South Charlotte

Romare Bearden, Tales of Peter Rabbit and more!

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Sept. 28

Nurturing Parent Training:

The Nurturing Parenting Programs are family-based programs with a track record of preventing the recurrence of child abuse and neglect that address the specific needs of different populations. 8:30 a.m. $250. YWCA of the Central Carolinas, 3420 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-525-5770. www.ywcacentralcarolinas.org.

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

Gain insight into how the Grahams chose their topics and how the Gospel reached people through their writing. 9:30 a.m. Sept. 28-30, Oct. 1, 3-8, 10-14. Free. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygraham.org.

Understanding Levels of Care:

Shelia Black, LCSW will be speaking on Understanding Levels of Care. 10 a.m. Free. Tyvola Road Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Progressions: Sculpture by Robert Winkler:

Robert Winkler's work is defined by his ability to manipulate volume, mass and balance to create a sense of movement without a single curved cut. Max L. Jackson Gallery, Watkins Building. 10 a.m. Sept. 28-Oct. 1. Free. Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-337-2200. www.queens.edu.

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. 10 a.m. Sept. 28-Nov. 12. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

Mix at Six:

Enjoy music by Carey Sims Trio at this outdoor event. 6 p.m. Free. Ballantyne Village, 14825 John J Delaney Drive, Charlotte. www.mixatsixballantyne.com.

Laboring Over Long Term Care Insurance:

Attend this session to learn how to protect yourself and your family. 7 p.m. Free. 704-708-5001. www.BillRomeo1APG.com. Matthews Women Club, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-849-5063. http:www.matthewswomen.org

Sept. 29

The Art of Quilting:

Join experienced quilter Claudia Reynolds as traditional and contemporary approaches to quilting are explored. Six-week session, $145. 9 a.m. CPCC Levine Campus, 2800 Campus Ridge Road, Matthews. 704-330-4223.

Tales of Peter Rabbit:

Come learn about rabbits and what they eat in the wild. We'll refurbish the bunny garden and plant some fall vegetable crops. Ages 4 - 5; advance registration required. 10 a.m. $10. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Chair Yoga:

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.

Prostate Screenings:

Join CMC-Pineville physicians for a prostate screening event. This football-themed event will feature appetizers and a guest appearance by the Carolina Panthers Top Cats. Please call Matt Roden at 704-667-6509 to reserve your spot. 6 p.m. Free. CMC-Pineville, 10628 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-667-6509. www.cmc-pineville.org.

Growing Healthy Families:

Shonda Schilling, wife of retired Boston Red Sox All-star pitcher Curt Schilling and best selling author, will be share her family's story. Nationally renowned authors and psychologists will be speaking and instructing parents and professionals on overcoming the obstacles of raising a child with a disorder. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29; 8 a.m. Sept. 30. $65-150. Church at Charlotte, 2500 Carmel Road, Charlotte. 704-364-5913. 704-552-0116. www.healthyfamiliesnc.com.

An Evening with Shonda Schilling:

A Mother's Journey with Asperger's: Shonda Schilling, wife of retired Boston Red Sox All-Star Curt Schilling, shares the story of her son Grant's struggle with Asperger's syndrome. Book signing to follow. 6:30 p.m. $65. Church at Charlotte, 2500 Carmel Road, Charlotte. 704-552-0116. www.healthyfamiliesnc.com.

Adult Ballroom Dance Classes:

Learn the rumba, quickstep and jive while relieving stress, burning calories, having fun and helping a great cause. All proceeds benefit Christ Our Shepherd. To register contact: 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 Spa Mixer:

A spa mixer to raise awareness for ovarian cancer. Money raised is donated to Teal Toes and 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.

Financial workshop:

Topics include retirement financial goals, safety of principle, growth, liquidity, tax-advantages and control of your money. 7 p.m. Free. Matthews Women Club, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-849-5063. www.matthewswomen.org

Sept. 30

Charlotte Yarn Crawl 2011:

Have your passport stamped at each stop for prize drawings. Note crawl hours at each shop. 10 a.m. Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 4-8. Rainy Day Creations, Inc., 315 Main St., Suite 1, Pineville. www.charlotteyarncrawl.com.

13th Annual Oktoberfest:

Enjoy live music, food and beer during this 13th annual Oktoberfest celebration. 5 p.m. Sept. 30; Oct. 1, 7-8, 14-15. $3 for adults and children 12 and older. Waldhorn Restaurant, 12101 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. 704-540-7047. www.waldhorn.us.

Piano program:

Pianists Diann Clark and Bill Gouge will entertain with a "mostly French" musical program. Reservations required. 6 p.m. $25. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Oct. 1

Bikers with Boxes:

This charity ride, in association with Operation Christmas Child, will run all day so plan to join us for fellowship, music, complimentary lunch, give-a-ways and more. 9:30 a.m. Free. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygraham.org.

Fall Festival:

Enjoy the Carolina Clowns, face painting, games, prizes a "sweet walk," music, more. 10 a.m. Free, donations of food will go to Loaves and Fishes. SouthPark Christian Church, 6650 Park South Drive, Charlotte. 704-554-1066. www.southparkchristian.net.

Artfest of Matthews:

Gallery on the Green featuring juried fine arts and master crafts. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 1; 12-5 p.m. Oct. 2. Downtown Matthews, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-321-7275. www.matthewsnc.com.

Carnival:

Exciting Enjoy rides, games, food, crafts, face painting, mega slide, silent auction, $1,000 cash prize raffle, music.10 a.m. Oct. 1. Free. St. Ann Catholic Church, 3635 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-523-4641. www.stanncharlotte.org.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous:

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

Mecktoberfest:

$25 tickets include entry, two 21-ounce mugs of beer and choice of entree and two sides. 12 p.m. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, 215 Southside Drive, Charlotte. 704-525-5644. www.oldemeckbrew.com.

2011 RBC Bank Buddy Walk:

Take 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 Down Syndrome Association of Charlotte. 2 p.m. Free. Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd., Charlotte. 7704-609-6154. www.dsacnc.org.

Oct. 2

"Phantom of the Opera":

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

Oct. 4

Weight Loss Challenge:

Join this 12-week weight-loss challenge. Learn about nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices. 6 p.m. $39. Belle Johnston Community Center, Pineville Lake Park, 1009 Johnston Drive, Pineville. 704-889-2400. www.pinevillenc.net.

Oct. 5

"Phantom of the Opera":

7:30 p.m. Regal Cinemas Stonecrest at Piper Glen, 7824 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-540-7558.

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