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An Evening of Poetry & Music/Una Noche de Poesia Y Musica:
Performances by local poets and musicians celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at the Mint Museum. Free. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org. 7 p.m. May 18.
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Free. Ballantyne Village, 14825 Ballantyne Village Way, Charlotte. ballantynevillage.com. 6 p.m. May 18.
Charlotte Pride Band — A Pops Matinee:
The Charlotte Pride Band closes its fifth season with “A Pops Matinee.” The program features the music of stage and screen. CPB performs selections representing stories and characters that Hollywood keeps bringing back. Featured pieces include music from “Doctor Who,” “Star Wars,” “Jurassic Park,” “Into the Woods,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” the “Muppet Show” and, of course, “James Bond.” $13. Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Road, Charlotte. 704-334-7232. mpbconline.org. 5-7 p.m. May 21.
Free. Ballantyne Village, 14825 Ballantyne Village Way, Charlotte. ballantynevillage.com. 6 p.m. May 25.
Movies on the Lawn: ‘Hoosiers’:
Arrive at 7 p.m. for kid friendly activities before the movie. The classic sports film “Hoosiers” will be screened. Free. Mint Hill Town Hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane, Mint Hill. 704-545-9726. www.minthill.com. 7-10 p.m. May 20.
Matthews Food Truck Fridays:
Food truck rally has local food trucks and artists with live music while you relax and eat in Stumptown Park on Fridays. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-847-4411. www.matthewsnc.com. 5-9 p.m. May 20.
SHOOT! Rock Paper Scissors Tournament for Charity:
Proceeds from this fun rock-paper-scissors competition will help build a wheelchair accessible ramp for Jorgy. $20. Bradshaw Social House, 8440 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-543-7351. bradshawsocialhouse.com. 6-9 p.m. May 20.
Red Boot Coalition Meeting:
Weekly, one-hour meetings where participants practice listening without an agenda and sharing openly with one another. Free. Another Broken Egg, 3920 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 980-207-2582. www.anotherbrokenegg.com. 7:15-8:15 a.m. May 20.
Latino Substance Use Forum:
What’s being done about substance use in the Latino community? What’s not being done? Join us for a discussion on the dimension of substance use in Charlotte’s Latino students and the solutions that can help prevent and reduce substance use in our growing Latino community. Free. www.facebook.com. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org. 12:30 p.m. May 21.
Countdown to Summer Party:
Living Saviour Lutheran Church is holding a Countdown to Summer party for the neighborhoods around the church and anyone else who would enjoy free fun and food. Everyone is welcome to play 14 games and make crafts at booths arrayed in the trees and grass across the front of the brick church near the intersection of Carmel and Johnston roads. All activities are free and players earn tickets for prizes. Food and soft drinks will be served. Make crafts to take home including crosses made from sticks, bird feeders and bracelets. Details online at livingsaviourlc.org, on Facebook or Twitter. Free. Living Saviour Lutheran Church, 6817 Carmel Road, Charlotte. 704-542-3626. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 21.
Senior Shred Day:
Seniors may bring up to seven 5-gallon trash bags or five banker size boxes of paper and or files. No CD’s or floppy discs. Community organizations and sponsors of the event will be on hand with resource and service information benefiting seniors. Free. www.facebook.com. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1320. www.mecklenburgcrc.org/Tyvola-Senior-Center. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. May 21.
Volunteer Work Day:
Come help spruce up Carolina Waterfowl Rescue. A free lunch will be provided to volunteers. Please remember to dress for the weather and wear old clothing and sturdy, closed-toes shoes. Bring work gloves and a water bottle. Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, 5403 Poplin Road, Indian Trail. 704-668-9486. www.carolinawaterfowlrescue.com. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 21.
Community Blood Drive:
Call 704-972-4700 or go to www.cbcc.us to make an appointment at any location. Stonecrest Community Bloodmobile, 7825 Rea Road, Charlotte. 3-6 p.m. May 21.
$10 registration fee. Clear Creek Baptist Church, 9015 Ferguson Road, Mint Hill. 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 22.
Based on a Christian worldview, GriefShare explores the impact of personal grief spiritually, intellectually, emotionally and physically. This class is open to the community. Please register in advance at www.calvarychurch.com. Calvary Church, 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-543-1200. www.calvarychurch.com. 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 23.
Susan G Komen Charlotte Golf Tournjment:
Oncology Specialists of Charlotte is supporting Breast Cancer survival with a Golf Tournament benefiting the Susan G. Komen Charlotte chapter. $150. www.komencharlotte.org. Raintree Country Club, 8600 Raintree Lane, Charlotte. 704-542-8150. www.raintreecountryclub.com. 1 p.m. May 23.
Emotions Anonymous Meeting:
12-step group for emotional instability. www.namilexington.org/support/family-support-groups/. Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 3307 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-364-1234. 7-8 p.m. May 23.
Floral artwork will be the highlight during May at Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, including artwork in several media forms Artwork will be on display during regular gallery hours. Included in admission. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. May 18. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 20. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 21. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 24. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. May 25.
Girls Night Out:
Unwind during a creative evening with guided art instruction. Enjoy refreshments while creating a beautiful floral painting. $40. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com. 7-9 p.m. May 20.
Friends of the Mint May Program:
The topic is “Innovators: New Works from Selected Penland Instructors and Resident Artists.” The speaker is Jean McLaughlin, director of the Penland School of Crafts. Included in museum admission; members free. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org. 10 a.m.-noon May 20.
Paint for a Purpose:
Help raise funds for Carolina Waterfowl Rescue. Admission includes light refreshments. $35. The Tipsy Paintbrush, 116 W. John St., Matthews. 704-412-2398. thetipsypaintbrush.com. 7-9 p.m. May 21.
If you are interested in Pickleball and want to find out more or learn to play, instruction and equipment will be provided. $5. Nano Center, 624 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Matthews. 704-849-8316. www.nanosports.co. 5-6 p.m. May 22.
Talks & Readings
What Does Islam Look Like?:
Have you read the Quran? Have you walked inside a mosque? Have you had conversations with Muslims about their religion? Whether you answered “no” to all these questions or “yes” to one or more, what you know about Islam, its texts, holy places, history, and people, will be deepened by attending this upcoming series of classes, “What Does Islam Look Like?” History: Origins Through the Golden Age on May; Understanding Contemporary Issues on May 25. The classes will be taught by Marcy Goldstein of the Religious Studies department at UNC Charlotte with Imam Khalil Akbar from Masjid Ash-Shaheed and Imam John Ramadan from Masjid Ar-Razzaq. $36; free for Temple Israel members. Temple Israel, 4901 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-362-2796. www.templeisraelinc.org. 7-8:30 p.m. May 18 and 25.
Nancy Stancill: ‘Winning Texas’:
Nancy Stancill will read from and sign copies of Winning Texas, her new suspense novel. “Winning Texas” is Stancill’s second thriller featuring Annie Price, an investigative reporter with the Houston Times. When a female body is found floating in the Houston Ship Channel, Annie and her colleagues must decipher a complex mystery featuring a corrupt Houston strip club owner, a deadly rivalry between two Texas separatist groups. Free. Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-525-9239. www.parkroadbooks.com. 7 p.m. May 25.
‘25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’:
The LJCC Performing Arts Department presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” The Tony Award-winning musical by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin in which six awkward spellers learn that winning (and losing) isn’t everything. $10. Levine Jewish Community Center, 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-5007. www.charlottejcc.org. 2 p.m., 7 p.m. May 21. 2 p.m. May 22.
Witherspoon First Bloom Celebration:
All ages are welcome; 10 percent of all sales will go to The Ronald McDonald House. Call Mary Alice Pike at 919-489-4446 or email@example.com for details. Free. Witherspoon Rose Culture, 4401 Shopton Road, Charlotte. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 21.
Floral displays. Biltmore’s restaurants will feature special menu items, with the Winery offering wine seminars. Included with admission. Biltmore Estate, 1 Lodge St., Asheville. 800-624-1575. www.biltmore.com. May 18.
The Nature of Greenways: McDowell Creek Greenway:
A relaxed walk with stops along the wayces. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. May 19.
Bluegrass Pick Up Jam:
The jam session will be held at the theater in the Natural Play Area. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-4 p.m. May 21.
Old Town Farmers Market:
Free. Old Town Rock Hill, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill. 5-8 p.m. May 19.
Nature Game Night:
Join others for some nature-themed board game fun. If you have a game of your own that you want to share, bring it along. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 20.
Build Your Own BirdFeeder:
Make your own bird feeder to hang up around the house to watch the migrating birds in your area. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-3 p.m. May 22.
Nature Story Corner:
Settle in and get comfortable and read a variety of nature based stories. Stories may be accompanied by puppets and audience participation as you learn about the wonders of nature. After the story they will hike into the forest to do a themed activity based on the story. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 10 a.m.-11 a.m. May 23.
Homeschool: Exploring Ecosystems:
From the prairie to the lake to the forest, you will learn about the different ecosystems and discover all the plants and animals in it. Be prepared to get dirty in these hands-on investigations. $3. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 1:30-3 p.m. May 24.
Weekday Wanderers: Rocky Face Mountain Recreation Area:
Spring is in the air and we will be starting our weekday hikes to immerse ourselves in the beauty of local preserved areas. This month we will visit the Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area beautiful stroll within and around a rock quarry. We will hike about 5 miles on uneven terrain looking for spring treasures along the way. Meet at Reedy Creek Nature Center and take van to location. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. $8. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 9 a.m. May 27.
Have you always wanted to take your child fishing, but struggle to find the time and equipment? Join our expert angler for a fun-filled morning on the pond and be ready to get fishy. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 9:30 a.m. May 28.
Flippin’ Frogs and Polliwogs, Oh My!:
The weather is warm and the frogs and other amphibians know it! Discover the lives of these slimy creatures and see if you are quick enough to catch one yourself. Come prepared to get wet on this grand adventure! See you on the flip side. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2 p.m. May 29.