University City

Community calendar

Please submit your event information online. Go to events.charlotteobserver.com and click on "add to our listings." Email photos to thecity@charlotteobserver.com. The print deadline is two weeks in advance of the event date.

April 24

Beauty in the Broken: New Works by Artist Kendra Baird:

Kendra Baird traveled to 11 countries and learned how beautiful the world really is, not in spite of, but because of its broken nature.12 p.m. through May 11. Free. Green Rice Gallery, 451 E. 36th St., Charlotte. www.green-rice.com.

Hike: Wildflowers in the Preserve:

A two to three mile hike to look for spring wildflowers. Ages 6 and up. Free. Register at 704-598-8857. 1:30 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. www.charmeck.org.

Build a Bluebird House:

Simple enough for children to make, but fully functional and properly proportioned for bluebirds. Ages 8 and up $5. Call to register, 704-598-8857. 3:30 p.m. $5. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte.

April 25

Baby Sign Language Class:

A fun and interactive way to introduce your young child to American Sign Language. Adding simple ASL vocabulary to daily interactions enhances communication and reduces toddlers' frustration. "Terrible two's" aren't so terrible when your toddler can communicate his/her wants and needs. 9 a.m. April 25, May 2, 16. $66 non-Huntersville resident. www.huntersville.org. Huntersville Town Center, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville.

Home School: Fishy Subjects:

Study the anatomy and adaptations of fish and learn a little about native fish. Stick around afterwards if you wish and put your knowledge to the test with a hook and line. Ages 12 and up. $5. Call to register, 704-598-8857. 3:30 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857.

UNC Charlotte - SAT Exam Prep:

Each 15-hour program covers the latest test-taking strategies and proven techniques for increasing SAT scores. 5:30 p.m.UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte. www.continuinged.uncc.edu.

UNC Charlotte - LSAT Exam Prep:

Course materials are included in the registration fee and include a copy of the latest edition of the official test prep book. 6:30 p.m. Visit website. UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte. www.continuinged.uncc.edu.

April 26

UNC Charlotte - Enterprise Analysis:

9 a.m. through April 27. Details: www.continuinged.uncc.edu. UNC Charlotte Ben Craig Center, 8701 Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte.

Home School Special: Fantastic Fish:

We will read a fishy story, make a fish print, and try our hand at fishing in Dragonfly Pond. Fee includes craft and supplies. Ages 5-7. $5. Call to register, 704-598-8857. 1:30 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte.

Home School: Flower ID:

This hands-on hike/identification class will continue our investigation into wildflowers. Ages 8 - 12. $5. Call to register, 704-598-8857. 1:30 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte.

Nature Preserve Walk:

Enjoy a leisurely walk through the Reedy Creek Nature Preserve on easy trails. No more than a mile in length. All ages. Free. Call to register, 704-598-8857. 3:30 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte.

Walking Through Grief:

A unique grief support activity for those who have lost a loved one. 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through May 31. Walk the business park. Levine & Dickson Hospice House, 11900 Vanstory Drive, Huntersville. 704.335.4334. www.hpccr.org.

Hike for Your Health:

This is a medium to fast pace walk. 12 and older. Free. Call to register, 704-598-8857. 5 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte.

VBS Workshop:

This workshop features an overview of the Jesus Truth Seekers VBS program; planning and preparation skills for VBS directors and staff; tips for recruiting, training, budgeting; and safety considerations. 6 p.m. St. Paul Baptist Church, 1401 Allen St., Charlotte. 704-334-5309.

Yoga in the Preserve:

Ages 16 and older. Call to register, 704-598-8857. 6:15 p.m. $8 drop-in or $25 a month. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857.

April 27

Nature's Play:

This class will be outdoors so dress for the weather. Ages birth-5. Adult must stay with child. Call to register, 704-598-8857. 10 a.m. $2 per child. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte.

UNC Charlotte - LSAT Exam Prep:

Course materials are included in the registration fee and include a copy of the latest edition of the official test prep book. 6:30 p.m. Visit website. UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte. www.continuinged.uncc.edu.

April 28

UNC Charlotte - Cost Estimating and Cost Management:

This course explores project cost estimating and a budget planning effort for a project manager as part of the project plan, and then looks at earned value and other controls as the plan unfolds. 9 a.m. April 28, 29. www.continuinged.uncc.edu. UNC Charlotte Ben Craig Center, 8701 Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte.

Nature Preserve Walk:

Enjoy a leisurely walk through the Reedy Creek Nature Preserve on easy trails. No more than a mile in length. All ages. Free. Call to register, 704-598-8857. 3:30 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte.

April 29

UNC Charlotte - HVAC and Energy Efficiency:

This program focuses on the background and information needed to develop and implement effective strategies for achieving sustainable savings in HVAC systems. 8 a.m. www.continuinged.uncc.edu. UNC Charlotte Ben Craig Center, 8701 Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte.

UNC Charlotte - Business Analysis and Information Technology:

8:30 a.m. www.continuinged.uncc.edu. UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte. 704-687-2000. www.uncc.edu.

Sights & Sounds of the Night:

Join a naturalist on a stroll through the preserve after hours. Participants must be able to hike 2-3 miles on uneven terrain. Ages 5 and older. Free. Call to register, 704-598-8857. 6:30 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte.

April 30

Nature Art:

Learn about nature artist Andy Goldsworthy, and then hit the trails with one of our naturalists to create your very own nature art. You will have an opportunity to showcase and explain your masterpiece, and then dismantle it to preserve our Leave No Trace principles. Comfortable walking shoes encouraged. All ages. Free. Call to register, 704-598-8857. 10 a.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte.

Field Sketching:

Join Kathy Zimmerman for two Saturdays of observing and capturing through sketches the natural glory of the gardens. Designed for those who have taken the "Drawing from Nature" course, but open to anyone with a bit of drawing/sketching experience. Nine credits towards Certificate in Native Plant Studies program. 9 a.m. April 30, May 7. $81. UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, 9090 Craver Road, Charlotte. 704-687-2364. gardens.uncc.edu.

Field Studies Series: Cicada Invasion:

Become part of Mecklenburg County's Cicada Watch program and help collect data on cicada emergence locations and activity. Please wear comfortable shoes and warm clothing. Bring a snack and a water bottle. Ages 18 and up. Free. Call to register, 704-598-8857. 9:30 a.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte.

A Jazzy Affair:

11 a.m. Food and live entertainment. This scholarship fundraiser and alumni recognition brunch is hosted by the Charlotte Chapter of the National Hampton Alumni Association. 11 a.m. April 30. The Art House, 3101 Cullman Ave., Charlotte.

The Metropolitan Opera: II Trovatore:

A warrior named Manrico has conflicts with Count di Luna. 1 p.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. www.amctheatres.com.

Free Nutrition Seminar/Beginner CrossFit Workout:

We'll teach you the movements and set you up for success. After the workout and cool down work, we'll be discussing basic nutrition. 7 p.m. Free. CrossFit Eternal, 216 B Stetson Road, Charlotte. 704-921-8272. www.crossfiteternal.com.

May 1

Online Principles of Fraud Examination:

This course is intended as an overview of the basic types of fraud that are prevalent in any business environment. This course is held online May 1-31. 7 p.m. www.continuinged.uncc.edu.

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