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6th Annual Holiday Square Works Show, Improv Comedy Show and more!

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Jan. 5

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's taste and budget. On display through Jan. 29. 9 a.m. Free. www.providencegallery.net. Providence Gallery, 601 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-333-4535.

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. 10 a.m. Members free, $10 adults, $5 children 5-17, $8 seniors and students, younger than 5 free. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.

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. For businesses, civic organizations and churches interested in hosting a blood drive with CBCC, call Jennifer Teague at 704-972-4709. 10 a.m. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us/donate. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte.

Functional Fitness for Seniors:

Functional Fitness is an exercise class for people 60 and older, led by a licensed physical therapist. 7 p.m. $5. Covenant Presbyterian Recreation, 1000 E. Moorehead St., Charlotte. 704-334-7491. www.covenantpresby.org.

Pick-up Basketball:

Pick-up basketball at Covenant Recreation and Fitness Center. Held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. 7 p.m. $3. Covenant Presbyterian Recreation, 1000 E. Moorehead St., Charlotte. 704-334-7491. www.covenantpresby.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.

'Race to Nowhere,' East Mecklenburg High:

"Race to Nowhere" by director Vicki Abeles, 7 p.m. at East Mecklenburg High School. "Race to Nowhere" points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace; students are disengaged; stress-related illness and depression are rampant; and many young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired. For information, contact us via e- mail or call 925-310-4242. East Mecklenburg High School, 6800 Monroe Road, Charlotte. 980-343-6430. pages.cms.k12.nc.us/eastmeck/.

Acting Classes using 'Method' technique:

Acting and scene study using "method" techniques. Class meets Thursdays for 25 weeks starting Sept. 16. For adults. Intense study for those wishing to pursue a professional career in acting, or directing. 7:45 p.m. $15 per session. Enrichment Arts Acting Program, 8300 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-849-2025. www.corlinproductions.com.

Jan. 7

Ichibancon:

Ichibancon is Charlotte's very own anime convention. For three days in January, celebrate Japanese animated films and shows, J-pop/rock, and many aspects of Japanese culture. 10 a.m. $39 weekend; $25 Friday; $25 Saturday; $15 Sunday. 724-877-6121. ichibancon.com. Marriott Executive Park, 5700 Westpark Drive, Charlotte. 704-527-9650. www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/cltnc-charlotte-marriott-executive-park/.

Improv Comedy Show - Charlotte Comedy Theater:

Professional improvisers delight audiences every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. with interactive improv comedy similar to "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" Cash only. 8 p.m. $10. 803-548-6824. Charlotte Comedy Theater, 1308 The Plaza, Charlotte. 866-467-7681. www.charlottecomedy.com.

Jan. 8

Meditation for Peace and Non-Violence:

Meditation is helping millions get focused, stay healthy and enjoy life. We invite you to spend 20 minutes experiencing our peace meditation, inspired by Guru Ranjit: meditate for the self, world peace and prosperity. Individuals of all ages, nationalities and religions are invited to participate. 9 a.m. Free. 704-277-6049. www.simputerusa.org. Charlotte Meditation, 725 Providence Road, No. 300, Charlotte.

Charlotte Laughter yoga:

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

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. This Sunday afternoon concert will feature the mixed voices of the select Chamber Ensemble and the young men of Cantare. 4 p.m. $8-12; children free. St. Ann Catholic Church, 3635 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-523-4641, ext. 221. www.StAnnCharlotte.org.

Jan. 10

Yoga Classes:

Gentle Kripalu floor and seated yoga classes beginning the week of Jan. 3 at Covenant Presbyterian Recreation and Fitness Center. Classes will be Monday at 9 a.m. (most gentle) and Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. $120 for 10 classes; $14 drop-in; $220 for two sessions. 704-377-9273. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1000 E. Morehead St., Charlotte. 704-333-9071. nancynicholsonyogatherapy.com.

Jan. 11

Charlotte Preparatory School Admissions Open House:

Come see if Charlotte Prep is right for your family. 9:30 a.m. Charlotte Preparatory School, 212 Boyce Road, Charlotte. 704-366-5994. www.charlotteprep.com.

English as a Second Language Classes:

Pineville United Methodist Church offers Latino and other international residents instruction in the English language and provides important community information. Walk-ins welcome. 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.

Agile Carolinas - Andy Painter:

"Eliminating Waste in Software Projects using Agile Engineering Practices: Exploring the CSD from a Lean Perspective." The Scrum Alliance's Certified Scrum Developer (CSD) designation focuses on teaching software practitioners how to create quality software through the understanding and effective application of Agile Engineering Practices. Speaker: Andy Painter, CSM, CSP, CSD, Agile Coach. 6 p.m. CPCC Harris Campus, 3210 Central Piedmont Community College West Campus Drive, Charlotte. 704-330-4223. cce.cpcc.edu/personal-interest/home-gourmet.

Jan. 13

Internet Basics Computer Class:

Our Internet Basics class will show the user how to get access to the Internet using Internet Explorer 7 (IE7). 10 a.m. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Jan. 15

A Tribute to the Three Kings of Music: A Dance Showcase:

We are pleased to present a ballroom dance tribute to three of the greatest influences on music: Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson. We will have more than 40 performances, each set to a song by one of these three legendary musicians. 8 p.m. $20 pre-ordered, $25 at the door. Metropolitan Ballroom, 2935 Providence Road, Suite 200, Charlotte. 704-364-1871. www.metropolitan-ballroom.com.

Jan. 17

Microsoft Office 2003 Word II Class:

Our Microsoft Office 2003 Word II Class will build on what the users learned in our Word I Class. 5 p.m. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us.

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