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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.

Sept. 18

Event Planning & Bridal Expo Launch Party:

The Event Planning & Bridal Expo is the perfect place for event professionals, brides-and-grooms-to-be and individuals who often host parties, networking events, small meetings and other social events to be in one room at the same time. 12 p.m. 404-274-8812. itsmypartycharlotte2011.eventbrite.com. Metropolitan Ballroom, 2935 Providence Road, Suite 200, Charlotte. 704-364-1871. www.metropolitan-ballroom.com.

Sept. 19

Scott Rea Memorial Golf Tournament:

Sponsored by Pineville United Methodist Church to raise funds for its ever-expanding outreach programs. Shotgun start at 9 a.m.; lunch included. Email golf@pinevilleumc.org. 8 a.m. $60 per player; foursome, $240; mulligan, $5 each. 704-382-6900 or 704-517-1237. www.pinevilleumc.org. Renaissance Park Golf Course, 1525 W. Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-357-3373. renaissancepark.americangolf.com.

A Legacy of Literature: The Writings of Billy and 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.

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. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

2011 Kiwanis Golf Tournament:

Ninth annual Kiwanis of Ballantyne Golf Tournament; chance to win $10,000 cash. Lunch by City Tavern and dinner by Texas Road House. Silent auction and raffle. Email KiwanisGolf2011@gmail.com or call Peter Rieke at 704-575-1993. 11:30 a.m. Raintree Country Club, 8600 Raintree Lane, Charlotte. 704-542-8150. www.raintreecountryclub.com.

Internet and Email Basics:

Learn how to surf the Web using Internet Explorer 8 browser; also how to open, create and send email messages using Hotmail. 3 p.m. 704-283-8184. www.union.lib.nc.us/computer_take_a_class.asp. Waxhaw Branch Library, 509 S. Providence St., Waxhaw. 704-843-3131. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Queen City Community Orchestra:

The Queen City Community Orchestra is seeking 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. 20

A Legacy of Literature: The Writings of Billy and 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.

Bird Walk with Mary:

Join Mary for a stroll through the garden; we'll watch for migrant birds en route to wintering grounds in warmer regions to the south. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. Binoculars provided if you don't have your own. Registration required; enrollment limited to 10. 9:30 a.m. $15. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com

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. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

Microsoft Office 2007 Excel Fundamentals:

This class will cover the essential skills needed for creating a basic spreadsheet and chart. 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.

Gospel Fit Dance:

Cardio workout includes 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. 704-905-8678. www.gospelfitdance.com. J'adore Ballroom, 508 Griffith Road, Charlotte. 704-523-1116. www.jadoreballroom.com.

Sept. 21

Living Healthy Workshop:

Learn how to use your mind to manage symptoms and medications, set goals and problem-solve. Registration is required and space is limited. 9 a.m. Free. 704-667-6509 or email matthew.roden@carolinashealthcare.org. CMC-Steele Creek, 13598 Steelecroft Parkway, Charlotte. 704-512-5500. www.cmc-steelecreek.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. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

Belk hosts "Girls Night Out" fall fashion event:

Enjoy catered food and beverages while browsing the latest fall fashions. Register to win $1,000 spa gift certificate, $1,000 shoe wardrobe, and getaway for two to NYC. 5 p.m. Free. Belk at SouthPark, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-364-4251. www.belk.com.

Mix at Six:

Free Outdoor Music Series located in south Charlotte at Ballantyne Village, featuring Coconut Groove. 6 p.m. Free. www.mixatsixballantyne.com. Ballantyne Village, 14825 John J Delaney Drive, Charlotte. 704-369-5005. www.ballantynevillage.com.

Sept. 22

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.

Arthritis Tai Chi:

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

Microsoft Office 2007 Excel Fundamentals:

This class will cover the essential skills needed for creating a basic spreadsheet and chart. 3 p.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.

Watercolor Society of NC Annual Show - Opening Reception:

The Watercolor Society of North Carolina Western Region invites you to the opening reception of an exhibition by North Carolina artists. The opening reception and exhibit are open to the public during gallery hours September 22-October 21. 5:30 p.m. Free. Nancy Couick Studios & Gallery, 10100 Park Cedar Drive, Charlotte. 704-541-6944. www.nancycouick.com.

The Magellan Society: Adventures in Dining:

The Magellan Society (Young Professionals of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte) Register for this event no later than noon Sept. 21 at You don't have to be a member of the WACC or The Magellan Society to attend events. 6 p.m. Cho Won Garden, 2501 Crownpoint Executive Drive, Charlotte.

Open Volunteer Meeting - Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Carolina:

The Piedmont Region of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Carolina will hold an open volunteer meeting to recruit more wish-granting and fundraising volunteers. 6 p.m. 843-853-7880. www.sc.wish.org. Fort Mill Public Library, 1818 2nd Baxter Crossing, Fort Mill. 803-547-4114. www.yclibrary.org.

Options For Prostate Cancer Treatment:

Presbyterian Cancer Center will hold an information session for high-risk and newly diagnosed prostate-cancer patients. Call to register. Caregivers welcome; dinner included. 6 p.m. 704-384-2273. Levine Senior Center, 1050 Devore Lane, Matthews. 704-846-4654. www.levineseniorcenter.org.

Gospel Fit Dance:

Cardio workout includes 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. 704-905-8678. www.gospelfitdance.com. J'adore Ballroom, 508 Griffith Road, Charlotte. 704-523-1116. www.jadoreballroom.com.

Attack of the Summer Film Series - "Clash of the Titans":

This epic mythological adventure stars Harry Hamlin as Perseus, son of Zeus (Laurence Olivier), who embarks on a series of perilous quests in the hopes of rescuing Princess Andromeda (Judi Bowker). 8 p.m. Free. 704-333-9755. www.lightfactory.org/clash-of-the-titans. Levine Jewish Community Center, 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-5007. www.charlottejcc.org.

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

The mic opens up for everybody, so invite your friends out to watch you take the stage for your 5 minutes of fame. 9:30 p.m. Free. Madison's on the Corner, 900 Crossroads Plaza, Fort Mill. 803-802-3990. www.TheComedyZoneFortMill.com.

Sept. 23

Fall Kids Consignment Sale at First Baptist Church Indian Trail:

The Preschool Ministry hosts its annual Fall Kids Consignment Sale. Come and shop for quality, gently used children's clothing, toys, infant items, shoes, books, games, furniture and more. 9 a.m. www.fbcit.org. 704-893-2654. First Baptist Church Indian Trail, 732 Fairview Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail. 704-226-1005. www.ourchurch.com

Festival in the Park:

Festival in the Park provides the opportunity for all to see, hear, and learn from more 150 artists who actively demonstrate and display their art. 10 a.m. Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd., Charlotte. 704-432-4280. www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Parks/Parks+By+Region/Central+Park+Region/Freedom+.htm.

13th Annual Oktoberfest 2011:

Thirteenth Annual Oktoberfest, featuring Europa Band. 5 p.m. $3 adults and children 12 and older. www.waldhorn.us/oktoberfest.htm. Waldhorn Restaurant, 12101 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. 704-540-7047. www.waldhorn.us.

Sept. 24

Isabella Santos Foundation 5K for Kids Cancer:

The fourth annual Isabella Santos Foundation 5K for Kids Cancer is for both walkers and runners and will include a 12-mile fun run for kids. Register at www.active.com/running/charlotte-nc/race-for-kids-cancer-5k-2011 or www.isabellassantosfoundation.com. 8 a.m. $25. 980-322-2980. Ballantyne Corporate Park, 13860 Ballantyne Corporate Place, Charlotte. 704-904-1527. www.ballantynecorporate.com.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous:

FA is a program based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. 10:15 a.m. Free. Anuvia Prevention & Recovery Center, 100 Billingsley Road, Charlotte. 704-348-1569. www.foodaddicts.org.

Crafts for Kids - Lakeshore Learning:

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

Baxter Block Party:

Sixth Annual Baxter Block Party. Bounce house, slide, rock wall, face painting for kids, entertainment on stage, food, music, contests, cornhole, vendors and the band Threshold at 7:30pm. 11 a.m. Free. Baxter Block Party, 940 Market St., Fort Mill.

13th Annual Oktoberfest 2011:

Thirteenth Annual Oktoberfest, featuring Europa Band. 5 p.m. $3 adults and children 12 and older. www.waldhorn.us/oktoberfest.htm. Waldhorn Restaurant, 12101 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. 704-540-7047. www.waldhorn.us.

7th Annual Barbeque & Bluejeans:

Barbeque & Bluejeans is the signature annual fundraiser benefiting children seen at Pat's Place Child Advocacy Center. Email melinda@patsplacecac.org. 6:30 p.m. $50 tickets; $500-$20,000 sponsorships. 3700 Pelham Lane, Charlotte. 704-335-2770. www.patsplacecac.org.

Sept. 25

The Lower Providence Community House - Lecture Series:

Charlotte-born historian and preservationist Bill Anderson will speak about Camp New Providence in Mecklenburg County during October-December 1780. 3 p.m. $10. The Lower Providence Community House, 9735 Community House Road, Charlotte. 704-905-8334. www.lowerprovidencelogcabin.org.

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