South Charlotte

"Race to Nowhere," Tarheel Trailblazers and more!

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May 4

Mix at Six:

Join us each week for outdoor music, drink specials and fine dining. VIP tickets can be purchased online or at the door for $15 or $100 for a season pass. Proceeds benefit the Ardrey Kell High School Band Booster Club. 6 p.m. Free. www.mixatsixballantyne.com. Ballantyne Village, 14825 John J Delaney Drive, Charlotte. 704-369-5005. www.ballantynevillage.com.

May 5

"Race to Nowhere":

The documentary "Race to Nowhere" points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace; students are disengaged; stress-related illness and depression are rampant; and many young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired. 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. stmatthewcatholic.org.

Adult Exercise Classes:

Pineville United Methodist Church offers area residents adult exercise classes 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.

Free Diabetes Screening:

10 a.m. Kmart, 10500 Centrum Parkway, Pineville. 800-713-3301.

Kid's Bicycle Safety and Educational Rodeo:

Kids Bicycle Safety Rodeos are designed to educate children of all ages about bicycle safety. Bikes for children ages 7 to 12 are provided at the event. A limited supply of free helmets will be given to kids who participate in the rodeos. 4:30 p.m. Free. Mecklenburg County Health Department, 249 Billingsley Road, Charlotte. www.bikecharlotte.org.

Tarheel Trailblazers Meeting:

Come join the Tarheel Trailblazers at Fuel Pizza in Park Road Shopping Center for their monthly social and meeting. The Tarheel Trailblazers are a group of mountain biking enthusiasts that are advocates for trail conservation in the Charlotte area. This is a great place to meet fellow mountain bikers and learn about new trails. 7 p.m. Free. Fuel Pizza, 4267 Park Road, Charlotte. www.bikecharlotte.org.

Teen Open Mic Night:

Whether you are an experienced group that loves to play in front of people or a new musician who wants to try something new, this is a great way to show your talent. Contact the Morrison Family YMCA to reserve your time slot. 7 p.m. Morrison YMCA, 9405 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte. 704-716-4650. www.ymcacharlotte.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.

May 6

Alive After Five:

Alive After Five is a free weekly happy hour concert and social event. The season will kick off with the band Party on the Moon and will continue on Wednesdays thorough June. 5 p.m. Piedmont Town Center, 4725 Piedmont Row Drive, Charlotte. www.aliveafterfives.com.

May 7

Yard Sale:

Household items, holiday decor, electronics, books, plants, baked goods, jewelry, more. 8 a.m. St. Michael the Archangel Anglican Church, 2211 Margaret Wallace Road, Matthews. 704-537-7777. www.stmichaelsanglican.org.

Flapjack Fundraiser:

Come join us for breakfast to benefit Richardson Animal Rescue, located in York, S.C. Richardson Animal Rescue is a nonprofit, publicly funded animal adoption agency dedicated to preserving the sanctity of animal life. 8 a.m. $8. Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, 10921 Carolina Place Parkway., Pineville. 803-628-5084. richardsonrescue.petfinder.com.

The Power Walk for Dress for Success Charlotte:

Ready to lace up those sneakers and walk for a good cause? It's time to register for the first Power Walk for Dress for Success Charlotte. By participating in the walk, you can take an important step toward empowering disadvantaged women to achieve self-sufficiency and overall health and wellness. Sign up at www.dfspowerwalk.org. 8:30 a.m. Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd., Charlotte. 704-525-7706. www.dfspowerwalk.org.

Taste of Tennis -- Free Beginner Classes for Adults:

Do you want to learn to play tennis to get more fit? Come out to our Beginner Tennis Class for Adults. The series is called a Taste of Tennis and it teaches adults the basics of the game. Go to our website to find out more, www.matchmakertennis.com and click on the events calendar. Click the link for the Taste of Tennis class on Saturdays. 10 a.m. Free. Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd., Charlotte. 704-432-4280. 704-443-8668. www.matchmakertennis.com.

Gardener's Garden Tour:

The Wing Haven Gardener's Garden Tour features six private gardens in the Charlotte area plus Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary and the Elizabeth Lawrence Garden. Homeowners will be in their gardens to answer questions. 10 a.m. May 7; 1 p.m. May 8. $30. Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.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 Road, Charlotte. 704-348-1569. www.foodaddicts.org.

Old-Fashioned Mother's Day Luncheon & Fashion Show:

Greater Harvest Ministries presents their 2nd Annual Old-Fashioned Mother's Day Luncheon & Fashion Show. Bring your mother, sister, daughter or friend to share a special day.The menu consists of Southern delicacies. 1 p.m. $20. Greater Harvest Ministries, 648 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Matthews. 704-846-4234. www.greaterharvestonline.org.

May 8

Charlotte Chamber Brass:

Experience the surround sounds of antiphonal works by Gabrieli, Baroque masterpieces by Bach and modern masterworks of the 20th century presented by a full complement of brass instruments. A special Mother's Day reception will follow. 4 p.m. $8-$12, free for children. St. Ann Catholic Church, 3635 Park Rd., Charlotte. 704-523-4641. www.StAnnCharlotte.org.

May 9

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.

Kids Bicycle Safety and Educational Rodeo:

Kids Bicycle Safety Rodeos are designed to educate children of all ages about bicycle safety. Bikes for children ages 7 to 12 are provided at the event. A limited supply of helmets will be given to kids who participate in the rodeos. Not recommend for kids on training wheels. 5:30 p.m. Free. BikeSource, 4301-A Park Road, Charlotte. www.bikecharlotte.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.

May 10

Planting a Pizza:

Let's plant a garden full of the delicious herbs and vegetables that make pizza one of our favorite foods! Ages 4 - 6. Registration required. 3:45 p.m. $10. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Bike Ride:

Join the Cannonball Cycling Club in a leisurely ride through Myers Park and Plaza Midwood to NODA where we will stop and enjoy a sip of coffee or a scoop of ice cream. Lights are required. 6 p.m. Free. Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte. 704-376-3695. www.bikecharlotte.org.

May 11

Picnic at SouthPark:

Enjoy food from area restaurants, entertainment, sponsor offerings and networking. 11 a.m. $6 online in advance, $10 at event. Symphony Park at SouthPark, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-378-4106. www.charlottechamber.com.

em:pwr Cycling Ride:

Join members of the new em:pwr cycling club for a social group ride during your lunch hour. This one-hour social ride is designed to allow riders a chance to meet during the week. We will meet at the entrance of Freedom Park on East Boulevard and ride to the Booty Loop. Road bikes are recommended. 12 p.m. Free. Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd., Charlotte. 704-432-4280. www.bikecharlotte.org.

Mix at Six:

Join us each week for outdoor music, drink specials and fine dining. VIP tickets can be purchased online or at the door for $15 or $100 for a season pass. Proceeds benefit the Ardrey Kell High School Band Booster Club. 6 p.m. Free. Ballantyne Village, 14825 John J Delaney Drive, Charlotte. 704-369-5005. www.mixatsixballantyne.com.

Landlord Association 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 for visitors. Metrolina Real Estate Investors Association (REIA), 122 W. Woodlawn Road, Charlotte. 704-523-1570. www.metrolinareia.org.

The Metropolitan Opera: Capriccio Encore:

Strauss's wise and worldly meditation on art and life. 6:30 p.m. Regal Cinemas Stonecrest at Piper Glen, 7824 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-540-7558.

Farm Fresh Vegetarian:

Learn to make vegetarian dishes for the summer. 6:30 p.m. $20 for YMCA members, $35 program members. Morrison YMCA, 9405 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte. 704-716-4650. www.ymcacharlotte.org.

May 12

"Annie Jr.":

Charlotte Christian lower school students will perform "Annie Jr," a one act version of the original Broadway hit about the spunky depression-era orphan determined to find her parents. 7 p.m. May 12-14. $7-10. Charlotte Christian School, 7301 Sardis Road, Charlotte. 704-366-5657. www.charlottechristian.com.

May 14

Waterpark Opens:

The Morrison Family YMCA Waterpark opens for the season. 7 a.m. Morrison YMCA, 9405 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte. 704-716-4650. www.ymcacharlotte.org.

Run! Ballantyne 10K/5K Race and 1-Mile Fun Run:

Register online at YMCACharlotte.org 10K/5K race begins at 7:30 a.m. and Fun Run begins at 9 a.m. 7:30 a.m. May 14. Morrison YMCA, 9405 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte. 704-716-4650. ymcacharlotte.org.

Poker Ride 2011 - Bike! Charlotte:

Ride the rolling hills of Mecklenburg, Union, Cabarrus and Stanly counties picking up random playing cards along the way. The best 3 poker hands win cash prizes. There is a party at the finish with food, beer and soft drinks plus great music. 10 a.m. $20 in advance, $25 day of registration. Bicycles East, 195 N. Trade Street, Matthews. www.bikecharlotte.org.

Carolina Claymatters Pottery Sale:

Carolina Claymatters Pottery Guild will hold their annual Spring Pottery Sale. More than 45 skilled clay artists will present their work. 10 a.m. Free. McAlpine Business Park, 8300 Monroe Road, Charlotte. www.carolinaclaymatters.org.

The Metropolitan Opera: Die Walkure:

The second opera in The Ring of the Nibelung series. 12 p.m. Regal Cinemas Stonecrest at Piper Glen, 7824 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-540-7558.

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