South Charlotte

Open Mic Mondays, yoga and more!

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May 29

CBCC StayLocal Campaign:

During May and June, every CBCC blood and platelet donor will be entered into a raffle to win local "staycation" packages and excursions. Winner's names will be drawn at the end of each month. 10 a.m. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us.

May 30

Teacher Workday Camps:

We offer a traditional full-day camp and a half-day cooking camp for your kids while they are out of school. Visit our website for more information. Registration is required. 7 a.m. Morrison YMCA, 9405 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte. www.ymcacharlotte.org/morrison.

Sowing the Seeds of the Gospel Exhibit:

Come be inspired as one of Scripture's most profound parables comes to life. See the new eight-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 30-31; June 1-4, 6-11, 13-15. 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. Free. 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. Free. Waxhaw Branch Library, 509 S. Providence St., Waxhaw. 704-843-3131. www.union.lib.nc.us.

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.

Open Mic Mondays:

We will be featuring all types of music and spoken word. In addition, we will be adding many of our artists to the set list. Half-priced drinks all night. 7 p.m. Free. Thurston's Bar, 1600 E. Woodlawn Road, Charlotte. 704-519-0026. www.thurstonsbar.com.

Charlotte Knights vs. Buffalo Bisons:

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

May 31

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.

Raul Diaz & Ernesto Berra: Dos Artistas de Cordoba:

Raul Diaz's highly textured surfaces reveal images of boats, kites, roses and shells amid peaceful figures. Described as an urban landscape artist, Ernesto Berra's collaged paintings reflect Cordoba's aging structures that have begun to crumble with time. 10 a.m. May 31; June 1-4, 6-11, 13-16. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

Charlotte Knights vs. Buffalo Bisons:

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

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.

June 1

Breakfast with the Birds:

We'll take a walk through the Wing Haven Gardens to discover what our feathered friends are having for breakfast. While they eat, we'll have our own breakfast under the pergola. Ages 3-5. Registration required. 10 a.m. June 1-2. $10. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Alive After Five:

This after work social event runs every Thursday through Sept. 15. Enjoy live music in 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.

The Metropolitan Opera: "Die Walkure" Encore:

An encore performance of the second opera in The Ring of the Nibelung series. 6:30 p.m. Regal Cinemas Stonecrest at Piper Glen, 7824 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-540-7558.

Charlotte Knights vs. Buffalo Bisons:

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

June 2

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.

Ballantyne Business Bash:

Enjoy entertainment, networking, sponsor offerings and great food samples from the area restaurants. For tickets: cwalker@charlottechamber.com. 11 a.m. $7 in person, $8 online, $10 at event. Ballantyne Corporate Park, 15800 John J. Delaney Drive, Charlotte. 704-378-4106. www.charlottechamber.com.

Garden Nights:

Garden guests can experience the beauty of the summer garden in the cool of the summer evening with music and culinary delights offered by Best Impressions Caterers. Other food and beverage options will be available for an additional rate. 5 p.m. June 2, 9, 23, 30.Free with Garden Admission: Free for members are free, $12 for adults, $11 for seniors 60 and older, and $6 children 4-12. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490. www.dsbg.org.

Real Beauty:

This group is for women who are seeking a safe place to understand their stories and hear from others who also struggle with embracing their unique beauty and femininity. Groups meet every Thursday for 10 weeks starting June 2. Please email Lauren Petters at lpetters@thebarnabascenter.org or with questions. Registration required. 6 p.m. The Barnabas Center, 413 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-4545.

Charlotte Knights vs. Buffalo Bisons:

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

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.

Stand-up Comedy Open Mic Night:

The mic opens up for everybody, so invite your friends out to watch you take the stage for your five minutes of fame. 9:30 p.m. Free. Madison's on the Corner, 900 Crossroads Plaza, Fort Mill. 803-802-3990. www.TheComedyZoneFortMill.com.

Summer of SUM Tour 2011:

Enjoy the best in Hip-Hop, R&B and Soul as SUM of the best indie artists collide on stage. The Summer of SUM Tour is coming to a city near you. $10. 10 p.m. Club Reign, 5300 Old Pineville Road., Charlotte.

June 3

Retirement Planning for Women:

Ursula Strong, financial advisor for Edward Jones in Ballantyne, is conducting "Financial Education Series for Women." John Heath, public affairs specialist with the Social Security Administration will be the guest speaker. Please call to reserve a seat. 12 p.m. June 3. Free. Edward Jones, 17206 Lancaster Highway, Charlotte. 704-544-6360.

Family Game Night hosted by The Brain Trainer:

Looking for a fun family game? Come out to The Brain Trainer, where we feature fun brain games for all ages. These games specifically work to enhance skills such as processing speed, attention, memory, logic and reasoning and visual and auditory processing. For more information or to RSVP, contact Angela by phone or email. 5:30 p.m. Free. The Brain Trainer, 11030 Golf Links Drive, Charlotte. 704-541-1373; Angela@thebraintrainer.com. www.thebraintrainer.com.

Sunset Series Music Night at Crossing Paths Park:

Put on your western wear and join us at Crossing Paths park for country and bluegrass music in the park from the band Bobby And The Blue Ridge Tradition. Artisan market, music and festivities including a petting zoo and pony rides. We hope to see you there. 7 p.m. Free. Crossing Paths Park, Blythe Drive, Indian Trail. www.indiantrail.org.

Texas Hold 'em Party to Benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation:

Participate in tournament-style play at one of our tables and earn chips to exchange for prizes. Admission price includes heavy appetizers. Call Maggiano's to reserve your spot. 7 p.m. $65. Maggiano's Little Italy, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-916-2300. www.maggianos.com.

Charlotte Knights vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs:

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

June 4

National Trails Day:

American Hiking Society's National Trails Day is a great event for individuals and families to get outside and enjoy the outdoors together. Volunteers will be creating a stretch of multi-use trail where rain and usage have eroded the current trail. REI will provide lunch and greenway will provide tools and project direction. Kids are encouraged to attend with their family. Register for more event details, 704-921-0320. 9 a.m. Free. Anne Springs Close Greenway, Highway 21 Bypass, Fort Mill. 803-547-4575. www.leroysprings.com.

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 teaches adults the basics of the game. 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 program based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins at meetings. 10:15 a.m. Free. Anuvia Prevention & Recovery Center, 100 Billingsley Road, Charlotte. 704-348-1569. www.foodaddicts.org.

Charlotte Bachata Fling 2011:

Join us and RumbaCharlotte this weekend, as Charlotte Salsa & Bachata dance fans are treated to dance workshops and performances given by Jose Maldonado and Connie Lee of PasoFino in Atlanta with special guest instructors, Rodrigo and Wendy Jimenez from Charlotte. $60 for day passes, $10 for fling showcase. 11 a.m. June 4. Karma Ultra Lounge, 1925 Westinghouse Blvd., Charlotte. www.bachatacharlotte.eventbrite.com.

Crafts for Kids:

Enjoy creating a fun, new craft each week. Ages 3 and older. 11 a.m. Free. Lakeshore Learning, 10005 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews. 704-849-2370. www.lakeshorelearning.com.

Fiction Workshop:

Students will engage in writing exercises to help write their own attention-getting stories. Dale Neal holds an MFA in creative writing from Warren Wilson College. 12 p.m. $75 for nonmembers, $70 for members. Providence Presbyterian Church, 10140 Providence Road, Charlotte. 828-254-8111. www.twwoa.org.

Charlotte Today Pond Tour:

The Charlotte Today Pond Tour includes 12 ponds and water gardens at residences located around southeast Charlotte. All money will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. 1-5 p.m. $10; tickets available at all Charlotte Walgreens stores. Charlotte Today Pond Tour Locations, 1001 Wood Ridge Center Drive, Charlotte. 704-365-6700. www.waterscapespro.com.

Indian Land High School Class of 2001 10-Year Reunion:

6 p.m. $22 per person, includes food, non-alcoholic beverages, tax and tip. Towne Tavern, 2000 Highway 160 W, Fort Mill. 803-802-2340.

Saturdays On Selwyn:

Selwyn shopkeepers offer a casual way to celebrate summer and showcase their stores with fun, family-friendly live music events every Saturday throughout the summer. 6 p.m. Free. FABO Cafe, 2820 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-900-2430. www.faboparty.com.

1st Annual Team Reeb and Fundraiser for 24-Hours of Booty:

Join Team Reeb and The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery for an evening of fun, food, freshly brewed beer and an array of auction items - all to raise money for 24 Hours of Booty, which brings cyclists of all abilities together to raise vital funds for cancer research and survivorship. 7 p.m. $20. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, 215 Southside Drive, Charlotte.

Charlotte Knights vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs:

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

June 5

Charlotte Knights vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs:

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

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