South Charlotte

Bunny Bash, BeachFest and more!

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April 20

Shoe Drive for Jacob's Ladder Job Center:

The Paul Simon Company is helping Jacob's Ladder Job Center, Inc. clients put their best foot forward. Between April 14-30, customers who donate a gently used pair of men's or women's shoes to either Paul Simon Co. men's store in Myers Park (1027 Providence Road) or The Village at SouthPark (4300 Sharon Road) will receive $35 off a new pair of Allen Edmonds shoes purchased at these locations. All donated shoes will be contributed to Jacob's Ladder's "A Perfect Fit" clothing boutiques. 9 a.m. April 20-30. Paul Simon Co., Park South Station Blvd, Charlotte. 704-366-4523. www.paulsimonco.com.

"Pint for a Night":

The 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 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. April 20-30. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us.

April 21

Open Mike Night:

The Rachel Giblin Teen Center will host an Open Mike Night series. Whether you are an experienced group that loves to play in front of people or a musician who wants to try something new, talk with the Teen Center staff to reserve your time slot. Free for YMCA members; guest fee applies to nonmembers. 7 p.m. Morrison YMCA, 9405 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte.

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.

Real Estate Investors Association Meeting:

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

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.

April 23

Bunny Bash:

Come enjoy a day of activities including crafts, energy-burning fun and even prizes. 10 a.m. Free. Promenade on Providence Shopping Center, 10822 Providence Road, Charlotte. www.promenadeonprovidence.com.

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 Rd., Charlotte. 704-348-1569. www.foodaddicts.org.

The Metropolitan Opera: Capriccio:

Strauss' wise and worldly meditation on art and life. 1 p.m. Regal Cinemas Stonecrest at Piper Glen, 7824 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-540-7558.

April 25

Chair Yoga:

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.

Floor Yoga:

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:

We welcome those in south Charlotte who need to learn the basics of the English language or want to improve their English speaking and writing skills. 6 p.m. $20 (includes book, refundable after six consecutive classes). Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.

April 26

English as a Second Language Classes:

Pineville United Methodist Church offers instruction in the English language and provides important community information. Open to those 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.

Microsoft Office 2003 Excel I:

Our Microsoft Office 2003 Excel I Class is a course designed to teach patrons the basic tools for using Excel, a spreadsheet-based software. 3 p.m. Free. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Microsoft Office 2003 Excel II:

Our Microsoft Office 2003 Excel II Class will build on what the patrons learned in the Excel I Class. 5 p.m. Free. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us.

April 27

Mix at Six

Enjoy live music, drinks and time with friends at this outdoor concert series featuring the Victor James Band. 6 p.m. Free. VIP tickets, which include complimentary beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres, are available with proceeds benefiting the Ardrey Kell High School Band Booster Club. Ballantyne Village, 14825 Ballantyne Village Way, Charlotte. 704-369-5007. www.mixatsixballantyne.com.

Multiple Myeloma Patient Program:

What can you do if you've been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma? Join us for a live educational event with questions answered by a multiple myeloma specialist 6 p.m. Free. Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark Hotel, 5501 Carnegie Blvd., Charlotte. 704-501-2510. www.RenaissanceCharlotteSouthPark.com 866-508-6181.

The Metropolitan Opera: Le Comte Ory Encore:

A nobleman's plan to woo a countess goes awry. 6:30 p.m. Regal Cinemas Stonecrest at Piper Glen, 7824 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-540-7558.

The Wolfpack Club's Coaches Caravan:

N.C. State University's Head Football coach Tom O'Brien, Women's Basketball coach Kelly Harper and Athletics Director Debbie Yow will be attending this caravan stop and speaking with fans. Please RSVP to Alex Browning at ABrowning@1asmc.com or 704-650-0058. 6:30 p.m. April 27. $28 for adults, $18 for children age 12 and younger. Carmel Country Club, 4735 Carmel Road, Charlotte. 704-542-2454. www.carmelcountryclub.org.

April 28

Garden Scavenger Hunt:

Join friends at Wing Haven as we go on a search for different animals that live here. We'll learn where they live and what they like to eat! Ages 4-6. Registration required. 3:45 p.m. $10. Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

April 29

Matthews BeachFest 2011:

Come enjoy a weekend of live music, dancing, carnival rides, children's arts and crafts, boardwalk-style food, corn hole and volleyball tournaments and an arts and crafts show. Music from Ocean Boulevard, Legends of Beach, The Tams, Sea Cruz, Tropic Culture and the Tim Clark Band. For a full schedule of events visit www.beachfestmatthews.com. 6-10 p.m. April 29; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. April 30. Free. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. www.beachfestmatthews.com.

April 30

A.W.O.L. Charlotte Music Festival:

This outdoor music festival will offer activities such as cornhole for cancer, dance competition, freestyle battle, more. The lineup includes Mike Posner, Matt and Kim, Paper Tongues, Simplified, Matrimony, Sugar Glyder, Lucky Five Band and BPL. Charitable partners are Don't Break the Bond and Camp Care. 11 a.m. April 30. $35. Symphony Park at SouthPark, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-972-2000. www.awolcharlotte.com.

Sandy Feet 5K and Fun Run:

As part of BeachFest, the Matthews Civitan Club presents a 5K race and fun run that will benefit the Matthews Free Medical Clinic. The 5K begins at 8 a.m. The free 1K Fun Run will begin at 9 a.m. Online registration available at www.sandyfeet5k.com. $20 before April 26; $25 after April 26. 5K participants will receive a T-shirt. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. www.sandyfeet5k.com.

Running For Ronald 5K Run/Walk:

Join us for the second annual Running for Ronald 5K Run/Walk & Family Fun Day presented by the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. We will run or walk our way through McAlpine Creek Park. Following the run, you will have the opportunity to enjoy games, music, food, various vendors and fun. Included in your registration fee is a 2011 participant T-shirt and access to all the Family Fun Day has to offer. All proceeds from Running for Ronald will support the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte's operating budget, which allows the house to provide housing, food, shelter and support to families of seriously ill or injured children at little or no cost to the families. 7:30 a.m. $25 for adults, $10 for children. McAlpine Creek Park, 8711 Monroe Road, Charlotte. 704-568-4044. www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Parks/Parks+By+Region/East+Park+Region/McAlpinePK.htm.

May 1

Cinco de Mayo Fanta Festival:

The Latin American Coalition and Coca-Cola are coming together for a fourth year to host the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Carolinas. Fanta Festival is a one-day celebration that attracts more than 30,000 people. This event features internationally known musical acts, celebrity appearances, children's games and folk dance performances. An open-air food court has authentic Latin American cuisine and the mercado sells handmade, imported and specialty goods. 11 a.m. Free. McAlpine Creek Park, 8711 Monroe Road, Charlotte. 704-941-2557. www.latinamericancoalition.org.

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