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Nov. 27

Puppies for Patients:

Join Community Blood Center of the Carolinas for the Seventh Annual Puppies for Patients program, through Dec. 31. Donate blood in November and December and sign a tag that 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.

Holiday Lights at The Garden:

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden will present Holiday Lights at The Garden, featuring the theme "A Vintage Christmas." 5-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 5-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $12 for adults, $11 for seniors 60 or older and $6 children 4-12. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490. www.dsbg.org.

Nov. 28

Free care giving help during 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 disease, Parkinson's or other chronic condition. 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.

Toys for Tots:

Ballantyne area Edward Jones financial advisors are supporting the Toys for Tots program by using their offices as drop-off locations for this year's toy drive. Residents may help needy children by bringing in new, unwrapped toys to any Ballantyne-area office during regular business hours beginning Nov. 21 through Dec. 12. 9 a.m. Edward Jones, 17206 Lancaster Highway, Charlotte. 704-544-6360. www.edwardjones.com.

Tyvola Senior Center jewelry 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.

Puppies for Patients:

Join Community Blood Center of the Carolinas for the Seventh Annual Puppies for Patients program, through Dec. 31. Donate blood in November and December and sign a tag that 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.

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. Most classes also feature a different tea, beverage, or food. 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 care giving 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 disease, Parkinson's or other chronic condition. 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.

Toys for Tots:

Ballantyne area Edward Jones financial advisors are supporting the Toys for Tots program by using their offices as drop-off locations for this year's toy drive. Residents may help needy children by bringing in new, unwrapped toys to any Ballantyne-area office during regular business hours beginning Nov. 21 through Dec. 12. 9 a.m. Edward Jones, 17206 Lancaster Highway, Charlotte. 704-544-6360. www.edwardjones.com.

Tyvola Senior Center annual gently used jewelry 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.

Puppies for Patients:

Join Community Blood Center of the Carolinas for the Seventh Annual Puppies for Patients program, through Dec. 31. Donate blood in November and December and sign a tag that 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.

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

Free Care giving 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 disease, Parkinson's or other chronic condition. 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 jewelry 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.

Youngsters Environmental Education Program:

Enjoy eight monthly programs from October through May focused on environmental awareness as the seasons change at Wing Haven. Ages 4 - 5; advance 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.

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.

Dec. 1

Free care giving 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 disease, Parkinson's or other chronic condition. 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.

Microsoft Office 2007 Excel Fundamentals:

Designed to teach participants the basics for using Excel, a spreadsheet program that 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. 704-283-8184. Waxhaw Branch Library, 509 S. Providence St., Waxhaw. 704-843-3131. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Christmas at the Billy Graham Library:

Christmas at the Library: Dec. 1-23 at the Billy Graham Library. Open 10:30 a.m. 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Holiday activities start at 5 p.m. each night. 5 p.m. Free. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygrahamlibrary.org.

Elvis Fan Club Meeting:

The Elvis fan club meets the first Thursday of each month at Jonathan's of Matthews restaurant, 10630 Independence Pointe Parkway in Matthews. Live music and raffles for Elvis mementos. Free. 6 p.m. 704-545-6618. Jonathan's of Matthews, 10630 Independence Pointe Pkwy., Matthews. 704-847-8911.

Couples Dining Etiquette Class:

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

The LJCC Presents "A Year with Frog and Toad":

The Levine Jewish Community Center presents "A Year with Frog and Toad," a musical based on the books by Arnold Lobel. 7 p.m. $10 per person. Levine Jewish Community Center, 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-5007. www.charlottejcc.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.

Dec. 2

World AIDS Day HIV Testing:

Free and confidential HIV testing at Carolinas CARE Partnership in observance of World AIDS Day. We will be providing Rapid HIV Tests all day; results available in 15 minutes. 8 a.m. Carolinas Care Partnership, 7510 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte. 704-531-2467. www.carolinascare.org.

Computer Help for Seniors:

Checking e-mail, surfing the Web, learning computer basics and more. Free. 9 a.m. Tyvola Road Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Student Recital:

The Music Department presents Queens Music students in a recital of vocal, piano and instrumental performances. Suzanne Little Recital Hall. 1:30 p.m. Free. Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-337-2200. www.queens.edu.

Christmas at the Billy Graham Library.org:

Christmas at the Library: Dec. 1-23 at the Billy Graham Library. Open 10:30 a.m. 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Holiday activities start at 5 p.m. each night. 5 p.m. Free. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygrahamlibrary.org.

Gallery Reception:

First Fridays happen at Charlotte Fine Art Gallery. 7 p.m. Free. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Dec. 3

2011 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis:

The Charlotte Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis hosts festivities starting at 8 a.m. and includes a 5k run, a one-mile fun run/walk and activities available for the entire family in support of the Arthritis Foundation's mission to prevent, control and cure arthritis and related diseases. 8 a.m. 5k: $30. 1-mile fun run: $20. Children $15. 704-705-1800. Blakeney Shopping Center, 9870 Rea Road, Charlotte. charlottejinglebellrun.kintera.org.

GingerSnap 5K - Waxhaw NC:

Snap Fitness has joined forces with Girls on the Run in Union County to present a unique event called the GingerSnap 5K. Girls on the Run combines training for a 5K running event with healthy living education. 8 a.m. $25 to run includes T-Shirt and goodies. Waxhaw Downtown, 101 Waxhaw Parkway, Waxhaw. 919-522-7506. www.active.com/running/waxhaw-nc/gingersnap-5k-2011.

Orienteering:

Orienteering is an international outdoor sport that uses maps and compasses to navigate through a course set in a local park. 10 a.m. $7. 704-817-9400. www.carolina-ok.org. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224.

"Dining with Robert Redford" by Tamra Wilson:

Tamra Wilson, author of "Dining with Robert Redford & Other Stories," will read from her story collection and sign copies. 11 a.m. Free. www.tamrawilson.com. Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-525-9239. www.parkroadbooks.com.

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