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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. 22

CBCC 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 now through Feb. 29. To host a blood drive, call Kim Jones at 704-972-4727. 10 a.m. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us/donate.

Union Symphony Youth Orchestra with Union Symphony:

USYO and USO present their winter concert in a new venue. Reception following in the rotunda. Tickets at battecenter.org/event-details/?_eid=59. 3 p.m. $15-$25. 704-372-1000. www.usyo.org. Wingate University Hannah Covington McGee Theater, Wingate University, Wingate. 704-233-8300. www.wingate.edu.

For Every Season consignment sale registration:

Registrations are now being accepted for consignors, helpers, vendors, and for the new/expectant parents pre-sale. Sale is Feb. 29-March 3 at The Pointe, Interstate-77 Exit 88. 7 p.m. The Pointe, 2266 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill. 803-327-5473. www.foreveryseason.net.

Jan. 23

CBCC 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 now through Feb. 29. To host a blood drive, call Kim Jones at 704-972-4727. 10 a.m. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us/donate.

Thomas McNickle and 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 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.

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 them together so you can take them home to hang in your 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. Registration required. 1 p.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Internet and email basics:

Learn how to surf the Web using Internet Explorer 8 browser. After becoming familiar with the Internet, participants will learn how to open, create and send email messages using Hotmail. 3 p.m. Monroe Library, Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe. 704-283-8184. www.union.lib.nc.us.

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. We offer two free concerts each year7:30 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. 24

Thomas McNickle and 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 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.

Open house and senior insurance Q&A:

For those seeking to better understand the complicated health insurance landscape for those aged 55 and older. 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, 2112A Ayrsley Town Blvd., Charlotte. 704-625-6207.

Tai Chi with Rob Bruce at the Lawrence House:

Tai Chi is commonly practiced today as a moving meditation for health benefits. Two discounted five-week sessions January-February or March-April, or drop-in for $15 per session. Please register. 10 a.m. $60 for five-week session. The Elizabeth Lawrence House and Garden at Wing Haven, 348 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Workshop on memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer's disease:

Free workshop from the Alzheimer's Association Western Carolina Chapter and The Ivey, the adult day care center in SouthPark. Registration requested. Respite care for your loved one is available with advance notice. 2 p.m. Free. The Ivey Adult Day Services, 6030 Park S Drive, Charlotte. 704-909-2070. www.theivey.com.

Microsoft Office 2007 Word fundamentals:

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. 3 p.m. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road W, Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Savvy Social Security:

SOFA Workshop: Savvy Social Security Planning. This informative seminar covers the basics of Social Security and reveals strategies for maximizing your benefits and minimizes taxes. 7 p.m. Free. 704-708-5001. Matthews Woman's Club, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-849-5063. www.matthewswomen.org.

Jan. 25

Assistance League of Charlotte membership meeting:

General membership meeting 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. 704-525-5228 Contact: Pat Runnels. Assistance League of Charlotte, 3600 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-543-1299. www.charlotte.assistanceleague.org.

Thomas McNickle and 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 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.

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.

CBEX bowling social:

CBEX is kicking off 2012 with a night at the lanes. 6 p.m. George Pappas Park Lanes, 1700 Montford Drive, Charlotte.

Carolina Girl Geek Dinner:

6 p.m. Total Wine, 1600 E. Woodlawn Road, Charlotte.

Medicare 101: Understanding the "A,B,C,D" of Medicare:

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. 704-708-5001. Matthews Woman's Club, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-849-5063. www.matthewswomen.org.

Sierra Club January meeting with speaker John Autry:

John Autry, City Council District 5 representative and new city Environment Committee Chairman will speak at the January meeting of the Central Piedmont Group of Sierra Club. 7 p.m. Free. www.charlottesierraclub.org. Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Ave., Charlotte. 311. www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Facilities/Reservable/Reservations/Indoor.htm#Pavilion.

Jan. 26

Senior's bingo:

Everyone is invited (no pets or children, please). Free food, fun and fellowship as we vie for prizes. 10:30 a.m. Free. Wesley United Methodist Church, 3715 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-542-1122. www.wesleyumccharlotte.com

Microsoft Office 2007 Excel fundamentals:

Designed to teach participants the basics for using Excel, a spreadsheet program that allows users to insert and manipulate data in a grid format. This class will cover the essential skills needed for creating a basic spreadsheet and chart. 3 p.m. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road W, Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Maximizing retirement income:

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. Free. 704-708-5001. Matthews Woman's Club, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-849-5063. www.matthewswomen.org.

Charlotte Christian School JK-12 open house:

Charlotte Christian School will host a free Admissions Open House for parents interested in learning more about Christian education for students in grades junior-kindergarten through 12. The event will be held in the Flenniken Dining Hall. 7 p.m. Free. Charlotte Christian School, 7301 Sardis Road, Charlotte. 704-366-5657. www.charlottechristian.com.

Clog dancing class:

A five-week class on Thursday nights in traditional step clog dancing. Clogging is an original North Carolina Folk Dance and is great aerobic exercise. 8 p.m. $20. 704-366-3334. cookesclogdancing.blogspot.com/2011/12/january-2012-clogging-class.html. Championz Cheer and Dance, 3744 Pleasant Plains Road, Matthews. 704-821-2409. www.championzcheeranddance.com.

Jan. 27

Shain Gallery features Jay Zinn and his methods of oxidation:

Jay Zinn develops his art through the oxidation process on black iron steel. 6 p.m. Shain Gallery, 2823 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-334-7744. www.shaingallery.com.

Jan. 28

Valentine Craft - Painting Terra Cotta:

11 a.m. Sugar Creek Garden Center, 3354 Hwy 160, Fort Mill. 803-802-2600. www.SugarCreekGardenCenter.com.

Teen etiquette and manners Saturday classes:

11 a.m. $20. The Academy of Etiquette & Charm, 5960 Fairview Road, Charlotte. 704-763-0552. www.etiquetteandcharm.com.

Jan. 29

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas:

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is hosting 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 now through Feb. 29. 12 p.m. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us. Robinson Presbyterian Church, 9424 Harrisburg Road, Charlotte. www.robinsonpresby.net.

Jan. 30

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.

Simple budget using Excel 2007:

Patrons will learn how to create a simple budget using Microsoft Office Excel 2007. We will also be linking worksheet tabs as well as workbooks. 3 p.m. Monroe Library, Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe. 704-283-8184. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Beverly's gourmet foods vegetarian/vegan cooking class:

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

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 the orchestra. We offer two free concerts each year7:30 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. 31

Youngsters Environmental Education Program:

Enjoy eight monthly programs from October through May focused on environmental awareness as the seasons change at Wing Haven. Each program includes a story and activity designed to introduce the world of plants and animals to youngsters. Sign up for the entire series or select those dates that fit your schedule. Ages 4-5; registration required. 10 a.m. $10/session; $70 for all eight sessions. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664, ext. 103. www.winghavengardens.com.

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