South Charlotte

Community calendar

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

Dec. 28

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. Your relative will be well cared for while you take care of personal errands or do your shopping. To arrange your visit, call 704-909-2070. Free. The Ivey Adult Day Services, 6030 Park South Drive, Charlotte. 704-909-2070.

Carriage Club of Charlotte Open House:

Come visit our beautiful, 43-acre campus, meet our residents, take a leisurely tour and listen to seasonal music. Our staff will be available to answer any questions you may have about retirement living. 10 a.m. Dec. 28-29. Carriage Club of Charlotte, 5800 Old Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-8551. www.brookdalesenior .

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. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000.

Families for Life:

Now through Jan. 10, platelet donors who donate twice or O blood type whole blood donors who donate will have a chance to receive a free individual or family photo session and an 8-by-10 portrait. Space is limited to 150 photo sessions and donation appointments are required. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700.

Puppies for Patients:

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

Winter Tennis Clinics and Holiday Tennis Camps:

Join us for our holiday junior tennis camps at Colonel Francis Beatty Park. All ages and abilities. Junior tennis clinics are now underway for the winter season. For information on our camps and clinics, visit www.tanc or email playtennischar . 10 a.m. Dec. 28-30.Colonel Francis Beatty Park, 4330 Weddington Road, Matthews.

Holiday Afternoon Tea:

Join us for holiday afternoon tea, which includes seasonal loose leaf tea blends and a selection of tea sandwiches, confectionaries and holiday treats. Reservations are recommended. 1-5 p.m. Dec. 28-31. $30 for adults, $15 for children, ages 5-12, and complimentary for children ages 4 and younger (plus tax and gratuity). The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. 704-248-4000. www.the ballantyne hotel .com .

Dec. 29

Gospel Fit Dance:

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

Dec. 31

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous:

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

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.mat .

Angry Ale's New Years Eve Bash:

Join Angry Ale's for drinks, appetizers, a champagne toast and breakfast buffet. 9 p.m. $40 (plus $5 service fee). Angry Ale's, Montford Drive, Charlotte.

Jan. 2

YDub Tri Club Triathlon Training:

This triathlon session will be 15 weeks of intense training to prepare you for the triathlon on April 14. This is an open-water 1,500-meter swim, 27-mile bike ride and 6.1-mile run in Greensboro. 7 p.m. $195 for session. YWCA of the Central Carolinas, 3420 Park Road, Charlotte. www.ywcacentralcaroli ydub-tri-club .

Jan. 3

Orange Crush Swim Team:

The YWCA Orange Crush swim team seeks to promote each swimmer's personal best in a noncompetitive, 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 nonmembers. 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.yw .

Jan. 4

Stress Reduction & Relaxation Workshop:

Do you have insomnia, worry, high blood pressure, headaches, even road rage? We all experience stress in our lives but when it becomes unmanageable it can have an accumulative effect that may lead to major psychological and physical illnesses. During this four-week week class, we'll define the stressors in our lives, learn practical steps to redirect, relax and calm our minds. Please register online. 5:30 p.m. $25. Forest Hill Church, 7224 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-716-8747. www.for ation-and-stress-work shop.html .

Charlotte Quilters' Guild Meeting:

Debby Harwell, the guild grant winner, will be presenting the January program. 7 p.m. Sharon Towers, 5100 Sharon Road, Charlotte. www.charlotte .

Jan. 5

Elvis Fan Club Meeting:

Enjoy live music and raffles for Elvis mementos. We'll hold our annual Elvis Birthday Party. We have Charlotte's Voice of Elvis, Chuck Ayers, lined up to do the Vegas Elvis, and Matthew Spalding will be doing the young Elvis. 6 p.m. Free, buy your own dinner. Jonathan's of Matthews, 10630 Independence Pointe Parkway, Matthews. 704-847-8911.

Jan. 6

Gallery Reception:

First Fridays reception. 7 p.m. Free. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.Charlot .

Jan. 8

Providence Chamber Music Recital:

Program features Antonin Dvorak's String Quartet No. 13 in G Major, Op. 106 and Australian composer Martin Wesley Smith's White Knight and Beaver for trombone, marimba and tape. 7 p.m. Free. Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-2823. 704-366-7443.