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Brennan Szafron is the full-time organist and choirmaster of the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Spartanburg, S.C. An offering will be received for the Ann & Robert Stigall Scholarship Fund. Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte. 704-376-3695. www.myersparkpres.org. 7 p.m. Aug. 14.
Movies Under the Stars:
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 snacks. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. 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. Aug. 12.
Maker’s Mark Dinner & Custom Bourbon Barrel Release:
Hosted by global Maker’s Mark’s Whiskey Ambassador Jane Conner, the dinner will feature a flavorful 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. Live music and learn more about the bourbon creation process. $85. The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. 704-248-4000. www.theballantynehotel.com. 6:30-9 p.m. Aug. 12.
Matthews Food Truck Fridays:
Local food trucks and artists with live music while you relax and eat in Stumptown Park www.matthewsfun.com. Free. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-847-4411. www.matthewsnc.com. 5-9 p.m. Aug. 12.
Bubble Day -ay- James K. Polk State Historic Site:
This program will feature a series of activities including arts and 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 Highway, Pineville. 704-889-7145. www.nchistoricsites.org. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 13.
What did our 18th Century ancestors drink to stay cool on hot summer days? Lemonade was very popular as it is now. But, other beverages such as Shrub and Metheglin were also very 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. www.jameskpolk.net. James K. Polk State Historic Site, 12031 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. 704-889-7145. www.nchistoricsites.org. 11 a.m. Aug. 13.
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. Aug. 14.
Talks, Classes & Meetings
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. 10.
August Lupus Foundation Support Groups - Central Charlotte:
There is no charge to attend the meetings, and drop-ins are welcome. Free. Myers Park Presbyterian Church Outreach Center, 1073 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-927-1284. wellness.myersparkpres.org. 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 10.
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 a.m.-8:15 a.m. Aug. 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. charlottewoodworkers.org. Aug. 13 and 15.
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. Aug. 15.
Shepherd’s Center Memorable Mondays Lecture Series:
$5. St. Stephen United Methodist Church, 6800 Sardis Road, Charlotte. 704-364-1824. www.ststephenumc.net. 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Aug. 15.
Job Search Support Group:
Christians in Career Transition 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 more info, contact Jack Rueckel at 704-341-8449. Free. St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. www.stmatthewcatholic.org. 7-9 p.m. Aug. 15.
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 and 17.
Nature & Farmers Markets
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. 10.
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. Learn the history of Lake Wylie and meet new people in a fun environment. Registration is required. e. $15. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 10.
Old Town Farmers Market:
Old Town Rock Hill, East Main St., Rock Hill. 5-8 p.m. Aug. 11.
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. 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 a.m.-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 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 a.m.-11 a.m. Aug. 13.
Talon Summer Flight Shows:
Carolina Raptor Center’s high flying, gravity defying summer flight show features CRC’s trainers putting our native and exotic birds through their paces in free flight. 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. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org. 1-1:30 p.m., 3-3:30 p.m. Aug. 13.
Lake Wylie Family Kayak Tour:
Paddle the edges of McDowell Nature Preserve as you enjoy time with your family. This program includes all equipment and is led by a certified instructor. $15 single; $20 tandem. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 9:30-11:30 a.m., 2-4 p.m. Aug. 13.
Sustainable Saturday Market:
Pure Pizza - Plaza Midwood, 1911 Central Ave., Charlotte. 980-430-1701. purepizzaclt.com. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Aug. 13.
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. $15/each for members and $20/each for others. Reservations are recommended. Limited to four participants. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org. 3-4 p.m. Aug. 14.
Observe our birds in flight while learning about them from their handlers. At 3 p.m., attend our Live Bird Presentation to see some of our resident birds up close and personal 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. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org. 3-3:30 p.m. Aug. 14.
Native Plant Society meeting:
Join our local Native Plant Society as we explore the world of native plants and the natural world. Each month will highlight a different native topic from plants to pollinators. Must call to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-4 p.m. Aug. 14.
Weekday Wanderers: Stephen’s Creek Nature Preserve:
Stephen’s Creek is a 352-acre treasure located in the upper Mountain Island Lake Watershed. Must be able to hike 4 to 5 miles on uneven terrain. Must call to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 17.
Family Hike & Stream Stomp:
Investigate Bugg Creek for salamanders, crayfish and more in this catch-and-release adventure. Learn about erosion and other environmental issues affecting aquatic wildlife. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Aug. 17.
Annual Studio Artists’ Exhibition:
Every August the Gallery celebrates and showcases the artists who take their weekly studio classes by having a monthlong exhibition. . Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 10. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 11. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 13. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 16. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 17.
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. www.jeraldmelberg.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 10. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 13. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 15.
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 17th and 18th centuries. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 10. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 11. 1-5 p.m. Aug. 14. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 17.