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Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012

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  • The Union County Performance Ensemble, a group of more than 100 students, will be performing Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera." 2:30 p.m. $10 adults, $6 students. 704-290-1599. www.ucps.k12.nc.us. Central Academy of Technology & Arts, 600 Brewer Drive, Monroe. 704-296-3088. cata.ucps.k12.nc.us.

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Feb. 19

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, all in the quest for this exotic flower. 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.

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.

Wedding spectacular:

Event Planners will be on hand to discuss details about weddings at the garden. Garden discounts offered to attendees. 12 p.m. $12. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490. www.dsbg.org.

Sweet Tooth Festival Charlotte:

Join us for the first Sweet Tooth Festival. 2 p.m. Black Lion, 10605 Park Road, Charlotte.

Union County Performance Ensemble presents "Phantom of the Opera":

The Union County Performance Ensemble, a group of more than 100 students, will be performing Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera." 2:30 p.m. $10 adults, $6 students. 704-290-1599. www.ucps.k12.nc.us. Central Academy of Technology & Arts, 600 Brewer Drive, Monroe. 704-296-3088. cata.ucps.k12.nc.us.

Benevolent Beards:

Benevolent Beards is a fundraising event to benefit Levine Children's Hospital's Nephrology Special Needs Fund. The Remi Group's Benevolent Beards participants will spend December 2011 and the first quarter of 2012 growing the best-looking beard 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. 20

Legislative Agenda on Aging:

Council on Aging and Charlotte Mecklenburg Aging Coalition presents a networking opportunity to meet state, county, and city elected officials. A light breakfast will be provided. Registration required. 8:30 a.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

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

One of the most influential African-American women in history, Ethel Waters (1896-1977) began her career as a jazz singer and went on to become an award-winning vocalist and star of stage and screen. In 1957, she began touring with the Billy Graham Crusades, inspiring thousands with her trademark song, "His Eye Is On The Sparrow." 9:30 a.m. Free. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygraham.org.

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:

Thomas McNickle's work has been exhibited in more than 40 museum and gallery exhibitions and can be found in numerous collections. 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.

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. Call JFS at 704-364-6594 for screening and registration information. 3:45 p.m. $45 (insurance may apply). Jewish Family Services, 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-364-6594. www.jfscharlotte.org.

Beverly's Gourmet Foods vegetarian/vegan cooking class:

Learn how to cook with tofu, tempeh, quinoa and TVP. 6:30 p.m. YWCA, 3420 Park Road, Charlotte. 616-745-3785. www.lmjstrategic.com.

Benevolent Beards:

Benevolent Beards is a fundraising event to benefit Levine Children's Hospital's Nephrology Special Needs Fund. The Remi Group's Benevolent Beards participants will spend December 2011 and the first quarter of 2012 growing the best-looking beard 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. 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. 21

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

One of the most influential African-American women in history, Ethel Waters (1896-1977) began her career as a jazz singer and went on to become an award-winning vocalist and star of stage and screen. In 1957, she began touring with the Billy Graham Crusades, inspiring thousands with her trademark song, "His Eye Is On The Sparrow." 9:30 a.m. Free. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygraham.org.

Senior Chair Yoga:

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

Microsoft Office 2007 Excel Fundamentals:

This class will cover the essential skills needed for creating a basic spreadsheet and chart. 10 a.m. Monroe Library, Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe. 704-283-8184. www.union.lib.nc.us.

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:

Thomas McNickle's work has been exhibited in more than 40 museum and gallery exhibitions and can be found in numerous collections. 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.

Hands-on Ceramics with Bill Conklin:

6 p.m. Ballantyne Country Club, 11120 Ballantyne Crossing Ave., Charlotte. 704-544-1404. www.ballantyneclub.com.

"Deadline" movie premiere:

The Charlotte premiere of "Deadline," hosted by The Charlotte Observer, will benefit the Urban Ministry Center. 5:30 p.m. VIP Reception at Upstream; 6 p.m. Red Carpet Arrivals; 7 p.m. showing. The film is rated PG-13 for some mature thematic material. Regal Phillips Place Stadium 10, 6911 Phillips Place Court, Charlotte. 704-556-0896. www.deadlinefilm.com.

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 to benefit Levine Children's Hospital's Nephrology Special Needs Fund. The Remi Group's Benevolent Beards participants will spend December 2011 and the first quarter of 2012 growing the best-looking beard 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.

Savvy Social Security:

Attend this session to learn how to obtain the most out of Social Security. 7 p.m. Free. 704-708-5001. Matthews Woman's Club, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-849-5063. www.matthewswomen.org.

Feb. 22

Introduction to Computers:

This six-week class will cover basic Windows information and an introduction to word processing, spreadsheets, database, surfing the Web and using email. 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

Assistance League of Charlotte general membership meeting:

Learn more about a group dedicated to making a difference in Charlotte. 9:30 a.m. Free. Assistance League of Charlotte Center and Thrift Shop, 3600 South Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-525-5228. www.charlotte.assistanceleague.org.

Thomas McNickle and William Partridge Burpee:

Thomas McNickle's work has been exhibited in more than 40 museum and gallery exhibitions and can be found in numerous collections. 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.

Medicare abuse and fraud workshop:

Learn the differences between fraud and abuse of the Medicare system. 11 a.m. Free. 704-365-1995. Summit Place of SouthPark, 1201 Runnymede Lane, Charlotte.

Advanced Word Processing:

Four-week workshop will be geared for those who have some knowledge of computers. 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.

Ash Wednesday Service:

Ash Wednesday Service. 7 p.m. Free. Union United Methodist Church, New Town Road, Wesley Chapel. 704-843-1603. www.unionumc.net.

Medicare 101: Understanding the "A,B,C,D" of Medicare:

Presentation will address common questions and concerns about Medicare. 7 p.m. Free. 704-708-5001. Matthews Woman's Club, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-849-5063. www.matthewswomen.org.

Feb. 23

Carolina Place Family Fun Day:

Our first Family Fun Day features BIG BANG BOOM, a high-energy power pop trio performing parent-friendly children's' music. 11 a.m. Feb. 23. Free. Carolina Place Mall, 11025 Carolina Place Parkway, Pineville. 704-543-9300. www.carolinaplace.com.

"Jersey Boys" (Matinee):

2 p.m. Feb. 23; 2 p.m. Feb. 25; 1:30 p.m. Feb. 26; 2 p.m. March 3; 1:30 p.m. March 4; 2 p.m. March 8; 2 p.m. March 10; 1:30 p.m. March 11. Belk, 2801 W. Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-357-4000.

Microsoft Office 2007 Excel Fundamentals:

This class will cover the essential skills needed for creating a basic spreadsheet and chart. 3 p.m. Feb. 23. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road W, Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Career Workshop: Informational Interviewing:

Resume essentials. 5:30 p.m. Feb. 23. University of Phoenix, Charlotte Campus, 3800 Arco Corporate Drive, Charlotte. 704-504-5409. www.phoenix.edu.

Ballroom Dance Classes:

Learn the Cha Cha, Waltz and Tango all while relieving stress, burning calories, improving your mental clarity and having fun. No experience or partner necessary. All proceeds benefit Christ Our Shepherd Ministries, a non-profit that supports single parents. Childcare available.

Registration Contact: Jessica Duncan at jduncan@cosministries.org. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23. $10. 704-845-4673. Christ Our Shepherd Ministries, 230 W. John St., Matthews. 704-845-4673. www.cosministries.org

Benevolent Beards:

Benevolent Beards is a fundraising event to benefit Levine Children's Hospital's Nephrology Special Needs Fund. The Remi Group's Benevolent Beards participants will spend December 2011 and the first quarter of 2012 growing the best-looking beard to raise money for the fund. The Remi Group will donate 100% of the money collected to this fund. 7 p.m. Feb. 19; 7 p.m. Feb. 20; 7 p.m. Feb. 21; 7 p.m. Feb. 22; 7 p.m. Feb. 23; 7 p.m. Feb. 24; 7 p.m. Feb. 25; 7 p.m. Feb. 26; 7 p.m. Feb. 27; 7 p.m. Feb. 28; 7 p.m. Feb. 29; 7 p.m. March 1; 7 p.m. March 2.

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