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Beaujolais Festival, "The Elephant Man" and more!

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Nov. 17

The Best of The Best:

The wide selection of paintings, ranging from traditional landscape, seascape and still life works to contemporary abstracts and mixed media collage, this show offers something for every art enthusiast. Introducing our newest artists, Travis Bruce Black and Isabel Forbes. 9 a.m. Nov. 17-20, 22-27, 29-30. Free. Providence Gallery, 601 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-333-4535. www.Providencegallery.net.

Functional Fitness for Seniors:

Functional Fitness is an exercise class for people 60 and over 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.

Contemporary British Studio Ceramics:

The Grainer collection is the first comprehensive survey of Contemporary British Studio Ceramics in the U.S. Comprised of functional and sculptural objects made between the 1980s and now, it includes work by established "contemporary classics" such as Lucie Rie, and cutting edge artists such as Julian Stair, Kate Malone, and Grayson Perry. 10 a.m. Nov. 17-21, 23-28, 30; Dec. 1-3TFFree for members, $10 for adults, $8 students and seniors, $5 children. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 South Tryon St., Charlotte. 704/337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.

Vicki Grant - Ceramic Wall Sculptures:

Art is Vicki Grant's passion and it is demonstrated in all forms of media, from her architectural detailing to recent sculptural forms, many of which are architectonic in character. Her unusual and complex process makes each sculptural piece unique in form, detail and color. Rare hardwoods, glass, metal, stone and a variety of natural found objects are incorporated in the pieces. 10 a.m. Nov. 17-20, 22-24, 26-27, 29-30; Dec. 1-4. Free. RedSky Gallery, 1244 East Blvd., Charlotte. 704-377-6400. www.redskygallery.com.

Seated Yoga:

A gentle yoga class for those who desire a slow start to exercise, those with physical challenges or maybe those who are recuperating from a surgery. The class includes meditation and relaxation which helps with healing and coping with illness. Classes can be done with a series or on a drop in basis. 12:15 p.m. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1000 E. Morehead St., Charlotte. 704-377-9273. www.nancynicholsonyogatherapy.com.

Changing Times...Changing Minds: The Global Evolution Of A New South City:

Changing Places Education Sponsor UNC Charlotte hosts its monthly community conversation. UNCC professors Heather Smith and Williams Graves lead discussion of their new book "Charlotte: The Global Evolution of a New South City." The evening also includes a reception. 6 p.m. Free. Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh St., Charlotte. 704-333-1887. www.museumofthenewsouth.org.

Nov. 18

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.

After School Class: Art ABCs:

Children in first-third grades explore drawing, painting, printmaking and textile techniques. Class starts in the Asian, Maya and African galleries with textiles and other media. 3:45 p.m. Nov. 18; Dec. 2, 9. $75 members, $90 nonmembers. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.

Cathy Smith Bowers, Poet Laureate of North Carolina:

The Queens University of Charlotte English Department Reading Series is honored to present North Carolina's new poet laureate, Cathy Smith Bowers, who was appointed by Governor Perdue earlier this year. A faculty member of the Queens low-residency MFA Creative Writing Program, Smith Bowers now lives in Tryon. Her reading will be followed by a reception and book signing. Queens invites the campus and Charlotte community to celebrate this prestigious appointment. 8 p.m. Free. Queens University Sykes Auditorium, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. www.queens.edu.

"The Elephant Man":

Based upon the true story of John Merrick, who though hideously deformed, reveals himself to be a man of remarkable intelligence and sensitivity. Rescued from an existence as a side-show freak by the Victorian surgeon Dr. Treves, Merrick becomes the toast of London society, patronized by lords, clergymen and celebrities who admire his gentleness and deep faith and spirit, and in the process discover their own hidden flaws. 8 p.m. Nov. 18-20; 2:30 p.m. Nov. 21. $25, $20 seniors and students. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, 1118 Clement Ave., Charlotte. 704-455-8542. www.nccast.com.

Nov. 19

Friends of the Mint November lecture:

Join the friends of the Mint for coffee and a lecture: "Rodin: The Cantor Foundation Gift to the North Carolina Museum of Art" will feature David Steel, curator of European Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art. 10 a.m. Free to members of Friends of the Mint or with museum admission. 704-337-2000. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.

Beaujolais Festival:

Join us to celebrate the first grape harvest of the year. This is an authentic French tradition celebrated around the globe. Come taste the 2010 Beaujolais Nouveau and sample other great wines from the Beaujolais region. Charlotte is honored to be one of 16 cities in the United States recognized as an official Beaujolais city by the Union Interprofessionelle des Vins du Beaujolais, the association governing this wine producing region of France. 5 p.m. $25 for members of the Charlotte International Cabinet and Alliance Francaise, $30 for nonmembers. Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh St., Charlotte. 704-333-1887. www.museumofthenewsouth.org.

Nov. 20

Common Grounds Cornucopia:

Volunteers gather the finest local, organic and homemade offerings and parlay them into abundance and awareness for Charlotte's Urban Ministry Center. Please join us for our second annual Cornucopia, and stock your freezer with delicious meals and choose from an assortment of wonderful holiday gifts. 9:30 a.m. Free. Common Grounds Farm Stand, 923 Providence Road, Charlotte. www.commongroundsfarmstand1.com.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous:

Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Are you underweight or overweight? Obsessed with weight and dieting? You are not alone. Today, there is a solution. Food Addicts is a program based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins at FA meetings. FA is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience and mutual support, are recovering from the disease of food addiction. 10:15 a.m. Free. Anuvia Prevention & Recovery Center, 100 Billingsley Road, Charlotte. 704-348-1569. foodaddicts.org.

Simple Gifts at Thanksgiving:

The Festival Singers and friends gather together to open Carolina Voices 56th season with a heartfelt gift of music at Thanksgiving. Featuring special guests, the Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble, and Providence Baptist Church's Chamber Choir, the concert gives thanks through a repertoire of inspirational folk songs, Americana favorites, and spirituals that are sure to leave you profoundly uplifted. 7:30 p.m. . $15, discounts for seniors and students. Providence Baptist Church, 4921 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-529-1616. www.carolinavoices.org.

Strudel & Strauss:

A choral tribute to the classic Viennese spirit including a collection of fun musical selections from operettas and musical theater, all sweetened with the taste of Austrian strudel. 7:30 p.m. $15. Pease Auditorium, Central Piedmont Community College, 1200 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte. 704-330-6534. www.CharlotteChoraleInc.org.

Nov. 21

Beginner Dance Group Class:

For everyone who's interested in dance and not sure where to start, beginner group classes, taught by professional instructor John Mason, are open to everyone. We will be covering basic steps. 3 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Ballroom, 2935 Providence Road Suite 200, Charlotte. 704-364-1871. www.metropolitan-ballroom.com.

Nov. 23

Claiming our Bodies/Ourselves:

An eight-week group for women who want to "clear the obstacles of what does not serve you," by using yoga, education and support. Benefits will be learning techniques to decrease stress, manage your moods, relaxing and empowerment. Call to confirm and arrange a pregroup appointment. 12:15 p.m. $320 for eight-week group. First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1200 East Blvd., Charlotte. 704-377-9273. www.nancynicholsonyogatherapy.com.

English as a Second Language Classes:

Pineville United Methodist Church offers instruction in the English language and provides important community information. Open to immigrants and internationals in the south Charlotte who need to learn the basics of the English language or want to improve their English speaking and writing skills. 9:30 a.m. $20 (refundable after six consecutive classes). Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.

Nov. 27

Independence High Class of 2000 Reunion:

This event includes a reunion banquet and family day at the park. If you have any questions please e-mail co2000@clevermoods.com or call Brett Parker at 704-391-3831. 7 p.m. Pine Lake Country Club, 5504 Lebanon Road, Mint Hill.

Nov. 29

Gentle Yoga Classes:

These classes are for anyone who wants to increase flexibility, relieve stress, increase strength, improve balance and posture as well as relax. Learn how to bring all these strengths into your everyday life. Space is limited. 4:45 p.m. Nov. 29; 6 p.m. Nov. 29-30; 4:30 p.m. Nov. 30. $10. Sardis Baptist Church, 5811 Sardis Road, Charlotte. 704-535-2831. www.sardisbaptistcharlotte.org.

Nov. 30

Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University:

Eliminate debt, save for the future and retire with diginity. 7 p.m. Nov. 30. $100 for books and family participation. Harrison United Methodist Church, 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. 704-541-3486 ext 213.

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