South Charlotte

"Fire and Fiber," book clubs and more!

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Jan. 12

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 fascinating period. 10 a.m. Jan. 12-15, 17-22, 24-28.Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

Third Annual Pint for Pounds with Second Harvest:

Donate blood or sponsor a blood drive with Community Blood Center of the Carolinas. For each donation in January and February, CBCC will donate 6 pounds of food to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. Donate at one of three CBCC donation centers or at one of CBCC's many mobile blood drives. Times vary, so call for donation times or visit www.cbcc.us/donate. For businesses, civic organizations and churches interested in hosting a blood drive with CBCC, call Jennifer Teague at 704-972-4709 for more information. 10 a.m. Jan. 12-26. Free. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us/donate.

Landlord Association monthly meeting:

Come learn about the most up-to-date information necessary for landlords. Stay informed of the current laws and regulations even if you have a property management company managing your properties. 6 p.m. Free for members, $15 visitors. Metrolina Real Estate Investors Association (REIA), 122 W. Woodlawn Road, Charlotte. 704-523-1570. www.metrolinareia.org.

Mint Hill Arts "Fire and Fiber" Show:

This fiber arts show will feature works by local quilt groups, potters and Mint Hill Arts members. The show will include batiks, weavings, tie-dyes, quilts, rugs, stitchery, ceramics and pottery. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Feb. 3. Free. 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill. www.minthillarts.org.

Jan. 13

Rea Road Readers Book Club:

Join us for a discussion of "Let the Great World Spin" by Column McCann. The discussion will be led by a staff member. 10:15 a.m. South County Regional Library, 5801 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-416-6600.

Mystery Readers Book Club:

It's "Choose Your Own Title" month. Be prepared to discuss a mystery title you have chosen. 6:30 p.m. South County Regional Library, 5801 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-416-6600.

Acting Classes using "Method" Technique:

Acting & Scene Study using "Method" techniques. Class meets on Thursdays for 25 weeks starting Sept. 16. Class includes relaxation, sense memory, improv. voice and movement, followed by scene study. Intense study for those wishing to pursue a professional career in acting or directing. 7:45 p.m. $15 per session. Enrichment Arts Acting Program, 8300 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-849-2025. www.corlinproductions.com

Jan. 15

Kid Lit for Adults:

Join us for an informal book discussion on the life and works of Allen Say. 10 a.m. South County Regional Library, 5801 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-416-6600.

Chicken Day at Charlotte Nature Museum:

Join Charlotte Nature Museum for Chicken Day. Meet live species of this domesticated animal that is a popular pet and food source. The event will include a special craft and story time. 10 a.m. Free with Museum admission. Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte. 704-372-6261. www.charlottenaturemuseum.org.

PAWS Awhile to Read:

Sign-up to read 15 minutes with our trained therapy dogs. 1 p.m. Free. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us.

A Tribute to the Three Kings of Music: A Dance Showcase:

We are pleased to present a ballroom dance tribute to three of the greatest influences on music: Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson. We will have more than 40 performances, each set to a song by one of these three legendary musicians. The show will be held at The Charlotte Scottish Rite on Providence Road, tickets are now on sale. The first 100 ticket holders will receive a free entry to our after party held at Metropolitan Ballroom. 8 p.m. $20 pre-ordered, $25 at the door. Metropolitan Ballroom, 2935 Providence Road Suite 200, Charlotte. 704-364-1871. www.metropolitan-ballroom.com.

Jan. 18

English as a Second Language Classes:

Pineville United Methodist Church offers residents instruction in the English language and provides important community information. Open to immigrants and internationals in the south Charlotte area who need to learn the basics of the English language or want to improve their English speaking and writing skills. Walk-ins welcome. 9:30 a.m. $20 (refundable after six consecutive classes). Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.

Watercolor in the Garden with Janis Schnieder:

Using the garden in bloom as inspiration, explore color, paint, brushes and paper in an expressive and experimental way to gain confidence in and knowledge of the medium. This course is intended to be looser than traditional botanical painting yet based on floral subject matter. Students can work in any way they desire, from tight to loose and from realistic to abstract. 1:30 p.m. Jan. 18, 25; Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1, 8. ;$250. The Elizabeth Lawrence House and Garden at Wing Haven, 348 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Purifying and Rebuilding Your Body:

With the New Year off to a brand new beginning, it's a great time to start over. Set new goals. Break bad habits. Resolve to become healthier. Attend our free lecture to learn about our Purification Program, losing weight, gaining energy and achieving optimum health. Attend and receive a discount to purchase your personal cleanse, detox and nutritional program. Start 2011 off right and eliminate toxins in your body. Light refreshments will be served. 6 p.m. Free. Weddington Chiropractic Wellness Center, 13655 Providence Road, Weddington. 704-847-7200. www.weddingtonwellness.com.

Jan. 20

Real Estate Investors Association Monthly Meeting:

Educational events providing information on every aspect of real estate investing. 6 p.m. Members free, $15 visitors. The Hilton Executive Park Hotel, 5624 Westpark Drive, Charlotte. 704-523-1570. www.metrolinareia.org.

Jan. 25

How Two People Can Build a Garden and Remain Friends:

Jasmin and Peter Gentling have spent 40 years resurrecting a 15-acre wooded hillside that includes a house and garden more than 100 years old in Asheville. The Gentlings have worked together and not always harmoniously to create what is a well-established garden. The garden has evolved from travel, argument and dialogue, as well as trial and error. 9:30 a.m. $20. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Mint Hill Arts "Fire and Fiber" Guest Lecture:

As part of the Fire and Fiber show, Mint Hill Arts will host award-winning fiber artists Linda Stegall and Nancy Cook for a special presentation. 7 p.m. Free. 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill. www.minthillarts.org.

Beginning Beekeeping School:

Learn about honeybees and how to take care of your own beehive. Find out how to harvest your own honey. Eight weeks beginning Jan. 25. 7 p.m. $50. Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-358-8075. www.meckbees.org.

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