A very happy Hump Day Smarties! I am excited about this weekend. There are a lot of terrific events and activities going on all over town. Grab the family and head up to the Speedway on Sunday for Taylor’s Finish Line Festival. This is sure to be a great day for the young and old. Movies, music, play and turtles round out the weekend. Get out and enjoy, it’s going to be a good one!
Taylor’s Finish Line Festival
Z Max Drag Strip at Charlotte Motor Speedway
May 23, Gates open at 2:30pm, carnival attractions until 7:30pm
This very Smarty Festival is to celebrate Taylor Gibbs victory over cancer while raising funds and awareness for two terrific organizations, Make-a-Wish and Levine Children’s Hospital. Included in the carnival will be a kid zone with inflatables, face painting, balloon artists, and live stage shows. The adjacentcarnival area will contain larger thrill rides, a hot air balloon, midway games and a second stage for live entertainment. Within this area will be several interactive stations featuring NASCAR drivers and other celebrity athletes. NASCAR fans will love the simulators and show cars, appearances by NASCAR drivers and other professional athletes. We will also hold a bake sale, silent auction, concert, and fireworks display!
Great Harvest Bread Co. 5K
Great Harvest Bread – 6420 Rea Road
May 22, 6:30am registration & chip pick up, 7:30am Start, 8:15 1 Mile
Fourth race of the 2010 Run For Your Life Grand Prix Series presented by ASICS. This is the first year this favorite amongst Charlotte runners will be on the Grand Prix Series and it is a DOUBLE POINTS EVENT! Event will be capped at 1,000 runners so don’t wait until race day! There will be a Baby jogger division & kid friendly 1 Mile Run with a Jumper on-site for kids to enjoy! Parking will be OFF SITE and runners will be bused to race location! See website for parking instructions. Free food, free drinks, free music, and TWICE AS MANY RAFFLES! – Over 45 give-aways!
SUNY Club Charity Cornhole Tournament to benefit Camp CARE
Dilworth Neighborhood Grille
May 22, 11:00am-4:00pm
Come join us for the SUNY Club Charity Cornhole tournament to raise money for Camp CARE, an organization committed to providing a camp and other year-round activities for children ages 3-17 in the Charlotte-Metrolina area who have or have had cancer and their families. There will be a cash prize and free cornhole set for the winning team, raffle prizes and a little taste of Wegmans.
Mint Hill Highland Games
Mint Hill Park on Fairview
May 21-22, Fri, 6:00pm-10:00pm; Sat, 9:00am-5:00pm
Music by Rathkeltair, Thistledown Tinkers, Marcille Wallis and the Mint Hill Highlanders, Highland Athletics, Border Collie Demos, Falcons and Goshawks, Scottish clans, Rugby Demo, Children’s Events, merchandise & food vendors. Sponsored by the Mint Hill Scottish Society, the Town of Mint Hill, the Arts & Science Council, Bojangles’, John R. Hairson Enterprises, Willow Grove Independent Retirement Living, and the Mint Hill Times. Cost is $5 per car. No pets allowed.
Rockin’ and Reelin’ Summer Movie Series
Pineville Lake Park
May 21, 7:00pm
Bring the family out for movies at the park. Pre-show starts at 7pm, movie will start at dusk. This week’s movie is “Up”. Cost is free.
Movies in the Park at Ballantyne
Brixham Green Connector Tent, Ballantyne Corporate Park
FREE: Movie, Popcorn, Bottled Water, Face Painting!! Fun for the whole family! Bring a blanket, come early and get a good spot!! Movies start at dark! This is week is “Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs”.
Students who participate in the School of Theatre Training are invited to auditions for OnStage, a unique performance opportunity. OnStage students rehearse four days a week over a five-week rehearsal period and have the technical support from Children’s Theatre’s artistic and educational staff in mounting a full theatrical production. These productions are then presented for the public. This year’s productions are the mixed-up fairy tale musical “Once Upon A Mattress,” the poetic fable “The Crane Wife,” Shakespeare’s epic “Pericles,” and the adventurous “Jungalbook.” Ages 7 and older. Cost is $7. See website for the performance times.
Explore McDowell: Guided Nature Hikes
McDowell Nature Preserve
May 22-23, 3:00pm-3:45pm
Join an educator and discover something new at McDowell each weekend. A forest walk, stream study, or an introduction to letterboxing might be on the agenda. For more information contact McDowell Nature Center at 704.588.5224.
A Children’s World of Play
May 22, Noon-3:00pm
International House devised this event, held at ImaginOn, to give young people a glimpse into fun from around the world. Experience games, music and traditions from around the world. Enjoy Spanish bingo, traditional Hebrew dances, a dancing Chinese dragon, and stories about faraway places to help children know play is an international language. All ages. Cost is free.
All Aboard Day
KidScience, Discovery Place
May 22, 10:00am
Toot Toot! All Aboard! Join us in KidScience to learn more about trains and the tracks they run on during this day dedicated to the locomotive. Ages 0-7. Cost is free with museum admission.
Live Animal Talk
McDowell Nature Preserve
May 22-23, 4:00pm-4:30pm
What does a snake feel like? Can turtles trade shells? Explore the secret lives of animals while you get up close and personal with several animals that call McDowell Nature Center, the Preserve, and even your backyard home. What does a snake feel like? Can turtles trade shells? Discover these answers and more while you get up close to several resident animals of McDowell Nature Center, the Preserve, and possibly your backyard home.
Matthews Summer Concert and Movie Series
May 22, 7:00pm
The LINK and Matthews Summer Concert and Movie Series are at it again! Join us every Saturday through July 4th for special musical performances and movies!! Saturday, May 22nd, “Where the Wild things Are” will be showing at 8:30 pm. Feel free to join us earlier for the National Turtle Day exhibit starting at 7 pm. Food and beverage vendors on-site. No pets. Cost is free.
Classi-kool Music Series
May 23, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Classi-kool Music Series. Live music, musical puppet show, and train rides around the lake. This week features Two Salmon, an old time string band.
Concerts on The Green
Village Green, Davidson
May 23, 6:00pm-9:00pm
A summer family favorite, Concerts on the Green are Friday & Sunday evenings from 6:00pm- 9:00pm on the Village Green in front of the Public Library at the intersection of Main Street and Concord Road. Families can enjoy music under the stars. Band of Oz is playing Sunday! All ages.
World Turtle Day
May 23, 1:00pm-5:00pm
Celebrate World Turtle Day with a day filled with turtle crafts, storytelling, live turtles, box turtle tracking expeditions and much more. Discover the wonders underneath the shell of these magnificent reptiles. Learn about the many threats to their survival in the wild and what you can do to make your backyard a turtle habitat.