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Introduction to Computers:
This six-week class will cover basic Windows information about your computer and an introduction to word processing, spreadsheets, databases, surfing the Web and using e-mail. Registration required. 9 a.m. $40 with Annual Discount Card, $60 without. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.
Never miss a local story.
This is a four-week course for children 6 months to 5 years and their parents. You will learn music and games together. 9:30 a.m. $35. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.
Thomas McNickle and William Partridge Burpee:
A member of the American and National Watercolor Societies, Thomas McNickle's work has been exhibited in more than 40 museum and gallery exhibitions and can be found in numerous collections including the Butler Institute of American Art, the Hoyt Institute of Fine Art and Vero Beach Center for the Arts. Alongside watercolors by McNickle, the gallery is featuring pastels and paintings by William Partridge Burpee (1846-1940), a great American Impressionist landscape painter. 10 a.m. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.
Advanced Word Processing:
This four-week workshop will be geared for those who have some knowledge of computers. Please stop by the Tyvola Senior Center's reception desk and ask for an entrance exam to see if this is the right class for you. Registration required. 1 p.m. $35 with Annual Discount Card, $52 without. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.
Social Skills group, boys ages 8-12:
Social Skills groups are ideal for children who struggle with social and emotional regulation, experience problems making and keeping friends, have difficulty cooperating with peers and adults or present underlying developmental delays or lagging skills. Six week session running January 25 - February 29. Call JFS at 704-364-6594 for screening and registration information. 3:45 p.m. $45 per six-week session (insurance may cover). Jewish Family Services, 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-364-6594. www.jfscharlotte.org.
Benevolent Beards is a fundraising event sponsored by The Remi Group to benefit Levine Children's Hospital's "Nephrology Special Needs Fund" (to help pediatric patients with kidney disorders). Participants will spend December 2011 and the first quarter of 2012 growing the best-looking beard in an effort to raise money for the fund. The Remi Group will donate 100% of the money collected to this fund. 7 p.m. 704-602-0870. www.benevolentbeards.org. The Remi Group, 11325 N. Community House Road, Charlotte. 888-451-8916. www.theremigroup.com.
Savvy Social Security:
This seminar covers the basics of Social Security and reveals strategies for maximizing your benefits and minimizes taxes. 7 p.m. Free. 704-708-5001. Matthews Woman's Club, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-849-5063. www.matthewswomen.org.
Clog Dancing Class:
A five-week class on Thursday nights in traditional step clog dancing. Clogging is an original North Carolina Folk Dance and is great aerobic exercise. This is not a class in percussive flatfoot, buck or modern clogging. 8 p.m. $20. 704-366-3334. cookesclogdancing.blogspot.com/2011/12/january-2012-clogging-class.html. Championz Cheer and Dance, 3744 Pleasant Plains Road, Matthews. 704-821-2409. www.championzcheeranddance.com
HR Leadership Summit:
Queens University of Charlotte offers the second annual Human Resources Leadership Summit for professionals interested in and concerned about retaining top-notch talent. 8:30 a.m. $129-$149. 704-688-2838. www.queens.edu/hr-summit. Queens Sports Complex & Conference Center, 2229 Tyvola Road.
Friday Wine Tastings:
Includes light hors d'oeuvres. Themes change weekly, by region and/or varietals. 5:30 p.m. $10. Zebra Restaurant & Wine Bar, 4521 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-442-9525. www.zebrarestaurant.net
Union County Master Gardeners Annual Tree Sale:
The annual tree sale features bare root apple trees, bare root and container peach trees, container blueberries, and other native and ornamental trees and plants. Union County master gardener volunteers will be available to answer questions. Take a stroll through the cottage garden and the new woodland garden to get new ideas for your own. 9 a.m. Free. 704-283-3822. N.C. Cooperative Extension-Union County Agriculture Center, 3230 Presson Road, Monroe. 704-283-3822. union.ces.ncsu.edu
Great Backyard Bird Count at Charlotte Nature Museum:
Little scientists are needed to join a nationwide citizen science bird counting effort for The Great Backyard Bird Count. As part of a national study project at Cornell University, this annual event engages bird-watchers nationwide to count birds and tally the species in order to investigate trends in bird populations, migrations habitats and more. 10 a.m. Free with museum admission. Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road. 704-372-6261 x300. www.charlottenaturemuseum.org.
11 a.m. Sugar Creek Garden Center, 3354 Hwy 160, Fort Mill. 803-802-2600. www.SugarCreekGardenCenter.com
Great Amazing Race for Youth:
Are you looking for a fun and memory-making activity to do with your kid? Then sign up for the race! Teams of 2 (adult/kid or kid/kid) complete a 1-mile cross-country course that includes up to eight stations. Qualify for national championship and chance to win $2,000! www.GreatAmazingRace.com. 1 p.m. $40 for team of two (adult/kid or kid/kid). McAlpine Creek Park, 8711 Monroe Road. 513-518-0528. www.GreatAmazingRace.com.