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"Pint for a Night":
The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is hosting a two-month campaign to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. For each blood donation in March and April, CBCC will make a financial contribution to RMH of Charlotte. Donate blood at one of CBCC's three donation centers or at a community blood drive, visit www.cbcc.us/donate for more information. 10 a.m. Free. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. www.cbcc.us.
Robert Kushner: Flora Dreams:
Jerald Melberg Gallery presents Flora Dreams, an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Robert Kushner. Kushner emerged on the American art scene in the early 1970s and quickly became known for his richly textured and opulent paintings. Since the late 1980s his artistic focus has been centered around flowers and plant forms. Kushner frequently visits botanical gardens for inspiration, often scheduling trips in order to view flowers of particular interest at their peak. 10 a.m. March 16-19, 20-26, 28-31; April 1. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.
Helping Seniors with Mild Dementia Stay Sharp:
If your spouse or parent suffers from mild dementia, you can take steps to help your loved one remain as sharp as possible. Learn how mild dementia affects the brain and discover games and activities to keep the brain stimulated. The presenter is Vicki Parker, founder of The Brain Trainer, a Charlotte brain training facility. Free adult day care available with advance notice. 2 p.m. March 16; 6 p.m. March 16. Free. The Ivey Adult Day Services, 6030 Park South Drive, Charlotte. 704-909-2070. www.theivey.com.
The Metropolitan Opera: "Iphigenie en Tauride" Encore:
Susan Graham and Placido Domingo perform an encore of Gluck's interpretation of the Greek Myth. 6:30 p.m. Regal Cinemas Stonecrest at Piper Glen, 7824 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-540-7558.
Adult Exercise Classes:
Pineville United Methodist Church offers area residents adult exercise classes in the gym of the Crossroads Center. 9 a.m. $3. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.
Gospel Fit Dance:
The choreographed intervals include high and low impacts of tae-bo, kickboxing and Latin dance moves. Free trial session every Tuesday; one free session per person. 7:30 p.m. $6. J'adore Ballroom, 508 Griffith Road., Charlotte. 704-905-8678. www.gospelfitdance.com.
Photographing the Garden:
We'll begin with a short discussion of the specific challenges of photographing in the garden. Class participants can then explore the garden and photograph it with one-on-one advice from instructor Christopher Donald, with an opportunity to borrow Nikon lenses and flashes during the class. The discussion afterward will review post processing options as well as storage and printing. Please register. 9 a.m. $50. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.
Children & Teen Consignment Sale:
The sale will feature spring and summer clothes and shoes, newborn to junior sizes. Maternity items, baby equipment, toys, furniture, books, games and more. Cash only. No strollers or carts allowed in sales area. 8 a.m. Free. Matthews United Methodist Church, 801 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-847-6261. www.matthewsumc.org.
Clothing and Linens Sale:
Clothing and linens sale sponsored by St. Martha's Guild of St. Michael's Anglican Church 9 a.m. St. Michael the Archangel Anglican Church, 2211 Margaret Wallace Road, Matthews. 704-537-7777. www.stmichaelsanglican.org.
Hip Hopping Hares and Bouncing Bunnies:
Hop over to Charlotte Nature Museum and visit with lots of rabbits. Harriet, our resident hare, will be meeting and greeting visitors as you learn the difference between various rabbits and hares. A puppet show and special story time will also be featured. 10 a.m. $6, free for members. Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte. 704-372-6261. www.charlottenaturemuseum.org.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous:
. Food Addicts is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience and mutual support, are recovering from the disease of food addiction. 10:15 a.m. Free. Anuvia Prevention & Recovery Center, 100 Billingsley Road, Charlotte. 704-348-1569. www.foodaddicts.org.
Dogtopia's 1st Anniversary Party:
To celebrate we're having an Anniversary Party with lots of great vendors and a microchip clinic and a painting party. 11 a.m. Free. Dogtopia of Charlotte, 616 Springbrook Road, Charlotte. 704-333-3063. www.dogdaycare.com.
Women's Bible Study:
Pineville United Methodist Church invites area women to attend Experiencing God, a 13-week Bible study by Henry Blackaby that explores the will of God for our lives and how it's revealed. 5 p.m. March 20, 27; April 3, 10. $16. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.
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. Walk-ins welcome. 5:45 p.m. $3. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.
English as a Second Language Classes:
We welcome those in south Charlotte who need to learn the basics of the English language or want to improve their English speaking and writing skills. 6 p.m. March 21, 9:30 a.m. March 22. $20 (includes book, refundable after six consecutive classes). Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.
Eating for Vitality:
Join Lisa Stimmer for an Eating for Vitality Seminar. She teaches how to eat the right balance of high quality foods that creates more energy, mental clarity, hormonal balance, loss of body fat and optimal health. Sign up at the customer service desk to reserve your spot or call 704-926-1201. 6:30 p.m. Earth Fare Charlotte, 12235 N. Community House Road, Charlotte.
Italian Cooking Class:
Harrison Booth, executive chef at The Duke Mansion, will host an Italian cooking class. Students will learn to prepare a four-course meal. Call 704-714-4400 to reserve a place. 6 p.m. $45 per person, $60 per couple. The Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road, Charlotte. www.dukemansion.com.
Lecture on vitamins, herbal medicines and other natural products:
Join pharmacist Kim DeRhodes of CMC-Rx Morrocroft Pharmacy as she discusses which vitamins and supplements you may want to consider taking, which ones to avoid, and how to choose among the thousands of products on the market. Learn how to avoid dangerous drug interactions and worthless products. 6 p.m. Free. CMC-Rx Morrocroft Pharmacy, 4525 Cameron Valley Parkway Suite 1200, Charlotte. 704-512-6040.
Taste & Trade Business Show:
Meet and speak directly with area business owners to learn more about new products and services being offered by Chamber-member companies across the greater Matthews area. 3 p.m. Free; there will be a $2 charge to sample food. CPCC Levine Campus, 2800 Campus Ridge Road, Matthews. 704-847-3649. www.matthewschamber.com.
Mark Schultz in Concert:
7 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Elevation Church, 8835 Blakeney Professional Drive, Charlotte. 704-541-3463. www.harrisonumc.org.
Brain Balance Parent Talk:
Is your child struggling with academic, social or behavioral issues? Come to our Parent Talk to learn more about children with neurobehavioral disorders and what our center does to help. Please call to reserve your seat. 7 p.m. Free. Brain Balance of Charlotte, 9101-J Pineville-Matthews Road, Pineville. 704-540-6363. www.brainbalancecenters.com.
"The Wizard of Oz":
Charlotte Christian middle school theater students will present the musical, "The Wizard of Oz." The audience will be whisked along with Dorothy and Toto as they take a magical journey "Over the Rainbow" to defeat the Wicked Witch of the West and follow the yellow brick road. 7 p.m. March 24-26. $7-10 Charlotte Christian School, 7301 Sardis Road, Charlotte. 704-366-5657. www.charlottechristian.com.
Rush Hour Retreat:
San Antonio's Modern Mexican becomes your after work retreat the last Friday of the month. Enjoy drink specials and free appetizers featuring signature menu items, live music and giveaways. 5 p.m. Free. San Antonio's Modern Mexican, 4331 Barclay Downs Drive, Charlotte. 704-614-2405. www.myuptownfun.com.
Spaghetti Dinner and Survivor Speaker from Flight 1549 on the Hudson:
Dave Sanderson is an outstanding speaker and a survivor from Flight 1549 on the Hudson. Child care provided for children 5 and under with a reservation. Please reserve your place and for child care by March 19. Donations will be accepted at the door. 6 p.m. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.
When We No Longer Touch: Looking Through the Lens of HIV:
Experience the poignant and powerful choral work "When We No Longer Touch," an AIDS requiem telling a story of love, life, upheaval, loss, acceptance and reconciliation. All donations made during the concert will benefit RAIN. 7:30 p.m. March 25-26. $15 general admission, $10 students. Myers Park Baptist Church, Heaton Hall, 1900 Queens Road, Charlotte. www.onevoicechorus.com.
Vegetable Gardening 101:
Growing vegetables in your backyard can be a fun, even tasty experience and early spring is a great time to start planning your summer vegetable garden. Join Dia Steiger for some tips on how to grow and harvest fresh, delicious produce. We'll cover the basics of site selection and soil preparation as well as those varieties of vegetables that perform well in our Carolina summers. Please register. 10:30 a.m. $5. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.
This class will be a way for you to connect with your dog and also help them deepen some of their own stretches. $15. 2 p.m. for small dogs, 4 p.m. for large dogs. $15. Dogtopia of Charlotte, 616 Springbrook Road, Charlotte. 704-333-3063. www.dogdaycare.com.
Women's Bible Study:
Pineville United Methodist Church invites area women to attend Experiencing God, a 13-week Bible study by Henry Blackaby that explores the will of God for our lives and how it's revealed. 5 p.m. $16. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.
Providence Chamber Music Recital:
Mark O'Connor's "Butterfly's Day Out," Edgar Myer's "Chief Sitting in the Rain" and "Sextets for wind quintet and piano" by Lowell Liebermann and Ludwig Thuille. 7 p.m. March 27. Free. Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-7442. www.providenceumc.org.
The Charlotte Checkers will donate a portion of ticket sales to 24 Hours of Booty, which runs the 24-hour cycling charity event in Charlotte. The Checkers are offering discounted Attack Zone tickets for $15 with $6 per ticket going to 24 Hours of Booty. 5 p.m. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 East Trade St., Charlotte. www.24hoursofbooty.org.