Read To Me Charlotte! Book Drive:
Seeking new and gently used children's books. 9 a.m. Free. 704-926-1201. www.earth fare.com. Earth Fare, 12235 N. Community House Road, Charlotte. 704-926-1201.
Author Jana Kohl:
Never miss a local story.
On tour for her book “A Rare Breed of Love: The True Story of Baby and the Mission She Inspired to Help Dogs Everywhere.” 2 p.m. Aug. 24. Park Road Books, 4139 Park Rd., Charlotte. 704-525-9239. www.parkroadbooks.com
Free Speech-Language and Hearing Screenings:
Speech-language screenings are for children over age 2. Hearing screenings are for children over age 2 and adults of all ages. Please call to schedule an appointment and specify what type of screening you need. First come, first serve. 8 a.m. Free. Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center, 210 E. Woodlawn Rd., Charlotte. 704-523-8027. www.charlotte speechhearing.com
Matthews Town Council Meeting:
7 p.m. Matthews Town Center, 230 Matthews Station Street, Matthews. 704-847-6691. matthews nc.com
Cooking Gluten Free:
Free cooking class and tips on living Gluten Free. 6:30 p.m. www.earthfare.com. Earth Fare, 12235 N. Community House Road, Charlotte. 704-926-1201.
Art Fun In The Park:
For children ages 5 to 12. 10:30 a.m. Idlewild Road Park, 10512 Idlewild Road, Charlotte. 704-568-4044. www.parkand rec.com
Matthews Planning And Zoning Meeting:
12 p.m. Matthews Town Center, 230 Matthews Station Street, Matthews. 704-847-6691. matthews nc.com
Learn the Charleston:
Two-week Charleston class. $10 per week. Visit www.lovin lindy.com/classes.aspx for more information and to register. 704-293-4862. 7 p.m. Crews Road Recreation Center, 1201 Crews Road, Matthews. 704-708-4432.
Open Swing Dancing Party. No partner required. 8 p.m. $5. 704-293-4862. www.lovinlindy .com. Crews Road Recreation Center, 1201 Crews Road, Matthews. 704-708-4432.
Entrepreneurs Forum Presented by Ballantyne Chapter:
7:30 a.m. Charlotte Chamber Of Commerce, 14825 John J. Delaney Dr., Charlotte.
Kiwanis of Pineville-South Meck Weekly Meetings:
7:30 a.m. 704-333-6699. www.bnrglobal.com. Light Rail Restaurant, 8045 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-643-2121.
Instructor Yo Osborn will teach you the basics of hula dancing. 1 p.m. Levine Senior Center, 1050 DeVore Lane, Matthews. 704-846-4654. www.levineseniorcenter.org/.
Levine JCC Labor Day BBQ Cooking Class:
Robert Adler to teach barbecue fundamentals using charcoal, wood and gas grills. Meal, from appetizers to desserts, included. 7 p.m. $55. Jewish Community Center, 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-5007. www.char lottejcc.org
For children under 3. 9:30 a.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 3327 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-341-9365.
Kiwanis Club Of Matthews Meeting:
12 p.m. Township Grille, 10400 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews. 704-847-2480.
Teen Writers Night:
Want to put your thoughts and ideas down on paper with other teens? 6 p.m. Free. 704-336-7823. Morrison Regional Public Library, 7015 Morrison Blvd., Charlotte. 704-336-2109. www.plcmc.org
Class: Backpacking 101:
REI Camping Specialist, Trevor Ashe, will take the mystery out of backpacking. 7 p.m. Free. www.rei.com. REI Pineville, 11067 Carolina Place Pkwy., Pineville. 704-341-7405.
Mecklenburg South Rotary Club:
7:30 a.m. Free. 704-293-4844. www.mecksouthrotary.e-shop mall.com. Raintree Country Club, 8600 Raintree Lane, Charlotte. 704-542-8150.
For toddlers to pre-schoolers. 11:15 a.m. Free. www.jo sephbeth.com. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 4345 Barclay Downs Drive (SouthPark Mall), Charlotte. 704-602-9800.
Ballantyne Rotary Club:
12:30 p.m. 704-846-6512. www.ballantynerotaryclub .org. City Tavern, 7828 REA Rd., Charlotte. 704-543-9231.
Author Rob Scotton:
See Rob Scotton on tour promoting the book “Splat the Cat” 3:30 p.m. Park Road Books, 4139 Park Rd., Charlotte. 704-525-9239. www.park roadbooks.com
Pint for a Pint:
The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas and Baskin-Robbins will offer blood donors a certificate for a free pint of ice cream through August as part of the pint for a pint program. 5 p.m. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us. Regal Cinemas Stonecrest at Piper Glen, 7824 Rea Road, Charlotte.
Matthews Alive! Festival:
Live music, entertainment, games, food and arts and crafts. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29; 9 a.m. Aug. 30; 12 p.m. Aug. 31; 10 a.m. Sep. 1. www.matthewsalive.org. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-847-4411. www.matthewsnc.com.
Blakeney Summer Concert Series On The Village Green:
7 p.m. Aug. 29; 7 p.m. Aug. 30. Free. www.shopblakeney.com. Blakeney Village Green, Ardrey Kell and Rea Road, Charlotte.
Crafts at Lakeshore Learning:
Kids age 3 and up will make a craft. 11 a.m. Free. Lakeshore Learning, 10005 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews. 704-849-2370. www.lakeshore learning.com
Gourd Canteen Class:
Learn how to create a canteen from a gourd. All supplies included. 1 p.m. $15 (members), $18 (non-members), $33 (materials). 704-829-1252. www.dsbg.org. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont.
Summer Soul Music Festival:
The Summer Soul Music Festival 2008 featuring Morris Day and the Time and others. 1 p.m. 704-807-0781. www.2thelimitevents.com. McAlpine Park, 8711 Monroe Rd., Charlotte.
Labor Day Weekend Beach Party:
Live music with limbo contest, shag dancing contest ($100 to best couple).5 p.m. www.skinnyz.com. Skinnyz Bar & Grille, 15060 Idlewild Road, Matthews. 704-893-2157.