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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.

Jan. 8

CBCC Families for Life:

Through Jan. 10, platelet donors who donate twice or type O whole-blood donors will have a chance to receive a free individual or family photo session (on Jan. 6, 8, 28, or 29) and an 8x10 portrait. All donations must take place at one of CBCC's four donor centers, 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 .

Providence chamber music recital:

The 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. Jan. 8. Free. 704-366-7443. www.providenceumc.org. Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-2823.

Jan. 9

CBCC Families for Life:

Through Jan. 10, platelet donors who donate twice or type O whole-blood donors will have a chance to receive a free individual or family photo session (on Jan. 6, 8, 28, or 29) and an 8x10 portrait. All donations must take place at one of CBCC's four donor centers, 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 .

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. Registration required. 10:30 a.m. Free. 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. Register at www.coasttocoastcareerfairs.com and receive the company list and our online job fair guide. Free resume reviews at the event from two local career experts. 18 and older. 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:

Join the fun as Ms. Louise teaches fun and exciting dance moves and routines. Registration required. 1 p.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Queen City Community Orchestra inviting 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. 7:30 p.m. 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:

Garden writer and columnist Ann Armstrong will raise our gardening spirits with a discussion on maintaining the "no-maintenance" garden. 9:15 a.m. Siler Presbyterian Church, 6301 Weddington Monroe Road, Matthews. 704-821-7445. www.gardenclubofweddington.com.

Microsoft Office 2007 Word Fundamentals:

Participants will first become familiar with the basic skills needed to create and format a document. 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?:

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. For 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. Examine how to create God-honoring boundaries that define who we are and protect us from unhealthy patterns of living. Tuesdays from Jan. 10-Feb. 14. Register online. 6:30 p.m. $25. 704-716-8747. www.foresthill.org/events/healthy-boundaries.html. Forest Hill Church, 7224 Park Road, Charlotte.

Jan. 11

Line Dancing with Louise:

Join the fun as Ms. Louise teaches fun and exciting dance moves and routines. Registration required. 1 p.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Hearing aid checkups and cleanings:

Schedule an appointment to have hearing aids checked and cleaned for the New Year. Hearing aid screenings and checkups provided by Audible Hearing Center. Registration required. 1 p.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

GRE test prep info session:

Learn general information about the GRE and have the opportunity to take a practice test to assess your skill level and study needs. Register by email at walkere@queens.edu. 6 p.m. Free. Queens Sports Complex & Conference Center, 2229 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-688-2838. www.queens.edu/test-prep.

Jan. 13

Girls' Night Out at the Gallery:

Every third Friday of the month, Charlotte Fine Art Gallery will host a girls' night out at the gallery's studio. Registration required at least a week in advance. Each night a different creative outlet. Supplies included. 7 p.m. See website for costs. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Jan. 14

Polar Barefoot Run:

We are doing this 5K Fun Run/Walk in an effort to unite with millions of kids worldwide who don't have the privilege of owning shoes. Register today, and click the green button to create your fundraising page. 10 a.m. $30. 704-341-1630. www.firstgiving.com/samaritansfeet/polar-barefoot-run. Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd., Charlotte. 704-432-4280. www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Parks/Parks+By+Region/Central+Park+Region/Freedom+.htm.

The Dream Festival 2012:

Join us as we come together to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Dream Festival will have guest speakers, vendors and food, including a combined community choir and Dream Stage to showcase local talent in recognition of the legacy of Dr. King. Admission: $5. 11 a.m. The Pointe Special Events Complex (Former Bobcats Training Center), 2266 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill.

Jan. 15

Gaudium Musicae Concert - Rhodora Wind Trio:

St. Ann Catholic Church's second of four concerts features the Rhodora Wind Trio: flautist Amy Orsinger Whitehead, clarinetist Dru DeVan and oboist Hollis Ulaky. There will be a reception after the concert. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.StAnnCharlotte.org. 4 p.m. Tickets: $12 for adults; $8 for students; children 12 or younger free. St. Ann Catholic Church, 3635 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-523-4641.

Jan. 16

Line Dancing with Louise:

Join the fun as Ms. Louise teaches fun and exciting dance moves and routines. Registration required. 1 p.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Queen City Community Orchestra inviting 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. 7:30 p.m. www.qcco.org. Charlotte Country Day School, Hance Fine Arts Center, 1440 Carmel Road, Charlotte. 704-943-4500. www.charlottecountryday.org.

Jan. 17

Microsoft Office 2007 Excel Fundamentals:

This class will cover the essential skills needed for creating a basic spreadsheet and chart. 10 a.m. Monroe Library, Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe. 704-283-8184. www.union.lib.nc.us.

"Race to Nowhere":

Film screening. A concerned mother turned filmmaker aims her camera at the high-stakes, high-pressure culture that has invaded our schools and our children's lives. For information, call 925-310-4242. 7 p.m. St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 3016 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-364-5431.

Jan. 18

Veteran's Assistance Panel Discussion:

This panel discussion will focus on various topics regarding veterans' benefits that will help you or a loved one get the right kind of help. Registration required. 1 p.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Jan. 19

Ethics:

ServiceMaster Quality Restoration announces free CE classes for insurance agents and adjusters. Courses taught by a licensed Continuing Education provider. This course focuses on the history, laws and statistics relating to fraudulent insurance crimes. North and South Carolina accredited course. 3 credit hours. 9:30 a.m. ServiceMaster Quality Restoration Office, 12815 E. Independence Blvd., Stallings.

Microsoft Office 2007 Publisher I:

Course designed to teach the user how to create professional publications. The class will cover how to create a basic sign, greeting card, business cards and a flier. 10 a.m. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road W, Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Animal Tracks:

Come be detectives in the garden as we search for tracks, to study the size and toe count so we can figure out which animals have been scampering through the garden. We'll create detective hats and discover ways to match tracks with their specific animal. Ages 3-5. Registration required. 10 a.m. $10. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Charlotte Commercial General Contractor Workshop for business owners:

Ferrara|Buist managing partner David Buist leads each workshop. Registration required. 3 p.m. Free. Charlotte Fort Mill Commercial Builder Studio, 1701 1st Baxter Crossing, Fort Mill. 803-792-4348. www.ferrara-buist.com.

Real Estate Investors Association monthly meeting:

Educational events providing information on every aspect of real estate investing. 6 p.m. Members free; visitors $15. 704-523-1570. www.metrolinareia.org. Hilton Executive Park Hotel, 5624 Westpark Drive, Charlotte. 704-527-8000. bit.ly/tnnfvz.

Jan. 20

Computer Help for Seniors:

Checking e-mail, surfing the Web, learning computer basics and more. Computer Help for Seniors is offered the third Friday of every month. By appointment only: 704-522-6222. 7 p.m. Free. Tyvola Road Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Free Bowling Night Sponsored By AMF Bowling:

AMF Centennial Lanes is sponsoring the January Charlotte New In Town group event and will offer three free games of bowling and free shoe rentals for the night. $5 per person will be collected to go toward Target Gift Cards for prizes and the cost of Eventbrite event tickets. You must have an Eventbrite ticket/printout to attend. Email rod@rodshomes.com to register and if you intend to pay at the door. 7 p.m. Centennial Lanes, AMF, 4501 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-527-0333. www.charlottenewintown.com.

Girls' Night Out at the Gallery:

Every third Friday of the month, Charlotte Fine Art Gallery will host a girls' night out at the gallery's studio. Registration required at least a week in advance. Each night a different creative outlet. Supplies included. 7 p.m. See website for costs. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Jan. 21

Thomas McNickle & William Partridge Burpee:

A member of the American and National Watercolor Societies, Thomas McNickle's work has been exhibited in more than 40 museum and gallery exhibitions and can be found in numerous collections including the Butler Institute of American Art, the Hoyt Institute of Fine Art and Vero Beach Center for the Arts. Alongside watercolors by Thomas McNickle, the gallery is featuring pastels and paintings by William Partridge Burpee (1846-1940), a great American Impressionist landscape painter. 10 a.m. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

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