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MINT MUSEUM OF CRAFT + DESIGN. 220 N. Tryon Street, 704-337-2000, www.mintmuseum.org. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. Admission: $6, adults; $5, students & seniors; $3, ages 6-17. Through July 27 Point of View II Exhibition. Through August 3 Constructing Elozua: A Retrospective
MUSEUM OF YORK COUNTY. 4621 Mt. Gallant Road, Rock Hill SC, 803-329-2121, www.yorkcounty.org. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday 1-5pm. Admission: $5, adults; $4, seniors over 60; $3, students; children five and under, free. Through July 20: Virtue Leads and Grace Reveals: Embroideries and Education in Antebellum South Carolina. Favorite Films Festival. July 1 and 2 Lady and the Tramp. July 8 and 9 Many Adventures Winnie the Pooh. July 15 and 16 Great Mouse Detective. July 22 and 23 Peter Pan in Return to Never Land. Showtimes for all films: 11am and 2pm on Tues & Wed. Movies free with museum admission. Reservations required for groups. Cardboard Rocket Planetarium Program. Thursdays and Fridays, 11am. For grades K-2. Planet Patrol Planetarium Program. Thursdays and Fridays, 2pm. For grades 3,4,and 5. Carolina Skies. Saturdays and Sundays, 2pm and 3pm. Explorers of Mauna Kea. Saturdays and Sundays 4pm.
SHAIN GALLERY. 601 B Providence Road, 704-334-7744, www.shaingallery.com. July 11 Summer Reception from 6-9pm featuring paintings by gallery artists and by Andrew Braitman, Geoffrey Johnson, Connie Winters, and Amy Dobbs.
W.D.O. GALLERY. 214 N. Tryon Street Hearst Plaza Suite 1, 704-333-9123, www.gallerywdo.com. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday; 10am-6pm. Through July 31 Compelling Artworks Bridging the Fine and Decorative Arts in an Elegant Cool Atmosphere. Featuring artists who have shown major works during the Winter/Spring season and previews of feature artists in the upcoming Winter/Autumn Season.
FOURTH OF JULYAMERICAN LIFE CELEBRATION. The Room, 1812 Montford Drive, 704-527-4511, www.theroom.tv. July 4-6 Parking Lot Party. Bands include the Never, Marat, Jennyanykind and more. All weekend, indoor and outdoor stages.
CELEBRATE AMERICA!. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Garden opens at 4pm, opening musical act at 7pm, symphony at 8pm, and fireworks at 9pm. Admission: $8, adults; $4, children. Members free.
CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS. Knights Stadium, Fort Mill SC, 704-36-HOMER, www.charlotteknights.com. Game Time: 7:15pm. Baseball's Salute to American Fireworks Night. Buffalo Bisons
CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY POPS. 704-972-2000, www.charlottesymphony.org,. July 4 at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, 8:15 pm, Free. www.dsbg.org
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. The Penguin, 1921 Commonwealth Avenue, 704-375-6959. July 4, bands all day.
HARD TIMES FAMILY PICNIC. Fat City, 3127 N. Davidson Street, 704-343-0240, www.fatcitydeli.net. Various bands all day long.
LAKE WYLIE. Buster Boyd Bridge, Hwy. 49. 803-831-2827. July 4, start time is 9:15pm. Since the fireworks are launched from Camp Thunderbird, public will have its best view from the shoreline restaurants such as T-Bones At The Lake, or public boat landings.
PARAMOUNT'S CAROWINDS. 704-588-2600, 803-548-5300 or 800-888-4386. July 4 & 5, 10pm. "Nights of Fire," pyrotechnics spectacular is best viewed from the Thrill Zone area of the park.
PUCKETT'S FARM EQUIPMENT. 2740 W. Sugar Creek Road, 704-597-8230, www.amagickgarden.com/puckettsfarmequip.html. July 4 Farm Fest '03, Part Time Blues Band, plus The Stragglers. Bar-B-Q, cookout extravaganza
UNCLE SAM JAM. Dixie's Tavern (Parking Lot), 301 E. 7th St. 704-374-1700. July 3, Featuring Lifehouse and more
SKYSHOW 2003. W. Trade St. at N. Tryon St., music, food and fireworks after dark.
BEN AND JERRY'S FREE SUMMER MOVIE SERIES. Ben and Jerry's Davidson, 202 S. Main Street Davidson, 704-892-0604. July 14 My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Movie begins at dusk in the parking lot of Ben and Jerry's Davidson. Free concert featuring Lura begins at 6:30pm.
CHARLOTTE FILM SOCIETY. The Manor Theater, 609 Providence Road, 704-414-2355. July 11-17 Oscar Shorts Series, Gerry, Ararat, and House of Fools. Movies at Birkdale, 16950 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Huntersville, 704-895-7997. July 18-24 Oscar Shorts Series, Gerry, Ararat, and House of Fools
CENTER CITY GREEN MARKET 2003. Seventh Street across from Reid's and Levine Museum. Through September 20, Saturdays, 8am-1pm. Fresh seafood from seafood.com; fresh produce from Unity Farms and Creekside Farms; hot dogs, kielbasa, and Italian sausage from New York Dogs; fresh flowers, bouquets and gift baskets; in-store specials from Reid's Fine Foods; family activities; free entertainment.
COMEDY ZONE. 516 N. Tryon Street, 704-348-haha, www.thecomedyzone.net. July 2-5 Mo Alexander w/ Jack Kearney. July 11-12 Celebrity Performance: Lewis Black w/ Steven J. Moore. July 18-19 Celebrity Performance: James Gregory. July 25-26 James Gregory. July 30-August 8 John Wesley Austin w/ Todd McCune
CORNELIUS OUTDOOR CINEMA SERIES. Kenton Place, off W. Catawba Ave & Sam Furr Rd, Cornelius, 704-892-6031 ext 160 or www.corneliuspr.org. Films edited for family viewing and subject to cancellation in inclement weather. July 2, 16 & 30 Call or visit website for titles. 7pm entertainment and films start after dark.