Five things you need to know Friday

1. Restaurant report card: Upscale steakhouse, Thai spot make bottom three

For this week's Restaurant Report Card, flies were found in an upscale steakhouse and roaches were spotted inside a popular Thai food spot. Click here to read the latest scores filed by the Mecklenburg County Health Department.

2. Couple covers the Carolina outdoors in tiny treasures for a big reason

Need some motivation to head outdoors this weekend? The Carolina Trail Seekers have got your back.

In an effort to share the experience of mother nature, Randy and Shelia Leonard are covering the outdoors with tiny treasures. In what some would consider a modern version of hide and seek, the couple place items throughout parks, hiking trails and any area of nature for others to find.

It's all in an effort to provide a sense of community, fun and a reminder to actually look around and enjoy the stunning Carolina nature we call home.

3. Abused toddler dies, mother's boyfriend charged with murder

A two-year-old boy that suffered multiple bodily injuries, as well as a traumatic brain injury from alleged abuse from his mother's boyfriend, has died as a result of his injuries. 

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, officers responded to Carolinas Medical Center Wednesday evening after hospital staff reported they were treating a 2-year-old for multiple bodily injuries, as well as a traumatic brain injury. 

4. Carolina girls, they're unforgettable! Katy Perry to perform in Charlotte

For the first time in nine years, pop star Katy Perry is coming back to the Queen City.

Perry, who has not performed in the Queen City since 2008, added the Spectrum Center as a stop on her WITNESS: The Tour. The show will be Wednesday, September 27. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 16 at 10 a.m.

5. Kuechly surprises kids with shopping spree

It was the surprise of a lifetime for 10 youth football players from the youth charitable organization "Most Valuable Kids." Panthers star Luke Kuechly met them at the DICK’s Sporting Goods at SouthPark Mall. Each kid received a $100 gift card, and shopped alongside Kuechly.

At events like these, most people think about the kids' experience, but Kuechly says it’s just as fun to be on the other side.

“I think with kids you see very real emotion from them,” Kuechly said. “I’m sure they’re excited to come in here and get some cool gear, but when those kids’ faces light up I think it’s even cooler for us and the other guys on the team.”

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