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Floral artwork will be the highlight during May at Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, including artwork in several media forms by represented artists at Charlotte Fine Art Gallery. All 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. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 3-4.
Free. Ballantyne Village, 14825 Ballantyne Village Way, Charlotte. 6 p.m. ballantynevillage.com. April 27.
Providence Chamber Music Series:
The final concert of the 2015-2016 Season, Repertoire Gems, features two standard works for the Musicians and their ensembles. Free. www.ProvidenceUMC.org/worship/music-ministry. Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-2823. www.providenceumc.org. 7 p.m. May 1.
Dead Man’s Banjo:
Ballantyne Village, 14825 Ballantyne Village Way, Charlotte. Free. ballantynevillage.com. 6 p.m. May 4.
Shore Stories Screening:
Celebrate a win, watch great films, and keep standing firm to protect our coast. For months, people on the East Coast have been fighting a proposal to open the east coast to offshore oil and gas drilling. Now we’ve won. The Atlantic has been taken out of the federal proposal for new offshore oil and gas leases. It’s time to celebrate a win for people power. Free. WallerBears Surf-Shop, 8334-106 Pineville Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-341-3414. wallerbears.com. 7 p.m. April 28.
Matthews Food Truck Fridays:
The community food truck rally hosted by the town of Matthews Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resource Department will have local food trucks and artists with live music while you relax and eat in Stumptown Park on Fridays starting in March. April 29. Details: www.matthewsfun.com or the Facebook page below. Free. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-847-4411. 6-9 p.m.
Sarcoma Stomp 5K Run/3K Walk:
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. Christ Lutheran Church, 4545 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-1595. christelca.org. 8 a.m. April 30.
Rummage Sale for Haiti:
Sale items include furniture, appliances, electronics, children’s clothing and toys, holiday items, household/kitchen items. Quality items at great prices. Cash and credit cards (for purchases of $25 or more). All proceeds will help the children and families in Haiti. Harrison United Methodist Church, 15008 Lancaster Hwy., Pineville. 704-541-3463. harrisonchurch.org. 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 30.
10th Anniversary PAK Symposium/Carnival:
PAK is celebrating 10 years of their support group in the Charlotte region, connecting families with allergy and anaphylaxis, community outreach, education, and forming everlasting friendships. Free. St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., Charlotte. www.stmatthewcatholic.org. 1-5 p.m. April 30.
Paint for a Purpose:
Come paint with us at The Tipsy Paintbrush in Matthews as we raise money for Carolina Waterfowl Rescue. Cost is $35/person. 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. 7 p.m. April 30.
$10 registration fee. Clear Creek Baptist Church, 9015 Ferguson Road, Mint Hill. 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 1.
Job Search Support Group:
Christians in Career Transition 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. Contact Jack Rueckel at 704-341-8449. Free. St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. www.stmatthewcatholic.org. 7-9 p.m. May 2.
Emotions Anonymous Meeting:
12-Step group for emotional instability. Free. www.namilexington.org/support/family-support-groups/. Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 3307 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-364-1234. 7-8 p.m. May 2.
Shalom Park Freedom School’s Spring Fundraiser:
The Shalom Park Freedom School’s spring fundraiser will feature educator James E. Ford, 2014-15 N.C. Teacher of the Year and program director of the Public School Forum of North Carolina. Ford will discuss the life-changing potential of a quality education for at-risk children, and the critical importance of a high-quality education. $10 advance; $15 day of event. Levine Jewish Community Center, 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-5007. www.charlottejcc.org. 7 p.m. May 3.
National Day of Prayer:
Calvary Church invites the community to participate in the National Day of Prayer in the Calvary Chapel. Join with believers here as they unite with others across the country to humbly pray, asking God for spiritual healing and renewal for our nation. All are welcome to drop in at any time throughout the day to pray. Calvary Church, 5801 Pineville – Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-543-1200. 7 a.m.-7 p.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 on May 5, 11:15 am, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. For details, contact the group at 866-213-9183, newfriendsofcarolina.com or visit us at facebook.com. newfriendsofcarolina.com. Matthews Womens Club Services, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. 11:15 a.m. May 5.
SquashEmpower Festival of Squash:
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. Play starts at 3 pm each day and spectators are welcome. $10-$20. Charlotte Squash Club, 5660-C International Drive, Charlotte. 704-578-5677. charlottesquash.com. 3-8 p.m. April 27.
CHAMP Sports Spring Youth Leagues:
CHAMP offers soccer, flag football, T-ball, coach pitch baseball, minor league baseball, and karate. Registration is now open for Calvary Church’s popular CHAMP Sports recreational youth leagues. Calvary Church, 5801 Pineville – Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-543-1200. April 27.
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. 5-6 p.m. May 1.
Talks & Readings
Timothy Boyce’s introduction frames the diary beautifully, setting the diary years into the larger picture of Nansen’s life with just the right balance between the private and the public. Free. www.parkroadbooks.com. Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-525-9239. www.parkroadbooks.com. 7 p.m. April 28.
Reading and signing:
“Maritime Mystery” is a compelling collection of linked short stories by Lucy Daniels. In the book, she illuminates both the beauty of the North Carolina coast and the complexity of the people who own and inhabit it. Free. Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-525-9239. www.parkroadbooks.com. 7-9 p.m. April 29.
What Does Islam Look Like?:
What you know about Islam, its texts, holy places, history, and people, will be deepened by attending this upcoming series of classes. The classes will be taught by . Marcy Goldstein of the Religious Studies department at UNC-Charlotte. $36; free for Temple Israel members. Temple Israel, 4901 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-362-2796. www.templeisraelinc.org. 7-8:30 p.m. May 4.