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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. 21

Design Challenge:

Charlotte-area nonprofit organizations needing a new logo, a fresh look for their newsletter or design for fundraising event can get up to 15 hours worth of free design services from Moonlight Creative Group. The call for submissions runs July 15-Sept. 15. Moonlight Creative Group, 1705 East Blvd, Suite 100, Charlotte. 704-358-3777. www.moonlightcreative.com.

Cornhole Tournament:

Leukemia Cornhole Tournament, featuring music by Josh Carter and friends. Raffles. noon. Field trial barn, Anne Springs Close Greenway, 835 Springfield Parkway, Fort Mill. 803-547-1000. www.leroysprings.com.

Temple Israel:

The Rabbis, Director of the Religious School along with representatives of various clubs and committees will be available to answer your questions about synagogue membership and High Holiday services. 12 p.m. Free. Temple Israel, 4901 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-362-2796. www.templeisraelnc.com.

Charlotte Knights:

2:15 p.m. against the Gwinnett Braves. Knights Stadium, 2280 Deerfield Drive.

Tennis Fall Leagues:

Registration for the 2011 Fall MatchMaker Recreational Tennis Leagues will close Aug. 31. We will host leagues for beginners, intermediates and advanced players. $15. Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd., Charlotte. 704-443-8668. www.matchmakertennis.com.

Free 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. 7 p.m. Free. Academy of Fine Arts, 4519 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-0199. www.afacharlotte.org.

Aug. 22

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.

Computer Skills:

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.

File Management:

This class will teach participants how to manage files stored in folders and drives using My Computer and Windows Explorer. The class will also demonstrate using Save As vs. the Save command. 4 p.m. 704-283-8184. www.union.lib.nc.us. Monroe Library, Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe.

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. 4 p.m. $180 (six two-hour sessions). Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Back to School Closet-Event:

4 p.m. Waxhaw Elementary School, 1101 Old Providence Road, Waxhaw.

Grief Support Group:

Kaliana helps you experience how the relationship with the one who passed is not gone. She will use simple exercises, spiritual connection, and community to help you begin to heal the hole in your heart and soul. 6:30 p.m. Free. 704-491-9131. Elemental Healing Charlotte, 5200 Park Road, Charlotte. www.ElementalHealingCharlotte.com

Aug. 23

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

This exhibit highlights Ruth Bell Graham's interest in missionaries, prisoners, young people. Free. 704-401-3200. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. www.BillyGrahamLibrary.org.

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. Pineville Police Department, 300 Main Street, Pineville. www.pinevillenc.net.

Watercolor Classes:

Weekly watercolor classes for students at all levels with award-winning artist, instructor and gallery-owner Nancy Couick. Learn new techniques, improve your skills, experiment with paint and color in a congenial class setting. $100. Nancy Couick Studios & Gallery, 10100 Park Cedar Drive, Charlotte. 704-541-6944. www.nancycouick.com.

Gospel Fit Dance:

Cardio workout designed to burn calories quickly. With easy-to-follow moves you are guaranteed to have a good time. 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. $6 per session. 704-905-8678. www.gospelfitdance.com. J'adore Ballroom, 508 Griffith Road, Charlotte. 704-523-1116. www.jadoreballroom.com.

Aug. 24

Plan Signup:

Sign up and get information for the North Carolina State Inclusive Health Plan and the Federal Inclusive Plan. These plans insure people of all ages regardless of health conditions or pre-existing conditions. They also cover people on Cobra who are looking to reduce their payments who cannot get independent plans without exclusions. 5 p.m. Free. 704-999-0105. www.ncinclusive.org. South County Regional Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, 5801 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-416-6600. www.plcmc.org

Aug. 25

Microsoft Office 2007 Excel Fundamentals:

Microsoft Office 2007 Excel Fundamentals class is designed to teach participants the basics for using 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. 3 p.m. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road W., Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. 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. Pineville Police Department, 300 Main Street, Pineville. www.pinevillenc.net.

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. 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.

Kid's Consignment Sale:

Harrison United Methodist Church will host a consignment sale. Clothing for newborns, juniors/teens, maternity clothing, baby equipment, toys, furniture. No admission charge. 6-8 p.m. To consign or for more information visit: humcfaithcircle.org or email info@humcfaithcircle.org. Harrison United Methodist Church, 15008 Lancaster Hwy., Pineville.

Oil Painting for Adults:

Joni Purk enjoys sharing the knowledge and applications of oil she has developed over the years. Working with budding to advanced artists, her class size remains small to concentrate on individual attention. Visit our website for detailed information. 6:30 p.m. $30 paid on monthly basis. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Back Alley Film Series:

A train pulls into the station, a hobo jumps from a freight car, hoping for a fresh start in a new city. Instead, he finds himself trapped in an urban hell. 7:30 p.m. $5 for Film Society members; $8 for nonmembers. Carolina Cinemas Crownpoint Stadium 12, 9630 Monroe Road, Charlotte. 704-847-2024. carolinacinemas.com.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory:

Presented by The Light Factory: "Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory." Rated G/100 min. 8 p.m. Free. Levine JCC, 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-333-9755. www.thelightfactory.org.

Aug. 26

Kid's Consignment Sale:

Harrison United Methodist Church will host a consignment sale. Clothing for newborns, juniors/teens, maternity clothing, baby equipment, toys, furniture. No admission charge. 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.

Leadership Event:

Elevation Church has planned an event for all Matthews Campus leaders. Dinner is provided Childcare is provided (RSVP the number of children). 7 p.m. Elevation Church Matthews Campus, 11416 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews.

SouthPark Movies Under The Stars:

SouthPark invites families and friends to gather on the lawn at Symphony Park to enjoy some sizzling summer entertainment. 7 p.m. Free. 704-364-4411. Symphony Park at SouthPark, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-315-6284 office. www.drugfreeworld.us

Aug. 27

Food Addicts:

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. Anuvia Prevention & Recovery Center, 100 Billingsley Road, Charlotte. 704-348-1569. foodaddicts.org.

Lakeshore Learning:

Free crafts for kids at your local Lakeshore Learning Store every Saturday. Lakeshore Learning, 10005 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews. 704-849-2370. www.lakeshorelearning.com.

Decorum:

This presentation is an interactive discussion as to what protocol and etiquette are and are not. As a group we will investigate how decorum can enhance our public and private lifestyles and explore its many pit-falls as well. 3 p.m. $15-$70. 704-629-8154. Capex, 146 Main St., Pineville.

Aug. 28

Brandon Poole Student Blood Drive:

Save local lives by donating at a CBCC community blood drive. 11 a.m. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us. Carmel Baptist Church, 1145 Pineville-Matthews Road, Matthews. 704-847-8575. www.carmelbaptist.org.

Lecture Series:

The Lower Providence Community House continues their lecture series with Tom Young, the owner of Young's Garden and Nursery speaking about fall planting. Tickets are $10 at the door. Proceeds go to the cabin restoration. 3 p.m. Lecture Series, 9735 Community House Road, Charlotte. 704-905-8334. www.lowerprovidencelogcabin.org.

Aug. 29

Links for Lupus:

The purpose of Links for Lupus is to raise money for the Lupus Foundation of America's Piedmont Chapter which provides local education and support services to 14,000 people in our region who are living with lupus. Register: lupuslinks.dojiggy.com. 11 a.m. $175 individual, $600 foursome. 877-849-8271. www.lupuslinks.org. Cedarwood Country Club, 4100 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. www.cedarwoodcc.com

Aug. 30

Fall Vegetable Gardening:

Planting a fall garden in our climate gives you the opportunity to have vegetables on your table in the fall and throughout the winter and spring. Learn some tricks to get more our of your garden during the cooler months. Topics will include direct seeding vs. planting seedlings, an introduction to row covers and other tips for extending the season. Please register. 9:30 a.m. 30. $15. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

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