South Charlotte

Happening nearby in south Charlotte: June 14-20, 2017

Find out how to attract hummingbirds and butterflies for the home garden on June 14 at Pike Nurseries in Matthews.
Find out how to attract hummingbirds and butterflies for the home garden on June 14 at Pike Nurseries in Matthews. Charlotte Observer file photo

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Special Event

“Life Reimagined” at the Levine Senior Center:

AARP’s Life Reimagined “Check Up Sessions” help you look at your life in new and creative ways that inspire personal growth. Join us to see how we can help. Call 704-846-4654 to register for this free event. Free. Levine Senior Center, 1050 Devore Lane, Matthews. 704-846-4654. 10-11:30 a.m. June 15.

Learn to Square Dance at Baker’s Place:

Join us on Thursday nights and learn the calls of mainstream square dancing. Gene Baker caller; $5. Baker’s Place, 2843 Williams Road, Matthews. 704-576-0318. 7-9 p.m. June 15.

June Girl’s Night Out — Painting with Tissue Paper:

Feel like a kid again as we cut, tear and Mod Podge tissue paper into works of art on canvas. $40. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. 7-8:30 p.m. June 16.

Pottery 51 - local handmade NC pottery:

Open Saturdays 10-4. Handmade ceramic pottery by more than 20 member artists. Wheel thrown and hand built pieces for sale. Classes and workshops offered. Pottery 51, 7714 Matthews, Mint Hill. 704-995-0909. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 17.

Free Mock SAT and ACT:

See which test is best for you, and practice to achieve your highest score. Register for your free test and score report at Free. Mindspire Test Prep & Tutoring, 4525 Hedgemore Drive, Charlotte. 8:50 a.m.-12:15 p.m. June 17.


FC Barcelona Soccer Camp in Charlotte:

The Official FC Barcelona Soccer Camp in Charlotte offers the same methodology, style, and values of the world’s most renowned soccer club. Coaches from the FCBEscola will provide the same drills and training sessions that produced players such as Messi, Iniesta, and Xavi. Open to all boys and girls 7-16 years old. Official FCB Nike training kit provided with registration. Matthews Sportsplex, 1505 Tank Town Road, Matthews. 704-336-3854. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 14.

Talks & meetings

Fueling The Cancer Moonshot Patient Advocacy:

Cancer patients and family members are invited to learn more about the advocacy in cancer treatments involving legislation. 0.00. Oncology Specialists of Charlotte, 2711 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-342-1900. 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. June 14.

June Lupus Foundation Support Groups - Central Charlotte:

This group meets the second Wednesday of each monthThere is no charge to attend the meetings, and drop-ins are welcome. Contact the LFANC at or at 877-849-8271, ext. 1. For more information, visit Myers Park Presbyterian Church Outreach Center, 1073 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-927-1284. 1-2:30 p.m. June 14.

Alzheimer’s Support Group:

When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, it takes a toll on so many people close to them. Join others that have been effected by Alzheimer’s and other Dementia’s in a support group where stories are shared, questions are answered and new friendships are made. Free. Elmcroft Senior Living, 7745 Little Ave., Charlotte. 704-541-9333. 6 p.m. June 15.


GriefShare meeting seeks to provide support to individuals experiencing grief and loss. Let us hep you move from mourning to joy. $15 for participant guide. Wesley United Methodist Church, 3715 Rea Road, Charlotte. 6:30-8 p.m. June 19.


‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’:

The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. $19 adults; $13 students and seniors. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St. East, Matthews. 704-846-8343. 8-10 p.m. June 16. 2-4 p.m. June 18.


Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies:

Find out how to attract hummingbirds and butterflies for the home garden. The experts at the garden center will help guests navigate ways to make their landscape a habitat for these popular pollinators. Free. Pike Nurseries, 1016 Devore Lane, Matthews. 6:30 p.m. June 14. 9 a.m. June 17.

Primitive Skills: Fire Building:

Fire building is an art form, for any primitive skills expert. Because you are not in a “survival” situation there is no immediate need for a fire. It is rather a skill garnished by ones knowledge of trees and surroundings and a test of patience. Here we will go over the different tools for making a friction fire, demonstrate the different techniques and then you will get your chance at trying it out. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 2-3 p.m. June 14.

The Nature of Greenways: Campbell Creek Greenway:

Join us for another monthly exploration of one of our many wonderful Greenways. This is a relaxed walk with stops along the way to discover the natural side of these active green spaces. Parking will be off Margaret Wallace Road. 2116 Margaret Wallace Road Charlotte 28105 (gravel lot across from Fire Station) Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Campbell Creek Greenway, 2116 Margaret Wallace Road, Charlotte. 9-10:30 a.m. June 16.

Talons Summer Flight Show: Flights of the Forest:

Interact with birds as you never have before. Owls, vultures, hawks and falcons are the stars in this show.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 amphitheatre open 30 minutes before show time. Free with paid admission to the Raptor Trail. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. 1-1:30 p.m., 3-3:30 p.m. June 17. 1:30-2 p.m. June 18.

Huntersville Growers’ Market:

Shop local and shop fresh with our vendors & enjoy the weekly themes/activities. Huntersville Elementary School, 200 Gilead Road, Huntersville. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. June 17.

Family Fun Day:

Enjoy adventures such as canoeing, fishing, games, hiking and more led by our experienced staff. Lunch will be provided. Registration required for all participants. $15. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 17.

Reedy Creek Adult Naturalist Club at South Fork Trail:

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? Have you ever taken an hour just to walk a mile because you are stopping to look at/identify what you see? If so this is the group for you. We will come together to explore various Nature Preserves throughout the county and beyond as we take a closer look at our surroundings. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. 16- and 17-year-olds must be accompanied by adults or be OK’d by instructor Free. South Fork Trail, 119 Willow Drive, McAdenville. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. June 17.

Summer Science Series:

Join us as we take to the trails or the lab and perform some really awesome hands on science experiments. This month’s topic? The sun. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 17.

Eat Your Vegetables Day:

Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte. 704-357-1269. June 17.

Geocache Adventure:

Learn the basics of Geocaching and discover the hidden treasures that await you at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 1:30-3 p.m. June 18.

Wildlife Discovery: Birds of Prey:

What is the difference between an eagle and a hawk? How do owls see so well at night? What is the world’s fastest animal? These questions and many more will be answered through an interactive program about the many different birds of prey in the Central Piedmont region. Registration required for all participants. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 3-4 p.m. June 18.

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. June 19.

Volunteer Work Day:

Help the Carolina Waterflowl Rescue spruce up the rescue and meet your favorite animals.Registration is open for our monthly work day, Free lunch for all volunteers (vegetarian options available). Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, 5403 Poplin Road, Indian Trail. 704-668-9486. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 20.