South Charlotte

Community calendar

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

Jan. 1

CBCC Families for Life:

Now through Jan. 10, platelet donors who present to donate twice or O blood type whole-blood donors will have a chance to receive a free individual or family photo session - Jan. 6, 8, 28 or 29 - and an 8x10 portrait. All donations must take place at one of CBCC's four donor center in Charlotte, Concord, Gastonia or Monroe. Space is limited to 150 photo sessions, and donation appointments are required. Contact Theresa at tanzelone @cbcc .us or 704-972-4729. 10 a.m. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www. cbcc .us .

Jan. 2

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.

CBCC Families for Life:

Now through Jan. 10, platelet donors who present to donate twice or O blood type whole-blood donors will have a chance to receive a free individual or family photo session - Jan. 6, 8, 28 or 29 - and an 8x10 portrait. All donations must take place at one of CBCC's four donor center in Charlotte, Concord, Gastonia or Monroe. Space is limited to 150 photo sessions, and donation appointments are required. Contact Theresa at tanzelone @cbcc .us or 704-972-4729. 10 a.m. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www. cbcc .us .

YDub Tri Club Triathlon training:

This amazing triathlon training session will be 15 weeks to prepare for the triathlon April 14, 2012. This is an open-water 1,500m 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. 704-525-5770. www.ywcacentralcarolinas.org/fitness-center/ydub-tri-club.

Queen City Community Orchestra invites new members:

The Queen City Community Orchestra is the oldest nonprofit string orchestra in the Charlotte area. Anyone who has played a string instrument - violin, viola, cello, bass - can join the orchestra. 7:30 p.m. 704-398-3301. www.qcco.org. Charlotte Country Day School, Hance Fine Arts Center, 1440 Carmel Road, Charlotte. 704-943-4500. www.charlottecountryday.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 age 5-18. Participation 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.

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.

File Management:

This class will teach participants how to manage files stored in folders and drives using My Computer and Windows Explorer. The class will also demonstrate using "Save As" versus the "Save" command. 11 a.m. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road W, Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Jan. 4

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.

Charlotte Business Owners:

You are cordially invited to the next meeting of the Charlotte Business Owners group. We will start with general networking, introductions, first and secondary presentations (while eating lunch), wrap-up and more networking. Email me Rod Potter at rod@rodshomes.com or call 704-840-4137. 11:30 a.m. Skillet's Restaurant - Conference Room, 11324 N. Community House Road, Charlotte.

Microsoft Office 2007 Publisher I:

The class will cover how to create a basic sign, greeting card, business cards and a flier. 3 p.m. Monroe Library, Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe. 704-283-8184. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Stress Reduction & Relaxation Workshop:

During this four-week class, we'll define the stressors in our lives, learn practical steps to redirect, relax and calm our minds. Register online. 5:30 p.m. $25. Forest Hill Church, 7224 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-716-8747. www.foresthill.org/events/relaxation-and-stress-workshop.html.

Charlotte Quilters' Guild January Meeting:

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

Jan. 5

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 flier that contains WordArt, a picture, bulleted text, and a box with text. 10 a.m. Waxhaw Branch Library, 509 S. Providence St., Waxhaw. 704-843-3131. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Elvis Fan Club Meeting:

The Elvis fan club meets the first Thursday of each month. Live music and raffles for Elvis mementos. Dinner at 6 p.m., meeting starts at 7 p.m. Annual Elvis Birthday Party. 6 p.m. Free; buy your own dinner. 704-545-6618. Jonathan's of Matthews, 10630 Independence Pointe Parkway, Matthews. 704-847-8911.

Monthly Paper Graphics Classes:

Learn the art of quilling, an age-old craft taught in a new way. First Thursday of the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Call Lisa Underwood to register: 704-614-7898. 6:30 p.m. Registration required; $30 per session, includes most supplies. www.mainstreamcreative.com. FASTFRAME Matthews, 1813 Matthews Township Parkway, Matthews. 704-845-4017. www.fastframematthews.com.

2012 Garden Calendar:

Union County Master Gardeners will provide a program containing information on setting gardening goals, a garden calendar with tips on tasks to complete each month and a schedule of 2012 Successful Gardener classes, plant sales and other community events. We request a $10 donation for the class. 7 p.m. NC Cooperative Extension-Union County Agriculture Center, 3230 Presson Road, Monroe. 704-283-3822. www.union.ces.ncsu.edu.

Jan. 6

Fiber optic hardware innovations and technologies:

Free training seminar hosted by Corning Cable Systems on fiber optic hardware innovations and technologies. This interactive three-hour session will provide installers with a comprehensive overview of the latest hardware innovations. 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Courtyard Charlotte - SouthPark, 6023 Park South Drive, Charlotte. 704-552-7333. bit.ly/sWy1tQ.

Gallery Reception:

"First Fridays" at Charlotte Fine Art Gallery. 7 p.m. Free. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Jan. 7

Garden Tool Care:

Union County Master Gardeners will provide a program showing essential gardening tools and how to care for them. The class will include practice sharpening hand pruners. We request a $10 donation for the class. 10 a.m. NC Cooperative Extension-Union County Agriculture Center, 3230 Presson Road, Monroe. 704-283-3822. www.union.ces.ncsu.edu.

Charlotte Glee Club Auditions:

The Charlotte Glee Club will hold auditions Jan. 7 at Charlotte Academy of Music. This show choir for students age 13-18 performed in the Charlotte area and at a local show choir competition. The group is directed by Alexandra Sims, music; Amelia Hartsell Binford, choreography; and Winston Sims, acting. 1 p.m. Charlotte Academy of Music, 15040 Idlewild Road, Matthews. 704-545-7400. www.charlotteacademyofmusic.com.

Darling Young Ladies Program:

Join the Academy of Etiquette & Charm for our Darling Young Ladies Program. The curriculum is derived from our Pageant Program, which promotes a positive self-image, boosts confidence and enhances social skills. The girls will learn how to graciously eat, speak and smile as well as sit, stand and walk like a young lady. 1 p.m. $199. The Academy of Etiquette & Charm, 5960 Fairview Road, Charlotte. 704-763-0552. www.etiquetteandcharm.com.

The Single Life vs. The Married Life Improv Show:

Is being married better than being single? Come see our CAST improvise your suggestions and bring to life the pitfalls and benefits of each lifestyle. 8 p.m. $10. Plaza Hotel on Carowinds, 3695 Foothills Way, Fort Mill. 704-618-4203. www.OTCimprov.com.

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. 7 p.m. Free. 704-366-7443. www.providenceumc.org. Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-2823.

Jan. 9

Hearing Loss Seminar:

Kathy Dowd from the Hearing Solution Center will provide an engaging presentation on Ways to Troubleshoot Problems with Your Hearing Aids and Coping with Noisy Places. 10:30 a.m. Free; registration required. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Charlotte Job Fair:

Meet face-to-face with top employers at the Coast-to-Coast Career Fairs Job Fair. Attendance is free for job seekers. Free Resume Reviews at the event from two local career experts. 11 a.m. Free. 866-838-5111. www.coasttocoastcareerfairs.com. Marriott Executive Park, 5700 Westpark Drive, Charlotte. 704-527-9650. www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/cltnc-charlotte-marriott-executive-park.

Line Dancing with Louise:

Registration required. 1 p.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Queen City Community Orchestra invites new members:

The Queen City Community Orchestra is the oldest nonprofit string orchestra in the Charlotte area. Anyone who has played a string instrument - violin, viola, cello, bass - can join the orchestra. 7:30 p.m. 704-398-3301. www.qcco.org. Charlotte Country Day School, Hance Fine Arts Center, 1440 Carmel Road, Charlotte. 704-943-4500. www.charlottecountryday.org.

Jan. 10

Maintaining the No-Maintenance Garden:

Ann Armstrong, well-known garden writer and columnist, will raise our gardening spirits with a discussion on maintaining the "no-maintenance" garden. The Garden Club of Weddington meets the second Tuesday at 9:15 a.m., Siler Presbyterian Church in Wesley Chapel/Weddington area. 9:15 a.m. www.gardenclubofweddington.com. Siler Presbyterian Church, 6301 Weddington Monroe Road, Matthews. 704-821-7445.

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 flier that contains WordArt, a picture, bulleted text, and a box with text. 10 a.m. Monroe Library, Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe. 704-283-8184. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Whooo's Here?:

Come gain a better understanding of how plants and animals survive in the cold winter weather. We'll learn all about hibernation and even make a snack for those outdoor friends who are not sleeping away the winter. Ages 6-8. Registration required. 3 p.m. $10. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Healthy Boundaries:

All women are invited to attend this class on creating healthy boundaries. Come join us as we examine how to create God-honoring boundaries that define who we are and protect us from unhealthy patterns of living. 6:30 p.m. Register online. $25. Forest Hill Church, 7224 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-716-8747. www.foresthill.org/events/healthy-boundaries.html.

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