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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.

Sep. 4

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 of free design services from Moonlight Creative Group. Call for submissions runs July 15-Sept. 15. 6 a.m. Moonlight Creative Group, 1705 East Blvd, Suite 100, Charlotte. 704-358-3777. www.moonlightcreative.com.

Boost Your Confidence:

In this class, Kaliana shows how to increase confidence to make better choices for yourself. She then guides you through a meditation to bring in greater strands of confidence and counteract negative mind talk. 9:30 a.m. $15. 704-491-9131. www.meetup.com. Elemental Healing Charlotte, 5200 Park Road, Charlotte. www.ElementalHealingCharlotte.com.

Matthews Alive!:

Matthews Alive is a family-oriented festival with lots of music, food, arts and crafts and fun. We are just 10 miles from Charlotte. All proceeds benefit local nonprofit organizations in Matthews. 10 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.

Sep. 5

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 Mr. Graham's thoughts on his forthcoming book, "Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well." 9:30 a.m. Free. www.BillyGrahamLibrary.org. 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. We are just 10 miles from Charlotte. All proceeds benefit local nonprofit organizations in Matthews. 10 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.

Sep. 6

MainStreet Chamber-Charlotte:

MainStreet Chamber-Charlotte and Sam's Club-Pineville have partnered to bring you "Speed Networking for Breakfast." Promote your business over a hearty breakfast of fresh fruit, pastries, coffee, OJ and more. Each attendee will receive special day pass to shop at Sam's Club and a free lifetime membership to MainStreet Chamber. Registration required. 7:30 a.m. Sam's Club, 11425 Carolina Place Parkway, Charlotte. 704-541-1234. ww.mainstreetchambercharlotte.org. www.samsclub.com.

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 Mr. Graham's thoughts on his forthcoming book, "Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well." 9:30 a.m. Free. www.BillyGrahamLibrary.org. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygraham.org.

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. 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.

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" versus the "Save" command. 11 a.m. 704-283-8184. www.union.lib.nc.us/computer_take_a_class.asp. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road W, Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us.

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. www.nationalcareerfairs.com. Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel, 2800 Coliseum Centre Drive, Charlotte. 704-357-1414.

Amphibians of Mecklenburg:

Join Habitat and Wildlife Keepers as we kick off our sixth season by welcoming Dr. Steve Price for a fun and informative discussion of amphibians in the Charlotte metro area. Price will help identify the varieties in our backyard and offer tips on amphibian conservation in urban areas. 7 p.m. Free. 704-814-0877. www.habitatsteward.org. Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-321-7275. www.matthewsnc.com.

Gospel Fit Dance:

The choreographed intervals include high- and low-impact tae-bo, kickboxing and Latin dance moves. Free trial session every Tuesday; one 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. 7

For Every Season Consignment Sale:

For Every Season is proud to offer two floors of bargains at our Fall and Winter Children's Consignment Event at The Pointe, Interstate 77 Exit 88 next to Knights Stadium. Don't miss this award-winning event. 9 a.m. Free admission. The Pointe, 2266 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill. 803-327-5473. www.foreveryseason.net.

Mix at Six:

Free outdoor music series located in south Charlotte at Ballantyne Village. Leslie Thompson & Friends. Free. www.mixatsixballantyne.com. Ballantyne Village, 14825 John J Delaney Drive, Charlotte. 704-369-5005. www.ballantynevillage.com.

Microsoft Publisher:

Microsoft Office 2007 Publisher I class is designed to teach how to create professional publications. The class will cover creating a basic sign, greeting card, business cards and a flier. 7 p.m. www.union.lib.nc.us/computer_take_a_class.asp. Monroe Library, Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe. 704-283-8184. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Sep. 8

For Every Season Consignment Sale:

For Every Season is proud to offer two floors of bargains at our Fall and Winter Children's Consignment Event at The Pointe, Interstate 77 Exit 88 next to Knights Stadium. Don't miss this award-winning event. 9 a.m. Free admission. The Pointe, 2266 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill. 803-327-5473. www.foreveryseason.net.

Firefly Lanterns:

Find our why these tiny beetles produce flashing lights. We'll even make a craft to help catch them and understand how they were used as lanterns long ago. Ages 5-7; registration required. 3:45 p.m. $10. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

WFAE's Homeland Charlotte: How Secure Today?:

As the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks approaches, WFAE's Public Conversations Series examines the state of homeland security in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Moderated by WFAE's Julie Rose. 7 p.m. Sep. 8. Free; reservations required. 704-549-9323. www.wfae.org. Police & Fire Training Academy, 1770 Shopton Road, Charlotte.

Gospel Fit Dance:

The choreographed intervals include high- and low-impact tae-bo, kickboxing and Latin dance moves. Free trial session every Tuesday; one 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.

Stand-up Comedy Open Mic Night @ The Comedy Zone Fort Mill:

The mic opens for everybody; invite your friends to watch you take the stage for your five minutes of fame. 9:30 p.m. Free. 803-802-3990. www.TheComedyZoneFortMill.com. Madison's on the Corner, 900 Crossroads Plaza, Fort Mill.

Sep. 9

Retirement Has Changed: What's Your Next Move?:

Retirement Financial Education Series. John Heath, Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration will be the featured speaker. Please call to reserve a seat. 11:30 a.m. Free. Edward Jones, 17206 Lancaster Highway, Charlotte. 704-544-6360. www.edwardjones.com.

Girls' Night Out at the Gallery:

Starting October 2011. Every Friday. Registration required. Supplies included. 7 p.m. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com.

Sep. 10

Tyler's Treehouse 5K and Family Fun Run:

Organized in memory of Tyler Scott, who was just 5 1/2 years old when he was diagnosed with brainstem glioma; Tyler died nine days later. The goal of Tyler's Treehouse Inc. is to find a cure for brainstem glioma with the help of researchers at St. Jude Children's Hospital. 7:30 a.m. $15. www.tylerstreehouse.org. Old Georgetowne Swim Club, 7930 Whistlestop Road, Charlotte.

Ask a Master Gardener Day:

Look for Master Gardeners in the Greenery Shed to answer your gardening questions. 8 a.m. Free. Regional Farmers Market Greenery Shed, Yorkmont Road, Charlotte. 704-336-4011. www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org.

Humane Society fundraiser:

The Humane Society of York County's DogGone Good Time Festival is a family and dog friendly event that features a 5K trail run, dog walk, individual and team fundraising, tennis ball raffle, dog games, vendors. 8 a.m. $15 dog walk; $25 5K trail run. www.humanesocietyofyorkcounty.org/events/dog-gone-good-time-festival. Anne Springs Close Greenway, Highway 21 Bypass, Fort Mill. 803-547-4575. www.leroysprings.com.

Big Red Shoe 5k:

The Cornwell Center at Meyers Park Baptist Church presents Big Red Shoe 5K & Festival. Join us as we support the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. Contact: Jenny Yopp, Cornwell Center director: 704-927-0774. www.cornwellcenter.org. 8 a.m. Myers Park Baptist Church, Cornwell Center, 2001 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-334-7232. www.mpbconline.org.

Scrap A Way To A Cure For Ovarian Cancer:

Linda F. Kelly Foundation presents fourth Annual Scrap A Way To a Cure for Ovarian Cancer, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Scrapbooking with friends, fantastic prizes, inspiring guest speakers, food and shopping with local vendors. Registration required: $35; closes Sept. 3. Broadcast Group Complex. 8400 Regent Parkway, Fort Mill.

Romare Bearden: An Artist Remembers His Birthplace:

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Romare Bearden's birth, Jerald Melberg Gallery presents a major exhibition of over 40 collages, watercolors and prints featuring the artist's memories of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. 10 a.m. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

MainStreet Chamber-Charlotte "EXPO & Grow 2011":

MainStreet Chamber-Charlotte presents "Expo & Grow 2011." Join MainStreet Chamber-Charlotte and local sponsor goodmortgage.com for inaugural event. Free. 10 a.m. 3325 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704 523 3886. www.mainstreetchambercharlotte.org. www.goodmortgage.com.

For Every Season Consignment Sale:

For Every Season is proud to offer two floors of bargains at our Fall and Winter Children's Consignment Event at The Pointe, Interstate 77 Exit 88 next to Knights Stadium. Don't miss this award-winning event. 9 a.m. Free admission. The Pointe, 2266 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill. 803-327-5473. www.foreveryseason.net.

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. 10:15 a.m. Free. Anuvia Prevention & Recovery Center, 100 Billingsley Road, Charlotte. 704-348-1569. foodaddicts.org.

FREE Crafts for Kids - Lakeshore Learning:

Join us every Saturday for Free Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning Store. Ages 3 and older. 11 a.m. Free. Lakeshore Learning, 10005 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews. 704-849-2370. www.lakeshorelearning.com.

Young Authors Program:

We provide youths with fun, exciting and imaginative ways to express their voices through writing. Genres include: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, humor, mystery, and science fiction/fantasy. 3 p.m. $6 classes; $4 registration. Lakeview Church, 13925 Erwin Road, Charlotte. 704-464-8559. www.youngauthorsprogram.blogspot.com.

Sep. 11

Patriot Day Celebration:

Be the first to experience the new corn maze in honor of the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Aw Shucks will have a special early opening to benefit The American Red Cross. 1 p.m. $5. Aw Shucks Farms, 3718 Plyler Mill Road, Monroe. 704-709-7000. www.AwShucksFarms.com.

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