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Mint Museum Art in the Garden Tour:
10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 23 and 1 -4 p.m. April 24. Eight beautiful gardens will be open for a weekend of strolling, art and festivities. Artists will set up their easels and paint en plein air, capturing on canvas the serene beauty of the southern garden. The tour concludes with a celebratory party and plein art show 4-6 pm April 24 at the Mint Museum Randolph. Tickets are available at both Mint locations, at www.mintmuseum.org or at gardens during the tour. $25; $20 Mint/CGC members. www.charlottegardenclub.org. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.
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10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 3 and 4. Floral artwork will be the highlight during May. Meet the Artists reception 5-8 p.m. May 14. Artwork will be on display during regular gallery hours. Included in admission. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com.
Providence Chamber Music Series:
7 p.m. May 1. Two selections performed by members of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Free. www.ProvidenceUMC.org/worship/music-ministry. Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-2823.
Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday Tea:
1-5 p.m. April 20. The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge will feature Queen Elizabeth’s 90th Birthday Tea with Her Majesty’s favorite dishes. Reservations are required. $36; $18 children, excluding tax and gratuity. The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. 704-248-4000. www.theballantynehotel.com.
8th Annual GayCharlotte Film Festival:
6:30-11 p.m. April 21. A weekend of thought-provoking dramas, romantic comedies and documentaries for and of interest to LGBTQ people, film lovers and those interested in learning more about Charlotte’s LGBTQ community. VIP-10 are on sale, for a limited time, for $50 plus tax. Visit CharlotteLGBTFilm.com for schedules and tickets. $8. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road, Charlotte. 704-334-9128. www.theatrecharlotte.org.
Girls Night Out:
5-8 p.m. April 21. Join others for hors d’oeuvres and wine as you browse the 50 boutique emporium filled with women’s spring fashions, home and garden furnishings and gifts. HomeStyles Gallery & Specialty Shops, 11237 Lawyers Road, Mint Hill.
Renaissance Portrait Artist:
7 -9 p.m. April 21. Master artist Tony Griffin will use his classic Renaissance background and education to demonstrate the techniques of drawing portraits using charcoal as his medium. Sponsored by Charlotte Artists Society. Free. Nancy Courick Studios and Gallery, 10100 Park Cedar Drive, Charlotte.
Matthews Food Truck Fridays:
6 -9 p.m. April 22 and 29. Artists with live music, too. www.matthewsfun.com. Free. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-847-4411. www.matthewsnc.com.
Earth Day Celebration:
10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 23. The Town of Matthews will partner with Habitat and Wildlife Keepers (HAWK) to celebrate the 46th anniversary of Earth Day. The family-friendly event will include wildlife, animal and environmental exhibits; recycling drives, document shredding; an unused medicine drop-off; food vendors, live music and raffle items. Free. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-847-4411. www.matthewsnc.com.
Polk Pop-Up Program Historic Tatting:
11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 23. Join volunteer Michele Glover as she leads the next Pop-Up program, a Historic Tatting demonstration. Michele will lead visitors through a hands-on demonstration of this historic weaving technique. This is a drop-in program. No reservations necessary Free. James K. Polk State Historic Site, 12031 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. 704-889-7145. www.nchistoricsites.org.
5:30 -7:30 p.m. April 24 and May 1. $10 registration fee. Clear Creek Baptist Church, 9015 Ferguson Road, Mint Hill.
Emotions Anonymous Meeting:
7 -8 p.m. April 25 and May 2. 12-Step group for emotional instability. www.namilexington.org/support/family-support-groups/. Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 3307 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-364-1234.
This Needs To Be Said Talk Show:
11 a.m.-6 p.m. April 25. This show is based in Charlotte around Charlotte businesses and those doing business in the Charlotte area. Your time slot for taping will be sent upon confirmation. Free. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.
Shore Stories Screening:
7 p.m. April 28. Celebrate a win, watch great films, and keep standing firm to protect our coast. A new series of six short films that show the powerful organizing that led to this victory.“Shore Stories” is a project of Working Films, created in collaboration with Environment NC, Surfrider Foundation, Oceana, and Blue Frontier. Local Host: Surfrider Foundation Charlotte Chapter. Free. WallerBears Surf-Shop, 8334-106 Pineville Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-341-3414. wallerbears.com.
Sarcoma Stomp 5K Run/3K Walk:
8 a.m. April 30. The Sarcoma Stomp 5K Run/3K Walk is a family-friendly, community event that is the perfect race for the whole family. Proceeds will support the Paula Takacs Research Fund at the Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte. Race day fun includes music, food and prizes. Christ Lutheran Church, 4545 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-1595. christelca.org.
10th Anniversary PAK Symposium/Carnival:
1 -5 p.m. April 30. PAK is celebrating 10 years of their support group in the Charlotte region, connecting families with allergy and anaphylaxis, community outreach, education and forming friendships. Lectures and roundtable discussions with topics covering: Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis 101, Diagnostic Testing, Debunking Myths, School Management, Nutrition and Healthy Substitutes, EoE, FPIES; Study updates from UNC-Chapel Hill; Science of food allergy for all ages: for toddlers through high school; PAK Teen Council “Food Allergy Ambassadors.” Games and activites. Free. St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. www.stmatthewcatholic.org.
Paint for a Purpose:
7 p.m. April 30. Come paint with us as we raise money for Carolina Waterfowl Rescue. Cost is $35/person, which includes light refreshments. Seating is limited; advanced reservations required. To reserve your seat(s), text or call Kara at 704-412-2398. $35. The Tipsy Paintbrush, 116 W. John St., Matthews. 704-412-2398. thetipsypaintbrush.com.
Rummage Sale for Haiti:
7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 30. Sale items include furniture, appliances, electronics, children’s clothing and toys, holiday items, household/kitchen items and more. Cash and credit cards (for purchases of $25 or more). Proceeds will help the children and families in Haiti. Harrison United Methodist Church, 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. 704-541-3463. harrisonchurch.org.
Job Search Support Group:
7 -9 p.m. May 2. Christians in Career Transition (CICT) is a ministry providing support for those out of work, about to be and/or under-employed. Learn the proper methods for a successful job search and how to overcome issues. Meet at St. Matthew Church ’s New Life Center building in Room 132 for two hours of dialogue on the subject. No cost and no reservation needed. For more info, call Jack Rueckel at 704-341-8449. Free. St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons, Charlotte. www.stmatthewcatholic.org.
Take Your Business to the Next Level for Women Business Owners:
6:30 -8:30 p.m. May 4. Join others for a special, two-hour event for women business owners. Free. Microsoft Store — SouthPark, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-916-6610. www.microsoftstore.com.
Lunch and Learn for veteran business owners:
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 5. This event will include: A keynote presentation and Q&A. An opportunity to network with other local business owners and win prizes. Free. Microsoft Store — SouthPark, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-916-6610. www.microsoftstore.com.
11:15 a.m. May 5. New Friends of Carolina, a social group open to all women new or native to the Carolinas, will hold a welcome coffee for new and perspective members Details: 866-213-9183, newfriendsofcarolina.com or visit us at facebook.com. newfriendsofcarolina.com. Matthews Womens Club Services, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews.
5 -6 p.m. April 24 and May 1. If you are interested in pickleball and want to find out more or learn to play, join others at the Nano Center in Matthews. Instruction and equipment will be provided. $5. Nano Center, 624 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Matthews. 704-849-8316. www.nanosports.co.
SquashEmpower Festival of Squash:
3 -8 p.m. April 26. The SquashEmpower Festival of Squash is a week of top level tournament play including The Charlotte Open, a Professional Squash Association tournament, attracting high ranking players from around the world. The week’s activities will also include an Adult Skills Tournament and a Junior Tournament for local squash players. Play starts at 3 p.m. each day and spectators are welcome. $10-$20. Charlotte Squash Club, 5660-C International Drive, Charlotte. 704-578-5677. charlottesquash.com.
Talks & Readings
Family Discovered through Image and Poetry:
6 -7 p.m. April 26. April is National Poetry Month. Join us for an event celebrating the power of poetry with Dannye Romine Powell and Dawn Surratt. Powell is the book review editor for the Charlotte Observer and a nationally recognized, award-winning poet. Powell will read and share insights from her book, and photographer/cover artist Dawn Surratt of Henderson, will display some of her photographic creations and be on hand to discuss her techniques. Free. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library — Myers Park, 1361 Queens Road, Charlotte. 704-416-5800. www.cmlibrary.org.
What Does Islam Look Like?:
7 -8:30 p.m. May 4. Have you read the Quran? Have you walked inside a mosque? Have you had conversations with Muslims about their religion? Whether you answered “no” to all these questions or “yes” to one or more, what you know about Islam, its texts, holy places, history, and people, will be deepened by attending this upcoming series of classes, “What Does Islam Look Like?” May 4: What does Islam Look Like?; May 11: Who is Mohammed and What Does the Quran Say?; May 18: History: Origins Through the Golden Age; and May 25: Understanding Contemporary Issues. The classes will be taught by Marcy Goldstein of the Religious Studies department at UNC Charlotte. Joining Goldstein will be Imam Khalil Akbar from Masjid Ash-Shaheed and Imam John Ramadan from Masjid Ar-Razzaq. $36; free for Temple Israel members. Temple Israel, 4901 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-362-2796. www.templeisraelinc.org.
‘Shrek The Musical’ at Charlotte Catholic High School:
7 p.m. April 28. Join the students of Charlotte Catholic as they bring you an enchanting fairy tale full of love and adventure. $10, $15. Charlotte Catholic High School, 7702 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-543-1127. www.gocougars.org.
Glenn Miller Orchestra:
7 p.m.-10 p.m. April 26 The legendary Glenn Miller Orchestra will get your toes a tappin’ with songs like ’Moonlight Serenade,’ ’In the Mood’ and ’Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree.’ They may be from an era gone by, but they still get under your skin. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since. $10-$20. www.glennmillerorchestra.com. Cuthbertson High School, 1400 Cuthbertson Rd., Waxhaw. 704-296-0105.