Happening nearby south Charlotte: Aug. 16-22, 2017

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Mint Hill Arts:

“New Faces in Photography” features the work of eight new members of Mint Hill Arts who express their creative talents through photography. Those featured are Jay Alexander, Carol Hambridge, Sharon Houck, Patricia Joyner, Steve Lindenman, Dale Mayberry, Howie Silinski, and Jacob Thomas. Mint Hill Town Hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Ln., Mint Hill. 704-545-9726. www.minthill.com. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.

7th Annual Studio Artists Exhibit and Sale:

Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com. Aug. 16.

Girls’ Night Out — Pears Still Life in Acrylic:

You will paint a trio of pears from a photo. $40. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com. 7- 8:30 p.m. Aug. 18.

Pottery 51:

Handmade ceramic pottery by more than 20 member artists. Wheel thrown and hand built pieces for sale. Classes and workshops offered. Pottery 51, 7714 Matthews, Mint Hill. 704-995-0909. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 19.


Learn to Square Dance:

Gene Baker is caller; email gbakercaller@aol.com $5 per session on Thursdays. Baker’s Place, 2843 Williams Road, Matthews. 704-576-0318. 7- 9 p.m. Aug. 17.


Carolina Voices Auditions:

For those who love to perform, Carolina Voices’ is where you want to be. To sign-up please visit: www.carolinavoices.org/auditions.asp or call 704-374-1564. For information about Carolina Voices, please visit: www.carolinavoices.org. Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Road, Charlotte. 704-334-7232. mpbconline.org. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 19. 6- 9 p.m. 8/22

Special Event

Mindful You:

This event will give you ideas to focus on ways of increasing mindfulness. Mindfulness can be increased in much the same way as exercise increases strength and endurance. Guest presenter will be Robert Hughs, M. Div., MSW, trained at Duke Integrative Medicine as an integrative health coach. Register at the Center Library. Levine Senior Center, 1050 Devore Lane, Matthews. 704-846-4654. www.levineseniorcenter.org. 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Aug. 16.

Movies Under the Stars

7 p.m. activities for the entire family. “Secret Life of Pets.” Free. SouthPark Symphony Park, SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-364-4411. www.southpark.com. 7 p.m. Aug. 18.

Toy Making – Parrot University:

Learn how easy it is to supplement the toys you purchase at Parrot University with those you make yourself. Enrich your birds life by learning to make toys that stimulate his/her curiosity and eliminate boredom. RSVP to info@companionparrots.org or call 704-889-2325. Free. Parrot University, 321 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2325. www.parrotu.com. 2- 4 p.m. Aug. 20.


Bethlehem Steel F.C. at Charlotte Independence:

$15-$75. www.charlotteindependence.com. Matthews Sportsplex, 1505 Tank Town Road, Matthews. 704-336-3854. 7 p.m. Aug. 16.

Orlando City B at Charlotte Independence:

$15-$75. www.charlotteindependence.com. Matthews Sportsplex, 1505 Tank Town Road, Matthews. 704-336-3854. 7 p.m. Aug. 19.

Workshops & Meetings

State and Federal Grant Writing Workshop:

To succeed with state and federal grants, you need to plan ahead, way ahead. You also need to step up your writing, program development and ability to follow instructions and be concise. Join us for this workshop to learn how to interpret federal grant application guidelines, establish standards for proposals that will be deemed highly competitive, dive deeper into compelling needs statements and the research that helps create them, while exploring best practices, budgets and other components of federal grant applications. www.fundingforgood.org. St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 3016 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-364-5431. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 21.


GriefShare meeting seeks to provide support to individuals experiencing grief and loss. Let us hep you move from mourning to joy. $15 for participant guide. Wesley United Methodist Church, 3715 Rea Road, Charlotte. 6:30- 8 p.m. Aug. 21.

Alzheimer’s Support Group:

When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, it takes a toll on so many people close to them. Join others that have been effected by Alzheimer’s and other Dementia’s in a support group where stories are shared, questions are answered and new friendships are made. Free. Elmcroft Senior Living, 7745 Little Ave., Charlotte. 704-541-9333. www.elmcroft.com. 6 p.m. Aug. 17.

An evening with Sandra Brown:

New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown will be doing a reading on her newest book “Seeing Red,” a Q&A and a signing. The event is free and open to the public. Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-525-9239. www.parkroadbooks.com. 7- 8:30 p.m. Aug. 17.


How to Reduce Your Water Consumption:

In North Carolina, we are rarely faced with a drought or water shortage; however, that is not the case in many communities worldwide. What can we do to reduce our water consumption and do our part to ensure that there is clean water to go around? Join Charlotte Water at this informative how-to session on using less water in your everyday life. Reduce your water consumption and save the planet. Free for members or $5 nonmembers. D9 Brewing, 11138 Treynorth Drive, Cornelius. 704-457-9368. www.d9brewing.com. 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 17.

Huntersville Growers’ Market:

Shop local and shop fresh with our vendors and enjoy the weekly themes/activities for free. Huntersville Elementary School, 200 Gilead Road, Huntersville. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Aug. 19.

Talons Summer Flight Show: Flights of the Forest:

Free with paid admission to the Raptor Trail. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org. 1-1:30 p.m., 3-3:30 p.m. Aug. 19. 1:30-2 p.m. Aug. 20.

National Honey Bee Awareness Day:

Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte. 704-357-1269. www.ncagr.gov. Aug. 19.

Hummingbird Festival:

The Hummingbird Festival is back and better than ever. Come celebrate the 10th anniversary of this festival. There will be banding of live hummingbird birds, best seen 9-11a.m; speakers, games, experiments, nature hikes, a lucky draw auction, face painting, crafts. Local food vendors will be on-site as well as many local artisans selling their homemade items and nonprofits from the area telling their story. There will be also a nature theme art show and a color contest. Free and family friendly. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 19.

Summer Science Series: Way Cool Water:

Come get your fill of science in the summertime with a Reedy Creek Environmental Educator. Join us as we take to the trails or the lab and perform some really awesome hands on science experiments. This month’s topic? Water. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 1:30-3 p.m. Aug. 20.

Solar Eclipse Celebration at Congaree National Park:

Join Reedy Creek Nature Center educators on an adventure to Congaree National Park, where we will have the opportunity to observe this astronomical event directly in the path of totality. We will learn about the cultural and scientific interpretations of eclipses, as well as construct our own devices for viewing the eclipse safely while we enjoy the beauty of Congaree’s old growth forest. Viewing glasses are included. Meet at Reedy Creek Nature Center and take van to location. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. $20. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 21.

Great American Eclipse Watch Party:

The Great American Eclipse Watch Party is co-sponsored by Wingate University Ballantyne and Ballantyne and will be held on a beautiful part of the golf course within the corporate park. There will be fun activities related to the eclipse for all ages, as well as food, games, giveaways, music. Free. Audubon Amphitheater, 13139 Ballantyne Corporate Place, Charlotte. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Aug. 21.

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