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Third Annual Pint for Pounds with Second Harvest:
Donate blood or sponsor a blood drive with Community Blood Center of the Carolinas. For each donation in January and February, CBCC will donate 6 pounds of food to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. Times vary, so call for donation times or visit www.cbcc.us/donate. 10 a.m. Free. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us/donate.
Local Ingredients Prepared Tex-Mex Style:
Robb Walsh, an award-winning Tex-Mex expert and cookbook author, will be available to discuss his work, including his latest cookbook, "The Tex-Mex Grill and Barbacoa Cookbook." Proceeds will benefit the FS Food Group Scholarship at Johnson & Wales University. 7 p.m. $40 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Paco's Tacos & Tequila, 6401 Morrison Blvd, Charlotte. 704-716-TACO. www.pacostacosandtequila.com.
Adult Exercise Classes:
Pineville United Methodist Church offers area residents adult exercise classes in the gym of the Crossroads Center. 9 a.m. $3. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.
Landscaping with Native Plants:
We will discuss the advantages of a wild or naturalistic style when planning native gardens, as well as the fabulous possibilities for applying classic design principles to native gardens. Amy Fahmy has a master's degree in landscape architecture and works at the Biltmore Estate as a designer and gardener. Please register. 9:30 a.m. $20. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.
A Valentine's Gift from the Garden:
It is a special time of year; join us to make a Valentine's garden gift to share with someone close to your heart. Ages 5-7. Registration required. 3:45 p.m. $10. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.
Race to Nowhere:
View the movie "Race to Nowhere," which points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace; students are disengaged; stress-related illness and depression are rampant; and many young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired. 7 p.m. Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church, 2929 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-372-6836. www.selwynpres.org.
Connecting the Dots:
Learn how key biblical principles can help you live a more abundant and perhaps healthier life. 7 p.m. Feb. 10, 17, 24; March 3, 10. $10. Harrison United Methodist Church, 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. 704-541-3463 ext 213. harrisonchurch.org.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous:
Food Addocts is a program based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. There are no dues, fees, or weigh-ins. 10:15 a.m. Free. Anuvia Prevention & Recovery Center, 100 Billingsley Road, Charlotte. 704-348-1569. foodaddicts.org.
The Metropolitan Opera: Nixon in China:
President Nixon's 1972 encounter with Communist China. 1 p.m. Regal Cinemas Stonecrest at Piper Glen, 7824 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-540-7558.
Celebrate Valentine's Day weekend in an intimate setting. "Love Letters" will be performed by Charlotte actors Judy Simpson Cook and Melvin Faris. Please call or e-mail for reservations, email@example.com or 704-596-2776. Proceeds benefit Samaritan House. 7 p.m. $15. Providence Presbyterian Church, 10140 Providence Road, Charlotte.
Women's Bible Study:
Pineville United Methodist Church invites area women to attend Experiencing God, a 13-week Bible study that explores the will of God for our lives and how it's revealed. 5 p.m. Feb. 13, 20, 27; March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 3, 10.$16. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.
Providence Chamber Music Recital:
Musicians perform J. S. Bach's Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C Minor, Theme and Variations for Cello and Bass by Ignaz Joseph Pleyel, and Davidson composer Mary Armistead Jones' Piano Trio. 7 p.m. Free. Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-7442. www.providenceumc.org.
Pineville United Methodist Church offers area residents chair yoga classes in the gym of the Crossroads Center. 10 a.m. Free. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.
Pineville United Methodist Church offers area residents floor yoga classes in the gym of the Crossroads Center. 5:45 p.m. $3. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.
English as a Second Language Classes:
Residents who need to learn the basics of the English language or want to improve their English speaking and writing skills are welcome to attend. 6 p.m. $20 (includes book, refundable after six consecutive classes). Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.
Growing Food in Your Backyard:
You can grow tasty, nutritionally rich food at home without the use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides. Please register. 9:30 a.m. $15. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.
Watercolor in the Garden:
Using the garden in bloom as inspiration, explore color, paint, brushes and paper in an expressive and experimental way. 1:30 p.m. Feb. 15, 22; March 1, 8. ;$250. The Elizabeth Lawrence House and Garden at Wing Haven, 348 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.
Get Fit Weight Loss Challenge:
Learn about nutrition, healthy lifestyle choices and participate in a supportive and friendly competition where cash and prizes go to losers. . Seating is limited. Register with Maude: 704-365-3355. 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15, 22; March 1, 8, 15, 22. $39. Belle Johnston Community Center, Pineville Lake Park, 1009 Johnston Dr., Pineville. 704-889-2400. www.thinkhealthyliving.com.
Rise of the Young Adult Novel:
The Women's National Book Association of Charlotte welcomes a panel that will discuss trends in Young Adult Literature. 6:30 p.m. Free. Quail Hollow Estates Clubhouse, 7301 Quail Meadow Lane, Charlotte.
The Ever-Changing Garden:
Explore a philosophy of edible landscape design using plants with year-round beauty and top nutritional value. Please register. 9:30 a.m. $20. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.
Real Estate Investors Association Meeting:
Educational events providing information on every aspect of real estate investing. 6 p.m. Free for members, $15 for visitors. The Hilton Executive Park Hotel, 5624 Westpark Dr., Charlotte. 704-523-1570. www.metrolinareia.org.
An Evening With The Charlotte Appalachian Dulcimer Club:
Come and enjoy the delicate, haunting sounds of the Appalachian mountain dulcimer. 6:30 p.m. Free. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us.
"The Jungle Book":
Join Mowgli, Baloo, King Louie and the gang as they swing their way through adventures and thwart the tiger, Shere Khan. This musical includes all your favorite Disney tunes. Suitable for ages 4 and up. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18, 25; 2 p.m. Feb. 19-20, 26-27. $9 - $10. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343. www.carolinatix.org. www.matthewsplayhouse.com.