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Home Tweet Home:
Nesting season is just around the corner for our feathered friends at Wing Haven and birds are scouting for the perfect nesting site. Let's lend a hand by making a birdhouse to take home and also provide some materials to help them build a cozy nest. Ages 4-6. Registration required. 3:45 p.m. $10. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.
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Adult Exercise Classes:
Pineville United Methodist Church offers area residents adult exercise classes in the gym of the Crossroads Center. Walk-ins welcome. 9 a.m. Jan. 27; Feb. 1, 3, 8, 10. $3. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.
How the Government Got in Your Backyard:
We know that governmental policies have a huge impact on the environment but with all the media and mudslinging in politics, it's hard to make an informed decision on these policies yourself. Eric Heberlig will distill the science, the politics and the unbiased truth behind hot-button environmental issues from pesticides to global warming. In this season of political discontent, the unbiased truth about environmental policies is as refreshing as it is fascinating. 9:30 a.m. $15. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.
Pineville United Methodist Church offers area residents chair yoga classes in the gym of the Crossroads Center. 10 a.m. Free. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.
Pineville United Methodist Church offers area residents floor yoga classes in the gym of the Crossroads Center. 5:45 p.m. $3. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.
Look up and imagine cascades of blooms and foliage in your garden. Vines are the answer to enhancing your garden's altitude while expanding its horticultural aptitude. We'll learn about annual and perennial vines for sun and shade that reward the gardener with reliable performance but don't require time-consuming maintenance. 9:30 a.m. $15. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.
Affordable Franchise and Business Ownership Seminar:
If you are considering business ownership now or in the future, this event is for you. Learn about the affordable and scalable franchised businesses they are buying and the local resources available to help potential new business owners. There is no cost to attend but registration is required, www.bizownershipseminar.com or e-mail Info@bizownershipseminar.com . For additional information call 704-522-9394. You will have the opportunity to interact with the presenters and several other business experts that can assist you in buying and growing your business. 1 p.m. Raintree Country Club, 8600 Raintree Lane, Charlotte. 704-542-8150. www.raintreecountryclub.com.
Watercolor in the Garden:
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. 1:30 p.m. 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.
The Hormone Makeover Seminar:
Women will learn how to manage frustrating symptoms such as hot flashes, depression, weight gain, low sex drive and fatigue. 7 p.m. $10. Signature Wellness, 15105 John J Delaney Drive, Charlotte. 704-752-9346. www.signaturewellness.org.
Woody Ornamentals for the Winter Season:
Plants that carry the weight of interest through the winter months define space, display attractive features, attract wildlife and exhibit other exciting characteristics. Bobby Mottern, director of horticulture at Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University, will discuss the cultural needs of these plants and how they can be used in the landscape. 9:30 a.m. $20. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.
It's time for the Great Backyard Bird Count, sponsored by Cornell University and the Audubon Society. Come learn how your family can help scientists in their study of birds. We'll make a feeder that will attract birds to your yard. For more information on GBBC, visit www.birdsource.org. All ages. Free, but please register. 3:45 p.m. Feb. 3; 10 a.m. Feb. 5. Free. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.
Connecting the Dots:
Learn how key biblical principles can help you live a more abundant and perhaps healthier life. 7 p.m. $10. Harrison United Methodist Church, 15008 Lancaster Hwy., Pineville. 704-541-3463 ext 213. harrisonchurch.org.
Chicks in the City:
If you're interested in starting your own urban flock to provide fresh eggs for your family, you'll need to acquaint yourself with the local ordinances as well as make sure that you have a safe home for the ladies. Dia Steiger, Wing Haven's executive director, will provide an overview of our city laws regarding backyard flocks as well as the basics of feeding and housing chickens in an urban setting. Please register. 10:30 a.m. $5. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.
Family Game Event:
Looking for a fun family game? Come out to The Brain Trainer, where we feature fun brain games for all ages. These games specifically work to enhance skills such as processing speed, attention, memory, logic and reasoning and visual and auditory processing. For more information or to RSVP, contact Angela at 704-541-1373 or Angela@thebraintrainer.com. 2 p.m. Free. The Brain Trainer, 11030 Golf Links Drive, Charlotte. 704-541-1373. www.thebrain-trainer.com.
"Forks Over Knives" Screening:
"Forks Over Knives" examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the so-called "diseases of affluence" that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. 4:30 p.m. $5 limit four per person. Sharon Seventh Day Adventist Church, 920 N. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. www.forksoverknives.com.
For the Love of Gardening: The Power of Plants to Change Your Point of View:
Plants have this fascinating ability to change the way we look at just about all aspects of life. We'll talk about the way gardening changes our perspective, travel all around the world and meet some special people who love gardening as much as we do. Bryce Lane is on the faculty of N.C. State University and is the host of , "In the Garden with Bryce Lane." 9:30 a.m. $20. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. www.winghavengardens.com.