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"Pint for a Night":
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is hosting a two-month campaign called "Pint for a Night" to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. For each blood donation in March and April, CBCC will make a financial contribution to RMH of Charlotte. Donate blood at one of CBCC's three donation centers or at a community blood drive - visit www.cbcc.us/donate for more information. 10 a.m. Free. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us.
Robert Kushner: Flora Dreams:
Jerald Melberg Gallery presents Flora Dreams, an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Robert Kushner. Kushner emerged on the American art scene in the early 1970s and quickly became known for his richly textured and opulent paintings. Since the late 1980s his artistic focus has been centered around flowers and plant forms. 10 a.m. April 6-9. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.
The Metropolitan Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor Encore:
An innocent young woman is driven to madness. 6:30 p.m. Regal Cinemas Stonecrest at Piper Glen, 7824 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-540-7558.
Adult Exercise Classes:
Pineville United Methodist Church offers area residents adult exercise classes in the gym of the Crossroads Center. Walk-ins welcome. 9 a.m. $3. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.
Basic Computer Skills Class:
Our Basic Computer Skills Class is a beginner's course. In this class, the fundamentals of using a computer will be presented. 10 a.m. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us.
"Beauty and the Beast":
Charlotte Christian upper school students will present Disney's "Beauty and the Beast." This family favorite tells the tale of Belle and the adventure that awaits her when she enters the enchanted castle to save her father. 7 p.m. April 7-9. $7-10, available at www.carolinatix.org or at the door. Charlotte Christian School, 7301 Sardis Road, Charlotte. 704-366-5657. www.charlottechristian.com.
Gospel Fit Dance:
The choreographed intervals include high and low impacts of tae-bo, kickboxing and Latin dance moves. Free trial session every Tuesday; one free session per person. 7:30 p.m. $6. J'adore Ballroom, 508 Griffith Road, Charlotte. 704-905-8678. www.gospelfitdance.com.
Joy Prom 2011:
The Joy Prom is a full-scale prom for people with special needs in our community. The evening will include a dessert buffet, photo sessions, more. This event is designed for people ages 16 and older1 p.m. Carmel Baptist Church, 1145 Pineville-Matthews Road, Matthews. 704-847-8575. www.carmelbaptist.org.
Jane Seymour: A One Woman Show:
Award-winning actress Jane Seymour makes a special appearance at Wentworth Gallery at SouthPark mall in honor of a showcase of her art including original oils, acrylic and watercolor paintings as well as limited edition artwork. All works are available for purchase. 7 p.m. April 8-9. Free. RSVP by calling 704-365-2733. Wentworth Gallery, SouthPark mall, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-365-2733. www.wentworthgallery.com.
Performed by the Senior Musical Theatre Company, "Zombie Prom" is the story of Jonny Warner, an orphan from the wrong side of the tracks who has transferred to a new school. When Jonny's girlfriend is forced by her parents to break up with him, Jonny dives into the nuclear plant, located right next door to the school. When Jonny returns to school as a nuclear teenage zombie, a can of worms is opened that will change the students and teachers of Enrico Fermi High School forever. 8 p.m. April 8-9; 2 p.m. April 10.$10. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343. www.matthewsplayhouse.com.
Matthews Rotary Club Spaghetti Dinner and Raffle:
Dinner will include spaghetti with a choice of meat or meatless sauce, salad, bread, cookies and iced tea. Wine will be available for $5. No reservation is necessary and take-out is available. The evening will also include a raffle and entertainment provided by local musicians. Proceeds will benefit the Matthews Rotary Club and other community organizations. 5-8 p.m. $7 for dinner. Levine Senior Center, 1050 DeVore Drive, Matthews. www.matthewsrotary.org.
Ask a Master Gardener:
Look for Extension Master Gardeners in the GreeneryShed to answer your gardening questions about soil. Learn about Piedmont soil types and how to build healthy soil for healthy plants; free soil test kits available on request. 7:30 a.m. Regional Farmers Market Greenery Shed, Yorkmont Road, Charlotte. 704-336-4011. www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org.
The Metropolitan Opera: Le Comte Ory:
A nobleman's plan to woo a countess goes awry. 1 p.m. Regal Cinemas Stonecrest at Piper Glen, 7824 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-540-7558.
Ladies Tea & Tour at the Billy Graham Library:
Enjoy a tea party with friends, special musical entertainment and be uplifted by our guest speaker, Gigi Graham, Billy Graham's daughter. An exclusive guided library tour is available prior to and following the tea. For information or to make a reservation, call 70-401-3251 or email email@example.com. Seating is limited. 2 p.m. $25 per person. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3251. www.BillyGrahamLibrary.org.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous:
Food Addicts is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience and mutual support, are recovering from the disease of food addiction. 10:15 a.m. Free. Anuvia Prevention & Recovery Center, 100 Billingsley Road, Charlotte. 704-348-1569. www.foodaddicts.org.
Microsoft Office 2003 Publisher I:
Our Microsoft Publisher 2003 class is a course designed to teach the user how to create professional publications. 1:30 p.m. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us.
Women's Bible Study:
Pineville United Methodist Church invites area women to attend Experiencing God, a 13-week Bible study by Henry Blackaby that explores the will of God for our lives and how it's revealed. 5 p.m. $16. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.
Pineville United Methodist Church offers area residents chair yoga classes in the gym of the Crossroads Center. 10 a.m. Free. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.
Pineville United Methodist Church offers area residents floor yoga classes in the gym of the Crossroads Center. Walk-ins welcome. 5:45 p.m. $3. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.
English as a Second Language Classes:
Latino and other international residents instruction offered in the English language. Also provides important community information. We welcome those 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 to ESL classes. 6 p.m. April 11, 9:30 a.m. April 12. $20 (includes book, refundable after six consecutive classes). Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.
Leah Chester-Davis and Toby Bost Book Signing:
Leah Chester-Davis founded Extension's Successful Gardener, a newsletter published to address the high demand for gardening information across the state. Toby Bost, extension agent and acclaimed garden-book author, joined her team. The Successful Gardener Guide: North Carolina is a compilation of the best material from the Extension's Successful Gardener newsletter. Novice and expert gardeners alike will find useful information in this book's six color-coded, easy-to-reference chapters. 6 p.m. Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-525-9239. www.parkroadbooks.com.
Spring Plant Sale and Garden Gift Shop:
Wing Haven's Nursery Shop has plants, tools and gifts for your garden and home. We have a selection of plants, unusual shrubs, antique roses, herbs, perennials, native plants, groundcovers, bulbs and more. Our volunteers can give you plenty of advice on how to make them flourish. All proceeds benefit Wing Haven. Free programs to help you improve your garden each day at 10:30 a.m. No registration required. 10 a.m. April 13-16. Free. Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.
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 $15. Metrolina Real Estate Investors Association (REIA), 122 W. Woodlawn Road, Charlotte. 704-523-1570. www.metrolinareia.org.
Internet Basics Computer Class:
Our Internet Basics class will show the user how to get access to the Internet using Internet Explorer 7. 10 a.m. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us.
Step out against a chronic illness affecting 400,000 Americans, 8,000 of whom live in the Carolinas. Walk 2-4 miles to raise money and awareness to help people with multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable disease affecting the nervous system for which there is no cure. Strollers and leashed pets welcome. Last year's event drew 1,500 participants and raised $205,000 to fight MS. 8:30 a.m. Free. Symphony Park at SouthPark, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-525-5906. www.carolinaswalkMS.org.
The Garden Club of Weddington will hold a plant sale in the parking lot of Siler Presbyterian Church in Wesley Chapel. The proceeds go to community projects. 10 a.m. Siler Presbyterian Church, 6301 Weddington Monroe Road, Matthews. 704-821-7445. www.gardenclubofweddington.com.
Microsoft Office 2003 Word II Class:
Our Microsoft Office 2003 Word II Class will build on what the users learned in our Word I Class. 5 p.m. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us.