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JUNE 4 -- Ninety-nine Cent Smoothie Day. Head to Planet Smoothie on the first Wednesday of each month for a 99-cent smoothie. During this special deal, different "lifestyle" smoothies will be offered. This Wednesday's smoothie is Spazz from the energy lifestyle category. It contains strawberries, bananas and a booster blast. First Wednesday of each month, through September. 8 a.m. Various Planet Smoothie locations. www.planetsmoothie.com.

JUNE 6 -- Hops & Vine Event. Enjoy an evening of wine tastings from Constellation Wines and E. & J. Gallo Winery, as well as ales from Sierra Nevada Ales. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided by Fig Tree Restaurant. The event is in memory of Brandon Elam, a 16-year-old who lost his battle with cancer last year. It also raises money for 24 Hours of Booty, a charity cycling event presented by the Lance Armstrong Foundation that will be held on July 25-26. 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Dillon Natural Health, 406 Louise Ave. 704-365-4417. www.24hoursofbooty.org.

JUNE 6-8 -- Lowes Foods Taste of Charlotte. If your eyes are bigger than your stomach, watch out! Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, Taste of Charlotte gives Charlotteans the opportunity to sample eats (over 110 menu items) from more than 35 restaurants. It also features cooking demonstrations, kid's play areas, art, clothing, accessories, woodcrafts, live music and more. 11 a.m. Tryon St. (between Martin Luther King Boulevard and 6th Street) 704-947-6590. www.tasteofcharlotte.com.

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