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"Pint for a Night":
The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is hosting a two-month campaign called "Pint for a Night" to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. For each blood donation in March and April, CBCC will make a financial contribution to RMH of Charlotte. Donate blood at one of CBCC's three donation centers or at a community blood drive. Visit www.cbcc.us/donate for more information. 10 a.m. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us.
Robert Kushner: Flora Dreams:
Jerald Melberg Gallery presents Flora Dreams, an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Robert Kushner. Kushner emerged on the American art scene in the early 1970s and quickly became known for his richly textured and opulent paintings. Since the late 1980s his artistic focus has been centered around flowers and plant forms. Kushner frequently visits botanical gardens for inspiration, often scheduling trips in order to view flowers of particular interest at their peak. 10 a.m. March 23-26, 28-31, April 1-2, 4-9. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.
Lecture on vitamins, herbal medicines and other natural products:
Join pharmacist Kim DeRhodes of CMC-Rx Morrocroft Pharmacy as she discusses which vitamins and supplements you may want to consider taking, which ones to avoid and how to choose among the thousands of products on the market. Learn how to avoid dangerous drug interactions and worthless products. 6 p.m. Free. CMC-Rx Morrocroft Pharmacy, 4525 Cameron Valley Parkway Suite 1200, Charlotte. 704-512-6040.
Adult Exercise Classes:
Pineville United Methodist Church offers area residents adult exercise classes in the gym of the Crossroads Center. Walk-ins welcome. 9 a.m. $3. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.
Taste & Trade Business Show:
Meet and speak directly with 100 area business owners to learn more about new products and services being offered by Chamber-member companies across the greater Matthews area. 3 p.m. Free with a $2 charge to sample food. CPCC Levine Campus, 2800 Campus Ridge Road, Matthews. 704-847-3649. www.matthewschamber.com.
Mark Schultz in Concert:
7 p.m. $15. Elevation Church, 8835 Blakeney Professional Drive, Charlotte. 704-541-3463. www.harrisonumc.org.
Brain Balance Parent Talk:
Is your child struggling with academic, social or behavioral issues? Come to our Parent Talk to learn more about children with neurobehavioral disorders and what our center does to help. Parents, educators and medical professionals welcome. Please call to reserve your seat. 7 p.m. Free. Brain Balance of Charlotte, 9101-J Pineville-Matthews Road, Pineville. 704-540-6363. www.brainbalancecenters.com.
The Wizard of Oz:
Charlotte Christian middle school theater students will present the musical, "The Wizard of Oz." The audience will be whisked along with Dorothy and Toto as they take a magical journey "Over the Rainbow" to defeat the Wicked Witch of the West and follow the yellow brick road. 7 p.m. March 24-26. $7-10. Charlotte Christian School, 7301 Sardis Road, Charlotte. 704-366-5657. www.charlottechristian.com.
Gospel Fit Dance:
The choreographed intervals include high and low impacts of tae-bo, kickboxing and Latin dance moves. Free trial session every Tuesday; one free session per person. 7:30 p.m. $6. J'adore Ballroom, 508 Griffith Road, Charlotte. 704-905-8678. www.gospelfitdance.com.
Rush Hour Retreat:
Start the weekend off right as San Antonio's Modern Mexican becomes your after work retreat the last Friday of the month. Enjoy drink specials and free appetizers featuring signature menu items, live music and giveaways. 5 p.m. Free. San Antonio's Modern Mexican, 4331 Barclay Downs Drive, Charlotte. 704-614-2405. www.myuptownfun.com.
Happy Flower Hour:
Guests are invited to enjoy complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres at all Pike Nurseries locations. Pike Nurseries experts will be on hand to offer advice and know-how on spring gardening to ensure that even homeowners without a green thumb can create a successful seasonal garden. Guests also can take advantage of storewide specials during the event to stock up on spring plants. 5 p.m. Free. Pike Nurseries, 12630 N. Community House Road, Charlotte. 704-341-PIKE. www.pikenursery.com.
Spaghetti Dinner and Survivor Speaker from Flight 1549 on the Hudson:
Dave Sanderson is an outstanding speaker and a survivor from Flight 1549 on the Hudson. Child care provided for children 5 and younger with a reservation. Please reserve your place and for child care by March 19. Donations will be accepted at the door. 6 p.m. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.
Andrew Peterson - Counting Stars Tour:
Join us for an evening with Andrew Peterson on his Counting Stars tour. 7:30 p.m. Hope Community Church, 701 Scaleybark Road, Charlotte.
When We No Longer Touch: Looking Through the Lens of HIV:
Experience the poignant and powerful choral work "When We No Longer Touch," an AIDS requiem telling a story of love, life, upheaval, loss, acceptance and reconciliation. This moving work, paired with additional songs celebrating hope and love, is dedicated to all in Charlotte living with HIV or who serve the HIV/AIDS community. TAll donations made during the concert will benefit Regional AIDS Interfaith Network. 7:30 p.m. March 25-26. $15 general admission, $10 students. Myers Park Baptist Church, Heaton Hall, 1900 Queens Road, Charlotte. www.onevoicechorus.com.
Car Wash Charity Event:
Gospel Fit Dance will host a charity car wash. Proceeds will be donated to less fortunate families in the area. 10 a.m. Free. Donations accepted. Automotive Consignment, 5000 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte. 704-905-8678. www.gospelfitdance.com.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous:
Food Addicts is a program based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. There are no dues, fees, or weigh-ins at meetings. Food Addicts is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience and mutual support, are recovering from the disease of food addiction. 10:15 a.m. Free. Anuvia Prevention & Recovery Center, 100 Billingsley Road, Charlotte. 704-348-1569. www.foodaddicts.org.
Vegetable Gardening 101:
Growing vegetables in your backyard can be a fun, even tasty experience and early spring is a great time to start planning your summer vegetable garden. Join Dia Steiger for some tips on how to grow and harvest fresh, delicious produce. We'll cover the basics of site selection and soil preparation as well as those varieties of vegetables that perform well in our Carolina summers. Please register. 10:30 a.m. $5. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com
This class will be a way for you to connect with your dog and also help them deepen some of their own stretches. We'll start with guided meditation for our humans, then we'll do some shared breaths with you and your dog, then teach you where you can find calming spots on your dog's body. 2 p.m. (for smaller dogs), 3 p.m. (for larger dogs). $15. Dogtopia of Charlotte, 616 Springbrook Road, Charlotte. 704-333-3063. www.dogdaycare.com.
Women's Bible Study:
Pineville United Methodist Church invites area women to attend Experiencing God, a 13-week Bible study by Henry Blackaby that explores the will of God for our lives and how it's revealed. 5 p.m. March 27; April 3, 10. $16. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.
Providence Chamber Music Recital:
Mark O'Connor's "Butterfly's Day Out," Edgar Myer's "Chief Sitting in the Rain," and "Sextets for Wind Quintet and Piano" by Lowell Liebermann and Ludwig Thuille. 7 p.m. Free. Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-7442. www.providenceumc.org.
Charlotte Checkers "Booty Day":
The Charlotte Checkers will donate a portion of ticket sales to 24 Hours of Booty, which runs the 24-hour cycling charity event in Charlotte. The Checkers are offering discounted Attack Zone tickets for $15 with $6 per ticket going to 24 Hours of Booty. Buy tickets in advance, 704-444-1887 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 5 p.m. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 East Trade St., Charlotte. www.24hoursofbooty.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:
Latino and other international residents instruction offered in the English language. Also provides important community information. We welcome those in south Charlotte who need to learn the basics of the English language or want to improve their English speaking and writing skills. 6 p.m. March 28; 9:30 a.m. March 29.$20 (includes book, refundable after six consecutive classes). Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.
Gluten Free Cooking Class:
Join Barbara D'Ambrosio, of The Thoughtful Baker, at Earth Fare for her complimentary gluten free cooking class and enjoy. From traditional (including a vegan pizza) to more unusual combinations of toppings, come sample your favorite. She will also bring a sweet treat from the bakery to share. Please sign up at customer service or call 704-926-1201 to reserve or spot. 6:30 p.m. Earth Fare Charlotte, 12235 N. Community House Road, Charlotte.
Real Birders Don't Wear White:
Spring is a wonderful time for bird watching. Come learn the basics of bird identification from the folks at Wing Haven. We'll learn how to use color, size, behavior and song to identify birds and then take a walk to test our skills. Ages 6-9. Registration required. 3:45 p.m. $10. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.
Keeping It Real:
Lisa Leake, blogger of 100daysofrealfood.com, will be coming and sharing her story on how her family completed 100 days of real food challenge, how they are still doing it on a budget, tips and tricks for other customers and a goodie bag with some samples. If you would like to join us, please sign up at customer service or call. 10 a.m. Earth Fare Charlotte, 12235 N. Community House Road, Charlotte. 704-926-1201.
30th Annual Charity League of Charlotte Fashion Show:
The 30th annual Charity League of Charlotte Fashion Show features fashions from Mack & Mack, a silent auction and lunch. For more information on the Fashion show and luncheon please contact Barbara Huckabee at 704-364-3314. The event raises funds to help Charlotte area children in need. 10:30 a.m. $50. Carmel Country Club, 4735 Carmel Road, Charlotte. 704-364-3314. www.charityleagueofcharlotte.org.
Charlotte Art Collective Spring Art Show:
The Charlotte Art Collective's Spring Show and Sale returns. Chat with 20 professional local artists offering their fine art and crafts in a wide range of prices. 10 a.m. Free. Community Hall Avondale Presbyterian, 2821 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-364-0961. www.charlotteartcollective.com.