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Community calendar

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. 16

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 nonperishable food items will help feed an under-privileged family and receive a 14 Day Free Pass or a Free Personal Training Session as a thank you for contributions. Nov. 16-23. Urban Active, 12325 Copper Way, Charlotte. 888-271-9912. www.urbanactive.com.

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

Get an in-depth look at Christianity inside China through interpretive panels, historical Bibles and other artifacts. 9:30 a.m. Nov. 16-19. Free. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygraham.org.

Holiday Books and Coffee:

Enjoy coffee and literary discussions with neighbors and friends as Park Road Books. A guest author will 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. We'll read a great story and go on a leaf hunt. Ages 4-5; advance registration required. 10 a.m. $10. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

College Financial Aid: "How to get Your Fair Share":

Find out what questions to ask the admissions and financial officers during college visits. 12 p.m. Free. Matthews Women Club, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-849-5063. www.matthewswomen.org.

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 Rd., Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Nov. 17

Acting for Adults:

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department will host an On Camera Acting Class for adults 55 and older. This is an on-camera class that covers all aspects of acting for the camera. To register call 704-540-2426 or email dianna.monroe@mecklenburgcountync.gov. 10-11:30 a.m. Thursdays Nov. 17-Dec. 15. $75. Elon Recreation Center, 11401 Ardrey Kell Road, Charlotte.

Arthritis Tai Chi:

2 p.m. Nov. 17. 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. We'll get up close and personal as we study the many forms of life using only one "foot" of space in the garden. Ages 4-6; registration required. 3:45 p.m. $10. 704-331-0664, ext. 103. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com

Real Estate Investors Association monthly meeting:

Educational events providing information on every aspect of real estate investing. 6 p.m. Nov. 17; 6 p.m. Jan. 19. Members free, visitors $15. 704-523-1570. www.metrolinareia.org. Hilton Executive Park Hotel, 5624 Westpark Drive, Charlotte. 704-527-8000.

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 at a Nouveau Expression food and wine tasting on Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m. at the Gallery Restaurant and Bar. The party will include a tasting of three Beaujolais wines, cheese and live entertainment by the Neil Davenport Duo. 7 p.m. Nov. 17. $25 per person plus tax and gratuity. 704-248-4100. The Gallery Restaurant and Bar, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte.

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.

Poetry by William Trowbridge:

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

Nov. 18

Memory Lane Cafe:

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

Nov. 19

Holiday Pottery Sale:

View pottery for sale by 10 artists from Charlotte and the Carolinas on the grounds of the historic Lower Providence Community House in Ballantyne. 11a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Lower Providence Community House, 9735 Community House Road, Charlotte. 704-618-2222. www.lowerprovidencelogcabin.org.

Esteban Vicente: A Survey of Paintings and Collages:

Jerald Melberg Gallery presents survey of paintings and collages by Esteban Vicente (1903-2001). A member of the first generation of abstract expressionists, Vicente experimented with color and space and explored the possibilities of collage. 10 a.m. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, 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. 10 a.m. Included in admission. Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte. 704-372-6261. www.discoveryplace.org/home/nature_museum-general_info.php.

Crafts for Kids - Lakeshore Learning:

Join us every Saturday for free crafts for kids at Lakeshore Learning Store. Ages 3 and older. 11 a.m. Free. Lakeshore Learning, 10005 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews. 704-849-2370. www.lakeshorelearning.com.

Conscious Movie Night: "Bag It":

"Bag It" is a documentary about plastic bags. Join the Bag It movement and decide for yourself how plastic your life will be. 7 p.m. Free. 704-900-8594. www.ConsciousnessForPeace.org. Center of Light, 6100 Monroe Rd., Charlotte. 704-526-8310. www.centersoflight.org.

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