Help the homeless: The University City YMCA is hosting the Room in the Inn, which aims to keep homeless people warm at night, on Feb. 23. Volunteers and donations such as mini-toiletries, towels, socks, underwear and breakfast are needed. For information, visit urbanministrycenter.org.
Valentine’s projects: Children ages 3-5 will listen to stories and then do hands-on activities with a Valentine’s Day theme at the University City Regional Library, 2-2:45 p.m. Feb 11. The library invites teens to write Valentine-themed ransom note poetry from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14. 301 E. W.T. Harris Blvd. 704-416-7200.
Cirque de Legume: The two clowns, chair and box of rejected vegetables that make the veggie circus have been hailed by The New York Times as “such consummate physical comedians that their execution never fails to be funny.” Shows run Feb. 13-16 and 20-23 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 17 and 24 at 2 p.m. at Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts. Tickets: students $6, faculty/staff $9, seniors $9, and general public $14. More information: www.coaa.uncc.edu.
Niners hoops: The women’s basketball team plays Butler University 7-9 p.m. Feb. 13. Halton Arena. Student tickets are free. For ticket information, contact the Athletics Ticket Office at 704-687-4949.
Scientific Misconduct: James Harrington, a material science and engineering professor at Rutgers, will present “Scientific Misconduct: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” 12:30-2 p.m. Feb. 19. The lunch/workshop will be about the common problem of ethical misconduct in the scientific community. Free and open to public. The Barnhardt Student Activity Center Salon A. To register, or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Parking vouchers given at request.
Reedy Creek Park
Feeding Frenzy: See how a snake can eat a mouse without chewing, or watch a turtle chase its prey from 3-3:30 p.m. Feb. 13 during the Reedy Creek Nature Preserve’s program that shows how a variety of the animals in the preserve feed. For all ages. Free. Call 704-432-6460 to register. 2900 Rocky River Road.