Agenda Weekender: 15 things to do in Charlotte this weekend

Agenda Weekender: 15 things to do in Charlotte this weekend
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The Agenda Weekender is proudly presented by Speedway Christmas, in partnership with Count on Me NC. If you missed Charlotte Motor Speedway’s drive-through holiday light show last month, we’ve got some good news – you can still enjoy the display through January 17. Plus, take a spin around the ice skating rink while you’re there. Details.


Note: The Weekender is a list of happenings around the city. Use your discretion to decide what’s in your comfort zone. As always, wear a mask and practice social distancing in public.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 8

38. Rain/wintery mix. 82% chance of rain.

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Ice Skating at the Whitewater Center: While the holidays may be over, ice skating at the Whitewater Center continues through mid-February. The skating area also has a skate-up bar where you can buy craft beer, hot chocolate, and coffee. Reservations are required. Skate rentals are included but you need to bring your own socks. Noon to 10 p.m. $20. Details.

Homemade Spanish Tapas online with SkillPop: Join Chef Rosana for a class dedicated to the art of preparing Spanish tapas. You’ll learn how to make Croquetas de Jamon (ham croquettes), Pan con Tomate (tomato bread), and Patatas Bravas (spicy aioli potatoes). 5:30-7 p.m. $24. Details.

Joe Gransden & Maria Howell: Together Again! at Middle C Jazz: Singer, voice artist, and actress Maria Howell joins trumpeter and vocalist Joe Gransden in a jazz reunion at Middle C Jazz club. Craft cocktails and small plates begin at 6 p.m. and patio seating is available first-come, first-served. 6 & 8 p.m. $36 club seating. Details.

Virtual Jazz at the Bechtler: Post-Holiday Blues with Ziad Jazz Quartet, online: Cure your post-holiday blues by tuning in to hear the Ziad Jazz Quartet play live from the Bechtler. 7 p.m. Free. Details.

The Mint Museum NexGen Virtual Art Party with Ken West, online: The Mint Museum hosts photographer Ken West for a discussion about how he uses empathy and mindfulness in his work. Event-goers are invited to share a photo (preferably one you took) that you think tells a great story. 7-8:30 p.m. Details.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9

49. Partly cloudy. 10% chance of rain.

24 Foundation’s 24,000 Mile Challenge – Big Steps for Small Heroes: Big Steps for Small Heroes is a challenge for the Charlotte community to collectively complete 24,000 miles in 24 hours to raise money and support pediatric cancer navigation and survivorship programs. Jan. 9-10,  7 a.m. to 7 a.m. Free. Details.

Charlotte Open Air Market at 5471 Central Ave.: Head to the Charlotte Open Air Market to shop local vendors and enjoy some tasty food options. Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Details.

Winter Comfort Baking Boot Camp at Sweet Spot Studio: Learn how to make yeasted doughs and other bread-based pastries in this four-week baking boot camp. Classes will cover making sourdough starter, brioche bread, and cinnamon rolls among other things. Jan. 9, 16, 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Jan. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Payment plans available. Details.

Build the Perfect Brunch Board online with SkillPop: Grab your favorite breakfast accouterments and join food blogger Chrissie Nelson Rotko for a step-by-step demonstration on how to build a beautiful brunch board. 10-11:15 a.m. $24. Details.

Socially Distanced Yoga with Lenny Boy Brewing at 3000 S Tryon St.: Flow for an hour then enjoy a 6oz pour of Kombucha afterward. All yoga levels are welcome. BYO mat. 10-11 a.m. Free. Details.

Free QPR Suicide Prevention Training, online: This virtual QPR training will provide you with the knowledge and tools to become a certified gatekeeper. Mental health advocate and certified QPR Suicide Prevention Instructor, Fonda Bryant, will lead the session. 1:30-3 p.m. Free. Details.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10

46. Mostly sunny. 5% chance of rain.

$3 Beer at Suffolk Punch: Select beers are $3 all-day Sunday. You can catch this special on Thursdays and Sundays. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. $3+. Details.

Sunday Funday at MakerSpace Charlotte: For this week’s Sunday Funday, MakerSpace Charlotte is hosting a candle making and decorating workshop. Face coverings are required. 2-4 p.m. $10. Details.

Boozeless Bliss with Counterculture, online: Detox 2020 from your system with a holistic Dry January experience featuring workshops and giveaways that will replenish your mind, body, and spirit. This week’s workshop will be a nutrition class and discussion lead by certified nutritionist Alyssa Lovas. 5 p.m. $31. Details.

Virtual 2021 Meditation & Vision Board Salon with Mood House, online: It’s not too late to set intentions for the New Year. Grab some poster board, magazines, a glue stick, and scissors, and join Mood House for a free meditation and vision board workshop. 7 p.m. Free. Details.


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