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Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014

Community calendar

  • JAN. 28: Duct tape returns

    Didn’t get enough fun with duct tape last year? Grades six through 12 can create cool accessories; session limited to 25 participants, call to register. 5 p.m. Free. Fort Mill Public Library, 1818 2nd Baxter Crossing, Fort Mill. 803-547-4114. www.yclibrary.org.

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Jan. 26

Art & Orchids:

The cold months of January and February are the most productive blooming season for many tropical orchids. By pairing colorful orchid displays with select pieces by local artist Rick Lazes, the Garden’s Orchid Conservatory will be one of the warmest places to brighten your winter. 9 a.m. Members and children younger than 4 free; adults $12; seniors 60 or older $10; and children 4-12 $6. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490. www.dsbg.org.

Group Fitness Classes for 50+:

Four great group exercise classes for those 50 or older. 9 a.m. Classes are free to Levine Jewish Community Center members; nonmembers can get a 12-card pass for $35. The Levine Jewish Community Center, Gorelick Hall At Shalom Park, 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-944-6753. www.charlottejcc.org.

Carolina STEM Academy drop-in event:

Carolina STEM Academy, a tuition-free public charter high school, welcomes all interested prospective students, families and community members to this casual drop-in style event. Free. 704-609-7420. www.carolinastem.org. Independence Regional Public Library, 6000 ConferenceDrive, Charlotte. 704-416-4800. www.plcmc.org.

Have No Fear:

Scared of snakes? Bugged out by bugs? Terrified of turtles? We will separate fact from fiction about some commonly misunderstood animals and learn why these animals should be revered instead of feared. Registration required. No. 51769. 2 p.m. Free. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. www.parkandrec.com.

Animal encounters:

Learn about the animals in your backyard. 2 p.m. Free. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. www.parkandrec.com.

Beginner ballroom dance class:

Instructors lead the basics of two balroom/Latin dances. 3 p.m.  $5 per person. Metropolitan Ballroom, 2935 Providence Road, Suite 200, Charlotte. 704-364-1871. www.metropolitan-ballroom.com.

Jan. 27

Pints for Pounds:

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will donate 7 pounds of food to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina for every blood donation through Feb. 28. 10 a.m. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us.

Preschool Explorer Series:

Little ones and adults will discover nature together through crafts, games, songs, animal encounters and outdoor exploration. Each week features a different theme. Registration required. No. 51803. 10:30 a.m. $3. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. www.parkandrec.com.

Jan. 28

Gallery exhibit – New Year, New Work, New Hope:

Charlotte Fine Art Gallery will highlight new works from represented artists. A portion of all fine art sales in January will go toward multiple sclerosis research. 10 a.m. Free. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Pints for Pounds:

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will donate 7 pounds of food to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina for every blood donation through Feb. 28. 10 a.m. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us.

Once Upon a Lap:

Stories, songs, finger plays, movement activities and play time for babies 23 months and younger and their caregivers. Limit 12; registration required. 10:30 a.m. Free. Lake Wylie Public Library, 185 Blucher Cir, Lake Wylie. 803-831-7774. www.yclibrary.org.

Duct tape returns:

Didn’t get enough fun with duct tape last year? Grades six through 12 can create cool accessories; session limited to 25 participants, call to register. 5 p.m. Free. Fort Mill Public Library, 1818 2nd Baxter Crossing, Fort Mill. 803-547-4114. www.yclibrary.org.

Free preschool dance class:

Join us for a free Daisy Dance class. Daisy Dance is a preschool dance program. Class length is 45 minutes for ages 3-6. 5:45 p.m. 704-277-2327. www.launchyourkid.com/daisy-dance.htm. Belle Johnston Community Center, Pineville Lake Park, 1009 JohnstonDrive, Pineville. 704-889-2400. www.pinevillenc.net/facilities.shtml.

Jan. 29

Gallery Exhibit – New Year, New Work, New Hope:

Charlotte Fine Art Gallery will highlight new works from represented artists. A portion of all fine art sales in January will go toward multiple sclerosis research. 10 a.m. Free. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Mother Nature’s Story Corner:

Join us in the children s play area Wednesdays for a special nature-based story. 10:30 a.m. Free. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. www.parkandrec.com.

Make and take craft class:

Join us monthly for fun new art projects. Register required. 1 p.m. Fee changes depending on craft, just to cover cost of supplies. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

RYPE Spring Season Kick-Off:

Join RYPE this spring as we take on Tri Latta Sprint Triathlon. Come out to our 2014 Spring Team Kick Off and have some fun, taste some yummy, healthy treats and meet the ladies you will be training with. Reservations required. 6:30 p.m. Healthy Home Market, 2707 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-522-8123. www.hemarket.com.

Jan. 30

Gallery exhibit – New Year, New Work, New Hope:

Charlotte Fine Art Gallery will highlight new works from represented artists. A portion of all fine art sales in January will go toward multiple sclerosis research. 10 a.m. Free. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Alzheimer’s Support Group:

Elmcroft hosts a support group the last Thursday of each month. Join us for conversation, support and ideas to help caregivers. 2 p.m. Free. Elmcroft of Little Avenue, 7745 Little Ave., Charlotte. 704-541-9333. www.elmcroftal.com.

LPS Casting Call:

Bring three favorite Littlest Pet Shop friends to create YouTube videos with other LPS lovers (no children or names shown in videos). Grades three to five. Limit 24; registration required. 3:30 p.m. Free. Fort Mill Public Library, 1818 2nd Baxter Crossing, Fort Mill. 803-547-4114. www.yclibrary.org.

Charlotte Christian School JK-12 open house:

Charlotte Christian School will host a JK-12 admissions open house for parents and prospective students. A brief presentation will be included and families will have the opportunity to visit classrooms and meet with faculty members. Families are encouraged to make a reservation by contacting admissions@charchrist.com. 7 p.m. Free. Charlotte Christian School, 7301 Sardis Road, Charlotte. 704-366-5657. www.charlottechristian.com.

Wendy Webb reads from ‘The Vanishing’:

Wendy Webb, indie bookstore darling, reads from her book “The Vanishing.” 7 p.m. Free. bit.ly/1cNxlBs. Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-525-9239. www.parkroadbooks.com.

Jan. 31

Gallery exhibit – New Year, New Work, New Hope:

Charlotte Fine Art Gallery will highlight new works from represented artists. A portion of all fine art sales in January will go toward multiple sclerosis research. 10 a.m. Free. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Preschool fair:

The MOMS Club of Steele Creek will hold a preschool fair . Whether you are looking for a full- or half-day preschool or a Moms Morning Out, find the right program for your child. Includes more than 10 preschools/programs from the Steele Creek area. Email steelecreekmomsclub@hotmail.com for more information. 10 a.m. Free. Central Steele Creek Church, 9401 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-588-1211. www.cscpreschurch.org.

Feb. 1

Coed BB Indoor Volleyball Tournament:

12:30 p.m. CUVC - Main, 648 Griffith Road, Charlotte.

McDowell feeding time:

Learn about a few of our nature center exhibit animals by joining us for their feeding time. Registration required. No. 51858. For more information or to register, visit www.parkandrec.com. 2 p.m. Free. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 

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