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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. 26

NC Piedmont Orchid Society Orchid Show:

The Orchid expedition celebrates the allure at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden with thousands of orchid flowers. See unique orchids not often shown. Orchid enthusiast exhibits from both Carolinas, as well as free talks about orchids, how to grow orchids, and an orchid sale. 9 a.m. $12. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490. www.dsbg.org.

GRE Test Preparation:

9 a.m. Feb. 26. $625. 704-688-2838. Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-337-2200. www.queens.edu.

Jersey Boys (Matinee):

1:30 p.m. Feb. 26; 2 p.m. March 3; 1:30 p.m. March 4; 2 p.m. March 8; 2 p.m. March 10; 1:30 p.m. March 11. Belk, 2801 W. Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-357-4000.

'Anita':

Charlotte Jewish Film Festival, sponsored by Jewish Family Services of Charlotte, will screen "Anita" about 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.

Upward Basketball and Cheerleading Awards Ceremony:

Due to limited seating in our awards celebration venue, we are requesting that participants to obtain tickets prior to the event designed for your child's Upward division. 2 p.m. Carmel Baptist Church, 1145 Pineville-Matthews Road, Matthews. 704-847-8575. www.carmelbaptist.org.

Treasure Island:

Robert Louis Stevenson's thrilling adventure of pirates, treasure maps, mutiny on the high seas and pieces of eight2 p.m. and various dates through March 4. $9 - $10. 704-846-8343. www.carolinatix.org. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343. www.matthewsplayhouse.com.

'Phantom of the Opera':

The Union County Performance Ensemble is an performing arts organization involving students from every high school in Union County. The group of more than 100 students will perform. 2:30 p.m. $10 adults and $6 students. Central Academy of Technology & Arts, 600 Brewer Drive, Monroe. 704-296-3088. cata.ucps.k12.nc.us.

Race to Nowhere:

Race to Nowhere is a call to action for families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens. 5 p.m. St. Stephen United Methodist Church, 6800 Sardis Road, Charlotte. 704-364-1824. www.ststephenumc.net.

Pre CIAAWeekend Show:

7 p.m. Club Onyx, 5300 Old Pineville Road, Charlotte.

Feb. 27

AARP Driver's Class:

Improve driving skills, learn new traffic laws and review regulations. Registration required. $12 for members with their AARP card, $14 for non-members. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

The Ethel Waters Exhibit:

The Ethel Waters Exhibit will feature memorabilia from her remarkable career and showcase photos from her years on the Billy Graham Crusade team. Through March 14. Free. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte. 704-401-3200. www.billygrahamlibrary.org.

Basic Computer Skills:

Basic Computer Skills Our Basic Computer skills class is designed for the computer novice. This class provides hands-on practice using both the computer mouse and keyboard. 3 p.m. Monroe Library, Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe. 704-283-8184. www.union.lib.nc.us.

File Management:

File Management This class will teach participants how to manage files stored in folders and drives using My Computer and Windows Explorer. The class will also demonstrate using Save As vs. the Save command. 4 p.m. Feb. 27. www.union.lib.nc.us. Monroe Library, Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe. 704-283-8184. www.union.lib.nc.us

Financial Planner Program:

Completing the Financial Planner Program at Queens University of Charlotte is the first step to achieving the CFP certification. 6 p.m. $4,950. 704-688-2838. Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-337-2200. www.queens.edu.

GED Class:

Weekly GED classes on Monday and Tuesday. Please contact our church office for details or to register. 6 p.m. 704-843-1603. www.unionumc.net. Union United Methodist Church, New Town Road, Wesley Chapel. 704-843-1603.

Queen City Community Orchestra inviting new members:

The Queen City Community Orchestra is the oldest non-profit 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. Charlotte Country Day School, Hance Fine Arts Center, 1440 Carmel Rd., Charlotte. 704-398-3301. www.qcco.org.

Feb. 28

FREEstyle Arts & Crafts:

Senior artists can create their own work and meet other artists. Bring supplies and creativity. No registration required. 8:30 a.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org

Al Mohler Lecture:

Al Mohler to speak at RTS Campus for Spring Lecture Series. Purchase tickets now; seating is limited. 9 a.m. Reformed Theological Seminary, 2101 Carmel Road, Charlotte. www.rts.edu.

Morning in the Garden:

We'll use the garden as a classroom to illustrate the top performers in the autumn garden as well as the maintenance tasks that should be tackled during this busy time of the gardening year. Please register. 9:30 a.m. $65. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Senior Chair Yoga:

Senior Chair Yoga, hosted by Friends for Seniors, is every Tuesday 9:30 a.m. Free. Union United Methodist Church, New Town Rd, Wesley Chapel. 704-843-1603. www.unionumc.net.

Yoga with the Chakras:

Come join other women for gentle yoga, meditation, chanting and relaxation, focused on the seven chakra energy systems. 1:30 p.m. Feb$120 for six week series. The Cornwell Center, 2001 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-927-0774. www.cornwellcenter.org.

Microsoft Office 2007 Word Fundamentals:

Microsoft Office 2007 Word FundamentalsMicrosoft Office Word 2007 is a word processing application used to create professional-looking documents. 3 p.m. Union West Regional Library, 123 Unionville Indian Trail Road W., Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. www.union.lib.nc.us.

GED Class:

Weekly GED Classes on Monday and Tuesdays. Contact the church office for details or to register. 6 p.m. Union United Methodist Church, New Town Rd, Wesley Chapel. 704-843-1603. 704-843-1603. www.unionumc.net.

Citizenship Classes:

Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency is now offering citizenship classes for immigrants and refugees who have a green card and wish to become U.S. citizens. Call for details. 6:30 p.m. $35, includes textbook. Briarcliff Apartments, 4314 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte. 704-535-8803. www.carolinarefugee.org.

'David the Movie':

Charlotte Jewish Film Festival film sponsored by Mecklenburg Ministries will screen "David: The Movie:, a remarkable story of an 11-year-old boy who innocently manages to break down interfaith barriers. 7 p.m. Feb. 28. $5. Levine Jewish Community Center, 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-554-2059. charlottejewishfilm.com.

Introduction to Meditation & Christian Mysticism:

Classes include teachings on the inner spiritual path, meditation, soul, light, prayer and blessing. 7:30 p.m. Free. Center of Light, 6100 Monroe Road, Charlotte. 704-526-8310. www.centersoflight.org

Feb. 29

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 email. Registration is 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.

Youngsters Environmental Education Program (YEEPs):

Enjoy eight wonderful monthly programs from October through May focus on environmental awareness as the seasons change at Wing Haven. Each program includes a story and an activity designed to introduce the wonderful 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.

Pre-CIAA Music Showcase:

10 p.m. Karma Ultra Lounge, 1925 Westinghouse Blvd., Charlotte.

March 1

Southern Garden to Table:

This talk by Southern Living contributor James Farmer is a guide down the garden path to the garden lifestyle that brings food from our gardens and Southern-style garden living. Part of Wing Haven's Winter Lecture Series. Please register. 9:30 a.m. $15. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Brain Boosters:

This 5-week class will teach you the importance of cognitive stimulation and functioning, while boosting your memory. Register at 704-522-6222. 10 a.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Chair Yoga:

Open to everyone and is suitable for individuals with limited mobility. Chair Yoga is adapted so that you don't have to get up and down off the floor, but still gives you all the benefits of Yoga. 10:15 a.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org.

Birthday Bingo:

Birthday Bingo, hosted by Friends for Seniors, the first Thursday each month. 10:30 a.m. Free. Union United Methodist Church, New Town Road, Wesley Chapel. 704-843-1603. www.unionunc.net.

Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi:

This class is appropriate for all levels of activity. 2 p.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road., Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org

A Lens on Israel: A Society Through Its Cinema:

Charlotte Jewish Film Festival event. Through film clips and discussion, Dr. Eric Goldman examines the changing nature of Israeli society as reflected through its cinema.7 p.m. $8. Temple Beth El, 5101 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-554-2059. charlottejewishfilm.com.

Tree Care with David Grant:

David Grant, Urban Forester for Union County, will share professional advice on proper tree planting, mulching and pruning techniques. If you pay $10 for the Thursday lecture, then you can attend the Saturday lab for free. 7 p.m. NC Cooperative Extension-Union County Agriculture Center, 3230 Presson Road, Monroe. 704-283-3822. union.ces.ncsu.edu

Treasure Island:

7:30 p.m. $9 - $10. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343. www.matthewsplayhouse.com

March 2

Harrison UMC Kid's Consignment Sale:

9 a.m. Free Admission. humcfaithcircle.org. Harrison United Methodist Church, 15008 Lancaster Hwy., Pineville.

Beyond the Curve II: Celebrating Women's Vision:

Beyond the Curve II: Celebrating Women's Vision is an art exhibit featuring works of regional female artists. The show begins with an opening reception 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Main Gallery of The Civic & Cultural Arts Center of Pineville, and continues through March 31. Free. The Civic & Cultural Arts Center of Pineville, 316 Main St., Pineville. 704-889-2434. www.ccacpineville.org.

March 3

Tree Care Workshop:

Join Union County Master Gardeners Annie Howell and Diana Garmon to practice planting and pruning trees. Pay $10 for the Thursday lecture and attend the Saturday workshop free. 10 a.m. NC Cooperative Extension-Union County Agriculture Center, 3230 Presson Road, Monroe. 704-283-3822. union.ces.ncsu.edu.

Plant a 'Premium' Rose Garden:

Learn what it takes to plant a barefoot rose. 10 a.m. Free. Witherspoon Rose Culture, 4401 Shopton Road, Charlotte. 704-366-2566. www.witherspoonrose.com.

Camp Expo:

Camp Expo will feature information and representatives from day and residential camps, summer classes and programs. Carolina Place Mall, 11025 Carolina Place Parkway, Pineville. 704-543-9300. www.carolinaplace.com.

'Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness':

Charlotte Jewish Film Festival event. Before there was "Fiddler," there was Tevye and the man who created him. "Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness" tells the story of the rebellious genius who became the world's best known Yiddish writer and playwright. 7:30 p.m. $10. Temple Israel, 4901 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-554-2059. charlottejewishfilm.com.

March 4

Treasure Island:

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

'The Concert (Le Concert)':

Event is part of the Charlotte Jewish Film Festival film co-sponsored by The Light Factory as part of the community wide March cultural Tchaikovsky Festival. Andrei Filipov had reached the pinnacle of his profession as the renowned conductor of the Bolshoi Orchestra but was fired for using Jewish musicians. ."The Concert" is a feel-good film about commitment, loyalty and the healing power of music. 7 p.m. $10. Temple Israel, 4901 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-362-2796. 704-554-2059. charlottejewishfilm.com.

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