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Jan. 12

Wolf Kahn: The Early Years:

Jerald Melberg Gallery will present an exhibition of early works dating between 1950-1970 by the distinguished American landscape painter Wolf Kahn. There will be more than 50 paintings and pastels from this period. 10 a.m. Jan. 12-15, 17-22, 24-28.Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

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. 12-26. Free. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us/donate.

Mint Hill Arts "Fire and Fiber" Show:

This fiber arts show will feature works by local quilt groups, potters and Mint Hill Arts members. The show will include batiks, weavings, tie-dyes, quilts, rugs, stitchery, ceramics and pottery. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Feb. 3. Free. 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill. www.minthillarts.org.

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. 10 a.m. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Acting Classes using "Method" Technique:

Acting & Scene Study using "Method" techniques. Class meets on Thursdays for 25 weeks starting Sept. 16. Class includes relaxation, sense memory, improv. voice and movement, followed by scene study. 7:45 p.m. $15 per session. Enrichment Arts Acting Program, 8300 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-849-2025. www.corlinproductions.com

Jan. 15

Chicken Day at Charlotte Nature Museum:

Join Charlotte Nature Museum for Chicken Day. Meet live species of this domesticated animal that is a popular pet and food source. The event will include a special craft and story time. 10 a.m. Free with Museum admission. Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte. 704-372-6261. www.charlottenaturemuseum.org.

PAWS Awhile to Read:

Sign-up to read 15 minutes with our trained therapy dogs. 1 p.m. Free. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us.

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. The show will be held at The Charlotte Scottish Rite on Providence Road, tickets are now on sale. The first 100 ticket holders will receive a free entry to our after party held at Metropolitan Ballroom. 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 Rd., Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Jan. 18

English as a Second Language Classes:

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

Watercolor in the Garden with Janis Schnieder:

Using the garden in bloom as inspiration, explore color, paint, brushes and paper in an expressive and experimental way to gain confidence in and knowledge of the medium. This course is intended to be looser than traditional botanical painting yet based on floral subject matter. Students can work in any way they desire, from tight to loose and from realistic to abstract. 1:30 p.m. Jan. 18, 25; Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1, 8. ;$250. The Elizabeth Lawrence House and Garden at Wing Haven, 348 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Jan. 20

Real Estate Investors Association Monthly Meeting:

Educational events providing information on every aspect of real estate investing. 6 p.m. Members free, $15 visitors. The Hilton Executive Park Hotel, 5624 Westpark Drive, Charlotte. 704-523-1570. www.metrolinareia.org.

Jan. 24

Teen Advisory Board:

Teens ages 13-18, join us as we have our first Teen Advisory Board meeting. We will share ideas on library events and you will also be able to earn community service hours. 5 p.m. Free. 7Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Jan. 25

How Two People Can Build a Garden and Remain Friends:

Jasmin and Peter Gentling have spent 40 years resurrecting a 15-acre wooded hillside that includes a house and garden more than 100 years old in Asheville. The Gentlings have worked together and not always harmoniously to create what is a well-established garden. The garden has evolved from travel, argument and dialogue, as well as trial and error. 9:30 a.m. $20. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Microsoft Office 2003 Excel I:

Our Microsoft Office 2003 Excel I Class is a course designed to teach patrons the basic tools for using Excel, a spreadsheet based software. 3 p.m. Free. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Microsoft Office 2003 Excel II:

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

Mint Hill Arts "Fire and Fiber" Guest Lecture:

As part of the Fire and Fiber show, Mint Hill Arts will host award-winning fiber artists Linda Stegall and Nancy Cook for a special presentation. 7 p.m. Free. 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill. www.minthillarts.org.

Beginning Beekeeping School:

Learn about honeybees and how to take care of your own beehive. Find out how to harvest your own honey. Eight weeks beginning Jan. 25. 7 p.m. $50. Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-358-8075. www.meckbees.org.

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