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2nd Annual “Beer & Bites” Fundraiser Event:
Advocacy & Awareness for Immune Disorders Association (AAIDA), a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is hosting the 2nd Annual “Beer & Bites” fundraiser benefit. Tickets are $25 or $45 per couple and include two local brews and all-you-can-eat appetizers from Village Tavern. All funds raised go toward AAIDA’s mission to educate and advocate for patients living with immune dysregulation disorders. Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.GoDoAaida.org. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the event or at the door. $25. Village Tavern, 4201 Congress St., Charlotte. 704-552-9983. www.villagetavern.com. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 14.
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Gaudium Musicae Concert: Gate City Camerata:
Season Eight: Sacred Sounds begins with UNC Greensboro’s Gate City Camerata performing. The program will include works by Bach, Respighi and Kernis. A small reception following the hour-long concert gives fellow listeners an opportunity to meet the performers. Season subscriptions are available through Sept. 17 for $100 for families, $40 for adults and $25 for students. Single concert tickets are $30 for families, $12 for adults and $8 for students. Children 12 and younger are free. Tickets can be purchased online at www.StAnnCharlotte.org/musicae or at the door.The concert series offered by St. Ann’s is to support exceptional, primarily local and regional musicians by providing an acoustically excellent, intimate venue for performance and to present diverse programming. Sponsorships are available for each of the concerts. Contact the parish office at 704-523-4641 ext. 221 for information on tax-deductible contributions and sponsorships. St. Ann Catholic Church, 3635 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-523-4641. 4-6 p.m. Sept. 17.
NHRA Carolina Nationals:
Every ticket is a pit pass, giving fans unmatched access to the drivers and crews who drive these 10,000-horsepower Top Fuel and Nitro Funny Car machines to their limits. Adult tickets start at $21 on Friday and $43 on Saturday or Sunday plus tax, but kids 13 and younger get in for free with a paying adult. Visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com to buy your tickets or call 1-800-455-3267. zMAX Dragway, 6570 Bruton Smith Blvd., Concord. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 15.
NHRA Carolina Nationals:
The NHRA’s best drivers begin their quest for supremacy in the first race of the six-race NHRA Mello Yello Series Countdown to the Championship at zMAX Dragway. Every ticket is a pit pass, giving fans unmatched access to the drivers and crews who drive these 10,000-horsepower Top Fuel & Nitro Funny Car machines to their limits. $42.80-$58.85. Speedway Club, Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S., Concord. 704-455-3240. www.gospeedwayclub.com. 8 a.m. Sept. 15, 16 and 17.
Chinese Lantern Festival:
Large lanterns from Zigong, China will illuminate the Garden and guests can enjoy Kung Fu shows, Asian cuisine, authentic Chinese folk art and crafts.$24.95/adult. $21.95/senior 60-plus. $15.95/child 2-12. Free/child younger than 2. 30 percent off for garden members. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490. www.dsbg.org. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays through Oct. 29.
Evening Kayak at Mountain Island Lake:
Join a naturalist for a relaxing paddle on Mountain Island Lake, taking in the natural beauty while discovering the importance of this habitat to wildlife and human life. Meet at Latta Plantation Nature Center. Time on water is about one and a half hours. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. $15 single /$20 tandem. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 14.
Reedy Creek Adult Naturalist Club: Clark’s Creek Nature Preserve:
Are you curious about the natural world around you? Are you interested in what you are seeing in our local nature preserves or your backyard? Have you ever taken an hour just to walk a mile because you are stopping to look at/identify what you see? If so this is the group for you. We will come together to explore various Nature Preserves throughout the county and beyond as we take a closer look at our surroundings. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Clark’s Creek Nature Preserve, 5542 Hucks Road, Charlotte. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Sept. 16.
Science Saturday: Forest Floor and More:
A healthy forest floor is a solid foundation to a thriving forest ecosystem. Get hands on with scientific tools and demonstrations to explore the building blocks of a healthy forest and why the health of our local forests is not only important to us, but important to our local wildlife as well. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 16.
The History of the Catawba River:
Join the Davidson Historical Society as Emilee Syrewicze, Executive Director of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, examines the historical significance of the Catawba River and how its development has shaped its current status as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers. This program is free and open to the public. Parking is available in front of the Meetinghouse on South Street, or next door in the Davidson Elementary school parking lot. Friends Meeting House of Davidson, 625 South St, Davidson. 4 p.m. Sept. 17.
Specimen of the Day:
Come check out some wild and wonderful specimen on display for a closer look at things like bird nests, reptile eggs, turtle shells and more, while a Reedy Creek educator walks you through a hands on natural history experience. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Sept. 17.
Calling all kids and parents. Discover the Fall happenings at Reedy Creek. Through various hands-on activities such as crafts, games, stories, puppets, hikes and more we will learn about plant-life, animals, and their homes, weather and more. Come and explore with us. Parent participation encouraged. To register, call 980-314-1119. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 10-11 a.m. Sept. 18.
Volunteer Work Day:
Help the Carolina Waterflowl Rescue spruce up the rescue and meet your favorite animals. Registration is open for our monthly work day, Free lunch for all volunteers (vegetarian options available). Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, 5403 Poplin Road, Indian Trail. 704-668-9486. www.carolinawaterfowlrescue.com. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 19.
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