Whitewater Center holds Tuck Fest

CHARLOTTE – The U.S. National Whitewater Center will host Tuck Fest, a three-day festival that celebrates the outdoors through competitions, exhibitions, demonstrations and live music.

The festival features a variety of outdoor sport competitions including trail running, kayaking, biking, climbing, paddleboarding, slacklining and adventure racing.

There will also be live music from many genres including Americana, classical, bluegrass, soul, Irish, Southern rock, folk, blues, country-rock and gospel.

Tuck Fest is rooted in the overall outdoor experience, giving guests the opportunity to try something new.

Admission costs $25 for children and $35 for adults in advance or $30 for children and $40 for adults at the event.

The festival starts at 5 p.m. April 25. Activities begin at 8 a.m. April 26-27.

Details: www.tuckfest.org.


Davidson College hosts LGBTQ activist

DAVIDSON – Davidson College hosts acclaimed artist, photographer and LGBTQ activist iO Tillet Wright to share the Self Evident Truths Project she created.

The project seeks to capture the faces of gay Americans in simple, black-and-white photos.

Her goal is to collect 10,000 portraits as she tours across California, New York and Southern states.

Eventually, the project will be compiled into a series of exhibitions, an online database, a book and several guerilla art campaigns.

Wright will speak about art and activism at 7:30 p.m. April 16 in the Duke Family Performance Hall.

A photo shoot for her project will follow the lecture.

Wright will talk about her work at 5 p.m. April 17 in the Brown Atrium of the Alvarez College Union.

Both free talks take place at 207 Faculty Drive.

Details: www.ted.com/talks/io_tillett_wright_fifty_shades_of_gay.


Beer festival creates scholarship

MOORESVILLE – The Lake Norman Bags and Brews Festival will be held to support the Captain Mark McDowell Memorial Foundation.

McDowell grew up in Mooresville and graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy. The pilot died in a plane crash in Afghanistan in July 2009.

The festival raises money to establish an annual scholarship at South Iredell High School, McDowell’s alma mater, in addition to assisting other charities.

The festival features music by Noah Guthrie and High Wire, a cornhole tournament and beer vendors including Mother Earth Brewing, Big Boss, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Olde Hickory Brewery, Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Lagunitas Brewing, Lonerider, Natty Greene's and Aviator Brewing Company.

Happy Fix will also be at the festival selling comfy apparel and fun accessories.

The festival will be held May 3 at the Central Greenway at Mooresville Town Square.

Details: www.lakenormanbagsandbrewsfest.com.


Learn about frogs, toads

DAVIDSON – Theresa Morr, of the N.C. Wildlife Federation, will lead a free World of Wonder program about frogs and toads.

Children, ages 3 and older, and their families will learn where frogs and toads live, what they eat and why we need to protect them and their habitats. They’ll also learn how to identify them by sight and sound.

The event takes place at 9:30-11 a.m. May 17. Location and other details will be sent after registering.

Details: dlc.wow@gmail.com.