August’s top dates.
Mac Poker Ride: Mooresville Area Cyclists is hosting its third annual poker-themed bike race. Choose from a 34-, 62-, or 100-mile race for your chance to win high-quality biking gear like a Mavic Ksyrium Elite Road Wheelset or a CycleOps Magnus Indoor Trainer. During the race, riders will draw a playing card at each stop along the route. When they cross the finish line, they will have five cards and, if they have a good hand, the chance to win even more prizes. Online registration ends on Aug. 2 and is $50. 800 Beaty St., Davidson. www.macpokerride.com.
Movies @ McGuire: Bring the whole family out to this event at McGuire Nuclear Station’s EnergyExplorium. Starting at 8:30 p.m., “The LEGO Batman Movie” will be playing on the lawn. Bring a picnic blanket and some chairs or cruise up in a boat. Boaters can anchor at the EnergyExplorium’s cove at the southern tip of Lake Norman and watch from the water. This event is free, but there will be food vendors on site selling popcorn and other treats.13339 Hagers Ferry Road, Huntersville. www.duke-energy.com.
Circle K Back-To-School Monster Truck Bash: This annual event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway is the best way to celebrate going back to school. Trucks like Avenger, Wrecking Crew, Basher, and Bigfoot will be tearing up The Dirt Track starting at 6 p.m. Get there early to snap a photo beside one of these five-ton trucks and meet the drivers. There will also be plenty of pre-race festivities to enjoy. Tickets start at $26.50 for general admission, but the Monster Truck Ride Along Upgrade is just $10. 5555 Concord Mills Pkwy.,Concord. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets.
Lake Norman YMCA Triathlon: Swim, bike, and run for a great cause at this year’s Lake Norman YMCA Triathlon. Starting at 7 a.m., participants will complete a 750-meter swim in the lake, a 12.7 bike course that begins and ends on the Ingersoll Rand campus, and a 5K run, also on the campus. All proceeds from the race support the YMCA Community Support Campaign, which helps children and adults overcome physical disabilities and learn to water ski. Online registration is $70 for individuals and closes on Aug. 24 at 9 a.m. Ingersoll Rand, 800 Beaty St., Davidson. www.onesracingcompany.com/lakenormanymcatriathlon.
Vulture Venture: For a different kind of artistic experience, come to the Carolina Raptor Center to see Tombstone, a 13-year-old female black vulture create a colorful masterpiece. The bird has been painting for several months under the supervision of trainers at the center and is quite the artist. The Vulture Venture encounter costs $15 per member and $30 per non-member. Each participant goes home with their very own painting! This event happens once per month and is limited to two participants, so make a reservation as soon as you can. 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org.