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Doyle Dykes Guitar Clinic & Performance:
Event includes door prizes and a meet and greet with Doyle. $10 advance; $15 at door. Acopian Hall, 7000 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-900-7398. 7-8:30 p.m. May 18.
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Charlotte Pride Band’s “80’s to the Max”:
Tickets are $15 and are available from CPB members, online at www.charlotteprideband.org/tickets or at the door. $15. Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Road, Charlotte. 704-334-7232. mpbconline.org. 5-6:30 p.m. May 20.
Chamber Music 4 All:
All Schubert chamber music program, featuring our Charlotte Symphony musicians. $5 at the door. Sedgefield United Methodist Church, 2830 Dorchester Place, Charlotte. 5:30-6:30 p.m. May 21.
The Charlotte Civic Orchestra:
Join the orchestra for an exhilarating performance of the beloved Beethoven Ninth Symphony. The combined singers of Matthews Chancel Choir and the Carolina Voices will be performing with the orchestra. Seating is not reserved, so please arrive early to get your tickes and the best seating available. Please purchase tickets at the door. $15; $12 seniors and students; $40 families. Matthews United Methodist Church, 801 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-847-6261. www.matthewsumc.org. 4-5:30 p.m. May 21.
Charlotte Singers “An American Songbook”:
Broadway, pop, spirituals, and patriotic choral music. Free admission. Providence Presbyterian Church, 10140 Providence Church Lane, Charlotte. 704-846-1079. 7-8:15 p.m. May 21.
Lung Force: Turquoise Tasting:
American Lung Association in North Carolina: Charlotte is hosting its second annual Lung Force Turquoise Tasting: A Food and Beverage Pairing to raise money for and awareness of lung cancer, the deadliest type of cancer in the United States for men and women. The event, presented by Charlotte Radiology, will include an assortment of seasonal food and beverage pairings, in addition to an open bar and acoustic music. $125. The Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road, Charlotte. 704-714-4400. www.dukemansion.com. 7-10 p.m. May 18.
Led by Chef Bill Dietz, participants will learn the ins and outs of tempering chocolate through this hands-on class. Registration is required either in person at The Secret Chocolatier or online at https://squareup.com/market/the-secret-chocolatier. Cost is $60 per person. For information, visit www.thesecretchocolatier.com. $60 per person. The Secret Chocolatier, 2935 Providence Road, Charlotte. 2-4 p.m. May 20.
The Fresh Expo:
This family-friendly event will showcase businesses and organizations paving the way in healthy, green, eco and sustainable living. Learn about health & wellness, cleaner technologies, green innovations and eco education through speakers, exhibits, and (for the kiddos) the Green Kids Planet Kids Zone. Other highlights include free helmets for kids, bicycle safety, kids cooking classes, the Chairs for Charity silent auction, free screenings for kidney disease, and healthy and tasty food. $8 general admission; $28 VIP admission and keynote speaker. Free for Kids 12 and younger. Symphony Park at South Park Mall, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-972-2000. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 20.
Calvary Hosts Military Families for Memorial Breakfast:
All veterans and active military service personnel and their spouses/families are invited to a special breakfast at Calvary at 8:30 a.m. in the Crown Room. All military families in the community are invited. $7 per person. Please register at www.calvarychurch.com/memorialbreakfast. Calvary Church, 5801 Pineville—Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-543-1200. www.calvarychurch.com. 8:30-10 a.m. May 20.
Memorial Day Program:
The program will feature stories and videos honoring those who have served and given their lives for our country. There will be a time of remembrance and an opportunity to recognize those we’ve lost in service to country. There will be a time of fellowship following the program and all are welcome. Free. Wesley United Methodist Church, 3715 Rea Road, Charlotte. 6-7 p.m. May 21.
Learn to Square Dance at Baker’s Place:
Looking for something to do? Come have fun, meet new people, make new friends, and learn to square dance. Exercise your mind and body. Join us on Thursday nights and learn the calls of mainstream square dancing. Gene Baker caller; email at email@example.com $5. Baker’s Place, 2843 Williams Road, Matthews. 704-576-0318. 7-9 p.m. May 18.
Talks & Readings
Eating Disorders Education for Parents & Families:
Join The Renfrew Center of Charlotte for an opportunity to learn about eating disorders, signs and symptoms, treatment options, how to support a loved one, meet Renfrew’s clinical staff, and tour our site. Free. The Renfrew Center of Charlotte, 6633 Fairview Road, Charlotte. 6-7:30 p.m. May 17.
Caregiver Support Group - Alzheimer’s and Dementia:
Come to our facilitated support group to get emotional support, make new friends, address concerns and share the unique experiences of being a caregiver for someone with dementia. RSVP requested, 704-909-2070. Care and lunch for loved ones is available during the meeting with advance notice. Bring your own lunch; beverages are provided. Free; RSVP requested. The Ivey Memory Wellness Day Center, 6030 Park S. Drive, Charlotte. 704-909-2070. www.theivey.com. 12-1:15 p.m. May 17.
Simple Steps 1: Is Starting a Business Right for You?:
This introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. Start-up Basics provides you with an overview of the skills and tools you need when deciding to start a business. In this session, you learn about: the advantages and disadvantages of owning a business, the most profitable form for your business, and the fundamentals of formation, organization, marketing, cash flow and funding sources. Workshop sponsored by SCORE, nonprofit that provides free face-to-face mentoring services to small businesses. No fee. SBA - Small Business Administration, 6302 Fairview Road, Charlotte.1-3 p.m. May 18.
From Klezmer to Bubbe Mayses: Influences And Gems Of Yiddish Music And Culture:
$36; free for members. Temple Israel, 4901 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-362-2796. www.templeisraelinc.org. 7-8:30 p.m. May 17.
Alzheimer’s Support Group:
.Free. Elmcroft Senior Living, 7745 Little Ave., Charlotte. 704-541-9333. www.elmcroft.com. 6 p.m. May 18.
Bring Your Friends to Learn About Allergies & Anaphylaxis:
Panel Discussion for all ages. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org. Info: www.pakcharlotte.org/. Free. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library — South County Regional, 5801 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-416-6600. www.cmlibrary.org. 1-4 p.m. May 20.
Come to the Table “Implicit Bias & Blindspots”:
We’ll learn about where biases come from, how they occur, and examine “mindbugs” that cause biases and how we deal with them. The “Implicit Bias & Blindspots” session will feature material from the book, “Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People.” A quiz shared will help us look at our own biases for our own personal awareness. This is a “Come to the Table” session organized by Avondale Presbyterian Church. These sessions are offered to promote discussion, challenge assumptions and provide a time for listening and thinking. Childcare provided. Free. Avondale Presbyterian Church, 2821 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-333-6194. avondalepresbychurch.org. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. May 21.
Children’s Book Launch: ‘Just Perfect’:
Perfect for ages 0-8. This ballerina and her mother have a life lesson to share. All too frequently girls look at themselves in the mirror and see hippo bellies or flamingo legs. The loving mother reminds her daughter that her body is perfect just the way it is. Note that you cannot wear heels in the dance studios, consider wearing different shoes so you can participate in all of activities. Books will be available for sale; hardcover: $19.95, paperback $10.95. Charlotte School of Ballet, 627 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 3-5 p.m. May 21.
Celebrate LGBT icon Harvey Milk through a reading of “Dear Harvey - Stories of Harvey Milk”. The play shares intimate, surprising stories based on interviews with Harvey’s nephew Stuart Milk, campaign manager Anne Kronenberg, AIDS Quilt founder Cleve Jones and other activists, reaffirming his impact and his continued relevance almost four decades after his assassination. Harvey Milk would have been 87 this year. Free admission with a pass-the-hat ask to benefit the formation of SAGE Charlotte (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders). Includes conversation with Jason Edward Black, co-editor of “An Archive of Hope: Harvey Milk’s Speeches and Writings.” Free. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road, Charlotte. 704-334-9128. www.theatrecharlotte.org. 7:30 p.m. May 22.
Endangered Species Day; Hike, Film Viewing and Discussion:
Join us to celebrate and raise awareness about Endangered Species Day. We will start with a hike through the preserve before settling in to the classroom for a showing of a documentary about Endangered Species. The film will be followed up by a short discussion. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 6-8:30 p.m. May 19.
The Wonders of Water:
How do water bugs walk on the pond surface? How does water climb from the roots to the leaves? Why don’t bubbles pop immediately? Join us for all or part of this program to experiment with water, and try to answer these burning questions! Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 1:30-3:30 p.m. May 20.
Umbrella Tree Trail Guided Hike:
Studies are showing that there are many healing benefits to walking in the woods. Join us to connect with nature and perhaps heal some of your life stressors in this relaxed hike. We will start our hike with an inspirational nature quote and intention setting. There will be stops along the way for connecting moments, meditation and periods of hiking in silence. Must be able to walk up to 2 miles on uneven terrain. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 2-3 p.m. May 20.
Reedy Creek Adult Naturalist Club:
Are you curious about the natural world around you. Are you interested in what you are seeing in our local nature preserves or your backyard? Have you ever taken an hour just to walk a mile because you are stopping to look at/identify what you see? If so this is the group for you! We will come together to explore various Nature Preserves throughout the county and beyond as we take a closer look at our surroundings. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Meet at West Branch Nature Preserve, 18444 Shearer Road, Davidson; 16- and 17-year-olds must be accompanied by adults or be OK’d by instructor. Free. West Branch Nature Preserve, 18229 Shearer Road, Davidson. www.carolinathreadtrailmap.org/trails/trail/west-branch-nature-preserve-trail. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. May 20.
Secret Gardens of Fourth Ward:
The Secret Gardens of Fourth Ward is an urban garden and lifestyle tour in the heart of Historic Fourth Ward. The tour showcases a mix of private gardens, courtyards, rooftop terraces and outdoor living spaces that are rarely open to the public. Additional tour attractions include: Complimentary food and beverage tastings (while they last), in gardens and restaurants along the tour route, and free B-Cycle and horse-drawn carriage rides throughout the neighborhood. Please follow us on Facebook for event updates. This walkable, self-guided tour includes admission to a variety of private gardens, as well as docent-led tours of Fourth Ward Park and historic Elmwood/Pinewood Cemetery at 3 p.m. each day. In addition to the featured gardens, the tour will highlight public art, historic homes and special points of interest along the tour route. $20. Historic Fourth Ward, West Ninth and North Poplar streets, Charlotte. 704-287-0211. 12-4 p.m. May 20 and 21.
Huntersville Growers’ Market:
Local produce, baked goods, and the Downtown Market Event Series. Free. Huntersville Elementary School, 200 Gilead Road, Huntersville. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. May 20.
International Migratory Bird Day:
It can be a long journey between non-breeding sites across the Americas and the Caribbean to nesting sites in the United States and Canada. Your own backyard may serve as a stopover site, especially if it provides the food, water and shelter birds need, along with a haven that is safe from threats, such as free-roaming cats and pane glass. $12, $10 seniors, teachers and military, $8 students ages 4-18, free younger than 4. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 20.
Vendors carry shiitake, maitake, oyster, button and many others. Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte. 704-357-1269. www.ncagr.gov. May 20.
9th Annual Grove Park-Ravenwood Garden Tour:
Private garden open to the public. Also local art and plants for sale. Free tour. Art and plants priced as marked. Grove Park Ravenwood Garden Tour, 6801 Terry Lane, Charlotte. 1-5 p.m. May 21.
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. After the story we will hike into the forest to do an activity based on the story. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 10-11 a.m. May 22.
Coyotes in the Piedmont:
Coyotes have migrated to the NC Piedmont and are appearing in local neighborhoods. Chris Matthews, Division Director ofNature Preserves and Natural Resources, will show you how to positively identify coyotes, understand coyote behavior, and comply with current coyote laws. Free. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library — South County Regional, 5801 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-416-6600. www.cmlibrary.org. 6-7 p.m. May 23.
May Featured Artists: Joni Purk and David Terpening “Oil Mixes with Wood”:
On display through June 3. Opening reception: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. May 13. Meet all three artists. Free. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 17.
Adult Workshop —Teaching Plein Air Painting Fundamentals:
Learn the fundamentals of plein air painting by award winning artist Jeremy Sams. In this class, we will explore the basic principles of creating a pleasing painting in the best studio of all, the great outdoors. $200. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 19-20.
John Leslie Breck and the Birth of American Impressionism:
Friends of The Mint Museum presents Jonathan Stuhlman, Mint Museum senior curator of American, Modern and Contemporary Art. Coffee at 10 a.m. and the program begins at 10:30 a.m. Free with museum admission and open to the public. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org. 10-11:30 a.m. May 19.