University City

Community calendar

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April 1

Geocaching:

You’ll learn the basics of geocaching, then hit the trails to find caches hidden right at Reedy Creek. Please bring a small item of $1 to $5 value if you would like to swap items from a cache. Close toed shoes are recommended. GPS units provided, or bring your own. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. Age 12 and older. 1:30 p.m. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857.

April 4

Creature Feature and Story Time: Beaver:

Discover a new and exciting creature each month through a story, activity and/or craft. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. Ages 6 and under. Free 10 a.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857.

Engineering Management Information Session:

Attend a free information session to learn more about the Master of Science in Engineering Management program at UNC Charlotte. RSVP: distanced@uncc.edu, 704-687-3889. 5:30 p.m. UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte. 704-687-2000. www.uncc.edu.

Spring Night Hike:

When people go to bed our nature preserve comes back to life. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the night with a naturalist guiding you through the trails at Reedy Creek. Participants must be able to hike 2-3 miles on uneven terrain. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. Ages 5 and older. 7 p.m. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat:

A sing-along version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice production, starring Donny Osmond. Osmond is featured in a Q & A session. 7 p.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-979-0200. www.amctheatres.com

April 5

SilverFox Wine Crawl:

6:30 p.m. Winedown Wine Bar, 4351 Main St., Harrisburg.

Rascal Flatts: Changed:

Jay DeMarcus, Joe Don Rooney and Gary LeVox give a behind-the-scenes look at their new album, "Changed." 8 p.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-979-0200. www.amctheatres.com.

April 6

Full Moon Hike:

Discover the preserve after hours. We will explore the trails by the light of the moon. We may hear an owl or see a beaver. Participants must be able to hike 2-3 miles on uneven terrain. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. Ages 5 and older. Free. 7 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857.

April 7

Woodland Wildflower Walk for Children:

A story and walk in a spring woodland at the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens for children ages 4-7. Miss Susan will let children explore the paths, noticing wildflowers, and children will pick up leaves, nuts, rocks, and even some petals and then return to the classroom with their bounty to create a simple craft with the natural materials. A snack will be provided. To register, email Paula at pmgross@uncc.edu. 10 a.m. $2/child. UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, 9090 Craver Road, Charlotte. 704-687-0720. gardens.uncc.edu.

Waterfront Wildlife:

All animals need water to live and Reedy Creek Nature Preserve provides great spaces for wildlife to enjoy ponds and creeks. An educator will guide you down to the water front and help you identify the wildlife that congregates to satisfy its thirst. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. All ages. Free. 10 a.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857.

Ladies Dining Etiquette Class:

Grab your girlfriends for a special Dining Etiquette Class for Ladies. Learn proper table manners and dining etiquette over a five-course meal. Sign up at www.etiquetteandcharm.com. 5 p.m. $35. The Academy of Etiquette & Charm - East, 3758 Delgany Drive, Charlotte. 704-763-0552. www.etiquetteandcharm.com.

The Metropolitan Opera: Manon - Live:

Manon and Des Grieux fall in love at first sight but her need for wealth leads to tragedy. 12 p.m. April 7. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-979-0200. www.amctheatres.com.

Smooth Jazz Saturday Night:

Saxophonist Dante Lewis. Entertainment 9 p.m.-midnight. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Doors open 8 p.m. Fanz Sports Grill, 3425 David Cox Road, Charlotte. 704-597-7413. www.jazzdivaevents.com.

April 8

Animal Encounters:

Snakes, turtles, frogs and other critters call Reedy Creek Nature Center home. Meet some of the animals at the nature center and learn how you can help them in the wild. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. All ages. Free. 1:30 p.m. April 8; 1:30 p.m. April 29. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857.

Easter At Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre:

Free and fun for all. Egg hunts for pre-K through fifth grade. Inflatable bouncers, slides, and games for children. Live bands. Contemporary Easter message. 9:30 a.m. www.EasterAtVerizon.org. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd., Charlotte. 704-549-5555.

April 9

Free Spring Break Activities

Concord Mills invites local children to enjoy a variety of fun and exciting family-friendly events during its Kidgits Spring Break. Events will take place each morning and will include indoor activities like crafts, miniature golf and live music with Mr. Nigel, the popular children’s performer. Details or to sign up for the Kidgits Club, visit www.simonkidgitsclub.com. 10 a.m. Club membership is $5 a year. Concord Mills, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-979-3000. www.concordmills.com.

April 10

Free Spring Break Activities

Concord Mills invites local children to enjoy a variety of fun and exciting family-friendly events during its Kidgits Spring Break. Events will take place each morning and will include indoor activities like crafts, miniature golf and live music with Mr. Nigel, the popular children’s performer. Details or to sign up for the Kidgits Club, visit www.simonkidgitsclub.com. 10 a.m. through April 12. Club membership is $5 a year. Concord Mills, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-979-3000. www.concordmills.com.

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