South Charlotte

Breakfast with the Birds, Matthews Alive and more!

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Aug. 31

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.

Watercolor Class:

Work on your own projects with one-on-one critique from watercolor artist Nancy Couick. 10 a.m. $100. Nancy Couick Studios & Gallery, 10100 Park Cedar Drive, Charlotte. 704-541-6944. www.nancycouick.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; advance registration required. 10 a.m. $10. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Colored Pencil:

This two-day workshop is designed to teach a value-assigned color process using a face as our reference. Learn circular drawing technique, choose sequence colors, blend colors, more. 10 a.m. $200 (two-day workshop). Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Collages, Prints and Paintings:

Featured artist for September, Andrea Repole, will have works of collage, prints and paintings. 6 p.m. Aug. 31; Sept. 1-2. Free. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Mix at Six:

Come out for this weekly outdoor music series in Ballantyne Village, featuring Vanilla Cornbread. 6 p.m. Free. Ballantyne Village, 14825 John J Delaney Drive, Charlotte. 704-369-5005. www.mixatsixballantyne.com.

MatchMaker Tennis:

Registration for the 2011 fall recreational tennis leagues will close Aug. 31. 6:30 p.m. $15. Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd., Charlotte. 704-443-8668. www.matchmakertennis.com.

Sept. 1

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

Come be inspired by the profound ways God has used books by Billy and Ruth Graham to change lives round the world. Gain personal insight into how they chose their topics and how the Gospel reached people through their writing. 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. Sept. 1-3, 5-10, 12-17. Free. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygraham.org.

Watercolor Classes:

Classes are open to all skill levels. Students learn through demonstration and targeted projects, with one-on-one critique. 10 a.m. $100/month. Nancy Couick Studios & Gallery, 10100 Park Cedar Drive, Charlotte. 704-541-6944. www.nancycouick.com.

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. 6:30 p.m. $30 per session. To register: 704-614-7898. FASTFRAME Matthews, 1813-400 Matthews Township Parkway, Matthews. 704-845-4017. www.fastframematthews.com.

Oil Painting for Adults:

In her 11th year of teaching, 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.6:30 p.m. $30 per session. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

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 per session. J'adore Ballroom, 508 Griffith Rd., Charlotte. 704-905-8678. www.gospelfitdance.com.

Sept. 2

Matthews Alive!:

Matthews Alive is a family-oriented festival with music, food, arts and crafts and fun. All proceeds benefit the local nonprofit organizations in the Matthews Community.6 p.m. Sept. 2; 9 a.m. Sept. 3, 5; 12 p.m. Sept. 4. Downtown Matthews, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-321-7275. www.matthewsnc.com

Girls' Night Out at the Gallery:

Each night different creative outlet while sipping on wine with friends. Take home your art. Supplies included. Space is limited. 7 p.m. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Sept. 3

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.

Couples Dining Etiquette Class:

Learn formal dining etiquette that will make you the ultimate dinner guest. 11 a.m. $89 per couple. The Academy of Etiquette & Charm, 5960 Fairview Road, Charlotte. 704-763-0552. www.etiquetteandcharm.com.

Crafts for Kids:

Join us every Saturday for crafts for kids at Lakeshore Learning. 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.

Sept. 6

Charlotte & Speed Networking for Breakfast:

Promote your business over a hearty breakfast of fresh fruit, pastries, coffee, orange juice and more. The morning will include breakfast, announcements and speed networking. Space is limited . 7:30 a.m. Sam's Club, 11425 Carolina Place Parkway, Charlotte. 704-541-1234. www.mainstreetchambercharlotte.org.

Charlotte Career Fair:

Build your brand at one of National Career Fairs' 300 recruitment events that bring together thousands of qualified career seekers and hundreds of employers. 11 a.m. Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel, 2800 Coliseum Centre Drive, Charlotte. 704-357-1414. www.nationalcareerfairs.com.

Watercolor Classes:

Learn new techniques, improve your skills, experiment with paint and color in a congenial class setting. 6:30 p.m. $100. Nancy Couick Studios & Gallery, 10100 Park Cedar Drive, Charlotte. 704-541-6944. www.nancycouick.com.

Amphibians of Mecklenburg:

Join Habitat and Wildlife Keepers for a fun and informative discussion of amphibians in the Charlotte area. Help us identify the varieties in our backyard and offer tips on amphibian conservation in urban areas. 7 p.m. Free. Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-814-0877. www.habitatsteward.org.

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