South Charlotte

Garden Scavenger Hunt, Sandy Feet 5K and more!

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April 27

Shoe Drive for Jacob's Ladder Job Center:

The Paul Simon Company is helping Jacob's Ladder Job Center 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) and 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 two A Perfect Fit clothing boutiques. 9 a.m. April 27-30. Paul Simon Co., 4300 Sharon Road, 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 27-30. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us.

Multiple Myeloma Patient Program:

Join us for a live educational event on multiple myeloma with questions answered by a specialist and guest speakers. 6 p.m. Free. Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark Hotel, 5501 Carnegie Blvd., Charlotte. 704-501-2510. RenaissanceCharlotteSouthPark.com.

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 speaking with fans. 6:30 p.m. $28 for adults, $18 for children. Carmel Country Club, 4735 Carmel Road, Charlotte. 704-542-2454. www.carmelcountryclub.org.

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.

April 28

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.

Garden Scavenger Hunt:

Wing Haven is a great place to have a scavenger hunt. There is a lot to look for and see throughout the gardens. Join us 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.

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 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

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 and Family Fun Day. Following the run, you will have the opportunity to enjoy games, music, food, various vendors and fun for everyone. 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. McAlpine Creek Park, 8711 Monroe Road, Charlotte. 704-568-4044.

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.

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

11 a.m. $40. Symphony Park at SouthPark, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. www.awolcharlotte.com.

The Metropolitan Opera: II Trovatore:

A warrior named Manrico has conflicts with Count di Luna. 1 p.m. Regal Cinemas Stonecrest at Piper Glen, 7824 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-540-7558.

May 1

Cinco de Mayo Fanta Festival:

The Latin American Coalition and Coca-Cola are coming together for a forth 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.

May 2

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. May 2; 9:30 a.m. May 3. $20 (includes book, refundable after six consecutive classes). Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.

May 5

"Race to Nowhere":

A concerned mother turned filmmaker aims her camera at the high-stakes, high-pressure culture that has invaded our schools and our children's lives. "Race to Nowhere" is a call to action for families, educators and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens. 9 a.m. St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. 704-543-7677. www.stmatthewcatholic.org.

May 6

Alive After Five:

Alive After Five is a free weekly happy hour concert and social event. 5 p.m. Piedmont Town Center, 4725 Piedmont Row Drive, Charlotte. www.aliveafterfives.com.

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