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ARTS & CRAFTS @ UNIVERSITY PLACE June 13-14: Outdoor arts and crafts from over 50 vendors with a play area for kids. Free. Sat., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sun., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shoppes at University Place, 8929 JM Keynes Dr.

TIME TRAVELERS CAMP June 15-19: Learn to cook over an open fire, drill with soldiers, write with a quill pen, play historic games, and much more. For students entering grades 4-6. $185/week. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday. Historic Brattonsville, 4621 Mt. Gallant Blvd, Rock Hill, S.C. 803-981-9182.

JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL OF THE CAROLINAS June 18-21: Celebration of the cultural heritage of slaves through food, arts, and music to bring together Africans, African-Americans and non-Africans. Free. Times vary. Independence Park, 300 Hawthorne Lane. 704-376-6160.

HEROES CONVENTION June 19-21: A comic book lover's dream. Meet some of your favorite authors: Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, George Perez, and many more. For more info call Heroes Aren't Hard to Find at 704-375-7462. $15-$30. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St.

KIDS TRIATHALON June 20: Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics invites children ages 2-14, including physically challenged to compete in our swim/bike/run triathalon. 6 pm. Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics, 11725 Verhoff Drive, Huntersville. 704-766-2222.

CLASSIC CARS TOUR THE GARDEN June 20: The Broad River European Motor Club will have their classic European cars on display. $5-$10. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont, NC. 704-829-1252.

INDOOR FOOTBALL June 20: Carolina Speed vs. Fayetteville Guard. $15. 7 p.m. Bojangles' Coliseum, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-786-0280.

WIITOURNII BOWLING COMPETITION June 20: Win up to $500,000 in prizes including the $250,000 grand prize! Free to watch, $79 to compete. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St. 704-339-6000.

DUB SHOW TOUR CUSTOM AUTO SHOW & CONCERT June 20: See lowriders, custom bikes, a $2 million car and more. Artist has yet to be announced for the concert. $20. 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St. 704-339-6000.

CHANNEL 9'S SUMMER FOOD DRIVE June 24: Stop by Channel 9's studios to drop off donations. Need canned fruits and veggies, soups, tuna, cereal, peanut butter, pasta, and beef stew. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. WSOC-TV, 1901 N. Tryon St. 704-338-9999.

INDOOR FOOTBALL June 27: Carolina Speed vs. South Carolina Force. $15. 7 p.m. Bojangles' Coliseum, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-786-0280.


4TH ANNUAL VETERANS & RESERVISTS GOLF CLASSIC July 1: Free round of golf and free lunch for those who qualify. Register before June 12. 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Tradition Public Golf Course, 3800 Prosperity Church Road. 704-336-3590.

GARDEN NIGHTS July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Visit Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden every Thursday evening for this year's Garden Nights program, which sports the theme "Tropical Oasis." Stroll the garden and enjoy guided garden walks, live entertainment, food with a tropical flair, beer and wine. $5-$10. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. 6500 South New Hope Rd. 704-825-4490.

WBT KNIGHTS SKYSHOW 2009 July 4: A sporty way to celebrate, this event offers a night of baseball, hot dogs and fireworks that are synchronized to a patriotic soundtrack played live inside Knights Stadium. $7-$12. 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Knights Stadium, 2280 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill, S.C. 803-548-8050.

FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION July 4: Parade begins at the Davidson Town Hall at 4:30 p.m. Immediately following gather on the Village Green for a fun-filled evening of music and games. Festivities include a children's amusement area and live stage entertainment by Rough Draft. 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Village Green in downtown Davidson.

WILD ABOUT SUMMER-WILD-LIFE July 11: Come see birds of prey from The Carolina Raptor Center and ground animals like snakes, turtles, and a Virginia Opossum courtesy of the Schiele Museum. Experts will be on hand to answer questions. $5-$10. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont, N.C. 704-829-1252.

WORLD KAYAK HOMETOWN THROWDOWN July 11: A freestyle kayaking event series for spectators and Charlotte's paddling community based on the legendary Maryland Chute Outs. $5 to watch, $25 to participate. 12 p.m. & 5 p.m. US National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy. 704-391-3900.

INTERGALACTIC BEAD & JEWELRY SHOWS, INC July 18-19: A vast array of precious and semi-precious gemstone beads, sterling silver, vintage beads, and much more. Classes are also available. $5. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Metrolina Expo Trade Center, 7100 Statesville Road. 888-729-6904.

2009 LAKE NORMAN EXCURSION July 18: Start and end location is at Lowe's Corporate Headquarters in Mooresville. For more information, visit

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