Kerr Putney
CMPD Chief Kerr Putney in Qcitymetro file photo.

Happy Monday, Qcity! Can you believe August is already here?

THE FORECAST: Today, the weatherman is calling for partly sunny skies with a high near 91 along with a strong chance for showers and thunderstorms. We can expect the chance for rain  to stick around all week with temperatures in the low 90s. (Full forecast)

Here’s a look at five events to start your week:

Diversity Matters: Courageous Conversations, August 2 @ mcColl Center for Art + Innovation: Carolinas HealthCare System is hosting another community dialogue, in collaboration with the McColl Center for Art + Innovation – Diversity Matters: Courageous Conversations. Participants will discuss the many acts of senseless violence that have occurred in the last 60 days and how we, as a community, can interrupt the cycle of fear and violence. (Details)

Tuesday Morning Breakfast Forum, August 2 @ Belmont Regional Center: It’s sure to be a large crowd at this week’s forum as CMPD Chief Kerr Putney stops by. (Details)

Countdown to Kindergarten, August 4 @ Main Street Children’s Museum: This educational festival focuses on our area’s rising Kindergartners and their families to mark the exciting transition into school. Countdown to Kindergarten gathers families, educators, and community members to support this transition-and gives us all a reason to celebrate this developmental milestone for our early learners. (Details)

Jazz at the Bechtler: More and More Monk, August 5 @ The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art: Mid-century art meets music at this first Friday event. Kick off the weekend with a concert performed by the Ziad Jazz Quarter. The quartet features Ziad Rabie, artistic director and saxophone; Noel Freidline, keyboards; Ron Brendle, bass; and Rick Dior (or Al Sergel), drums. Concerts may also feature guest musicians and vocalists (Details)

Museums on Us, August 6 @ Multiple Venues: Check your wallet for free admission to museums this weekend. Museums are a source of education, emotion and creative inspiration. Now in its 19th year, this distinctive program offers Bank of America and Merrill Lynch credit and debit card holders the opportunity to visit more than 150 of the most popular cultural institutions in the United States free of charge on the first full weekend of every month. (Details)

For a full list of events happening in the Qcity, be sure to visit our online Entertainment Calendar.