South Charlotte

Holiday food drive, "The Real Christmas Story" and more!

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Dec. 7

Free Caregiving Help During The Holidays:

To help caregivers 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 your 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 on Dec. 23 and Dec. 26. Free. The Ivey Adult Day Services, 6030 Park S. Drive, Charlotte. 704-909-2070.

Holiday Food Drive:

BJ's Wholesale Club invites the public to donate nonperishable, nonglass food items to benefit local Feeding America food banks and help ensure those in need receive well-balanced, nutritious meals this holiday season. 9 a.m. Dec. 7-12. BJ's Membership Club, 11715 Carolina Place Parkway, Pineville.

Esteban Vicente: A Survey of Paintings and Collages:

Jerald Melberg Gallery presents a survey of paintings and collages by Esteban Vicente. Through Jan. 7. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000.

Puppies for Patients:

Join Community Blood Center of the Carolinas this holiday season for the seventh annual Puppies for Patients program, which runs through Dec. 31. Donate blood in December and sign a tag that will be attached to a stuffed puppy and delivered to children in area hospitals. Visit for a list of blood drives near you. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700.

"The Real Christmas Story":

See your favorite Christmas scenes and hear your favorite Christmas songs. 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 7-14. $5.75-$30.70. NarroWay Productions, S.C. 51, Fort Mill. 704-831-8893.

Holiday Afternoon Tea:

Join us for Holiday Afternoon Tea throughout December. Holiday Afternoon Tea includes a variety of seasonal loose leaf tea blends and a selection of treats. Reservations are recommended. 1 p.m. Dec. 7-11, 14-18, 21-24, 28. Cost is $30 for adults, $15 for children, ages 5-12, and complimentary for children ages 4 and younger. The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. 704-248-4000.

Blood Drive:

The American Red Cross will conduct a blood drive. Register at Morrison Regional Library or call to register. Walk-ins are welcome. 2 p.m. Morrison Regional Library, 7015 Morrison Blvd., Charlotte. 704-416-5400.

Christmas at the Billy Graham Library:

Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides through beautiful lights, a live nativity, carolers and festive music, story time, decorations, more. Through Dec. 23. Closed on Sundays. Free. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200.

Dec. 8

Christmas Market:

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery is having its second annual German-style Christmas Market. Each town square is transformed into a marketplace where baked goods, crafts and gifts are offered for sale. We intend to create such a marketplace in our parking lot. 4 p.m. Dec. 8-10. Free. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, 215 Southside Drive, Charlotte. 704-525-5644.

Inspire! Ballantyne Gala:

Join us for an evening filled with fun, entertainment, hors d'oeuvres, a charity auction and more. This special event benefits the YMCA Community Support Campaign. 7 p.m. Dec. 8. $40 for individuals, $75 for couples, $500 for VIP tables. The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. 704-716-4650.

Dec. 9

Computer Help for Seniors:

Topics include checking email, surfing the Web, learning computer basics, and more. 9 a.m. Free. Tyvola Road Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222.

"Tis The Season":

The story follows Eleanora Scrooge who is visited by three friendly spirits who remind her of the joy of Christmas through short plays, stories and songs. 10:30 a.m. $6. Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343.

"Babes In Toyland":

Our story begins in Mother Goose village where the town is in danger of foreclosure. Watch as the fairy tale characters venture off to Toyland to seek help from the master toymaker. The music includes many well-known holiday favorites including "Babes in Toyland" and "March of the Wooden Soldiers." 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9-10; 2 p.m. Dec. 10-11.$9-$10. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343.

Dec. 10

Gingerbread Lane:

Enjoy an enchanting collection of gingerbread houses throughout the holiday season. Through Dec. 26, the display is open daily to the public. Attendees may vote on their favorite gingerbread house with $1 minimum donation per vote. All proceeds will benefit Levine Children's Hospital. Free. The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. 704-248-4000.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous:

10:15 a.m. Free. Anuvia Prevention & Recovery Center, 100 Billingsley Road, Charlotte. 704-348-1569.

Backcountry Christmas Celebration:

This living history event will show visitors how the Christmas holiday was celebrated in Mecklenburg County in the year 1801. Each building will be decorated in 19th-century style and costumed interpreters will take visitors back in time to see a Christmas celebration of 1800. 11 a.m. Free. President James K. Polk State Historic Site, 12031 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. 704-889-7145.

Bilingual Holiday Concert:

This vibrant bilingual family concert celebrates culture and music with a powerful message of hope, reconciliation and peace. Criss Cross Mangosauce will bring alive the most popular holiday songs and stories. 3 p.m. Providence Day School, 5800 Sardis Road, Charlotte. 704-887-7041.

Champagne Tasting:

Gallery Restaurant will feature a Bubbly for New Year's Eve tasting with complementing fruit, cheese and lavosh. The cost is $20 per person. Reservations are recommended. 6 p.m. $20. Gallery Restaurant & Bar, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. 704-248-4100.

Dec. 11

Christmas Concert:

Calvary Church presents "Love Came for Me" Christmas Concerts. The event is free and open to everyone. Child care to age 4 available; ASL interpretation provided at 9:45 a.m. 9:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 11. Free. Calvary Church, 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-543-1200.

Brunch with Santa:

Santa Claus is coming to The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge for brunch. Brunch buffet includes breakfast items, a carving station and desserts. Reservations are required at 704-248-4100. 11 a.m. The cost is $45 for adults and $20 ages 5-12, and complimentary for children ages 4 and younger. The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. 704-248-4100.

Worldwide Candle Lighting:

The Charlotte Chapter of The Compassionate Friends invites parents, family and friends who are grieving the death of a child to participate in a worldwide candle lighting ceremony. 6:30 p.m. Free. St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. 704-882-4503.

Dec. 13

Tai Chi After Work:

6 p.m. $5 per class. Tyvola Road Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222.

Weights after Work:

6 p.m. $15-$20. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222.

Dec. 14

Appetizer Benefit:

Visit The Pizza Peel & Tap Room in Cotswold, The Flying Biscuit in Park Road Shopping Center and Stonecrest or Mama Fu's in Cotswold. $2 from each red bean hummus appetizer goes to Thompson Child & Family Focus. Pizza Peel, Flying Biscuits, Mama Fu's and Monkey Joe's Park Road, 4422 Colwick Road, Charlotte.