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Please submit your event information online. Go to events.charlotteobserver.com and click on "add to our listings." Email photos to stories@newsofsouthcharlotte.com. The print deadline is two weeks in advance of the event date.

July 31

Nonprofit Design Challenge:

Charlotte-area nonprofit organizations needing a new logo, a fresh look for their newsletter or a design for fundraising event collateral or other marketing materials will have a chance to get up to 15 hours worth of free design services from Moonlight Creative Group. The call for submissions runs through Sept. 15. 6 a.m. www.moonlightcreative.com/case-studies/15-2/. Moonlight Creative Group, 1705 East Blvd., Suite 100, Charlotte. 704-358-3777.

First Annual Creating a Drug Free World Event:

Foundation For a Drug Free World is having its inaugural fun in the sun weekend. Events include a 5K race, fun run for the kids, four-band concert, art and trade show, taste of SouthPark and more. Learn about the new drug free curriculum for the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system. Come out and enjoy for the entire weekend. 8 p.m. $10-25 for race, free concert, price at vendors. SouthPark mall, Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-477-6520 cell; 704-315-6284 office. www.drugfreeworld.us.

Aug. 1

Charlotte Summer Music & Art Camps:

Why sit home all summer when you can join the fun at Charlotte Academy of Music summer camps? Whether you like to sing, dance, play or paint, enjoy a week of activities planned that will keep you moving, grooving and laughing. Camps include: GLEE Camp, Mo'zArt (music and art), Piano Artistry, Musical Theatre Camp, and Fine Arts. 9 a.m. Charlotte Academy of Music, 15040 Idlewild Road, Matthews. 704-545-7400. www.charlotteacademyofmusic.com

Summer Tennis Camps:

Kids age 4-16 can participate in tennis camps at Col. Francis Beatty Park the weeks of Aug. 1-5 and Aug. 8-12. There also will be a middle school/high school camp for girls July 18-21 and July 25-28. Registration is $100 for all camps; sibling discounts available. Visit the website or email playtennischarlotte@gmail.com. 9 a.m. 704-340-0013. www.tanctennis.com. Colonel Francis Beatty Park, 4330 Weddington Road, Matthews.

Ruth Bell Graham: "The Heart of a Missionary":

Come be inspired by a side of Ruth Graham that many may not know about - her missionary heart. This exhibit will highlight her interest in missionaries, prisoners, young people and more. 9:30 a.m. Free. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygraham.org.

Baby Time:

This fun and interactive program is full of rhymes, songs and stories for babies and their caregivers. 11:30 a.m. Free. Waxhaw Branch Library, 509 S. Providence St., Waxhaw. 704-283-8184; 704-843-3131. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Drawing For Teens:

Sheryl Marx will teach the five skills of drawing. This is a skill-based class where all levels are welcome. Learn through instructor demonstrations and producing your own drawing projects in graphite, charcoal and pastel. 4 p.m. $180 (six two-hour sessions). Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

MatchMaker Tennis Fall Leagues in Charlotte:

Registration for the 2011 Fall Recreational Tennis Leagues will close Aug. 31. We will host the following leagues for beginners, intermediates and advanced players: Men and Women's Singles, Men and Women's Doubles, Mixed Doubles, and 3-on-3 Team Tennis. 6:30 p.m. $15. 704-443-8668. www.matchmakertennis.com. Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd., Charlotte. 704-432-4280. www.parkandrec.com.

Aug. 2

Charlotte Summer Music & Art Camps:

Whether you like to sing, dance, play or paint, enjoy a week of activities planned that will keep you moving, grooving and laughing. Camps include: GLEE Camp, Mo'zArt (music and art), Piano Artistry, Musical Theatre Camp, and Fine Arts. 9 a.m. Charlotte Academy of Music, 15040 Idlewild Road, Matthews. 704-545-7400. www.charlotteacademyofmusic.com.

"Heart To Heart" at Bright Blessings:

Bright Blessings, a local nonprofit, is offering a new "Heart To Heart" program with personalized giving experiences for all ages. Visit The Giving Village to Build-A-Bucket for a homeless child, made especially by you. 9:30 a.m. $10 donation. Bright Blessings, 608-A Matthews Mint Hill Road, Matthews. 704-846-2329. www.BrightBlessingsUSA.org.

Professional Visitor Day- Summer Camp:

The Speech Garden Institute Inc. in Charlotte has expanded its summer camp program and would love to share information with you. You may drop in for a short tour between 9:30-11:30 a.m. at our facility at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church (corner of Providence and Sharon Amity in Cotswold). Free, but please register. 9:30 a.m. St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 3016 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-364-5431.

Ruth Bell Graham: "The Heart of a Missionary":

Come be inspired by a side of Ruth Graham that many may not know about - her missionary heart. This exhibit will highlight her interest in missionaries, prisoners, young people and more. 9:30 a.m. Free. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygraham.org.

Internet and Email Basics:

Participants learn how to surf the Web using Internet Explorer 8 browser. Also how to enter a URL (Web address) in the address bar text box to go to a specific site, use links and navigate to recently viewed websites. How to search the Web for information using Google, bookmark favorite sites and have multiple Web pages open at the same time using tabs. After becoming familiar with the Internet, participants will learn how to open, create and send email messages using Hotmail. 10 a.m. 704-283-8184. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road W, Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Cartooning & Comics Camps:

Local cartoonist Dave McDonald, author/illustrator of "The Secret Adventures of Hamster Sam." He is a teaching artist accredited by the South Carolina Arts Commission's Arts in Education Program and is a member of the Southeast Chapter of the National Cartoonist Society. 10 a.m. $110 (10-12 years; two hours) $85. (7-9 years; 1 hour). Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Pineville Downtown Farmers Market:

Vendors selling locally grown fruits and vegetables, homemade pickles, honey and other beeswax products, jewelry, and arts and crafts. 3 p.m. www.pinevillenc.net. Pineville Police Department, 300 Main St., Pineville.

Drawing Class for Adults:

Sheryl Marx has taught at the Art Institute of Charlotte and the Charlotte Art League. Learn and practice the five skills of drawing. This is a skill-based class where all levels are welcome. Learn through instructor demonstrations and producing your own drawing projects in graphite, charcoal and pastel. Develop observation and drawing skills in a nurturing environment. 6:30 p.m. $180 (six two-hour classes). Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Charlotte Knights vs. Durham Bulls:

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

Gospel Fit Dance:

Cardio workout designed to burn calories quickly. Includes 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 per session. 704-905-8678. www.gospelfitdance.com. J'adore Ballroom, 508 Griffith Road, Charlotte. 704-523-1116. www.jadoreballroom.com.

Aug. 3

Charlotte Summer Music & Art Camps:

Whether you like to sing, dance, play or paint, enjoy a week of activities planned that will keep you moving, grooving and laughing. Camps include: GLEE Camp, Mo'zArt (music and art), Piano Artistry, Musical Theatre Camp, and Fine Arts. 9 a.m. Charlotte Academy of Music, 15040 Idlewild Road, Matthews. 704-545-7400. www.charlotteacademyofmusic.com. www.charlotteacademyofmusic.com.

"Heart To Heart" at Bright Blessings:

Bright Blessings, a local nonprofit, is offering a new "Heart To Heart" program with personalized giving experiences for all ages. Visit The Giving Village to Build-A-Bucket for a homeless child, made especially by you. 9:30 a.m. $10 donation. Bright Blessings, 608-A Matthews Mint Hill Road, Matthews. 704-846-2329.

Cartooning & Comics Camps:

Local cartoonist Dave McDonald, author/illustrator of "The Secret Adventures of Hamster Sam." He is a teaching artist accredited by the South Carolina Arts Commission's Arts in Education Program and is a member of the Southeast Chapter of the National Cartoonist Society. 10 a.m. $110 (10-12 years; two hours) $85. (7-9 years; 1 hour). Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

A Time to Garden:

During the summer there are always plants to water, weeds to pull, and vegetables to harvest in the Children's Garden. Drop by Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and noon to help in the garden. Limit four children per adult. 10 a.m. Children free with $6 adult garden admission. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Money Management Seminar:

First of a series of money management seminars that take place in the format of a lunch and learn. Call for reservations. 12 p.m. Free. NewPoint Learning Center, 4300 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-780-1172. www.newpointlearning.com.

Free Make & Take Classes Every Wednesday:

Every Wednesday through Aug. 25, children age 4 and older can visit any A.C. Moore store to make their own age-appropriate craft to take home. Free while supplies last. 3 p.m. . A.C. Moore, 1834 Matthews TWP Parkway, Matthews. 704-814-4305. www.acmoore.com.

Microsoft Office 2007 PowerPoint Essentials I:

Participants will learn the fundamental skills needed to create, animate and run a slideshow presentation. 3 p.m. Monroe Library, Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe. 704-283-8184. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Charlotte Knights vs. Durham Bulls:

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

Aug. 4

"Heart To Heart" at Bright Blessings::

Bright Blessings, a local nonprofit, is offering a new "Heart To Heart" program with personalized giving experiences for all ages. Visit The Giving Village to Build-A-Bucket for a homeless child, made especially by you. 9:30 a.m. $10 donation. Bright Blessings, 608-A Matthews Mint Hill Road, Matthews. 704-846-2329.

Cartooning & Comics Camps:

Local cartoonist Dave McDonald, author/illustrator of "The Secret Adventures of Hamster Sam." He is a teaching artist accredited by the South Carolina Arts Commission's Arts in Education Program and is a member of the Southeast Chapter of the National Cartoonist Society. 10 a.m. $110 (10-12 years; two hours) $85. (7-9 years; 1 hour). Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Microsoft Office 2007 Excel Fundamentals:

Our Microsoft Office 2007 Excel Fundamentals class is a course designed to teach the basics for Excel, a spreadsheet program that allows users to insert and manipulate data in a grid format. This class will cover the essential skills needed for creating a basic spreadsheet and chart. 10 a.m. 704-283-8184. Waxhaw Branch Library, 509 S. Providence St., Waxhaw. 704-843-3131. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Pineville Downtown Farmers Market:

Vendors selling locally grown fruits and vegetables, homemade pickles, honey and other beeswax products, jewelry, and arts and crafts. 3 p.m. www.pinevillenc.net. Pineville Police Department, 300 Main St., Pineville.

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. Free with garden admission. Members free; $12 adults; $11 seniors 60 and older; $6 children 4-12. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490. www.dsbg.org.

Thursday Night Oil Painting for Adults:

Joni Purk teaches group projects (optional) palette-knife painting, still life, impressionism, plein air, what you can do to improve your paintings and more. 6:30 p.m. $30 a night, 2 1/2 hours; paid on monthly basis. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Charlotte Knights vs. Gwinnett Braves:

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

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