6 and 13.
I Spy Anne Springs Close Greenway:
The Charlotte Chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation presents its next family friendly nature hike to a park and greenway system that’s larger than New York City’s Central Park. Free event but registration is required through our website. Free. www.crowncharlotte.org. Anne Springs Close Greenway, 1604 U.S. 21, Fort Mill. 803-548-7252. 10 a.m. Aug. 6.
During this 45-minute encounter, participants will get “nose to beak” with some of our bald and golden eagle residents and have an opportunity to take a photograph with one of these majestic creatures. Our raptor encounters are 3 p.m. Sunday through Labor Day Weekend. The Eagle Encounter costs $15 person for members and $20 person for others. Reservations are recommended. Limited to four participants. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org. 3-4 p.m. Aug. 7 and 14.
Observe our birds in flight while learning about them from their handlers. Adults $10, seniors $8, students $6, children 4 and younger free. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org. 3-3:30 p.m. Aug. 7 and 14.
Reedy Creek Olympians:
In honor of the Summer 2016 Olympics this year, Reedy Creek will be hosting its own games. What animals are the best of the best? Who can jump the highest, run the fastest, or hide the best? Come find out and test your own skills and reflexes against your friends. Must call to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-3 p.m. Aug. 7.
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. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 10.
Nature of Greenways: Mallard Creek Greenway:
This is a relaxed walk with stops along the way to discover the natural side of these active green spaces. Meet at Kirk Farm Fields Parking Lot. Must call to register. Free. Kirk Farm Fields, 210 E. Mallard Creek Church Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1001. charmeck.org. 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Aug. 11.
Reedy Creek Garden Stewards:
Join a naturalist and 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. 980-314-1119. 9-11 a.m. Aug. 12.
Do you ever wish that you could compost, but don’t want to mess with a pile outside? There’s a solution. It’s called a worm bin and you can make one for half the price of commercially sold kits. Healthy worm bins can be kept inside and don’t smell. Come to this info session to learn how to make your own. Must call to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 10-11 a.m. Aug. 13.
Native Plant Society meeting:
Join our local Native Plant Society as we explore the world of native plants and the natural world. Must call to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-4 p.m. Aug. 14.
Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga:
Paddleboard yoga will refine your technique by making you more in tune with your postures on an unstable platform. Some Stand Up Paddleboarding experience is necessary. $32; $28 residents. My Aloha Paddle and Surf, Inc., 17505 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. 704-412-2999. 5:15-6:30 p.m. Aug. 6.
National Kidney Foundation Golf Classic:
Tee off with the National Kidney Foundation of Florida as they hold the annual NKF Golf Classic. The tournament is one in a series of over 30 amateur golf tournaments across the country. The NKF Golf Classic is the only charity golf tournament that invites the top five local finishing teams to compete at the Pebble Beach Resorts. Proceeds from this event will benefit the National Kidney Foundation of Florida’s awareness, prevention and direct assistance programs. To register email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.nkfmiamigolf.org. NKFGolfClassic.org. The Peninsula Club, 19101 Peninsula Club Drive, Cornelius. 704-896-7080. Aug. 15.
Games Night Potluck:
Bring your favorite dinner item to share and join us for food and games. Feel free to bring your favorite game to play. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 5:30 -8 p.m. Aug. 4.
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. Open Tai Chi classes meet at South Iredell Senior Center every Monday from 11 a.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. Aug. 8 and 15.
Dementia/Caregivers Support Group:
The group meets 2 p.m. on the second Wednesday and is designed for caregivers of individuals with dementia. Daycare can be provided with advanced request and arrangements only. These support groups are open to the community. This group is supported by the Western Carolina chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 2 p.m. Aug. 10.
Cruise Ship vs. Nursing Home: How to Get Your Health Back:
Join Shay Jones with Race City Family Chiropractic to learn how to regain your health and achieve a better quality of life. Following the program, seniors will have the opportunity to participate in a free spinal alignment screening. $1. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Aug. 12.
Single Seniors Lunch Outing:
Following the meeting, the group will enjoy a lunch outing at Showmar’s. The Single Seniors focus is on making new friends, going places together and having an all-around good time. Regular group meetings are held at the South Iredell Senior Center at noon on the third Monday of every month. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 12 -2 p.m. Aug. 15.