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March 11

Stream Creatures:

Explore the stream to find insect larvae and other animals that live in the water. We will look for creatures by netting and screening and stay dry while finding them. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. Ages 6 and older. Free. 2 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857. www.charmeck.org.

Creating a Backyard Habitat:

Join a naturalist and see how easy it is to create your own wildlife friendly area. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. Ages 12 and older. Free. 2 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857. www.charmeck.org.

Orchid Spectacular:

Begin your exploration of this most elusive plant this winter, in the warmth of the Orchid Conservatory at The Garden. 9 a.m. March 11-18. $12. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490. www.dsbg.org.

NASCAR Hall of Fame Exhibit Entry:

4 p.m. March 11-18. $18.95. NASCAR Hall Of Fame, 501 S. College St., Charlotte.

Family Friendly Improv Comedy at Comedy Zone Sundays:

Charlotte Comedy Theater has partnered with Comedy Zone to offer a PG-rated, audience interactive improv comedy show. Reservations call: 980-321-4702 or cash at door. 5 p.m. March 11 and 18. $10 adults, kids/senior $5. 980-321-4702. Comedy Zone Charlotte @ NC Music Factory, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., Charlotte. 704-295-4242. www.charlottecomedyzone.com and www.charlottecomedytheater.com.

Chicago style long form improv comedy:

Charlotte Comedy Theater is now performing Chicago style long from improv at the Comedy Zone in the NC Music Factory every Sunday at 7 p.m. $10 card by phone or cash at the door. 980-321-4702. Comedy Zone Charlotte @ NC Music Factory, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., Charlotte. 704-295-4242. www.charlottecomedyzone.com & www.charlottecomedytheater.com.

March 12

Charlotte Cake Artists:

The Charlotte Cake Artist meeting will be a demonstration given by Toni Johnson on how to construct a Topsy-Turvy Cake. Guest dues for first meeting $5. 7 p.m. Panera Bread, 8034 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-979-1990.

6 a.m. Pick Up Basketball:

Only $3 a game; friendly but competitive. Covenant Recreation and Fitness Center, 1000 E. Morehead St., Charlotte. 703-334-7491. covenantpresby.org/connect/recreation-fitness-center-groups-activities.

Charlotte Film Festival:

The festival showcases fictional works, documentaries, and student films and presents 15 awards in various categories. Ticket price includes parking cost at the Epicentre Theater parking deck. 6 p.m. March 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27. $10. ). 704-837-2266. www.charlottefilmfestival.org. Epicentre Theater 5, 210 E. Trade St., Charlotte. 704-688-2400. www.EpiCentreTheaters.com.

New Works: Angie Renfro & Julie Covington:

Renfro's paintings capture the beauty of everyday objects and landscapes. The sense of nostalgia in her work is countered by her contemporary style - bold strokes are deliberately blurred, bright colors create tension in an otherwise muted palette, and paired down compositions. Covington's high-fired pots are influenced by her experience with other cultures, with surfaces that are decorated with a wax resist technique, with designs that range from vines to more primitive imagery. 11 a.m. March 12-17 and 18-21. Free. Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique (Southend), 128 E. Park Ave., Charlotte. 704-334-4616. www.larkandkey.com.

Story Time Monday:

Chick-fil-A Cotswold and Books-A-Million have teamed up to offer a free story time on Monday Mornings at Chick-fil-A Cotswold. Recommended for children 18 months to 4 years. For information call 704-366-0073. 10:30 a.m. Chick-fil-A Cotswold, 4431 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-366-0073. www.cfarestaurant.com

Mummies of the World:

Mummies of the World, the largest exhibition of mummies and related artifacts ever assembled, makes its southern U.S. premiere at Discovery Place. Tickets range from $18-24, with special discounts available for members and groups. 9 a.m. March 11-19.Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-372-6261. www .discovery place.org.

Hypnosis Workshop:

This 4-week hypnotherapy series will aid with your management of chronic diseases and/or habits you face on a daily basis. Ralph Broom form the Charlotte Hypnosis Center will teach you relaxation, stress release, and self-hypnosis techniques you can use in the comfort of your own home.

Space is extremely limited! Call 704-522-6222 to register. 10:30 a.m. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Rd., Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

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