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Summer Art Camp Registration:
We'll explore painting, drawing, 3-D sculpture, collage, assemblages, printmaking and more. 9 a.m. April 28-May 12. See website for pricing: www.smallhandsbigart.com. Small Hands Big Art, 8025 Ardrey Kell Road, Charlotte. 704-246-8271.
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April 29 Les Miserables (school edition):
Victor Hugo's epic story, "Les Miserables," recounts the struggle against adversity in 19th century France. 7:30 p.m. April 29-30; 2 p.m. May 1-2; $9-$10, www.carolinatix.org. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343. www.matthewsplayhouse.com.
Adult Exercise Classes:
Area residents can enjoy adult exercise classes in the gym of the Crossroads Center. Classes are offered year-round. Walk-ins are welcome. 9 a.m. on April 29; May 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27; and June 1, 3, 8, 10, 15 and 17. $3 per session. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-7320. www.pinevilleumc.org/Athletics-v-40.html.
South Carolina Strawberry Festival Pageant:
Join us Thursday, April 29, at 7 p.m. as the Town of Fort Mill crowns its first South Carolina Strawberry Queens. The pageant will kick off the official South Carolina Strawberry Festival in Fort Mill. Contestants will compete in Teen (13-18) and Miss (19-29) categories. Admission $5; proceeds benefit the Alive at 25 safe-driving program. Nation Ford High School, 1400 A.O. Jones Blvd., Fort Mill. 803-547-2116. www.pattimercer.com.
Autism Every Day:
In honor of Autism Awareness Month (April), Friendship Circle is inviting the Charlotte community to participate in an autism awareness event. We will be joined by guest speaker Nancy Popkin, parent advocate for the Autism Society, who will share some of the different challenges that individuals with autism face every day and how we can help them. The award-winning documentary film "Autism Every Day" by Autism Speaks will illustrate the daily life of several families who live with autism. 7:30 p.m. April 29. Levine Jewish Community Center, 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-5007. www.charlottejcc.org.
Sandy Feet 5K and Fun Run:
The Sandy Feet 5K and Fun Run, presented by the Matthews Civitan Club. Proceeds will be donated to local charities that support individuals with developmental disabilities and Special Olympics. We are encouraging anyone to participate in this event. To register online: www.SandyFeet5K.com. 9 a.m. May 1. Stumptown Park, 120 E. Trade St., Matthews.
Small Hands Big Art and Criss Cross Mangosauce:
Open House in celebration of Dia de los Ninos (Day of the Children.) Featuring original and interactive children's musical performances and storytelling from the local bi-cultural artists Criss Cross Mangosauce, arts and crafts, and Latin-inspired culinary tastes from Switchin' Kitchens. 1:30 p.m. May 1. Free. Small Hands Big Art, 8025 Ardrey Kell Road, Charlotte. 704-246-8271. www.smallhandsbigart.com.
Lois' Lodge Musical Celebration:
Lois' Lodge in Charlotte presents its Musical Celebration featuring Verne Phifer on Saturday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews. There is no cost to attend; a free-will offering to benefit Lois' Lodge will be taken. For more information, call . 7 p.m. May 1. Free. Christ Covenant Church, 800 Fullwood Road, Matthews. 704-376-8550. www.loislodge.org.
Annual Youth Barbecue:
Annual barbecue to raise money for summer youth mission trips and conferences. Barbecue available for dine-in or takeout, by the plate or by the pound. 11 a.m. May 2. $7 plate, $10 pound in advance; $2 more at the door. First Baptist Church of Matthews, 185 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-847-9150. fbcmatthews.org.
All About Baby:
Join us for an afternoon of fun, food, freebies and plenty of information about prenatal, postnatal and baby needs. Vendors from the Charlotte area will be on hand to discuss everything from maternity needs to cloth diapers to post-partum care for you and baby. The first 50 moms-to-be to register for the event will receive a Mommy Bag full of samples, coupons and gifts from participating vendors. 2 p.m. May 2. Free. Belly Elan, 9816-D Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-544-3226. www.bellyelan.com.
Pineville United Methodist Church offers area residents chair yoga classes in the gym of the Crossroads Center. Classes run through June 28. Walk-ins welcome. 10 a.m. every Monday in May and June. Free. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-7320. www.pinevilleumc.org/Athletics-v-40.html.
Floor Yoga Classes:
Pineville United Methodist Church offers floor yoga classes to area residents at the gym of the Crossroads Center. Walk-ins are welcome. 5:45 p.m. every Monday in May and June. $3 per session. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-7320.
English as a Second Language Classes:
Immigrants and internationals in the south Charlotte, south Mecklenburg County area who need to learn the basics of the English language are invited for instruction and important community and legal information. Walk-ins are welcome. 6 p.m. May 3, 10 and 17. $25 (includes book). Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022 (En Espanol at 803-802-3720). www.pinevilleumc.org/Community-v-43.html.
English as a Second Language:
Immigrants and internationals in the south Charlotte, south Mecklenburg County area who need to learn the basics of the English language are invited for instruction and important community and legal information. Walk-ins are welcome. 9:30 a.m. May 4, 11 and 18. $25 (includes book). Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022 (En Espanol at 803-802-3720).
The Hormone Makeover Seminar:
Women will learn how to manage frustrating symptoms such as hot flashes, depression, weight gain, low sex drive and fatigue. They'll also learn: whether symptoms are related to hormone imbalance; the difference between bio-identical, synthetic and herbal therapies; what each hormone does in the body; how to correct hormone imbalance; the relationship between weight gain and hormone balance. Presented by Donna White, BHRT Clinical Education Consultation. 7 p.m. May 4 and June 1. $10. Signature Wellness, 15105 John J. Delaney Drive, Charlotte. 704-752-9346. www.signaturewellness.org.
Mix at Six, outdoor music series benefitting St. Jude:
Enjoy live outdoor music, an evening sunset, drink specials, and delectable delights every Wednesday night at Mix at Six in Ballantyne Village. Mix at Six kicks off May 5 and runs through the end of June. VIP tickets are available for $15, with proceeds going to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. VIP access provides you with complimentary beer, wine, hors d'oeuvres and the best seat in the house. Free. 6 p.m. Wednesdays in May; 6 p.m. Wednesdays in June. Ballantyne Village, 14825 John J. Delaney Drive, Charlotte. 704-369-5005. www.mixatsixballantyne.com.
Family Fun Fridays to Benefit Birthday Blessings:
Charlotte-area Monkey Joe's will give 20 percent of the day's proceeds to Birthday Blessings, a nonprofit organization that celebrates the lives of homeless children. Birthday Blessings will accept birthday presents, gift cards and party and goody bag supplies to benefit children living in nine area shelters and homeless CMS students. 10 a.m. May 7; 10 a.m. Aug. 6. $5. Call 704-846-Bday (2329). 601 N. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-1211. www.monkeyjoes.com.