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South Charlotte community calendar

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Oct. 23

Pink Ribbon Produce:

Pink Ribbon Produce, a unique retail program committed to fighting breast cancer and raising awareness, returns this October for its sixth year at Harris Teeter stores. Since 2006, Harris Teeter shoppers have raised more than $136,000 by purchasing products from vendors participating in the initiative, helping support important programs funded by local Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliates. 7 a.m. Oct. 23-29. www.pink-ribbon-produce.com. Harris Teeter, 6701 Morrison Blvd., Charlotte. 704-364-1245. www.harristeeter.com.

Great Pumpkin Patch:

Visit the Wesley UMC Great Pumpkin Patch. Proceeds support a variety of missions including Bethlehem Center, Community Christmas Shoppe, Charlotte Rescue Mission and Dove's Nest. The pumpkins are grown on an impoverished Indian Reservation in New Mexico, and this farming is vital to the support of Native Americans living there. 7 a.m. Oct. 23-31. Prices vary according to size. Wesley United Methodist Church, 3715 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-542-1122. www.wesleyumccharlotte.com.

Meadowood Stitched:

Stitched is an exhibition of artwork by Fiber Art Options, a group of artists from the Charlotte area. Each of the pieces is based on photographs taken in fall 2010 and reflects the myriad perspectives possible in a natural landscape. 9 a.m. Oct. 23-Nov. 6. 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. Donors who give blood at one of CBCC's four donor centers or at select community blood drives in October will receive a special "I Support the Fight" T-shirt. 10 a.m. Oct. 23-31. 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, reflecting the spirit of TEDx: the promotion of "ideas worth spreading" at the local level. Artists include Sean Cassidy, Craig Coleman, Kit Cube and Mike Marshall. 10 a.m. Oct. 23-Nov. 3. Free. Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-337-2200. www.queens.edu.

Crisis Assistance Clothing Drive:

Items needed include coats, sweaters, windbreakers and warm clothing for men, women and children, clean socks and underwear for men and household items. Each donor at Jesse Browns retail locations will receive a 20 percent coupon for the next purchase. All donations given to Crisis Assistance Ministry's Free Store. 11 a.m. Oct. 23-30. Free. Jesse Browns Outdoors, 4732 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-556-0020. www.jessebrowns.com.

Carowinds Howl-O-Fest's Boo Blast:

It's spooky fun for the little ones at Howl-O-Fest's Boo Blast. 12 p.m. Oct. 23-30. $12; $24.99; $31.99; $35.99; $41.99. Carowinds Paladium, 14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte. 704-588-2600. 803-548-5300. www.carowinds.com.

Drum2Wellness Dance for Pink Party:

Against the beat of the drum, you will discover a rocking mind-body workout of breath, pulsating stretches, traditional moves, positive thought, traditional massage, all in one flowing dance routine. All proceeds go to Breast Cancer Awareness.803-577 - 4878. 1 p.m. Oct. 23. $10 for adults, $5 for children. The Ballantyne Hotel & Spa, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. 803-577-4878. www.theballantynehotel.com and www.yeyeosun.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: 311 or 704-336-7600, or www.parkandrec.com. 1 p.m$20. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224.

Charlotte Dove Movement - Self Esteem for Girls:

Join the national Dove Movement right here in Charlotte. Three days of fun, education and inspiration for girls ages 5-18. 2 p.m. Free. www.CharlotteDoveMovement.com. The Academy of Etiquette & Charm, 5960 Fairview Road, Charlotte. 704-763-0552. www.etiquetteandcharm.com.

Fall Choral Concert:

The Queens University of Charlotte 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.

The Miracle Worker:

The story of Helen Keller, a young girl without the ability to hear or see. Through her teacher's strong will and perseverance, Helen learns to connect with the world through the word "water." 2 p.m. $10-$15. 704-846-8343. www.matthewsplayhouse.com. Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-321-7275. www.matthewsnc.com.

Re-dedication of Civil War Monument:

The Stonewall Jackson UDC chapter and NCT Civil War re-enactors will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the War Between the States by re-dedicating a monument honoring one of Mecklenburg County's last Confederate soldiers, Thomas N. Alexander. 3 p.m. Free. 704-708-9866. Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church, 15000 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-0686. www.pleasanthillpresby.com.

For Every Season Consignment Sale:

Don't miss out on this last chance to make some consignment money and buy what you need before the holidays arrive. 7 p.m. Oct. 23-29. The Pointe Performing Arts & Community Center, 2266 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill. www.foreveryseason.net.

SCarowinds Halloween Haunt XI:

Carowinds is transformed from a "theme park" to a "scream park" as it debuts SCarowinds' Halloween Haunt XI, the largest, most horrific Halloween event in the Carolinas. The eleventh year of SCarowinds will be even bigger, better, and more terrifying than ever with the addition of a new bloodcurdling 6082 square foot maze, Fury, and two new live shows. SCarowinds' Halloween Haunt XI is rated PG-13 and may be too intense for young children and is not recommended for those younger than 13. No costumes or masks are permitted at this event. 7 p.m. $29.99; $33.99; $36.99; $38.99; $45.99. 803-548-5300. Carowinds Theme Park, 14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte. 704-588-2600. www.carowinds.com.

Oct. 24

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. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Dr., 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.

Alex Kahle Memorial Scholarship Golf Classic:

Enjoy a great day of golf in Monroe. Proceeds benefit the Alex Kahle Memorial Scholarship, presented to the Union County Parade Princess each year in memory of Alex Kahle, a Monroe native and Porter Ridge High School student. For a brochure and registration, email alexkahlememorial@gmail.com or contact on Facebook. Individual players are $100, including lunch, cart and greens fees, goodie bag and awards reception. Sponsorships available, donations accepted. 10:30 a.m. 704-221-3301. Rolling Hills Country Club, 2722 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe. 704-283-8201.

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. Monroe Library, Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe. 704-283-8184. www.union.lib.nc.us.

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. Monroe Library, Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe. 704-283-8184. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Charlotte Dove Movement:

Join the national Dove Movement right here in Charlotte. Three days of fun, education and inspiration for girls ages 5-18. 2 p.m. Free. www.CharlotteDoveMovement.com. The Academy of Etiquette & Charm, 5960 Fairview Road, Charlotte. 704-763-0552. www.etiquetteandcharm.com.

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. 25

October Roundtables: B2B Marketing Strategies:

Attendees of our monthly luncheon events have been asking for an open forum to discuss B2B marketing topics with their peers and we are happy to accommodate. Roundtable events are open to the first 10-15 who register. Event is free to members; $10 for non-members. There is networking for the first half hour, with the roundtables following. Register early; seats are limited. 8 a.m. The Employers Association Conference Center, 3020 W. Arrowood Road, Charlotte. 704-522-8011. www.employersassoc.com.

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. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Dr., Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygraham.org.

Bird Walk with Mary:

Join Mary for a stroll through the garden as summer gives way to fall. We'll watch for migrants passing through en route to their wintering grounds in warmer regions to the south. Binoculars provided if you don't have your own. Registration required - enrollment limited to 10. 9:30 a.m. $15. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

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.

Examining Estate Planning & Estate Taxation:

No matter how large or small your estate, if you want to make certain your plan is complete, optimized and hassle-free for your family, this session will teach you how. 1 p.m. Oct. 25. Free. 704-708-5001. Matthews Women Club, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-849-5063. www.matthewswomen.org.

Arthritis Tai Chi:

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

Microsoft Office 2007 Word Fundamentals:

Participants will first become familiar with the basic skills needed to create and format a document. Next, each participant will create a flier that contains WordArt, a picture, bulleted text, and a box with text. 3 p.m. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road W, Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Chickens are Birds, too!:

We'll learn all about the chicken life cycle and all chickens can do for us. Ages 4-5; registration required. 3:45 p.m. $10. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664, ext. 103. www.winghavengardens.com.

Condoleezza Rice:

Condoleezza Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States and is now professor of political economy in the Graduate School of Business, Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution and professor of political science at Stanford University. 7 p.m. Tickets: $40 at www.carolinatix.org or 704-372-1000. Belk Theatre at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Charlotte, Charlotte.

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