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Bubble Day at James K. Polk State Historic Site will be Aug. 13. The free program features arts and crafts, bubble-making areas and a water play table for the very young.
Bubble Day at James K. Polk State Historic Site will be Aug. 13. The free program features arts and crafts, bubble-making areas and a water play table for the very young. Marty Price

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Organ recital:

The Charlotte Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will host Richard Gray in recital. An offering will be received to benefit the Ann & Robert Stigall Scholarship Fund, which provides annual support for young students in the Charlotte metro area to study the organ with local guild members. Donations accepted. Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Road, Charlotte. 704-334-7232. 7 p.m. Aug. 7.

Organ Recital:

The Charlotte Chapter of the American Guild of Organists presents chapter member Brennan Szafron from Spartanburg, SC on the four manual Casavant organ of Charlotte’s Myers Park Presbyterian Church. An offering will be received for the Ann & Robert Stigall Scholarship Fund, which provides annual support to local young organists to study with guild members. Donations suggested. Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte. 704-376-3695. 7 p.m. Aug. 14.

Special events

Movies Under the Stars:

SouthPark welcomes families and friends to celebrate the last days of summer and cool down with free outdoor entertainment at Movies Under the Stars. The annual summer series is every Friday through Aug. 26. Before settling down to enjoy the film at dusk, kick-off the evenings at 7 p.m. with live music from Mr. Nigel and Friends and activities for the entire family. Guests can also purchase an assortment of summer snacks to enjoy during the movie. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Movie Schedule: Aug. 5 “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (PG-13); Aug. 12 “Zootopia” (PG); Aug. 19 “Kung Fu Panda 3” (PG); Aug. 26 “Peanuts” (G). Free. Symphony Park at South Park Mall, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-972-2000. 7 p.m.

Matthews Food Truck Fridays:

Local food trucks and artists with live music while you relax and eat. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-847-4411. 5-9 p.m. Aug. 5 and 12.

Charity Fundraising Dinner:

Drop-in at Big Guy’s Pizza , as we raise money to send Mint Hill firefighter Josh Ferguson on a mission trip to Guatemala through World Outback Ministries. Big Guy’s will donate a portion of the evening’s sales and we’ll have raffle prizes, including gift cards to local shops and restaurants. Big Guy’s Pizzeria, 6914 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Charlotte. 704-545-1770. 5-8 p.m. Aug. 6.

Maker’s Mark Dinner & Custom Bourbon Barrel Release:

Hosted by global Maker’s Mark’s Whiskey Ambassador Jane Conner, the dinner will feature a menu paired perfectly with bourbon samples of Maker’s Mark, Maker’s 46, The Ballantyne’s Custom Bourbon Barrel and Maker’s Mark Barrel Strength. Enjoy live music and learn more about the bourbon creation process. $85. The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. 704-248-4000. 6:30-9 p.m. Aug. 12.

Pamper Me Aromatherapy and Scrub Workshop:

Have you ever wondered what the big deal is about aromatherapy and essential oils? Intrigued by how essential oils work and want to learn more? Do you like to “DIY” and want to learn to how make your own salt and sugar scrubs? This workshop covers the basics of aromatherapy and the process of making scrubs. $41.50-$59. Mama’s Coffee House, 716 Main St., Pineville. 704-248-4882. 6-8 p.m. Aug. 12.

Bubble Day at James K. Polk State Historic Site:

This program will feature a series of activities including arts + crafts, bubble-making areas, and a water play table for very little ones. Light, cooling refreshments and take-home treats will be provided. Free. James K. Polk State Historic Site, 12031 Lancaster Hwy., Pineville. 704-889-7145. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 13.

Cooling Draughts:

What did our 18th Century ancestors drink to stay cool on hot summer days? Lemonade was popular as it is now. But, other beverages such as Shrub and Metheglin were also common. Join members of the Historical Cooking Guild of the Catawba Valley to sample some 18th-century cooling draughts. This is a drop-in program. No reservations necessary. Free. James K. Polk State Historic Site, 12031 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. 704-889-7145. 11 a.m. Aug. 13.

Classes and meetings

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. 7:15 a.m.-8:15 a.m. Aug. 5 and 12.

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. Aug. 6, 8, 13 and 15.

Social Networking Class:

The Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte is offering a class on social networking platforms such as Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram. Learn the ins and outs of social websites. Bring a device on which to learn (tablet, laptop or smartphone). $30. Southminster Inc., 8919 Park Road, Charlotte. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Aug. 8 and 10.

Emotions Anonymous Meeting:

12-Step group for emotional instability. Free. Free. Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 3307 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-364-1234. 7-8 p.m. Aug. 8 and 15.

August Lupus Foundation Support Groups - Central Charlotte:

There is no charge to attend the meetings, and drop-ins are welcome. This group provides participants with an opportunity to receive introductory information about lupus, encourage the expression of concerns, provide an opportunity to share experiences, encourage and support positive coping strategies, and emphasize the importance of medical treatment. Meeting programs vary from guest speakers to DVD presentations and open group discussion. Free. Myers Park Presbyterian Church Outreach Center, 1073 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-927-1284. 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 10.

Pancreatic Cancer Karma Class with Allison O’Connor:

Join others at Be Yoga Carmel for a donation class benefitting the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. PanCan is a nationwide network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer. The class will consist of 45 minutes of Slow Flow followed by 30 blissful minutes of Deep Stretch accompanied by live music featuring Katie Sutton and Josh Vogt. Donation suggested: $10-$20. Be Yoga Carmel Road, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-705-2610. 7-8:15 p.m. Aug. 12.

iPad Beginner Class:

Join The Shepherd’s Center for a computer class geared towards seniors. Have an iPad and you’re not sure how to use it? Explore the basics with “iPad Beginners,” a how-to session on using operating the tablet device. Basic principles and key applications will be reviewed including Safari, Mail, Calendar, Photos, Contacts and Apps. Bring your own device. $40. Southminster, Inc., 8919 Park Road, Charlotte. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Aug. 15.

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. 7-9 p.m. Aug. 15.

Talks & Readings

Shepherd’s Center Memorable Mondays Lecture Series:

The Shepherd’s Center will begin the “Memorable Mondays” lecture series with Sandra Warren, author of “We Bought a WWII Bomber.” She will share the untold story of a Michigan high school, a B-17 Bomber, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the connection they have. This is an inspiring true story of commitment, dedication and patriotism on the home front in America; a story that fostered a mystery it would take seventy-two years to solve. The series continues with other authors on subsequent Mondays throughout the month. $5. St. Stephen United Methodist Church, 6800 Sardis Road, Charlotte. 704-364-1824. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 8.


The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Summer Camp Performance:

The LJCC’s Performing Arts Summer Camp presents The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley. Based on the best-selling book series, Stanley folds his way around the world with hisc hijinks. $5. Levine Jewish Community Center, 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-5007. 2 and 6 p.m. Aug. 6.


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. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 3 and 10. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 4 and 11. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 6 and 13. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 9 and 16.

Two To Watch:

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. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 3, 8 and 15. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 6 and 13.

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 best-seller 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. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2000. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 3 and 10. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 4 and 11. 1-5 p.m. Aug. 7 and 14.

Farmers markets

Farmers Market:

Vegetables, fruit, berries, herbs and plants, plus Duke’s Bread and other local specialties. Every Wednesday and Saturday at Rea Road and Williams Pond Lane. Free. Village at Robinson Farm, 8410 Rea Road, Charlotte. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 3, 6, 10 and 13.

Old Town Farmers Market:

Free. Old Town Rock Hill, East Main St., Rock Hill. 5-8 p.m. Aug. 4 and 11.

Pure Pizza’s Sustainable Saturday Market:

Fresh produce, great coffee, baked goods, live music and fun for the kids. A Pure Pizza - Plaza Midwood, 1911 Central Ave., Charlotte. 980-430-1701. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Aug. 6 and 13.


Lake Wylie Evening Kayak Tour:

Paddle the edges of McDowell Nature Preserve and get a chance to see the sun set over Lake Wylie with one of our kayak guides. Paddle, PFD and kayak provided. Please bring a towel, extra clothes, water bottle, sunscreen, hat and a snack. Must be able to paddle for an extended period of time. $15. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 3 and 10.

Hike for Healing:

Studies are showing that there are many healing benefits to walking in the woods. Join us to connect with nature. 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. 980-314-1119. 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 4.

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. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-2:30 p.m. Aug. 4 and 11.

Iredell Master Gardener Demonstration Garden:

The Iredell Extension Master Gardener Demonstration Garden will be open to the public on the first Saturday of each month through October. Visitors are welcome to tour the garden, see what’s being grown and ask questions of master gardeners. The Demonstration Garden features vegetable gardens, fruit trees, plants for shade and sun, a water feature and a children’s garden. The Demo Garden is located behind the NC Agricultural Center at 444 Bristol Drive, Statesville. Free. NC Agricultural Center, 444 Bristol Drive, Statesville. 9-11 a.m. Aug. 6.

Reedy Creek Adult Naturalist Club:

Are you curious about the natural world around you? Are you interested in what you are seeing in our local nature preserves or your backyard? Come to explore various Nature Preserves throughout the county as we take a closer look at our surroundings. Meet at West Branch Nature Preserve. Must call to register. Free. West Branch Nature Preserve, 18229 Shearer Road, Davidson. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 6.

Talon Summer Flight Shows:

Carolina Raptor Center’s high flying, gravity defying summer flight show features trainers putting native and exotic birds through their paces in free flight. Please arrive a half an hour early so that you won’t miss the show. Tickets will be sold online up until two hours before the show and in the Visitor Center up until 10 minutes before the show begins. Gates to amphitheater open 30 minutes before show time. There are only 80 seats per show, so make sure to reserve your tickets in advance. Adults $10, seniors $8, students $6, children 4 and younger free. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. 1-1:30 p.m., 3-3:30 p.m. Aug. 6 and 13.

I Spy Anne Springs Close Greenway:

The Charlotte Chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation presents its next family friendly nature hike to a park and greenway system that’s larger than New York City’s Central Park. Free event but registration is required through our website. Free. Anne Springs Close Greenway, 1604 U.S. 21, Fort Mill. 803-548-7252. 10 a.m. Aug. 6.

Eagle Encounter:

During this 45-minute encounter, participants will get “nose to beak” with some of our bald and golden eagle residents and have an opportunity to take a photograph with one of these majestic creatures. Our raptor encounters are 3 p.m. Sunday through Labor Day Weekend. The Eagle Encounter costs $15 person for members and $20 person for others. Reservations are recommended. Limited to four participants. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. 3-4 p.m. Aug. 7 and 14.

Flight Show:

Observe our birds in flight while learning about them from their handlers. Adults $10, seniors $8, students $6, children 4 and younger free. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. 3-3:30 p.m. Aug. 7 and 14.

Reedy Creek Olympians:

In honor of the Summer 2016 Olympics this year, Reedy Creek will be hosting its own games. What animals are the best of the best? Who can jump the highest, run the fastest, or hide the best? Come find out and test your own skills and reflexes against your friends. Must call to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-3 p.m. Aug. 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 1  1/2 hours. $15 single; $20 tandem. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 10.

Nature of Greenways: Mallard Creek Greenway:

This is a relaxed walk with stops along the way to discover the natural side of these active green spaces. Meet at Kirk Farm Fields Parking Lot. Must call to register. Free. Kirk Farm Fields, 210 E. Mallard Creek Church Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1001. 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Aug. 11.

Reedy Creek Garden Stewards:

Join a naturalist and learn about some of the plants in the garden and their uses and benefits as you weed, prune and plant the morning away. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 9-11 a.m. Aug. 12.

Worm Bins! Composting “Unpiled”:

Do you ever wish that you could compost, but don’t want to mess with a pile outside? There’s a solution. It’s called a worm bin and you can make one for half the price of commercially sold kits. Healthy worm bins can be kept inside and don’t smell. Come to this info session to learn how to make your own. Must call to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 10-11 a.m. Aug. 13.

Native Plant Society Meeting:

Join our local Native Plant Society as we explore the world of native plants and the natural world. Must call to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-4 p.m. Aug. 14.



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. 5-6 p.m. Aug. 7 and 14.

CADE: Carolina Aerial & Dance Exchange:

Carolina Aerial and Dance Exchange brings together dance, aerial and circus arts. The goal is to create an open learning and sharing atmosphere through classes and seminars to excite and inspire people to try new ways of moving, learning and connecting. $150 one-day unlimited pass; $225 two-day unlimited pass; $300 all three days. Caroline Calouche & Co., 9315 Monroe Road, Charlotte. 704-844-0449. 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Aug. 12.