Never miss a local story.
American Red Cross Blood Drive:
8 a.m. St. Stephen UMC, 6800 Sardis Rd., Charlotte.
Kids Bargain Book Blowout:
Thousands of books, including beginning and intermediate readers to educational workbooks and young adult novels, with prices starting at $1.50; 9 a.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 4345 Barclay Downs Drive (SouthPark mall), Charlotte. 704-602-9800. www.josephbeth.com.
Toddler Story Time:
Walking babies to 23 months. Call 704-416-6800 to register. 10:15 a.m. Steele Creek Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte. 704-588-4345.
For ages 3-5. 10:15 or 11 a.m. Call 704-416-6800 to register. Steele Creek Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte. 704-588-4345.
Matthews Town Council Meeting:
7 p.m. Matthews Town Center, 230 Matthews Station St., Matthews. 704-847-6691.
Magic Tree House:
For 2nd-5th graders. 4 p.m. Free. 704-416-5000. Matthews Branch Library, Matthews Town Center, 230 Matthews Station St., Matthews. 704-847-6691. www.plcmc.org
Join the Ballantyne Celiac Support Group for a free cooking class and tips on living gluten-free. 6:30 p.m. www.earthfare.com. Earth Fare, 12235 N. Community House Rd., Charlotte. 704-926-1201.
Film Appreciation Classes:
6:30 p.m. $55. Jewish Community Center, 5007 Providence Rd., Charlotte. 704-366-5007. www.charlottejcc.org
Square Dancing with the Stars:
7:30 p.m. $5 per week. 704-847-9686. Baker's Place, 2843 Williams Rd., Matthews. 704-847-9686.
Book Club at Pottery Barn Kids:
10 a.m. Pottery Barn Kids, SouthPark mall, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-366-8550.
Art Fun In The Park:
For children ages 5-12. 10:30 a.m. Free. Idlewild Road Park, 10512 Idlewild Road, Charlotte. 704-568-4044. www.parkandrec.com
Cognitive Skills Seminar:
10:30 a.m. Free. Learning Rx, 7221 Pineville- Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-1373. www.learningrx.net
Planning And Zoning Meeting:
12 p.m. Matthews Town Center, 230 Matthews Station St., Matthews. 704-847-6691. matthewsnc.com
CHAMP Soccer League:
CHAMP Sports soccer league for 3-year-olds. All equipment except shin guards will be provided. Register at www.champsportsinfo.com. 6 p.m. $100. 704-341-5387. Calvary Church, 5801 Pineville-Matthews Rd., Charlotte. 704-543-1200. www.calvarychurch.com
General Membership Meeting:
7 p.m. The Gallery at Mint Hill Arts, 7714 Matthews/Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill. 704-780-3487. www.minthillarts.org
Nurture By Nature Seminar:
Come learn simple ways to create a healthy and safe home environment for you and your baby. Reservations suggested. 7 p.m. Free. Babies R Us, 9575 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-643-2229. www.babiesrus.com.
Paul Austin Book Tour:
“Something for the Pain: One Doctor's Account of Life and Death in the ER.” 7 p.m. Park Road Books, 4139 Park Rd., Charlotte. 704-525-9239. www.parkroadbooks.com
Open Swing Dancing Party. No partner required. 8 p.m. $5. 704-293-4862. www.lovinlindy.com. Crews Road Recreation Center, 1201 Crews Rd., Matthews. 704-708-4432.
Carolina Place Mall Walkers:
September speaker: Beth Michels with Run for Your Life holds a shoe clinic on how to find the best shoes for your needs. 8:30 a.m. Free. Carolina Place Mall, 11025 Carolina Place Pkwy., Pineville. 704-543- 9300. www.carolinaplace.com
Shepherd's Center South Adventures in Learning Classes:
Six-week class, Sept. 17 - Oct. 22. Registration: 704-541-0100 or website www.shepherdscentersouth.org 9 a.m. $22 in advance, $24 at door. 704-541-0100. www.shepherdscentersouth.org. St. Stephen United Methodist Church, 6800 Sardis Rd., Charlotte. 704-364-1824. www.ststephenumc.net
American Red Cross Blood Drive:
3 p.m. Sep. 24. Home Depot, 14310 Rivergate Pkwy., Charlotte. 704-504-9836. www.homedepot.com/
Weekly Children's Storytime:
For children under 3. 9:30 a.m. Free. 704-341-9365. Barnes & Noble, 3327 Pineville-Matthews Rd., Charlotte.
For two-year olds. 9:30 a.m. Call 704-416-6800 to register. Free. 704-416-6800. Steele Creek Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte. 704-588-4345.
For ages 3-5. 11 a.m. Free. Steele Creek Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte. 704-588-4345.
Charlotte East Rotary Club Meeting:
12:30 p.m. Red Rocks Cafe, 4223-8 Providence Rd., Charlotte. 704-364-0402. www.redrockscafe.com
Home School Special: F.B.I.:
Become an official “FBI” investigator and search a “crime scene” for clues about the mysterious breakdown of living things in nature. 2 p.m. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Rd., Charlotte. 704-588-5224.
Business After Hours – Preview Party:
5:30 p.m. Matthews Chamber Of Commerce, 210 Matthews Station St., Matthews.
Advanced Sunset Kayak Tours, Copperhead Island:
Ages 12 and older. Adult/$20, Teen/$12. 6 p.m. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Rd., Charlotte. 704-588-5224.
UltraLite Weight Loss Program Discussion:
6:30 p.m. Free. Carolinas Natural Health Center, 1212 Mann Dr., Matthews. 704-708-4404. www.carolinasnaturalhealth.com
Mah Jongg Class:
7 p.m. $90. Price includes mah jongg card. 704-944-6730. Jewish Community Center, 5007 Providence Rd., Charlotte. 704-366-5007. www.charlottejcc.org
Mecklenburg South Rotary Club:
7:30 a.m. Free. Raintree Country Club, 8600 Raintree Ln., Charlotte. 704-542-8150. www.raintreecountryclub.com
Terrific Twos: Silly Spiders:
Age 2. 10 a.m. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Rd., Charlotte. 704-588-5224.
11:15 a.m. Free. 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.
Mint Hill Madness:
Rides, entertainment, food, military, police, arts and crafts, drawings and health screenings. 6 p.m. Sep. 26; 9:30 a.m. Sep. 27; 10 a.m. Sep. 28. Free with $3 parking donation. 704-573-8282. 8850 Fairview Road, Mint Hill. 704-573-8282. www.minthillchamberof commerce.com
Inspired by the sights and sounds of Munich, the event will feature seasonal brews, entertainment and Gallery's house-made delicacies. 6 p.m. Gallery Restaurant and Bar at Ballantyne Resort, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. 704-248-4100. www.gallery-restaurant.com
Blakeney Summer Concert Series On The Village Green:
7 p.m. Free. Blakeney Village Green, Ardrey Kell and Rea Road, Charlotte.
Rockin' & Reelin':
Featuring "Enchanted" (PG). 7 p.m. Free. Shay Stage, Lake Park (Pineville), 1000 Johnston Dr., Pineville. 704-889-2400. www.pinevillenc.net
Kids Konsignment Sale:
Shop for fall/winter clothes, baby equipment, toys and games. Half-price sale is from 1 to 3 p.m. 704-643-3502. 8 a.m. Harris YMCA, 5900 Quail Hollow Rd., Charlotte. 704-716-6800.
Levine Senior Center Yard Sale:
8 a.m. Levine Senior Center, 1050 DeVore Ln., Matthews. 704-846- 4654. www.levineseniorcenter.org/
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer:
9 a.m. Free. 704-552-6147. www.stridescharlotte.org. Symphony Park at SouthPark, 4400 Sharon Road (behind the mall), Charlotte. 704-972-2000.
Women's Self Defense Class:
Learn essential and easy-to-apply methods to protect yourself. Register online. 9:30 a.m. $35. 704-341-5387. firstname.lastname@example.org. Calvary Church, 5801 Pineville-Matthews Rd., Charlotte. 704-543-1200. www.calvarychurch.com
23rd annual ArtFest of Matthews:
Free fine art and master craft show featuring juried work. Entertainment, youth art exhibit, children's hands-on art area with pottery making. 10 a.m. Matthews Station Street, Matthews. 704-847-3649. www.matthewschamber.com
For babies up to 23 months. 10 a.m. Free. Steele Creek Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte. 704-588-4345.
Dad Story Time:
For ages 5-9. 10 a.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 3327 Pineville-Matthews Rd., Charlotte. 704-341-9365.
Free entertainment, including puppets, master illusionist, music, Irish and Scottish dancers. Games, silent auction, tours of church. 10 a.m. Admission Free, tickets for games and bouncer are $.50, tea is $8. www.stmichaelsanglican.org. St. Michael the Archangel Anglican Church, 2211 Margaret Wallace Rd., Matthews. 704-537-7777. www.stmichaelsanglican.org
Starmount Neighborhood Association Crimewatch Meeting and Community Fair:
Public meeting with Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Department and local government personnel to discuss crime concerns at Chalmers Memorial Church, 1501 Starbrook Dr. Free. 10 a.m. 704-936-6854. www.starmountnc.com. Afterward, attend the Fall Community Fair at St. Andrew's UMC, 1900 Emerywood Dr., until 2 p.m., 704-553-1327.
Family Health and Fitness Day:
10:30 a.m. Free. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Rd., Charlotte. 704-588-5224.
Crafts at Lakeshore Learning:
Free craft activity for ages 3 and up. 11 a.m. Lakeshore Learning, 10005 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews. 704-849-2370. www.lakeshorelearning.com
Stir, Laugh, Repeat - Book Signing:
2 p.m. 704-578-2492. www.marthaskitchenkorner.com. Park Road Books, 4139 Park Rd., Charlotte. 704-525-9239. www.parkroadbooks.com
Fall Fun Fest:
Music, kids' activities and more. 3p.m. Free. 704-582-9610. The Fountains Shopping Center, Ardrey Kell Rd. & Tom Short Rd., Charlotte. www.thefountainsatballantyne.com
Loaves & Fishes Feed the Need:
Food, fun and a live auction. 7 p.m. $50 per person. Loaves & Fishes' Warehouse, 648 Griffith Road, Charlotte. 704-523-4333. loavesandfishes.org
10 p.m. Kristophers Sports Bar Grille, 250 N. Trade St., Matthews. 704-845-6200.