Local artists host supply yard sale
The Piedmont Pastel Society and Matthews Artists Guild are joining forces to host a “clean-out-the-studio” Artists Yard Sale on July 20, a Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon at the McDowell Arts Center, 123 McDowell St., in Matthews.
“This is the first ever ‘clean-out-the-studio’ and recoup your losses yard sale,” Debbie Rasberry, with the Piedmont Pastel Society, said in a news release.
The sale will take place in the center’s upstairs gallery. Items for sale will include easels, frames, art surfaces, paints, brushes, books, DVDs, photographic equipment and more.
All local artists are invited to sign up to bring items to sell, as well as browse the selection of merchandise during the event.
To reserve a table, email Nicki Shishakly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Unwanted or unsold items can be donated to the Nash County Correctional Facility, where they’ll be used in a program teaching interactive skills through art.
Following the sale, at 1 p.m., the Piedmont Pastel Society will host Adele Goodman, who’ll host an animal pastel portrait demonstration and give advice on how to survive a negative critique.
Find more information at the Matthews Artists Guild blog, www.MatthewsArtistGuild.blogspot.com, or call 704-321-7275.
NC Pirates Ahoy! coming to Mint Hill Library
The Mint Hill Library will host NC Pirates Ahoy! on July 23 and 24, Tuesday and Wednesday, from 1 to 7:30 p.m.
This drop-in event features a hands-on exhibit on pirate history in North Carolina, including photos, maps, letters and other historical items.
Library staff will share a short presentation at 6:30 p.m., and refreshments will be served.
This event is geared toward teens and adults.
Find more information by going to www.cmlibrary.org and clicking “Mint Hill,” or call 704-416-5200, ext. 4.
The Mint Hill Library is located at 6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.
Rubber Duck Race coming to Freedom Park
The nonprofit Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation will host a Rubber Duck Race event on July 27, a Saturday, at Charlotte’s Freedom Park.
Thousands of rubber ducks will race down about 600 feet of Little Sugar Creek in the park. The event is intended to raise money for the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation’s advocacy, education and environmental protection program.
Festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. The event also will feature educational booths, food vendors and a rehabilitated hawk release from the Carolina Raptor Center. Also prior to the race, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated will host rain barrel demonstrations and give away 15 rain barrels to participants.
Then, at noon, the race commences in the creek adjacent to the band shell bridge. The finish line will be located near the bridge beside the Charlotte Nature Museum. Winners will be announced immediately after the event, and the grand prize winner will receive $1,500 in cash. More than 20 additional prizes will be awarded.
Following the noon race, the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation will host its annual meeting at 1 p.m. in the Mahlon Adams Pavilion in the park. Event goers are invited to stay and hear the State of the River Address, given by the Catawba Riverkeeper.
Tickets to enter the contest are currently on sale and cost $5 per duck, $25 for a family of five or $75 for a flock of 20. Ducks will be provided.
Find more information on how to purchase tickets, including a list of local venues selling tickets, visit www.CatawbaRiverkeeper.org/ducks, or call 704-679-9494.
Freedom Park is located at 1900 East Blvd. in Charlotte.
Explore Nano! at Discovery Place
Discovery Place will host Explore Nano! on Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tom Schmedake, a professor with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Department of Chemistry, and researchers from the NanoSure REU program will help visitors “explore science at the nanoscale.” Visitors will design a new molecule, play with nanocoated materials, check out the “nano” exhibit and even repeat a Nobel Prize-winning experiment.
This event is free with museum admission. Regular admission costs $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 2 to 13 and seniors ages 60 and older. Children younger than 2 get in free. Group discounts are available.
Find more information at www.discoveryplace.org/visit or www.discoveryplace.org/events/event/200/Explore-Nano, or call 704-372-6261, ext. 300. Discovery Place is located at 301 N. Tryon St. in Charlotte.