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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. 16

Pink Ribbon Produce:

Pink Ribbon Produce, a unique retail program committed to the fight against breast cancer and raising breast cancer awareness, will return this October for its sixth year. Since 2006, Harris Teeter shoppers have raised more than $136,000 by purchasing products from vendors participating in the initiative, helping to support programs funded by local Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliates. 7 a.m. Oct. 16-29. www.pink-ribbon-produce.com. Harris Teeter, 6701 Morrison Blvd., Charlotte. 704-364-1245. www.harristeeter.com.

Great Pumpkin Patch:

Come visit the Wesley UMC Great Pumpkin Patch beginning Oct. 1. Proceeds support a variety of missions such as Bethlehem Center, Community Christmas Shoppe and Charlotte Rescue Mission and Dove's Nest. 7 a.m. Oct. 16-30. Prices vary by size. Wesley United Methodist Church, 3715 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-542-1122. www.wesleyumccharlotte.com.

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. Oct. 16-30. Free with garden admission. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490. www.dsbg.org.

I Support the Fight:

Join CBCC and the Charlotte office of the American Cancer Society for their "I Support the Fight" initiative in October. 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. Oct. 16-30. 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. The artwork illustrates the transitioning states of the unconscious mind with a lucidity of melding visual metaphor. Artists include Sean Cassidy, Craig Coleman, Kit Cube and Mike Marshall. 10 a.m. Oct. 16-30. Free. Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-337-2200. www.queens.edu.

Carolina Record and CD Collectors Show:

An event for vinyl and CD collectors, thousands of rare LPs and 45s plus bargain records and CDs. Dozens of dealers from all over the Southeast will be at the show. This is a "buy-sell-trade" show, so bring records and CDs for sale or trade. 10 a.m. $2. 704-996-9945. SpringHill Suites by Marriott-Charlotte Ballantyne, 12325 Johnston Road, Charlotte.

Crisis Assistance Clothing Drive:

Coats, sweaters, windbreakers and warm clothing for men, women and children needed, as well as clean socks and underwear for men and household items. Each donor to Jesse Browns retail locations will receive a 20 percent coupon for the next purchase. Donations given to Crisis Assistance Ministry's Free Store. 11 a.m. Oct. 16-30. Free. Jesse Browns Outdoors, 4732 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-556-0020. www.jessebrown.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. 1 p.m. $20. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 311; 704-336-7600; 704-588-5224. www.parkandrec.com.

2011 March of Dimes Designer Show House:

Charlotte's leading design firms decorated and furnished this exquisite home in the heart of Eastover to showcase their design services and to raise money for the local March of Dimes. Admission is $15 at the door. All ticket proceeds benefit the March of Dimes to help it in its fight to end premature birth, infant mortality and birth defects. 1 p.m. 2011 March of Dimes Show House, 516 Museum Drive, Charlotte. 704-377-2009. www.marchofdimes.com.

"The Miracle Worker":

The story of Helen Keller, a young girl existing without the ability to hear or see. Oct. 20 will be a special performance. Interpreters will be signing the show and there will be a talk-back with the actors afterward; all tickets will be $10, available online. Reserved seating for the hearing-impaired can be reserved by calling the box office: 704-846-8343. 2 p.m. $10-$15. www.matthewsplayhouse.com. Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-321-7275. www.matthewsnc.com.

Fundraiser featuring Mr. Nigel's music, bouncehouse and spaghetti dinner:

Mr. Nigel will be playing children's music and there will be games, face-painting and more. This spaghetti dinner will benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of North Carolina. Donations are required for attendance. 4:30 p.m. 704-661-3161. Providence Pointe Club House, 15440 Prescott Hill Ave., Charlotte. www.providencepointehoa.org.

Free Sunday evening concert:

Simpler Times bluegrass/folk band, a group of Charlotte professionals who spend their off-time picking and singing together, will be joined by Academy of Fine Arts violin students. Children welcome. Free. 7 p.m. afacharlotte.org. Academy of Fine Arts, 4519 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-0199. www.academyoffinearts.org.

For Every Season Consignment Sale:

Registration begins Oct. 1 and space is limited. Home and Holiday Sale Nov. 10-12 at The Pointe, featuring children's winter clothing and shoes, toys (including brand new Melissa and Doug), stocking stuffers, as well as, great gifts for under the tree, baby equipment, electronics, house wares, home decor, tools, holiday items. www.foreveryseason.net. 7 p.m. Oct. 16-29. foreveryseason.net. The Pointe Performing Arts & Community Center, 2266 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill.

Oct. 17

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. www.BillyGrahamLibrary.org. 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.

Itsy Bitsy Spiders:

Discover nature with your little one through crafts and activities related to spiders. Registration required: 311 or 704-336-7600. 10:30 a.m. $3. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. www.parkandrec.com.

Basic computer skills:

Our Basic Computer skills class is designed for the computer novice. This class provides hands-on practice using both the computer mouse and keyboard. 3 p.m. Waxhaw Branch Library, 509 S. Providence St., Waxhaw. 704-843-3131. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Computer file management:

This class will teach participants how to manage files stored in folders and drives using My Computer and Windows Explorer. The class will also demonstrate using "Save As" versus the "Save" command. 4 p.m. Waxhaw Branch Library, 509 S. Providence St., Waxhaw. 704-843-3131. www.union.lib.nc.us.

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. 18

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. www.BillyGrahamLibrary.org. 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.

2011 Health Fair:

We have registered vendors who will provide health screenings (skin cancer and hearing), flu shots, literature on different health and legal services and more. If Medicare Part B is your primary insurance, there is no cost associated with your flu shot. If not, there will be a fee of $30 due at the time of the shot. Registration required. 10 a.m. Free. Tyvola Road Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Microsoft Office 2007 Excel Fundamentals:

Designed to teach participants the basics of using Excel, a spreadsheet program that allows users to insert and manipulate data in a grid format. This class will cover the essential skills needed for creating a basic spreadsheet and chart. 10 a.m. Monroe Library, Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe. 704-283-8184. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Breakfast with the Birds:

Join us for a program to learn about the birds that call Wing Haven home. We'll take a walk through the garden to test our birding skills and even eat breakfast with the birds! Ages 3-5; registration required. 10 a.m. $10. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664, ext 103. www.winghavengardens.com.

Arthritis Tai Chi:

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

Savvy Social Security Planning:

Society of Financial Awareness Workshop. This informative seminar covers the basics of Social Security, and reveals strategies for maximizing your benefits and minimizes taxes. 7 p.m. Free. 704-708-5001. Matthews Women Club, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-849-5063. www.matthewswomen.org.

Gospel Fit Dance:

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. 19

Living Healthy Workshop:

Learn how to use your mind to manage symptoms and medications, set goals and problem-solve. Registration required: 704-667-6509 or email: matthew.roden@carolinashealthcare.org. 9 a.m. Free. 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.

Pumpkin Cookin':

Learn about the various foods you can make from pumpkins and even cook a pumpkin treat. Ages 6-8; registration required. 3:45 p.m. $10. 704-331-0664, ext. 103. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

The Magellan Society: Oktoberfest Celebration:

The Magellan Society (Young Professionals of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte). You don't have to be a member of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte or The Magellan Society to join us for Happy Hour. The Magellan Society is a network of internationally-minded young professionals in the Charlotte area committed to engaging in social and educational activities that promote global understanding. 6 p.m. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, 215 Southside Drive, Charlotte.

Lake Wylie Sunset Kayak Tour:

During this class we will learn the basics of flat-water kayaking while watching the sunset over Lake Wylie. Be prepared for excellent wildlife watching and to learn some of the history of Lake Wylie and the surrounding area. Registration required: 311 or 704-336-7600 or at www.parkandrec.com. 6:30 p.m. $15. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224.

Anthony Abbott at Park Road Books:

Tony Abbott will read from his sixth book of poetry, "If Words Could Save Us," at Park Road Books. The reading will be followed by a book signing. Abbott is the author of two novels and six books of poetry, including the Pulitzer-nominated "The Girl in the Yellow Raincoat." He is Professor Emeritus of English at Davidson College, where he taught for more than 40 years. 7 p.m. Free. Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-525-9239. www.parkroadbooks.com.

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