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Community calendar

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.

Aug. 14

Design Challenge:

Charlotte-area non-profit organizations needing a fresh look for their newsletter, or 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. 704-358-3777. www.moonlightcreative.com. Moonlight Creative Group, 1705 East Blvd, Suite 100, Charlotte. 704-358-3777.

Charlotte Knights:

2:15 p.m. Aug. 14. Knights Stadium, 2280 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill. Knights vs. Norfolk Tides.

MatchMaker Tennis:

Registration for the 2011 fall league will close Aug. 31. To find out more, please visit our website or call 704-443-8668. www.matchmakertennis.com. Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd., Charlotte. 704-432-4280.

Aug. 15

Music & Art Camps:

Charlotte Academy of Music summer camps offers a chance to sing, dance, play or paint. Camps include: GLEE Camp, Mo'zArt (music and art), Piano Artistry, Musical Theatre Camp, and Fine Arts. Charlotte Academy of Music, 15040 Idlewild Rd., Matthews. 704-545-7400. www.charlotteacademyofmusic.com.

Ruth Bell Graham:

This exhibit will highlight her interest in missionaries, prisoners, and young people. Free. 704-401-3200. www.BillyGrahamLibrary.org. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Dr., Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygraham.org.

Computer Skills:

Our Basic Computer skills class is designed for the computer novice. This class provides hands-on practice using the computer mouse and keyboard. 704-283-8184. Waxhaw Branch Library, 509 S. Providence St., Waxhaw. 704-843-3131. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Drawing For Teens:

Sheryl Marx has taught at the Art Institute of Charlotte and the Charlotte Art League. Learn and practice the five skills of drawing. $180 (six two-hour sessions). Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com

File Management:

This class will teach participants how to manage files stored in folders and drives using My Computer and Windows Explorer. 704-283-8184. Waxhaw Branch Library, 509 S. Providence St., Waxhaw. 704-843-3131. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Aug. 16

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. $10 donation. www.brightblessingsusa.org. Bright Blessings, 608-A Matthews Mint Hill Road, Matthews. 704-846-2329.

Excel Fundamentals:

Our Microsoft Office 2007 Excel Fundamentals class is a course designed to teach participants the basics for using Excel, a spreadsheet program that allows users to insert and manipulate data in a grid format. Monroe Library, Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe. 704-283-8184. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Pineville 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 Street, Pineville.

Wealth Workshop:

Learn to set financial goals and other ways to help your money grow. Must RSVP. sburns@cmhp.org. 6 p.m. Free. Charlotte Mecklenburg Housing Partnership, 4601 Charlotte Park Drive Suite 350, Charlotte. 704-342-0933. www.cmhp.org.

Rep. Ruth Samuelson:

Mecklenburg Evening Republican Women will host N.C. State Representative Ruth Samuelson, R-107th District. Please come for a no-host social hour at 6 p.m. Meeting begins at 7 p.m. Open to members, friends, and guests. Gentlemen are also welcome. Free. 704-844-0988. www.facebook.com. Red Rocks Cafe, 4223 Providence Road, Charlotte.

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. www.gospelfitdance.com. J'adore Ballroom, 508 Griffith Road, Charlotte. 704-523-1116.

Aug. 17

Diabetes Screenings:

Free Diabetes Screenings offered 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Kmart, 10500 Centrum Parkway, Pineville. For information call Cholestcheck: 800-713-3301 (no appointment necessary). 10 a.m. Aug. 17. Free. Kmart, 10500 Centrum Parkway, Pineville. 800-713-3301.

Free Classes:

Every Wednesday through Aug. 25 kids ages 4 and older can visit any A.C. Moore store from 3-5 p.m. to make their own craft to take home. Free. www.acmoore.com. A.C. Moore, 1834 Matthews TWP Parkway, Matthews. 704-814-4305.

CMC-Pineville Community Seminar Series - Women's Wellness:

At CMC-Pineville offers free wellness seminars to the community, provided by physicians who are leading the way in advanced, personalized medicine. You can RSVP by calling 704-667-6509. 6-7:30 p.m. Uterine Prolapse and Urinary Incontinence. Free. Email matthew.roden@carolinashealthcare. www.cmc-pineville.org. CMC-Pineville, 10628 Park Road, Charlotte.

Boston Pops:

7:30 p.m. Knights Stadium, 2280 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill.

Aug. 18

ABA August Luncheon:

Tim Newman, CEO of the CRVA, will be our speaker for the August luncheon. Register today. 11:15 a.m. Hilton Garden Inn Ayrsley, 1920 Ayrsley Town Blvd., Charlotte.

Business workshop:

Our free workshops for entrepreneurs and business owners who need to build or upgrade a commercial or business office, retail location or light industrial facility. Free. Charlotte Fort Mill Commercial Builder Studio, 1701 First Baxter Crossing, Fort Mill. 803-792-4348. www.ferrara-buist.com.

Garden Nights:

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. Free with garden admission. Garden members are free, $12 adults, $11 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.

Oil Painting for Adults:

An award-winning artist with 25 years experience, Joni Purk lives with art. She enjoys sharing the knowledge and applications of oil she has developed over the years. $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.

Back Alley Film Series:

Armed with a video camera, a trio of college students trail a mysterious "poacher," who wants nothing to do with them. But their persistence lands them straight in the path of the objects of his pursuits: Trolls. $5, Film Society Members; $8 nonmembers. www.facebook.com. Carolina Cinemas Crownpoint Stadium 12, 9630 Monroe Road, Charlotte. 704-847-2024. carolinacinemas.com.

Aug. 19

California wine:

Another in the series of education wine tastings put on at The Village Cellar in Lake Wylie, SC. The August class will look at wine from the Central Coast of California. $15 a person. 803-831-9527. www.TheVillageCellar.net. The Village Cellar, 4078 Charlotte Highway, Lake Wylie.

SouthPark movies:

SouthPark invites local families and friends to gather on the lawn at Symphony Park to enjoy Movies under the Stars on a 30-foot screen. 7 p.m. Free. 704-364-4411. Symphony Park at SouthPark, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-315-6284 office.

Aug. 20

Food Addicts Anonymous:

FA is a program based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins at FA meetings. FA is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience and mutual support, are recovering from the disease of food addiction. Free. 704-348-1569. foodaddicts.org. Anuvia Prevention & Recovery Center, 100 Billingsley Road, Charlotte.

FREE Crafts for Kids - Lakeshore Learning:

Join us every Saturday for...Free Crafts for Kids at your local Lakeshore Learning Store. Enjoy creating a fun, new craft each week. Ages 3 and older. 11 a.m. Aug. 20; 11 a.m. Aug. 27; 11 a.m. Sep. 3; 11 a.m. Sep. 10; 11 a.m. Sep. 17; 11 a.m. Sep. 24; 11 a.m. Oct. 1; 11 a.m. Oct. 8; 11 a.m. Oct. 15; 11 a.m. Oct. 22; 11 a.m. Oct. 29; 11 a.m. Nov. 5; 11 a.m. Nov. 12; 11 a.m. Nov. 19; 11 a.m. Nov. 26. Free. Lakeshore Learning, 10005 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews. 704-849-2370. www.lakeshorelearning.com.

2011 Alpha Luau:

Alphas of Charlotte present The Annual Alpha Luau $30 for advance tickets. 12 p.m. Mecklenburg Shrine Club, 5200 Mecklenburg Shrine Club Road, Charlotte. 704-535-2954.

Teen Manners & Casual Dining Etiquette:

The Academy of Etiquette & Charm is hosting a "Back to School" Workshop to jump start your children for the upcoming school year.

This fun interactive class will focus on Dining Etiquette, Communicating with Adults, Manners, Introductions and Making New Friends. Lunch is provided. Visit our website at www.etiquetteandcharm.com or contact us at 704-763-0552. 12 p.m. Aug. 20. $49.

"Rockin' For The Vets":

A benefit dinner show for the N.C. Korean War Veterans Memorial being built at the Mint Hill Park on Fairview, with local talent performing, and some local celebrities attending. A silent auction for a Carolina Panthers NFL signed football, a Dennis the Menace drawing by Marcus Hamilton, and a rocking chair from Cracker Barrel. Chicken and dumpling dinner served at 5 p.m. RSVP at rusteelane@msn.com, or call 704-545-6618. 5 p.m. $20 includes dinner and show. Mint Hill Masonic Lodge, 10224 Lawyers Road, Charlotte.

Saturdays On Selwyn:

Selwyn shopkeepers offer a casual way to celebrate summer and showcase their stores. Hosts include: Clean Catch, Crossroads Charlotte, Dixon Wells, FABO Cafe, Mellow Mushroom, Metro Fitness Club, MostlyChocolate.com, The New York Butcher Shoppe, Petit Philippe, Rococo, Shain Gallery, Tranquil Court on Selwyn, UPS, Yelp Charlotte and Yoforia. 6 p.m. Free. 704-900-2430. FABO Cafe, 2820 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte.

Charlotte Knights:

7:15 p.m. Knights Stadium, 2280 Deerfield Drive Fort Mill. Knights vs. the Gwinnett Braves.

Aug. 21

Charlotte Knights:

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

Free Sunday Evening Concert:

Sunday Evening Concerts at The Academy of Fine Arts present live music from some of Charlotte's most fascinating and creative musicians. The monthly series features a variety of musical genres and instruments in an informal setting. Children are welcome. See and hear Liviana, a fun and exciting Latin Band. 7 p.m. Free. 704-366-0199. www.afacharlotte.org. Academy of Fine Arts, 4519 Providence Road, Charlotte.

Aug. 22

Basic Computer Skills:

Our Basic Computer skills class is designed for the computer novice. This class provides hands-on practice using both the computer mouse and keyboard. 3 p.m. 704-283-8184. www.union.lib.nc.us. Monroe Library, Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe. 704-283-8184. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Kaliana's Grief Support Group:

The group is designed to provide an environment where you can feel safe in your loss, uplifted and not alone. Kaliana helps you experience how the relationship with the one who passed is not gone. 6:30 p.m. Free. Elemental Healing Charlotte, 5200 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-491-9131. www.ElementalHealingCharlotte.com.

Aug. 23

Microsoft Office Fundamentals:

Participants will first become familiar with the basic skills needed to create and format a document. Next, each participant will create a flier that contains WordArt, a picture, bulleted text, and a box with text. 3 p.m. 704-283-8184. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road W, Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. 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.

Aug. 24

Watercolor for Teens:

Does your child show an interest in art? Let our three-day workshop expose your child to the amazing techniques and tools that make painting in watercolor fun and rewarding. $300 (three days, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Aug. 25

Consignment Sale:

Great deals on gently used clothing for newborns - juniors/teens, maternity clothing, baby equipment, toys, furniture. Free admission. 6-8 p.m. To consign or for more information visit humcfaithcircle.org or email info@humcfaithcircle.org. Harrison United Methodist Church, 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville.

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