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Wingate University Ballantyne Free Community Event:
Open house with free food, door prizes, giveaways, activities, drawing, and putting contest on the greens. Free. Wingate University, Ballantyne Campus, 13024 Ballantyne Corporate Place, Charlotte. www.wingate.edu. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 21.
Ballantyne Rocks Music Series:
Stella Rising performing. Ballantyne Village, 14825 Ballantyne Village Way, Charlotte. 28277. www.BallantyneVillage.com. 6-9 p.m. June 21.
Neely & Chloe:
Burch sisters Neely & Chloe will be making the latest stop on their Airstream tour showing their Summer collection of high-end, minimal handbags, wallets and accessories. SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Rd, Charlotte. 704-364-4411. www.southpark.com. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. June 22.
Learn to Square Dance at Baker’s Place:
Looking for something to do? Come have fun, meet new people, make new friends, and learn to square dance - even with two left feet. Exercise your mind and body. Join us on Thursday nights and learn the calls of mainstream square dancing. Gene Baker caller, email at email@example.com $5. Baker’s Place, 2843 Williams Road, Matthews. 704-576-0318. 7-9 p.m. June 22.
Simple steps 1: Is Starting a Business Right for You?:
This introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. Start-up Basics provides you with an overview of the skills and tools you need when deciding to start a business. In this session, you learn about: the advantages and disadvantages of owning a business, the most profitable form for your business, and the fundamentals of formation, organization, marketing, cash flow and funding sources. Workshop sponsored by SCORE, nonprofit that provides free face-to-face mentoring for small business. No Fee. SBA - Small Business Administration, 6302 Fairview Road, Charlotte. 1-3 p.m. June 22.
Led by chef Bill Dietz, participants will learn the ins and outs of tempering chocolate through this hands-on class. Registration is required either in person at The Secret Chocolatier or online at https://squareup.com/market/the-secret-chocolatier. For information, visit www.thesecretchocolatier.com. $60 per person. The Secret Chocolatier, 2935 Providence Road, Charlotte. 2-4 p.m. June 24.
Pottery 51 - local handmade NC pottery:
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 24.
Job Seeking: Networking Strategies:
What is networking? How do I introduce myself? How do I start a conversation? Learn all of this and how to make attending networking events effective. Whether you are in the job search or exploring career options, you will learn some easy, nonthreatening ways to connect with others and meet your goals. Presented by Reginald Johnson. Registration required. Free. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library — South County Regional, 5801 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-416-6600. www.cmlibrary.org. 6-7 p.m. June 26.
Whole Art at Whole Foods with Modern Craft Collective:
Each week you’ll dive into a different medium like watercolor botanical illustrations, shibori dyed aprons, fabric printed market bags and more. Advance tickets are required; sign up for one week at a time or the entire summer series. Workshops are all-levels and perfect activities to get your feet wet in a new creative skill. See schedule and reserve tickets on www.moderncraftcollective.com. $45-plus. Whole Foods Market - Waverly, 7221 Waverly Walk Ave., Charlotte. 1:30-3 p.m. June 27.
Blake Boehringer - Accelerate Basketball:
Myers Park High School, 2400 Colony Road, Charlotte. 704-343-5800. pages.cms.k12.nc.us/mphs/. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. June 26.
‘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. E., Matthews. 704-846-8343. 8-10 p.m. June 23. 2-4 p.m. June 25.
Talks & Meetings
Travel information session:
Macon Dunnagan, the Tanzanian Honorary Tourism Ambassador, is holding a “Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro or go on a Tanzania Serengeti Safari” information session. Free. Jesse Brown’s Outdoors, 4732 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-556-0020. jessebrowns.com. 6:30-8 p.m. June 22.
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 26.
Wine & Wills:
Attorney Michael Pascale will be speaking. Attendees enjoy a complimentary sampling of four different wines. Seating is limited. Visit www.wineandwills.com for more info. Free. www.wineandwills.com. Total Wine & More, 1600 E. Woodlawn Road, Charlotte. 704-295-9292. totalwine.com/store-info/north-carolina-charlotte-myers-park/605. 6-7:30 p.m. June 27.
Join us in honoring the Summer Solstice on Wednesday, June 21 with a flow of 108 Sun Salutations. Class will be lead by Leanna Muroski, Dina Gambella and Jessi Sauls. Afterward, enjoy Fresh Med food truck and live music by local artists, Analog Crash. This special edition class will take place on the Stewart Creek Greenway - rain or shine. Class costs $5. Please bring your own mat. Blue Blaze Brewing, 528 South Turner Ave., Charlotte. 6:30-7:30 p.m. June 21.
The Art of Making Rope:
The art of making rope or cordage is a primitive skill that is valuable as rope can be used in many ways. Learn what plants are good for rope making and learn how to make cordage. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 2-3 p.m. June 21.
Cocktails & Gardens Happy Hour Returns to The Duke Mansion:
Join us for the kick-off with music by Next of Kin. Admission is free. Enjoy a cash bar and more than four acres of spectacular gardens and grounds to stroll. No reservations required. Just bring your friends and have a great time.The Duke Mansion is located at 400 Hermitage Road in Charlotte. Free. The Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road, Charlotte. 704-714-4400. www.dukemansion.com. 5-8 p.m. June 22.
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. June 22.
Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte. 704-357-1269. www.ncagr.gov. June 24.
The Hiker’s Challenge:
Do you consider yourself an outdoor enthusiast? Put your skills to the test and go head to head with the best Trailheads in Charlotte. The Hiker’s Challenge is a 4 stage, single-elimination challenge open to all ages and skill sets. Participants will have to quickly and accurately complete a series of tasks before their competitors in order to move to the next round. More of a spectator than competitor? Sip on a pint of Blue Blaze beer, enjoy a plate from Killer Q BBQ, and dance all evening long to River Ratz bluegrass. Day of registration and pre-registration sign-in: 12:30- 1:30 pm.Competition starts at 2 pm. Challenge 1) Lace a boot. Sounds easy right? Try racing against both the clock and other competitors. Challenge 2) Fly fishing. The target isn’t as easy to hit as it appears. Challenge 3) MacGyver a fire. We’ll supply you with tools, it’s up to you how you use them. Challenge 4) Chug a Popular Tent then pitch one. Timing is everything. Prizes. $15 to compete, free to watch. Blue Blaze Brewing, 528 South Turner Ave., Charlotte. 2-6 p.m. June 24.
Talons Summer Flight Show: Flights of the Forest:
Carolina Raptor Center’s high flying, gravity defying summer flight show features CRC’s trainers putting our 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. Sign up online until 2 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. Free with paid admission to the Raptor Trail. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org. 1-1:30 p.m., 3-3:30 p.m. June 24. 1:30-2 p.m. June 25.
Turtle Talk (and Walk.):
Summer offers the perfect weather for our cold-blooded turtle friends to thrive. Meet three different types of turtles and get to know them, learn how to treat turtles when you encounter one in the wild and hike to Slider Pond for some turtle watching. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 1:30-2:30 p.m. June 25.
Jands-on activities such as crafts, games, stories, puppets, hikes and more, we will learn about animals and plants that surround us in the preserve. Come and explore with us. Parent participation is encouraged. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 10-11 a.m. June 26.
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