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KIDS TRIATHALON July 25: Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics invites children ages 2-14, including physically challenged to compete in our swim/bike/run triathalon. 6 p.m. Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics, 11725 Verhoff Drive, Huntersville. 704-766-2222. For more, visit www.HFFA.com.
PRIDE CHARLOTTE FESTIVAL 2009 July 25: An outdoor event celebrating Charlotte's gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community with celebrity entertainment, food, merchandise, activities, and numerous organizations. Gateway Village, 800 W. Trade St. 704-333-0144. www.pridecharlotte.com.
GARDEN NIGHTS Aug. 6, 13, 20: 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. www.dsbg.org.
WORLD KAYAK HOMETOWN THROWNDOWN Aug. 8: Event for Charlotte's local paddling community and spectators alike. 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. US National Whitewater Center, 500 Whitewater Center Pkwy. 704-391-3900. www.usnwc.org.
2009 HUMMINGBIRD FESTIVAL Aug. 22: Watch live professional hummingbird banding demonstrations and enjoy crafts, games, entertainment, vendors, and food at Reedy Creek Nature Center. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 2900 Rocky River Rd. 704-598-8857.
GREATER CHARLOTTE ANTIQUE & COLLECTIBLES SHOW Aug. 28-30: Featuring a variety of merchandise, as well as concession stands with food and beverages.$4-$5. Aug. 28-29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Aug. 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, 4751 NC Highway 49 North, Concord. 800-824-3770. www.charlotteantiqueshow.com.
SOUTHERN IDEAL HOME SHOW Aug. 28-Aug. 30: Talk to experts about remodeling, decorating and landscaping ideas during this special show, which has all you need to know about everything from home décor to building and home improvement solutions. $9 at the door. Aug. 28, 12 p.m.-9 p.m., Aug. 29, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Aug. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Park (formerly the Charlotte Merchandise Mart), 2500 E. Independence Blvd. 704-376-4085. www.southernshows.com.