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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.

Oct. 2

Meadowood Stitched:

Meadowood Stitched is an exhibition of artwork by Fiber Art Options, a group of artists from the Charlotte area. The exhibition explores the colors, textures and intricacies of meadow and woodland plants, animals and insects. 9 a.m. Free with garden admission. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490. www.dsbg.org.

I Support the Fight:

Help support local cancer patients by: Donating blood or platelets, joining Team CBCC in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, or participating in the Road to Recovery transportation program. Donors who give blood in October will receive a special "I Support the Fight" T-shirt. 10 a.m. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us.

Crisis Assistance Clothing Drive:

Items needed: coats, sweaters, windbreakers and warm clothing for men, women and children, clean socks and underwear for men, household items. Each donor at Jesse Brown's retail locations will receive a 20 percent coupon for the next purchase. Donations given to Crisis Assistance Ministry's Free Store. 11 a.m. Free. Jesse Browns Outdoors, 4732 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-556-0020. www.jessebrown.com.

26th Annual Artfest of Matthews:

The Matthews Chamber of Commerce and Presbyterian Hospital Matthews present the 26th Annual Artfest of Matthews. More than 50 artists and craftsmen will display and sell their artwork for the two-day juried show. This family event will also feature a children's hands-on-art area with pottery lessons, a high school art scholarship competition in the Train Station, Live Music and local restaurant specials. 12 p.m. Free. 704-847-3649. www.matthewschamber.org. Village Green Matthews, 232 Matthews Station St., Matthews. www.matthewsnc.com.

Lake Wylie 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.

Oct. 3

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. 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.

I Support the Fight:

Help support local cancer patients by: Donating blood or platelets, joining Team CBCC in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, or participating in the Road to Recovery transportation program. Donors who give blood in October will receive a special "I Support the Fight" T-shirt. 10 a.m. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us.

Exhibit:

"Dream Makers and Risk Takers" is an exhibit designed in tandem with the TEDxCharlotte conference, reflecting the spirit of TEDx: the promotion of "ideas worth spreading" at the local level. Artists include Sean Cassidy, Craig Coleman, Kit Cube and Mike Marshall. 10 a.m. Free. Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-337-2200. www.queens.edu.

Camping with Little Ones:

Join us with your preschooler as we read a fabulous camping tale and then enjoy crafts and activities related to camping. Parents this is a great opportunity to pick up some tips to make camping fun and safe for the whole family. Register by calling 311 or 704-336-7600. 10:30 a.m. $3. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. www.parkandrec.com.

Crisis Assistance Clothing Drive:

Items needed: coats, sweaters, windbreakers and warm clothing for men, women and children, clean socks and underwear for men, household items. Each donor at Jesse Brown's retail locations will receive a 20 percent coupon for the next purchase. Donations given to Crisis Assistance Ministry's Free Store. 11 a.m. Free. Jesse Browns Outdoors, 4732 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-556-0020. www.jessebrown.com.

Dick Keffer Charity Golf Tournament:

Charlotte-South Rotary Club hosts the 27th Annual Dick Keffer Charity Golf Classic. 1 p.m. shotgun start. $125 per golfer includes prizes, lunch, dinner. Contact John at 704-996-3615 or elliott@davidsonchocolate,com. Proceeds fund local charities supported by Charlotte-South Rotary Club. 1 p.m. $125 per golfer. Firethorne Country Club, 1108 Firethorne Club Drive, Waxhaw. 704-996-3615. www.CharlotteSouthRotary.com.

Queen City Community Orchestra inviting new members:

The Queen City Community Orchestra is the oldest nonprofit string orchestra in the Charlotte area. Anyone who has played a string instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass) can join the orchestra. 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.

Oct. 4

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. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygraham.org.

Internet and Email Basics:

Learn how to surf the Web using Internet Explorer 8. After becoming familiar with the Internet, participants will learn how to open, create and send email messages using Hotmail. 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.

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.

I Support the Fight:

Help support local cancer patients by: Donating blood or platelets, joining Team CBCC in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, or participating in the Road to Recovery transportation program. Donors who give blood in October will receive a special "I Support the Fight" T-shirt. 10 a.m. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us.

Charlotte Yarn Crawl 2011:

Go to www.charlotteyarncrawl.com for participating locations. Have your passport stamped at each stop for prize drawings. 10 a.m. www.charlotteyarncrawl.com. Rainy Day Creations Inc., 315 Main St. Suite 1, Pineville. 704-889-1308. www.knittingincharlotte.com.

Exhibit:

"Dream Makers and Risk Takers" is an exhibit designed in tandem with the TEDxCharlotte conference, reflecting the spirit of TEDx: the promotion of "ideas worth spreading" at the local level. Artists include Sean Cassidy, Craig Coleman, Kit Cube and Mike Marshall. 10 a.m. Free. Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-337-2200. www.queens.edu.

Crisis Assistance Clothing Drive:

Items needed: coats, sweaters, windbreakers and warm clothing for men, women and children, clean socks and underwear for men, household items. Each donor at Jesse Brown's retail locations will receive a 20 percent coupon for the next purchase. Donations given to Crisis Assistance Ministry's Free Store. 11 a.m. Free. Jesse Browns Outdoors, 4732 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-556-0020. www.jessebrown.com.

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 designed to burn calories quickly. The choreographed intervals include high- and low-impact 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.

Oct. 5

Living Healthy Workshop:

Learn how to use your mind to manage symptoms and medications, set goals and problem solve. 9-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 14-Oct. 19. Registration required. 9 a.m. Free. 704-667-6509 or email matthew.roden@carolinashealthcare.org. www.cmc-steelecreek.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.

Fall Plant Sale:

Our nursery shop is bursting at the seams with unique plants, tools, and gifts for garden and home. All proceeds benefit Wing Haven. 10 a.m. Free. Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Charlotte Yarn Crawl 2011:

Go to www.charlotteyarncrawl.com for participating locations. Have your passport stamped at each stop for prize drawings. 10 a.m. www.charlotteyarncrawl.com. Rainy Day Creations Inc., 315 Main St. Suite 1, Pineville. 704-889-1308. www.knittingincharlotte.com.

Free Diabetes Screening:

Free diabetes screenings from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Kmart, 10500 Centrum Parkway, Pineville. 800-713-3301.

Crisis Assistance Clothing Drive:

Items needed: coats, sweaters, windbreakers and warm clothing for men, women and children, clean socks and underwear for men, household items. Each donor at Jesse Brown's retail locations will receive a 20 percent coupon for the next purchase. Donations given to Crisis Assistance Ministry's Free Store. 11 a.m. Free. Jesse Browns Outdoors, 4732 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-556-0020. www.jessebrown.com.

Microsoft Office 2007 PowerPoint Essentials I:

Participants will learn the fundamental skills needed to create, animate and run a slideshow presentation. 3 p.m. Monroe Library, Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe. 704-283-8184. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Mix at Six:

Free outdoor music series in south Charlotte at Ballantyne Village, featuring 42 Tribute. 6 p.m. Free. www.mixatsixballantyne.com. Ballantyne Village, 14825 John J Delaney Drive, Charlotte. 704-369-5005. www.ballantynevillage.com.

Lake Wylie Sunset Kayak Tour:

During this class we will learn the basics of flatwater kayaking while watching the sunset over Lake Wylie. Registration required: call 311 or 704-336-7600. Register online at www.parkandrec.com. 6:30 p.m. $15. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224.

Oct. 6

Microsoft Office 2007 Excel Fundamentals:

Class will teach participants the basics of Excel, a spreadsheet program that allows users to insert and manipulate data in a grid format. 10 a.m. 704-283-8184. Waxhaw Branch Library, 509 S. Providence St., Waxhaw. 704-843-3131. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Charlotte Yarn Crawl 2011:

Go to www.charlotteyarncrawl.com for participating locations. Have your passport stamped at each stop for prize drawings. 10 a.m. www.charlotteyarncrawl.com. Rainy Day Creations Inc., 315 Main St. Suite 1, Pineville. 704-889-1308. www.knittingincharlotte.com.

Fall Plant Sale:

Our nursery shop is bursting at the seams with unique plants, tools, and gifts for garden and home. All proceeds benefit Wing Haven. 10 a.m. Free. Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Arthritis Tai Chi:

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

Sip & See at St. John Boutique benefiting MDA:

Join us for a wine tasting provided by Contempo Wines. Ten percent of sales will benefit MDA. RSVP by Oct. 5. Free. St. John Boutique, South Park Mall, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-366-4416. www.sjk.com.

Successful Gardener Class:

"Heirloom Plants in Grandma's Garden" with Vikki Tesar. 7 p.m. $10. NC Cooperative Extension-Union County Agriculture Center, 3230 Presson Road, Monroe. 704-283-3822. union.ces.ncsu.edu.

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