High-energy Zumba sessions are an important part of staying healthy for members at Camino Community Church in Charlotte, where some members are part of the Village HeartBEAT program. (Qcitymetro File Photo: Glenn H. Burkins)

Here’s a sampling of events this Saturday to help you feel good and do good. Enjoy family-friendly events to get or keep you on the path to wellness, walk or run to raise money for cancer, take a climb to benefit rescue personnel, or celebrate the Earth. Some events require registration, so don’t delay; sign up today.


Join in this family-filled day of fun, exercise, and music. Activities include Zumba, fitness demos, food trucks and more. Take part in Village HeartBeat Field Day games, such as potato sack races, hop-scotch, and tag. Come out to the McCrorey YMCA and experience a morning guaranteed to keep you movin’ and groovin’ as a family.
Where: McCrorey YMCA, 3801 Beatties Ford Road
Cost: Free
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p..m
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This event is full of healthy living education, demonstrations, mini workouts, yoga sessions, health screenings, obstacle course, vendor booths for a healthy mind, body, spirit, finances and more. Children, seniors, pets, community; all aspects of living a truly healthy life will be presented.
Where: Christ Covenant Church, 800 Fullwood Lane, Matthews
Cost: Free
Hours: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
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The Sarcoma Stomp Run/Walk is the signature fundraiser of The Paula Takacs Foundation for Sarcoma Research. Monies raised will stay in our community benefiting Levine Cancer Institute.  Adults and kids will love the race course and extensive after-race festivities. In addition to great food and drink, there will be face painting, balloon twisting, team mascots, photo booths, and more fun.
Where: Christ Lutheran Church, 4519 Providence Road
Cost: $25-$50
Hours: 8 a.m.
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Can you make the climb up 48 floors? That’s 1194 steps. The goal is to raise money to honor first responders and military heroes. Proceeds will benefit the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s programs, including the Building for America’s Bravest program, which builds smart homes for catastrophically injured service members. Vendors, food, DJ and children’s activities will take place from 8 a.m. – noon on the Levine Center for the Arts plaza.

Registration will close at midnight on Wednesday, or when capacity (500 registrants)  is reached. You may register for $40, plus the $100 fundraising minimum, in person at packet pickup on Friday or at the event on Saturday before 9 a.m.
Where: Duke Energy Center, 550 S. Tryon St.
Cost:  $40 plus a minimum $100 fundraising requirement
Hours: 8 a.m.
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Today we welcomed home Cpl Adam Devine to his brand new smart home. Thank you for your service! #BuildingforAmericasBravest #Ourbravest pic.twitter.com/VIhU5Tk7CZ

— Tunnel to Towers Foundation (@Tunnel2Towers) March 14, 2017


Charlotte VegFest explores the benefits of vegetarian living. This event will feature a variety of vegan foods from local restaurants and food trucks, local vendors, speakers, nutritional experts, vegan cooking demonstrations, fun for kids, gift bags and more.
Where: Freedom Hall at The Park Expo and Conference Center, 800 Briar Creek Road
Cost:  Free
Hours: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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Miss last week’s Earth Day festivities? Well here’s another chance to celebrate. This family-friendly event features activities, games, live entertainment and more than 30 educational exhibits, each with a hands-on environmental message. Shop in the eco-marketplace where artisans offer an array of unique items made from recycled materials. Pony rides and foods available for a fee.
Where: Museum of York County, 4621 Mt. Gallant Road, Rock Hill, SC
Cost:  Free
Hours: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
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