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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. 9

Great Pumpkin Patch:

Proceeds from the pumpkin patch support a variety of missions such as Bethlehem Center, Community Christmas Shoppe and Charlotte Rescue Mission and Dove's Nest. The pumpkins were grown by an impoverished Indian Reservation in New Mexico. 7 a.m. Prices vary on size. Wesley United Methodist Church, 3715 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-542-1122. www.wesleyumccharlotte.com.

Meadowood Stitched:

An exhibition of artwork by Fiber Art Options, a group of artists from the Charlotte area. 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. 10 a.m. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte.

Exhibit:

"Dream Makers and Risk Takers" is an exhibit designed in tandem with the TEDxCharlotte conference. 10 a.m. through Oct. 24. Free. Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-337-2200. www.queens.edu.

Latin American Festival:

Impressive musical acts; rich cuisine; local artists and international crafts; inspiring dance presentations; children's activities and more. 12 p.m. Adults $5, children under 8 free. 704-941-2557. Symphony Park at SouthPark, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-315-6284 office. www.festivallatinoamericano.org.

2011 March of Dimes Designer Show House:

Charlotte's leading design firms decorated and furnished this home in the heart of Eastover to showcase design services and to raise money for the local March of Dimes. 1 p.m. $15. 704-377-2009. 2011 March of Dimes Show House, 516 Museum Drive, Charlotte. 704-377-2009. www.marchofdimes.com.

Lake Wylie Family Kayaking Tour:

Paddle the border of the Carolinas with views of the Buster Boyd Bridge, Copperhead Island and more. Children ages 5-9 are required to share a tandem kayak with an adult. Registration required. Register by calling 311 or 704-336-7600. You can also register online at www.parkandrec.com. 1 p.m. $20. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224.

Cooking with Johnson & Wales:

Catherine Rabb, instructor at the Johnson & Wales College of Culinary Arts and owner of Fenwicks restaurant will give a cooking demonstration with fall vegetables. s3 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. The Lower Providence Community House, 9735 Community House Road, Charlotte. 704-905-8334. www.lowerprovidencelogcabin.org.

For Every Season Consignment Sale:

7 p.m. The Pointe Performing Arts & Community Center, 2266 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill. www.foreveryseason.net.

Providence Chamber Music Recital:

The first concert of the 2011-2012 season features a return performance by the mandolins and guitar trio of Jane Hart Brendle, Don Tison, and Troy Conn, as well as Francis Poulenc's Sonata for Brass Trio, a wind Divertimento by Malcolm Arnold, and Craig Phillips' Night Song for solo oboe and organ. 7 p.m. Free. 704-366-7442. Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-2823. www.providenceumc.org.

Oct. 10

Great Pumpkin Patch:

7 a.m. daily through Oct. 24. Prices vary on size. Wesley United Methodist Church, 3715 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-542-1122. www.wesleyumccharlotte.com.

Music Lessons for Children:

Piano, violin, guitar, trumpet, drums and most other instruments, beginning to advanced levels. $115/month. The Academy of Fine Arts, 4519 Providence Road in the Education Building of Christ Lutheran Church. 704-366-0199. Registration form online. 704-366-0199. Academy of Fine Arts, 4519 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-0199. www.afacharlotte.org.

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

9:30 a.m. Free. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.BillyGrahamLibrary.org.

Painting for Adults:

Watercolors or oils. All levels. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays, beginning Oct. 17. $18 per class. academyoffinearts@gmail.com. $18/class. 704-366-0199. www.afacharlotte.com. Academy of Fine Arts, 4519 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-0199. www.afacharlotte.org.

Watercolor 101 Workshop for Adults:

Award-winning Charleston artist, Helen Beacham travels the U.S. teaching classes and workshops in watercolor. Visit website for more info. 9:30 a.m. $300. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Romare Bearden: An Artist Remembers His Birthplace:

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

Babes in the Woods:

Take your baby on a journey to discover all the good things about nature. Rain or shine we will be outdoors, please dress appropriately. Register by calling 311 or 704-336-7600. You can also register online at www.parkandrec.com. 10:30 a.m. Free. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224.

BiblioFeast:

Dine and meet nationally-reviewed authors who will travel table to table sharing the inspiration. 6:30 p.m. $45 for members, $50 for non-members. Maggiano's Little Italy, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-525-9239. www.wnba-charlotte.org.

Queen City Community Orchestra inviting new members:

The Queen City Community Orchestra is the oldest non-profit 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. Charlotte Country Day School, Hance Fine Arts Center, 1440 Carmel Road, Charlotte. 704-398-3301. www.qcco.org.

Oct. 11

Great Pumpkin Patch:

7 a.m. daily through Oct. 25. Prices vary on size. Wesley United Methodist Church, 3715 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-542-1122. www.wesleyumccharlotte.com.

Bird Walk with Mary:

Join Mary for a stroll through the garden as summer gives way to fall. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. Binoculars are also provided. Registration required - enrollment limited to 10. 9:30 a.m. O$15. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Microsoft Office 2007 Word Fundamentals:

Microsoft Office Word 2007 is a word processing application used to create professional-looking documents. 10 a.m. Monroe Library, Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe. 704-283-8184. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Arthritis Tai Chi:

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

College Financial Aid:

If you are in need of financial aid guidance, please do not miss this session. 7 p.m. Free. 704-708-5001. Matthews Women Club, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-849-5063. http:www.matthewswomen.org.

Oct. 12

Living Healthy Workshop:

9-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Registration is required and space is limited. Please call 704-667-6509. 9 a.m. Free. CMC-Steele Creek, 13598 Steelecroft Parkway, Charlotte. 704-512-5500. www.cmc-steelecreek.org.

Field Trip: Kings Mountain:

Enjoy a picnic lunch, take a hike, explore the visitor center and learn a little piece of our local history. FRegister by calling 311 or 704-336-7600. Register online at www.parkandrec.com. 9 a.m. $15. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224.

Landlord Association monthly meeting:

6 p.m. Free for members, visitors $15. Metrolina Real Estate Investors Association (REIA), 122 W. Woodlawn Road, Charlotte. 704-523-1570. www.metrolinareia.org.

Sunset Bike Ride:

Pedal along McMullen Creek Greenway as the sun sets. Bring a helmet, water bottle and flashlight. Previous biking experience recommended. Johnston Road Parking lot near I-485. Register by calling 311 or 704-336-7600. Register online at www.parkandrec.com. 6 p.m. Free. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224.

Lake Wylie Sunset Kayak Tour:

Join us for a relaxing kayak tour. During this class we will learn the basics of flat water kayaking while watching the sunset over Lake Wylie. Registration is required. Register by calling 311 or 704-336-7600 or online at www.parkandrec.com. 6:30 p.m. $15. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224.

Oct. 13

AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour:

Offering six free health tests valued at $100. The tests total cholesterol levels, blood pressure, bone density, glucose levels, waist circumference and body mass index are available for adults age 18 and older. Free, one-year AARP memberships will be given to all adults who receive health tests. 12 p.m. Free. Walgreens, 4701 South Blvd, Charlotte. 866-484-8687. www.aarpwalgreens.com.

Latin American Open House/Mixer:

Join the Matthews Chamber for a fun evening with appetizers, cash bar, door prizes and networking to welcome the Latin Business Community to the Matthews Chamber of Commerce.

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