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Thai Yoga for Wellness:
This class begins with a series of flowing yoga poses, moves into long and slow holds and is followed by a short meditation. Throughout the class, the instructor, who is trained in Thai Yoga Therapy, will physically assist students with gentle rocking movements, acupressure and other techniques to help students deepen their stretches. Please bring a yoga mat and oversized blanket to class. Monthly sessions. 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays. $40 January or February, $50 March. Davidson Parks and Recreation, 416 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-3349. www.d-recs.org/d-recs/Start/Start.asp?SCheck=747813057&SDT=39645.5905058218.
New Year, New You Coaching Group with Kim Bridi:
Join this action-oriented life coaching group and gain accountability, support and structure. You will select a project or goal to work on throughout the six weeks. It's perfect for those who want to get organized, shift to a healthier lifestyle, go back to school or return to the workforce. 10:30 a.m. $78. Davidson Parks and Recreation, 416 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-3349. www.d-recs.org/d-recs/Start/Start.asp?SCheck=747813057&SDT=39645.5905058218.
The Metropolitan Opera: Don Carlo Encore:
Don Carlo falls in love with Elisabeth. 6:30 p.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-643-4262. www.amctheatres.com.
Italian Wine Tasting:
Try some excellent but relatively inexpensive wines. The event is hosted by Ciro Marino, who brings extensive knowledge and understanding of Italian wine making to the event, but not to the point where a wine novice feels overwhelmed. 7 p.m. $15. 704-987-5111. Campania Cafe & Trattoria, 416 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-987-5111. www.campaniacafe.com.
Swing dance lessons
Registration is under way for swing dance lessons through the Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture department. Members of the Charlotte Swing Dance Society will teach participants. All classes are held Wednesdays and the session lasts eight weeks. $50 residents; $58 non-residents. Beginners meet 6:30-7:30 p.m.; intermediates 7:45-8:45 p.m.. Bailey Road Recreation Center. 704-892-6031, ext. 160. www.corneliuspr.org.
Story time at Discovery Place KIDS:
Join Discovery Place KIDS for Story time with a special "Animals in Winter" through Jan. 14. We will read "Time to Sleep" by Denise Fleming and "Bear Snores On" by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman. Daily at 9:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Free with museum admission. Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville, 105 Gilead Road., Huntersville. 704-372-6261. www.discoveryplaceKIDS.org.
Group and private Spanish classes for children and adults/tutors:
Start speaking Spanish on Day One. If you are looking to learn Spanish, improve it, need it for a trip or for your children, we will help. Abigayl Pansini, a native Spanish speaker with an MBA, has been teaching Spanish at schools in the Lake Norman area for several years. 10 a.m. weekdays through Jan. 21. 704-360-4599. Mooresville, Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville, Norman Drive, Mooresville. www.LakeNormanLanguageAcademy.com.
Discovery Place KIDS Puppet Show: Sammy Squirrel's Adventure:
Burrow down with the creatures of the forest for the winter and discover how animals survive during this cold season. The star of the show is the squirrel, with other featured characters including a rabbit, frog, chipmunk, opossum and cardinal. 10:45 a.m. daily through Jan. 14. Free with museum admission. Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville, 105 Gilead Road., Huntersville. 704-372-6261. www.discoveryplaceKIDS.org.
Davidson vs. Appalachian State:
7 p.m. 704-894-2000. www.davidsonwildcats.com. Davidson College, 102 N. Main St., Davidson.
Trivia Night at The Wine Room:
Every Wednesday is Trivia Night at The Wine Room at Afton Village, 7:30 p.m. Free. The Wine Room At Afton Village, 5401 Village Drive NW, Concord. 704-782-9463. www.wine-room.net.
Watercolor with Jim Kerr:
The goal of this course is to provide students with a roadmap to successful watercolor painting, including landscapes, seascapes, still life and portraits. Learn various techniques and applications. Sessions run monthly. 9 a.m. Thursdays through March 31. $80, scholarship available. Davidson Parks and Recreation, 416 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-3349. www.d-Recs.org, and search keyword "watercolor."
Adult Beginning Piano:
Have fun learning how to play the piano at Lessons On The Lake. The adult beginner will learn how to play familiar songs and learn basic music theory in this program. 10 a.m. Thursdays through Feb. 24. $195. 704-892-3349. www.d-recs.org. Lessons on the Lake, 412 Armour St., Davidson.
Martial Arts Afternoon Session:
Tai Chi meets Tuesdays and Thursdays. Registration is required. "Tai Chi for the Living Room" requires only one meter of space and is designed to provide all the benefits of other forms of Tai Chi, but in one-tenth the time and with one-tenth the frustration. If you've ever quit studying Tai Chi because you couldn't wait years to reap the fruits of your labor, then Tai Chi for the Living Room is for you. Sessions run by month. 1:30 p.m. through Feb. 24. $75. Davidson Parks and Recreation, 416 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-3349. www.d-recs.org/d-recs/Start/Start.asp?SCheck=747813057&SDT=39645.5905058218.
Cornelius PARC Commission Meeting:
The Cornelius PARC Commission invites people to attend and share views on parks, arts, recreation and culture in Cornelius. Meetings are on the first Thursday of each month. Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave. 5:30 p.m. Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. 704-892-6031 ext. 160. www.corneliuspr.org.
Painting Outside the Box with Sanctuary of Davidson owner, Kristen Feighery:
Kristen offers this mixed media, decoupage and painting class. All materials included. 6 p.m.; 6 p.m. Jan. 13. $85. Sanctuary of Davidson, 108 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-892-0044. www.sanctuaryofdavidson.com.
Adult/Family Kung Fu:
Think of the advantages of learning respect, proper discipline and appropriate self-confidence where size is not a limiting factor in performance or achievement. Kung fu has been praised for centuries for its ability to develop people of all ages to gain a better understanding of their potential as their true abilities surface through the time-tested methods of self-awareness and self-defense. Sessions run monthly. Registration is required. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Feb. 24. $75. 704-892-3349. www.d-Recs.org. Community School of Davidson, 565 Griffith St., Davidson.
Blooming Artists Mommy and Me Class with Lori Burton:
Get ready to get messy with your toddler. During this four-week class, former kindergarten teacher Lori Burton will lead students in exploration of different art mediums and activities. Students will paint, stamp, color and glue themselves silly. 9:30 a.m. Fridays through January. $40. Davidson Parks and Recreation, 416 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-3349. www.d-recs.org.
Acrylic Painting with Lino Azevedo:
Learn to use acrylics, one of the most versatile, easy-to-use painting mediums available. Students of all levels will work on projects of their choosing. 12 p.m. Fridays through January. $75. Davidson Parks and Recreation, 416 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-3349. www.d-recs.org.
13th Annual Polar Bear Metric Century:
10 a.m. Davidson North Carolina, N. Main St., Davidson. 704-892-2118. downtowndavidson.org.
The Metropolitan Opera: La Fanciulla del West:
A centennial performance of Puccini's wild-west opera. 1 p.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-643-4262. www.amctheatres.com.
LA Phil Live: Dudamel Conducts Beethoven:
Gustavo Dudamel conducts works by Beethoven and others. From the Walt Disney Concert Hall in L.A. 5 p.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-643-4262. www.amctheatres.com.
Fashion Drawing and Design with Gerry McElroy:
Learn to draw the fashion figure; create your own label; design your line of clothing using fabric and storyboards; design a unique t-shirt and plan a wedding. 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Feb. 7. 704-892-3349. www.d-recs.org. Sanctuary of Davidson, 108 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-892-0044. www.sanctuaryofdavidson.com.
Classical Organ Concert:
Thomas Warburton, emeritus music professor at UNC Chapel Hill, plays Hindemith, Mendelssohn, Messiaen, Schumann and Sowerby in tribute to Robert Noehren (1910-2002), Davidson College professor and organist at Davidson College Presbyterian Church (1946-49) where the recital occurs as part of the Organ at Davidson series. A reception follows. 7:30 p.m. Free; donations encouraged for future programming. Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Main St., Davidson. 704-892-5641. www.dcpc.org.
Zumba with Tonya:
An hour of calorie-burning, easy-to-follow dance moves. No prior dance skills required. Registration is required. Monthly sessions. 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays through March 29. $40 for four-week session; $30 for three-week session; $50 for five-week session. Davidson Parks and Recreation, 416 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-3349. www.d-recs.org.
Line Dancing with Mary:
This low-impact aerobic dance class is for everyone. Dances are choreographed to funk, country and Broadway hits. Sessions run monthly. Registration required. 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays through March 29. $40 for January or February; $50 for March. 704-892-3349. www.d-Recs.org. Davidson Parks and Recreation, 416 Armour St., Davidson. 704/892-3349. www.d-recs.org.
Oil Painting for Beginners to Advanced with Mary Crow:
Come learn the basics and learn how to paint with oils like the pros. Material list supplied upon registration. 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Jan. 25. $100. Davidson Parks and Recreation, 416 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-3349. www.d-recs.org.
Intro To Acrylics For Kids with Cindy Cooper:
From butterflies and bugs to serious landscapes, this workshop is a great introduction to acrylic painting. You budding artist will get a self-esteem boost after transforming a blank canvas into a work of art. Supplies included. 4:15 p.m. Tuesdays through January. $65. Sanctuary of Davidson, 108 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-892-0044. www.sanctuaryofdavidson.com.
NMRW Welcome Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory:
Pat McCrory will address the North Mecklenburg Republican Women as keynote speaker at NorthStone Club, 15801 NorthStone Drive, Huntersville. Registration begins at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. All invited. To make reservations e-mail email@example.com. $20 cash or check. 704-560-0582. www.meckgop.com.
Tuesday Wine Tastings:
$10. The Wine Room At Afton Village, 5401 Village Drive N.W., Concord. 704-782-9463. www.wine-room.net.
Hood to Coast Event:
Four teams complete the world's largest relay race. 8 p.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-643-4262. www.amctheatres.com.
Senior Studio Art Majors Exhibition:
The Smith Gallery will feature solo exhibitions showcasing the talents of Davidson College's senior class studio art majors. There is no charge to visit the galleries, open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and noon-4 p.m. weekends. Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College, 315 N. Main St., Davidson. 704-894-2520. www.davidson.edu.
Davidson Senior Scholars:
The Davidson Senior Scholars was formed to provide programs that stimulate continual intellectual and cultural growth. Meetings generally consist of a lecture followed by questions and answers. Monthly meetings are 1-2:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the Parks and Recreation office. Free. Davidson Parks and Recreation, 416 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-3349. www.d-recs.org.
Join the Charlotte Fencing Academy to learn about the Olympic sport of fencing. This program is designed for beginner students and will teach the fundamentals. Students will learn basic footwork, blade work and tactics during the six week session. Proper athletic gear should be worn. 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 16. $105. 704-892-3349. www.d-recs.org. Community School of Davidson, 565 Griffith St., Davidson.
Students will learn basic footwork, blade work and tactics during the six week session. Proper athletic gear should be worn. 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 16. $105. 704-892-3349. www.d-recs.org. Community School of Davidson, 565 Griffith St., Davidson.
Davidson vs. Furman:
7 p.m. Davidson College, 102 N. Main St., Davidson. 704-894-2000. www.davidson.edu.
Weight Loss Challenge:
Join the Lake Norman Nutrition Weight Loss Challenge where people can lose weight, have fun and get rewarded.This community weight loss challenge is a 12-week commitment where participants will be able to break myths about weight loss. The Challenge concludes March 31. Weekly meetings held to weigh in and discuss various nutrition topics. Ages 14+. 6:30 p.m. Thursdays $45. Davidson Parks and Recreation, 416 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-3349. www.d-recs.org/d-recs/Start/Start.asp?SCheck=747813057&SDT=39645.5905058218.