Welcome to August Smarties. Not only is it tax-free weekend, it is a weekend full of reptiles, bats and Brother Rabbit. Cirque du Soleil is in town and for all you Beiber fans, you can catch his movie at Symphony Park in SouthPark. Have fun, stay cool, get out and enjoy.
Lake Norman Mothers of Multiples Fall Sale
Brawley Middle School Gym, Mooresville
August 6, 7:00am-1:00pm
Gently used clothes, gear and toys! Find great deals on strollers, nursery equipment, furniture, clothes, shoes, toys, books, games, puzzles, swings, high chairs, etc. Maternity clothes too! 1/2 price sale is from 11:30am-1:00pm! Early bird is from 7:00am-8:00am with $1 admission. Cash only sale!
Brother Rabbit Spinning Free
Matthews Library – 11:00am; Cornelius Library – 1:30pm; Davidson Library – 3:00pm
The power of storytelling takes center stage in a multicultural production inspired by the people who have made the Carolina region their home. Brother Rabbit is the quickest, cleverest, wittiest rabbit there ever was, but Slippy Fox sees him as one thing and one thing only: dinner. Brother Rabbit’s only hope of escape is to distract Slippy Fox from his growling tummy with irresistible stories, like “Martín the Magnificent,” from Central American culture, “The Fisherman Prince,” from the Vietnamese, “The Very First Fire,” from the Cherokee, and “Lookout Mountain,” from the Gullah. His tales show how stories connect us to each other and set our imaginations – and ourselves – free.For preschool and elementary ages.
SouthPark Movies Under the Stars
August 5, 7:00pm, movie begins at dusk
SouthPark invites local families and friends to gather on the lawn at Symphony Park to enjoy some sizzling summer entertainment! Every Friday from August 5 – 26, the mall will host Movies Under The Stars, a free night of movies and more, where shoppers can enjoy featured films, themed for families, under the stars on an impressive 30-foot screen. To jump-start the night, pre-event activities will entertain the crowd beginning at 7:00 p.m. including a live band. Tasty concessions and cold drinks will be available for purchase all night. This week’s movie is “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” (G).
Saturday Nature Nook
Latta Plantation Nature Center
August 5, 10:00am-10:30am
Let your child’s imagination soar during story time at the nature center! Hear a nature story followed by an up-close encounter with an animal. Ages 3-6.
Alegría by Cirque du Soleil
Time Warner Cable Arena
August 3-7, check website for show times
Alegría is a mood, a state of mind. The themes of the show, whose name means “jubilation” in Spanish, are many. Power and the handing down of power over time, the evolution from ancient monarchies to modern democracies, old age, youth — it is against this backdrop that the characters of Alegría play out their lives. Kings’ fools, minstrels, beggars, old aristocrats and children make up its universe, along with the clowns, who alone are able to resist the passing of time and the social transformations that accompany it. Cost is $37.00-$97.00.
Concord Mills Celebrates Friendship
August 6, 11:00am-1:00pm
In celebration of International Friendship Day and the August 2 release of Rio on Blu-ray and DVD, Concord Mills and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment are bringing the message of friendship to children with fun-filled, interactive activities including: making a friendship bracelet, taking a friendship pledge to promise to be kind, share and help others and receiving a Friendship Day certificate. Attendees will also send Friendship Day postcards to the city of Rio!
August 6, 11:00amand 2:00pm
Learn about bats from around the world up-close and personal! Rob Mies, TV personality, conservation biologist, bat expert, Director of the Organization for Bat Conservation and author, speaks about the benefits of bats, why we need to conserve them, and what you can do to help these unique mammals and invites you to step into the mysterious world of bats and explore their benefits, habitats, and nocturnal strategies. You will encounter a Big Brown bat from North America and hear its high-pitched echolocation with a “bat detector,” meet fruit bats from Africa and Asia, and finally, come face-to-face with the largest bat in the world, the Gigantic Flying Fox Bat from Malaysia. This beautiful bat has nearly a 6-foot wingspan! $3 in addition to museum admission & $3 for Museum Members Seating is limited. Call 704-854-6676 for advanced tickets.
Reedy Creek Nature Center
August 6, 10:30am-11:30am and 1:30pm-2:30pm
Come meet our scaly, cold-blooded friends here at Reedy Creek! The program will consist of background information on some of our native snakes, turtles and lizards. You will get to meet these creatures and have an opportunity to get up close and personal with them.
Repticon Charlotte Reptile & Exotic Animal Show
Cabarrus Arena and Events Center
August 6-7, 10:00am-5:00pm
Repticon Charlotte is a reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise. Participate in free raffles held for enthusiasts, animal seminars, and kid’s activities.
The NoDa School of Arts is a non-profit that provides fine arts training to underserved kids in Charlotte. The performances are this weekend and will be incredible. “Grease,” the school edition, will be performed by the 8th-12th graders on Friday-Sunday evenings, Aug 5-7, at 7:00 pm. “Alice in Wonderland” will be performed by our 7 year olds-7th graders on Saturday and Sunday, Aug 6-7 at 2:00 pm. All performances are at the NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Center’s Booth Playhouse. Tickets range from $10-15 and are sold at http://www.carolinatix.org. The casts of both are all children and both are wonderful family friendly events.