South Charlotte

Community calendar

Please submit your event information online. Go to events.charlotteobserver.com and click on "add to our listings." Email photos to stories@newsofsouthcharlotte.com. The print deadline is two weeks in advance of the event date.

Dec. 21

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. Free. 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. 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. 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. A member of the first generation of abstract expressionists, Vicente experimented with color and space and explored the possibilities of collage. 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 near you or donate at one of our four centers. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us.

Winter Tennis Clinics And Holiday Tennis Camps:

Join us for our holiday junior tennis camps. All ages and abilities are welcome. Junior tennis clinics are now underway for the winter season. For any information on our camps and clinics email playtennischarlotte@gmail.com. 10 a.m. Dec. 21; 10 a.m. Dec. 28-30. Camps are $75 per week or $22 per day; sibling discounts available. Colonel Francis Beatty Park, 4330 Weddington Road, Matthews. www.tanctennis.com.

Up on the Rooftop Children's Art Workshop:

Children age 4 and older will create an enchanting 3D Charles Dickens village. Cocoa and cookie included. Ten percent of the registration fee will be donated to Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. To register, 704-246-8271. 1 p.m. $35, $15 additional family members. Small Hands Big Art, 8025 Ardrey Kell Road, Charlotte. 704-246-8271. www.smallhandsbigart.com.

Holiday Afternoon Tea:

Join us for holiday afternoon tea, which includes a variety of seasonal loose leaf tea blends and a selection of treats. Reservations are recommended. 1-5 p.m. Dec. 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 through beautiful lights, a live Nativity, carolers and festive music, story time, decorations, seasonal treats and shopping. 5 p.m. Dec. 21-23. Free. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygraham.org.

Dec. 22

Peppermint Forest Children's Art Workshop:

Children age 4 and older will make holiday treats to give as gifts, as well as nature-inspired ornaments and decorations. Cocoa and cookie included. Ten percent of the registration fee will be donated to Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. To register, 704-246-8271. 1 p.m. $35, $15 additional family member. Small Hands Big Art, 8025 Ardrey Kell Road, Charlotte. 704-246-8271. www.smallhandsbigart.com.

Gospel Fit Dance:

7:30 p.m. $6 per session. J'adore Ballroom, 508 Griffith Road, Charlotte. 704-905-8678. www.gospelfitdance.com.

Dec. 23

Santa's Little Helpers Holiday Art Workshop:

Children age 4 and older will design a keepsake Elf on a Shelf that will become a cherished part of your holiday tradition. Hot cocoa and cookie included. Ten percent of the registration fee will be donated to Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. To register, 704-246-8271. 10 a.m. $35, $15 additional family members. Small Hands Big Art, 8025 Ardrey Kell Road, Charlotte. 704-246-8271. www.smallhandsbigart.com.

Twas the Night Before Christmas Children's Art Workshop:

A comfy pair of pj's is the proper attire for this Christmas Eve dress rehearsal. We'll make gifts for Santa and anyone else left on the list. Cocoa and cookie included. Ten percent of the registration fee will be donated to Ronald McDonald House. To register, 704-246-8271. 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 at the Gallery:

Make a craft with friends. 7 p.m. $30. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Dec. 24

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.

Candlelight Christmas Eve Services:

Celebrate Christmas at Calvary Church during candlelight Christmas Eve Services. Child care provided at 4 and 6 p.m. American Sign Language provided at 6 p.m. 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Dec. 24. Free. Calvary Church, 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-543-1200. www.calvarychurch.com.

Dec. 25

Christmas Day Brunch:

The buffet will include a variety of salads, an cheese and seafood displays, breakfast items with omelet station, carving station and desserts. Reservations are required.. 11 a.m. Cost is $55 per person, $28 for children ages 5-12, and complimentary for children ages 4 and younger (pricing does not include tax and gratuity). The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. 704-248-4000. www.theballantynehotel.com.

Dec. 31

Opening Night Matthews:

Ring in the New Year with the Matthews Playhouse murder mystery. Solve the mystery and guess whodunit. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. $10. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343. www.matthewsplayhouse.com.

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