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Sunday, Feb. 09, 2014

Community calendar

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Feb. 9

Art & 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 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.

Group fitness classes for 50+:

Join us for 4 great group exercise classes for 50+ year olds. 9 a.m. Classes are free to LJCC members; nonmembers can get a 12-card pass for $35. The Levine Jewish Community Center (Jcc), Gorelick Hall At Shalom Park, 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-944-6753. www.charlottejcc.org.

Leave No Trace:

Learn how to enjoy nature through the seven principles of Leave No Trace. No. 51877. 1 p.m. Free. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. www.parkandrec.com.

‘Sweeney Todd’:

The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London, which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. 2 p.m. $17. 704-846-8343. www.carolinatix.org. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343. www.matthewsplayhouse.com.

Animal encounters:

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

McDowell Winter Tree ID:

Join our naturalists on a hike to learn identification techniques for when their branches are bare. Registration required. No. 51843. 2 p.m. Free. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. www.parkandrec.com.

Family Opera: ‘The Three Little Pigs’:

A lively, operatic version of the treasured children’s story “The Three Little Pigs.” Highly recommended for children ages 4-10. 2 p.m. Free for 10 and younger, $5 for 10 years or older. 704-332-7177. www.operacarolina.org. Charlotte Country Day School lecture hall, Charlotte Country Day School, 1440 Carmel Road, Charlotte. 704-366-1241. www.charlottecountryday.org.

Cantor and Friends:

Cantor Elias Roochvarg is planning a series of monthly “musicales,” with accompaniment by Monty Bennett. 7:30 p.m. Free. Temple Israel, 4901 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-362-2796.

‘Sweeney Todd,’ high school edition:

Performed by Senior Musical Theatre Company, this musical thriller from renowned lyricist Steven Sondheim tells the story of an estranged barber who teams up with a pie-maker, and touts his shop as the closest shave in town. But things aren’t always as they seem. 8 p.m. $15-$17. 704-846-8343. www.matthewsplayhouse.com. Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-321-7275. www.matthewsnc.com/html/commcenter.html.

Feb. 10

Clothes That Warm The Heart Community Drive:

Giving Tree Realty’s Clothes That Warm The Heart Community Drive to support Crisis Assistance Ministry. Visit Giving Tree Realty through Feb. 28 to drop off sweaters, coats, gloves, scarves, hats and socks. 9 a.m. 704-565-WISH (9474). Giving Tree Realty, 1819 East Blvd., Charlotte. 704-323-8080. www.givingtreerealty.com.

Hornets’ Nest rug hooking meeting:

Hornets’ Nest Rug Hookers, a chapter of the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists, welcomes visiting rug hookers and those who would like to learn more about traditional rug hooking. Contact Mary Calder 704-849-9803 or Carole Pyle cdwpyle@msn.com for more information. 10 a.m. Hornets Nest Rug Hooking, Charlotte, 10140 Providence Church Lane, Charlotte.

Pints for Pounds:

Join Community Blood Center of the Carolinas’ fifth annual Pints for Pounds campaign to support Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. CBCC will donate 7 pounds of food for every 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.

Afterhours jazz:

Best of classic jazz, hors d’oeuvres and libations, featuring the music of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk and others. Charlotte Symphony percussionist Rick Dior on drums, Ziad Rabie on sax, Ron Brendle on bass, and Noel Friedline on piano. 5 p.m. Free. Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-333-0378.

Feb. 11

Birding Walk:

Stroll through the gardens, Meadowood Walk and Persimmon Trail to scout for seasonal birds observe nesting patterns and establish basis for bird counts. 9 a.m. Included in admission. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490. www.dsbg.org.

Calvary Church ESL classes:

Learn to speak English or improve your English-as-a-second-language skills. Five class levels are offered. Participants will gain experience with conversational English, pronunciation, and American culture. Limited child care available. Cost is $50 for the semester. 9:30 a.m. 704-341-5322. Calvary Church, 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-543-1200. www.calvarychurch.com.

Native Wildflowers of the Carolinas:

Will Stuart, a retired biology teacher, will present photos of interesting and well-known native species and some of the unique habitats they call home. Registration required. 10 a.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Pints for Pounds:

Join Community Blood Center of the Carolinas’ fifth annual Pints for Pounds campaign to support Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. CBCC will donate 7 pounds of food for every 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. Registration required; limit 12. 10:30 a.m. Free. Lake Wylie Public Library, 185 Blucher Cir, Lake Wylie. 803-831-7774. www.yclibrary.org.

Nature’s Wonders – Woodcocks in the Prairie:

Normally well camouflaged, the American Woodcock is a strange-looking bird that is rarely spotted except for this time of year. Registration required. No . 51838. 5:30 p.m. Free. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. www.parkandrec.com.

Choosing Books for Read Alouds at Home:

Research shows that reading aloud to children makes them more comfortable with reading in general. In this workshop, parents and/or caregivers will learn about great books to read with their preschool and school-age children. 6 p.m. Berewick Elementary School, 5910 Dixie River Road, Charlotte.

CMC-Pineville Community Health Talk:

CMC-Pineville is hosting a community health talk titled “In Focus: A Look at Peripheral Disease.” Peripheral disease is caused by a build-up of plaque in arteries. Join Dr. Boyes of Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute as he explores peripheral arterial disease, specifically aneurysms and cartoids. The event is free and a light dinner will be provided. 6 p.m. Free. CMC-Pineville, 10628 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-667-6507. www.carolinashealthcare.org.

Holistic Health Network Meeting:

The Holistic Health Network group, sponsored by the Holistic Nurses of Charlotte, invites you to hear Mary Ellen Shuntich, dream interpretation analyst, speak on the topic of “Dream Interpretation.” 6:45 p.m. Free. 704-575-1153. St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 3016 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-364-5431. www.ncholisticnetwork.com.

Diabetes: How To Prevent & Reverse A Rising Disease:

In the United States alone, more than 34 million people have diabetes. On top of that, another 79 million Americans are pre-diabetic, which means nearly one in every three United States residents is either diabetic or pre-diabetic. Join Dr. Derrick Dempsey as he offers the tools you need to prevent and reverse diabetes. Light refreshments will be served. 7 p.m. Cotswold Village Shops, 282 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-839-6296.

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