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Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012

Community calendar

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Jan. 11

Acrylic Painting Classes:

Acrylic painting classes meet weekly on Wednesdays beginning Jan. 11. Emphasis on individual instruction, creativity and desired goals. Realistic or abstraction. Use of material, experimentation and introduction of techniques: impasto, wash, scumble, glazing, wet-into-wet. 10 a.m. $30 a session. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Holiday Square Works Show:

This exhibition features works by artists in the Carolinas in mediums such as canvas, paper, board, ceramics. Through Jan. 31. Free. Providence Gallery, 601-A Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-333-4535. www.providencegallery.net.

Line Dancing with Louise:

Exercise and work on your balance and flexibility. Advanced registration is required. 1 p.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Hearing Aid Check-ups and Cleanings:

Schedule an appointment to have your hearing aids checked and cleaned for the New Year. Advanced registration required. 1 p.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

GRE Test Prep Info Session:

Learn general information about the GRE and have the opportunity to take a practice test to assess your skill level and study needs. Discover how Queens University of Charlotte's GRE Test Preparation Class can help prepare you for a successful outcome on the GRE exam. You must reserve a spot: walkere@queens.edu. 6 p.m. Free. Queens Sports Complex & Conference Center, 2229 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-688-2838. www.queens.edu/test-prep.

Jan. 13

New Year's Celebration:

Join the food, fun, games and fellowship as we bring in the New Year. This is a great way for you to meet new people and gain relationships as 2012 begins. Advanced registration is required. 11 a.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Jan. 14

Figure Drawing from Life:

Figure Drawing from Life will meet the second and fourth Saturdays of the month starting Jan. 14. eLearn and practice the techniques of the human form with still life and gestural drawings, along with exercises. 10 a.m. $65. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Polar Barefoot Run:

This 5K Fun Run/Walk is an effort to unite with the millions of kids around the world who don't have the privilege of owning shoes. Register today. 10 a.m. $30. Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd., Charlotte. 704-341-1630. www.firstgiving.com/samaritansfeet/polar-barefoot-run.

Jan. 15

Gaudium Musicae Concert:

Hear the Rhodora Wind Trio, flutist Amy Orsinger Whitehead, clarinetist Dru DeVan and oboist Hollis Ulaky, at St. Ann Catholic Church. There will be a reception following the hour-long concert. . 4 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students and children 12 years old and younger are free. St. Ann Catholic Church, 3635 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-523-4641. www.StAnnCharlotte.org.

Jan. 17

Film Screening: "Race to Nowhere":

View "Race to Nowhere" points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace; students are disengaged; stress-related illness and depression are rampant; and many young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired. "Race to Nowhere" is a call to action for families, educators and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America. 7 p.m. St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 3016 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-364-5431.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi has been practiced for centuries in China to improve physical health, reduce stress and promote vitality. Join us Tuesdays through Feb. 14. 10 a.m. $60 for five-week session, $15 drop-in. The Lawrence House, Wing Haven Gardens, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Jan. 18

Veteran's Assistance Panel Discussion:

Are you a veteran or know of someone who is a veteran? Do you know what benefits are in your community? If not, please come and learn what is available to you or a loved one in the Charlotte community. This panel discussion will focus on topics regarding Veteran benefits that will help your loved one get the help they need. Advanced registration is required. 1 p.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Jan. 19

Animal Tracks:

Come be detectives in the garden as we search for tracks, so that we figure out which animals have been scampering through the garden. We'll create detective hats and discover ways to figure out how to match up tracks with their specific animal. Ages 3-5. Advance registration required. 10 a.m. $10. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Real Estate Investors Association Meeting:

Educational events providing information on every aspect of real estate investing. 6 p.m. Members free, visitors $15. Hilton Executive Park Hotel, 5624 Westpark Drive, Charlotte. 704-523-1570. www.metrolinareia.org.

Jan. 20

Computer Help for Seniors:

Learn to check email, surf the Web, computer basics and much more. Call 704-522-6222 to reserve a spot. 7 p.m. Free. Tyvola Road Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Jan. 21

Thomas McNickle & William Partridge Burpee:

A member of the American and National Watercolor Societies, Thomas McNickle's work has been exhibited in more than 40 museum and gallery exhibitions and can be found in numerous collections including the Butler Institute of American Art, the Hoyt Institute of Fine Art and Vero Beach Center for the Arts. Alongside watercolors by Thomas McNickle, the gallery is featuring pastels and paintings by William Partridge Burpee (1846-1940), an American Impressionist landscape painter. 10 a.m. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

Jan. 23

A New Home for the Birds:

Today we will set out into the garden in search of items that we can collect for the birds to use to build their homes. The birds will be sure to love our collection of materials, and we'll put them together so that you can take them home to hang in your own backyard. Ages 4-6. Advance registration required. 10 a.m. $10. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

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