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Picnic at SouthPark:
Attendees enjoy food from area restaurants, entertainment, sponsor offerings and networking. 11 a.m. $6 in advance online, $10 at event. Symphony Park at SouthPark mall, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-378-4106. www.charlottechamber.com.
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em:pwr Cycling Ride:
Join members of the new em:pwr cycling club for a social group ride during your lunch hour. . 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. www.bikecharlotte.org.
Alive After Five:
Come out and hear music by Skate Rink Jukebox and enjoy a happy hour atmosphere. 5 p.m. Free. Piedmont Town Center, 4725 Piedmont Row Drive, Charlotte. www.aliveafterfives.com.
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. 6 p.m. Free for members, $15 for visitors. Metrolina Real Estate Investors Association, 122 W. Woodlawn Road, Charlotte. 704-523-1570. www.metrolinareia.org
The Metropolitan Opera: Capriccio Encore:
Strauss' 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:
Join us in this cooking class to learn great vegetarian dishes for the summer. 6:30 p.m. $20 for YMCA members, $35 for program members. Morrison YMCA, 9405 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte. 704-716-4650. www.ymcacharlotte.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.
Charlotte Christian lower school students will perform "Annie Jr.," a one-act version of the original Broadway hit. 7 p.m. May 12-14. $7-10. 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. May 12, 17, 19, 24, 26. $6. J'adore Ballroom, 508 Griffith Rd., Charlotte. 704-905-8678. www.gospelfitdance.com.
Cotswold Charity Cares Event:
There will be a charity event in the courtyard of Cotswold Village that will include a sidewalk sale, games, crafts, face painting, corn hole toss and raffle. Money raised will be donated to Loaves & Fishes, Battered Women Shelter, SPCA and Bright Blessings. Select merchants will offer discounts. Toys & Co. will give a 15 percent discount for items purchased for donations. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Cotswold Village Shops, 282 South Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte.
Writing and Producing the Independent Feature Film:
The class will receive an overview of writing for the screen, and how to produce, direct and distribute a film of your script. 12 p.m. $70-$75. Providence Presbyterian Church, 10140 Providence Road, Charlotte. 828-254-8111. www.twwoa.org
The Morrison Family YMCA Waterpark opens. 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 today. 10K and 5K races begin at 7:30 a.m. and Fun Run begins at 9 a.m. Morrison YMCA, 9405 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte. 704-716-4650. ymcacharlotte.org.
Carolina Code Camp 2011:
Get in-depth exposure to exciting new developer technologies. Sessions will range from presentations, to hands-on labs, to informal "chalk talks." 8 a.m. Free. CPCC Levine Campus, 2800 Campus Ridge Road, Matthews.
Poker Ride 2011:
Ride the rolling hills of Mecklenburg, Union, Cabarrus and Stanly counties picking up random playing cards along the way. The best three poker hands win cash prizes. There is a party at the finish with food, beer and soft drinks and music. 10 a.m. $20 in advance, $25 on race day. Bicycles East, 195 N. Trade St., 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.
Taste of Tennis:
Do you want to learn to play tennis to get more fit? Come out to our free beginner tennis class for adults. The series teaches adults the basics of the game: the serve, backhand, forehand and volley. 10 a.m. Free. Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd., Charlotte. 704-443-8668. www.matchmakertennis.com.
Mid-Century Modern Home Tour:
The popular Mid-Century Modern Home Tour will be reprised showcasing eight of Charlotte's most unique Mid-Century Modern residences. No children under 12 admitted. 10 a.m. $20 for members of Historic Charlotte, $25 for nonmembers. Mid-Century Modern Home Tour, Cloister Drive, Charlotte. www.historiccharlotte.org.
Charlotte Green Homes Tour:
This self-guided tour will highlight some local properties where owners have made a choice to support green building practices. A portion of the proceeds will support Habitat. 10 a.m. $6. Charlotte Green Homes Tour, Ashworth, Charlotte. www.usgbccrc.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. foodaddicts.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.
Adult Art Workshop:
Join us every second Saturday of the month for special in-depth workshops featuring Y art staff and guest instructors. 4 p.m. $30 for YMCA members, $50 for program members. Morrison YMCA, 9405 Bryant Farms Road., Charlotte. 704-716-4650. ymcacharlotte.org.
Parent's Night Out:
Enjoy an evening out while your kids are having fun at the Y. 6 p.m. $15 for YMCA members, $20 for program members. Morrison YMCA, 9405 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte. 704-716-4650. www.ymcacharlotte.org.
Tarheel Trailblazers Ride and Cookout:
Mountain bikers of all abilities are invited to come join the Tarheel Trailblazers at Colonel Francis Beatty Park for a ride and cookout. Enjoy a ride on the 6-mile, beginner friendly trail and plan to stay afterwards to hang out and eat with other fellow mountain bikers. 10 a.m. Free. Colonel Francis Beatty Park, 4330 Weddington Road, Matthews. www.bikecharlotte.org.
Women's Physical Defense Training:
Sangrock Black Belt World Taekwondo School is offering a nine-hour Women's Physical Defense Training Session using the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System split between two Sundays. 12 p.m. May 15, May 22. $40, $20 for second woman in the family. Sangrock Black Belt World Taekwondo School, 11030 Golf Links Drive, Charlotte. 704-847-1099. www.Sangrock.com.
Family Bike Ride:
This family oriented eleven mile bike ride will cruise around the tree lined, residential streets of Myers Park and Dilworth. Families are welcome but kids under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Helmets are mandatory. 2 p.m. Free. Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd., Charlotte. 704-432-4280. www.bikecharlotte.org.
Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis Walk:
Enjoy a three-mile walk in a family friendly festival atmosphere that will include music, a kid's zone and refreshments. Strollers and leashed pets are welcome. 4 p.m. Free. Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd., Charlotte. 704-332-1611. www.cctakesteps.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:
We welcome immigrants and internationals 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 16; 9:30 a.m. May 17. $20 (includes book, refundable after six consecutive classes). Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.
Take a trip to Greece:
Join us to explore Greek cuisine. Learn great recipes everyone will enjoy. Registration is required. 6:30 p.m. $20 for YMCA members, $35 for program members. Morrison YMCA, 9405 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte. 704-716-4650. www.ymcacharlotte.org.
Cameron Carpenter in Concert:
Grammy-nominated Cameron Carpenter will play the dedication concert for the new Rodgers Custom Organ installed at St. Gabriel Catholic Church. 7:30 p.m. Free. St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 3016 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-200-7447. cameroncarpenter.com.
Estate Planners Day:
This one-day conference offers a comprehensive estate planning educational program for professionals. Nationally recognized experts in the fields of estate planning, tax, accounting, insurance, state and federal law will cover topics of timely interest to all in the field of estate planning. 8 a.m. $230. Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-688-2838. www.queens.edu/estate-planning.
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.
The Metropolitan Opera: II Trovatore Encore:
6:30 p.m. Regal Cinemas Stonecrest at Piper Glen, 7824 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-540-7558.