South Charlotte

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.

Sept. 11

Nonprofit Design Challenge:

Get up to 15 hours worth 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.

KIT Youth Triathlon:

Swim is in a six-lane, 25-yard pool. Time-trial start. Kids will start 10-20 seconds apart with their age group. 8:30 a.m. Springfield Swim Club, 420 Horton Grove Road, Fort Mill.

Sept. 12

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

9:30 a.m. through Sept. 28 Free. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygraham.org.

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 more than 40 collages, watercolors and prints featuring the artist's memories of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. 10 a.m. through Sept. 28. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

Queen City Community Orchestra invites new members:

Anyone who has played a string instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass) can join the orchestra. We offer two free concerts each year. 7:30 p.m. 704-398-3301. www.qcco.org. Charlotte Country Day School, Hance Fine Arts Center, 1440 Carmel Road, Charlotte. 704-943-4500. www.charlottecountryday.org.

Sept. 13

Autumn in the Garden:

Join Mary Roberts of Windcrest Organic Farm. Registration required. 9:30 a.m. $15. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

The Garden Club of Weddington.:

"Bulb Planting for Spring Color" Speaker: Dawn Ridley. The Garden Club of Weddington meets the second Tuesday, from September through May. 9:30 a.m. 704-443-9093. Siler Presbyterian Church, 6301 Weddington Monroe Road, Matthews. 704-821-7445. www.gardenclubofweddington.com.

Microsoft Office 2007 Word Fundamentals:

10 a.m. Monroe Library, Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe. 704-283-8184. www.union.lib.nc.us/computer_take_a_class.asp.

Arthritis Tai Chi:

2 p.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road., Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Using Brain Games to Slow Mild Cognitive Impairment:

Free workshop from The Ivey adult day-care center. Registration required. Free adult day-care is available if arranged in advance. Presenter: Dr. Vicki Parker with The Brain Trainer in Charlotte. 2 p.m. Free. The Ivey Adult Day Services, 6030 Park South Drive, Charlotte. 704-909-2070. www.theivey.com.

"Race to Nowhere":

A concerned mother turned filmmaker aims her camera at the high-stakes, high-pressure culture that has invaded schools and children's lives. 7 p.m. River Hills Community Church, 104 Hamiltons Ferry Road, Lake Wylie. 925-310-4242.

Sept. 14

Living Healthy Workshop:

Learn how to use your mind to manage symptoms and medications, set goals and problem-solve. CMC-Steele Creek Community Room 13640. Free. 9 a.m. Registration required: 704-667-6509 or email matthew.roden@carolinashealthcare.org. CMC-Steele Creek, 13598 Steelecroft Parkway, Charlotte. 704-512-5500. www.cmc-steelecreek.org.

Mix at Six:

Shana Blake & Pivotal Soul. 6 p.m. Free. www.mixatsixballantyne.com. Ballantyne Village, 14825 John J Delaney Drive, Charlotte. 704-369-5005. www.ballantynevillage.com.

Sept. 15

Kids Konsignment:

Clothes, furniture, toys, strollers and more. Cash and checks accepted. Proceeds benefit women's and children's charities in Union County. Shopping starts 9 a.m. Free to shop. Weddington United Methodist Church, 13901 Providence Road, Weddington. 704-846-1032. www.weddingtonchurch.org.

The Kissing Hand:

We'll read a story about raccoons and learn about where they live in our garden, too. Ages 3-5; registration required. 10 a.m. $10. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Microsoft Office 2007 Publisher:

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/computer_take_a_class.asp.

Free Chair Yoga:

The Tyvola Senior Center is offering a free chair yoga class taught by Hampton Thrower. 10:15 a.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road., Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Visually Impaired Persons Support Group:

Meets monthly at the Tyvola Senior Center. 1 p.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road., Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Free Arthritis Tai Chi:

2 p.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road., Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Microsoft Office 2007 Excel Tables:

This class will teach participants how to create, sort and filter Excel tables. 3 p.m. Free. Monroe Library, Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe. 704-283-8184. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Gardening For Birds and Butterflies:

Natural, ecologically friendly techniques for attracting more birds and butterflies. Free and open to the public. 6 p.m. McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-336-4011. www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.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.

Sept. 16

Memory Lane Cafe:

10:30 a.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road., Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Make-A-Difference Day:

Hear stories of volunteerism and learn more about volunteer opportunities. Participate in Operation Gratitude and help prepare for Alzheimer's Walk-a-Thon. 10:30 a.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road., Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Kids Konsignment:

5 p.m. Free to shop. Weddington United Methodist Church, 13901 Providence Road, Weddington. 704-846-1032. www.weddingtonchurch.org.

Sept. 17

Parenting and Perspiration:

Come and get recharged with humorous and practical strategies and tips for raising kids. 9 a.m. Wake Forest University, 6805 Morrison Blvd. Suite 150, Charlotte.

Father and Son Slugfest:

10 a.m. Butler High School, 1810 Matthews Mint Hill Road, Matthews. 980-343-6300.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous:

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

Free Crafts for Kids - Lakeshore Learning:

Ages 3 and older. 11 a.m. Free. Lakeshore Learning, 10005 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews. 704-849-2370. www.lakeshorelearning.com.

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