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Oct. 30

Great Pumpkin Patch:

Come visit the Wesley UMC Great Pumpkin Patch. The pumpkins are grown by an impoverished Indian Reservation in New Mexico. 7 a.m. Prices vary by size. Wesley United Methodist Church, 3715 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-542-1122. www.wesleyumccharlotte.com.

Bootanical:

This "happy" Halloween celebration is especially for those little ones who want to celebrate the friendlier side of the holiday. Children who wear their costumes get 50 percent off admission. 9 a.m. Free with garden admission. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490. www.dsbg.org.

Meadowood Stitched:

Meadowood 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. 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. Help 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 Oct. will receive a special "I Support the Fight" T-shirt. 10 a.m. Oct. 30-31. 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. Artists include Sean Cassidy, Craig Coleman, Kit Cube and Mike Marshall. 10 a.m. Free. Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-337-2200. www.queens.edu.

Crisis Assistance Clothing Drive:

Items NEeded: coats, sweaters, windbreakers and warm clothing for men, women and children; clean socks and underwear for men; household Items. Each donor at Jesse Browns retail locations will receive a 20 percent coupon for the next purchase. Donations go to Crisis Assistance Ministry's Free Store. 11 a.m. Free. Jesse Browns Outdoors, 4732 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 704-556-0020. www.jessebrown.com.

Carowinds Howl-O-Fest's Boo Blast:

Spooky fun for the little ones. 12 p.m. $12; $24.99; $31.99; $35.99; $41.99. Carowinds Paladium, 14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte. 704-588-2600; 803-548-5300. www.carowinds.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. 704-588-5224. www.parkandrec.com.

Halloween cookie decorating event:

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

SCarowinds Halloween Hunt XI:

Carowinds is transformed from a "theme park" to a "scream park" as it debuts SCarowinds' Halloween Haunt XI, not recommended for those under age 13. No costumes or masks are permitted in to this event. 7 p.m. Oct. 30. $29.99; $33.99; $36.99; $38.99; $45.99. Carowinds Theme Park, 14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte. 704-588-2600. www.carowinds.com.

Oct. 31

Great Pumpkin Patch:

Come visit the Wesley UMC Great Pumpkin Patch. The pumpkins are grown by an impoverished Indian Reservation in New Mexico. 7 a.m. Prices vary by size. Wesley United Methodist Church, 3715 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-542-1122. www.wesleyumccharlotte.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 Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygraham.org.

Youngsters Environmental Education Program (YEEPs):

Enjoy eight monthly programs from October through May focused on environmental awareness as the seasons change at Wing Haven. Each program includes a story and an activity designed to introduce the world of plants and animals to youngsters. Ages 4-5; registration required. 10 a.m. $10/session; $70 for all eight sessions. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664, ext. 103. www.winghavengardens.com.

Exhibit:

"Dream Makers and Risk Takers" is an exhibit designed in tandem with the TEDxCharlotte conference. Artists include Sean Cassidy, Craig Coleman, Kit Cube and Mike Marshall. 10 a.m. 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 featuring the artist's memories of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. 10 a.m. Oct. 31-Nov. 5; 10 a.m. Nov. 7-12. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

Lamb Family Halloween Scene:

For 10 years, the Lamb Family has created a classic Halloween Scene in their front yard. Theme changes every year. Not too scary, all in good fun and free. 6:45 p.m. Lamb Family front yard, 7144 Michael Scott Crossing, Fort Mill. https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?v=746882170347.

Queen City Community Orchestra invites 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. We offer two free concerts each year. 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.

Nov. 1

Basic Computer Skills:

Basic Computer skills class is designed for the computer novice. This class provides hands-on practice using both the computer mouse and keyboard. 10 a.m. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road W, Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. 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. 11 a.m. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road W, Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Arthritis Tai Chi:

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

Marshall Curry, Documentarian:

Marshall Curry's documentary, "If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front," won this year's Documentary Editing Award at the Sundance Film Festival. 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.queensedu.

Medicare 101: Understanding the 'A,B,C,D' of Medicare:

Learn the basics of Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D. This presentation will address common 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. 704-708-5001. Summit Place of SouthPark, 2101 Runnymede Lane, Charlotte. 704-525-5508. www.summitplaceofsouthpark.com.

Waste Not Want Not:

Brian Rosa, organic recycling specialist from N.C. Division of Environmental Assistance and Outreach, will be addressing the issue of food diversion in North Carolina. 7 p.m. Free. 704-814-0877. www.habitatsteward.org. Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-321-7275. www.matthewsnc.com.

Gospel Fit Dance:

Cardio workout designed to burn calories quickly. 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.

Nov. 2

Music lessons for Adults:

Piano, violin, guitar, trumpet, drums, and most other instruments, all levels. Registration form www.afacharlotte.org. 9 a.m. $115/month. Academy of Fine Arts, 4519 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-0199. www.afcharlotte.org.

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. Each of the pieces is based on photographs taken in fall 2010. 9 a.m. through Nov. 14. Free with Garden Admission. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490. www.dsbg.org.

Exhibit:

"Dream Makers and Risk Takers" is an exhibit designed in tandem with the TEDxCharlotte conference. Artists include Sean Cassidy, Craig Coleman, Kit Cube and Mike Marshall. 10 a.m. Free. Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-337-2200. www.queens.edu.

Microsoft Office 2007 Publisher I:

Microsoft Office 2007 Publisher I class is designed to teach how to create professional publications. The class will cover how to create a basic sign, greeting card, business cards and a flier. 3 p.m. Monroe Library, Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe. 704-283-8184. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Nov. 3

Morning in the Garden:

Spend an autumn morning in the Lawrence Garden with three experts. We'll use the garden as a classroom to illustrate the top performers in the autumn garden as well as the maintenance tasks that should be tackled during this busy time of the gardening year. Registration required. 9:30 a.m. $65. 704-331-0665. The Elizabeth Lawrence House and Garden at Wing Haven, 348 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Exhibit:

"Dream Makers and Risk Takers" is an exhibit designed in tandem with the TEDxCharlotte conference. Artists include Sean Cassidy, Craig Coleman, Kit Cube and Mike Marshall. 10 a.m. Free. Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-337-2200. www.queens.edu.

Arthritis Tai Chi:

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

Couples Dining Etiquette Class:

Learn formal dining etiquette that will make you the ultimate dinner guest. $89 per couple. 6 p.m. $89. The Academy of Etiquette & Charm, 5960 Fairview Road, Charlotte. 704-763-0552. www.etiquetteandcharm.com.

Myers Park High School Band Concert:

The Myers Park Marching Band will join the Myers Park Band Ensembles for an exciting concert. Open to the public. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3. Free. Myers Park High School, 2400 Colony Road, Charlotte. 704-343-5800. pages.cms.k12.nc.us/mphs.

Decorating for the Holidays from the Garden:

Interior designer Diana Garmon will show how to make holiday decorations using items found in the garden. Email unionmg@co.union.nc.us. 7 p.m. $10. N.C. Cooperative Extension-Union County Agriculture Center, 3230 Presson Road, Monroe. 704-283-3822. union.ces.ncsu.edu.

Quieting the Mind Through a Daily Mediation Practice:

This class offers simple techniques to help bring a peace of mind to meditation practice. 7 p.m. Free. 704-900-8594. www.lightlectureseries.com. FABO Cafe, 2820 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-900-2430. www.faboparty.com.

Gospel Fit Dance:

Cardio workout designed to burn calories quickly. 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.

Clogging class:

8 p.m. $22. 704-366-3334. cookesclogdancing.blogspot.com/2011/09/october-2011-clogging-class.html. Championz Cheer and Dance, 3744 Pleasant Plains Road, Matthews. 704-821-2409. www.championzcheeranddance.com.

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