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Ballantyne

Today: The weekend retro film series at Ballantyne Village Theatre continues today with “Purple Rain.” Regular tickets: $5; reserved leather seats: $7. Details: www.bvtheatre.com.

Saturday: The 521 Recreation Center's dog training class begins. The six-week series includes basic and intermediate obedience, and costs $110. The center is at 11401 Ardrey Kell Road. Details: 704-540-2426.

Matthews

Matthews Alive! continues in downtown Matthews today, noon-9 p.m., and Monday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday is the 18th annual Matthews Auto and Motorcycle Classic on Matthews Station Street. Registration is at 8 a.m.; awards, 3 p.m. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-847-4411. Visit www.matthewschamber.com, select Chamber Events.

Mint Hill

The Mint Hill Farmers Market at the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village continues 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through September. 7601 Matthews-Mint Hill Road. Information: 704-573-0726.

Pineville

Thursday: The Pineville Art Guild will meet 7-9 p.m. at The Hut, 413 Johnston Drive, Pineville. Ingrid Schornstadt will talk about “Art from a Gallery Perspective.”

Friday: The Civic and Cultural Arts Center of Pineville, 314 Main St. (next to the Persian Rug House) is celebrating its Grand Opening 7-10 p.m. Students from South Mecklenburg High School, Community House Middle School and Pineville Elementary will display art. Information: www.pinevilleartcenter.com or 704-609-0025.

Arboretum area

Providence Spring Elementary is one of 23 schools nationwide to receive money from the Sprint Ahead for Education Grant Program. The $5,000 grant will help teach citizenship, courage, hope, responsibility and other good character traits. The grant also will pay for instructional and visual materials for teachers.

Steele Creek

The Steele Creek Library is hosting “Lap Lovers” on Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. for babies and families. Visit with other babies and caregivers for 30 minutes of simple rhymes and sharing of books.

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