University City

Community calendar

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.

July 10

Gardening with Natives:

One-hour talk about what to plant in your yard. Great ideas for a small yard or landscape. All ages; free. Call to register. 2 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857.

July 11

UNC Charlotte SAT Exam Prep:

Each 15-hour program covers the latest test-taking strategies and proven techniques for increasing SAT scores. An additional session has been added to cover the new "Essay" section of the SAT. 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. UNC Charlotte Ben Craig Center, 8701 Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte. 704-687-8900. continuinged.uncc.edu.

Free Summer Camp Activities at Concord Mills:

Concord Mills will host its 6th Annual Kidgits Summer Camp, giving children a chance to enjoy a variety of fun and exciting free family-friendly events through July 14. Events will take place Monday through Thursday each week from 10-11 a.m. and will include indoor activities like crafts, miniature golf, movies and live music with Mr. Nigel, the popular children's performer. Visit us online or on Facebook for a complete list of dates and events. 10 a.m. Free. Concord Mills, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-979-3000. www.simon.com.

Summer Shootout Series:

Action-packed Legend Car and Bandolero racing. The series will run Tuesday nights as well as select Mondays. Gates open 4:30 p.m. and racing starts at 5 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Tickets $7 for adults; $3 for kids 6-12; kids 5 and younger free. 800-455-FANS (3267). Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord. 704-455-3267. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Harry Potter Marathon:

6 p.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-979-0200. www.amctheatres.com.

UNC Charlotte GMAT Exam Prep:

UNC Charlotte's GMAT Prep Course provides 24 instructional hours covering Reading comprehension, critical reasoning, sentence correction, problem solving, data sufficiency, analytical writing assessment and a comprehensive review of the mathematical concepts tested on the GMAT. Students will be given the opportunity to practice test taking by using actual GMAT questions from former tests. Classes will be Mondays and Wednesdays, July 11-Aug. 3. 6:30 p.m. UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte. 704-687-2000. www.uncc.edu.

Mark Patrick Lose Weight Seminar With Hypnosis:

Registration starts 30 minutes prior to all seminars. If you are reserving a seat but wish to pay at seminar, just click on the pay offline button. Please note all registration is cut off 10 minutes prior to seminar, but you can still attend - you will have to register at the seminar. Visit markpatrickseminars.com for information. 7 p.m. WBTV Courtyard by Marriott, 333 W. Wt Harris Blvd., Charlotte.

July 12

Summer Shootout Series:

Legend Car and Bandolero racing with special attractions such as fireworks, school bus racing and mascot mania. 5 p.m. Adult tickets $7; children ages 6-12, $3. Adult season pass $50. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord. 704-455-3267. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Hike for Your Health:

This is a medium- to fast-pace walk. Ages 12 and older free. Call to register. Tuesdays 5-6 p.m.; Thursdays 5:30-6:30 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857. www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Parks/Parks+By+Region/East+Park+Region/ReedyCreekPK.htm.

Mötley Crüe:

7:30 p.m. $31-$105. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd., Charlotte. 704-549-5555. www.livenation.com.

July 13

2011 Drag and Brag Series: Week 5:

12 p.m. $5. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord. 704-455-3267. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Free Make & Take Classes Every Wednesday:

June 2 through Aug. 25, kids age 4 and older can visit any A.C. Moore store from 3-5 p.m. and make their own age-appropriate craft and take it home. Free while supplies last. 3 p.m. A.C. Moore, 8161 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-979-3200. www.acmoore.com.

Summer Drag & Brag Series:

A six-week series of street drags gives 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. ZMax Dragway, 5555 Concord Parkway S, Concord. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Credit Education Wednesdays:

Learn trade secrets from the Industry's Leading Credit Expert, Kwesi Nichols. Live every Wednesday at 8 p.m. Dial: 712-432-0900; when prompted, enter Access Code: 932271#. 8 p.m. Free. Fresh Start Enterprises Inc., P.O. Box 481283, Charlotte. 800-991-3916. www.freshstartenterprisesinc.com.

July 14

Harry Potter Double Feature:

9 p.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-979-0200. www.amctheatres.com.

July 15

Free Beginner CrossFit Workout/Nutrition Seminar:

This is an hour-and-a-half free event that will start with being taken through a beginner level CrossFit workout. We'll teach you the movements and set you up for success. Basic nutrition discussed. 9 a.m. CrossFit Eternal, 216 B Stetson Road, Charlotte. 704-921-8272. www.crossfiteternal.com.

July 16

Free Nutrition Seminar/Beginner CrossFit Workout:

This is an hour-and-a-half free event that will start with being taken through a beginner level CrossFit workout. We'll teach you the movements and set you up for success. Basic nutrition discussed. 8 a.m. CrossFit Eternal, 216 B Stetson Road, Charlotte. 704-921-8272. www.crossfiteternal.com.

Fitness Hike:

Join a naturalist on a brisk morning hike through the preserve. Hikers should be prepared to walk 2-3 miles on uneven terrain. All ages; free. Call to register. 9:30 a.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857. www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Parks/Parks+By+Region/East+Park+Region/ReedyCreekPK.htm.

July 17

Summer Discovery Hike:

Join one of our naturalists as we explore the summer season on the trails. This will be a family friendly hike with lots of opportunities to stop and discover nature's gifts. Participants must be able to hike 2 miles on uneven terrain. Ages 5 and older; free. Call to register. 2 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857. www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Parks/Parks+By+Region/East+Park+Region/ReedyCreekPK.htm.

July 18

UNC Charlotte SAT Exam Prep:

Each 15-hour program covers the latest test-taking strategies and proven techniques for increasing SAT scores. An additional session has been added to cover the new "Essay" section of the SAT. July 18-22. 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. UNC Charlotte Ben Craig Center, 8701 Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte. 704-687-8900. continuinged.uncc.edu.

PandaMania VBS:

At PandaMania Vacation Bible school, kids will explore a bamboo forest full of fun-loving pandas! Psalm 139 comes to life as kids learn that they are God's most precious creation. In return, kids will learn to give thanks to God for all he does. Free; for children who will be 4 by Aug. 31 through rising fifth-graders. Register online by July 13. 6 p.m. Hickory Grove United Methodist Church, 6401 Hickory Grove Road, Charlotte. 704-537-4686. www.hickorygroveumc.com.

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