Don't miss these upcoming events close to home.
1 Hot dog eating contest
Enter or watch the state's Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier. A man and woman will be picked to compete in Coney Island, N.Y., at the ESPN-televised main event July 4. Free.
When: 1 p.m. June 18.
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Where: Concord Mills, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord.
2 Summer Reading Carnival
The library kicks off its summer reading program with songs and stories from the entertainer Mr. Jim. Celebration includes games, crafts and fun.
When: 2 p.m. June 18.
Where: University City Regional Public Library, 301 E. W.T. Harris Blvd., Charlotte.