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U 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 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 two-miles on uneven terrain. Ages 5 and older; free. Call to register, 704-598-8857. 2 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte.

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.

July 20

2011 Drag and Brag Series: Week 6:

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

July 21

Organization Development Information Session:

Free information session to learn more about the Organization Development Certificate Program. 6 p.m. UNC Charlotte Ben Craig Center, 8701 Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte. continuinged.uncc.edu.

July 22

Summer Night Campfire:

Enjoy an evening around the campfire roasting marshmallows and hanging out with other nature lovers. Musically talented participants are welcomed to bring their instruments. All Ages. Free. Call to register 704-598-8857. 7 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte.

July 24

We the Kings:

Pop rock quartet, We the Kings, will perform at noon. Free. Concord Mills, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord.

Open Classroom: Super Heroes:

Super strength, being able to jump 20 times your height, or be able to freeze your body and stay alive are some "super" powers that critters in nature share with their comic counterparts. Join us for a program where we will explore heroes and villains that live at Reedy Creek. All ages. Free. Call to register 704-598-8857. 2 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte.

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