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Please submit your event information online. Go to http://events.charlotteobserver.com and click on “add to our listings.” The submission deadline for print is two weeks in advance of the event date.

Sept. 28

ArtFest of Matthews:

Over 50 fine artists, live entertainment, high school art scholarship exhibit, children’s hands on art area. Free to the public!. 12 p.m. Free. members.matthewschamber.org/events/details/artfest-of-matthews-1772. Downtown Matthews, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-321-7275. www.matthewsnc.com

Pickleball:

There will be an open court for adults (college and above) for those individuals willing to try a new sport and for seasoned players. The game is played with a wiffle ball and hard paddle on a badminton sized court. Free instruction and equipment will be provided for first time players. 3 p.m. Free for first time players. Nano Center, 624 Matthews Mint Hill Road, Matthews. 704-849-8316. www.nanosports.co

Listen Look Learn in the Garden:

“Listen, Look & Learn in the Garden” is a free series of fun educational programs for preschool children, ages 4-5, presented by Mecklenburg Master Gardeners. Each program includes a story, a nature activity and a guided walk related to the day’s topic. 3 p.m. Free. Register online in advance. Freedom Park Demonstration Garden, Cumberland Lilac avenues, Charlotte. 704-336-4011. www.mastergardenermecklenburg.org

Bowling Extravaganza for Charity:

Don’t miss out on this fun event to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis. $20 includes three games and shoe rental. 7 p.m. 10 Park Lanes Bowling Alley, 1700 Montford Drive, Charlotte.

Providence Chamber Music Series:

The Providence Chamber Music Series begins its 32nd season with the return of the Charlotte Mandolin Sextet and Rebecca Clarke’s Sonata for Viola and Piano. 7 p.m. Free. 704-366-7442. www.ProvidenceUMC.org/worship/music-ministry. Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-2823. www.charlottewritiersclub.org

Sept. 29

“Prescription of Hope”:

Mitchell’s Fund serves as a broad resource of support for families facing challenging pediatric illnesses. There is no cost to attend the luncheon. Guests will be asked to make a meaningful, tax-deductible financial donation at the end of the event. 11:30 a.m. 704-491-2053. www.mitchellsfund.org. Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Road, Charlotte. 704-376-8584. www.mpumc.org

Ray Fit Play:

Tots will use their endless energy to engage in structured activities designed to enhance motor skills, balance, hand-eye coordination, and overall fitness. 2 p.m. $2. Elon Recreation Center, 11401 Ardrey Kell Road, Charlotte. 704-540-2426.

Poetry Reading:

Join us for a poetry reading by Kurma Murrain-Collins. Ms. Murrain is a Colombian-American poet and philologist who graduated from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Light refreshments provided. 6 p.m. Scaleybark Branch Library, 101 Scaleybark Road, Charlotte. 704-529-0632. www.plcmc.org

Young Achievers:

This weekly program prepares adolescents for success after high school through mentoring, homework assistance, and recreational activities. 6 p.m. $2. Albemarle Road Recreation Center, 5027 Idlewild Road North, Charlotte. 704-567-1941. www.parkandrec.com

Medicine Cabinet Makeover!:

In this 90-minute class, you’ll learn how awesome essential oils are and how to replace many dangerous, costly items in your medicine cabinet with safer, more effective and economical therapeutic-grade essential oils. Attendees will get oil samples to take home. 7 p.m. Free. empoweringhealth.eventbrite.com?s=28268409. Next Generation Health Center, 4421 Sharon Road, Charlotte.

Sept. 30

Estate Planning: Wills/Trusts and Powers of Attorney:

Seminar by Misocky and May PLLC for seniors who have estate planning questions and those who may need wills and those who may need existing wills reviewed and/or updated. 10 a.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org

Lil Sista Mentoring Program:

This program is designed to show young women how to reach their fullest potential. The team will help guide, inspire, and uplift the girls to develop strong, positive relationships with others and self. 1 p.m. Naomi Drenan Recreation Center, 750 Beal St., Charlotte.

College Financial Planning Workshop:

We’ll discuss the FAFSA form and all the other information you need to understand in order to maximize the amount of financial aid you are eligible to receive. 6:30 p.m. Free. William R. Davie Park, 4635 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Parks/Parks+By+Region/South+Park+Region/WilliamRDavie.htm

Matthews Historical Foundation:

History lecture by Charlie Clayton about the restoration efforts on the 1927 Carolina Theatre in Uptown Charlotte. 6:30 p.m. $3 Nonmembers/Members Free. 704-351-0497. matthewshistoricalfoundation.org. Matthews Women Club, 208 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-849-5063. http:www.matthewswomen.org

After School Skate Sessions:

This is a great program for beginner skaters who will learn safety, basic fundamentals and techniques such as skateboarding stance, foot placement, pushing off and learning how to do tricks. 9:30 p.m. $30. The Grayson SkatePark, 750 Beal St., Charlotte. www.battleslamjam.com

Oct. 1

Silver Brush Society Art Show and Sale:

The Silver Brush Art Society art show & sale at The Cornwell Center at Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte. The artists showing their artwork are: Prudy Weaver, Sharron Burns, Cynthia Howard, D. Max Mcleod, John Moeslein, Carol Pighin, Shane Somerset, Sandy Wilkinson. Free. 704-502-8458. www.charlotteartists.org. The Cornwell Center, 2001 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-927-0774. www.cornwellcenter.org

Farmers Market at Village At Robinson Farm:

Fresh vegetables, fruit, greens, herbs, plants, honey, jams, handmade soap and crafts. 9 a.m. 704-321-7832. www.villageatrobinsonfarm.com. Village at Robinson Farm, 8420 Rea Road, Charlotte.

Tyvola Coffee Group:

Enjoy coffee and socialization with others. 10 a.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org

Afterschool Art Club at the Mint:

Kids ages 6-11 are invited to join us at the Mint for creative fun on Wednesday afternoons. Venture into the museum galleries for inspiration and sketching, and create various 2-D and 3-D projects in the classroom studios. 5 p.m. $120-$160 for 8 week series. 704/337-2107. www.mintmuseum.org/happenings/family-children. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org

Oct. 2

Tyvola Gentle Yoga with Hampton:

Yoga combines breathing and relaxation techniques in combination with gentle stretches to help relieve stress and sore muscles. 9 a.m. $8. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org

Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi:

The Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program, developed by Dr. Paul Lam, uses gentle Sun-style Tai Chi routines that are safe, easy to learn and suitable for every fitness level. Call to register. 1 p.m. Free. 704-522-6222. charmeck.org. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org

Computer Help with the Guys:

Need help using the computer? Not sure how to perform a certain computer task? Bring your questions and get free computer advice. 7 p.m. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org

Oct. 3

Ray’s Nature Education:

Join Ray’s Jr. Explorers for a learning adventure. Ray’s Nature Education will feature topics such as weather, seasons, hibernating animals and plant life. 10 a.m. $2. Elon Recreation Center, 11401 Ardrey Kell Road, Charlotte. 704-540-2426.

Computer Help with the Guys:

Need help using the computer? Not sure how to perform a certain computer task? Bring your questions and get free computer advice. 7 p.m. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org

Oct. 4

Holiday Craft Show:

15th Annual Holiday Craft Show Beautiful crafts and demonstrations from over 115 of the Carolina‘s most gifted craftsmen. 8 a.m. Free. Monroe Aquatics and Fitness Center, 2325 Hanover Drive, Monroe. 704-282-4680. www.monroeaquaticsandfitnesscenter.com

Farmers Market at Village At Robinson Farm:

Fresh vegetables, fruit, greens, herbs, plants, honey, jams, handmade soap and crafts. 9 a.m. 704-321-7832. www.villageatrobinsonfarm.com. Village at Robinson Farm, 8420 Rea Road, Charlotte.

Great Grapes! Wine Arts and Food Festival:

Great Grapes! is Charlotte’s premier casual wine tasting with hundreds of wines available for tasting. Take your souvenir tasting glass as you enter the festival and stroll from tent to tent and table to table tasting and sampling the rich heritage of North Carolina vines. 10 a.m. festivalnet.com/cgi-bin/subs/subsdb.cgi?db=subs&view_records2=1&ww=1&ID=67440&fn=fn01058. Symphony Park, 5440 Carnegie Blvd., Charlotte.

St. Francis Blessing of the Animals:

St. Francis United Methodist Church will be holding its annual Blessing of the Animals. There will be photos with St. Francis, a blessing service, pet games, treats, vendors and more. 10 a.m. Free. St. Francis United Methodist Church, 4200 McKee Road, Charlotte. 704-846-6177. stfrancischarlotte.org

Fitness - Martial Arts:

Students are invited to learn martial arts and self-defense. 11:30 a.m. Free. Berewick Recreation Center, 5910 Dixie River Road, Charlotte. charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/ParkandRec/Facilities/RecreationCenters/Pages/Berewick.aspx

Oct. 5

Exhibition and Sale:

The Watercolor Club of Charlotte is holding an exhibition and sale of member paintings through Oct. 30. Hours: Monday through Friday- 1-8 p.m.; Saturday- 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday 1-6 p.m. McDowell Art Center, 123 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-321-7275. www.matthewsartistsguild.org

Pickleball:

There will be an open court for adults (college and above) for those individuals willing to try a new sport and for seasoned players. The game is played with a wiffle ball and hard paddle on a badminton sized court. Free instruction and equipment will be provided for first time players. 3 p.m. Free for first time players. 704-849-8316. www.nanosports.co. Nano Center, 624 Matthews Mint Hill Road, Matthews. 704-849-8316. www.nanosports.co

Oct. 6

Deep Water Fitness:

No swimming skills required, float belts are worn. All-over-toning and cardiovascular program held in deep water with float belts. A great upper body workout. Class is held in Deep Water. 11:15 a.m. $24-48. Marion Diehl Recreation Center, 2219 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-544-2417. www.charlottewoodcarvers.com

Bridge Club:

Seniors will have the opportunity to play Bridge once a week in a social atmosphere with all their friends. Each week participants will challenge their minds as they concentration and learning new game. 1 p.m. Free. Berewick Recreation Center, 5910 Dixie River Road, Charlotte. charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/ParkandRec/Facilities/RecreationCenters/Pages/Berewick.aspx

Mommy & Me Yoga:

Description Join us as we learn playful yoga poses, animated breathing exercises and imaginative relaxation techniques. 2 p.m. $2. Elon Recreation Center, 11401 Ardrey Kell Road, Charlotte. 704-540-2426.

Oct. 7

Adopt a Shelter Dog:

Spend October celebrating many charms of shelter dogs. Join us to learn about a wonderful life companion. 10 a.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org

Guarding Your Assets in a Scary World:

Recognize the warning signs of possible investment scams and how to avoid becoming a victim. Learn the difference between a stock broker, investment adviser, and financial planner as well as how to spot red flags of potential fraud. 10 a.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-522-6222. www.cmseniorcenters.org

First Tuesday Presentation:

Artifacts from Daniel Stowe’s estate, original metalwork from western North Carolina artist Linda Metcalf and iconography from landscape Designer Gary Smith are integral parts of Lost Hollow. Noon. Included in admission. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490. www.dsbg.org

Exhibition and Sale:

The Watercolor Club of Charlotte is holding an exhibition and sale of member paintings through Oct. 30. Hours: Monday through Friday- 1-8 p.m.; Saturday- 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday 1-6 p.m. McDowell Art Center, 123 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-321-7275. www.matthewsartistsguild.org.

Homeschool P.E:

This physical education class is for children who are home-schooled and do not have PE in their everyday curriculum. Participants will participate in a variety of different sports during weekly classes. Basic skills will be taught for each sport. 2 p.m. $2. Elon Recreation Center, 11401 Ardrey Kell Road, Charlotte. 704-540-2426.

Google Forms Tips and Tricks for the Classroom:

Have you ever wanted to show additional video material in class but there is not enough time? Thinking about entering into a Flipped Classroom? Want to show videos for subdays and make it meaningful? Well, with Google Forms, you can find videos from YouTube and embed them into your form. 3 p.m. Multipurpose Room, 8500 Sardis Road, Charlotte.

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