SPRING & SUMMER 2008 MAIN STREET MARKETPLACE May 2-June 27. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Boyd Plaza, Columbia, S.C. 803-779-4005 ext. 2042. www.citycentercolumbia.sc.
Pit Crew Challenge May 15: See why races are won and lost in the pits. A portion of the proceeds will benefit a charity of The NASCAR Foundation. $15. Live at 7 p.m. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. 704-688-9000. www.timewarnercablearena.com.
MindControl New 2XCD Release Tour On Star 69 May 16: DJs Peter Bailey and Richie Santana take you on a trip through the universe as they tag-team their way though a night of pulsating house music that will keep the party jumping. $15-$20. 10 p.m. Crave (inside Velocity), 935 S. Summit Ave. 704-333-0060. www.velocitync.com.
Mint After 5 May 16: Come enjoy the rooftop patio at the Mint Museum. Good drinks and great food from the area's best restaurants. $15. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Mint Museum of Craft & Design, 220 N. Tryon St. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.
Stamp and Postcard show May 17-18: Buy, sell and trade stamps, postcards and supplies for collectors. 10 a.m. Char-Meck Senior Center. 3925 Willard Farrow Drive. 704-531-6900.
Second Annual Benefit for the Percy Thornton Foundation May 23-25: Features musical performances, drink specials and more. $40. The Mint Juleps Club, 155 Hall Avenue, Southern Pines, N.C.
Kids Triathlon May 24: Family Fitness & Aquatics is pleased to announce fun activities for kids up to the age of 12. 6 p.m. Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics, 11725 Verhoff Drive, Huntersville. 704-766-2222. For more, visit:www.HFFA.com.
Teen Game Night May 29: Try your hand at trivia and other board games for teens in grades 6-12. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Union Road Branch Library, 5800 Union Road, Gastonia.
Charity Begins at Golf May 31: The Charlotte Singles Golf Association presents a charity golf tournament to benefit Hospice and Palliative Care. $65. 8:30 a.m. Renaissance Park Golf Course.
Handmade Paper Greeting Cards May 31: Norma Suddreth teaches you how to make your own greeting cards. $70. 10 a.m.. Cheap Joe's Art Stuff, 4420 Monroe Road.
CAROLINA MUDCATS June 1-4: at Montgomery; June 6-10: Mudcats vs. Jacksonville; June 11-15: Mudcats vs. Birmingham; June 17-22: Mudcats at Chattanooga; June 24-29: Mudcats vs. Huntsville; June 30: Mudcats at Jacksonville. 919-269-2887. www.gomudcats.com. Raleigh, N.C
THE DIXON GALLERY AND GARDENS June 1: 2008 Memphis Flower Show-M3D On the Edge; June 5: Carnivorous Plants Workshop for children 8-12; June 7: Photography Workshop I-Point and Shoot Auto; June 13: Leaf Casting Workshop; June 14: Photography Workshop II-Digital SLR Cameras-Beyond Automatic; June 19: Art After Dark- The Third Man; June 28: BooksmART for children 6-12. 4339 Park Ave., Memphis, Tenn. 901-761-5250. www.dixon.org.
Mr. & Miss National Icon June 1: The most dragtastic pageant in the Carolinas. Enjoy the "ladies and gentlemen" as they strut their stuff. $20. 9 p.m. Warehouse 29, 1011 Arnold St., Greensboro N.C. www.mrandmissnationalicon.com.
Appalachian Summer Festival June 2: Summer auction opens. June 28: Ricky Scaggs & Kentucky Thunder. June 29: Broyhill Chamber Ensemble. June 30-July 2: Visual arts workshop for teens & adults. www.appsummer.org
Reedy Creek Nature Center June 3: P.L.A.N.T. Club: Ladybug Ladybug, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. June 7: Saturday Morning Nature Hikes, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. June 7: National Trails Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 11: Senior Excursions: Weymouth Woods Nature Preserve, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. ages 55 and up. $4. June 13: March of The Penguins, 7 p.m. June 13: Insects of the Night, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. June 21: Book Discussion Blessed Unrest, 8:30 p.m.-10 p.m. June 28: South Mountain State Park, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-598-8857.
GOT TO BE NC FESTIVAL June 5-8: Taste a variety of food in N.C. Agriculture Food Expo, tour of antique farm equipment, antique tractor pull, horse pull, music, barbecue and other foods, games, rides, petting zoo. N.C. State Fairgrounds. Raleigh, N.C. www.ncagfest.com
57TH ANNUAL SUN FUN FESTIVAL June 5-9: Music, beauty pageants and fun in the sun. Myrtle Beach, S.C. 843-916-7221. www.SunFunFestival.com.
LOWES FOODS TASTE OF CHARLOTTE June 6-8: Enjoy an array of culinary delights as you choose from more than 100 samples from Charlotte's finest restaurants. Rain or Shine. www.tasteofcharlotte.com.
HAMMERHEADS SOCCER GAME June 7: The Wilmington Hammerheads play against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds; June 13: The Wilmington Hammerheads play against the Western Mass Pioneers; June 17: The Wilmington Hammerheads play against the Crystal Palace Baltimore. 7:30 p.m. 910-796-0076. Legion Sports Complex, 420 Raleigh St. Suite E., Wilmington, N.C.
Charlotte Dragon Boat and Asian Festival June 7: A wide variety of traditional Asian offerings and entertainment. Forty teams will compete in the fastest growing water sporting event. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius. 704-896-9808. www.charlottedragonboat.com.
MECKLENBURG COUNTY 5TH ANNUAL VOLLEYBALL BASH June 7-8. Memorial Stadium. 704-336-7644. www.charlottevb.com.
2nd annual Run for Miracles June 7: RE/MAX at the Lake hosts this 5k run for charity. 8 a.m. 121 Rolling Hill Road, Mooresville. www.REMAXatthelake5k.com.
Putting together this year's neighborhood guide has really made me appreciate how cool this city is.