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June is Great Outdoors month. Come indoors to see beautiful landscape artwork. Free. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. June 1. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 3. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 4. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 7. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. June 8.
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Free. Ballantyne Village, 14825 Ballantyne Village Way, Charlotte. ballantynevillage.com. 6 p.m. June 1.
Lindsey Nicole & Hwy 74:
Music presented by Mint Hill’s own Lindsey Nicole & Hwy 74. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the music. Free. minthill.com. Mint Hill Town Hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane, Mint Hill. 704-545-9726. www.minthill.com. 7:30 p.m. June 4.
John Cummins & Michael Messina organ recital:
Organists John Cummins and Michael Messina will perform. Scholarship donations accepted. Donations accepted. Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Road, Charlotte. 704-334-7232. mpbconline.org. 7 p.m. June 5.
Calvary Church adult group fitness classes:
Weekday morning classes. $20 per month. Calvary Church, 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-543-1200. www.calvarychurch.com. June 1.
Ballantyne Business Bash:
Outdoor gathering filled with fun, food and entertainment in the Ballantyne Corporate Park. $10-$15. charlottechamber.com/councils/ballantyne-business-bash/. Ballantyne Corporate Park Brixham Tent, 15801 Brixham Hill Ave., Charlotte. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 2.
The Town of Matthews Fire & EMS Department will hold its annual Citizens Academy, a five-week program for residents and business professionals to learn more about the department’s daily and emergency operations. Applications may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off at the Matthews Fire Station, 236 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-847-4411. www.matthewsnc.gov. 6:30-9 p.m. June 2.
Red Boot Coalition meeting:
Weekly, one-hour meetings, where participants practice listening without an agenda and sharing openly with one another. Participants will then take these skills out into the world to create more constructive leadership. Free. Another Broken Egg, 3920 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 980-207-2582. www.anotherbrokenegg.com. 7:15 a.m.-8:15 a.m. June 3.
Matthews Food Truck Fridays:
Live music while you relax and eat in Stumptown Park. Details: www.matthewsfun.com or the Facebook page. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-847-4411. www.matthewsnc.com. 5-9 p.m. June 3.
Summer trunk show:
Come to Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates P.A.’s summer trunk show for deals on a huge variety of eyewear and hearing aids. Free. Charlotte Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat Associates, 6035 Fairview Road, Charlotte. 704-295-3379.www.ceenta.com. 1-6 p.m. June 3.
Spring Cleaning of the Mind, Body and Soul:
Speakers will share their expertise and personal journeys to inspire attendees to bring order, vision and focus to their lives, enabling them to achieve greater success. Guests will connect with influential women and dynamic speakers, and enjoy shopping opportunities while supporting local small businesses at vendor row. $10. Mint Hill Masonic Lodge, 10224 Lawyers Road, Mint Hill. 650-253-0000. www.minthilllodge.org. 1-4 p.m. June 4.
Learn about chocolate, tempering and choose from a variety of ingredients for making chocolate bark. Class space is limited and reservations are required. Cost is $25 per person. Contact The Secret Chocolatier at email@example.com, 704-323-8178. $25. homemadechocolategifts.com/events-classes/. The Secret Chocolatier, 11318 N. Community House Road, Charlotte. 704-323-8178. 2 p.m. June 4.
Losing your spouse, a parent or a child can be devastating, and dealing with the grief is sometimes tougher than anticipated. Based on a Christian worldview, GriefShare explores the impact of personal grief spiritually, intellectually, emotionall, 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. June 6.
Job search support group:
Christians in Career Transition (CICT) is a ministry providing support for those out of work, about to be and/or under-employed. Learn the proper methods for a successful job search and how to overcome issues. Meet at St. Matthew Church ’s New Life Center building in Room 132 for two hours of dialogue on the subject. No cost and no reservation needed. For info, call Jack Rueckel at 704-341-8449. Free. St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. www.stmatthewcatholic.org. 7-9 p.m. June 6.
Emotions Anonymous meeting:
12-step group for emotional instability. Free. www.namilexington.org/support/family-support-groups/. Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 3307 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-364-1234. 7-8 p.m. June 6.
Wine & Wills - Ballantyne:
Join us for this educational presentation and receive $100 off any legal services if you choose to hire us to do your estate planning. Presented by Barber Power Law Group, a full-service transactional law firm. Free. Total Wine - Promenade, 5341 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. 704-841-1212. 6:30-8 p.m. June 7.
Local church pastors will learn about the leadership conundrum facing congregations today in this workshop by local nonprofit Ministry Development Services. MDS counselor Lenore Wilkinson will lead the workshop which is part of the nonprofit’s Resilient Ministry: Leadership Effectiveness workshop series. Workshop guests will explore how attitude and personality characteristics affect how a leader may view and engage in addressing the organizational and organic needs of a congregation. Register online at www.ministryds.org or for information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704-554-9222. $99. Sardis Presbyterian Church, 6100 Sardis Road, Charlotte. 704-366-1854. sardis.org. 1:30-4:30 p.m. June 7.
Garden & nature
Old Town Farmers Market:
Free. Old Town Rock Hill, East Main Street, Rock Hill. 5-8 p.m. June 2.
Sand County Almanac: Book and Nature Exploration:
Each month, you will explore a section of this wonderful book and participate in a nature connecting activity. Contact email@example.com for this month’s reading or for more info. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 6-7:30 p.m. June 2.
Butterfly and Dragonfly Stroll:
Butterflies and dragonflies are incredibly beautiful creatures if you take the time to slow down and observe them. Join others on a leisurely stroll and learn to identify several species of these beauties. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 4-5 p.m. June 3.
Charlie the Duck:
Everyone’s favorite duck, Charlie, will be visiting Backyard Birds in Matthews. 10 percent of all sales will benefit Carolina Waterfowl Rescue. Backyard Birds, 1819 Matthews Township Parkway, Matthews. 704-841-9453. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 4.
National Trails Day:
The Friends of Crowders Mountain State Park and REI invite you to come celebrate National Trails Day at the Boulders Access Visitor Center, Crowders Mountain State Park. You will meet at Boulders Access for Trail Maintenance. Tools, drinks and snacks are provided. At noon, REI is providing lunch, followed by a meeting of the Friends of Crowders Mountain. Anyone interested in Crowders Mountain State Park is welcome. Directions: I-85 S to Exit 5, then follow the brown signs to the park. Questions? Call the park at 704-853-5375. Free. Crowders Mountain State Park, 522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain. 704-853-5375. www.ncparks.gov. 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 4.
National Trails Day celebration:
The Carolina Thread Trail is throwing a free, family-friendly community bash for National Trails Day. Join others at South Fork Trail and Blueway in McAdenville and celebrate your love for trails. Enjoy guided hikes, free kayak rentals for paddling, lawn games, live bluegrass music, Papi Queso Food Truck, craft beer from Rivermen Brewery and more. Free; food and beverages available for purchase. South Fork Trail, 119 Willow Drive, McAdenville. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. June 4.
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. 10-11 a.m. June 6.
Survival: Shelter Building:
The most important thing in any survival situation is shelter. Three hours without shelter makes life rough. Learn the “quick and dirty” way to construct a shelter as well as a more advanced one. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-3 p.m. June 7.
Evening Kayak at Mountain Island Lake:
Join a naturalist for a relaxing paddle on Mountain Island Lake, taking in the natural beauty while discovering the importance of this habitat to wildlife and human life. Meet at Latta Plantation Nature Center. Time on water is about one and a half hours. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. $15 single kayak; $20 tandem kayak. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 6:30-8 p.m. June 8.