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Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012

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  • For more than 100 years, orchid hunters have faced tropical diseases, wild animals, cannibalistic tribes, floods and often fierce competition from each other in the quest for the planet's most spectacular plant species: the orchid. Begin your exploration of this most elusive plant this winter, in the warmth of the Orchid Conservatory at the garden. 9 a.m$12. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490. www.dsbg.org.

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Feb. 12

Orchid spectacular:

For more than 100 years, orchid hunters have faced tropical diseases, wild animals, cannibalistic tribes, floods and often fierce competition from each other in the quest for the planet's most spectacular plant species: the orchid. Begin your exploration of this most elusive plant this winter, in the warmth of the Orchid Conservatory at the garden. 9 a.m. $12. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490. www.dsbg.org.

GRE Test Preparation:

Brush up on reading comprehension, analytical writing, text completion, sentence equivalence, pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, data interpretation and quantitative comparison. 9 a.m. $625. 704-688-2838. www.queens.edu/test-prep. Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-337-2200. www.queens.edu.

CBCC Pint for Pounds:

Join the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas for its Fourth Annual Pint for Pounds campaign to support Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. CBCC will donate six pounds of food for every blood donation now through Feb. 29. To host a blood drive, call Kim Jones at 704-972-4727. 10 a.m. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us/donate.

Demystifying the College Application Process:

Nine separate seminars will be presented. To register call the Jewish Community Center: 704.366.5007. 2 p.m. $120. www.collegeadmissions101.org. Levine Jewish Community Center, 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-5007. www.charlottejcc.org.

'Children of Eden':

A joyous and inspirational musical about parents, children and faith. Freely based on the book of Genesis. Presented by the musical companies of Matthews Playhouse. 2 p.m. $10-$17. 704-846-8343. www.matthewsplayhouse.com. Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-321-7275. www.matthewsnc.com.

Benevolent Beards:

Benevolent Beards is a fundraising event sponsored by The Remi Group to benefit Levine Children's Hospital's "Nephrology Special Needs Fund" (to help pediatric patients with kidney disorders). Participants will spend December 2011 and the first quarter of 2012 growing the best-looking beard in an effort to raise money for the fund. 7 p.m. 704-602-0870. www.benevolentbeards.org. The Remi Group, 11325 N. Community House Road, Charlotte. 888-451-8916. www.theremigroup.com.

Providence chamber music recital:

World premiere performances of two newly commissioned works for timpani, woodwind quintet, and piano: David Noon's Septet, Op. 235, and UNC Charlotte faculty composer John Allemeier's "Omie Floats in Deep Water." 7 p.m. Free. 704-366-7442. www.providenceumc.org. Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-2823.

For Every Season consignment sale registration:

Registration now being accepted for consignors, helpers, vendors, and for the new/expectant parents pre-sale. 7 p.m. The Pointe, 2266 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill. 803-327-5473. www.foreveryseason.net.

Feb. 13

Orchid Spectacular:

For more than 100 years, orchid hunters have faced tropical diseases, wild animals, cannibalistic tribes, floods and often fierce competition from each other in the quest for the planet's most spectacular plant species: the orchid. Begin your exploration of this most elusive plant this winter, in the warmth of the Orchid Conservatory at the garden. 9 a.m. $12. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490. www.dsbg.org.

The Ethel Waters Exhibit - 'His Eye Is On The Sparrow':

The Ethel Waters Exhibit will feature memorabilia from her remarkable career and showcase photos from her years on the Billy Graham Crusade team. 9:30 a.m. Free. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygraham.org.

Thomas McNickle and 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 McNickle, the gallery is featuring pastels and paintings by William Partridge Burpee (1846-1940), a great American Impressionist landscape painter. 10 a.m. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

CBCC Pint for Pounds:

Join the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas for its Fourth Annual Pint for Pounds campaign to support Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. CBCC will donate six pounds of food for every blood donation now through Feb. 29. To host a blood drive, call Kim Jones at 704-972-4727. 10 a.m. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us/donate.

Social Skills groups, girls ages 8-12:

Social Skills groups are ideal for children who struggle with social and emotional regulation, experience problems making and keeping friends, have difficulty cooperating with peers and adults or present underlying developmental delays or lagging skills. Six-week session Jan. 23-Feb. 29. 3:45 p.m. $45 for six-week session (insurance may apply). Jewish Family Services, 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-364-6594. www.jfscharlotte.org.

Rules for a romance-novel marriage:

Charla Muller, best-selling author of "365 Nights," will discuss how you can incorporate romance into your real-life relationships, based on her readings of many romance books and the formulas behind them. Publisher's Weekly reviewer Jessica Daitch will review one good and one very terrible romance novel. 7 p.m. Free. www.wnba-charlotte.org. Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-321-7275. www.matthewsnc.com.

Benevolent Beards:

Benevolent Beards is a fundraising event sponsored by The Remi Group to benefit Levine Children's Hospital's "Nephrology Special Needs Fund" (to help pediatric patients with kidney disorders). Participants will spend December 2011 and the first quarter of 2012 growing the best-looking beard in an effort to raise money for the fund. 7 p.m. 704-602-0870. www.benevolentbeards.org. The Remi Group, 11325 N. Community House Road, Charlotte. 888-451-8916. www.theremigroup.com.

Queen City Community Orchestra inviting new members:

The Queen City Community Orchestra is the oldest nonprofit string orchestra in the Charlotte area. Anyone who has played a string instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass) can join the orchestra. 7:30 p.m. 704-398-3301. www.qcco.org. Charlotte Country Day School, Hance Fine Arts Center, 1440 Carmel Road, Charlotte. 704-943-4500. www.charlottecountryday.org.

Feb. 14

Senior Chair Yoga:

Senior Chair Yoga (hosted by Friends for Seniors) every Tuesday. 9:30 a.m. Free. Union United Methodist Church, New Town Road, Wesley Chapel. 704-843-1603. www.unionumc.net.

The Ethel Waters Exhibit - 'His Eye Is On The Sparrow':

The Ethel Waters Exhibit will feature memorabilia from her remarkable career and showcase photos from her years on the Billy Graham Crusade team. 9:30 a.m. Free. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygraham.org.

Kindermusik:

This is a four-week course for children 6 months to 5 years and their parents. You will learn music and games together. 9:30 a.m. $35. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.

Conifers for the Carolina Piedmont with Bruce Appledoorn:

Join Bruce Appledoorn for an entertaining and educational look at modern conifers well-suited to our southern gardens. Registeration required. Part of Wing Haven's 2012 Winter Lecture Series. 9:30 a.m. $20. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

CBCC Pint for Pounds:

Join the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas for its Fourth Annual Pint for Pounds campaign to support Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. CBCC will donate six pounds of food for every blood donation now through Feb. 29. To host a blood drive, call Kim Jones at 704-972-4727. 10 a.m. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us/donate.

Thomas McNickle and 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 McNickle, the gallery is featuring pastels and paintings by William Partridge Burpee (1846-1940), a great American Impressionist landscape painter. 10 a.m. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

Tai Chi with Rob Bruce at the Lawrence House:

Tai Chi is commonly practiced today as a moving meditation for health benefits. Two discounted five-week sessions offered January-February or March-April, or drop in for $15 per session. Please register. 10 a.m. $60 for five-week session. The Elizabeth Lawrence House and Garden at Wing Haven, 348 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Microsoft Office 2007 Word Fundamentals:

Participants will first become familiar with the basic skills needed to create and format a document. Next, each participant will create a flier that contains WordArt, a picture, bulleted text, and a box with text. 10 a.m. Monroe Library, Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe. 704-283-8184. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Citizenship Classes:

Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency is now offering citizenship classes for immigrants and refugees who have a green card and wish to become U.S. citizens. 6:30 p.m. $35, includes textbook. Briarcliff Apartments, 4314 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte. 704-535-8803. www.carolinarefugee.org.

Benevolent Beards:

Benevolent Beards is a fundraising event sponsored by The Remi Group to benefit Levine Children's Hospital's "Nephrology Special Needs Fund" (to help pediatric patients with kidney disorders). Participants will spend December 2011 and the first quarter of 2012 growing the best-looking beard in an effort to raise money for the fund. 7 p.m. 704-602-0870. www.benevolentbeards.org. The Remi Group, 11325 N. Community House Road, Charlotte. 888-451-8916. www.theremigroup.com.

Feb. 15

Introduction to Computers:

This six-week class will cover basic Windows information about your computer and an introduction to word processing, spreadsheets,database, surfing the Web and using e-mail. Registration required. 9 a.m. $40 with Annual Discount Card, $60 without. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Kindermusik:

This is a four-week course for children 6 months to 5 years and their parents. You will learn music and games together. 9:30 a.m. $35. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.

Thomas McNickle and 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 McNickle, the gallery is featuring pastels and paintings by William Partridge Burpee (1846-1940), a great American Impressionist landscape painter. 10 a.m. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

Advanced Word Processing:

This four-week workshop will be geared for those who have some knowledge of computers. Please stop by the Tyvola Senior Center's reception desk and ask for an entrance exam to see if this is the right class for you. Registration required. 1 p.m. $35 with Annual Discount Card, $52 without. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Social Skills group, boys ages 8-12:

Social Skills groups are ideal for children who struggle with social and emotional regulation, experience problems making and keeping friends, have difficulty cooperating with peers and adults or present underlying developmental delays or lagging skills. Six week session running January 25 - February 29. Call JFS at 704-364-6594 for screening and registration information. 3:45 p.m. $45 per six-week session (insurance may cover). Jewish Family Services, 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-364-6594. www.jfscharlotte.org.

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