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Pick Up Basketball:
Pick up basketball at Covenant Recreation and Fitness Center. Held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. 6 a.m. $3. Covenant Presbyterian Recreation, 1000 E. Morehead St., Charlotte. 704-334-7491. www.covenantpresby.org.
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Functional Fitness for Seniors:
Functional Fitness is an exercise class for people 60 and over and is led by a licensed physical therapist. 9:30 a.m. $5. Covenant Presbyterian Recreation, 1000 E. Morehead St., Charlotte. 704-334-7491. www.covenantpresby.org.
Mary Cassatt's Madame X: A Masterpiece from the Charlotte and Philip Hanes Collection:
In honor of Mary Cassatt's portrait, "Madame X Dressed for the Matinee," the Mint Museum has organized a spotlight exhibition. Mary Cassatt was the only American invited to exhibit with the French Impressionists and the first artist from this country to adopt their groundbreaking style and subject matter. 10 a.m. Dec. 15-19, 21-26, 28-31. Free for members, $10 adults, $5 children 5-17, $8 seniors and students, free children under 5. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.
A gentle yoga class for those who desire a slow start to exercise. The class includes meditation and relaxation, which helps with healing and coping with illness. 12:15 p.m. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1000 E. Morehead St., Charlotte. 704-377-9273. www.nancynicholsonyogatherapy.com.
Sounds of Christmas:
Join us for the "Sounds of Christmas" as we capture the joy and anticipation of the Christmas season through all of our senses. This family event will be an evening of caroling in local neighborhoods. To RSVP for child care, call 704-541-3463. 6:30 p.m. Free. Harrison United Methodist Church, 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. 704-541-3463. www.harrisonumc.org.
Enjoy an enchanting collection of gingerbread houses throughout the holiday season. Attendees may vote on their favorite gingerbread house with $1 minimum donation per vote. All proceeds will benefit Levine Children's Hospital. 9 p.m. Dec. 15-26. Free. The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. 704-248-4000.
Adult Exercise Classes:
Area residents can enjoy adult exercise classes that are held in the gym of the Crossroads Center. 9 a.m. $3. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.
Come and sharpen your drawing techniques with others. Designed for children 8 and up. 5:30 p.m. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us.
A Christmas Carol:
This version of Charles Dickens' novel captures the magic and mystique of the original. As Dickens narrates, the story unfolds on stage around him: the classic tale of the hard-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge, who hates Christmas, is visited by the ghost of his late partner, Jacob Marley. Marley urges scrooge to change his ways. This visit is followed by the appearances of three other ghosts-the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future. Recommended for the entire family. 7 p.m. Dec. 16-18; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 18-19. $7 - $20. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road, Charlotte. 704-376-3777. www.theatrecharlotte.org.
Meditation and Relaxation:
Begin your day with gentle movement and stillness. We will begin with gentle seated movement before meditating and practicing "yoga nidra," a deep relaxation. 7:30 a.m. $12. Covenant Presbyterian Recreation, 1000 E. Morehead St., Charlotte. 704-377-9273. www.nancynicholsonyogatherapy.com.
Set aside the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to join us for "Stories," our annual celebration of Christmas through song, dance and the spoken word. The event is free but tickets are required. To reserve your tickets, call or visit our front office. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17-19. Church at Charlotte, 2500 Carmel Road, Charlotte. 704-364-5913. www.churchatcharlotte.org.
Holiday Dance Party:
Join Metropolitan Ballroom for a special Holiday Party. Bring your friends to celebrate with games, drinks and hors d'oeuvres, dancing and merriment into the night. Cash bar in our modern lounge serving wine and beer, so stop by for a drink on your way to the dance floor. 8 p.m. $15. Metropolitan Ballroom, 2935 Providence Road Suite 200, Charlotte. 704-364-1871. www.metropolitan-ballroom.com.
Holidays at Blakeney:
Celebrate the holiday season with horse and carriage rides, hot cocoa and cookies and visits with Santa. 4-8 p.m. Dec. 17-18. Free. Blakeney Shopping Center, Ardrey Kell and Rea Road, Charlotte. www.shopblakeney.com.
Chancel Handbell Choir Performance:
The Chancel Handbell Choir from First United Methodist Church in Gastonia will perform in the main lobby providing holiday cheer for hotel guests and locals. 10 a.m. The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. 704-248-4000.
Charlotte City Ballet's annual holiday performance featuring selections from the Nutcracker and other classics; meet the ballerinas after the show and have a photo made with them; group rates available. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. $7 in advance; $10 at the door. Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343. www.carolinatix.org.
Ultimate Cupcake & Cookie Challenge:
Enter a homemade cupcake or cookie recipe. The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge's culinary team will select three winners in each category based on taste and presentation. The grand prize for each category is an overnight stay in a Parlor Suite with breakfast in bed. 2 p.m. The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. 704-248-4000. www.theballantynehotel.com.
Children ages 3-fifth grade will meet on Sunday afternoons for a time of fun with music. We will learn songs to sing for worship as well as learn to play instruments. 4 p.m. Free. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.
Holiday Ornaments for Teens:
We will mix a variety of acrylic paints inside round glass ornaments to create beautiful marbleized designs. The finished product will be a great creative gift for friends and family. Popcorn will be served. Must be 13-18 to attend. 4:30 p.m. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail. www.union.lib.nc.us.