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August’s five essential dates. 4 Wrap up the summer with Movies Under the Stars. Every Friday in August, starting Aug. 4, bring the whole family to Symphony Park for a free outdoor show. The fun starts at 7 p.m. with food and refreshments available for purchase. The movies for August are “Trolls,” “Secret Life of Pets,” and “Sing.” The last…

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July’s five essential dates. 1 Start your Independence Day celebrations early with the Charlotte Symphony’s “Celebrating America” concert, part of the annual Summer Pops series, featuring popular patriotic songs. The performance ends with a bang, as fireworks go off after dark. Cost is $16 for adults, $5 for ages 13 to 18, and free for children ages 12 and under.…

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June’s essential dates 1-3 Charlotte Ballet artistic director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux is departing after 20 years of leadership. For the final performance of his impressive tenure, Bonnefoux has created Charlotte Ballet: Inspired Works. The evenings at the Knight Theater feature a variety of dancers and styles, all set to inspire. www.blumenthalarts.org 9-11 The annual three-day Taste of Charlotte festival draws hundreds…

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This month’s five essential dates. 9 Fight like a girl with the Susan G. Komen Laugh for the Cure comedy night at McGlohon Theater. Comedians, including Bobby Collins, will be performing all evening, and food and drink will be provided. Tickets are $65 and VIP packages are available. www.komencharlotte.org/laugh. 10-19 Bring your little ones and your imagination for a magical…

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February’s five essential dates.   4 Help fight heart disease by joining Novant Health and TIAA for the 59th Annual Greater Charlotte Heart Ball. There will be entertainment, auctions, and fine dining at the black-tie affair. The event takes place at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. 500 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, www.charlottencheartball.org.   8 Enjoy a night of art…

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January’s five essential dates. 7 The Ambassador’s Ball is the annual fundraiser for the Allegro Foundation, a nonprofit that helps children with disabilities, and it offers the chance to mingle with Charlotte’s international business community. This year’s special guest is His Excellency Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari, the Ambassador of Qatar. The evening is held each year at Quail Hollow Country…

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This month’s five essential dates. 5-26 Enjoy a warm summer evening by relaxing under the night sky and watching a fun movie with your family and friends. Starting at 7 p.m. every Friday in August, there will be live music, activities, and food at SouthPark Mall’s Movies Under the Stars. The movies start at dusk, and admittance is free for…

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This month’s five essential dates. 1 Summer Pops goes out with a bang! The last in the Sunday night series of concerts under the stars performed by the Charlotte Symphony, Celebrate America features a selection of patriotic music and is followed by fireworks. Tickets are $16. Gates open at 5 p.m. ; prelude at 7 p.m.; concert at 8:15 p.m.…