South Charlotte

Happening nearby south Charlotte: Aug. 9-15, 2017

A kids’ bubble day will feature a series of activities including arts and crafts, bubble-making stations, water play areas on Aug. 12 at James K. Polk State Historic Site.
A kids’ bubble day will feature a series of activities including arts and crafts, bubble-making stations, water play areas on Aug. 12 at James K. Polk State Historic Site. Charlotte Observer file photo

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Art

Lee Hall: A Memorial Exhibition, The Last Paintings:

Jerald Melberg Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new abstract landscapes by Lee Hall (1934-2017). Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m; check website for days open.

Mint Hill Arts:

Mint Hill Arts is pleased to announce its latest exhibit at the Mint Hill Town Hall Gallery, “New Faces in Photography,” featuring the work of eight new members of Mint Hill Arts who express their creative talents through photography. Those featured are Jay Alexander, Carol Hambridge, Sharon Houck, Patricia Joyner, Steve Lindenman, Dale Mayberry, Howie Silinski and Jacob Thomas. Mint Hill Town Hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane, Mint Hill. 704-545-9726. www.minthill.com. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 9.

“Design for Success”:

Watercolor Workshop with Alexis Lavine. $325 includes catered lunch each day. Nancy Couick Studios and Gallery, 10100 Park Cedar Drive, Charlotte. 704-541-6944. www.nancycouick.com. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 11.

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. Aug. 12.

Dance

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 is caller - email at gbakercaller@aol.com $5. Baker’s Place, 2843 Williams Road, Matthews. 704-576-0318. 7-9 p.m. Aug. 10.

Music

Carolina Voices Auditions:

Our 2017-2018 season is right around the corner and we are looking for talents that are both vocal and local. For those who love to perform, Carolina Voices’ is where you want to be. To sign-up please visit: www.carolinavoices.org/auditions.asp or call 704-374-1564. For information about Carolina Voices, please visit: www.carolinavoices.org. Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Road, Charlotte. 704-334-7232. mpbconline.org. 6-9 p.m. Aug. 15.

Special Event

Dementia Care Workshop:

Guest presenter will be Mary Ann Drummond, author of “Meet Me Where I Am: an Alzheimer’s Care Guide,” and “I Choose to Remember: a Reminiscing Therapy Aid.” Learn innovative strategies to successfully communicate and care for persons living with dementia while gaining a better understanding of what dementia is. Register in the Levine Senior Center library by calling 704-846-4654. Free. Levine Senior Center, 1050 Devore Lane, Matthews. 704-846-4654. www.levineseniorcenter.org. 10 a.m. Aug. 9.

August Lupus Foundation Support Group:

This group meets the second Wednesday of each month. There is no charge to attend the meetings, and drop-ins are welcome. Contact the LFANC at info@lupusnc.org or at 877-849-8271, ext. 1. For information, visit www.lupusnc.org. Presenter: Kristy Duncan, owner, Guidepost to Wellness & Lupus Thriver. Register: bit.ly/2uFa7SN Free. Myers Park Presbyterian Church Outreach Center, 1073 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-927-1284. wellness.myersparkpres.org. Aug. 9.

Unwind & Dine in Historic South End Food Tour:

Historic South End is right outside Uptown and a fast-growing area of Charlotte to live, work and play. To support that growth, a variety of businesses and neighborhood events provide residents and visitors with a place to gather and socialize. On this “happy hour” themed walking food tour, we will enjoy refreshing alcoholic beverage samples paired with unique culinary experiences, which may bring us to a wine bar, a local craft brewery, an upscale restaurant, or a new neighborhood favorite. $55 per person, includes food and beverage. South End, 4200 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-247-4125. 4-7 p.m. Aug. 11.

Movies Under the Stars:

Pre-event activities begins at 7 p.m. Movie begins at dusk. “Secret Life of Pets.” Free. Symphony Park, SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-364-4411. www.southpark.com. 7 p.m. Aug. 11.

The Ballantyne’s Personal Select Maker’s Mark Whisky 2nd Edition Release Dinner:

Reception starts at 6:30 p.m. with passed specialty cocktails and upscale bar snacks, and dinner is at 7:30 p.m. featuring an entree, charcuterie and selection of small plates. The event will conclude with bourbon-infused desserts and live music. Cigars will be available for purchase. Limited seating is available. Reservations are required at 704-248-4100 or gallery-restaurant.com. Cost is $89 per person, plus tax and service charge. The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. 704-248-4000. www.theballantynehotel.com. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Aug. 12.

Bubble Day:

Join us for our final program of the summer: a kids’ bubble day. This program will feature a series of activities including arts and crafts, bubble-making stations, water play areas. Light, cooling refreshments and take-home treats will be provided. Free. James K. Polk State Historic Site, 12031 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. 704-889-7145. www.nchistoricsites.org. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 12.

GriefShare:

GriefShare meeting seeks to provide support to individuals experiencing grief and loss. Let us help you move from mourning to joy. $15 for participant guide. Wesley United Methodist Church, 3715 Rea Road, Charlotte. 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 14.

Nature

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. Aug. 10.

National Farmers Market Week:

Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte. 704-357-1269. www.ncagr.gov. Aug. 12.

Huntersville Growers’ Market:

Local produce, baked goods, and the Downtown Market Event Series, makes the market a great Saturday morning destination for the entire family. Shop local and shop fresh with our vendors and enjoy the weekly themes/activities. Free. Huntersville Elementary School, 200 Gilead Road, Huntersville. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Aug. 12.

Hikyoga:

Join us as we hike the Alder Trail through Lake Norman State Park. Our adventure opens up with yoga, we then begin our hike while pausing to stop, drop and yoga along the way. Incorporating a meditative walk and time to embrace the scenery. Please bring a water bottle and yoga mat. Tickets are $16 and are available at Hikyoga.com/events $16. Lake Norman State Park, 759 State Park Road, Troutman. 704-528-6350. www.ncparks.gov. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Aug. 12.

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. Experience the whoosh of feathers over your head. Learn about the natural history, habitat and natural behaviors of birds of prey. 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.The free Talons Flight Show program is made possible through a generous grant from the Duke Energy Foundation. Shows are 1 and 3 PM on Saturdays and 1:30 PM on Sundays. 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. Aug. 12. 1:30-2 p.m. Aug. 13.

Natural Happenings: Hummingbird Journey:

Join a naturalist from the McDowell Nature Center on select Sundays for a drop-in nature program. Each program will feature a different nature activity such as an animal encounter, family hike, scavenger hunt, craft and more. Dress for the weather and bring your sense of adventure. Registration is not required. Please wear sturdy, closed-toe hiking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Please bring a water bottle. Free; no internet registration. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 3-3:30 p.m. Aug. 13 and 27.

Painting Session at Rocky River Vineyards:

Cajun Canvas invites you to join us at Rocky River Vineyards for an afternoon of painting and fun. Wine will be available for purchase and a food truck will be on site at noon if you’d like to grab a bite . Sandy Beach will be our painting of the day. The painting session will begin at 1 p.m. See website for payment details. $35. Rocky River Vineyards, 11685 Reed Mine Road, Midland. 704-781-5035. www.rockyrivervineyards.com. 1-3 p.m. Aug. 13.

Volunteer Work Day:

Help the Carolina Waterflowl Rescue spruce up the rescue and meet your favorite animals.Registration is open. Free lunch for all volunteers (vegetarian options available). Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, 5403 Poplin Road, Indian Trail. 704-668-9486. www.carolinawaterfowlrescue.com. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 15.

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