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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 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. www.theivey.com.
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Through Dec. 26, the display of gingerbread houses is open daily to the public. Attendees may vote for 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. www.theballantynehotel.com.
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. www.jeraldmelberg.com.
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 then be attached to a stuffed puppy and delivered to children in area hospitals. Visit www.cbcc.us for a list of blood drives. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us.
Holiday Afternoon Tea:
Join us for holiday afternoon tea, which includes a variety of seasonal loose leaf tea blends and a selection of tea sandwiches and treats. Reservations are recommended. 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 14-18, 21-24, 28-31. The cost is $30 for adults and $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. www.theballantynehotel.com.
Christmas at the Billy Graham Library:
Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, a live Nativity, carolers and festive music, story time, decorations, seasonal treats and shopping. 5 p.m. Dec. 14-17, 19-23. Free. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygraham.org.
Visit The Pizza Peel & Tap Room in Cotswold, The Flying Biscuits in Park Road Shopping Center and Stonecrest or Mama Fu's in Cotswold and try the new red bean hummus; a portion of the hummus sales will benefit Thompson, Child & Family Focus.
Gospel Fit Dance:
7:30 p.m. $6 per session. J'adore Ballroom, 508 Griffith Road, Charlotte. 704-905-8678. www.gospelfitdance.com.
Polar Express PJ Art Party:
Bundle the kids up in their coziest pajamas and drop them off for a two-hour magical ride on the Polar Express. Children age 4 and older will create handcrafted gifts. Hot cocoa and cookie included. Ten percent of the registration fee will be donated to Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. Please register in advance. 6 p.m. $35; $15 additional family members. Small Hands Big Art, 8025 Ardrey Kell Road, Charlotte. 704-246-8271. www.smallhandsbigart.com.
Girls' Night Out:
Create a work of art while spending time with friends. 7 p.m. $30. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.
Decorate Santa Cookies:
Join us to decorate cookies for Santa and see the famous Santa Cow. 10 a.m. Free. Chick-fil-A Cotswold, 4431 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-366-0073. www.cfarestaurant.com.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous:
10:15 a.m. Free. Anuvia Prevention & Recovery Center, 100 Billingsley Road, Charlotte. 704-348-1569. www.foodaddicts.org.
Crafts for Kids:
Enjoy creating a fun, new craft each week. Ages 3 and older. 11 a.m. Free. Lakeshore Learning, 10005 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews. 704-849-2370. www.lakeshorelearning.com.
Jultrefest Christmas Celebration:
Come and enjoy a traditional afternoon with a smorgasboard, traditional Norwegian desserts, crafts for the children, dance around the Christmas Tree and sing songs in English and Norwegian. 2 p.m. $10 for adults, $ 5 for children. Sharon Towers, 5100 Sharon Road, Charlotte. www.norskcarolina.org.
Charlotte City Ballet Holiday Performance:
Charlotte City Ballet Company performs excerpts from "The Nutcracker," along with excerpts from other classical ballets. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 17. $10. Purchase tickets at www.charlottecityballet.org. Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-321-7275. www.matthewsnc.com.
Scotch Society of Ballantyne:
Join us for a Year End Single Malt Scotch Celebration. The cost is $25 per person. Reservations are recommended. 6 p.m. $25. Gallery Restaurant & Bar, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. 704-248-4100. www.gallery-restaurant.com.
Christmas Cantata "Mary Did You Know?":
Wesley United Methodist Church will present "Mary, Did You Know?" This Christmas musical with narration will feature well-known carols and newer songs. 10:45 a.m. Free. Wesley United Methodist Church, 3715 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-542-1122. www.wesleyumccharlotte.com.
Spanish Christmas Drama & Celebration:
Calvary Church invites the Spanish community to a Christmas celebration with drama, praise and worship, and an inspirational message. Refreshments will be served. 5 p.m. Free. Calvary Church, Crown Room, 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-543-1200. www.calvarychurch.com.
Winter Tennis Clinics And Holiday Tennis Camps:
Join us for Holiday Junior Tennis Camps at Colonel Francis Beatty Park. All ages and abilities welcome. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. 10 a.m. Dec. 19-21; 10 a.m. Dec. 28-30. $75 per week or $22 per day. Sibling discounts available. Colonel Francis Beatty Park, 4330 Weddington Road, Matthews. www.tanctennis.com.
Youngsters Environmental Education Program:
Enjoy monthly programs focused on environmental awareness as the seasons change at Wing Haven. Each program includes a story and an activity. Ages 4-5; advance registration required. 10 a.m. $10 per session. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.
Weights after Work:
Workout after work at The Tyvola Senior Center. 6 p.m. $15-$20. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.
Up on the Rooftop Children's Art Workshop:
Children age 4 and older will create an enchanting Charles Dickens village. Ten percent of the registration fee will be donated to Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. 1 p.m. $35; $15 additional family members. Small Hands Big Art, 8025 Ardrey Kell Road, Charlotte. 704-246-8271. www.smallhandsbigart.com.