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Nov. 6

Meadowood Stitched:

The colors and textures of Meadowood Walk come alive through an exhibit featuring fiber arts created by seven area artists. 9 a.m. Free with garden admission. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490. www.dsbg.org.

South Charlotte Handmade Crafts Show:

Handmade craft sale for holiday shopping. Looking for quality crafters. 10 a.m. . bit.ly/vlw0fO. South Charlotte Banquet Center, 9009 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte. 704-341-3312. www.southcharlottebanquetcenter.com.

Charlotte Fine Art Festival:

Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall hosts the inauguration of the Charlotte Fine Art Festival. Admission and parking are free. 10 a.m. Symphony Park at SouthPark, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 631-421-1590. www.paragonartevents.com.

Women's Physical Defense Training:

Sangrock Taekwondo School is offering a nine-hour Women's Physical Defense Training Session using the Rape Aggression Defense System. To complete the registration form and/or parental consent form (for students 17 and younger) visit the website or e-mail Lynn Gorski at Lgorski@mindspring.com. 12 p.m. $40; $20 for second woman in the family. 704-708-9137. Sangrock Black Belt World Taekwondo School, 11030 Golf Links Drive, Charlotte. 704-847-1099. www.Sangrock.com.

Fall Color Five-Miler:

Stretch those legs on this moderate-pace hike through beautiful McDowell Nature Preserve as the autumn leaves reach peak fall color. Register by calling 311 or 704-336-7600. 1 p.m. Free. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. www.parkandrec.com.

Charlotte Bridal Show and Fall Expo 2011:

Plan to attend Charlotte's most intimate and elegant bridal event at Perfect Wedding Guide's Fall 2011 Bridal Show and Expo. 1 p.m. Banquet Halls of Temple Beth El, 5101 Providence Road, Charlotte.

'Schoolhouse Rock!':

Don't miss our version of the Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday-morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math and science to millions of young people. 2 p.m. $9-$12. www.carolinatix.org. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343. www.matthewsplayhouse.com.

Nov. 7

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.

Fun With Fall:

Experience fall with your little one through crafts and activities related to the season. Register by calling 311 or 704-336-7600. 10:30 a.m. Nov. 7. $3. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. www.parkandrec.com.

Stella & Dot Monthly Meeting and Opportunity Event:

Special guest Kaliegh Shidler specializes in social media, including Twitter and Facebook. 6 p.m. City Tavern - Ballantyne, 7828 Rea Road, Charlotte.

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.

Nov. 8

Planting Trees and Shrubs:

Join us to learn the proper way to plant trees and shrubs with Craig Leonard of King's Nursery. 9:30 a.m. Garden Club of Weddington, 6301 Weddington Monroe Road, Matthews. 704-843-1086. www.gardenclubofweddington.com.

The Bible in China:

Come explore the Bible's 1,400-year history in China through this unprecedented exhibit to only four cities in the U.S. 9:30 a.m. Free. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygraham.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. 10 a.m. Monroe Library, Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe. 704-283-8184. www.union.lib.nc.us.

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.

Arthritis Tai Chi:

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

Alzheimer's and the Holidays:

Learn how to create a happy holiday for your loved one and have a holiday yourself at a free workshop from the Alzheimer's Association Western Carolina Chapter and The Ivey adult day care center. Free. Registration requested. Adult day care services available during the presentation: call 704-909-2070. 2 p.m. or 6 p.m. Free. 704-532-7390. The Ivey Adult Day Services, 6030 Park S Drive, Charlotte. 704-909-2070. www.theivey.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. 9

The Bible in China: A History of Hope and Transformation:

Come explore the Bible's 1,400-year history in China through this unprecedented exhibit to only four cities in the U.S. 9:30 a.m. Free Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200.

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.

Landlord Association monthly meeting:

Come learn about the most up-to-date information necessary for landlords. Stay informed of the current laws and regulations even if you have a property management company managing your properties. 6 p.m. Free for members; visitors $15. Metrolina Real Estate Investors Association (REIA), 122 W. Woodlawn Road, Charlotte. 704-523-1570. www.metrolinareia.org.

Nov. 10

For Every Season Consignment Sale's Winter Sale:

Home and holiday sale will feature children's winter clothing and shoes, toys (including brand new Melissa and Doug), stocking stuffers, great gifts for under the tree, baby equipment, electronics, house wares, home decor, tools, holiday items. Contact info@foreveryseason.net. 9 a.m. The Pointe, 2266 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill. 803-327-5473. www.foreveryseason.net.

Facebook for Business: How to Set Up Your Facebook Page - Union County Office:

In this hands-on training workshop, Stephanie Fessel will help you build your Facebook business page to generate more real estate business. Bring laptops for hands-on instruction. 10 a.m. Union County Coldwell Banker United, Realtors Office, 6701 Old Monroe Road, Indian Trail.

Arthritis Tai Chi:

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

Red Cross Blood Drive:

Join with Providence Country Club and the American Red Cross to help supply our blood bank. Call 704-846-8475 to make an appointment to donate. All donors will be entered in a drawing for two Delta Airlines tickets. 2:30 p.m. Providence Country Club, 6001 Providence Country Club Drive, Charlotte. 704-846-8475.

HELP! Is this Normal?:

Answers common questions girls have but often are afraid to ask about everyday self-care in this 90-minute workshop. Andrea Callahan. 6:15 p.m. Ten Faces of She, 3914 Miriam Drive, Charlotte. www.tenfacesofshe.com.

Fort Mill High School Choral Department Presents 'Once Upon a Mattress':

The Fort Mill High School Choral Department is pleased to announce it's latest production, Once Upon a Mattress, based on the book by Dean Fuller, Jay Thompson and Marshall Barer. 7 p.m. $15 for adults; $8 for students. 803-548-8288. www.fortmillchorus.com. Fort Mill High School, Munn Road E, Fort Mill. 803-548-1900. fmhs.fort-mill.k12.sc.us/home.aspx.

'Schoolhouse Rock!':

Don't miss our version of the Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday-morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math and science to millions of young people. 7:30 p.m. $9-$12. www.carolinatix.org. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343. www.matthewsplayhouse.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.

Clogging class:

A 7-week class on Thursday nights. In addition to steps, the class will include some basic figures. This is not a class in percussive flatfoot, buck or modern clogging. 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.

'Hamlet':

The Drama Program presents Queens students in a production of Shakespeare's "Hamlet." 8 p.m. Admission at door (cash or check): $10 for general public, $5 for students. Hadley Theater, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte.

Nov. 11

Verizon Wireless Small Business Expo:

See how technology can improve your business' efficiency, revenue and marketing. Learn about special promotions tailored to small businesses, including monthly discounts. 8 a.m. Free. Verizon Wireless Communications Store, 8046 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-290-4854. www.verizonwireless.com.

Outdoor cooking:

Outdoor cooking will help keep you fueled and ready to go in the woods. Learn how to cook a full meal away from a traditional kitchen and have a little fun and food in the process. Register by calling 311 or 704-336-7600. 2 p.m. $6. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. www.parkandrec.com.

'Schoolhouse Rock!':

Don't miss our version of the Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday-morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math and science to millions of young people. 7:30 p.m. $10-$9. www.carolinatix.org. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343. www.matthewsplayhouse.com.

'Hamlet':

The Drama Program presents Queens students in a production of Shakespeare's "Hamlet." 8 p.m. Admission at door (cash or check): $10 for general public, $5 for students. Hadley Theater, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte.

Nov. 12

Turkey Stalking:

Cowan's Ford is the best place in the County to find wild turkeys. Turkeys have sharp eyes so come dressed to blend in. Call for directions. McDowell pick up location meets 7 a.m. at the McDowell Nature Center. Cowan's Ford Wildlife Refuge, 2329 Neck Road in Charlotte. Register by calling 311 or 704-336-7600. 7 a.m. $3. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. www.parkandrec.com.

Charlotte VisionWalk:

Join hundreds in the fight against blindness at VisionWalk, the national signature fundraising event of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. 9 a.m. Free. www.FightBlindness.org. Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd., Charlotte. 704-432-4280.

Walk to End Alzheimer's:

This year's walk will be today at Symphony Park. Participants will do a 2-3 mile walk, learn about Alzheimer's disease, advocacy, clinical trial enrollment, and support programs and services of the Alzheimer's Association. 9 a.m. Symphony Park at SouthPark, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. Register at alz.org/walk or 704-532-5282.

Autumn Organic Waste Reduction:

Learn about organic waste-reduction in this two-hour hands-on workshop. Class outdoors, dress appropriately; closed-toe shoes required. Register: www.WipeOutWaste.com. 10 a.m. Free. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224.

America Recycles Weekend:

Join our celebration of America Recycles Day. Make some recycled paper and add to the "Recycled Mural." 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224.

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