South Charlotte

Charlotte Knights baseball, Teen Open Mic Night and more!

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May 15

Wedding Novice Program:

Whether you are an Association of Bridal Consultants member or a novice to the industry looking to get your business on the right track - we are here to help. Veronica Foster, ABC State Coordinator will discuss topics such as: "How to conduct Initial Consultations," "Creating a Wedding Budget-Effective Venue Selection," "Table Top Touches." Vendor Panel Discussion, 1 p.m.; Tour for Vendors and Wedding Professionals, 1:20 p.m.; Vendor Panel, 3:30 p.m.; ABC-Charlotte LNG is committed to providing educational and networking opportunities to its members and other wedding professionals. 9 a.m. Hampton Inn Suites SouthPark at Phillips Place, 6700 Phillips Place Court., Charlotte.

Miss Southeast U.S. of America Pageant:

The official southeast preliminary pageant to the national Miss U.S. of America Pageant. Tickets: $5 each for advance purchase tickets or $10 each at the door. Marriott Executive Park, 5700 Westpark Drive, Charlotte. 781-351-2056. shiningcrowns.com.

Family Bike Ride:

Cruise around the tree lined, residential streets of Myers Park and Dilworth. Enjoy the sites of some of Charlotte's most beautiful neighborhoods 2 p.m. Free. Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd., Charlotte. 704-432-4280. www.bikecharlotte.org.

Charlotte Knights vs. Rochester Red Wings:

2:15 p.m. Knights Stadium, 2280 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill.

Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis Walk:

Take Steps and be heard for 1.4 million American adults and children who suffer from Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, chronic and painful digestive diseases with no known cure. 4 p.m. Free. Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd., Charlotte. 704-332-1611. www.cctakesteps.org.

May 16

Sowing the Seeds of the Gospel Exhibit:

Come be inspired as one of Scripture's most profound parables comes to life. See the new 8-foot bronze sculpture "The Sower & The Soils" and discover how God used Billy Graham to sow the seed of the Gospel around the world. A special exhibit highlights the inspiring story of how the sculpture was created and how it can inspire visitors to the Library. 9:30 a.m. May 17-20. Free. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygraham.org

Chair Yoga:

Pineville United Methodist Church offers area residents chair yoga classes in the gym of the Crossroads Center. 10 a.m. May 16, 23, 30. Free. www.pinevilleumc.org/Athletics-v-40.html. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org

Baby Time:

This fun and interactive program is full of rhymes, songs and stories. It is for babies and their caregivers. 11:30 a.m. May 16, 23, 30.Free. Waxhaw Branch Library, 509 S. Providence St., Waxhaw. 704-843-3131. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Internet and Email:

This class will teach participants how to use Internet Explorer 8 browser. Participants will also learn how to search the web for information using Google, bookmark favorite sites, and have multiple web pages open at the same time using tabs. 3 p.m. Waxhaw Branch Library, 509 S. Providence St., Waxhaw. 704-843-3131. www.union.lib.nc.us.

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.

Charlotte Knights:

7:15 p.m. Knights Stadium, 2280 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill.

May 17

Estate Planners Day:

Queens University of Charlotte is pleased to offer the 33rd annual Estate Planners Day. Estate Planners Day is the longest continually running public event in Queens' history. 8 a.m. $230. Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-688-2838. www.queens.edu/estate-planning.

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. May 17, 19, 24, 26, 31. $3. www.pinevilleumc.org/Athletics-v-40.html. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.

Charlotte Knights vs. Toledo Mud Hens:

7:15 p.m. Knights Stadium, 2280 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill.

Gospel Fit Dance:

Cardio workout designed to burn calories quickly. 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 18

Spring Social & Meet Stella & Dot:

Please join us for casual drinks and appetizers with the Spring/Summer line and the brand new Toujours Collection. All are welcome, so please bring a friend or two. RSVP by May 16. Contact Sandy at diva_bling@yahoo.com or Dana Sellers at sellers.dana@gmail.com. 6 p.m. Pure Taqueria, 111 Matthews Station St., Matthews. 704-841-7873.

The Metropolitan Opera: II Trovatore Encore:

6:30 p.m. Regal Cinemas Stonecrest at Piper Glen, 7824 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-540-7558.

Charlotte Knights vs. Toledo Mud Hens:

7:15 p.m. Knights Stadium, 2280 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill.

The Rise Records Tour:

Live performance by Memphis May Fire. 8 p.m. Amos' Bar & Bistro, 4329 Park Road, Charlotte.

May 19

Ask the Physical Therapist:

Ask a physical therapist any questions you have regarding knee or back pain. Free for the community. 8 a.m. Morrison YMCA, 9405 Bryant Farms Rd., Charlotte. 704-716-4650. www.ymcacharlotte.org.

Real Estate Investors Association monthly meeting:

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

Teen Open Mic Night:

Whether you are an experienced group or a new musician who wants to try something new, you can 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.

Charlotte Knights vs. Toledo Mud Hens:

7:15 p.m. Knights Stadium, 2280 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill.

May 20

Small Business of the Year Awards Luncheon:

Outstanding business and entrepreneurs who have dedicated their professional skills to supporting small business through advocacy and volunteer efforts, will be recognized. Charlotte Marriott Executive Park 5700 Westpark Drive, Charlotte. 11:30 a.m. Proceeds will support www.kickingforadream.org. 704-246-7619. www.eventscelebrations.com.

Charlotte Knights:

7:15 p.m. Knights Stadium, 2280 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill.

May 21

Girl Scouts Thin Mint Sprint 5K Run:

Run with 2008 Olympian Mechelle Lewis at the 4th annual Thin Mint Sprint 5K Run. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m., the race begins at 7:15 a.m. $20. Carowinds Theme Park, 14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte. 704-731-6604. www.hngirlscouts.org.

Soldier Ride Charlotte:

Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride is a one-day cycling event that aims to help wounded warriors restore their physical and emotional well being and gives the public a chance to ride alongside and honor these men and women. To register to ride, get involved or donate to Soldier Ride, please visit soldierride.org. 9 a.m. Free for warriors; non-warrior cyclists responsible for raising a minimum of $150. Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, 4100 Coca-Cola Plaza, Charlotte. www.soldierride.org.

CoolFest:

The sixth annual CoolFest is a family-friendly event created to promote healthy choices and creative activities available for youth as well as showcase their talents and contributions. 10 a.m. Old Town Rock Hill, Black Street, Rock Hill. 803-324-4118. www.coolfest.org.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous:

Food Addicts is a program based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins at meetings. 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. May 21, 28.Free. Anuvia Prevention & Recovery Center, 100 Billingsley Road, Charlotte. 704-348-1569. www.foodaddicts.org.

Princess Tea Party:

You and your child will enjoy being together in this fun princess cooking class. 2 p.m. $30 for YMCA members, $45 for program members. Morrison YMCA, 9405 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte. 704-716-4650. www.ymcacharlotte.org.

Go Green Art Workshop:

Register your child for this fun hands-on art workshop that shows how art can give back to the earth. 4-5:30 p.m. for ages 6-8; 5:30-7 p.m. for ages 9-12. $20 for YMCA members, $35 for program members. Morrison YMCA, 9405 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte. 704-716-4650. www.ymcacharlotte.org.

Middle School Madness:

Middle-schoolers can join their friends for a fun night without parents in a safe environment. Activities include a dance with music by SoundBiz DJ Service, basketball, a dodge-ball tournament, video games and hang-out time with friends. Pizza and concessions will be sold as well. 7 p.m. $5 for YMCA members, $7 for program members. Morrison YMCA, 9405 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte. 704-716-4650. www.ymcacharlotte.org.

Gospel Concert:

A Southern gospel concert by The Chosen Quartet and spaghetti supper fundraiser will be held at Central United Methodist Church. Dinner is 5-6:30 p.m. Concert begins at 7 p.m. For tickets, call 704-536-9157. 5 p.m. $10. Central United Methodist Church, 6030 Albemarle Road, Charlotte. 704-536-9157.

May 22

Family Sunday for Families who have Adopted South Korean Children:

Wesley United Methodist will host its annual Korean Cultural Festival for families who have adopted their children from South Korea. Our congregation will bless the adoptive families and renew their supportive relationship. If you want to participate in this learning experience, please call the church office 704-542-1122 or email at wesleyumc@bellsouth.net. 11 a.m. Free. Wesley United Methodist Church, 3715 Rea Road., Charlotte. 704-542-1122. www.wesleyumccharlotte.com.

May 24

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. May 24, 26, 31. $3. www.pinevilleumc.org/Athletics-v-40.html. Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022. www.pinevilleumc.org.

Word Fundamentals:

Microsoft Office Word 2007 is a word processing application used to create professional-looking documents. Participants will first become familiar with the basic skills needed to create and format a document. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road W., Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Adult/Child/Infant CPR, First Aid, AED Full Certification:

The Morrison Family YMCA now offers CPR classes to the community through the Red Cross Preparedness program. 6 p.m. $70. Morrison YMCA, 9405 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte. 704-716-4650. www.ymcacharlotte.org.

May 25

Nutrition 101:

In this class, our wellness specialist will teach you the basic building blocks for eating smart everyday. 5:30 p.m. Free. Morrison YMCA, 9405 Bryant Farms Rd., Charlotte. 704-716-4650. www.ymcacharlotte.org.

Cooking with Herbs:

Kick up your flavor without adding extra calories. This cooking class will focus on using herbs in everyday cooking to add flavor. 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.

May 26

Spider-Rama:

Come learn about our eight-legged pals and search for them in the garden. Ages 3-5. Registration required. 10 a.m. $10. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

UNCW Charlotte Alumni Spring Mixer:

You're invited to join the UNC Wilmington Charlotte Area Alumni Chapter for their annual Spring Mixer. RSVP by May 23. 6 p.m. Free. Andrew Blair's, 1600 Montford Drive, Charlotte. 910-629-2684. https://tswww.uncw.edu.

Wine Crawl:

Experience four of Charlotte's Best Wine Bars. Includes transportation via SilverFox Limos, beautiful MiniBuses with complimentary wine and beer on the bus and light appetizers at select venues. 6:30 p.m. $25. City Tavern, 7828 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-543-8587. 704-614-2405. www.myuptownfun.com.

Life Lyrics and Laughter:

7:30 p.m. Skandalos, 5317 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte. 704-535-4383.

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