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.

May 29

Coca-Cola 600:

Let Freedom Race at NASCAR's only 600-mile event and patriotic salute to the U.S. armed forces at the 52nd running of the Coca-Cola 600. 5:45 p.m. May 29. $49 - $135. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy. South, Concord. 704-455-3267. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com

Pill Bugs and Roly-Poly:

What are those funny little bugs that live under logs and roll up when you play with them? Ages 6 and up. Free. Call to register, 704-598-8857. 1:30 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte.

Butterflies And Allies:

Learn to identify different types and go for a butterfly hunt. Ages 6 and up. Free. Call to register, 704-598-8857. 3:30 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte.

May 30

Home-school: More Insects:

Take an insect order of your choice and learn more about it. Use the microscopes to learn the fine details of your insect order and learn about how they live. Ages 12 and up. $5. Call to register, 704-598-8857. 3:30 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte.

May 31

Nature Preserve Walk:

A leisurely walk through the Reedy Creek Nature Preserve on easy trails. All Ages, 1 hour. Free. Call to register 704-598-8857. 3:30 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte.

Hike for Your Health:

This is a medium to fast pace walk. Ages 12 and older. Free. Please call to register. 5 p.m. May 31. 704-598-8857. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857.

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.

June 1

Country Megaticket:

1 p.m. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd., Charlotte. 704-549-5555. www.livenation.com.

The Metropolitan Opera:

The second opera in The Ring of the Nibelung series. 6:30 p.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-979-0200. www.amctheatres.com.

June 2

Kenny Chesney:

7 p.m. $90. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd., Charlotte. 704-549-5555. www.livenation.com.

June 3

ConCarolinas 2011:

3 p.m. June 3; 9 a.m. June 4; 9 a.m. June 5. $40 at the door. Hilton Charlotte University Place, 8629 J M Keynes Drive, Charlotte. 803-517-3928. www.concarolinas.org.

June 4

Seeing Nature Through a Camera Lens:

Discover a new perspective of the natural world with your digital camera. Not a photography class, but a guide to using your camera for observing and capturing images in nature. Ages 12 and older. Free. Call to register 704-598-8857. 10 a.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte.

June 5

LA Phil Live: Dudamel Conducts Brahms:

Gustavo Dudamel conducts Brahms' Fourth Symphony. 5 p.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-979-0200. www.amctheatres.com

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