ART WITH HEART AUCTION
Elder Gallery presents this annual art auction benefiting the domestic violence programs of the nonprofit Safe Alliance (formerly United Family Services). 7-11 p.m. at Founders Hall, 100 N. Tryon St. Tickets are $100 per person. Patron’s tickets are $200 per person and include premier seats at the auction, a raffle ticket and recognition at the event. Details: 704-367-2799; www.safealliance.org/art-with-heart.
GREATER CHARLOTTE HEART BALL
This black tie fundraiser for the American Heart Association attracts more than 700 guests to its cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, seated dinner and dancing. Registration and silent auction starts at 6 p.m. at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Martin Luther King Blvd. The seated dinner starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $250 per person. 704-208-5585; www.heart.org/charlottencheartball.
CHILL CHASER AT THE DUKE MANSION
Blow off your winter funk with The Duke Mansion’s Chill Chaser evenings. Start the weekend right at The Mansion on Friday, February 22. From 5:30 to 7 pm, we’ll host a fun, casual evening featuring a cash bar (but we can take credit cards, too) and snacks from Executive Chef Harrison Booth. We’ll keep the party going with two other dates in March. Join us for Chill Chaser nights on Friday, March 8, and Friday, March 22, both from 5:30 to 7 pm. Reservations requested. Make yours by calling 704-714-4445 or email@example.com.
MARDI GRAS GALA
A masked ball fundraiser for the Lupus Foundation of America, Piedmont Chapter featuring entertainment by the band Hot Sauce, Creole cuisine, a silent auction, fortune teller and more. 7 p.m. - midnight at Extravaganza Depot, 1610 N. Tryon St. Tickets are $150 person. Details: 704-716-5640; www.lupuslinks.org.
Feb. 28-March 3
SOUTHERN SPRING SHOW
For 53 years, this event has become a rite of Spring in the South for garden enthusiasts and homeowners. It features more than two dozen landscaped gardens, vendors selling the latest products for the home and garden, experts who’ll answer your questions and daily gardening and landscaping programs. The Park Expo and Conference Center, 2500 E. Independence Blvd. 704-376-6594; 800-849-0248; www.southernspringhomeandgardenshow.com.
FUELING THE FUN AND ADDING TOMORROWS
Papa Murphy’s is hosting the event on Saturday, March 2nd at the track at Ballantyne Elementary. Located at 15425 Scholastic Drive in Charlotte from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Join the fun and help “Add Tomorrows” for those with cystic fibrosis in your community. Sign-up for Team Vivi (or create your own team) as Papa Murphy’s prepares for the annual Great Strides Walk. Join the pizza races on the track and help Team Vivi raise money for “more tomorrows” with each lap completed. Kids and adults can also enjoy FREE PIZZA, chance to win prizes (such as children’s pizza party packages, free pizza for a year) and more!
CHARLOTTE GOES GREEN ST. PATRICK'S DAY FESTIVAL
This 17th annual celebration runs from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tryon Street from Third to First streets. A parade kicks off at 11 a.m. followed by a festival featuring Irish music and dancers, Irish and Celtic vendors, a Celtic Kid's Corner, food and beverages. Free. www.charlottestpatsday.com.
CHARITY LEAGUE OF CHARLOTTE FASHION SHOW
The Charity League of Charlotte holds its 32nd annual Fashion Show at Carmel Country Club, 4735 Carmel Road Charlotte, NC 28226, on Thursday March 14 at 10:30 am. This year's theme is "Friends," and will feature fashions by "Our Place" boutique, modeled by friends of Charity League members. The Fashion Show includes a silent auction fundraiser with over 250 items. Proceeds benefit Charity League programs. Charity League has been helping Charlotte area children in need for over 92 years. Tickets are $60 and may be purchased by contacting Brenda Rorie at firstname.lastname@example.org before March 7.