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Christine Song hits out of a sand trap during the 2015 Symetra Classic at Raintree Country Club. This year’s event begins’ May 13.
Christine Song hits out of a sand trap during the 2015 Symetra Classic at Raintree Country Club. This year’s event begins’ May 13. DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteo

Please submit your event information online. Go to events.charlotteobserver.com and click on “Add Event.” The submission deadline for print is two weeks in advance of the event date.

Art

Art Blossoming:

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. There will be a Meet the Artists reception 5-8 p.m. May 14. 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.-9 p.m. May 11-20.

Girls Night Out:

Unwind during a creative evening with guided art instruction. Enjoy refreshments while creating a beautiful floral painting. $40. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com. 7-9 p.m. May 20.

Jean McLaughlin, Director of Penland:

Jean McLaughlin, Director of Penland School of Crafts, Penland N.C. presents: Innovators: New Work from Penland Instructors and Resident Artists. Included in museum admission. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. May 20

Music

Melonbelly:

Free. Ballantyne Village, 14825 Ballantyne Village Way, Charlotte. ballantynevillage.com. 6 p.m. May 11

The Creation Project:

The Creation Project Our Chancel Choir is collaborating with UMAR Art Centers in the area for a concert and silent art auction to benefit UMAR. The choir along with a 36 piece orchestra will present Franz J. Haydn’s oratorio “The Creation” at 4 p.m. on May 15 in Jubilee Hall. Seven commissioned pieces of artwork representing the seven days of creation will be on display in the upstairs lobby beginning May 11 through the concert. People are encouraged to place bids on the artwork for sale and then hopefully donate them to the church to be placed on permanent display. Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Road, Charlotte. 704-376-8584. www.mpumc.org. 4-5:30 p.m. May. 15

Special Event

Lupus Foundation Support Group - Central Charlotte:

This group provides participants with an opportunity to receive introductory information about lupus, encourage the expression of concerns, provide an opportunity to share experiences, encourage and support positive coping strategies, and emphasize the importance of medical treatment. Free. Myers Park Presbyterian Church Outreach Center, 1073 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-927-1284. wellness.myersparkpres.org. 1-2:30 p.m. May 11

Lupus Foundation Support Group:

This group provides participants with an opportunity to receive introductory information about lupus, encourage the expression of concerns, provide an opportunity to share experiences, encourage and support positive coping strategies, and emphasize the importance of medical treatment. Meeting programs vary from guest speakers to DVD presentations and open group discussion. Free. www.lupusnc.org. Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Pl., Charlotte. 704-376-3695. www.myersparkpres.org. 1-2:30 p.m. May 11

BeachFest Matthews:

Annual Carolina beach music festival in Matthews with bands on stage each day, a full carnival, kids’ inflatable village, arts and crafts vendors, Sponsor/Exhibitor Row, and the Cruisin’ Car Show. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-847-4411. www.matthewsnc.com. 6:30-10 p.m. May 13

Movies on the Lawn: Kicking and Screaming:

Each Friday in May (with the exception of May 27), Mint Hill will present Movies on the Lawn which are sport-centric. Arrive at 7 p.m. prior to the movie for kid friendly activities. The film “Kicking and Screaming” will be screened. Free. Mint Hill town hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane, Mint Hill. 704-545-9726. www.minthill.com. 7-10 p.m. May 13

Matthews Food Truck Fridays:

The community food truck rally hosted by 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. For more information visit www.matthewsfun.com or the Facebook page below. Free. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-847-4411. www.matthewsnc.com. 5-9 p.m. May 13

Bilingual Stories & Music:

These fun, interactive bilingual (Spanish/English) mornings incorporate music, plays, and stories geared specially for families with children ages 0-6. All families interested in raising bilingual and globally-minded children are welcome. $5 up to six family members; members free. www.mintmuseum.org/happenings/916/bilingual-storiesmusic-2/. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. May 14

SandyFeet 5K Trail Run:

The annual SandyFeet 5K trail run benefits the Greater Matthews Habitat for Humanity’s mission to provide affordable housing to the Matthews, Mint Hill, & Stalling communities. Registration is $35 and the day of the race will be $40. Colonel Francis Beatty Park, 4330 Weddington Rd, Matthews. 704-643-5725. www.charmeck.org. 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. May 14

Second Saturday Divorce Workshop:

This women-only class addresses the legal, financial, and personal issues of a divorce in a logical, yet compassionate way. Trained professionals guide workshop participants to a greater understanding of the confusing divorce process. $45. secondsaturdaycharlotte.com. YWCA, 3420 Park Rd, Charlotte. 704-525-5770. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. May 14

AWANA Clubs:

$10 registration fee. Clear Creek Baptist Church, 9015 Ferguson Road, Mint Hill.. 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 15

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. St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., Charlotte. www.stmatthewcatholic.org. 7-9 p.m. May 16

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 16

GriefShare:

Losing your spouse, a parent, or a child can be devastating, and dealing with the grief is sometimes tougher than anticipated. Based on a Christian worldview, GriefShare explores the impact of personal grief spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, and physically. This class is open to the community. Please register in advance at www.calvarychurch.com. Calvary Church, 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-543-1200. 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 16

An Evening of Poetry & Music/Una Noche de Poesia Y Musica:

An evening of poetry and music performances by local poets and musicians celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at the Mint Museum. Sponsor: The Latino Initiative is generously sponsored by the Duke Energy Foundation. Free. www.mintmuseum.org/happenings/926/an-evening-of-poetry-and-music-2/. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org. 7 p.m. May 18.

Movies on the Lawn: Hoosiers:

Each Friday in May (with the exception of May 27), Mint Hill will present Movies on the Lawn which are sport-centric. The classic sports film “Hoosiers” will be screened. Mint Hill town hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane, Mint Hill. 704-545-9726. www.minthill.com. 7-10 p.m. May 20

Sports

CHAMP Sports Spring Youth Leagues:

CHAMP offers soccer, flag football, T-ball, coach pitch baseball, minor league baseball, and karate. Registration is open for recreational youth leagues. CHAMP Sports Outreach is open for communitywide participation. Calvary Church, 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-543-1200. May 11

LPGA’s Symetra Classic:

144 of the world’s best female professional golfers compete. Come see the stars of Golf Channel’s Big Break and local favorites compete over three days for a $150,000 purse. $10 per day; children free with paying adult. www.lpgacharlotte.com. Raintree Country Club, 8600 Raintree Lane, Charlotte. 704-542-8150. www.raintreecountryclub.com. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. May 13

Pickleball:

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 15

Talks & Readings

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. $36; free for Temple Israel members. Temple Israel, 4901 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-362-2796. www.templeisraelinc.org. 7-8:30 p.m. May 11

Mariah Burne: Flye on the Wall:

North Carolina author Mariah Burne will read from her first book, the young adult novel “Flye on the Wall,” and sign patrons’ copies. Free. www.kingmanrow.com. Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-525-9239. www.parkroadbooks.com. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 14

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