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SENSORIA CPCC's grand celebration of the arts. Featuring week-long events focused on literature, music, visual arts, history, culture and culinary delight. For detailed information, visit http://sensoria.cpcc.edu/. April 8-16. Central Piedmont Community College, 1201 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte.
SHAM ROCK 'N' ROLL BASH St. Patrick's day party with a leprechaun and 'St. Panties' day costume contest and live music from Simplified, Sister Hazel and Paper Tongues. For more information and tickets, call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ncmusicfactory.com. Thu., March 17, 6 p.m. $15 in advance. North Carolina Music Factory, 820 Hamilton St., Charlotte.
SHIFT Charlotte Metaphysical event with experts in the field leading classes, vendors, readers, psychics, and more. For more information, visit www.shiftcharlotte.com. Sat., March 12, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $50. US National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900. www.usnwc.org.
Spring Festival Whitewater Slalom Team Trials and music. Friday's headliner is JJ Grey & Mofro and Saturday's headliner is Lucero. April 15; April 16. Two-day festival tickets are $20-$25. US National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900. www.usnwc.org.
Spring into Health The health fair will feature events including blood sugar screening, blood sugar screening, vision screenings, body mass analysis, stroke and heart attack prevention information, chiropractics, body mechanics screenings, healthy nutrition information and more. Thu., March 10, 5-8 p.m. Free. Stallings Elementary, 3501 Stallings Road, Stallings.
St. Patrick's Day Irish Celebration Batt and Maura Burns, a talented husband and wife duo from Ireland will perform traditional Irish storytelling, poetry, and folk songs. Local Irish step dancers will also perform and a traditional Irish meal will be served. To purchase tickets, call 704-942-6345 or 704-402-7075. Sat., March 12, 6:30-10 p.m. St. Mark's Parish Center, 14740 Stumptown Road, Huntersville.
Summer Drag & Brag Series A six-week series of street drags on the four-lane quarter-mile track. Wednesdays. Continues through July 20. zMax Dragway at Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy. South, Concord. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
Summer Shootout Series NASCAR's future stars show their skills in a full program of Legend Car and Bandolero racing along with special attractions such as fireworks, school bus racing and mascot mania. Tuesdays. Continues through Aug. 16. $7 for adults; $3 for children 6-12 years old. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy. South, Concord. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
TASTE OF CHARLOTTE Featuring food and beverages from a variety of restaurants, as well as entertainment. The festival is held along Tryon Street (from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to 6th Street). June 11, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; June 12, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; June 13, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is free, but guests must purchase coins for food and beverages. For more information, visit www.tasteofcharlotte.com.
Third Annual EpiCentre Green Party Featuring Sick Puppies with special guest Kimberly Caldwell from American Idol. Sat., March 12, 5 p.m. EpiCentre, 210 East Trade Street, Charlotte.
US National Whitewater Slalom Team Trials USA canoe/kayak event. To register, call 704-391-3900, ext. 192. April 15; April 16; April 17. US National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway.704-391-3900. www.usnwc.org.
Walk MS The 2-4 mile community walk raises money and awareness for people suffering from Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Proceeds benefit The National Multiple Sclerosis Society. For more information, call 704-525-5906 or visit http://nationalmssociety.org. Sat., April 16. Registration at 9 a.m.; Walk begins at 10:30 a.m. Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road.
Windstream Pole Night NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600. Thu., May 26. $12 and up. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy. South, Concord. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
The Wooodworking & D.I.Y. Show The show invites hobbyists and woodworking enthusiasts to get tips and insight from industry professionals and national experts during hands-on demonstrations, and try out the latest products from leading manufacturers. March 25, 12-6 p.m.; March 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; March 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $10 adults, free for children under 15. The Park Expo & Conference Center (formerly The Charlotte Merchandise Mart), 2500 Independence Blvd., Charlotte.
Charlotte Symphony: Brahms New music director Christopher Warren-Green conducts a program of works by composer Johannes Brahms. April 1, 8 p.m.; April 2, 8 p.m. $21.50-$80.50. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org.
Charlotte Symphony: Grieg Pianist Stephen Hough returns to the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra to perform the popular piano concerto by Edvard Grieg in this Scandinavian celebration. May 6, 8 p.m.; May 7, 8 p.m. $21.50-$80.50. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org.
Charlotte Symphony KnightSounds: Light My Fire Charlotte Symphony to perform passionate works, from George Frideric Handel's "Royal Fireworks" to Igor Stravinsky's "Firebird." Pre-concert cocktails and appetizers at 6:30 p.m. Fri., March 25, 7:30-8:30 p.m. $30 (includes appetizers, a drink ticket and admission to the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art). Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org.