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. 25

Assistance League of Charlotte Meeting:

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. 704-525-5228 www.charlotte.assistanceleague.org.

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. 10 a.m. Jan. 25-28, 30-31; Feb. 1-4, 6-10. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

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. www.cbcc.us/donate.

Line Dancing:

Join the fun, get exercise and work on your balance and flexibility. Advanced registration required. Free. 1 p.m. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Medicare 101: Understanding the A,B,C and 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. Jan. 25; Feb. 7, 22. Free. Matthews Women Club, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-849-5063. www.matthewswomen.org.

Sierra Club Meeting:

John Autry, City Council District 5 Representative and new city Environment Committee Chairman, will speak on "The State of the Environment in Charlotte" and discuss issues to be addressed this year. 7 p.m. Free. Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Ave., Charlotte.

Jan. 26

Seniors' 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.

Maximizing Retirement Income & Protecting Your Money:

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; Feb. 8, 23. Free. Matthews Women Club, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-849-5063. www.matthewswomen.org.

Clog Dancing Class:

This five-week class covers traditional step clog dancing, an original North Carolina Folk Dance that is great aerobic exercise. 8 p.m. $20. Championz Cheer and Dance, 3744 Pleasant Plains Rd., Matthews. 704-366-3334. www.championzcheeranddance.com.

Jan. 27

Shain Gallery Features Jay Zinn:

Jay Zinn develops his art through the oxidation process on black iron steel. Zinn intermingles colors and design with oxidation patters of rust on recycled steel. 6 p.m. Shain Gallery, 2823 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-334-7744. www.shaingallery.com.

Conscious Movie Night: 'I Am':

Director Tom Shadyac gets contemplative in this documentary, which finds him conversing with prominent philosophers and spiritual leaders about what ails our world and how we can improve it. All donations will go to support the Institute of HeartMath, a nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to helping people reduce stress. 7 p.m. Free. Center of Light, 6100 Monroe Road, Charlotte. 704-526-8310. www.centersoflight.org.

Art Exhibit:

"Converge" features renowned Knight artists Quisqueya Henriquez and Sonya Clark and the pieces they created while in residence at the McColl Center. Exploring themes of identity and inclusion, the work showcased in the exhibition will represent a convergence of art, history and diverse cultures. Free opening reception. 6 p.m. McColl Center for Visual Art, 721 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-332-5535. www.mccollcenter.org.

Jan. 30

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.

Jan. 31

Tai Chi with Rob Bruce at the Lawrence House:

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.

Youngsters Environmental Education Program

Enjoy monthly programs focused on environmental awareness as the seasons change. Each program includes a story and an activity designed to introduce the wonderful world of plants and animals to youngsters. Ages 4 - 5; advance registration required. 10 a.m. $10/session. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Passport to Retirement:

This course will help you learn more about planning for a comfortable retirement. It is designed to give you the tools necessary to make more informed decisions regarding your financial future. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31, Feb. 7; 9 a.m. Feb. 4, 11. $56. Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-688-2838. www.queens.edu/passport-retirement.

Early Spring Vegetable Gardening:

Learn how to take advantage of the cool, damp weather to extend your growing season. Topics will include starting seeds indoors and row cover protection as well as high tunnel technology. Advanced registration required. 7:30 p.m. $15. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Feb. 1

Charlotte Quilters' Guild Meeting:

Join the Charlotte Quilter's Guild for their monthly meeting. Sandra Smith is the guest speaker. She will be discussing story quilts. 7 p.m. Sharon Towers, 5100 Sharon Road, Charlotte. www.charlottequiltersguild.org.

Feb. 2

Shade Gardening:

Join Dick and Judith Knott Tyler for a look at their shady garden in which they focus on plantings for year-round interest. The program will feature some of their favorite plants. Advanced registration required. 9:30 a.m. $20. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

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