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It’s not often that we focus on events for children, but here’s a Saturday event we highly recommend.

Harvey B. Gantt Center will host its first children’s film festival, featuring the animated works of actress Karyn Parsons.

Who is Karen Parsons, you ask?

If you came of age watching “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” you know her as Hillary Banks. If you’re a fan of the 2000 comedy film “The Ladies Man,” you know her as Julie Simmons.

Her short films for children all spotlight little-known African Americans who overcame long odds to accomplish great things.

I talked with Parsons by phone and published this article earlier this week.

Wanna get away?

Historic West End Partners is sponsoring two day trips — one to Charleston on May 5 and another to Savannah June 9. The two-trip package costs $125.

The bus will depart from Mosaic Village (1635 W. Trade Street) at 6 a.m. and return between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Click here to reserve your seat.

Enjoy your weekend.

Coming Soon

Weekend Happenings

Friday, March 23

• BLKTECHCLT Fireside Chat with Marvin Walker, CEO Day Runner
• Women, Wine and Wealth
• Adult Game night
• Tyris Live Jazz Series

Saturday, March 24

• Spring Pop Up Market
• Pugfest 2018
• Charlotte Wing Fest
• Healthy Living Expo
• Books and Beverages
• Pastels Plus 1 with Marcia Kort Buike
• 24th Annual Brotherhood/Sisterhood Celebration
• American Lung Association Fight for Air Climb
• Gantt Center Children’s Film Festival
• Harlem Globetrotters at Halton Arena
• The 4.5ish Funk Fest
• Breakfast Desserts

Sunday, March 25

• Black Wall Street Entrepreneurial Networking Brunch
• Oyster Roast at Historic Rosedale Plantation

Editor’s Note: Submit your event here.

Founder and publisher of Qcitymetro, Glenn has worked at newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Wall Street Journal and The Charlotte Observer.