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Dec. 11

M/I Homes Canned Food Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank:

M/I Homes Charlotte is collecting canned goods to be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. Bring your food donations to: Ardrey Woods, 10108 Woodland Watch Court; Ardrey Crest, 10315 Royal Winchester Drive; Creekshire Village, 13316 Shanagarry Drive; The Farms, 2809 South Devon St.; Mallard Lake, 2728 Gosling Terrace Road. 9 a.m. M/I Homes Neighborhood Sales Center, 10315 Royal Winchester Drive, Charlotte. 704-376-9800, ext. 4540. www.mihomes.com.

Gingerbread Lane:

Enjoy an enchanting collection of gingerbread houses throughout the holiday season. Through Dec. 26, the creative 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. 9 a.m. Free. The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. 704-248-4000. www.theballantynehotel.com.

BJ's Wholesale Club to Host Holiday Food Drive:

BJ's Wholesale Club Holiday Food Drive invites the public to donate non-perishable, non-glass food items to benefit local Feeding America food banks. 9 a.m. BJ's Membership Club, 11715 Carolina Pl Parkway, Pineville. www.bjs.com.

Calvary Church Christmas Concerts:

Calvary Church presents "Love Came for Me" Christmas concerts 9:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. The event is free and open to everyone. Child care to age 4 available; ASL interpretation provided at 9:45 a.m. Free. 704-887-3687. Calvary Church, 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-543-1200. www.calvarychurch.com.

Puppies for Patients:

Join CBCC this holiday season for the Seventh Annual Puppies for Patients program, which runs 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.

Pottery and Things: ceramics sale:

Rick Crown returns to Queens for his annual ceramics sale, which is always full of exciting new images and ideas. Presented by Friends of Art at Queens. Max L. Jackson Gallery, Watkins Building. 10 a.m. Free. Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-337-2200. www.queens.edu.

Brunch with Santa:

Santa Claus is coming to The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge for brunch. Children of all ages will enjoy sitting on Santa's lap and an extensive brunch buffet including breakfast items, a carving station and decadent desserts. There will be a surprise visit from the Grinch. Please bring cameras for photos with Santa Claus. Reservations required. 11 a.m. The cost is $45 for adults and $20 ages 5-12; complimentary for children ages 4 and younger. 704-248-4100. www.gallery-restaurant.com. The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. 704-248-4000. www.theballantynehotel.com.

Santa Claus is coming to Pet Essentials:

Get your pet's photo taken with Santa. 12 p.m. One 4x6, $12; one 5x7, $15; eight wallets, $10; Basic Package: two 4x6s, one 5x7, $35; Silver Package: two 4x6s, two 5x7s, eight wallets, $60. Pet Essentials, 7510 15A Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-341-9936. www.petessential.com.

'The Real Christmas Story':

NarroWay Productions recreates 'The Real Christmas Story.' 12 p.m. and 5 p.m.Tickets range from $5.75-$30.70. 803-802-2300; 704-831-8893. www.charlottesgotalot.com. NarroWay Productions, Rte 51, Fort Mill. 704-831-8893. www.narroway.net.

Holiday Afternoon Tea at The Ballantyne:

Holiday Afternoon Tea includes a variety of seasonal loose leaf tea blends from Harney & Sons Teas and a selection of savory tea sandwiches, traditional confectionaries and holiday treats. Served 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday (other than Christmas Day). There will be live entertainment 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Reservations recommended. 1 $30 for adults, $15 for children ages 5-12, complimentary for children ages 4 and younger (plus tax and gratuity). 704-248-4100. The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. 704-248-4000. www.theballantynehotel.com

Babes In Toyland:

Watch as fairytale characters venture off to Toyland to seek help from the master toymaker.2 p.m. $9-$10. www.carolinatix.org. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343. www.matthewsplayhouse.com.

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-plus and $6 children 4-12. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490. www.dsbg.org.

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. When candles are lit at 7 p.m. in every time zone, a wave of light will encircle the Earth in a 24-hour tribute to all children who have died. 6:30 p.m. Free. 704-882-4503. www.tcfofcharlotte.org. St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. 704-543-7677. stmatthewcatholic.org.

Dec. 12

Free care giving help during the holidays:

The Ivey adult day care center near SouthPark is offering a free four-hour visit through 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. Free. The Ivey Adult Day Services, 6030 Park S Drive, Charlotte. 704-909-2070. www.theivey.com.

M/I Homes Canned Food Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank:

M/I Homes Charlotte is collecting canned goods to be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. Bring your food donations to: Ardrey Woods, 10108 Woodland Watch Court; Ardrey Crest, 10315 Royal Winchester Drive; Creekshire Village, 13316 Shanagarry Drive; The Farms, 2809 South Devon St.; Mallard Lake, 2728 Gosling Terrace Road. 9 a.m. M/I Homes Neighborhood Sales Center, 10315 Royal Winchester Drive, Charlotte. 704-376-9800, ext. 4540. www.mihomes.com.

Gingerbread Lane:

Enjoy an enchanting collection of gingerbread houses throughout the holiday season. Through Dec. 26, the creative 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. 9 a.m. Free. The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. 704-248-4000. www.theballantynehotel.com.

Toys for Tots:

Ballantyne-area Edward Jones financial advisors, Scott Collins, Derek Blanton and Josh Garbert have joined to support the Marine's Toys for Tots drive. Residents may help needy children by bringing new, unwrapped toys to the following Ballantyne area offices: Fox Run Business Park, Suite 508; The Fountains, Suite 105; and Village at Robinson Farm, Suite 130. Toys can be dropped off during regular business hours through December 12. 9 a.m. FreeEdward Jones, 17206 Lancaster Highway, Charlotte. 704-544-6360. www.edwardjones.com.

BJ's Wholesale Club to Host Holiday Food Drive:

BJ's Wholesale Club Holiday Food Drive invites the public to donate non-perishable, non-glass food items to benefit local Feeding America food banks. 9 a.m. BJ's Membership Club, 11715 Carolina Pl Parkway, Pineville. www.bjs.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.

Puppies for Patients:

Join CBCC this holiday season for the Seventh Annual Puppies for Patients program, which runs 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.

The Real Christmas Story:

NarroWay Productions recreates 'The Real Christmas Story.' 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets range from $5.75-$30.70. 803-802-2300; 704-831-8893. www.charlottesgotalot.com. NarroWay Productions, Rte 51, Fort Mill. 704-831-8893. www.narroway.net.

Christmas at the Billy Graham Library:

Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides through beautiful lights (adults; $7; 12-under, $3,) a live Nativity, carolers and festive music, story time for children, exquisite decorations, seasonal treats and shopping. Pet the animals from noon-2 p.m. Carriage photos. 5 p.m. through Dec. 23. Free. 704-401-3200. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygraham.org.

Dec. 13

Free care giving 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 through 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 26. Free. www.theivey.com. The Ivey Adult Day Services, 6030 Park S Drive, Charlotte. 704-909-2070. www.theivey.com.

Gingerbread Lane:

Enjoy an enchanting collection of gingerbread houses throughout the holiday season. Attendees may vote on their favorite gingerbread house with $1 minimum donation per vote. All proceeds will benefit Levine Children's Hospital. 9 a.m. Free. The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., Charlotte. 704-248-4000. www.theballantynehotel.com.

Microsoft Office 2007 Word Fundamentals:

Microsoft Office Word 2007 is a word processing application used to create professional-looking documents. Participants will first become familiar with the basic skills needed to create and format a document. Next, each participant will create a flyer that contains WordArt, a picture, bulleted text, and a box with text. 10 a.m. 704-283-8184. Monroe Library, Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe. 704-283-8184. www.union.lib.nc.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). A member of the first generation of abstract expressionists. 10 a.m. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

Puppies for Patients:

Donate blood in November and December and sign a tag that will then be attached to a stuffed puppy and delivered to children in area hospitals. Visit www.cbcc.us for a list of blood drives near you or donate at one of our four centers. 10 a.m. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us.

Christmas at the Billy Graham Library:

Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides through beautiful lights (adults; $7; 12-under, $3,) a live Nativity, carolers and festive music, story time for children, exquisite decorations, seasonal treats and shopping. Pet the animals from noon-2 p.m. Carriage photos. 5 p.m. through Dec. 23. Free. 704-401-3200. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygraham.org.

Tai Chi After Work:

Tai Chi has been proven to help with strength and balance and is a great way to work out!. 6 p.m. $5 per class. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org. Tyvola Road Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte.

Weights after Work:

Work out after work at The Tyvola Senior Center. We have a qualified instructor on hand to help with balancing, weight lifting and strength training. 6 p.m. $15-$20 for December only. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Adult Paper & Wire Holiday Craft Workshop:

Create whimsical wire sculptures to display cards or photos, or as a conversation piece over the mantle. All supplies, plus hot cocoa & cookie included. Ten percent of the registration fee will be donated to the new Ronald McDonald House. 6:30 p.m. $35 / $15 additional family members. Small Hands Big Art, 8025 Ardrey Kell Road, Charlotte. 704-246-8271. www.smallhandsbigart.com

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