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Ballroom Dance Classes, Oktoberfest and more!

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Oct. 12

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

Gain personal insight into how the Grahams chose topics and how the Gospel reached people through their writing. 9:30 a.m. Oct. 12-15, 17-22, 24-28. Free. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygraham.org.

Exhibit:

"Dream Makers and Risk Takers" illustrates the transitioning states of the unconscious mind with a lucidity of melding visual metaphor. 10 a.m. Oct. 12-26. 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 a major 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.

Blood Drive:

Help support local cancer patients by donating blood or platelets and receive a T-shirt. ,10 a.m. Oct. 12-26. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us.

Clothing Drive:

Donate household items, coats, sweaters, jackets for men, women and children and clean socks and underwear for men and receive a coupon for Jesse Brown's Outdoors. Donations benefit Crisis Assistance Ministry's Free Store. I11 a.m. Oct. 12-26. Free. Jesse Brown's Outdoors, 4732 Sharon Road., Charlotte. 704-556-0020. www.jessebrown.com.

Every Picture Tells a Story:

In this four-day workshop, participants will make a picture book. Supplies included; registration required. 4:30 p.m. $120. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Oct. 13

Arthritis Tai Chi:

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

After-Hours Auction:

This silent auction will benefit The Ivey and the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's. 6 p.m. The Ivey Adult Day Services, 6030 Park South Drive, Charlotte. 704-909-2070. www.theivey.com.

Adult Ballroom Dance Classes:

Learn the rumba, quickstep and jive. To register contact: jduncan@cosministries.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.

Gospel Fit Dance:

7:30 p.m. $6 per session. J'adore Ballroom, 508 Griffith Rd., Charlotte. 704-905-8678. www.gospelfitdance.com.

Oct. 14

Atria MerryWood senior living center will host a "Pretty in Pink" walk for breast cancer. All donations will go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. 2 p.m. Atria MerryWood, 3600 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-523-4949.

13th Annual Oktoberfest 2011:

Enjoy live music by The Alpen Echos, food and beer at this annual celebration. 5 p.m. Oct. 14-15. $3 for adults and children 12 and older. Waldhorn Restaurant, 12101 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. 704-540-7047. www.waldhorn.us.

Girls' Night Out:

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

"The Miracle Worker":

The Miracle Worker is the true story of Helen Keller, an Alabama girl struck blind and deaf as a baby after an elevated fever. 8 p.m. Oct. 14, 16, 22; 2 p.m. Oct. 16, 23; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20. $10 - $15. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343. www.matthewsplayhouse.com.

Oct. 15

Steele Creek Fast and Flat 5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run:

Entry fees range from $20 to $30 for 5K and are $10 for fun run. 8 a.m. YMCA Steele Creek, 2135 Ayrsley Town Blvd., Charlotte.

Energy for Life Walkathon:

The Carolina Foothills Chapter of the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation is holding its Energy for Life Walkathon to raise funds for research for mitochondrial disease. 8:30 a.m. Register online. Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd., Charlotte. 1-888-317-8633. www.energyforlifewalk.org.

Caring for the Elderly:

Learn how to recognize financial abuse of seniors and what to do about it. Explore Medicare/Medicaid rules and resources that can help you. 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.

Comics, Monsters & Mayhem:

In this two-hour workshop, participants will learn how to draw their own scary or friendly monsters and develop them into comic book characters. Supplies included. 10 a.m. $25. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Free Admission to Wing Haven:

Enjoy three acres of formal and wooded walks and lots of garden critters. Story books and pint-sized tools for use in the Children's Garden during your visit. 10 a.m. Free. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous:

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

Crafts for Kids:

Enjoy creating a fun, new craft each week. Ages 3 and older. 11 a.m. Free. Lakeshore Learning, 10005 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews. 704-849-2370. www.lakeshorelearning.com.

Oct. 16

Sunday Evening Concert:

Simpler Times bluegrass/folk band will be joined by Academy of Fine Arts violin students to perform. Children welcome. Free. 7 p.m. Free. Academy of Fine Arts, 4519 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-0199. www.academyoffinearts.org.

Oct. 18

Breakfast with the Birds:

Take a walk through the garden to test our birding skills and eat breakfast with the birds. Ages 3 - 5; advance registration required. 10 a.m. $10. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

ocial Security Planning:

This informative seminar covers the basics of Social Security and strategies for maximizing your benefits and minimizing taxes. 7 p.m. Oct. 18, 19, 25. Free. Matthews Women Club, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-849-5063. www.matthewswomen.org.

Oct. 19

Pumpkin Cookin':

Learn about the foods that we can make from pumpkins and cook a pumpkin treat. Ages 6-8; advance registration required. 3:45 p.m. $10. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Book Reading:

Tony Abbott will read from his sixth book of poetry, "If Words Could Save Us." 7 p.m. Free. Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-525-9239. www.parkroadbooks.com.

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