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.

Feb. 1

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

The Ethel Waters Exhibit will feature memorabilia from her career and showcase photos from her years on the Billy Graham Crusade team. Feb. 1 through March 31. Free. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygraham.org.

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. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte. www.cbcc.us/donate.

Thomas McNickle & William Partridge Burpee:

This exhibit features watercolors by Thomas McNickle and pastels and paintings by William Partridge Burpee. Through March 10. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

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. 3:45 p.m. Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. $45 per six-week session (insurance may cover). Registration required. Jewish Family Services, 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-364-6594. www.jfscharlotte.org.

Charlotte Quilters' Guild February Meeting:

Join the Charlotte Quilter's Guild for their monthly meeting. Sandra Smith will discuss 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. Please register in advance. 9:30 a.m. $20. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Ballroom Dance Classes:

Learn the cha-cha, waltz and tango and relieve stress, burn calories, improve your mental clarity and have fun. No experience or partner necessary. . Child care available. Registration: jduncan@cosministries.org. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23. $10. Christ Our Shepherd Ministries, 230 W. John St., Matthews. 704-845-4673. www.cosministries.org.

Feb. 3

Broadway Review:

Explore all the golden days of Broadway. From 7 p.m. Feb. 3; 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Feb. 4. Central Church of God, 5301 Sardis Road, Charlotte. 704-364-5003.

Feb. 4

Go Kids Go:

The Junior League of Charlotte, Inc. presents Go Kids Go, a community event for children ages 0-12 and their families. The program encourages and educates children about fun ways to stay active, eat nutritious meals and lead healthy lifestyles. 9 a.m. Free. Billingsville Elementary School, 124 Skyland Ave., Charlotte. 704-578-6789.

Passport to Retirement:

This course will help you learn more about planning for a comfortable retirement. 9 a.m. Feb. 4; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7; 9 a.m. Feb. 11. $56. Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-688-2838. www.queens.edu/passport-retirement.

Beekeeping Basics:

If you've ever entertained the notion of maintaining a honey bee colony in your backyard, join Richard Flanagan for an informative program on beekeeping. Please register in advance. 10:30 a.m. $5. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Women's Physical Defense Training:

Sangrock Taekwondo School is offering a nine-hour Women's Physical Defense Training Session using the Rape Aggression Defense System. . 12 p.m. Feb. 4, 11. $40, $20 for each addition family member. Sangrock Black Belt World Taekwondo School, 11030 Golf Links Drive, Charlotte. 704-708-9137. www.sangrock.com.

Translations:

Translations is an exhibit of new works by Joana Wardell, Karen Simpson and Shug Lockett in acrylic, watercolor and mixed media. 4 p.m. Feb. 4-29. Free. Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-333-0378.

Feb. 6

Social Skills Groups (Girls Ages 8-12):

Social skills groups are ideal for children who struggle with social and emotional regulation. 3:45 p.m. Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27. $45 for six-week session (insurance may apply). Jewish Family Services, 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-364-6594. www.jfscharlotte.org.

Savvy Social Security:

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

Feb. 7

A Japanese Maple Primer:

This class will cover many important topics and shed light on poor gardening practices that, when corrected, are sure to result in a healthier, more beautiful Japanese maple. Please register in advance. 9:30 a.m. $35. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Tai Chi:

Tai Chi is commonly practiced today as a moving meditation for health benefits. Please register. 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.

Medicare 101:

Learn the basics of Medicare- Parts A, B, C, and D. This presentation will address common questions and concerns about Medicare. 7 p.m. Feb. 7, 22. Free. Matthews Women Club, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-849-5063. www.matthewswomen.org.

Feb. 8

Piper Glen Women's Club Luncheon:

Spring into Fashion with Nordstrom personal stylists at the Piper Glen Women's Club luncheon. Nordstrom will bring us up to date on spring fashion trends. We'll collect unwanted purses for Purses with a Purpose. Register by Feb. 3. 11:30 a.m. $25. Piper Glen Women's Club, 4300 Piper Glen Drive, Charlotte. 704-846-8885. www.piperglenwomensclub.com.

GMAT Info Session & Practice Test:

Learn general information about the GMAT and take a practice test. Please reserve a seat: walkere@queens.edu. 6 p.m. Free. Queens Sports Complex & Conference Center, 2229 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-688-2838. www.queens.edu/test-prep.

Maximizing Retirement Income:

If your retirement financial goals include maximizing income, don't miss this session. 7 p.m. Feb. 8, 23. Free. Matthews Women Club, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-849-5063. www.matthewswomen.org.

"Children Of Eden":

Freely based on the story of Genesis, this musical explores conflict between parents and children. 7 p.m. Feb. 8-9; 8 p.m. Feb. 10-11; 2 p.m. Feb. 12. $10-$17. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343. www.matthewsplayhouse.com.

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