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Annual 24 Hours of Booty:
Grab your bike and ride to make a difference at the Annual 24 Hours of Booty presented by Levine Cancer Institute. The annual charity, noncompetitive, cycling event is for all ages and cycling abilities. Funds raised support local and national cancer patient navigation and survivorship programs. See the website for more information. $75 registration fee; $400 fundraising minimum. Myers Park Traditional Elementary, 2132 Radcliffe Ave., Charlotte. 980-343-5522. 7 p.m. July 29.
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Matthews Food Truck Fridays:
Local food trucks and artists with live musicwww.matthewsfun.com or the Facebook page below. Free. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-847-4411. www.matthewsnc.com. 5-9 p.m. July 29.
Improv Class With Kevin Shimko:
$200. Elemental Healing, 5200 Parks Road, Charlotte. elementalhealingcharlotte.com. 3-6 p.m. July 30.
Talks & Meetings
Jewish Genealogy & DNA with Israel Pickholtz:
Israel Pickholtz a Pittsburg native, is an experienced genealogist who specializes in Jewish genealogy will discuss his new book, “Endogamy: One Family, One People,” which describes his personal genealogical successes that demonstrate genetic analysis of endogamous families is possible. Pickholtz lives in Israel where he writes and works as a professional genealogist. Free. Levine Jewish Community Center, 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-5007. www.charlottejcc.org. 7-9 p.m. July 28.
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. theredbootcoalition.org. Another Broken Egg, 3920 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 980-207-2582. www.anotherbrokenegg.com. 7:15-8:15 a.m. July 29.
Evening of Rich Stories and Chocolate:
Enjoy an enriching evening of stories and chocolate with The Secret Chocolatier and storyteller Faye Fulton at the Indulge in the Richness of Life: Rich Stories and Rich ChocolateÂ event. Attendees will be entertained with stories by Faye Fulton while indulging in one of Chef Bill Dietz’s specialty plated dessert creations and a cup of coffee or tea. $17.50. The Secret Chocolatier, 11318 N. Community House Road, Charlotte. 704-323-8178. 7-8 p.m. July 30.
Disabled Veteran Free Membership:
The Charlotte Wood Working Club is offering one year free membership for disabled veterans. Free. Charlotte Woodworkers Association, 1208 Salem Drive, Charlotte. charlottewoodworkers.org. July 30 and Aug. 1.
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. Info: Jack Rueckel at 704-341-8449. Free. St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. www.stmatthewcatholic.org. 7-9 p.m. Aug. 1.
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. Aug. 1.
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, 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. Aug. 1.
MARA Colts Football Season:
Sign up for the 2016 Pop Warner Football Season. Registration ends July 30. $295. Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association (MARA), 1200 S. Trade St, Matthews. 704-847-0752. marasports.org. July 27.
Find out more or learn to play. Instruction and equipment will be provided. Free for first time. Nano Center, 624 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Matthews. 704-849-8316. www.nanosports.co. 5-6 p.m. July 31.
Refreshing Seascapes. Work by the represented artists will also be available for purchase. Free. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. July 27. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 29. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 30.
Two To Watch:
Invitational exhibition of work by sculptor Matthew Steele and painter Nicholas Napoletano, both of Charlotte. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 27. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 30. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 1.
West Meets East:
The books on display from The Mint Museum Library’s collection influenced, inspired and documented the impact of Chinese culture on Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Translated into multiple languages, each title was a bestseller of its day, enabled by advances in printing, and an increasingly literate and leisured populace with a fierce desire for information about the exotic. Today, these titles are quite rare and the Mint is one of the few cultural institutions in the South to have them all. Very significant to the history of decorative arts, these volumes are hidden treasures until now, their first time on public view. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. July 27. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. July 28. 1-5 p.m. July 31. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 3.
Annual Studio Artists’ Exhibition:
Every August, the Gallery celebrates and showcases the artists who take their weekly studio classes by having a monthlong exhibition. They create some stunning and affordable art. Free. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 2. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 3.
Live Animal Feeding:
Join others for this brief program as Reedy Creek’s staff members feed a few of the animals. Whether a snake, turtle, toad or lizard, it will surely be a cool experience. Staff will be on-hand to answers your questions as well. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-2:30 p.m. July 28.
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. $15 single; $20 tandem. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. July 28.
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. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 10-11 a.m. Aug. 1.
Survival: Shelter Building:
If you find yourself stranded in the mountains, you have 72 hours for rescue. Building a proper shelter is your first need. Learn how to build a quick and dirty debris hut that will keep you warm and help you survive. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 2-3 p.m. Aug. 2.
Cocktails & Gardens:
Celebrate summer at The Duke Mansion. Enjoy a cash bar and more than 4 acres of gardens and grounds to stroll. No reservations required. Bring your friends and enjoy. Free. The Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road, Charlotte. 704-714-4400. www.dukemansion.com. 5-8 p.m. July 27.