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Alternative Worship Experience. 8:45 a.m. Sept. 18. Free. First United Methodist Church, 501 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. (704) 333-9081. www.fumccharlotte.org/index.htm
Speak Up Youth Slam:
O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals:
The Full Throttle Drag Racing Series returns at 9 a.m. Four categories: Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle. Every ticket is a pit pass. Call 1-800-455-FANS 3267-for tickets. 9 a.m. Four-day tickets start at $99. ZMax Dragway, 5555 Concord Pky S, Concord. 1-800-455-FANS. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze:
Visit a seven-acre maze of corn, relying only on your group of friends and/or family to navigate your way out. Water stations and maze assistance available. Concessions for sale. You may purchase tickets via website or at the gate. Weekend Maze Sept. 3 - Nov. 13. Family Friendly Friday Flashlight Mazes every Friday from Sept. 30 - Nov 4. 10 a.m. Sept. 18; $10 for ages 13+, $7 for youth ages 5-12, ages 4 and under; flashlight mazes $15 for ages 13+ and $10 for youth ages 5-12, ages 4 and under free. www.ruralhill.net. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. 704-875-3113. www.ruralhill.net.
Southern Women's Show:
Final day for show. Beauty, fashion and health information and vendors. The Park Expo and Conference Center, 2500 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte. $9, $5 for ages 6-12, free for children 5 and younger. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. www.southernwomensshow.com, 800-849-0248.
Field Studies Excursion: Hawk Watch:
People can join in the documentation of the migration of hawks through Mecklenburg County. Workshop participants will examine hawks and the identification of the common species in flight. Participants will then be able to assist the count at Cowans Ford Wildlife Refuge in Huntersville throughout migration. Call to register: 704-598-8857. Ages 18 and older. 6 p.m. and noon on Sept. 18. Free.704-598-8857. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Rd., Charlotte. 704-598-8857. bit.ly/meckparkandrec
School of Rock Celebrates 50-plus Years of Rock and Roll:
12 p.m. The Fillmore Charlotte, 820 Hamilton St., Charlotte.
Hatsumi Miura, Organ Concert and Benefit:
Hatsumi Miura, organist, will present a recital on the new Fisk, Opus 136. A reception will follow. Hatsumi Miura is resident organist at the Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall in Japan. 5 p.m. Free, donations requested for Japanese earthquake relief. 704-332-7746. St. Peters Episcopal Church, 115 E. Seventh St., Charlotte. 704-332-7746. www.st-petersweb.org
Survivor: Jamestown is an immersing educational experience set in 1607 Virginia that puts visitors into the shoes of the original Jamestown colonists. This role-play adventure presents one great challenge: To survive for one year. 1 p.m. Sept. 18; Free for children under 6; $3-$6. . Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte. 704-568-1774 or www.charlottemuseum.org
Johnston YMCA youth sports:
Youth sports programs for gymnastics, soccer, swimming, martial arts, flag and flag football this fall. Details: Sam Kim, 704-716-6314 or email@example.com. Times, prices and practices vary based on sport. www.ymcacharlotte.org. Johnston Memorial YMCA, 3025 N. Davidson St., Charlotte. 704-716-6300.
Poetry, spoken word, art, music. Presented by The Secret Poet's Society. 6 p.m. Sept. 19; 6 Free. 980-224-8020. Crown Station Coffee House and Pub, 1425 Elizabeth St., Charlotte. 980-224-8020. Search for "Crown Station" on Facebook.
Queen City Community Orchestra invites new members:
The Queen City Community Orchestra is the oldest non-profit string orchestra in the Charlotte area. Anyone who has played a string instrument can join. We offer two free concerts each year. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19; 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26. Charlotte Country Day School, Hance Fine Arts Center, 1440 Carmel Road, Charlotte. 704-398-3301. www.qcco.org.
Patchwork: Charlotte Foust
Patchwork features new mixed media paintings by Charlotte Foust, who works in a variety of mediums and themes. 11 a.m. Free. Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique (Southend), 128 E. Park Ave. Suite B, Charlotte. 704-334-4616. www.larkandkey.com
Bird Walk with Mary:
Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them to stroll through the garden and look for migrant birds passing through. Binoculars provided if you don't have your own. Pre-registration required - enrollment limited to 10. 9:30 a.m. $15. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com
Local Food, Food Preparation and Safety:
Kristen Davis, Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension Agent, shares home canning and preserving ideas and food safety tips. Register in advance, seating is limited, at www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org/register-here. 1 p.m. $5. NC Cooperative Extension, 1418 Armory Dr., Charlotte. 704-336-4011. Www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org