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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. 28

Nonprofit Design Challenge:

Charlotte-area nonprofit organizations needing a new logo, 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. Moonlight Creative Group, 1705 East Blvd, Suite 100, Charlotte. 704-358-3777. www.moonlightcreative.com.

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, owner of Young's Garden and Nursery speaking about fall planting. 9735 Community House Road. Tickets are $10 at the door and proceeds go toward cabin restoration. 3 p.m. Aug. 28. 704-905-8334. www.lowerprovidencelogcabin.org. Lecture Series, 9735 Community House Road, Charlotte. 704-905-8334. www.lowerprovidencelogcabin.org.

MatchMaker Tennis Fall Leagues in Charlotte:

Registration for the 2011 Fall Recreational Tennis Leagues will close Aug. 31. We will host leagues for beginners, intermediates and advanced players. Details available online or by phone. 6:30 p.m. $15. 704-443-8668. www.matchmakertennis.com. Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd., Charlotte. 704-432-4280. www.parkandrec.com.

Aug. 29

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

Join us to learn more about the various outreaches Mrs. Graham was involved with throughout her life, as well as personal stories of how what she did impacted the lives of others. 9:30 a.m. Free. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygraham.org.

Aug. 30

Fall Vegetable Gardening:

Learn some tricks to get more out of your garden during the cooler months. Topics will include direct seeding versus planting seedlings, an introduction to row covers, and other tips for extending the season. Please register. 9:30 a.m. $15. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

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

Join us to learn more about the various outreaches Mrs. Graham was involved with throughout her life, as well as personal stories of how what she did impacted the lives of others. 9:30 a.m. Free. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygraham.org.

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.

Managing Your Money Workshop:

Register to attend. Call or email: sburns@cmhp.org. 6 p.m. Free. Charlotte Mecklenburg Housing Partnership, 4601 Charlotte Park Drive Suite 350, Charlotte. 704-342-0933. www.cmhp.org.

Gospel Fit Dance:

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. 31

Tips on How to Be Cool This Summer:

Hot weather puts extra stress on the body; and exercise combined with increased air temperature raises core body temperature. 7 a.m. Free. 704-247-9090. Urban Active, 12325 Copper Way, Charlotte. 888-271-9912. www.urbanactive.com

Breakfast with the Birds:

Join us for a program where children can learn all about the birds that call Wing Haven home. We'll take a walk through the garden to test our birding skills and eat breakfast with the birds! For ages 3-5; Registration required. 10 a.m. $10. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 04-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Charlotte Knights vs. Durham Bulls:

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

Sep. 1

Watercolor:

Yupo is an alternative watercolor paper available in bright white or translucent. Learn how to use this alternative paper in this three-day workshop. Sept 28-30. Details available online. Registration is required . 9:30 a.m. $300. (9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.). Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

A Legacy of Literature: The Writings of Billy and Ruth Graham:

Come be inspired by the profound ways God has used the many books by Billy and Ruth Graham to change lives round the world. 9:30 a.m. Free. 704-401-3200. www.BillyGrahamLibrary.org. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygraham.org.

Monthly Paper Graphics Classes:

Learn the art of quilling - an age-old craft taught in a new way. Easy to learn techniques; beautiful scrolled designs. Paper filigree used in a variety of ways. First Thursday of every month. $30 per session includes most supplies. Call Lisa Underwood to register: 704-614-7898. 6:30 p.m. $30 per session. 704-614-7898. www.mainstreamcreative.com. FASTFRAME Matthews, 1813-400 Matthews Township Parkway, Matthews. 704-845-4017. www.fastframematthews.com.

Charlotte Knights vs. Durham Bulls:

7:15 p.m. Sep. 1. Knights Stadium, 2280 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill.

Gospel Fit Dance:

Cardio workout designed to burn calories quickly. The choreographed intervals include high- and low-impact 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.

Sep. 2

A Legacy of Literature: The Writings of Billy & Ruth Graham:

Explore actual manuscripts with handwritten notes, foreign-language versions of their books, rare photos, testimonies, and Billy Graham's thoughts on his forthcoming book, "Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well." 9:30 a.m. Free. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygraham.org.

Matthews Alive!:

Matthews Alive is a family-oriented festival with lots of music, food, arts and crafts, and fun just 10 miles from Charlotte. Proceeds benefit local nonprofit organizations in Matthews. 12510 a.m. festivalnet.com/cgi-bin/subs/subsdb.cgi?db=subs&view_records2=1&ww=1&ID=10376&fn=fn01058. Downtown Matthews, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-321-7275. www.matthewsnc.com.

Charlotte Knights vs. Gwinnett Braves:

7:15 p.m. Sep. 2. Knights Stadium, 2280 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill.

Sep. 3

Matthews Alive!:

Matthews Alive is a family-oriented festival with lots of music, food, arts and crafts, and fun just 10 miles from Charlotte. Proceeds benefit local nonprofit organizations in Matthews. 12510 a.m. festivalnet.com/cgi-bin/subs/subsdb.cgi?db=subs&view_records2=1&ww=1&ID=10376&fn=fn01058. Downtown Matthews, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-321-7275. www.matthewsnc.com.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous:

FA is a program based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. There are no dues, fees, or weigh-ins. FA 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. 704-348-1569. foodaddicts.org. Anuvia Prevention & Recovery Center, 100 Billingsley Road, Charlotte.

Labor Day Bachata Bash:

Charlotte Bachata fans will enjoy five hours of nonstop Bachata workshops and performances by Lee "El Gringuito" Smith and Katherine "La Gata" Aguilar. 12 p.m.: Heating up the Bachata Dance Floor; 1 p.m.: Bachata Combinations/ Dips & Tricks; 2 p.m.: Dominican Footwork Frenzy; 3 p.m.: Intro to Kizomba; 4 p.m.: Bachata Foreplay Battle Workshop Bachata social performances start at 9 p.m. Dancing starts at 10 p.m. Register at labordaybachatabash.eventbrite.com or call 704-492-6175. World Dance Center, 855 Sam Newell Road, Matthews. 704-449-8112. www.charlottesalsadance.com.

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