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PURPLE MARTIN CRUISES July 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28: 7:30--10 p.m. Southern Patriot at Lake Murray Marina, Columbia, S.C. $27. 803-749-8594.

INDEPENDENCE DAY FESTIVAL July 7: Fireworks, food, games, crafts and live music from Edwin McCain, Devon Allman's Honeytribe, Jackson Crossing, Laura Blackley, Jony James Blues Band, Second Look Band & A Tribute to Elvis by John Greene presented by The Lodges at Eagles Nest. $20-$25. The Heart Rock Amphitheatre, Banner Elk, N.C. 828-898-8645.

LATA 5TH ANNUAL SUNBURN OPEN July 10-13. Lexington County Tennis Complex, 425 Oak Drive, Lexington, S.C. 803-957-7676.

A DAY IN POMPEII July 11-Jan. 4: Featuring information and objects from room-size frescoes, marble sculptures, gold coins, jewelry and other objects that were preserved. Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St. 704-372-6261.

ANNUAL EAST COAST GOT-EM-ON CLASSIC KING TOURNAMENT July 11-13: Enjoy this long running fishing tournament in its 29th year. 910-458-5065. Carolina Beach, Wilmington, N.C.

The Battle of Hucks Defeat July 12-13: Come and see what war was like in the 1700's. This two day festival will have battle reenactments, military drills, music performance and firearms demonstrations. 10 a.m.-5p.m. Historic Brattonsville. 803-684-2327.

WWE PRESENTS SMACKDOWN! & ECW July 15: The Undertaker, Batista, Edge, Big Show, MVP, The Great Khali, Finlay, Kane, CM Punk, Chavo Guerrero. 7:30 p.m. $20-$70. Time Warner Cable Arena. 800-495-2295.

Lake Norman Excursion July 19: Charity Fundraiser Cycling Event will be held to raise money for the Lake Norman American Red Cross Office. Lowe's Corporate Headquarters, 1000 Lowes Blvd., Mooresville,

Kids Triathlon July 19: Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics is pleased to announce fun activities for kids up to the age of 12 as we award triathlon winners. 6 p.m.

CAPITAL CITY STADIUM July 21: 2008 Coastal Plain League All-Star Fan Fest; July 22: 2008 Coastal Plain League All-Star Game. Columbia, S.C. 803-254-FISH.

Forbidden Fruits July 24: Feel as if you are in Paradise as you sip delicious fruit inspired cocktails and listen to the Tsunami Wave Riders. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 South New Hope Rd., Belmont. 704-829-1252.

SUMMER CELEBRATION July 24-26: Features carnival rides, games and food. July 25: "Square Roots" performance; July 26: Center City Groove Band concert. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Stowe Park, Belmont, N.C. 704-825-8191.

INTERGALACTIC BEAD & JEWELRY SHOW July 26-27: Metrolina Expo Trade Center, Bldg. # 3. 7100 Statesville Rd. 888-729-6904.


WINTHROP UNIVERSITY Aug. 1: Works from the University Collection. McLaurin Lewandowski Student Gallery, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Aug. 18-22, 25-29: 20th Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition. Rutledge Gallery, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Aug. 19-20: Opening Address. McBryde Main Hall and TDR 9:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Rock Hill, S.C.

PROMISE KEEPERS MANHOOD LET THE TRUTH BE TOLD CONFERENCE Aug. 1-2: $74.95-$89.95. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive. Atlanta, GA. 1-866-PROMISE.

Wild Wings Hummingbird Banding Aug. 2: Get a chance to see hummingbirds up close and personal as you help catch and release them for research efforts. $5-$10. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 South New Hope Rd., Belmont. 704-825-4490.

BREW AT THE ZOO Aug. 2: A beer fest complete with live music and the chance to walk through the zoo after hours. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, 500 Wildlife Pkwy., Columbia, S.C. 803-779-8717.

CHARLOTTE CONVENTION CENTER Aug. 4-8: 2008 National Fine Arts Festival; August 15-16: Creating Keepsakes' Scrapbook Convention; August 15-17: Mid-Atlantic Fall Boat Show and Sale; August 17: The Bridal Showcase; August 21-24: AIA North Carolina: Being Green. 501 S. College St. 704-339-6000.

Animals at Night Aug. 15: Celebrate the end of summer at the garden. Enjoy food and fun with the family. 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 South New Hope Rd., Belmont. 704-825-4490.

Circle K Monster Truck Bash! Aug. 16: Come on over and see Charlotte's ONLY outdoor Monster Truck event. $10-$20. Lowes Motor Speedway. 704-455-3200.

Joseph-Beth Booksellers Aug. 19: Bronte Bistro's Corks and Courses Dinner. 7 p.m. To RSVP, call 704-602-9810.

BEAUTIES OF AMERICA NATIONAL PAGEANT Aug. 21-24: Sheraton Hotel and Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

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