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Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013

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  • THROUGH OCTOBER: ‘Fall with a Flourish’: Piles of pumpkins and mounds of mums will greet the visitor as Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden celebrates “Fall with a Flourish” in October. Families can celebrate during the evening at Bug Ball or enjoy the weekend at Bootanical, which now features a unique botanical marketplace. 9 a.m. Members and children younger than 4 are free; adults, $12; seniors 60 or older, $10; children 4-12, $6. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490. www.dsbg.org.

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Oct. 20

Book Drive to support J.H. Gunn Elementary:

Eastside Church is collecting new and gently used books for children in grades kindergarten through five for J.H. Gunn Elementary. Drop off books any time in the barrels in front of the church. 8 a.m. www.eastsidechurch.tv. Eastside Church, 10132 Harrisburg Road, Charlotte.

‘Fall with a Flourish’:

Piles of pumpkins and mounds of mums will greet the visitor as Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden celebrates “Fall with a Flourish” in October. Families can celebrate during the evening at Bug Ball or enjoy the weekend at Bootanical, which now features a unique botanical marketplace. 9 a.m. Members and children younger than 4 are free; adults, $12; seniors 60 or older, $10; children 4-12, $6. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490. www.dsbg.org.

Pumpkin patch:

Indian Trail United Methodist Church’s Pumpkin patch is a great place for families to visit, purchase pumpkins, gourds, take photos and enjoy other fall festivities. 12 p.m. Prices of the pumpkins vary. Indian Trail United Methodist Church, 113 Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail. 704-821-7273. www.itumc.org.

Little Shop Of Horrors’’:

A nerdish florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed. 2 p.m. $17. www.carolinatix.org. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343. www.matthewsplayhouse.com.

Retro Horror Film Series at Ayrsley Grand:

Featuring “The Shining,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “The Exorcist” and “Halloween” 7 p.m.$5 per ticket. Ayrsley Grand Cinema, 9110 Kings Parade Blvd., Charlotte. 980-297-7540. www.ayrsleycinemas.com.

Oct. 21

Toys For Military Families In Need:

Help Giving Tree Realty this holiday season by donating to our Toys For Military Families In Need Community Drive to support Operation Homefront Carolinas. 9 a.m. 704-565-9474. Giving Tree Realty, 1819 East Blvd., Charlotte. 704-323-8080. www.givingtreerealty.com.

Arts and crafts classes:

Your child can choose several crafts each week. Drop your child off or stay with them; classes are one hour long. 10 a.m. $15. Krafty Kidz, 10720 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-817-7202. www.kraftykidzcharlotte.com.

J. Bardin and Ramon Urban:

Jerald Melberg Gallery presents paintings by Jesse Redwin Bardin and wood constructions by Ramon Urban. 10 a.m. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

Pumpkin patch:

Indian Trail United Methodist Church’s Pumpkin patch is a great place for families to visit, purchase pumpkins, gourds, take photos and enjoy other fall festivities. 12 p.m. Prices of the pumpkins vary. Indian Trail United Methodist Church, 113 Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail. 704-821-7273. www.itumc.org.

GED class:

Weekly GED classes. 6 p.m. Free. Union United Methodist Church, New Town Road, Wesley Chapel. 704-843-1603. www.unionumc.net.

Retro Horror Film Series at Ayrsley Grand:

Featuring “The Shining,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “The Exorcist” and “Halloween” 7 p.m. $5 per ticket. Ayrsley Grand Cinema, 9110 Kings Parade Blvd., Charlotte. 980-297-7540. www.ayrsleycinemas.com.

Oct. 22

Senior chair yoga:

Weekly senior chair yoga. 9:30 a.m. Free. Union United Methodist Church, New Town Road, Wesley Chapel. 704-843-1603. www.unionumc.net.

Arts and crafts classes:

Your child can choose several crafts each week. Drop your child off or stay with them; classes are one hour long. 10 a.m. $15. Krafty Kidz, 10720 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-817-7202. www.kraftykidzcharlotte.com.

Gallery Exhibit - Above and Beyond: Aerial Acrylic Landscapes:

Sy Ellens’ paintings offer a birds’-eye view of the dotted countryside. 10 a.m. Free. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Suite 12A, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com.

J. Bardin and Ramon Urban:

Jerald Melberg Gallery presents paintings by Jesse Redwin Bardin and wood constructions by Ramon Urban. 10 a.m. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

Understanding Obamacare:

Learn the answers to your questions about the Affordable Care Act. Registration required: 704-708-5001. 7 p.m. Free. 704-708-5001. Matthews Women’s Clubhouse, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews.

Retro Horror Film Series at Ayrsley Grand:

Featuring “The Shining,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “The Exorcist” and “Halloween” 7 p.m. $5 per ticket. Ayrsley Grand Cinema, 9110 Kings Parade Blvd., Charlotte. 980-297-7540. www.ayrsleycinemas.com.

Oct. 23

Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin on Medicare prescription drug costs:

Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program will provide information about Extra Help, a federal subsidy for those with limited income and assets, and emphasize the importance of Medicare beneficiaries reviewing and comparing Medicare Part D. 9 a.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Arts and crafts classes:

Your child can choose several crafts each week. Drop your child off or stay with them; classes are one hour long. 10 a.m. $15. Krafty Kidz, 10720 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-817-7202. www.kraftykidzcharlotte.com.

Gallery Exhibit - Above and Beyond: Aerial Acrylic Landscapes:

Sy Ellens’ paintings offer a birds’-eye view of the dotted countryside. 10 a.m. Free. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Suite 12A, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com.

J. Bardin and Ramon Urban:

Jerald Melberg Gallery presents paintings by Jesse Redwin Bardin and wood constructions by Ramon Urban. 10 a.m. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

Farmers Market at Village at Robinson Farm:

Fresh local fruit and vegetables, herbs, plants, honey, cheese, eggs, bread and more. 12 p.m. www.villageatrobinsonfarm.com. Village at Robinson Farm, 8420 Rea Road, Charlotte.

Art Classes for Veterans:

Veterans are invited to register for a series of painting and drawing classes, a thank-you to veterans for their service. Art classes, supplies and a membership to the Matthews Artists Guild will be gifted. 2 p.m. Free. www.matthewsfun.com. Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-321-7275. www.matthewsnc.com/html/commcenter.html.

Cyber Behavior Awareness Week Town Hall:

Joom teen-behavior expert Josh Shipp and ZABRA for a town hall meeting where parents will to discuss how to be the best digital parent kids today need. Cyber Behavior Awareness Week is ZABRA’s effort to make both parents and kids safe and responsible cyber citizens. Follow on Twitter @ZABRAParenting and on Facebook at Facebook.com/thezabra to join the discussion live. 7 p.m. Providence Day School, 5800 Sardis Road, Charlotte. 704-887-7041. www.providenceday.org.

Retro Horror Film Series at Ayrsley Grand:

Featuring “The Shining,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “The Exorcist” and “Halloween” 7 p.m. $5 per ticket. Ayrsley Grand Cinema, 9110 Kings Parade Blvd., Charlotte. 980-297-7540. www.ayrsleycinemas.com.

Maximizing retirement income and protecting your money:

If your retirement goals include maximizing income for life, safety of principle, growth, liquidity, tax-advantage and control of your money, don’t miss this session. Registration required. 7 p.m. Free. 704-708-5001. Matthews Women’s Clubhouse, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. www.BillRomeo1apg.com.

Oct. 24

Connect Our Future:

Invest two hours and make a difference in Mecklenburg County for the next 40 years: Register at bit.ly/MecklenburgCentralII. 5:30 p.m. Free. 704-714-4438. www.connectourfuture.org. Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Ave., Charlotte. 311. www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Facilities/Reservable/Reservations/Indoor.htm#Pavilion.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy 2013 Membership Drive:

In October, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy is hosting a membership drive called “Journey of 2,000 Miles: the Appalachian Trail” across the eastern United States. The event will feature the film “Appalachian Impressions” and several guest speakers. Enter promo code COMM13 to receive $5 off. 7 p.m. . Kids younger than 13 are free. Charlotte Crownpoint Theater, 9630 Monroe Road, Charlotte. www.appalachiantrail.org.

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