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.

June 12

US Supercar Tour:

Featuring Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley, Aston Martin. 12:30 p.m. Hampton Inn & Suites, Weddington Road extension, Concord.

Trees in the Preserve:

Walk with the naturalist to learn the different trees in the preserve and how they fit in the ecology of the area. Learn which are invasive and exotic, and which are our native species. All ages. Free. Call to register 704-598-8857. 2 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte.

June 13

Summer Shootout Series:

Charlotte Motor Speedway hosts the Summer Shootout Series begins. Legend Car and Bandolero racing, along with special attractions, such as school bus racing and games for the kids. 5 p.m. Adult tickets, $7; children 6 to 12, $3; and children 5 and younger, free. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy. S., Concord. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

June 14

Summer Shootout Series:

NASCAR's future stars show their skills in a full program of Legend Car and Bandolero racing along with special attractions such as fireworks, school bus racing and mascot mania. 5 p.m. Adult tickets, $7; children ages 6-12, $3. Season pass for adults is $50. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S., Concord. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Hike for Your Health:

This is a medium to fast pace walk. Ages 12 and older. Free. Call to register; 704-598-8857. 5-6 p.m. every Tuesday. 5:30-6:30 p.m. every Thursday. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte.

Nature Preserve Walk:

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

June 15

2011 Drag and Brag Series: Week 1:

12 p.m. $5. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy. S., Concord. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Summer Drag & Brag Series:

Street drags give every thrill-seeker a chance to floor it on the four-lane quarter-mile. You can also display your hot rods in a cruise-in or watch drifting demonstrations. 4 p.m. Grandstand admission $5 or race for $20 per car. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com. ZMax Dragway, 5555 Concord Pky S., Concord.

June 16

Blood Drive:

Blood Drive hosted by the Women of AT&T and conducted in the Blood Mobile of the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas. Open to the public. Register onsite or online. 10 a.m. AT&T David Taylor Drive, 10101 David Taylor Drive, Charlotte.

Shred-A-Thon:

Help protect yourself from identity theft by bringing pre-approved credit card offers, old bills, out-of-date account statements and other documents that include personal information to shred. It is not necessary to remove staples. 11 a.m. Free. AT&T Research Drive, 9139 Research Drive, Charlotte. 704-510-7045.

Stephen Sondheim's Company:

7:30 p.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. www.amctheatres.com.

June 17

Evening Nature Stroll:

Join a naturalist on a stroll through the preserve after hours. Participants must be able to hike 2-3miles on uneven terrain. Ages 5 and older. Free. Call to register, 704-598-8857. 7 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857.

Phish:

7 p.m. $45-$60. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd., Charlotte. www.livenation.com.

June 18

Murph for Mutts:

CrossFit Eternal is hosting a fitness competition to benefit Hounds4Heroes & Dog Days of Charlotte, two local nonprofits. Teams of two will compete for best time by completing the Workout of the Day named in memory of Navy Lt. Michael Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, N.Y., who was killed in Afghanistan June 28, 2005. $40 per team in advance; $50 day of registration. 8:30 a.m. June 18. CrossFit Eternal, 216 B Stetson Road, Charlotte. murphformutts.charityhappenings.org.

Nature Art:

Let your inside artist come out and create a master piece with supplies from nature, always being respectful with the environment. No experience is required. All ages. Free. Call to register, 704-598-8857. 10 a.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte.

Super Duper Mini Chefs Event:

An opportunity for children to roll up their sleeves and play with their food. Enjoy a variety of food-related activities, giveaways and much more. Participants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank. 11 a.m. Free. Concord Mills, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord.

Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest State Qualifier at Concord Mills:

Concord Mills will host the state's Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier and name the male and female North Carolina Hot Dog Eating Champions who will have the chance to compete in Coney Island, N.Y., at the ESPN-televised main event July 4. Applicants must be 18 years of age and acknowledge and understand the risks associated with eating contests. 1 p.m. Free. Concord Mills, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-979-3000. ifoce.com. www.simon.com.

Summer Reading Carnival:

The summer reading program kicks off with songs and stories from entertainer Mr. Jim. Event includes games, crafts and fun. 2 p.m. University City Regional Public Library, 301 E. W T Harris Blvd., Charlotte. 704-595-9828. www.plcmc.org.

Body Wrap Party:

6 p.m. Hilton University Place, 8629 JM Keynes Drive, Charlotte. 704-547-7444.

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