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Community calendar

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Nov. 20

Urban Active's Thanksgiving Food Drive To Benefit Charlotte's Second Harvest of Metrolina:

Urban Active is partnering with Charlotte's Second Harvest of Metrolina to help feed the less fortunate this Thanksgiving. Residents who donate five non-perishable food items thru Nov. 23 will not only help feed an under-privileged family but receive either a 14-day free work-out pass (for nonmembers) or a free personal training session (for members). Urban Active's goal is to donate more than 30,000 in canned goods company-wide. 7 a.m. Urban Active, 12325 Copper Way, Charlotte. 888-271-9912. www.urbanactive.com.

Puppies for Patients:

Join Community Blood Center of the Carolinas for the Seventh Annual Puppies for Patients program, which runs through Dec. 31. Donate blood in November and December and sign a tag that then will be attached to a stuffed puppy and delivered to children in local hospitals. 10 a.m. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us.

Nov. 21

Urban Active's Thanksgiving Food Drive To Benefit Charlotte's Second Harvest of Metrolina:

Urban Active is partnering with Charlotte's Second Harvest of Metrolina to help feed the less fortunate this Thanksgiving. Residents who donate five non-perishable food items thru Nov. 23 will not only help feed an under-privileged family but receive either a 14-day free work-out pass (for nonmembers) or a free personal training session (for members). Urban Active's goal is to donate more than 30,000 in canned goods company-wide. 7 a.m. Urban Active, 12325 Copper Way, Charlotte. 888-271-9912. www.urbanactive.com.

Puppies for Patients:

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas for the Seventh Annual Puppies for Patients program, which runs through Dec. 31. Donate blood in November and December and sign a tag that then will be attached to a stuffed puppy and delivered to children in local hospitals. 10 a.m. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us.

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 Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

Internet and Email Basics:

Participants learn how to surf the Web using Internet Explorer 8 browser. 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. Registration required. 3:45 p.m. $10. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664, ext. 103. www.winghavengardens.com.

Queen City Community Orchestra:

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

Urban Active's Thanksgiving Food Drive To Benefit Charlotte's Second Harvest of Metrolina:

Urban Active is partnering with Charlotte's Second Harvest of Metrolina to help feed the less fortunate this Thanksgiving. Residents who donate five non-perishable food items thru Nov. 23 will not only help feed an under-privileged family but receive either a 14-day free work-out pass (for nonmembers) or a free personal training session (for members). Urban Active's goal is to donate more than 30,000 in canned goods company-wide. 7 a.m. Urban Active, 12325 Copper Way, Charlotte. 888-271-9912. www.urbanactive.com.

Puppies for Patients:

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas for the Seventh Annual Puppies for Patients program, which runs through Dec. 31. Donate blood in November and December and sign a tag that then will be attached to a stuffed puppy and delivered to children in local hospitals. 10 a.m. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us.

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 Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

Enterprise Developers Guild - Win 8 and Building Metro Apps:

will examine what it means to be "Metro" as well as what it takes to build an application. The meeting presenter is Matthew Duffield, MVP, a .NET architect designing and developing enterprise applications. 6 p.m. Microsoft Campus Multipurpose Room, 8055 Microsoft Way, 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.

Nov. 23

Urban Active's Thanksgiving Food Drive To Benefit Charlotte's Second Harvest of Metrolina:

Urban Active is partnering with Charlotte's Second Harvest of Metrolina to help feed the less fortunate this Thanksgiving. Residents who donate five non-perishable food items thru Nov. 23 will not only help feed an under-privileged family but receive either a 14-day free work-out pass (for nonmembers) or a free personal training session (for members). Urban Active's goal is to donate more than 30,000 in canned goods company-wide. 7 a.m. Urban Active, 12325 Copper Way, Charlotte. 888-271-9912. www.urbanactive.com.

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 Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

Nov. 24

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

Black Friday Shopping:

On Nov. 25, Carolina Place and Valley Hills Mall will reward early-bird shoppers with a $10-$20 GGP Shop Etc. Gift Card, while supplies last, with the purchase of $100-$150 or more. 6 a.m. Carolina Place Mall, 11025 Carolina Place Parkway, Pineville. 704-543-9300. www.valleyhillsmall.com or www.carolinaplace.com.

Soil Sampling:

Soil is the baseline of our ecosystem. Join us as we take physical data to determine what type of soil is at McDowell Nature Preserve. Register by calling 311 or 704-336-7600. 2 p.m. $3. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. www.parkandrec.com.

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 or 704-336-7600. 2 p.m. $6. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. www.parkandrec.com.

Holiday Lights at The Garden:

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden will present Holiday Lights at The Garden featuring "A Vintage Christmas," showcasing a half-million lights, a Christmas tree created with hundreds of orchids, carriage rides, live entertainment, a custom-designed model railroad and even a visit from Santa. Sunday-Thursday 5-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 5-10 p.m. $12 for adults, $11 for seniors 60-plus and $6 for children 4-12. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490. www.dsbg.org.

Kids Night in Nature:

Kids will enjoy a campfire with stories and plenty of nighttime games. Dinner will be provided. Register by calling 311 or 704-336-7600. 6 p.m. $15. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. www.parkandrec.com.

Nov. 26

Crafts for Kids - Lakeshore Learning:

Join us every Saturday for free crafts 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.

The Real Christmas Story:

12 p.m. and 5 p.m. The NarroWay Theatre, 3327 Highway 51 N, Fort Mill.

Nov. 28

Free Caregiving Help During The Holidays:

The Ivey adult day care center near SouthPark is offering a free four-hour visit from Nov.28-Dec. 29 for any senior with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's or other chronic condition. To arrange a visit, call 704-909-2070. Limit one visit per family. The Ivey is open weekdays from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., but will be closed Dec. 23 and Dec. 26. 7:30 a.m. Free. The Ivey Adult Day Services, 6030 Park S Drive, Charlotte. 704-909-2070. www.theivey.com.

Tyvola Senior Center Annual Gently Used Jewlery Sale:

The Tyvola Senior Center is having its annual Gently Used Jewelry Sale. 10 a.m. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Turkey Time:

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

Internet and Email Basics:

Participants learn how to surf the Web using Internet Explorer 8 browser. After becoming familiar with the Internet, participants will learn how to open, create and send email messages using Hotmail. 3 p.m. Monroe Library, Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe. 704-283-8184. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Kaliana's Grief Support Group:

Each class is unique as Kaliana clarifies four phases of grief, how to honor your phase and techniques to help heal each one. Offered the fourth Monday of each month through November. 6:30 p.m. Donations accepted. 704-491-9131. www.meetup.com. Elemental Healing Charlotte, 5200 Park Road, Charlotte. www.ElementalHealingCharlotte.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. 29

Free Caregiving Help During The Holidays:

The Ivey adult day care center near SouthPark is offering a free four-hour visit from Nov.28-Dec. 29 for any senior with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's or other chronic condition. To arrange a visit, call 704-909-2070. Limit one visit per family. Open weekdays from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., but will be closed Dec. 23 and Dec. 26. 7:30 a.m. Free. The Ivey Adult Day Services, 6030 Park S Drive, Charlotte. 704-909-2070. www.theivey.com.

Tyvola Senior Center Annual Gently Used Jewlery Sale:

The Tyvola Senior Center is having its annual Gently Used Jewelry Sale. 10 a.m. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

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. 30

Youngsters Environmental Education Program:

Enjoy eight monthly programs October through May focused on environmental awareness as the seasons change at Wing Haven. Ages 4 - 5; registration required. 10 a.m. $10 per session; $70 for all eight sessions. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664, ext. 103. www.winghavengardens.com.

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