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Jan. 5

Digital SLR photography

Dave Kelly of DEK Photography will teach this macro and close-up photography course 1-3:30 p.m. Jan. 5 at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Learn how to set up your new digital SLR camera, including setting and menu options, modes and lighting settings. Topics such as shutter speed, aperture opening, ISO sensitivity and balance will be discussed. This class requires a digital SLR camera. $40 for garden members, $46 for nonmembers. Details and to register: 704-829-1240, www.DSBG.org.

Ongoing

Holiday lights

Redfin, the online real estate brokerage, released its annual list of the best neighborhoods for free holiday light displays in 22 metropolitan areas, including Charlotte. The list is complied with the help of Redfin agents, who travel for home tours and open houses. At the top of the list is McAdenville, also known as Christmas Town USA; followed by Hillside Avenue in Myers Park; Mint Hill’s “A Mint Hill Light Show” on Rolling Fields Road and the Parks Christmas House on Farington Oaks; Ardrey/Provincetowne’s Cook family home on Honeynut Drive; and south Charlotte’s Jim Miller on Sherwood Forest Drive, known as “South Charlotte Santa.” See the report at blog.redfin.com.

Membership meeting

Advance tickets are on sale for the Lake Norman Home Builders Association officer installation and membership meeting. The ticket purchase deadline is Jan. 6, and the dinner meeting will be 6-8 p.m. Jan. 9 at Queens Landing, 1459 River Highway, Mooresville. Gary Hill, president of the NCHBA will be the guest. Tickets are $25 and includes a dinner buffet. A cash bar will be available. Details and tickets: www.lakenormanhba.com.

Hilary Trenda

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