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Please submit your event information online. Go to events.charlotteobserver.com and click on "add to our listings." Email photos to stories@newsofsouthcharlotte.com. The print deadline is two weeks in advance of the event date.

Nov. 13

Thanksgiving Food Drive:

Urban Active is partnering with Charlotte's Second Harvest of Metrolina, in an effort to help feed the less fortunate this Thanksgiving. Residents who donate five non-perishable food items through Nov. 23 will receive either a 14 day free work-out pass (for non-members) or a free personal training session (for members)contribution. Urban Active, 12325 Copper Way, Charlotte. 888-271-9912. www.urbanactive.com.

Meadowood Stitched:

This fall, the colors and textures of Meadowood Walk come alive through an exhibit featuring fiber arts created by seven area artists. 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.

America Recycles Weekend:

Make some recycled paper, discover what things can and cannot be recycled, and add to the "Recycled Mural."1 p.m. Free. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224.

Hamlet:

The Drama Program presents Queens students in a production of Shakespeare's "Hamlet." Hadley Theater is located behind Myers Park Traditional School, 2132 Radcliffe Ave. 2 p.m. Admission at door (cash or check): $10 for general public, $5 for students. Hadley Theater, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte.

Schoolhouse Rock:

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

Drum2Wellness: Womb Journey Special:

Drum2Wellness: Womb Journey Special unlocks the ancient healing secrets to a healthy womb, balanced system, and more joyful life. All in an exciting interactive workout which combines the healing modalities of Yoga and the 5000 year old Eastern Ayurveda Healing Arts with the beautiful flowing movements of traditional dance. Session includes optional: Sauna and Swim at the Spa. Conducted by Author and Eastern Healing Arts and Alternative Medicine Practitioner, Omileye Achikeobi - Lewis. 2 p.m. $10. 803-577-4878. www.yeyeosun.com. The Ballantyne Hotel & Spa, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte.

"Once Upon a Mattress":

The Fort Mill High School Choral Department is pleased to announce it's latest production "Once Upon a Mattress." 3 p.m. Nov. 13; 7 p.m. Nov. 14 and 15. $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.

Carolina Chamber Players:

St. Ann Catholic Church's first of four concerts with the Carolina Chamber Players: Emily Chatham, Susan Blumberg, Dorothy Cole, and Nancy Levine, one of Charlotte's finest string quartets. A reception will follow the concert. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online. 4 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students and free for children under 12. St. Ann Catholic Church, 3635 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-523-4641. StAnnCharlotte.org.

Diabetes Reversal:

Learn how to actively combat diabetes, balance your blood sugar and more. 5 p.m. World Dance Center, 855 Sam Newell Road, Matthews. 704-449-8112. www.charlottesalsadance.com.

Providence Chamber Music Recital:

This concert features two trio ensembles. 7 p.m. Free. Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Rd., Charlotte. 704-366-2823. www.providenceumc.org.

Nov. 14

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. Get an in-depth look at Christianity inside China through museum quality interpretive panels, historical Bibles and other artifacts. 9:30 a.m. through Nov. 19Free. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Dr., Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygrahamlibrary.org.

The Mercedes-Benz Open:

All proceeds for this tournament will benefit the Arthritis Foundation Mid Atlantic Region. Play for a great cause and/or join us for the Mercedes-Benz Mixer (open to the public) following the tournament. A team of four is $600, which includes lunch, drinks, snacks, gift bag. Early registration is encouraged, as there are a limited number of spots. 11 a.m. Firethorne Country Club, 1108 Firethorne Club Drive, Waxhaw.

Babes in the Woods:

Take your baby on a journey to discover all the good things about nature. Rain or shine we will be outdoors, please dress appropriately. Register by calling 311 or 704-336-7600. For details, call McDowell Nature Center at 704-588-5224. You can also register at www.parkandrec.com. 1:30 p.m. Free. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224.

Queen City Community Orchestra inviting new members:

The Queen City Community Orchestra is the oldest non-profit 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. N704-398-3301. Charlotte Country Day School, Hance Fine Arts Center, 1440 Carmel Road, Charlotte. www.qcco.org

Nov. 15

Charlotte Checkers Charity Golf Classic:

Proceeds from this year's tournament will benefit Presbyterian Hemby Children's Hospital, Wells Fargo Teach for America and Discovery Place. Golf with a Checkers player and have the opportunity to win great prizes. Entry fees include green and cart fees, range balls, breakfast, lunch, dinner, beverages, awards and prize packs. Interested golfers should RSVP to Lindsay at lfender@gocheckers.com or 9 a.m. $200. Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation, 7500 Olde Sycamore Drive, Mint Hill. 704-940-4083. www.gocheckers.com.

Microsoft Office 2007 Excel Fundamentals:

Our Microsoft Office 2007 Excel Fundamentals class is a course designed to teach participants the basics for using Excel, a spreadsheet program which allows users to insert and manipulate data in a grid format. This class will cover the essential skills needed for creating a basic spreadsheet and chart. 10 a.m. Monroe Library, Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe. 704-283-8184. www.union.lib.nc.us

Camouflage Me!:

Come dressed in some type of camouflage or all one color. Today we'll read a story and discuss the various reasons that animals are the colors they are. Ages 3-5; advance registration required. 10 a.m. $10. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664, ext. 103. www.winghavengardens.com.

Paint with Romare Bearden:

One-day workshop, illustrator/author Judy Stead will share a brief history of Bearden's development and long career as artist, practice techniques and southern-inspired themes creating your own collage. Registration required. 1:30 p.m. $35. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Arthritis Tai Chi:

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

College Financial Aid:

Find out what questions to ask the admissions and financial officers during college visits. 7 p.m. Free. 704-708-5001. Matthews Women Club, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-849-5063. www.matthewswomen.org.

Gospel Fit Dance:

Free trial session every Tuesday; one free session per person. 7:30 p.m. $6 per session. J'adore Ballroom, 508 Griffith Rd., Charlotte. 704-523-1116. www.gospelfitdance.com.

Nov. 16

Holiday Books and Coffee:

Enjoy coffee and literary discussions with neighbors and friends as Park Road Books and a guest author present new books for the holiday season. 10 a.m. Free for members, $5 for guests. Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-337-2200. www.queens.edu.

Leaf Skeletons:

Join us in Wing Haven's Children's Garden as we compare various leaves and talk about how trees are alive. Ages 4 - 5; advance registration required. 10 a.m. $10. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664 ext. 103. www.winghavengardens.com.

College Financial Aid:

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

Create a Recipe Book:

Participants will learn how to create a recipe book that includes a table of contents and index. 3 p.m. Monroe Library, Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe. 704-283-8184. www.union.lib.nc.us

Nov. 17

Arthritis Tai Chi:

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

A "Foot" of Life:

Join us as we get the garden beds ready for winter and check out some uncommon areas where life may be hiding. Ages 4 - 6; advance registration required. 3:45 p.m. $10. 7Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664 ext. 103. www.winghavengardens.com.

Backcountry and Camp Cooking:

Join us for a session on how to cook on a variety of heat sources including field expedient stoves, commercially available stoves and open flame. Bring field utensils (if you have them) and an appetite because we will be sampling a variety of outdoor foods. Details: McDowell Nature Center at 704-588-5224. Register by calling 311 or 704-336-7600 or online at www.parkandrec.com. 6:30 p.m. $6. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224.

Charlotte Celebrates Art and Beaujolais Nouveau:

As part of the national celebration Nouveau Expression, French Beaujolais winemaker and longtime arts supporter Georges Duboeuf is bringing a party of the senses to Charlotte. The party will include a tasting of three Beaujolais wines, cheese and live entertainment by the Neil Davenport Duo. 7 p.m. $25 per person plus tax and gratuity. 704-248-4100. The Gallery Restaurant and Bar, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte.

Gospel Fit Dance:

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

Poetry by William Trowbridge:

Distinguished American poet William Trowbridge will read from his new book, "Ship of Fool." Sykes Auditorium. 8 p.m. Free. Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-337-2200. www.queens.edu.

Nov. 18

Talkin' Turkey:

Join us with your preschooler as we read a fabulous animal tale and enjoy crafts and activities related to turkeys. Register by calling 311, 704-446-7600 or www.parkandrec.com. 10:30 a.m. $3. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224.

Memory Lane Cafe:

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

Christmas Tree Lighting Festival:

Join citizens, family, and friends of the Town of Hemby Bridge for the Fantastic Tree Lighting Event And Festival. 1 p.m. Hemby Bridge, Fairview and Secrest Short Cut, Indian Trail.

Nighttime Prairie Hike:

Hike the prairie under a full moon. We will be investigating the many nighttime happenings in fall looking for anything that reacts to UV lights and listening for any nighttime critters. Wear hiking shoes & long pants we will be off trail. Register by calling 311,704-336-7600 or www.parkandrec.com.6 p.m. Free. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224.

Nov. 19

St. Jude Give thanks Walk:

The St. Jude Give thanks Walk is a kickoff to the St. Jude Thanks and Giving awareness and fundraising campaign. St. Jude supporters in Charlotte and communities across the country will join together to participate in this exciting, family-friendly 5K walk to raise money for the children of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. 8 a.m. Free to register. Knights Stadium, 2280 Deerfield Dr., Fort Mill. 704-554-7710. www.givethankswalk.org.

Early Morning Bird Walk:

Many birds have headed south for the winter but others are moving in to take their place. Binoculars recommended: Some available for loan. Miles: 1.5 2, dirt and gravel trails, easy to moderate terrain. Register by calling 311 or 704-336-7600 or at www.parkandrec.com. 8:30 a.m. Free. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224.

Esteban Vicente: A Survey of Paintings and Collages:

Jerald Melberg Gallery presents for the first time in North Carolina a survey of paintings and collages by Esteban Vicente (1903-2001). 10 a.m. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Rd., Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

Turkey Talk:

Get up close to a wild turkey. Learn all about this incredible bird and why Ben Franklin thought the turkey would make a great national symbol. Small snack provided while supplies last. 10 a.m. Nov. 19. Included in admission. Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte. 704-372-6261. www.discoveryplace.org.

Praise in the Maze:

Live bands including Grammy nominated GodSpeed3 will entertain youths, with corn maze, bonfires, hayrides and other activities. Chili Cook-Off will also be part of the fun. 11 a.m. $10; Youth leaders free. Aw Shucks Farms, 3718 Plyler Mill Rd., Monroe. 704-709-7000. www.AwShucksFarms.com.

Wildflower Walk:

Each month brings new blooms to McDowell Nature Preserve. Come and discover the beauty and diversity of flowers as they mark the passage of the seasons. This month we will look for rare sunflowers and other late bloomers. Register by calling 311, 704.336.7600 or at www.parkandrec.com. 2 p.m. Free. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224.

Nov. 21

Internet and Email Basics:

Participants learn how to surf the web using Internet Explorer 8 browser. Also how to enter a URL (Web address) in the address bar text box to go to a specific site, use links, and navigate to recently viewed websites. How to search the web for information using Google, bookmark favorite sites, and have multiple Web pages open at the same time using tabs. After becoming familiar with the Internet, participants will learn how to open, create and send email messages using Hotmail. 3 p.m. Waxhaw Branch Library, 509 S. Providence St., Waxhaw. 704-843-3131. www.union.lib.nc.us

Be Thankful for Veggies!:

Many of our vegetables in the children's garden have been harvested and eaten. Help us replenish our beds by planting some vegetables we can enjoy throughout the winter. Ages 6 - 8; advance registration required. 3:45 p.m. Nov. 21. $10. 704-331-0664, ext. 103. www.winghavengardens.come. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.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.

Nov. 22

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. 25

Soil Sampling:

Soil is the baseline of our ecosystem. It provides shelter and habitat, nutrients for trees and plants, and helps store the water that all living creatures need to survive. Join us as we take physical data to determine what type of soil is here at McDowell Nature Preserve. Register by calling 311, 704-336-7600 or visiting www.parkandrec.com. 2 p.m. $3. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224.

Outdoor Cooking:

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 311,704-366-7600 or www.parkadrec.com. 2 p.m. $6. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224.

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