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Chicks in the City, For the Love of Gardening and more!

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Feb. 2

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

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 fascinating period. 10 a.m. Feb. 2-5. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

Feb. 3

Adult Exercise Classes:

Pineville United Methodist Church offers area residents adult exercise classes in the gym of the Crossroads Center. 9 a.m. Feb. 3, 8, 10, 15. $3. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.

Ready...Set...Count!:

It's time for the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), 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. Please register. b3:45 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 Highway, Pineville. 704-541-3463 ext 213. www.harrisonchurch.org.

Feb. 5

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous:

Food Addicts is a program based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins at meetings. 10:15 a.m. Free. Anuvia Prevention & Recovery Center, 100 Billingsley Road, Charlotte. 704-348-1569. www.foodaddicts.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 hens. Dia Steiger, executive director of Wing Haven, 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 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. Come out for the movie screening, reception and Q&A with experts. 4:30 p.m. $5. Sharon Seventh Day Adventist Church, 920 N. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. www.forksoverknives.com.

Feb. 7

Chair Yoga:

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.

Floor Yoga:

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.

Feb. 8

For the Love of Gardening: :

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. Guest speaker Bryce Lane is on the faculty of N.C. State University and host of the UNC-TV show, "In the Garden with Bryce Lane." 9:30 a.m. $20. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.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. Students can work in any way they desire, from tight to loose and from realistic to abstract. 1:30 p.m. Feb. 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.

Communicating with a Spouse or Parent with Alzheimer's:

How can you best communicate with a spouse or parent who has dementia? Learn strategies at a free workshop from the Alzheimer's Association Western Carolina Chapter and The Ivey, the adult day care center in South Park. Discover how to limit distractions during conversations, key words to emphasize and visual clues that enhance communication. To register, call 704-532-7390. Free adult day care services are available during the talk with advance notice. 2 p.m.; 6 p.m. Free. The Ivey Adult Day Services, 6030 Park South Drive, Charlotte. 704-909-2070. www.theivey.com.

Get Fit Weight Loss Challenge:

Join the 12-week program that everyone is talking about. Inspired by the hit show "The Biggest Loser," you will learn about nutrition, healthy lifestyle choices and participate in a supportive and friendly competition where cash and prizes go to losers. Seating is limited. Register with Maude: 704-365-3355. 5 p.m. Feb. 8, 15, 22; March 1, 8, 15, 22. $39. Belle Johnston Community Center, Pineville Lake Park, 1009 Johnston Drive, Pineville. www.thinkhealthyliving.com.

Open House:

Come and see what the children learn in our Christian child care. Tour our facility and classrooms. Contact: Belinda Kirby, executive director 704-845-4673 Ext. 230 or e-mail: bkirby@cosministries.org. 6:30 p.m. Free. Christ Our Shepherd Ministries, 230 W. John St., Matthews. 704-845-4673. www.cosministries.org.

Feb. 9

Local Ingredients Prepared Tex-Mex Style:

Robb Walsh, a Tex-Mex culinary expert and cookbook author who has served as the editor in chief of Chile Pepper magazine, and has written for Gourmet, Saveur and Fine Cooking, will be available to discuss his work, including his latest cookbook, "The Tex-Mex Grill and Barbacoa Cookbook." Proceeds will benefit the FS Food Group Scholarship at Johnson & Wales University. 7 p.m. $40 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Paco's Tacos & Tequila, 6401 Morrison Blvd, Charlotte. 704-716-TACO. www.pacostacosandtequila.com.

Feb. 10

A Valentine's Gift from the Garden:

It is a special time of year; join us to make a Valentine's garden gift to share with someone close to your heart. Ages 5-7. Registration required. 3:45 p.m. $10. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

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