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Mini-Masters Adult/Child Workshop - Rainbow Kites:
Class size is limited and registration required. Inspired by the vividly colored "kite" installation suspended in the museum atrium, we'll decorate our own kite using colorful tissue paper, glue and imagination! Young artists (ages 3-5) and their grownup companions investigate art in the galleries and explore fun new techniques in the classroom. Juice will be served. 10 a.m. April 28. $10 members; $15 nonmembers. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2098. www.mintmuseum.org.
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From the Storeroom: A Selection of Works by Gallery Artists:
Exhibition will feature works by Romare Bearden, master American collagist of the 20th century; Wolf Kahn, considered by many to be the premier living American landscape painter; Robert Motherwell, one of the leaders of the American Abstract Expressionist movement; and Dale Chihuly, the world's preeminent glass artist. The exhibition will also feature works by Raul Diaz, Rick Horton, Hans Hofmann, Ida Kohlmeyer, Thomas McNickle, Brian Rutenberg and Richard Stenhouse, among others. 10 a.m. April 28-30 and May 1, 3-8 and 10-14. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com
Explorer HabiTrek - Gardening for All:
Work in the Museum's square foot gardens and plant the crops for this year's harvest, including vegetables that are used for the Museum's animal diets. 3:30 p.m. April 28. $23. Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte. 704-372-6261. www.discoveryplace.org/home/nature_museum-general_info.php.
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.
Gospel Nite with King Shazaam and Others at Toni and Jerrie's with Elvis, Oldie, Contemporary Tributes:
Gospel Nite with oldies, contemporary, and variety Christian music at Toni and Jerrie's, with King Shazaam, Debbie Helms, Christy Collins, and many more! Tribute artists, originals, come and celebrate music to the King of Kings starting at 7 p.m. Music free with your dinner purchase. Reservations: 704-821-8588. Family friendly, so bring Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Minerva and the kids! 7 p.m. April 29. Toni and Jerrie's Italian Restaurant, 2741 Old Monroe Road, Matthews. 704-821-8588. www.kingshazaam.com; toniandjerries.webs.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.
YAMs Annual Derby Days Fundraiser:
Derby Days celebrates the annual running of the Kentucky Derby with a party on the lawn of Mint Museum Randolph. Derby Days entertainment includes live music and large-screen coverage of the race live from Louisville, Ky., on the first Saturday in May. Attendees decked out in sundresses and seersucker watch "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports," listen to live music, enjoy food from top area restaurants and socialize with other YAMs. 4 p.m. May 1. Tickets available online only; no tickets will be sold at the door: Earlybird $28 for members and $36 for nonmembers; after April 20, $36 members, $44 nonmembers. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2034. www.mintmuseum.org/young-affiliates-of-the-mint.html.
Belk Spring Charity Sale:
For a $5 donation to local charities, customers receive $5 off their first purchase and discounts ranging from 20 percent to 70 percent off items throughout the store. On the morning of the event, the first 100 customers in each store will receive free Belk gift cards ranging in value from $5 to $100, and a chance to win one of three $1,000 Belk gift cards being awarded company-wide. 6 a.m. May 1. $5 donation to local charity - receive $5 discount on first purchase. www.belk.com. SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-364-4251. www.belk.com
Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators:
Critique group is for individuals who want to write or illustrate for children. Please bring in 5-8 copies (5 pages, double-spaced) of a manuscript you wish to have critiqued. 9 a.m. on May 1; June 5; July 10; Aug. 7; Sept. 4; Oct. 2; Nov. 6; Dec. 4. Free. Joseph-Beth Booksellers & Bistro - Charlotte, 4345 Barclay Downs Drive, Charlotte. 704-366-4076 or 704-602-9800. www.josephbeth.com.
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. 9 a.m. May 1. Stumptown Park, 120 E. Trade St., Matthews. Register online at www.SandyFeet5K.com.
Charlotte Run For Peace at Home:
Annual event helps raise money and awareness for United Family Services, battered women's shelter. All proceeds benefit the local nonprofit. There will be a men's and women's 5-kilometer run/walk, a children's fun run/walk, children's activities and awards. 8 p.m. May 1. Register by April 1: $20; by April 20: $25; and after April 20: $30. McAlpine Creek Park, 8711 Monroe Road, Charlotte. 704-367-2799. www.run.charlottepeaceathome.com.
Cinco de Mayo Fanta Festival:
This years bands include Aliados de la Sierra, Banda Pachuco, Banda Tecno Caliente, Salazar Band, Los Mentirosos, and Bachata Flow. Celebrity appearance by Ana Maria Canseco, from Univision's "Despierta America" and wrestler Ric Flair. Fanta Festival features food, crafts, dance, a Latino marketplace, and children's activities. 11 a.m. May 2. Free. McAlpine Creek Park, 8711 Monroe Road, Charlotte. 704-941-2557. www.latinamericancoalition.org.
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. www.pinevilleumc.org/Athletics-v-40.html.
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). www.pinevilleumc.org/Community-v-43.html.
Family Fun Fridays to Benefit Birthday Blessings:
Charlotte-area Monkey Joe's (Matthews, Pineville, University, Lake Norman) will give 20 percent of the day's proceeds to Birthday Blessings, a nonprofit organization that celebrates the lives of homeless children. Admission will be discounted and there will be giveaways. 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) or visit birthdayblessings.org/Events.html#anchor_171. Monkey Joe's, 601 N. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-1211. www.monkeyjoes.com.
Bounce for homeless children fundraiser:
Bounce for homeless children at Monkey Joe's (Pineville, Matthews, University) and enjoy half-price admission, $2 slices of pizza and fabulously fun giveaways. Monkey Joe's will donate 20 percent of the proceeds to Birthday Blessings, a 501c3-nonprofit organization whose mission is to celebrate, inspire and encourage homeless children, while providing meaningful volunteer opportunities to both adults and youths. 4 p.m. May 7; 4 p.m. Aug. 6. $5. birthdayblessings.org. Monkey Joe's, 601 N. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-1211. www.monkeyjoes.com.
The Fabulous Fable Factory:
A musical re-telling of Aesop's Fables. The troupe then performs some of the best of Aesop's fables. Done with bright and charming songs, this show will delight audiences of all ages. 7:30 p.m. May 7. $5. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343. www.carolinatix.org; www.matthewsplayhouse.com.
Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale:
Extension Master Gardeners feature plants propagated from their own gardens at the popular annual Spring sale. Herbs, ground covers, indoor plants, shrubs and trees will be available. The garden sale event offers a wide and unusual plant selection of healthy, home-grown plants ready for spring planting. Bring your gardening questions and get answers on growing healthy plants in the Piedmont. 8 a.m. May 8. $2-$50. Regional Farmers Market Greenery Shed, Yorkmont Road, Charlotte. 704-336-4011.
Wing Haven's 2010 Gardeners' Garden Tour:
A Mother's Day tradition in Charlotte - learn from the best Charlotte gardeners! This self-guided tour of six private gardens, plus Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary and the Elizabeth Lawrence Garden (eight gardens in all) will take you into the personal gardens of some of the area's best gardeners. The homeowners will be on hand to answer questions and share tips for their success. You can even pre-order a box lunch Saturday to pick up and enjoy at Wing Haven or to take with you. 10 a.m. May 8; 1 p.m. May 9. $25 in advance; $30 during the tour. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.