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. 29

Orchid Spectacular:

Begin your exploration of this most elusive plant this winter, in the warmth of the Orchid Conservatory at The Garden. 9 a.m. $12. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490. www.dsbg.org.

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 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.

Benevolent Beards:

Benevolent Beards is a fundraising event sponsored by The Remi Group to benefit Levine Children's Hospital's Nephrology Special Needs Fund to help pediatric patients with kidney disorders. 7 p.m. 704-602-0870. www.benevolentbeards.org. The Remi Group, 11325 N. Community House Road, Charlotte. 888-451-8916. www.theremigroup.com.

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. 30

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.

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 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.

Line Dancing with Louise:

Registration required. 1 p.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Simple budget using Excel 2007:

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.

Social skills groups, girls age 8-12:

Social skills groups are ideal for children who struggle with social and emotional regulation, experience problems making and keeping friends, have difficulty cooperating with peers and adults or present underlying developmental delays or lagging skills. Six-week session Jan. 23-Feb. 29. Call JFS at 704-364-6594 for screening and registration information. 3:45 p.m. $45 for six-week session - insurance may apply. Jewish Family Services, 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-364-6594. www.jfscharlotte.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. YWCA, 3420 Park Road, Charlotte. 616-745-3785. www.lmjstrategic.com.

Benevolent Beards:

Benevolent Beards is a fundraising event sponsored by The Remi Group to benefit Levine Children's Hospital's Nephrology Special Needs Fund to help pediatric patients with kidney disorders. 7 p.m. 704-602-0870. www.benevolentbeards.org. The Remi Group, 11325 N. Community House Road, Charlotte. 888-451-8916. www.theremigroup.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. 7:30 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

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 offered 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.

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.

Youngsters Environmental Education Program:

Enjoy eight monthly programs from October through May focused on environmental awareness as the seasons change. Each program includes a story and an 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 per session; $70 for all eight sessions. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664, ext. 103. www.winghavengardens.com.

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 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.

Passport to Retirement:

This course is designed to give you the tools necessary to make more informed decisions regarding your financial future. Tuesday evenings or Saturday mornings. 6:30 p.m$56. 704-688-2838. www.queens.edu/passport-retirement. Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-337-2200. www.queens.edu.

Benevolent Beards:

Benevolent Beards is a fundraising event sponsored by The Remi Group to benefit Levine Children's Hospital's Nephrology Special Needs Fund to help pediatric patients with kidney disorders. 7 p.m. 704-602-0870. www.benevolentbeards.org. The Remi Group, 11325 N. Community House Road, Charlotte. 888-451-8916. www.theremigroup.com.

Early Spring Vegetable Gardening with Colleen McDaniel:

Learn how to take advantage of the cool, damp weather to extend your growing season. Colleen will share some of her tricks to help you get more out of your garden during these cool months. Topics will include starting seeds indoors and row cover protection as well as high tunnel technology. Please register. Part of Wing Haven's 2012 Winter Lecture Series. 7:30 p.m. $15. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Feb. 1

The Ethel Waters Exhibit: His Eye is on the Sparrow:

The Ethel Waters Exhibit will feature memorabilia from her remarkable career and showcase photos from her years on the Billy Graham Crusade team. 9:30 a.m. Free. www.billygrahamlibrary.org. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygraham.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 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.

Microsoft Office 2007 PowerPoint Essentials:

Participants will learn the fundamental skills needed to create, animate and run a slideshow presentation. 3 p.m. Monroe Library, Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe. 704-283-8184. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Social skills group, boys ages 8-12:

Social Skills groups are ideal for children who struggle with social and emotional regulation, experience problems making and keeping friends, have difficulty cooperating with peers and adults or present underlying developmental delays or lagging skills. Six-week session running Jan. 25-Feb. 29. Call JFS at 704-364-6594 for screening and registration information. 3:45 p.m. $45 per six-week session - insurance may cover. Jewish Family Services, 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-364-6594. www.jfscharlotte.org.

Benevolent Beards:

Benevolent Beards is a fundraising event sponsored by The Remi Group to benefit Levine Children's Hospital's Nephrology Special Needs Fund to help pediatric patients with kidney disorders. 7 p.m. 704-602-0870. www.benevolentbeards.org. The Remi Group, 11325 N. Community House Road, Charlotte. 888-451-8916. www.theremigroup.com.

Charlotte Quilters' Guild February meeting:

Join the Charlotte Quilter's Guild for its 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.

Introduction to meditation and Christian mysticism:

This is a powerful six-week introductory course designed for modern-day mystics. Classes include teachings on the Inner Spiritual Path, Meditation, Soul, Light, Prayer and Blessing. Free. 7:30 p.m. 704-900-8594. www.charlotte.centersoflight.org. Center of Light, 6100 Monroe Road, Charlotte. 704-526-8310. www.centersoflight.org.

Feb. 2

Shade gardening with a focus on hellebores:

Join Dick and Judith Knott Tyler for a look at their shady garden in which they focus on plantings for year-round interest with the majority of flowering in the months between February and June. The program will feature some of their favorite plants both native and nonnative. Please register. 9:30 a.m. $20. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

The Ethel Waters Exhibit: His Eye is on the Sparrow:

The Ethel Waters Exhibit will feature memorabilia from her remarkable career and showcase photos from her years on the Billy Graham Crusade team. 9:30 a.m. Free. www.billygrahamlibrary.org. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygraham.org.

Assistance League of Charlotte membership open house:

Come learn more about Assistance League of Charlotte at our open house for anyone interested in Assistance League of Charlotte. There will be tours of the center and thrift shop. Operation School Bell and Operation Check Hunger will be in session so visitors can see what a difference Assistance League volunteers make to the Charlotte community. Refreshments will be served. 10 a.m. Free. 704-525-5228. Assistance League of Charlotte, 3600 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-543-1299. www.charlotte.assistanceleague.org.

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. 10 a.m. Waxhaw Branch Library, 509 S. Providence St., Waxhaw. 704-843-3131. www.union.lib.nc.us.

Gcheg annual Kickoff Dinner and Educational Event:

The Greater Charlotte Healthcare Executives Group Presents its annual kickoff dinner and educational event panel discussion. 5 p.m. Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel, 2800 Coliseum Centre Drive, Charlotte. 704-357-1414. bit.ly/x3Wlbi.

Healing Hearts Advanced:

6 p.m. The Barnabas Center, 413 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte.

Ballroom Dance Classes:

Learn the cha cha, waltz and tango all while relieving stress, burning calories, improving your mental clarity and having fun. No experience or partner necessary. All proceeds benefit Christ Our Shepherd Ministries, a nonprofit that supports single parents. Child care available. To register: Jessica Duncan at jduncan@cosministries.org. 6:30 p.m. $10. Christ Our Shepherd Ministries, 230 W. John St., Matthews. 704-845-4673. www.cosministries.org.

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