Summer's start should arrive at 1:04 a.m. this Friday, June 21, 2013, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac online. The County offers diverse resources, venues, programs and activities for the season.
Need a copy of one of the latest top selections recommended for summer reading? The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library can help. Find old favorites on the shelves, too, or pick up a movie on DVD or stream it. Check out a CD and listen to a favorite opera or try jazz or folk.
Look into free access to online educational classes through the library. Book clubs, children's activities and story time can help fill summer hours with wonder, education and excitement for all ages.
While the library is a great place to spend summer indoors, the County's Park and Recreation Department has multiple activities and events for the season. Grab a blanket and a basket of good food and have a picnic in a park. Or bring all the fixings and grill a meal to enjoy with sun and the occasional cool breeze.
Go fish. Take a splash in parks and pools. Visit the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Wander the greenways. Find a bit of history and take away the mystery of how people in the past lived in Mecklenburg -- and how animals, insects and other creatures live now -- with a visit to a nature preserve such as Latta Plantation. Search the seasonal Get Going Guide for activities, camps and other fun provided by the County.
Sign up for the Adopt-A-Stream program and learn how to be a volunteer who helps Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services keep pollutants out of area waterways.
Check out what the Mecklenburg County Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension -- one of County government's partners -- has to offer in its Summer Sustainable Living Series. The aim of the series is "... to help families learn ways to integrate sustainable practices into their lifestyle."
Explore what Mecklenburg County government has to offer to help make summer enjoyable.