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. 22

Introduction to Computers:

This 6-week class will cover basic Windows information about your computer and an introduction to word processing, spreadsheets,database, surfing the web and using e-mail. Registration required. 9 a.m. $40 with Annual Discount Card, $60 without Annual Discount Card. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

The Ethel Waters Exhibit:

One of the most influential African American women in history, Ethel Waters (1896-1977) began her career as a jazz singer and went on to become an award-winning vocalist and star of stage and screen. In 1957, she began touring with the Billy Graham Crusades, inspiring thousands with her trademark song, "His Eye Is On The Sparrow." 9:30 a.m. through March 9. Free. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygrahamlibrary.org.

Assistance League of Charlotte Meeting:

Learn more about an incredible group of member volunteers dedicated to making a difference in the Charlotte community. 9:30 a.m. Free. Assistance League of Charlotte Center and Thrift Shop, 3600 South Tryon Street, Charlotte. 704-525-5228. Charlotte.AssistanceLeague.org.

Medicare Abuse & Fraud Workshop:

Learn the differences between fraud and abuse of the Medicare system. 11 a.m. Free. Summit Place of Southpark, 1201 Runnymede Lane, Charlotte. 704-365-1995.

Sierra Club Meeting:

Tom Okel, executive director of Catawba Lands Conservancy will speak to Sierra Club members. The event is free and open to the public. 7 p.m. Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Ave., Charlotte. 311www.charlottesierraclub.org.

Medicare 101:

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.

Feb. 23

Gardener's Latin:

Learn your plant names, exercise your mind and impress your gardening friends. Part of Wing Haven's Winter Lecture Series which runs through April. Please register. 9:30 a.m. $15. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Jersey Boys (Matinee):

2 p.m. and various dates and times through March 11. Belk, 2801 W. Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-357-4000.

Dr. J. Craig Venter, Leading American Scientist:

J. Craig Venter, Ph.D. is founder, chairman, and president of the J. Craig Venter Institute, a not-for-profit, dedicated to human, microbial, plant, synthetic and environmental genomic research, and the exploration of social and ethical issues in genomics. 7 p.m. $40. Dana Auditorium Queens University, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-337-2213. www.queens.edu.

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

Feb. 24

Lessons Learned from a Poet's Garden:

This story is enriched by a remarkable amount of documentation in photographs, time sheets, and notes on scraps of paper. Please register. 9:30 a.m. $15. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Vanishing of the Bees:

This documentary details the economic, political and ecological consequences of a dwindling world honeybee population. All donations will go to support American Beekeeping Association. 7 p.m. Free. Center of Light, 6100 Monroe Road, Charlotte. 704-526-8310. www.centersoflight.org.

Treasure Island:

Robert Louis Stevenson's thrilling adventure of pirates. 7:30 p.m. various dates through March 4. $9 - $10. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343. www.matthewsplayhouse.com.

Feb. 25

Jewish Film Festival - La Rafle (The Round Up):

Opening night film and dessert reception sponsored by the Charlotte Chapter of Hadassah. "La Rafle" chronicles the true story of the infamous "Vel' d'Hiv" through the eyes of the Weismann . All ticket purchases for the Charlotte Jewish Film Festival are non-refundable. In the event a screening is cancelled due to inclement weather, an alternative screening date will be offered. 7:30 p.m. $22. Ballantyne Village Stadium 5, 14815 John J Delaney Drive, Charlotte. 704-541-9996. 704-554-2059. charlottejewishfilm.com. www.regmovies.com.

Feb. 26

Jewish Film Festival - "Anita":

Anita is a young Jewish Argentine woman with Down syndrome living with her devoted mother. 2 p.m. $8. Ballantyne Village Stadium 5, 14815 John J Delaney Drive, Charlotte. 704-554-2059. charlottejewishfilm.com.

Treasure Island:

2 p.m. $9 - $10. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343. www.matthewsplayhouse.com.

"Race to Nowhere":

5 p.m. Feb. 26. St. Stephen United Methodist Church, 6800 Sardis Road, Charlotte. 704-364-1824. www.ststephenumc.net.

Feb. 27

AARP Driver's Class:

Brush up on your driving skills, traffic laws and regulations. Registration is required. 9 a.m. . $12 for AARP members, $14 for non-members. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Feb. 28

Jewish Film Festival; - "David: The Movie":

Charlotte Jewish Film Festival film "David: The Movie" is about an 11-year-old boy who innocently manages to break down interfaith barriers. 7 p.m. $5. Levine Jewish Community Center, 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-554-2059. charlottejewishfilm.com.

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