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Aug. 31

ZimSculpt:

From the savannahs of Zimbabwe to its tropical mountains comes ZimSculpt, a collection of spectacular sculptures by some of the world most-renowned artists practicing Shona sculpture, at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. 9 a.m. $12 adults; $11 seniors 60 or older; $6 kids 4-12; free for garden members and children younger than 4. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490. www.dsbg.org.

Lake Wylie family kayak tour:

Paddle the border of the Carolinas with views of the Buster Boyd Bridge, Copperhead Island and more. All equipment and instruction provided. Children ages 5-9 required to share a tandem with an adult. Registration required. No. 58406. 9:30 a.m. $20. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. www.parkandrec.com.

Matthews Alive! Festival:

Matthews Alive, in its 22nd year, boasts the Southeast’s largest Labor Day parade, exhibitor displays/products/services, 150-plus arts and crafts vendors, 25-plus street-food vendors, a huge carnival, attractions, kids games and inflatables, three stages of incredible entertainment, and woodworking, quilt, and basket shows. All profits go to local nonprofits that assist with the festival. 12 p.m. Free Admission, free concerts. 704-708-1261. www.matthewsalive.org. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-847-4411. www.matthewsnc.com.

Outdoor Skills – Wilderness Emergencies:

This combination of lecture and hands-on skill practice will provide learning and discussion opportunities for all skill levels. Registration required. No. 58427. 2 p.m. $3. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. www.parkandrec.com.

Book signing with author and polyglot Benny Lewis:

World-renowned world traveler, polyglot and author Benny Lewis brings his unique approach to learning foreign languages to Charlotte in his new book, “Fluent in Three Months.” 2 p.m. Free. www.parkroadbooks.com/event/author-event-benny-lewis-fluent-3-months-how-anyone-any-age-can-learn-speak-any-language-anywh. Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-525-9239. www.parkroadbooks.com.

Pickleball:

Open court for adults (college-age and older) for those willing to try a new sport, and for seasoned players. Free instruction and equipment will be provided for first-time players. 3 p.m. Free. Nano Center, 624 Matthews Mint Hill Road, Matthews. 704-849-8316. www.nanosports.co.

Aviva and Gil Ezring in concert:

Come hear brother-sister duo Aviva and Gil Ezring as they present their unique blend of contemporary Jewish music in a performance combining alternative rock, folk and country elements to create melodies for Tefilot (prayer) that are both memorable and singable. 4 p.m. Free. www.templeisraelnc.org. Temple Israel, 4901 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-362-2796.

Summer organ recital series:

Organist Les Ackerman and the Appalachian Faculty Brass Quintet perform. Donations will fund the Stigall Scholarship program, giving young musicians the opportunity to study organ. Sponsored by the American Guild of Organists, Charlotte Chapter. 6 p.m. Free, donations encouraged. 704-892-4129. www.charlotteago.org. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1001 Queens Road, Charlotte. 704-375-9185. www.saintmarkselca2.org.

Sept. 1

Matthews Kiwanis Labor Day 5k:

As part of Matthews Alive!, Matthews Kiwanis is hosting a 5K and family fun run. 7:30 a.m. www.matthewskiwanis.com. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-847-4411. www.matthewsnc.com.

Pints for Pencils:

Join the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas in supporting students in need through its fourth annual Pints for Pencils campaign. For blood donations through Sept. 30, CBCC will provide school supplies in the communities it serves. 8 a.m. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us.

Matthews Auto Reunion & Motorcycle Show:

More than 150 cars and motorcycles will be featured. Awards, raffle, live entertainment, and vendors. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Matthews Police Explorers Post. 9 a.m. Registration: $15, $20 day of show; motorcycles $10, free to attend. 704-847-3649. Matthews Chamber of Commerce, 210 Matthews Station St., Matthews.

http://www.members.matthewschamber.org/events/details/matthews-auto-reunion-09-01-2014-1311.

Matthews Alive! Festival:

Matthews Alive, in its 22nd year, boasts the Southeast’s largest Labor Day parade, exhibitor displays/products/services, 150-plus arts and crafts vendors, 25-plus street-food vendors, a huge carnival, attractions, kids games and inflatables, three stages of incredible entertainment, and woodworking, quilt, and basket shows. All profits go to local nonprofits that assist with the festival. 9 a.m. Free Admission, free concerts. 704-708-1261. www.matthewsalive.org. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-847-4411. www.matthewsnc.com.

Charlotte Kosher BBQ:

Levine JCC hosts first annual Kosher BBQ Championship. With events ranging from a pickle and watermelon-eating contests to an array of live entertainment and a kids’ play zone filled with various children’s activities, there is plenty for guests to enjoy. 11 a.m. Free. 704-366-5007. www.charlottekosherbbq.com. Levine Jewish Community Center, 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-5007. www.charlottejcc.org.

Queen City Bike Fest:

From custom show bikes to stunt riding bikes to everyday riders, this event will bring together all enthusiasts of the two-wheel (and some three-wheeled) varieties. We are honored to choose the USO of North Carolina as our designated charitable organization. 4 p.m. Charlotte, 2800 Coliseum Centre Drive, Charlotte. www.uso-nc.org.

Sept. 2

Pints for Pencils:

Join the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas in supporting students in need through its fourth annual Pints for Pencils campaign. For blood donations through Sept. 30, CBCC will provide school supplies in the communities it serves. 8 a.m. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us.

Homeschool P.E:

This physical education class is for children who are home-schooled and do not have PE in their everyday curriculum. No. 12395. 10 a.m. $2. Elon Recreation Center, 11401 Ardrey Kell Road, Charlotte. 704-540-2426.

Let’s Talk Good Food:

Join us for this cooking demonstration and learn how to cook healthy meals and enjoy eating them, as well. Wendy Napant will host an ongoing monthly program. Registration required. 10 a.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Navy League of the U.S. – Charlotte Council:

The Charlotte Council of the Navy League of the United States will hold its bi-monthly meeting. Nonmembers should contact mach1@carolina.rr.com for information. 7 p.m. nlus-charlotte.org. Panera Bread, 306 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. www.navyleague.org.

Sept. 3

Farmers Market at Village At Robinson Farm:

Fresh vegetables, fruit, greens, herbs, plants, honey, jams, handmade soap and crafts. 9 a.m. Village at Robinson Farm, 8420 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-321-7832. www.villageatrobinsonfarm.com.

Gallery exhibit, special collection – prints from around the world:

Lithographs, etchings and other limited edition prints by a global assortment of renowned artists: Joan Miro, Graciela Rodo Boulanger, Michel Delacroix, and more. 10 a.m. Free. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com.

ART for Veterans:

Free ART for Veterans classes, a project of FLAGS Across The Nation, is offered as a thank-you for service to the U.S. Paint, draw and create to express feelings and thoughts. Funded by the Matthews Community Center. 1 p.m. Free. 704-321-7275. www.FlagsAcrossTheNation.org. McDowell Art Center, 123 McDowell St., Matthews. www.matthewsartistsguild.org.

Sept. 4

New Friends of Carolina Welcome Coffee:

New Friends of Carolina, a dynamic social group open to all women new or native to the Carolinas, is having a Welcome Coffee. You do not need to be new to the area to join. 11:15 a.m. Free. 866-213-9183. www.newfriendsofcarolina.com. Matthews Women Club, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-849-5063. www.matthewswomen.org.

That Novel in the Back of Your Brain:

A seminar for those who have gotten their novel idea on paper and would like help on getting past the first draft. This is a six-week course by Kathy Tuten. 2 p.m. $25. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

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