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Dec. 7

‘Best Chrstmas Pageant Ever’:

In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids – probably the most inventively awful kids in history. 7:30 p.m. $10; $9 seniors and students. Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St. East, Matthews. 704-846-8343. www.matthewsplayhouse.com.

St. Stephen UMC Christmas Tree Sale:

Proceeds support the church’s wide array of youth programs including financial assistance for youths to attend Appalachian Service Project and YouthWorks. 11 a.m. $55 and up. St. Stephen United Methodist Church. 6800 Sardis Road, Charlotte. 704-364-1824. www.ststephenumc.net.

Holiday Afternoon Tea:

Holiday Afternoon Tea includes a variety of seasonal loose-leaf tea blends and a selection of savory tea sandwiches, traditional confections and holiday treats. A harpist will perform. Reservations required. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. $16-$32. The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. 704-248-4000. www.theballantynehotel.com.

‘Into The Woods’:

An ambivalent Cinderella? A blood-thirsty Little Red Ridinghood? A Prince Charming with a roving eye? A witch who raps? They’re all among the cockeyed characters in James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s fractured fairy tale. 2 p.m., 7 p.m. $12-$15 . Levine Jewish Community Center, 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-5007. www.charlottejcc.org.

Dec. 8

AARP Smart Driver Course:

Drivers 50 or older will learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving, and how to operate a vehicle more safely during this two-session class. Learn how to manage common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time as well. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1320. www.mecklenburgcrc.org/Tyvola-Senior-Center.

A support group for Alzheimer’s caregivers:

If you care for a loved one younger than 65 with younger-onset Alzheimer’s or dementia, this facilitated group provides emotional support, new friendships, information and resources. 12 p.m. The Ivey Memory Wellness Day Center. 6030 Park South Drive, Charlotte. 704-909-2070. www.theivey.com.

Dec. 9

Exercising Helps Keep You Smart:

Learn the best exercises to boost brain power in this workshop from The Ivey Memory Wellness Day Center. Presented by Jessica Martin, Genesis Rehab Services. Registration requested; seating is limited. Ccare is available for loved ones during the workshop with advance notice. 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m., 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Free. The Ivey Memory Wellness Day Center. 6030 Park South Drive, Charlotte. 704-909-2070. www.theivey.com.

Deafolinas:

This is a support group for the hearing impaired. 9 a.m. Tyvola Senior Center. 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1320. www.mecklenburgcrc.org/Tyvola-Senior-Center.

Small Works for Gift Giving:

Charlotte Fine Art Gallery represents award-winning artists from across the country. The December exhibit will feature diverse work: paintings, photography, woodturning, silk, jewelry, pottery, glass, sculpture, Judaica, ornaments and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery. 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com.

Special-needs planning:

Learn about specialized planning that is required to ensure that special-needs beneficiaries benefit from an inheritance without being disqualified from crucial government benefits. 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center. 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1320. www.mecklenburgcrc.org/Tyvola-Senior-Center.

Tech Tuesday: Movenote - The Power of Voice:

This meeting will present a demonstration using Movenote, a Google-based product housed within email that allows you to pull together documents, videos and images into a presentation that can be shared through Google drive, YouTube and other social medias. 3 p.m. The Fletcher School. 8500 Sardis Road, Charlotte. 704-365-4658. www.thefletcherschool.org.

Miracle on Monroe:

Community Culinary School of Charlotte celebrates workforce development with chef-driven food stations with auction and cooking demonstrations. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 12/9 Donations accepted. Community Culinary School of Charlotte, 9315 Monroe Road, Charlotte. 704-375-4500. www.communityculinary.org.

Ray Play:

Children will play with a variety of interactive, age-appropriate toys and games while listening to music. Parent participation is required. 10 a.m.-11 a.m. $2 . Elon Recreation Center. 11401 Ardrey Kell Road, Charlotte. 704-540-2426. www.charmeck.org.

Dec. 10

AARP Foundation Finances:

Get on a better financial track, no matter your age or income. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tyvola Senior Center. 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1320, www.mecklenburgcrc.org/Tyvola-Senior-Center.

HEARTio:

This low-impact, very “basic movement” class is the perfect way to get your heart pumping and body fit. No dance experience is necessary. 12:15 p.m.-1 p.m. $35 for 12-class card pass. Levine Jewish Community Center, 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-5007, www.charlottejcc.org.

Make and Take Crafts:

Take on new and fun art projects. The fee is based on the art project and can change each class. This class is a great way to make gifts to give away. 1 p.m. Tyvola Senior Center. 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1320, www.mecklenburgcrc.org/Tyvola-Senior-Center.

Dec. 11

Zen Deep Stretch:

Designed to awaken the spirit and focus the mind to guide your body into a place of relaxation, strength and wellness. For people new to exercise who wish to ease their joints/muscles into a regular strength-exercise routine. 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. $35 for 12-class card pass. Levine Jewish Community Center, 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-5007, www.charlottejcc.org.

Dec. 12

Ray’s Storytime:

Each session will include a story program and a craft activity based on that day’s book. 10 a.m.-11 a.m. $2. Elon Recreation Center, 11401 Ardrey Kell Road, Charlotte. 704-540-2426, charmeck.org.

Computer Help with the Guys:

Need help using the computer? Attend this session and ask your questions. 9 a.m. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1320, www.mecklenburgcrc.org/Tyvola-Senior-Center.

Friday Crochet Club:

Want to put your crocheting skills to good use? Make projects for children with sickle cell anemia. Projects include scarves and hats. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1320, www.mecklenburgcrc.org/Tyvola-Senior-Center.

‘Classic Christmas’:

Enjoy an evening of Christmas memories as “A Classic Christmas” takes you back in time to enjoy a sampling of musical numbers and vignettes from TV’s Christmas specials of yesteryear. 7:30 p.m. $10; $9 seniors and students. Matthews Community Center. 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343, www.matthewsplayhouse.com.

Dec. 13

‘Into The Woods’:

Explore the cockeyed characters in James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s fractured fairy tale. 2 p.m., 7 p.m. $12-$15. Levine Jewish Community Center, 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-5007, www.charlottejcc.org.

Annual Baklava Sale:

The Ladies Philoptochos Society of St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church will hold its annual baklava sale in downtown Matthews across from the farmers market. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. $20 for 12 pieces of baklava. Downtown Matthews, 232 Matthews Station St., Matthews. www.stnektarios.org.

Sweaty Saturday:

Fun and free total body workouts for ages 12 and older. Bring a water bottle and a towel or mat for ground work. 9:45 a.m. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-847-4411, www.matthewsnc.com.

Remembrance Ceremony:

Civil Air Patrol Squadron-300 will be holding a remembrance and wreath laying ceremony to honor the legacy of fallen service men and women. 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Composite Squadron of the Waxhaws, 1400 Cuthbertson Road, Waxhaw. 704-902-7523, www.ncwgcap.org.

Jingle Bell 5K:

Jingle Bell 5K will help raise money for the Olympic High School JuniorROTC Program, which has more than 400 cadets. 7 a.m. $20-$25. Olympic High School, 4301 Sandy Porter Road, Charlotte. 980-343-3800, www.cms.k12.nc.us.

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