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JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION

Juneteenth celebrates African-American freedom and achievement while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures.

WHEN: Friday-Saturday, with multiple events

WHERE: Friday at 7 p.m. Reenactment, Unity Building, Salisbury Road; Saturday, 2-8 p.m. Celebration in Downtown Statesville.

WHAT’S THE DEAL: The events are free to the public. For more information, visit the Juneteenth Facebook page.

RED BULL RACER APPEARANCE

Pilot Andrew Findlay will be on hand to showcase the power of his competitive aircraft.

WHEN: Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE: Statesville Regional Airport, 238 Airport Road, Statesville

WHAT’S THE DEAL: Findlay and his race aircraft will be on hand to discuss the Reno Air Races and will fly his Lancair Super Legacy, which has a 600 horsepower turbo engine.

PLANE PULL AND FLY-IN

The fundraiser features a unique feat of strength to benefit the Special Olympics.

WHEN: Saturday, 9 a.m.

WHERE: Statesville Regional Airport, 238 Airport Road, Statesville

WHAT’S THE DEAL: Teams of five will participate to see who can pull a 30,000-pound plane 25 feet the fastest. The event has already raised more than $10,000. Teams wishing to participate must raise at least $500 by June 15. For more information, visit the @SVLRegionalAirport Facebook page.

SUMMER READING KICK-OFF

A kick-off party features a variety of activities and events.

WHEN: Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

WHERE: Iredell County Parks and Recreation Center, 123 Grannis Lane, Statesville

WHAT’S THE DEAL? The kick-off party features inflatables, games and the chance to dunk the Library Director. All ages are welcome to join the fun. For more information, call704-878-3097.

 

ART OF THE WILD

An opening reception for Art of the Wild exhibit and fundraising event will be held.

WHEN: Friday, 6-8 p.m.

WHERE: Mooresville Arts, 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville

WHAT’S THE DEAL: The exhibit showcases North Carolina wildlife through fine art and is a collaborative effort between Mooresville Arts and Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists – a local chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation. Proceeds from sales of donated and sold artwork will benefit the mission of both organizations. The show is on exhibit through June 27. For more information call 704-663-6661 or visit www.mooresvillearts.org/gallery.

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