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Everyone is invited to the festivities whether you dance or not. Please bring your favorite covered dish to share with serving containers and utensils. The dance is open to all senior adults age 60-plus and their spouse or caregiver. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 19.
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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 Mondays at 11 a.m.-noon for advanced students and from 12:15-1:15 p.m. for beginners. $6. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. Aug. 22.
Book Discussion Club:
Join a group of book lovers for a monthly book discussion 1 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month. For the month of August the book of choice is any book by Philip R. Craig. The group will be led by Sandy Vroom. 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. 1-2 p.m. Aug. 23.
Picnic Bingo Party:
Enjoy treats while playing bingo for the chance to win prizes. No registration is required. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 23.
Classes and meetings
Grief Support Group:
A support group for those coping with loss. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 10 a.m. Aug. 17.
Cancer Support Group:
The Cancer Share and Care group meets in room B204 at . Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 575 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. Free. 11 a.m. Aug. 18.
Family Hike & Stream Stomp:
Investigate Bugg Creek for salamanders, crayfish and more in this catch-and-release adventure. Learn about erosion and other environmental issues affecting aquatic wildlife. Canceled in case of severe weather. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 9:30-11 a.m. Aug. 17.
Weekday Wanderers: Stephen’s Creek Nature Preserve:
Visit one of Mecklenburg County’s wonderful Nature Preserves. Stephen’s Creek is a 352-acre treasure located in the upper Mountain Island Lake Watershed. - Must be able to hike 4 to 5 miles on uneven terrain. Must call to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 17.
Hike for Healing in the energy of a full moon:
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 during a full moon. 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. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 18.
Talon Summer Flight Shows:
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 2 hours before the show and in the Visitor Center up until 10 minutes before the show begins. Gates to the 80-seat amphitheater open 30 minutes before show time. 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. 20.
World Honey Bee Day:
Beekeepers at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market will be passing out free honey recipes. They will also be answering any questions that you have about honey bees and how vital they are to our food system. Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte. 704-357-1269. www.ncagr.gov. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 20.
Did you know that a snake uses its tongue for both taste and smell? Butterflies have taste receptors in their feet, while a bloodhound’s nose has 40 times more scent receptors than a human nose. Test your own senses and discover some amazing animal abilities during Charlotte Nature Museum’s August Creature Feature - Sensational Senses. Included in admission. Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte. 704-372-6261. www.charlottenaturemuseum.org. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 20.
The Duke Mansion Home and Garden Tour:
Enjoy a free self-guided tour of this historic landmark home, including the exquisite overnight rooms and more than 4 acres of gardens. Sunday evening will feature a “Twilight Tour” with a cash bar, music and small bites from The Mansion’s chef. Free valet parking on site. All tours are free but require an RSVP. Sign up for your time, from noon to evening, at https://tourofdukemansion.eventbrite.com or call 704-714-4453. Learn about the history of The Mansion and experience its setting in one of Charlotte’s most historic neighborhoods. Free, RSVP required. The Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road, Charlotte. 704-714-4400. www.dukemansion.com. 12 p.m. Aug. 21.
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. every Sunday through Labor Day Weekend. The Eagle Encounter costs $15/each for members and $20/each 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. 21.
Observe birds in flight while learning about them from their handlers. At 3 p.m., attend the Live Bird Presentation to see some of our resident birds up close and personal 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. 21.
Ever wonder how water works? Discover the journey of a water droplet by becoming one yourself through a game that puts the water cycle into perspective. Then test water quality at various spots within the nature preserve and end with a stream search for animals that call these water environments home. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-3 p.m. Aug. 21.
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- to 1.5-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. Aug. 21.