South Charlotte

Watercolor classes, Tylers Treehouse 5K and more!

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Sept. 7

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

Come be inspired by the profound ways God has used the many books by Billy and Ruth Graham to change lives around 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. 9:30 a.m. Sept. 7-10, 12-17, 19-23. Free. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200.

Colored Pencil:

This two-day workshop is designed to teach a value-assigned color process using a face as our reference. 10 a.m. $200 (two-day workshop). Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741.

Watercolor Independent Study:

Spend 2 1/2 hours with award-winning watercolor artist and gallery owner Nancy Couick. 10 a.m. $100. Nancy Couick Studios & Gallery, 10100 Park Cedar Drive, Charlotte. 704-541-6944.

Mix at Six:

This outdoor music series located in south Charlotte will feature Leslie Thompson and Friends. 6 p.m. Free. Ballantyne Village, 14825 John J Delaney Drive, Charlotte. 704-369-5005.

Sept. 8

Watercolor classes:

Spend 2 1/2 learning and perfecting your watercolor techniques with award-winning watercolor artist and gallery owner Nancy Couick. Classes are open to all skill levels. 10 a.m. $100 per month. Nancy Couick Studios & Gallery, 10100 Park Cedar Drive, Charlotte. 704-541-6944.

Firefly Lanterns:

Come learn about fireflies. Find out why these tiny beetles produce flashing lights in the night. We'll even make a craft to help you catch them and understand how they were used as lanterns long ago. Ages 5-7; advance registration required. 3:45 p.m. $10. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664.

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 class. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741.

WFAE's Homeland Charlotte:

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. 7 p.m. Free. Reservations required. Police & Fire Training Academy, 1770 Shopton Road, Charlotte. 704-549-9323.

Gospel Fit Dance:

The choreographed intervals include high and low impacts of tae-bo, kickboxing and Latin dance moves. 7:30 p.m. $6 per session. J'adore Ballroom, 508 Griffith Road, Charlotte. 704-905-8678.

Sept. 10

Tylers Treehouse 5K and Family Fun Run:

This event is being organized in memory of Tyler Scott. Tyler was just 5 1/2 years old when he was diagnosed with brainstem glioma in January 2006. 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. Old Georgetowne Swim Club, 7930 Whistlestop Road, Charlotte.

Ask a Master Gardener Day At Regional Farmers Market:

Look for Master Gardeners in the Greenery Shed to answer your gardening questions. Lawn Care 101: Learn cost-effective, earth-friendly techniques for planting a new or renovating an old lawn and keeping it healthy and beautiful. 8 a.m. Free. Regional Farmers Market Greenery Shed, Yorkmont Road, Charlotte. 704-336-4011.

DogGone Good Time Festival:

This family- and dog-friendly event features a 5K trail run, dog walk, individual and team fundraising, tennis ball raffle, dog games, vendors, more. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of York County. 8 a.m. $15 for dog walk; $25 5K. Anne Springs Close Greenway, U.S. 21 Bypass, Fort Mill. 803-547-4575.

Big Red Shoe 5K:

Enjoy a day of fun and fitness with the whole family and support the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. The event includes a 5K run and walk and a 1K fun run for kids. After the race, the festival includes a pancake breakfast, rock climbing wall, inflatables, petting zoo, more. 8 a.m. Myers Park Baptist Church, Cornwell Center, 2001 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-334-7232.

Romare Bearden: An Artist Remembers His Birthplace:

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Romare Bearden's birth, Jerald Melberg Gallery presents an exhibition of more than 40 collages, watercolors and prints featuring the artist's memories of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. 10 a.m. Sept. 10, 12-17, 19-24, 26-27. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000.

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.

Crafts for Kids:

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.

Sept. 13

Autumn in the Garden:

Autumn can be a time to replant the summer vegetable garden with cool season plants and establish perennials, rebuild your soil with slow release minerals and cover crops or take time to relax and plan for next spring. Join Mary Roberts, of Windcrest Organic Farm, and learn what we can do to make the most of this upcoming season. Please register. 9:30 a.m. $15. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664.

Effectively Managing File Data:

Learn how to better manage your file data during this lunch workshop. 11:30 a.m. Palm, 6705 Phillips Place Court., Charlotte. 704-552-7256.

Using Brain Games to Slow Mild Cognitive Impairment:

Some clinical evidence suggests brain games can help prevent dementia. Learn these brain games at a free workshop from The Ivey adult day care center. Advance registration is required at 704-909-2070. Free adult day care is available during the workshop if arranged in advance. 2 p.m. Sept. 13; 6 p.m. Sept. 13. Free. The Ivey Adult Day Services, 6030 Park South Drive, Charlotte. 704-909-2070.