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CBCC Families for Life:
Now through Jan. 10, platelet donors who donate twice or O blood type donors who donate will have a chance to receive a free individual or family photo session and an 8-by-10 portrait. All donations must take place at one of CBCC's four donor centers. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us.
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.
Stress Reduction & Relaxation Workshop:
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.foresthill.org/events.
Charlotte Quilters' Guild Meeting:
Debby Harwell, the guild grant winner, will be presenting the January program. 7 p.m. Sharon Towers, 5100 Sharon Rd., Charlotte. www.charlottequiltersguild.org.
Sketching is fast, free hand drawing that brings out the character of the object. Often without getting much detail, you are able to capture the features and feeling of the moment. T10 a.m. Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26; Feb. 2, 9. $150.Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.
Elvis Fan Club Meeting:
The Elvis fan club meets on the first Thursday of each month. Live music and raffles for Elvis mementos. Charlotte's Voice of Elvis, Chuck Ayers, is lined up to do Vegas Elvis, and Matthew Spalding will do young Elvis. 6 p.m. Jan. 5. Free, buy your own dinner. Jonathan's of Matthews, 10630 Independence Pointe Parkway, Matthews. 704-545-6618.
Botanical Painting Workshop:
In this class we will learn about watercolor and how to work with it to express a personal response to a botanical image. 1 p.m. Fridays, beginning Jan. 6. $150. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.
First Fridays happen at Charlotte Fine Art Gallery. 7 p.m. Free. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.
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. 704-366-7443. www.providenceumc.org.
Hearing Loss Seminar:
Kathy Dowd from the Hearing Solution Center will provide a presentation on ways to troubleshoot problems with your hearing aids and coping with noisy places. 10:30 a.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.
Charlotte Job Fair:
Meet with employers. Register at www.coasttocoastcareerfairs.com and you will receive the company list and our online job fair guide. Free resume reviews will be available at the event from two local career experts. 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Free. Marriott Executive Park, 5700 Westpark Drive, Charlotte. 866-838-5111. www.coasttocoastcareerfairs.com.
Line Dancing with Louise:
Join the fun as Ms. Louise teaches fun and exciting dance moves and routines. Exercise. Work on your balance and flexibility. Registration is required. 1 p.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.
Come gain a better understanding of how plants and animals survive in the cold winter weather. We'll learn all about hibernation and make a snack for those outdoor friends who are not sleeping away the winter. For ages 6-8. Advance registration required. 3 p.m. $10. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.
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. Please register online. 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 10-Feb. 14. $25. Forest Hill Church, 7224 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-716-8747. www.foresthill.org/events/healthy-boundaries.html.
Hearing Aid Check-ups and Cleanings:
Schedule an appointment to have your hearing aids checked and cleaned for the New Year. Hearing Aid screenings and check-ups provided by Audible Hearing Center. Advanced registration is required. 1 p.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.
GRE Test Prep Information Session:
Learn general information about the GRE and take a practice test to assess your skill level and study needs. Reserve a spot, email@example.com. 6 p.m. Free. Queens Sports Complex & Conference Center, 2229 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-688-2838. www.queens.edu/test-prep.
New Year's Celebration:
Join the food, fun, games and fellowship as we bring in the New Year. This is a great way for you to meet new people and gain relationships as 2012 begins. Soup and sandwiches will be sponsored by Emeritus of SouthPark. Advanced registration is required. 11 a.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.
Polar Barefoot Run:
We are doing this 5K Fun Run/Walk in an effort to unite with the millions of kids around the world who don't own shoes. Register today. 10 a.m. $30. Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd., Charlotte. 704-341-1630. www.firstgiving.com/samaritansfeet/polar-barefoot-run.
Gaudium Musicae Concert: Rhodora Wind Trio:
St. Ann Catholic Church's second of four concerts is with the Rhodora Wind Trio, with flutist Amy Orsinger Whitehead, clarinetist Dru DeVan and oboist Hollis Ulaky. There will be a reception following the concert. 4 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students and children 12 years old or younger are free. St. Ann Catholic Church, 3635 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-523-4641. 704-523-4641. www.StAnnCharlotte.org.
Film Screening: "Race to Nowhere":
"Race to Nowhere" is a call to action for families, educators and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens. 7 p.m. St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 3016 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-364-5431.