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Holiday Organ Concert at Calvary Church
Calvary Church invites the community to an evening of sacred and seasonal music for organ and brass. The program will feature Calvary organist Elizabeth Hildebrand playing Thanksgiving and Christmas favorites, as well as a selection of hymns, on the 11,499-pipe Calvary Grand Organ. The event is free and open to everyone. 704-543-1200, www.calvarychurch.com. Free. Calvary Church, 5801 Pineville—Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-543-1200. www.calvarychurch.com. 6 p.m. Nov. 27.
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Cell Phone Drive for Cell Phones For Soldiers
Join Antonich & Associates for its sixth Annual Veterans Day Cell Phone Drive for Cell Phones For Soldiers. In honor of our past and present veterans, we collect gently-used cell phones which are sent to Cell Phones For Soldiers, a national non-profit organization that collects and recycles used wireless phones. Mark Antonich Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., 8832 Blakeney Professional Drive, Charlotte. 704-944-2080. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. through Nov. 30.
Learn to Square Dance
Looking for something to do? Come have some fun, meet new people, make new friends, and learn to square dance - even with two left feet. Exercise your mind and body. Join us on Thursday nights. $5. Baker’s Place, 2843 Williams Road, Matthews. 704-576-0318. 7-9 p.m. Nov. 24.
12th Annual Puppies for Patients
Give blood and share some puppy love with children in area hospitals this holiday season. Join Community Blood Center of the Carolinas for the 12th Annual ’Puppies for Patients’ program running now through Dec. 31. Donors who give blood during this time will be able to sign a tag that will be attached to a stuffed toy puppy and delivered to children in area hospitals and care facilities during the holidays. To sign up, visit www.cbcc.us or call 704-972-4700. Free. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 23, 24, 25, 28 and 29.
Sports & Fitness
Join a naturalist for a relaxing walk as we focus on gratitude for our natural world. We will make stops along the way to behold and share our gratitude. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Inside+The+Department/Divisions/Stewardship+Services. 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Nov. 23.
Take Off the Turkey Hike
Feeling a little stuffed? Join a McDowell Nature Center educator in this 2-3 mile leisure hike as we enjoy nature and learn along the way. This hike is great for those who are new to hiking or even the more skilled participant. Registration required.Notes Dress appropriately for the weather. Not a stroller friendly hike. Please bring water. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Inside+The+Department/Divisions/Stewardship+Services. 10-11:30 a.m., 2:30-4 p.m. Nov. 25.
Walk off the Turkey Hike
You know you are going to need to burn off all those extra calories that were consumed over Thanksgiving. Why not come out and enjoy the nature preserve with a nice brisk hike in the woods. Must call 980-314-1119 to register.Ages 8 and older. 10-11a.m. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Inside+The+Department/Divisions/Stewardship+Services. 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Nov. 25.
Adult Hiking Series Autumn Days
Get up and get active while learning about nature during this 75-minute, adult-only hike through McDowell Nature Preserve. This hike is eligible for our 100-mile hike club. Registration required. Dress appropriately for the weather. Wear closed-toe shoes for hiking. Please bring water. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Inside+The+Department/Divisions/Stewardship+Services. 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Nov. 29.
Calvary Church Adult Group Fitness Classes
Weekday morning classes offer a welcoming atmosphere to participants of all ages and fitness levels. Choose from a variety of exercise options from strength training and cardio to stretching and balance. Trained instructors lead programs designed to enhance overall health, fitness, and energy levels. Classes cost $20/month for unlimited participation. Try your first class free. Cardio-Sculpt 915 am-10 am | Tue./Thu. Healthy Bodies 10:15 .am.-11 a.m. | Tue./Thu. Healthy Hearts 10:15-11 a.m .| Mon./Wed./Fri . Upper Body Strength Training 11:15 a.m.-noon. | Mon/Wed/Fri . $20 per month. Calvary Church, 5801 Pineville—Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-543-1200. www.calvarychurch.com. Nov. 23.
If you are interested in Pickleball and want to find out more or learn to play, join others at the Nano Center in Matthews. Instruction and equipment will be provided. Free for first time. Nano Center, 624 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Matthews. 704-849-8316. www.nanosports.co. 5-6 p.m. Nov. 27.
Talks & Meetings
GriefShare-Carmel Baptist Church
It hurts to lose someone. Have you lost someone you love? Don’t go through the grieving process alone. GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Please email David Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are planning to attend. There is a $15 cost to covers the GriefShare Workbook. Carmel Baptist Church, 1145 Pineville-Matthews Road, Matthews. 6:15 p.m. Nov. 23.
Red Boot Coalition Meeting
Weekly, one-hour meetings, where participants practice listening without an agenda and sharing openly with one another. Participants will then take these skills out into the world to create more constructive leadership. Free. theredbootcoalition.org. Another Broken Egg, 3920 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 980-207-2582. www.anotherbrokenegg.com. 7:15 a.m.-8:15 a.m. Nov. 25.
Disabled Veteran Free Membership
The Charlotte Wood Working Club is offering one year free membership for disabled veterans. Free. Charlotte Woodworkers Association, 1208 Salem Drive, Charlotte. charlottewoodworkers.org. Nov. 26 and 28.
Emotions Anonymous Meeting
12-Step group for emotional instability. Free. Free. www.namilexington.org/support/family-support-groups/. Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 3307 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-364-1234. 7-8 p.m. Nov. 28.
Does your little one love construction paper, crayons and glue? Come and handcraft a pine cone turkey with your preschooler and experience the wonder of childhood in Thanksgiving crafting. Parent participation required. Registration required. Dress to get messy. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Inside+The+Department/Divisions/Stewardship+Services. 1 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 23.
Nature Story Corner
Settle in and get comfortable as we read a variety of nature based stories. Stories may be accompanied by puppets and audience participation as we learn about the wonders of nature. After the story we will hike into the forest to do a themed activity based on the story. Must call 980-314-1119 Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Inside+The+Department/Divisions/Stewardship+Services. 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Nov. 24.
Join a McDowell Nature educator in creating a Nature Journal. Start with creating a journal indoors and end with adding the final touches to your journal with nature outdoors. Registration required. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Inside+The+Department/Divisions/Stewardship+Services. 3-4:30 p.m. Nov. 26.
The woods are full of magic and mystery Come join us as we read a story and then build small houses out of natural items for the fairies to visit. Who knows maybe some other creatures of the forest may also visit. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Inside+The+Department/Divisions/Stewardship+Services. 2-3 p.m. Nov. 26.
Join us for a reading of the wonderful book, “Giving Thanks,” by Jonathan London. After the story we will go on a short hike to give thanks to nature. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Inside+The+Department/Divisions/Stewardship+Services. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Nov. 26.
Nature Photography with your smart phone
They are so popular and common that you may not even know that you have a great tool to capture your nature findings in your pocket. Learn about some apps that will help you take fantastic pictures with your smart phone. After reviewing some information inside we will go outside and snap pictures along the trails. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Inside+The+Department/Divisions/Stewardship+Services.. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Nov. 27.
Family Fort Building
Learn the survival skill of shelter building with your family. Work together using materials found in the woods to build a sturdy, weather-resistant shelter. Registration required. Dress appropriately for the weather and work gloves are recommended but optional. Be prepared to hike so please wear sturdy shoes. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Inside+The+Department/Divisions/Stewardship+Services.. 2-3:30 p.m. Nov. 27.
Calling all kids and parents. Through various hands-on activities such as crafts, games, stories, puppets, hikes and more, learn about animals and plants in the preserve. To register, call 704-432-6460. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Inside+The+Department/Divisions/Stewardship+Services. 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Nov. 28.
Featured Artist John Huneycutt ‘Silver Wings Wet Plate Portraits’
Photography by 2015’s Best of Show Winner at Charlotte Fine Art Gallery. Free. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Through Dec. 16.
Kim Keever & Felicia van Bork
Jerald Melberg Gallery presents two solo exhibition. sLarge-scale photographs by Kim Keever, who meticulously constructs miniature topographies in a 200-gallon tank, which he fills with water and brings to life with colored lights and the dispersal of pigment.Monotype collages by Felicia van Bork, which she assembles from torn and cut pieces of her own monotype prints. The contrasting fragments evoke natural vistas, often populated by non-objective protagonists. Free admission. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 23, 24, 25, Nov. 26, 28 and 29.