South Charlotte

Pumpkin Cookin', Kids' Friday Night Jam and more!

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Oct. 19

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

9:30 a.m. Oct. 19-22, 24-29, 31. Free. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygraham.org.

Romare Bearden: An Artist Remembers His Birthplace:

10 a.m. through Nov. 12. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Rd., Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

Blood Drive:

Join CBCC and the Charlotte office of the American Cancer Society for their "I Support the Fight" initiative by donating blood or platelets. Oct. 19-31. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us.

Clothing Drive:

This clothing drive benefits Crisis Assistance Ministry. Items needed include: household items, coats, sweaters, windbreakers and warm clothing for men, women and children. Clean socks and underwear for men. 11 a.m. Oct. 19-30. ;Free. 7Jesse Browns Outdoors, 4732 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-556-0020. www.jessebrown.com.

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.

Anthony Abbott at Park Road Books:

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.

Savvy Social Security Planning:

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

Oct. 20

Arthritis Tai Chi:

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

Fall For Fashion Trunk Show:

Mack & Mack event features fashion, food, wine and giveaways. 5 p.m. Oct. 20; 10 a.m. Oct. 21-22. Mack & Mack at Specialty Shops on the Park, 6401 Morrison Blvd., Charlotte. 704-365-3002. www.mackandmackcharlotte.com.

Adult Ballroom Dance Classes:

All proceeds benefit Christ Our Shepherd. 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.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Children of Eden":

Charlotte Christian School's Award Winning ACT 1 Drama Team will present a double-feature of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Children of Eden." Tickets are available at www.carolinatix.org or at the door. 7 p.m. Oct. 20-22.$7-10. Charlotte Christian School, 7301 Sardis Road, Charlotte. 704-366-5657. www.charlottechristian.com.

"The Miracle Worker":

The story of Helen Keller, a young girl existing without the ability to hear or see. Interpreters that will be signing the show on Oct. 20, and there will be a talk back with the actors after the show. Reserved seating for the hearing impaired: 704-846-8343. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20; 8 p.m. Oct. 21-22; 2 p.m. Oct. 23. $10 - $15. Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343. www.matthewsplayhouse.com.

Oct. 21

1st Annual Queens Writers Symposium:

Queens' Writers Symposium will include two keynote addresses, a panel discussion on publishing and a networking luncheon. A separate afternoon session is offered to more experienced writers who want to review and revise their manuscripts for publication. 8:30 a.m. $99 (Part I) and $149 (Part II). Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-337-2251. www.queens.edu/writers-symposium.

Memory Lane Cafe:

Music by acoustic guitarist and vocalist David Hoag. 10:30 a.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Kids' Friday Night Jam:

New Friday night jam series for kids age 10-15, all skill levels. Play with a group and learn improv. Piano and drum set available. 7 p.m. $3. Academy of Fine Arts, 4519 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-0199. www.academyoffinearts.org.

Oct. 22

Caring for the Elderly:

The session will cover how to take care of yourself while you're a caregiver and options for elder care such as assisted living and nursing homes. Register at www.queens.edu/elderly-care. 9 a.m. $69. Queens Sports Complex & Conference Center, 2229 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2251.

Fall Festival and Book Sale:

The sale features more than 7,000 books to choose from, face painting, kids activities and prizes, a bouncy pit, and more. 9 a.m. Free. Julia's Coffee & Books, 1133 N. Wendover Road, Charlotte. 704-295-4585. www.juliascoffee.org.

Oct. 23

Drum2Wellness: Dance for Pink Party:

Raise funds for breast cancer awareness. 1 p.m. $10 for adults, $5 for children. The Ballantyne Hotel & Spa, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. 803-577-4878. www.theballantynehotel.com.

Fall Choral Concert:

The Music Department presents two student groups in performance, The Chamber Singers and Chorale. 2 p.m. Free. Myers Park Baptist Church, Heaton Hall, 1900 Queens Road, Charlotte. www.mpbconline.org.

Oct. 25

Bird Walk:

Registration required. 9:30 a.m. $15. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Examining Estate Planning & Taxation:

1 p.m. Free. 704-708-5001. Matthews Women Club, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-849-5063. www.matthewswomen.org.

Chickens are Birds, too:

We'll learn all about the chicken life cycle and all that chickens can do for us. Ages 4 - 5; advance registration required. 3:45 p.m. $10.Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Managing Your Money:

Learn how to track your spending and manage your money better. Reservations required. 6 p.m. Free. Charlotte Mecklenburg Housing Partnership, 4601 Charlotte Park Drive Suite 350, Charlotte. 704-342-0933. www.cmhp.org.

Oct. 26

Multicultural Women's Conference:

"Bridging the Chasm: Changing the World," a town hall meeting featuring research on the status of women. 7:30 a.m. $85. Queens University Sports Complex At Marion Diehl Park, 2229 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-365-4452. www.wi-ce.org.

Laboring Over Long-term Care Insurance:

Failure to prepare for long-term care is the leading cause of impoverishment among the elderly. Attend this session to learn how to protect yourself and your family. 7 p.m. Free. Matthews Women Club, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-849-5063. www.matthewswomen.org.

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