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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. 25

Sculpture by Robert Winkler:

"Progressions" gives visitors the opportunity to explore how a sculptor's ideas take form. Presented by Friends of Art at Queens. Max L. Jackson Gallery, Watkins Building. 10 a.m. Sept. 25-Oct. 1. Free. Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. www.queens.edu.

Festival in the Park:

See, hear and learn from over 150 artists who actively demonstrate and display their art. Entertainers provide performances at the main stage and stages surrounding. Free. 10 a.m. Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd., Charlotte. 704-432-4280.

Pow Wow:

28th Annual Native American Pow Wow at Indian Trail features dance competition, arts and crafts, as well as storytelling and food. Admission is free. Bring a lawn chair. 11 a.m. www.mnaa@metrolinanativeamericans.com. Indian Trail Town Hall, 100 Navajo Trail, Indian Trail. 704-821-8114. www.indiantrail.org.

Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens:

Visit a beautiful, native plants garden created by Master Gardeners to find inspiration. 12 p.m. Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Ave., Charlotte.

Family Kayaking Tour:

Paddle the border of the Carolinas with views of the Buster Boyd Bridge, Copperhead Island and more. All equipment and instruction provided. Children ages 5-9 are required to share a tandem kayak with an adult. Registration required. Call 311 or 704-336-7600. 1 p.m. $20. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. www.parkandrec.com.

Live Animal Talk:

What does a snake feel like? Can turtles trade shells? Discover these answers and more while you get up close to several resident animals of McDowell Nature Center. No registration required. 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Free. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224.

Lecture Series:

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

Celebration of Music in Worship:

6 p.m. Free. 704-340-4543. Providence Baptist Church, 4921 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-529-1616. www.metromusicministries.org.

Sept. 26

Nurturing Parenting Training:

Training is open to teachers, social workers and parents who want to implement the curriculum. 8:30 a.m. Sept. 26. The three-day program costs $250 per participant. 704-525-5770. www.ywcacentralcarolinas.org. YWCA of the Central Carolinas, 3420 Park Road, Charlotte.

The Writings of Billy and Ruth Graham:

Come be inspired by the profound ways God has used the many books by Billy and Ruth Graham to change lives round the world. 9:30 a.m. Free. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygraham.org

Romare Bearden: An Artist Remembers His Birthplace:

10 a.m. Sept. 26-Oct. 12. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

Internet and Email Basics:

Participants learn how to surf the web using Internet Explorer 8 browser. 3 p.m. Monroe Library, Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe. 704-283-8184. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Kaliana's Grief Support Group:

Fourth Monday of each month through November. 6:30 p.m. Donations accepted. 704-491-9131. Elemental Healing Charlotte, 5200 Park Road, Charlotte. www.ElementalHealingCharlotte.com.

Queen City Community Orchestra:

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. 27

The Well-Planted Plant:

Workshop on proper planting techniques. Advance registration required; limited to 15. 9:30 a.m. $65. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Examining Estate Planning & Estate Taxation:

1-3 p.m. Free. 704-708-5001. www.BillRomeo1APG.com. Matthews Women Club, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-849-5063. http:www.matthewswomen.org.

Arthritis Tai Chi:

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

Microsoft Office 2007 Word Fundamentals:

Participants will first become familiar with the basic skills needed to create and format a document. 3 p.m. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road W., Indian Trail. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Savvy Social Security Planning:

7-9 p.m. Free. 704-708-5001. www.BillRomeo1APG.com. Matthews Women Club, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-849-5063. http:www.matthewswomen.org.

An Evening With Jane Goodall Live:

8 p.m. Regal Cinemas Stonecrest at Piper Glen, 7824 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-540-7558.

Sept. 28

Future Technology Expo:

9 a.m. Smarter Systems, 14120 Ballantyne Corporate Place, Charlotte.

Understanding Levels of Care:

10 a.m. Sept. 28. Free. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org. Tyvola Road Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte.

Mix at Six:

Free outdoor music series. 6 p.m. www.mixatsixballantyne.com. Ballantyne Village, 14825 John J Delaney Drive, Charlotte. 704-369-5005. www.ballantynevillage.com.

Sunset Kayak Tour:

Learn the basics of flat water kayaking while watching the sunset over Lake Wylie. Registration required. 704-336-600. www.parkandrec.com. 6:30 p.m. $15. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224.

Laboring Over Long Term Care Insurance:

7 p.m. Free. 704-708-5001. www.BillRomeo1APG.com. Matthews Women Club, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-849-5063. www.matthewswomen.org.

Sept. 29

The Art of Quilting:

Six-week session, $145. 9 a.m.-noon Thursdays Sept. 22-Oct. 27. CPCC Levine Campus, 2800 Campus Ridge Road, Matthews. 704-330-4223.

Tales of Peter Rabbit:

We'll refurbish the bunny garden and plant some fall vegetable crops. Ages 4-5; registration required. 10 a.m. $10. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Chair Yoga:

The Tyvola Senior Center is offering a free chair yoga class. 10:15 a.m. 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.

Prostate Screenings:

6-8 p.m. This football-themed event will also feature free appetizers and a special guest appearance by the Carolina Panthers Top Cats. Everyone who is screened will be entered into a drawing for two free tickets to the Bank of America 500. Register: 704-667-6509. Free. 704-667-6509. CMC-Pineville, 10628 Park Road, Charlotte. www.cmc-pineville.org.

Growing Healthy Families:

Shonda Schilling, wife of retired Boston Red Sox All-star pitcher Curt Schilling and a best-selling author, will be headlining a full-day conference. Authors and psychologists will speak to parents and professionals on raising a child with a disorder. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29; 8 a.m. Sept. 30. $65-150. 704-552-0116. www.healthyfamiliesnc.com. Church at Charlotte, 2500 Carmel Road, Charlotte. 704-364-5913. www.churchatcharlotte.org.

Adult Ballroom Dance Classes:

Learn the Rumba, Quickstep and Jive. All proceeds benefit Christ Our Shepherd, a nonprofit that supports single-parent families. To register: jduncan@cosminstries.org. 6:30 p.m. $7 per individual, $10 per couple, additional charge for child care. Christ Our Shepherd Ministries, 230 W. John St., Matthews. 704-845-4673. www.cosministries.org.

Teal Next Year:

A spa mixer to raise awareness for ovarian cancer. Money raised is donated to Teal Toes & Teal Diva. 6:30 p.m. $20 admission, ala carte spa services available for $1 per minute. The Ballantyne Hotel & Spa, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. 704-248-4141. www.tealthereisacure.org.

Sept. 30

Charlotte Yarn Crawl 2011:

Go to www.charlotteyarncrawl.com for participating locations. Note crawl hours at each shop. 10 a.m. www.knittingincharlotte.com.

Mostly French: One Piano, Four Hands:

Sharing Elizabeth Clarkson's Steinway in the Clarkson home at Wing Haven, the four hands of pianists Diann Clark and Bill Gouge will entertain with a "mostly French" musical program featuring works by Debussy, Poulene and Faure. Reservations required. 6 p.m. $25. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Kids Night in Nature:

Have a night to yourself and leave the kids with us. We will enjoy a campfire with stories and plenty of nighttime games. Dinner will be provided. Many programs require registration and have limited space. 704-588-5224. www.parkandrec.com. 6 p.m. $15. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte.

Nature at Night Hayride:

Bring your family and experience McDowell Nature Preserve at night. Weather permitting we will venture into our Prairie in search of coyote, bobcat, deer, and owls while taking in the sights and sounds of the night. Limited seating. 8:15 p.m. $1. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224.

Chris Marks Band:

The band performs country rock and classics. 9 p.m. Stooge's Pub & Pub, 13230 Albemarle Road, Mint Hill.

Oct. 1

AutumnFaire:

Handcrafted jewelry, pottery, mosaics and other decorative art will all be available during this botanical marketplace. 9 a.m. Oct. 1-2. Free with garden admission. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490. www.dsbg.org.

Meadowood Stitched:

Meadowood Stitched is an exhibition of artwork by Fiber Art Options, a group of artists from the Charlotte area. 9 a.m. Oct. 1-15. Free with Garden Admission. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490. www.dsbg.org.

Big Sweep Four Mile Creek Greenway:

Support the state-wide cleanup effort at your favorite greenway. Johnston Road Parking lot near I-485. 9 a.m. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224.

10th Annual Riversweep:

The annual clean up of Lake Wylie shoreline, coves and creeks, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., with an after party and live music til 4 p.m.. Volunteers have a choice of 11 locations around the lake and are encouraged to register online at lakewylieriversweep.com. Free. Buster Boyd bridge Access Area, 3900 Charlotte Highway, Lake Wylie. www.lakewylieriversweep.com.

JAARS Day:

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn how JAARS Inc. supports and enables Bible translation worldwide. Free. JAARS, 7405 JAARS Road, Waxhaw. 704-843-6000. www.jaars.org.

4th Annual Bikers with Boxes:

Fourth Annual Bikers with Boxes charity ride, in association with Operation Christmas Child, held at the Billy Graham Library. Free. Details: 704-401-3251 or email ssjohnson@bgea.org. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygraham.org.

Autumn Fest:

Workshop 10 a.m.-noon on "How to: Enhance Your Patio with Container Roses." $10 for supplies (includes potting soil and mulch). Reservations: 800-643-0315. 10 a.m. $10. Witherspoon Rose Culture, 4401 Shopton Road, Charlotte. 704-366-2566. www.witherspoonrose.com.

Artfest of Matthews:

10 a.m. Oct. 1-2. Downtown Matthews, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-321-7275. www.matthewsnc.com.

A Carnival:

The Carnival is nonstop fun and weather never cancels it. 10 a.m. Free. 704-523-4641. stanncharlotte.org. St. Ann Catholic Church, 3635 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-523-4641.

Christian Music Day:

1 p.m. Carowinds Paladium, 14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte.

2011 RBC Bank Buddy Walk:

A one mile-walk around the pond at Freedom Park to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome and to raise funds for programs and services. Information: Buddywalk@DSACNC.org. 2 p.m.704-609-6154. DSACNC.org. Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd., Charlotte. 704-432-4280.

The Village Cellar Fall Festival:

2-6 p.m. The Village Cellar, 4078 Charlotte Highway, Lake Wylie. 803-831-9527. www.thevillagecellar.net.

Harmony on the Hill Bluegrass Concert:

Outdoors, open seating: tickets $20 in advance, $25 at door. www.iTickets.com. 4 p.m. 704-541-3463. www.iTickets.com. Harrison United Methodist Church, 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville.

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