South Charlotte

Thin Mint Sprint, Princess Tea Party and more!

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May 18

Alive After Five:

Alive After Five is an outdoor concert series and social hour, featuring the band Too Much Sylvia. 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, VIP $15-$100. Ballantyne Village, 14825 John J Delaney Drive, Charlotte. 704-369-5005. www.mixatsixballantyne.com.

May 19

Ask the Physical Therapist:

Ask a physical therapist any questions you have regarding knee or back pain. 8 a.m. Free. 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.

Butterflies Have Wings Too:

Flutter into the Children's Garden to discover the butterflies and caterpillars that live at Wing Haven. We'll plant some garden snacks just for them. Ages 3-5. Registration required. 10 a.m. $10. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

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.

Teen Open Mic Night:

Whether you are an experienced group that loves to play in front of people or a new musician that 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.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 21

Girl Scouts 4th Annual Thin Mint Sprint 5K Run:

Run with 2008 Olympian Mechelle Lewis at the 4th Annual Thin Mint Sprint 5K Run. Girl Scouts Hornets' Nest Council has joined with 'nPLAY Foundation in their mission to help reverse the rate of childhood obesity by the end of 2013. 6:30 a.m. $20 per person. Carowinds Theme Park, 14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte. 704-731-6604. www.hngirlscouts.org.

Taste of Tennis:

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:

Serve, backhand, forehand and volley. 10 a.m. Free. Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd., Charlotte. 704-443-8668. www.matchmakertennis.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.

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.

Walk for Lupus Now Charlotte:

Walk for Lupus Now Charlotte is a half day of fun, food and friendship with activities for the whole family. Walkers can make their way around the 1-mile walk or stroll the 5K walk and enjoy a celebration at the finish line.. Strollers and dogs on a leash are welcome. 3:30 p.m. Free. Symphony Park at SouthPark, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-716-5641. www.lupuslinks.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 p.m. for ages 6-8, 5:30 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, basketball, a dodge ball tournament, video games and hang-out time with friends. Pizza and concessions will be sold. 7 p.m. $5 for YMCA members, $7 for program members. Morrison YMCA, 9405 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte. 704-716-4650. www.ymcacharlotte.org.

May 22

Women's Physical Defense Training:

Sangrock Black Belt World Taekwondo School is offering a 9-hour Women's Physical Defense Training Session using the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) SystemRegistration required. 12 p.m. $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.

May 23

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.

May 24

CPR, First Aid, Full Certification:

The Morrison Family YMCA now offers CPR classes to the community through the Red Cross Preparedness program. 6 p.m. May 24-25. $70. 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 25

Alive After 5:

Alive After Five is an outdoor concert series and social hour, featuring the band The Boomers. 5 p.m. Free. Piedmont Town Center, 4725 Piedmont Row Dr., Charlotte. www.aliveafterfives.com.

Nutrition 101:

In this free class, our wellness specialist will teach you the basic building blocks for eating smart every day. 5:30 p.m. Free. Morrison YMCA, 9405 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte. 704-716-4650. www.ymcacharlotte.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, VIP $15-$100. www.mixatsixballantyne.com. Ballantyne Village, 14825 John J Delaney Dr., Charlotte. 704-369-5005. www.mixatsixballantyne.com.

Cooking with Herbs:

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

A spider may be scary to find in a house, but it is great in the garden. 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 UNCW Charlotte Area Alumni Chapter for their annual Spring Mixer. Join fellow alumni from the Charlotte area for a networking social with complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. RSVP by May 23. 6 p.m. Free. Andrew Blair's, 1600 Montford Drive, Charlotte. 910-629-2684. https://tswww.uncw.edu.

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