South Charlotte

Christmas tree lighting, EmbellishMINT and more!

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Dec. 1

Wolf Kahn: The Early Years:

Jerald Melberg Gallery will present an exhibition of early works dating between 1950-1970 by the distinguished American landscape painter, Wolf Kahn. There will be more than 50 paintings and pastels from this period starting today. 10 a.m. Dec. 1-4, 6-11, 13-17. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, 704-365-3000, www.jeraldmelberg.com.

Mary Cassatt's Madame X: A Masterpiece from the Charlotte and Philip Hanes Collection:

The Mint Museum has organized a spotlight exhibition of Mary Cassatt, the only American invited to exhibit with the French Impressionists and the first artist from this country to adopt their groundbreaking style and subject matter. The exhibit opens at 10 a.m. on Dec. 1. Members are free, $10 for adults, $5 for children 5-17, $8 for seniors and students, free for children under 5. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, 704-337-2000, www.mintmuseum.org.

The 2nd Annual Red Pump/Red Tie Affair:

The Red Pump/Red Tie Affair is a benefit for The Red Pump Project, a national initiative to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. This year's gala will be a fashion-themed cocktail party, serving heavy hors d'oeuvres, with live music and entertainment, a silent auction, an art showcase and a "Rock The Red" mini-runway show. Interested in sponsoring this event, e-mail Dany Eason at dany@jswmediagroup.com. 7 p.m. $45 in advance, $60 at the door. The Historic Palmer Building, 2601 E. Seventh St., 704-331-4737, www.thepalmerbuilding.com.

Dec. 2

Adult Exercise Classes:

Area residents can enjoy adult exercise classes that are held 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.

Dec. 3

Meditation and Relaxation:

Begin your day with gentle movement and stillness. Classes will begin with seated movement before meditating and practicing "yoga nidra," a deep relaxation. 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 3, 10, 17. Cost is $10 per class for series; $12 for drop in. Covenant Presbyterian Recreation, 1000 E. Morehead St., Charlotte. 704-334-7491. www.nancynicholsonyogatherapy.com.

Christmas Tree Sale at St. Stephen UMC:

The annual Ron Robinson Christmas Tree Sale will support the St. Stephen United Methodist Church youth programs, including financial assistance to help students participate in the Appalachian Service Project. 1 p.m. Dec. 3; 9 a.m. Dec. 4; 11 a.m. Dec. 5. St. Stephen United Methodist Church, 6800 Sardis Road, Charlotte. 704-351-4851, 704-364-1824, www.ststephenumc.net.

First Friday: EmbellishMINT:

First Fridays is an ongoing evening event series at the new Mint Museum Uptown. Enjoy live entertainment, gallery tours, hands-on art activities, cash bar and more. Buy tickets online. 6 p.m. Free for members, $10 for nonmembers. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 South Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.

Stallings Christmas Tree Lighting:

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting with entertainment and a visit from Santa. Free refreshments. 6:30 p.m. Free. Stallings Municipal Park, 322 Stallings Road, Stallings. 704-821-3011. www.stallingsnc.org.

Dec. 4

Zumba Jingle Jangle:

Come dance in a Zumba class and help the Charlotte Christmas Toy Store, which collects toys for inner-city families to purchase at a discount and raises funds for local communities. Bring a new or gently-used toy to donate and attend class for free. 11 a.m. Energy Sports & Fitness, 2408 Sardis Road North, Charlotte. 704-321-3488.

Dec. 5

Perfectly Pink Tea with Mrs. Claus:

Celebrate the holidays with all things girly at this year's Tea with Mrs. Claus honoring Ellie Potvin, a girl who lost her battle with pediatric cancer earlier this year. This pink tea will include sweet treats, crafts and story time. Children are encouraged to wear their holiday best or favorite princess dress. Ten percent of the proceeds will benefit the Lift Up Foundation, dedicated to supporting families fighting pediatric cancer. 2 p.m. $40 for children; $20 for adults. The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. 704-248-4000, 704-248-4100.

Mind & Meditation Session:

In the "Mind & Meditation" is presented by The Art of Living Foundation, an international nonprofit active in 144 countries around the world. 3 p.m. Free. Earth Fare Supermarket, 12235 N. Community House Road. 704-248-2647.

Children's Choirs:

Children ages 3 - fifth grade will meet on Sunday afternoons for a time of fun with music. Dec. 5, 12, 19. Free. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.

Providence UMC Christmas Concert:

Providence UMC Chancel Choir, accompanied by harp, guitar, flute, oboe and marimba, will present music for the Christmas season including traditional carols at 7 p.m. Free. Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road, 704-366-2823. Dec. 6

Chair Yoga:

Pineville United Methodist Church offers area residents chair yoga classes in the gym of the Crossroads Center. Walk-ins are welcome. 10 a.m. Dec. 6, 13. Free. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.

Floor Yoga Classes:

Pineville United Methodist Church offers floor yoga classes to area residents at the gym of the Crossroads Center. 5:45 p.m. Dec. 6, 13. ;$3. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.

Charlotte Garden Club:

Haskell Eargle, nationally-known floral designer, will present a demonstration program on Christmas Decorations at 7 p.m. Free. Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-236-5275. www.charlottegardenclub.org.

Claim the Hope of the Holidays:

"Quiet Christmas" is a service for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one this year. 7 p.m., Free. Harrison United Methodist Church, 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. 704-541-3463. www.harrisonumc.org.

Dec. 7

Cognitive Skills Seminar:

The Brain Trainer will be hosting a free cognitive skills seminar. At the completion of the seminar parents will have answers as to why their child may have difficulties with dyslexia and reading and ways to make positive changes. The Brain Trainer, 11030 Golf Links Drive, Charlotte. 704-541-1373. www.thebrain-trainer.com.

Safety Awareness Seminar:

Energy Sports & Fitness and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will host this safety awareness seminar, which is open to the public. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 11:30 a.m. Dec. 8. Free. Energy Sports & Fitness, 2408 Sardis Road North, Charlotte. 704-321-3488.

Dec. 8

The Sights of Christmas:

"Sights of Christmas" is a family event with movie clips and dialogue. Free. Child care is available. To reserve childcare, 704-541-3463. Harrison United Methodist Church, 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. 704-541-3463. www.harrisonumc.org.

Dec. 10

BABC 2010 Annual Christmas Luncheon:

The British American Business Council of North Carolina invites the public to join the board and celebrate the season with a British-style luncheon. To become a member of the BABC or learn about events scheduled for 2010-2011, visit www.BABCNC.com. 11:30 a.m. Myers Park Country Club, 2415 Roswell Ave. , Charlotte.

Family Game Night:

The Brain Trainer is hosting a family game night. These games work to enhance skills such as processing speed, attention, memory, logic and reasoning and visual and auditory processing. For information or to RSVP call 704-541-1373 or e-mail Angela@thebraintrainer.com. Free. The Brain Trainer, 11030 Golf Links Drive, 704-541-1373. www.thebrain-trainer.com.

"A Christmas Carol":

Adapted by John Jakes from the novel by Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol" captures the magic and mystique of the original. 7 p.m. Dec. 10, 11, 16-18; 2:30 p.m., Dec. 11, 12, 18-19. $7 - $20. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road, Charlotte. 704-376-3777. www.theatrecharlotte.org.

"Deck The Halls":

The Holiday Musical Revue will be performed by the Matthews Playhouse School of Theatre Training students. $6. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10-11; 2 p.m., Dec. 11. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343. www.matthewsplayhouse.com.

Red Clay Ramblers:

North Carolina's Tony Award-winning string band, The Red Clay Ramblers, were formed as a traditional string band in North Carolina in 1972. 8 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., 704-358-9200. www.visulite.com.

Dec. 11

Charlotte ART collective Holiday Art Show:

The Charlotte Art Collective's Holiday Show and Sale returns to the Dilworth and Freedom Park. For a sample of the work, www.charlotteartcollective.com. 10 a.m. Free. Community Hall Avondale Presbyterian, 2821 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-364-0961.

Live Nativity:

Come experience Christmas at a Live Nativity, offered as a gift to Charlotte by the children and youth of Quail Hollow Presbyterian Church. This event is held on the front lawn of the church. 6 p.m. Dec. 11-12. Free. Quail Hollow Presbyterian Church, 8801 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-554-5714.

Dec. 15

Sounds of Christmas:

"Sounds of Christmas" will be evening of caroling in local neighborhoods, starting in Hammill Hall. Free. Child care is available by calling 704-541-3463. Harrison United Methodist Church, 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. 704-541-3463. www.harrisonumc.org.

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