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Dec. 25

Gingerbread Lane:

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 Pkwy., Charlotte. 704-248-4000. www.theballantynehotel.com.

Christmas Day Brunch:

Buffet will include a variety of salads, an assortment of cheese and seafood displays, breakfast items with omelet station, carving station and indigenous desserts. There will be live traditional holiday music from the Henry Buff Dillard Band. Private dining rooms are available. Reservations required: 704-248-4100 or visit www.gallery-restaurant.com. 11 a.m. $55 per person, $28 for children, ages 5-12, and complimentary for children ages 4 and under (pricing does not include tax and gratuity). The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., Charlotte. 704-248-4000. www.theballantynehotel.com.

Dec. 26

Gingerbread Lane:

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 Pkwy., Charlotte. 704-248-4000. www.theballantynehotel.com.

Music Lessons for Children:

Piano, violin, guitar, trumpet, drums and most other instruments, beginning to advanced levels. Student-centered with outstanding artist/teachers. Registration form available online. 9 a.m. $115/month. Academy of Fine Arts, 4519 Providence Rd., Charlotte. 704-366-0199. www.academyoffinearts.org.

Esteban Vicente: A Survey of Paintings and Collages:

Esteban Vicente (1903-2001), a member of the first generation of abstract expressionists, experimented with color and space and explored the possibilities of collage. 10 a.m. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

Holiday Lights at The Garden:

Holiday lights will showcase about a half million lights, a Christmas tree created with hundreds of orchids, carriage rides, live entertainment, a custom-designed model railroad and even a visit from Santa. Sun-Thurs; 5-9 p.m. and Fri-Sat; 5-10 p.m. $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.

Queen City Community Orchestra inviting new members:

Anyone who has played a string instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass) can join the orchestra. We offer two free concerts each year. 7:30 p.m. Charlotte Country Day School, Hance Fine Arts Center, 1440 Carmel Road, Charlotte. 704-398-3301. www.qcco.org.

Dec. 27

Esteban Vicente: A Survey of Paintings and Collages:

Esteban Vicente (1903-2001), a member of the first generation of abstract expressionists, experimented with color and space and explored the possibilities of collage. 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 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.

Intermediate Watercolor for Adults:

Learn techniques, washes, masking, pouring paint, composition and understanding how colors interact. 6:30 p.m. www.CharlotteFineArt.com. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Dec. 28

Music lessons for Adults:

Piano, violin, guitar, trumpet, drums, and most other instruments, all levels. 9 a.m. $115/month.Academy of Fine Arts, 4519 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-0199. www.academyoffinearts.org.

Esteban Vicente: A Survey of Paintings and Collages:

Esteban Vicente (1903-2001), a member of the first generation of abstract expressionists, experimented with color and space and explored the possibilities of collage. 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 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 at Colonel Francis Beatty Park. December 28-30. Camp times are 10 a.m.-12 p.m.. Cost $75 per week or $22 per day. Sibling discounts available. All ages and abilities. Colonel Francis Beatty Park, 4330 Weddington Road, Matthews. www.tanctennis.com.

Holiday Afternoon Tea at The Ballantyne:

Tea includes a variety of seasonal loose leaf tea blends and a selection of savory tea sandwiches, traditional confectionaries and holiday treats. Tea is served Wednesday through Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Reservations are recommended. $30 for adults and $15 for children, ages 5-12, and complimentary for children ages 4 and under (plus tax & gratuity). The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., Charlotte. 704-248-4000. www.theballantynehotel.com.

Beginning Watercolor for Adults:

Basic watercolor techniques, washes, underpaintings, composition and color theory. 3 p.m. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Dec. 29

Winter Tennis Clinics And Holiday Tennis Camps:

Join us for our Holiday Junior Tennis Camps at Colonel Francis Beatty Park. Dec. 28-30. Camp times are 10 a.m.-12 p.m.. Cost: $75 per week or $22 per day. Sibling discounts available. All ages and abilities. Colonel Francis Beatty Park, 4330 Weddington Road, Matthews. www.tanctennis.com.

Puppies for Patients:

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.

Holiday Afternoon Tea at The Ballantyne:

Tea includes a variety of seasonal loose leaf tea blends and a selection of savory tea sandwiches, traditional confectionaries and holiday treats. Tea is served Wednesday through Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Reservations are recommended. $30 for adults and $15 for children, ages 5-12, and complimentary for children ages 4 and under (plus tax & gratuity). The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., Charlotte. 704-248-4000. www.theballantynehotel.com.

Thursday Night Oil Painting for Adults:

6:30 p.m. $30Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Rd., Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Dec. 30

Winter Tennis Clinics And Holiday Tennis Camps:

Join us for our Holiday Junior Tennis Camps at Colonel Francis Beatty Park. December 28-30. Camp times are 10 a.m.-12 p.m.. Cost $75 per week or $22 per day. Sibling discounts available. All ages and abilities. JColonel Francis Beatty Park, 4330 Weddington Road, Matthews. www.tanctennis.com.

Painting with a Twist:

Bring your own beverage and create your own masterpiece. Regular sessions nightly and private parties available. $25-55 per person. Painting with a Twist, 4724 Sharon Rd., Charlotte. 980-224-7760. www.paintingwithatwist.com.

Holiday Afternoon Tea at The Ballantyne:

Tea includes a variety of seasonal loose leaf tea blends and a selection of savory tea sandwiches, traditional confectionaries and holiday treats. Tea is served Wednesday through Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Reservations are recommended. $30 for adults and $15 for children, ages 5-12, and complimentary for children ages 4 and under (plus tax & gratuity). The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., Charlotte. 704-248-4000. www.theballantynehotel.com.

Girls' Night Out at the Gallery:

Every third Friday of the month. One-week-in-advance registration required to have supplies ready. Each night different creative outlet while sipping wine. Take home your art. Supplies included. 7 p.m. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Rd., Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Dec. 31

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous:

FA is a program based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. There are no dues, fees, or weigh-ins at FA meetings. 10:15 a.m. Free. Anuvia Prevention & Recovery Center, 100 Billingsley Road, Charlotte. 704-348-1569. foodaddicts.org.

Crafts for Kids - Lakeshore Learning:

Join us every Saturday for...Free Crafts for Kids at your local Lakeshore Learning Store. Enjoy creating a fun, new craft each week. Ages 3+. 11 a.m. Free. Lakeshore Learning, 10005 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews. 704-849-2370. www.lakeshorelearning.com.

Holiday Afternoon Tea at The Ballantyne:

Tea includes a variety of seasonal loose leaf tea blends and a selection of savory tea sandwiches, traditional confectionaries and holiday treats. Tea is served Wednesday through Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Reservations are recommended. $30 for adults and $15 for children, ages 5-12, and complimentary for children ages 4 and under (plus tax & gratuity). The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., Charlotte. 704-248-4000. www.theballantynehotel.com.

Opening Night Matthews:

Join us for our 10th installment of murder, mystery and mayhem. Ring in the New Year with the Matthews Playhouse murder mystery. Solve the mystery and guess "Whodunit" before the clock strikes 12. 7 p.m. $10. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343. www.matthewsplayhouse.com. 704-846-8343. www.carolinatix.org.

New Year's Eve Charity Dinner:

Event includes door prizes, silent auction and a champagne toast all benefiting Samaritan's Feet. 7 p.m. $65. Palmetto Grill & Bakery, 7106 Brighton Park Drive, Charlotte. 980-224-3794. www.safecollegefunding.org/Special-Events.html.

Angry Ale's New Years Eve Bash 2012:

Includes open liquor, beer and wine bars, appetizer selections and champagne toast. New Year's breakfast buffet at 1:30 a.m. 9 p.m. $40 Ticket (plus $5 service fee). https://ticketssoeasy.com. .Angry Ale's, Montford Drive Charlotte.

Jan. 1

Code Orange Christmas: An Elevation Church Experience:

Tickets will be required for those attending the main worship experience. We will be offering our normal eKidz children's worship experience serving children up through fifth grade. Tickets will not be required for children attending eKidz. 1 p.m. Elevation Blakeney, 8835 Blakeney Professional Drive, Charlotte.

Jan. 2

YDub Tri Club Triathlon Training:

This amazing tri session will be 15 weeks of intense training to prepare you for the triathlon on April 14. This is an open-water 1500m swim, 27 mile bike ride, and 6.1 mile run in Greensboro. 7 p.m. $195 for session. 704-525-5770. YWCA of the Central Carolinas, 3420 Park Road., Charlotte. www.ywcacentralcarolinas.org/fitness-center/ydub-tri-club.

Queen City Community Orchestra inviting new members:

Anyone who has played a string instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass) can join the orchestra. We offer two free concerts each year. Looking to play with a group? Dust off your instrument and join us. 7:30 p.m. Charlotte Country Day School, Hance Fine Arts Center, 1440 Carmel Road, Charlotte. 704-398-3301. www.qcco.org.

Jan. 3

Orange Crush Swim Team:

The YWCA Orange Crush swim team seeks to promote each swimmer's personal best in a non-competitive, team-oriented and fun environment. Our coaches are committed to developing strong swimmers through quality instruction while encouraging each child to improve at their own level. Boys and Girls, ages 5 -18. Participation is open to YWCA members and non-members. Season is Jan. 3-March 3. 8 a.m. $175 YWCA members, $200 Nonmembers. YWCA of the Central Carolinas, 3420 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-525-5770. www.ywcacentralcarolinas.org.

Basic Computer Skills:

This class provides hands-on practice using both the computer mouse and keyboard. 10 a.m. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road W., Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us.

File Management:

File Management This class will teach participants how to manage files stored in folders and drives using My Computer and Windows Explorer. 11 a.m. www.union.lib.nc.us. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road W., Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Intermediate Watercolor for Adults:

Learn techniques, washes, maskings, pouring paint, composition and understanding how colors interact. 6:30 p.m. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

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