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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. 15

Painting with a Twist:

Bring your own beverage and create your own masterpiece. Regular sessions nightly and private parties available. 10 a.m. Feb. 4. $25-55 per person. Painting with a Twist, 4724 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 980-224-7760. www.paintingwithatwist.com.

CBCC Pints for Pounds:

CBCC will donate six pounds of food for every blood donation now through Feb. 29. Donate blood at one of CBCC's four donor centers or at a community blood drive. To host a blood drive, call Kim Jones at 704-972-4727. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us/donate.

CFA's Colored Pencil Workshop, Pt. 1:

Designed to teach a value-assigned color process using a face as reference. 10 a.m. $200. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Gaudium Musicae Concert: Rhodora Wind Trio:

St. Ann Catholic Church's second of four concerts 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. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students and children 12 years old or under are free and can be purchased at the door or online StAnnCharlotte.org. 4 p.m. St. Ann Catholic Church, 3635 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-523-4641. www.StAnnCharlotte.org.

Concert:

Neshama Carlebach is a leading superstar in Jewish entertainment whose talent and charisma captivate and endear her to people of all ages and backgrounds. With her band and The Green Pastures Baptist Church Choir, she continues to both inspire and entertain as she sings her father's incomparable melodies and original compositions. Call the temple office to reserve free tickets. Child care available for children up to age 4. 6 p.m. Temple Israel, 4901 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-362-2796. www.templeisraelnc.com.

Jan. 16

CBCC Pints for Pounds:

CBCC will donate six pounds of food for every blood donation now through Feb. 29. Donate blood at one of CBCC's four donor centers or at a community blood drive. To host a blood drive, call Kim Jones at 704-972-4727. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us/donate.

CFA's Colored Pencil Workshop, Pt. 1:

Designed to teach a value-assigned color process using a face as reference. 10 a.m. $200. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Line Dancing with Louise:

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

Beverly's Gourmet Foods Vegetarian/Vegan Cooking Class:

Learn to cook with tofu and tempeh. Make a vegan burger and more. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30. YWCA, 3420 Park Road, Charlotte. 616-745-3785. www.lmjstrategic.com.

Queen City Community Orchestra inviting new members:

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

Jan. 17

Tai Chi with Rob Bruce at the Lawrence House:

Tai Chi is commonly practiced today as a moving meditation for health benefits. Two discounted 5-week sessions offered Jan/Feb or Mar/Apr or drop-in for $15/session. Please register. 10 a.m. $60 for 5-week session. The Elizabeth Lawrence House and Garden at Wing Haven, 348 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Microsoft Office 2007 Excel Fundamentals:

Our Microsoft Office 2007 Excel Fundamentals class is a course designed to teach participants the basics for using Excel, a spreadsheet program which allows users to insert and manipulate data in a grid format. 10 a.m. Monroe Library, Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe. 704-283-8184. www.union.lib.nc.us.

CFA's Colored Pencil Workshop, Pt. 1:

Designed to teach a value-assigned color process using a face as reference. 10 a.m. $200. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

Hands-On Photo Workshop with Steve Ghim:

6 p.m. Ballantyne Country Club, 11120 Ballantyne Crossing Ave., Charlotte. 704-544-1404. www.ballantyneclub.com.

Intermediate Watercolor for Adults:

6:30-9 p.m. every Tuesday. Registration required. Space is limited. Techniques, washes, masking outs, pouring paint, composition, & understanding how colors interact Teacher demos, time for students to work on their own paintings & critiques. One goal of instruction will be to help students be more creative & daring with color & composition. Use of original references & paintings from life will be strongly encouraged. Visit website. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28; 6:30 p.m. March 6; 6:30 p.m. March 13; 6:30 p.m. March 20; 6:30 p.m. March 27; 6:30 p.m. April 3; 6:30 p.m. April 10; 6:30 p.m. April 17; 6:30 p.m. April 24. see website. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com

Savvy Social Security:

Seminar covers the basics of Social Security, and reveals strategies for maximizing your benefits and minimizes taxes. Attend this session to learn how to obtain the most out of Social Security. 7 p.m.; 7 p.m. Jan. 24. Free. 704-708-5001. Matthews Women Club, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-849-5063. www.matthewswomen.org

"Race to Nowhere":

Race to Nowhere points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace; students are disengaged; stress-related illness and depression are rampant; and many young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired. Race to Nowhere is a call to action for families, educators, and policy makers. F7 p.m. St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 3016 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-364-5431.

Jan. 18

Line Dancing with Louise:

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

Veteran's Benefits Discussion:

Learn about Veteran's health and financial benefits from representatives of: Mecklenburg County Veterans Services, The Law Offices of Jonathan S. Frank and Veterans Financial, Inc. Light refreshments provided. Please RSVP to 704-522-6222 or rsvp@cmseniorcenters.org. 1 p.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Medicare 101:

This presentation will address common questions and concerns about Medicare such as costs, coverage, differences in parts, advantage and supplemental plans and how to detect fraud and abuse.7 p.m. Free. 704-708-5001. Matthews Women Club, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-849-5063. www.matthewswomen.org.

Jan. 19

Ethics:

All courses are taught by a licensed Continuing Education provider, recognized by the states of North Carolina and South Carolina. This course focuses on the history, laws and statistics relating to the fraudulent insurance crimes that take place every day in America. 9:30 a.m. ServiceMaster Quality Restoration Office, 12815 E. Independence Blvd., Stallings.

Microsoft Office 2007 Publisher I:

Our Microsoft Office 2007 Publisher I class is a 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 flyer. 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 that we figure out which animals have been scampering through the garden. We'll create detective hats and discover ways to figure out how to match up tracks with their specific animal. Ages 3-5. 10 a.m. $10. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Introduction to Ageless Grace:

The program consists of 21 simple exercise tools that focus on the healthy longevity of the body and mind. The movements are designed to be performed seated in a chair, yet can be done standing near a chair. 2:30 p.m. Y Members: $5 in advance, $10 at door. Nonmembers: $15 in advance, $20 at door. Fort Mill YMCA (Baxter Village), 857 Promenade Walk, Fort Mill. 980-475-2194. www.agelessgrace.com.

Jan. 20

Painting with a Twist:

Bring your own beverage and create your own masterpiece. Regular sessions nightly and private parties available. 10 a.m. Feb. 4. $25-55 per person. Painting with a Twist, 4724 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 980-224-7760. www.paintingwithatwist.com.

Emerging Artists' Exhibition and Opening Reception:

Ninth Annual Emerging Artists Exhibition Opening Reception open to the public. Please join these watercolor artists as they share their creations. The exhibitors are students of Nancy Couick Studios & Gallery. The Exhibition will be on display for the next two weeks during Gallery hours. 5:30 p.m. Free. www.nancycouick.com. Nancy Couick Studios & Gallery, 10100 Park Cedar Drive, Charlotte. 704-541-6944. www.nancycouick.com.

Computer Help for Seniors:

Computer Help for Seniors if offered the 3rd Friday of every month. By appointment only. 7 p.m. Free. Tyvola Road Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Girls' Night Out at the Gallery:

Every Third Friday of the month. One-week advanced registration is required to have supplies. Each night different creative outlet. 7 p.m. 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 over forty 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. Through Feb. 7. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

Book Signing:

"Inspiration Connection" book signing for author and inspirational speaker Marie C. Gladden. 2 p.m. Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-525-9239. www.parkroadbooks.com.

Jan. 22

Symphony Orchestra:

USYO and USO present their winter concert Symphony No. 9 From the New World. 3 p.m. $15-$25. Wingate University Hannah Covington McGee Theater, Wingate University, Wingate. 704-372-1000. www.usyo.org.

Jan. 23

Thomas McNickle & William Partridge Burpee:

10 a.m. through Feb. 8. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

A New Home for the Birds:

Today we will set out into the garden in search of items that we can collect for the birds to use to build their homes. The birds will be sure to love our collection of materials, and we'll put them together so that you can take them home to hang in your own backyard. Ages 4-6. Registration required. 10 a.m. $10. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Line Dancing with Louise:

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

Internet and Email Basics:

Participants learn how to surf the Web using Internet Explorer 8 browser. 3 p.m. Jan. 23. www.union.lib.nc.us. Monroe Library, Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe. 704-283-8184. www.union.lib.nc.us

Jan. 24

Tai Chi with Rob Bruce at the Lawrence House:

Tai Chi is commonly practiced today as a moving meditation for health benefits. Two discounted 5-week sessions offered. Please register. 10 a.m. $60 for 5-week session. 704-331-0664. www.winghaven gardens.com. The Elizabeth Lawrence House and Garden at Wing Haven, 348 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com

Microsoft Office 2007 Word Fundamentals:

Microsoft Office Word 2007 is a word processing application used to create documents. Participants will become familiar with the basic skills needed to create and format a document. 3 p.m. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road W, Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us

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