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New Year's Even In Ballantyne, Opening Night Matthews and more!

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Dec. 29

Pick Up Basketball:

Pick up basketball at Covenant Recreation and Fitness Center is held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 6 a.m. $3. Covenant Presbyterian Recreation, 1000 E. Morehead St., Charlotte. 704-334-7491. www.covenantpresby.org.

Caregiving Help During The Holiday Season:

If you care for a senior with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's or other chronic conditions, take advantage of a free service from The Ivey. The nonprofit adult day care center is offering free four-hour visits for any senior in the area with these conditions. Your family member will be well cared for while you take care of your holiday errands. Call 704-909-2070 to arrange your visit. One visit per family. 7:30 a.m. Dec. 29-30. Free. The Ivey Adult Day Services, 6030 Park South Drive, Charlotte. 704-909-2070. www.theivey.com.

6th Annual Holiday Square Works Show:

More than 150 selected compositions from more than 80 artists from across the Carolinas run the gamut from traditional to contemporary in choice of media and subject matter, offering something for every collector. 9 a.m. Dec. 29-31. 9 a.m. Jan. 3-8, 10-15. 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 older than is 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.

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

In honor of Mary Cassatt's "Portrait of Madame X Dressed for the Matinee," the Mint Museum has organized a spotlight exhibition. 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. 10 a.m. Dec. 29-31; 10 a.m. Jan. 1-2, 4-9, 11-14. Free for members, $10 adults, $5 children ages 5-17, $8 seniors and students, free for children 5 and younger. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.

Free Diabetes Screening:

Come out for a free diabetes screening. For more information call Cholestcheck, 800-713-3301. No appointment is necessary. 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Free. Kmart Store, 10500 Centrum Parkway, Pineville. 704-542-7697. www.kmart.com.

Dec. 31

Opening Night Matthews:

Join us for the ninth installment of Murder, Mystery and Mayhem. Ring in the New Year with the Matthews Playhouse by playing along with us in an interactive murder mystery. Solve the mystery and guess "whodunit" before the clock strikes 12. 7 p.m. $10. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343. www.matthewsplayhouse.com.

New Year's Eve Celebration:

Celebrate New Year's Eve at Theatre Charlotte Ring. The evening will include live entertainment from Theatre Charlotte performers, a buffet, an open bar with wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages, dancing, a silent auction, raffles and more. 8:30 p.m. $45 for individuals, $250 for a reserved table for four. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road, Charlotte. 704-376-3777. www.theatrecharlotte.org. www.carolinatix.org.

New Year's Eve In Ballantyne. Presented by Six Figure Entertainment:

Say au revoir to 2010 with Ballantyne Village Theatre. The evening will include an open bar, two DJs and hors d'oeuvres. 9 p.m. $30. Ballantyne Village Theatre, 14815 John J Delaney Drive, Charlotte. 704-369-5100. www.sixfigureentertainment.com.

Jan. 1

Third Annual Pint for Pounds with Second Harvest:

Donate blood or sponsor a blood drive with Community Blood Center of the Carolinas. For each donation in January and February, CBCC will donate 6 pounds of food to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. Donate at one of three CBCC donation centers or at one of CBCC's many mobile blood drives. Times vary, so call for donation times or visit www.cbcc.us/donate. For businesses, civic organizations and churches interested in hosting a blood drive with CBCC, call Jennifer Teague at 704-972-4709 for more information. 10 a.m. Jan. 1-15. Free. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us/donate.

Improv Comedy Show - Charlotte Comedy Theater:

Professional improvisers delight audiences with interactive improv comedy similar to the television show "Whose Line Is It Anyway." Cash only; the show is not intended for children. 8 p.m. $10. Charlotte Comedy Theater, 1308 The Plaza, Charlotte. 866-467-7681. www.charlottecomedy.com.

Jan. 4

English as a Second Language Classes:

Pineville United Methodist Church offers instruction in the English language and provides important community information. Open to those 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.

The Hormone Makeover Seminar:

Women will learn how to manage frustrating symptoms such as hot flashes, depression, weight gain, low sex drive and fatigue. They'll also learn whether symptoms are related to hormone imbalance; the difference between bio-identical, synthetic and herbal therapies; what each hormone does in the body and more. 7 p.m. $10. 7Signature Wellness, 15105 John J Delaney Drive, Charlotte. 704-752-9346. www.signaturewellness.org.

Jan. 6

Basic Computer Skills Class:

Our Basic Computer Skills Class is a beginner's course. In this class, the fundamentals of using a computer will be presented. 10 a.m. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Jan. 8

Meditation for Peace and Nonviolence:

Meditation is helping millions get focused, stay healthy and enjoy life. We invite you to spend 20 minutes experiencing peace meditation. This event is streamed live over the Internet to reach a global audience via www.ustreamtv.com. Individuals of all ages, nationalities and religions are invited to participate. 9:30 a.m., 7 p.m. Free. Charlotte Meditation, 725 Providence Road Suite 300, Charlotte. 704-277-6049. www.simputerusa.org.

Charlotte Laughter Yoga:

Yoga, laugh, breathe and mediate. 10:30 a.m. Free. Tom Sykes Recreation Center, 1501 Euclid Ave., Charlotte. 704-277-6049. www.yogahealthsolutions.com.

Microsoft Office 2003 Publisher I:

Our Microsoft Publisher 2003 class is a course designed to teach the user how to create professional publications. 1:30 p.m. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Jan. 9

Charlotte Children's Choir Chamber Ensemble and Cantare:

In this second concert of the Gaudium Musicae Series, St. Ann Catholic Church is pleased to present the Charlotte Children's Choir. The concert will feature the voices of the select Chamber Ensemble and the young men of Cantare. 4 p.m. $8-12; free for children. St. Ann Catholic Church, 3635 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-523-4641. www.StAnnCharlotte.org.

Jan. 11

Charlotte Preparatory School Admissions Open House:

Come see if Charlotte Prep is right for your family. Our students learn to: exhibit a perceptive understanding of the larger world; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; think critically; demonstrate creative problem-solving skills; make the connections necessary to apply knowledge to new situations; possess organizational and time management skills; demonstrate respectful relationships with peers, the adults in their lives and younger children. 9:30 a.m. Charlotte Preparatory School, 212 Boyce Road, Charlotte. 704-366-5994. www.charlotteprep.com.

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