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Mary Cassatt's Madame X:
In honor of Mary Cassatt's "Portrait of Madame X Dressed for the Matinee," The Mint Museum has organized a spotlight exhibition. Mary Cassatt was the only American invited to exhibit with the French Impressionists and the first artist from this country to adopt their groundbreaking style and subject matter. This dashing three-quarter length portrait, executed soon after Cassatt met Edgar Degas, has been included in numerous important exhibitions around the world. 10 a.m. Dec. 8-12, 14-19, 21-24. Free for members, $10 for adults, $5 for children 5-17, $8 for seniors and students, free for children under 5. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.
San Antonio's Modern Mexican:
San Antonio's Modern Mexican restaurant is participating with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation holiday program. Visit San Antonio's between now and Dec. 15 to drop off a new, unwrapped toy for needy and disadvantaged children in the community. As a thank you for making the holidays brighter for local children, guests donating toys will receive a free appetizer. 11 a.m. Dec. 8-15. San Antonio's Modern Mexican, 4331 Barclay Downs Drive, Charlotte. 704-364-9334.
The Sights of Christmas:
Join us for "The Sights of Christmas" at Harrison UMC in Pineville as we capture the joy and anticipation of the Christmas season through all of our senses. This family event will be a night of movie clips and dialogue in Hammill Hall. Child care is available, call 704-541-3463. 6:30 p.m. Free. Harrison United Methodist Church, 15008 Lancaster Hwy., Pineville. 704-541-3463. www.harrisonumc.org.
Adult Exercise Classes:
Area residents can enjoy adult exercise classes that are held in the gym of the Crossroads Center. Walk-ins are welcome. 9 a.m. $3. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.
Internet Basics Computer Class:
Our Internet Basics class will show the user how to get access to the Internet using Internet Explorer 7. 10 a.m. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us.
Afterschool Class: Art ABCs:
Children in first-third grades explore drawing, painting, printmaking and textile techniques. Class starts in the Asian, Maya and African galleries with textiles and other media. 3:45 p.m. $75 members, $90 nonmembers. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.
Downtown Matthews Holiday Stroll:
Visit downtown Matthews businesses with a stroll through luminary-lined streets for special holiday treats, prizes and shopping opportunities. Your stroll begins at the Historic Reid House or the Matthews Visitor Center. 5-8 p.m. $5. Proceeds go to the Matthews Historical Foundation. 134 West John St., Matthews. www.matthewshometownholidays.com.
Family Game Night:
The Brain Trainer is set to host a family game night. Come out to The Brain Trainer, where we feature fun brain games for ages 4 to adult. These games specifically work to enhance skills such as processing speed, attention, memory, logic and reasoning and visual and auditory processing. For information or to RSVP contact Angela at 704-541-1373 or Angela@thebraintrainer.com. 6 p.m. Free. The Brain Trainer, 11030 Golf Links Drive, Charlotte. 704-541-1373. www.thebrain-trainer.com.
Deck The Halls:
Join us for our second annual Holiday Musical Revue, performed entirely by the Matthews Playhouse School of Theatre Training students. Watch our young performers sing and dance as they fill your heart with the holiday spirit, and fill your head with a variety of familiar holiday tunes, as well as some new ones. Audiences of all ages will enjoy this evening of song and dance. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, 11; 2 p.m. Dec. 11. $6. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343. www.matthewsplayhouse.com.
Red Clay Ramblers:
North Carolina's Tony Award-winning string band The Red Clay Ramblers will perform. 8 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte. 704-358-9200. www.visulite.com.
All On A Winter Night:
Join two of Charlotte' s most fun, festive groups, the Gay Men's Chorus of Charlotte and the Charlotte Pride Band, for a joint holiday extravaganza! 8 p.m. St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 1510 E. Seventh St., Charlotte. 704-376-8441. www.stmartins-charlotte.org.
Microsoft Office 2003 Publisher I:
Our Microsoft Publisher 2003 class is a course designed to teach the user how to create professional publications. 1:30 p.m. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us.
Enjoy an enchanting collection of gingerbread houses throughout the holiday season. Attendees may vote on their favorite gingerbread house with $1 minimum donation per vote. All proceeds will benefit Levine Children's Hospital, dedicated to caring for the physical and emotional needs of children and their families. 3 p.m. Dec. 11; 9 a.m. Dec. 12-26. Free. The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. 704-248-4000.
Norsk Carolina Jultrefest Christmas Party:
Enjoy a traditional Norwegian Christmas Dinner with the Norsk Carolina Lodge of the Sons of Norway. All the food that would served in Norway at Christmas will be served. We will have games and crafts for children, sing Norwegian Christmas carols and have a visit from the Nissen (Santa). 5 p.m. $ 20 members; $25 nonmembers; $12 children ages 5-18; Free under age 5. Olde Providence Racquet Club, 5630 Sharon View Road, Charlotte. 704-674-2778. www.norskcarolina.org.
Come experience Christmas at our live nativity, offered as a gift to Charlotte by the children and youth of Quail Hollow Presbyterian Church. This is held on the front lawn of the church. Experience the wonder of Christ's birth. 6 p.m. Dec. 11-12. Free. Quail Hollow Presbyterian Church, 8801 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-554-5714.
Christmas With the Charlotte Children's Choir and Youth Chorale:
This choir and youth chorale highlights the advanced choirs with orchestra including, harpist Christine VanArsdale. Concert will feature arrangements of familiar carols as well as newly composed holiday selections for orchestra and choirs. Music to be performed includes arrangements of "Joy to the World," "Little Drummer Boy," "I Saw Three Ships," and a newly commissioned work by North Carolina composer, Tom Shelton. 7 p.m. $15 adults; $12 students and seniors. Providence Baptist Church, 4921 Randolph Road., Charlotte. 704-374-1892. www.charlottechildrenschoir.org.
"Writing in 3-D" Workshop with Tommy Tomlinson:
Charlotte Observer columnist Tommy Tomlinson is offering his popular "Writing in 3-D: How to Make Your Words Jump Off the Page" course at Queens University of Charlotte. Your inner creativity and writing skills will be inspired by this writer and speaker. 9 a.m. $179. Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-688-2738. www.queens.edu/continuing-education.
"Tuck Your Roses in for the Winter":
Learn how to protect your roses through the cold weather. 10 a.m. Free. Witherspoon Rose Culture, 4401 Shopton Road, Charlotte. 704-366-2566. www.witherspoonrose.com.
Charlotte ART collective Holiday Art Show:
The Charlotte Art Collective's Holiday Show and Sale returns. The popular art show brings hundreds of people who look forward to this semi-annual art event where they can chat with 20 professional local artists offering their fine art and crafts in a wide range of prices. There's pottery, sculpture, jewelry, wood, handmade books, paintings, collage, fiber art, lamp-work beads and garden art. 10 a.m. Free. Community Hall Avondale Presbyterian, 2821 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-364-0961. www.charlotteartcollective.com.
Spyro Gyra -"A Night Before Christmas" Holiday Concert:
A Jazz twist for that magical night, the night before Christmas. Get into the holiday groove with Spyro Gyra, a jazz fusion band that was originally formed in the mid-1970s in Buffalo, N.Y. Their music, which has been influential in the development of smooth jazz as they combine jazz with elements of R&B, funk and pop music. 8 p.m. $35-$55. Halton Theater, Central Piedmont Community College, 1206 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte. 704-330-6534. www.thejazzlifestyle.com.
Breakfast with Santa:
Celebrate the holiday season with a breakfast with Santa, for children ages 2-8. Bring your camera and take a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and have fun making holiday crafts. 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m. Dec. 11, 18. $5 per person, including adults. Tickets available at Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-321-7275. www.matthewshometownholidays.com.
SweetArtz Holiday Treats:
Children ages 7-13 can make a holiday house decorated with sweets pretty enough to display but good enough to eat. Participants will also make gifts for teachers and parents. 6-9 p.m. $25 for Matthews residents, $27 for nonresidents. Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-321-7275. www.matthewshometownholidays.com.
Christmas Cantata: "The Wonder of Christmas":
"The Wonder of Christmas" by David Hamilton is a musical program offering new arrangements of familiar carols with narration based on scripture. Child care is available. 9 a.m. Free. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.
Children age 3-fifth grade will meet on Sunday afternoons for a time of fun with music. We will learn songs to sing for worship as well as learn to play instruments. 4 p.m. Free. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.
Pineville United Methodist Church offers area residents chair yoga classes in the gym of the Crossroads Center. Walk-ins are welcome. 10 a.m. Free. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.
Floor Yoga Classes:
Pineville United Methodist Church offers floor yoga classes to area residents at the gym of the Crossroads Center. Walk-ins are welcome. 5:45 p.m. $3. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.
Sounds of Christmas:
Join us for "The Sounds of Christmas" at Harrison UMC in Pineville as we capture the joy and anticipation of the Christmas season through all of our senses. This family event will be evening of caroling in local neighborhoods, starting in Hammill Hall at 15008 Lancaster Highway. To RSVP for child care, call 704-541-3463. 6:30 p.m. Free. Harrison United Methodist Church, 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. 704-541-3463. www.harrisonumc.org.
Fibromyalgia Support Group:
Jennifer Kuehn is back to lead discussion on Fibromyalgia. Kuehn is a licensed therapist who is trained in assisting those with chronic illnesses. Join this support group for more information on fibromyalgia and to talk to people who have similar symptoms. 1 p.m. Free. Arthritis Services, 500 E. Morehead St. Suite 320, Charlotte. 704-331-4878. www.arthritisservices.org.
Set aside the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to join us for "Stories," our annual celebration of Christmas through song, dance and the spoken word. The event is free but tickets are required. To reserve your tickets, call or visit our front office. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17-19. Church at Charlotte, 2500 Carmel Road, Charlotte. 704-364-5913. www.churchatcharlotte.org.
Holiday Dance Party:
Join Metropolitan Ballroom for a special holiday party. Bring your friends to celebrate with games, drinks and hors d'oeuvres, dancing and merriment. 8 p.m. $15. Metropolitan Ballroom, 2935 Providence Road Suite 200, Charlotte. 704-364-1871. www.metropolitan-ballroom.com.
Chancel Hand bell Choir Performance:
The Chancel Hand bell Choir from First United Methodist Church in Gastonia will perform in the main lobby providing holiday cheer for hotel guests and locals. 10 a.m. The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. 704-248-4000.
Charlotte City Ballet's Holiday Enchantment:
Charlotte City Ballet's annual holiday enchantment performance features selections from "The Nutcracker" and other favorites. After the 3 p.m. performance, children can meet the ballerinas and have a photo made. Come celebrate the season with our local dancers and see what Charlotte City Ballet can do. Tickets available through www.carolinatix.org. 3 p.m., 7 p.m. Dec. 18. $7 advance, $10 at the door. Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343. www.charlottecityballet.org.