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Yoga, "Madame X" and more!

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Nov. 24

The Best of The Best:

Group exhibition features paintings in every medium and every genre. 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. 24-27, 29-30. Free. Providence Gallery, 601 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-333-4535.

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.

Mary Cassatt's "Madame X": A Masterpiece from the Charlotte and Philip Hanes Collection:

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. "Madame X Dressed for the Matin," executed soon after Cassatt met Edgar Degas, has been included in numerous important exhibitions around the world. 10 a.m. Nov. 24-28, Nov. 30, Dec. 1-5, 7-10. Members free, $10 adults, $5 children 5-17, $8 seniors and students, free for children 5 and under. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2000.

New Visions: Contemporary Masterworks form the Bank of America Collection:

Presenting a broad range of American artists, the exhibition provides extraordinary access to some of the most visionary artists of the past decades. The exhibition highlights strengths of Bank of America's post World War II collection. Works focus on intense color and geometry as an organizing principle, with Frank Stella, Ellsworth Kelly, Elizabeth Murray and Jennifer Bartlett to name a few. 10 a.m. Nov. 24-28, Nov. 30, Dec. 1-5, 7-10. Members free, $10 adults, $5 children 5-17, $8 seniors and students, free for children 5 and under. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 South Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-337-2000.

Nov. 25

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.

Nov. 26

Meditation and Relaxation with Nancy Nicholson:

Begin your day with gentle movement and stillness. This class is for those who want to get off the treadmill of their lives and be still, maybe for releasing anxiety, for healing or deepening their connection with self. We will begin with gentle seated movement before meditating and practicing "yoga nidra," a deep relaxation. Come for slowing down your life, pre- or post-surgery, coping and healing from physical challenges.7:30 a.m. Nov. 26; Dec. 3, 10, 17. $10 per class if registering for series; $12 for drop in. Covenant Presbyterian Recreation, 1000 E. Morehead St., Charlotte. 704-377-9273.

Nov. 27

Independence High Class of 2000 Reunion:

Class of 2000: Catch up with high school classmates at the class of 2000's reunion banquet and family day at the park. If you have any questions, please e-mail or call Brett Parker at 704-391-3831. 7 p.m. Pine Lake Country Club, 5504 Lebanon Road, Mint Hill.

Nov. 28

Children's Choirs:

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.

Nov. 29

Chair Yoga:

Pineville United Methodist Church offers area residents chair yoga classes in the gym of the Crossroads Center. Walk-ins are welcome. 10 a.m. Free. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022.

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. These classes will improve breathing and slow heart rate. Space is limited; call for reservations. 4:45 p.m., 6 p.m. Nov. 29-30. $10 Sardis Baptist Church, 5811 Sardis Rd., Charlotte. 704-535-2831.

Floor Yoga Classes:

Pineville United Methodist Church offers floor yoga classes to area residents at the gym of the Crossroads Center. 5:45 p.m. $3. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022.

Nov. 30

Queen's Grant High School Open House:

Open House for grades nine-12 to learn about this public charter school. This event is for students interested in enrolling for the 2011-12 school year. QGPHS offers honors and AP course offerings, after-school clubs and a burgeoning sports program; our focus is on preparing well-rounded students for college and beyond. 6 p.m. Free. Queen's Grant High School, 10323 Idlewild Road, Matthews. 704-545-0736.

Dec. 1

The Red Pump/Red Tie Affair:

The Red Pump/Red Tie Affair is a benefit for The Red Pump Project, a national initiative to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls, ensuring that women are empowered with accurate knowledge about HIV/AIDS and the issues surrounding it. This year's gala will be a fashion-themed cocktail party, serving hors d'oeuvres, complete with live music and entertainment, as well as a silent auction, an art showcase and a "Rock The Red" mini-runway show. We will honor prominent leaders in the community in their individual efforts to raise AIDS/HIV awareness and education with the "Red Pump" Award. This year's gala will also provide monetary support to Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN). 7 p.m. $45 in advance, $60 at the door. The Historic Palmer Building, 2601 E. Seventh St., Charlotte. 704-331-4737.

Dec. 2

Afterschool 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. Dec. 2, 9. $75 members, $90 nonmembers. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Rd., Charlotte. 704-337-2000.

Dec. 3

Christmas Tree Sale:

The annual Ron Robinson Christmas Tree Sale will be held at St. Stephen United Methodist Church. The United Methodist Men use the proceeds from this sale to support the church's youth programs, including financial assistance to help students participate in the Appalachian Service Project. Ron Robinson was an active church member who dedicated his time and service to helping the youth and this sale honors his memory. 1 p.m. Dec. 3; 9 a.m. Dec. 4; 11 a.m. Dec. 5. St. Stephen United Methodist Church, 6800 Sardis Road, Charlotte. 704-364-1824.

The Festival of Trees Prevue Party:

The Festival of Trees Prevue Party benefits children and adults with developmental disabilities. Guests are invited to join us for an evening of celebration among beautifully decorated trees and wreaths at the Harvey B. Gantt Center. The trees are sponsored by businesses and individuals. We will have live music, a cash bar, hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction. 6 p.m. Tickets are $3 for self-advocates and children 5 and up, $5 for Arc members, and $10 for the general public to attend. Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts & Culture, 551 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-547-3700.

Stallings Christmas Tree Lighting:

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting with entertainment, refreshments and a visit from Santa. 6:30 p.m. Free. Stallings Municipal Park, 322 Stallings Road, Stallings. 704-821-3011.

Dec. 5

Perfectly Pink Tea with Mrs. Claus:

Celebrate the holidays with all things girly at this year's Tea with Mrs. Claus honoring Ellie Potvin, who lost her courageous battle with pediatric cancer earlier this year. This perfectly pink tea will include sweet treats, crafts and story time. Children are encouraged to wear their holiday best or favorite princess dress. Ten percent of the proceeds will benefit the Lift Up Foundation, dedicated to supporting families fighting against pediatric cancer. 2 p.m. $40 for children; $20 for adults. The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. 704-248-4000.

Providence UMC Christmas Concert:

Providence UMC Chancel Choir, accompanied by harp, guitar, flute, oboe and marimba will present music for the Christmas season, including traditional carols, "Alf Houkom's The Rune of Hospitality and Carols & Lullabies of the Southwest" by Conrad Susa. 7 p.m. Free. Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-2823.

Mind & Meditation Session:

In the mind and meditation session we will learn about the laws that govern our minds, understand how meditation can be a key tool, and learn how we can more easily tap into the benefits of meditation by using our breath. RSVP by e-mailing or calling 704-248-2647. 3 p.m. Free. Earth Fare, 12235 N. Community House Road, Charlotte.