South Charlotte

Halloween in the Garden, Spinning Spiders & Creepy Crawlers and more!

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Oct. 26

Multicultural Women's Conference:

This year's multicultural women's conference, "Bridging the Chasm: Changing the World," is a town hall meeting featuring research on the status of women. 7:30 a.m. Individual tickets $85 at www.wi-ce.org. Queens Sports Complex and Conference Center, 2229 Tyvola Road, Charlotte.

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

9:30 a.m. Oct. 26-29, 31.Free. 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. 10 a.m. through Nov. 12. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

I Support the Fight:

Join CBCC and the Charlotte office of the American Cancer Society for "I Support the Fight" initiative. Help support local cancer patients by donating blood or platelets. 10 a.m. Oct. 26-31. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us.

Clothing Drive:

Items needed for this Crisis Assistance clothing drive include household items, coats, sweaters, windbreakers and warm clothing for men, women and children, clean socks and underwear for men. 11 a.m. Oct. 26-30. Free. Jesse Browns Outdoors, 4732 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-556-0020. www.jessebrown.com.

Oct. 27

Arthritis Tai Chi:

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

Halloween in the Garden:

We'll decorate pumpkins and read some spooky stories. No charge, but advance registration is required. 3:45 p.m. Free. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Ballroom Dance Classes:

Learn the rumba, quickstep and jive. 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.

Conscious Parenting: Why Spirituality Matters:

In this class, we cover the topics of prayer and meditation with children, and how to help them to develop a loving relationship with creation. 7 p.m. Free. Fabo Cafe, 2820 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-900-8594. www.LightLectureSeries.com.

Gospel Fit Dance:

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

Oct. 28

Girls' Night Out at the Gallery:

Each night enjoy a different creative outlet while sipping wine. Take home your art. Supplies included. 7 p.m. $30. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Oct. 29

Walk to Stop Diabetes:

This three-mile walk and festival can make a difference in the lives of those people affected. 8 a.m. Free. Symphony Park at SouthPark, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704.373.9111 Ext. 3271. www.diabetes.org.

Caring for the Elderly:

Learn how to plan for the final stages of life, including hospice and palliative care. You'll also learn about estate planning and elder law, including health care power of attorney. Register at www.queens.edu/elderly-care. 9 a.m. $69. Queens Sports Complex & Conference Center, 2229 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2251.

Spinning Spiders & Creepy Crawlers:

Enjoy Halloween treats and learn about animals that go bump in the night and boo during the day. Children are encouraged to wear costumes. 10 a.m. Included in $6 admission. Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte. 704-372-6261. www.charlottenaturemuseum.org.

Zombie Run Challenge:

Sportslink is hosting a Zombie Run Challenge for charity. Proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity and Hands on Charlotte. 10 a.m. $25. Renaissance Park Golf Course, 1525 W. Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-499-9160. www.sportslinkus.com.

FAAN Walk for Food Allergy:

Join us for the eighth annual Walk for Food Allergy. Fun day for all, including raffles, silent auctions and activities for kids. 12 p.m. Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd., Charlotte. www.foodallergywalk.org.

Geek Gala:

The third annual Geek Gala is a charity event that benefits Youth Homes Inc., a local nonprofit that helps troubled kids and their families. There will be carnival-style games, a caricature artist, card readings, trivia and costume contests, more. 7 p.m. $20 online, $25 at the door. Marriott Executive Park, 5700 Westpark Drive, Charlotte. www.geekgala.com.

Oct. 30

Halloween Cookie Decorating:

Fabo Cafe is hosting a Halloween cookie decorating event. Bring children dressed in their costumes for lemonade, cookie decorating and face painting. 1 p.m. $5. FABO Cafe, 2820 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-900-2430. www.faboparty.com.

Oct. 31

Youngsters Environmental Education Program:

Enjoy eight monthly programs from October through May focused on environmental awareness. Each program includes a story and an activity. Ages 4-5; advance registration required. 10 a.m. $10 per session; $70 for eight sessions. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Nov. 1

Arthritis Tai Chi:

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

Fall Lecture Series:

This lecture on bullying will cover prevention and intervention; risks and realities associated with bullying; and indications a child is being bullied. For reservations, email Jane Crutchfield at jane@sharonpcusa.org. 6:30 p.m. Free. Sharon Presbyterian Church, 5201 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-553-0869. www.sharonpcusa.org.

Marshall Curry, Documentarian:

Watch Marshall Curry's documentary "If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front." After the screening, Curry will answer questions. Sykes Auditorium. 6:30 p.m. Free. Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-337-2200. www.queens.edu.

Medicare 101:

This presentation will address questions and concerns about Medicare such as costs, coverage, differences in parts, advantage and supplemental plans and how to detect fraud and abuse. 7 p.m. Free. Summit Place of SouthPark, 2101 Runnymede Lane, Charlotte. 704-525-5508. www.summitplaceofsouthpark.com.

Nov. 2

Living Healthy:

Seniors feel better and reduce their out-of-pocket costs while saving Medicare money by participating in Living Healthy classes. 12:30 p.m. Free. Tyvola Road Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

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