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Music lessons for Adults, "Phantom of the Opera" and more!

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Oct. 5

Music lessons for Adults:

Piano, violin, guitar, trumpet, drums and most other instruments, all levels. 9 a.m. $115 per month. Academy of Fine Arts, 4519 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-0199. www.academyoffinearts.org.

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

Explore actual manuscripts with handwritten notes, foreign-language versions of their books, rare photos, testimonies, more. 9:30 a.m. Oct. 5-8, 10-15, 17-21. 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 an exhibition of more than 40 collages, watercolors and prints. 10 a.m. through Nov. 12. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

Charlotte Yarn Crawl 2011:

Have your passport stamped at each stop for prize drawings. Note crawl hours at each shop. 10 a.m. Oct. 5-8. ; Rainy Day Creations, Inc., 315 Main St. Suite 1, Pineville. www.charlotteyarncrawl.com.

Diabetes Screening:

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

Exhibit:

"Dream Makers and Risk Takers" is an exhibit designed in tandem with the TEDxCharlotte conference. The artwork illustrates the transitioning states of the unconscious mind with a lucidity of melding visual metaphor. 10 a.m. Oct. 5-19. Free. Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-337-2200. www.queens.edu.

Mix at Six:

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

"Phantom of the Opera":

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

Oct. 6

Painting For Adults:

Lessons in watercolors or oils with artist/educator Shirley Langraf. 9:30 a.m. $18. Academy of Fine Arts, 4519 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-0199. 704-366-0199. www.academyoffinearts.org.

Exploring Watercolor:

Using the Lawrence Garden in bloom as inspiration, explore color, paint, brushes and paper in an expressive and experimental way. Please register. 1 p.m. $155 for six classes. The Elizabeth Lawrence House and Garden at Wing Haven, 348 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Arthritis Tai Chi:

2 p.m. Oct. 6, 11. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Oil Painting for Adults:

6:30 p.m. $30 per class. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Paper Graphics Classes:

Learn the art of quilling. 6:30 p.m. $30 per session. FASTFRAME Matthews, 1813-400 Matthews Township Parkway, Matthews. 704-845-4017. www.fastframematthews.com.

Adult Ballroom Dance Classes:

Learn the Rumba, quickstep and jive while relieving stress, burning calories, having fun. All proceeds benefit Christ Our Shepherd. To register contact: jduncan@cosministries.org. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6, 13. $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.

Oct. 7

Oktoberfest:

Enjoy live music by The Sauerkraut Band, beer and food at this annual celebration. 15 p.m. Oct. 7-8. $3 for adults and children 12 and older. Waldhorn Restaurant, 12101 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. 704-540-7047. www.waldhorn.us.

Gallery Reception:

First Friday at Charlotte Fine Art Gallery. 6 p.m. Free. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Oct. 8

Caring for the Elderly:

Discover how to prepare for the rewards and challenges of caregiving and learn about long-term care planning for veterans. Register at www.queens.edu/elderly-care. 9 a.m. $69. Queens Sports Complex & Conference Center, 2229 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2251. www.queens.edu/elderly-care.

Charlotte Walk With Me:

Walk With Me benefits Easter Seals UCP programs and services for children and adults with disabilities and special needs. 5K family walk will be followed by festival. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; walk begins at 10 a.m. Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd., Charlotte. 704-566-6040. www.walkwithme.org.

Zumba:

Dance for a good cause. All proceeds benefit Cindy's Hope Chest, a nonprofit organization that supports women battling breast cancer. Register online in advance at zxfitness.com/bigzumba. 9 a.m. Free. ZX Fitness - Matthews, 10404 E. Independence Blvd, Matthews. www.zxfitness.com.

Carolina Claymatters Pottery Festival:

The festival will feature more than 50 clay artists from the Carolinas. 10 a.m. Free. McAlpine Business Park, 8300 Monroe Road, Charlotte. www.carolinaclaymatters.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.

Ballantyne Festival:

This community event will feature the Ballantyne Area Candidates Forum & Chili Cook-off, food, activities for families and live entertainment. 11 a.m. Free. Morrison Family YMCA Ballantyne, 9405 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte. www.go-ballantyne.com.

Oct. 9

Latin American Festival:

Musical acts; rich cuisine; local artists and international crafts; dance presentations; children's activities; more. 12 p.m. $5 for adults, children younger than 8 free. Symphony Park at SouthPark, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-941-2557. www.festivallatinoamericano.org.

Providence Chamber Music Recital:

7 p.m. Free. Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-7442. www.providenceumc.org.

Oct. 10

Music Lessons for Children:

Piano, violin, guitar, trumpet, drums and most other instruments, beginning to advanced levels. 9 a.m. $115 per month. Academy of Fine Arts, 4519 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-0199. www.afacharlotte.org.

Painting for Adults:

Watercolors or oils. All levels. 9:30 a.m. $18 per class. Academy of Fine Arts, 4519 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-0199. www.afacharlotte.com.

BiblioFeast:

BiblioFeast is the Women's National Book Association's event for National Reading Group Month. Dine on Italian food and meet eight nationally-reviewed authors who will travel table to table sharing the inspiration behind their books. 6:30 p.m. $45 for members, $50 for nonmembers. Maggiano's Little Italy, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-525-9239. www.wnba-charlotte.org.

Lecture Series:

Dr. Kate Blanchard will speak on "Faith and Economics: Christianity and Capitalism." 7 p.m. Free. Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Road., Charlotte. 704-376-8584. www.mpumc.org.

Oct. 11

Bird Walk with Mary:

We'll watch for migrants passing through en route to their wintering grounds. Registration required. 9:30 a.m. $15. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

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