South Charlotte

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. 18

Pint for Pounds:

Join the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas for its fourth annual Pint for Pounds campaign to support Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. CBCC will donate six pounds of food for every blood donation 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.

Line Dancing:

Exercise and 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.

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. Reservations: 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:

Come and learn the basics of Medicare - Parts A, B, C and D. 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. Matthews Women Club, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-849-5063. www.matthewswomen.org.

Jan. 19

Sketching Workshop:

10 a.m. Jan. 19, 26; Feb. 2, 9. $150. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.CharlotteFineArt.com.

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. Ages 3-5. Advance registration required. 10 a.m. $10. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Real Estate Investors Association Meeting:

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

Jan. 20

Emerging Artists' Exhibition:

Join local watercolor artists as they display their working during this opening reception. The exhibition will be on display for the next two weeks. 5:30 p.m. Free. Nancy Couick Studios & Gallery, 10100 Park Cedar Drive, Charlotte. 704-541-6944. www.nancycouick.com.

Computer Help for Seniors:

Have questions about using a computer? Bill has answers! Learn about checking email, surfing the Web, learning computer basics and more. Call 704-522-6222 to reserve a spot. 7 p.m. Free. Tyvola Road Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Girls' Night Out at the Gallery:

Make art with friends at this girls night out event. 7 p.m. $30. 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. Alongside watercolors by McNickle, the gallery is featuring pastels and paintings by William Partridge Burpee, an American Impressionist landscape painter. 10 a.m. Jan. 21, 23-28; 30-31; Feb 1-4, 6-7. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

Teen Etiquette & Manners:

Sign your teen up for one of an etiquette class. 11 a.m. Jan. 21, 28; Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25; March 3, 10. $20. The Academy of Etiquette & Charm, 5960 Fairview Road, Charlotte. 704-763-0552. www.etiquetteandcharm.com.

Book Signing:

Author Dr. Marie C. Gladden will sign copies of her book "Inspiration Connection." 2 p.m. Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-525-9239. www.parkroadbooks.com.

Jan. 23

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. We'll put the homes together so that you can take them home to hang in your backyard. Ages 4-6. Advance registration required. 10 a.m. $10. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Jan. 24

Open House and Senior Insurance Q&A:

Drop in and have general or specific questions answered about most aspects of health insurance in a group setting. Feel free to bring paperwork from existing policies. (10 a.m. Logan & Stone Conference Room, 2112 A Ayrsley Town Blvd., Charlotte. 704-625-6207.

Tai Chi:

Tai Chi is commonly practiced today as a moving meditation for health benefits. Advanced registration required. 10 a.m. $60 for five-week session, $15 per session. The Elizabeth Lawrence House and Garden at Wing Haven, 348 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

The Basics on Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease:

If a loved one is dealing with memory loss, you probably have many questions. Get answers at a free workshop from the Alzheimer's Association Western Carolina Chapter and The Ivey, the adult day care center. Advanced registration is requested; call 704-909-2070. 2 p.m. Jan. 24; 6 p.m. Jan. 24. Free. The Ivey Adult Day Services, 6030 Park S Drive, Charlotte. 704-909-2070. www.theivey.com.

Savvy Social Security:

This seminar covers the basics of Social Security and reveals strategies for maximizing your benefits and minimizes taxes. 7 p.m. Jan. 24; 7 p.m. Feb. 6, 15, 21. Free. Matthews Women Club, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-849-5063. www.matthewswomen.org.

Jan. 25

Assistance League of Charlotte Membership Meeting:

This general membership meeting is open to people interested in making a difference in our community. Assistance League of Charlotte is a nonprofit volunteer-based organization that puts caring and commitment into action through community-based philanthropic programs. 9:30 a.m. Free. Assistance League of Charlotte, 3600 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-543-1299. www.charlotte.assistanceleague.org.

Jan. 26

Senior's Bingo:

Enjoy food and fellowship. 10:30 a.m. Free. Wesley United Methodist Church, 3715 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-542-1122. www.wesleyumccharlotte.com.

Financial Planning for Retirement:

If your retirement financial goals include maximizing income for life, safety of principle, growth, liquidity, tax-advantages and control of your money, don't miss this session. 7 p.m. Jan. 26; 7 p.m. Feb. 8, 23. Free. Matthews Women Club, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-849-5063. www.matthewswomen.org.

Clog Dancing Class:

Get exercise during this five-week class on in traditional step clog dancing. 8 p.m. $20. Championz Cheer and Dance, 3744 Pleasant Plains Road, Matthews. 704-366-3334. www.championzcheeranddance.com.

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