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Jan. 4

Beginnings:

Enter the Museum’s Great Hall and explore the life cycle of young animals. Sure to hatch everyone’s curiosity exhibits include baby chicks, tadpoles and mice. 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Included in admission. Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte. 704-372-6261. www.charlottenaturemuseum.org.

Butterfly Pavilion:

Walk among free-flying butterflies. Watch butterflies grow in the chrysalis’ house and get close when they land to taste their favorite flowers with their feet. 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Included in admission. Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte. 704-372-6261. www.charlottenaturemuseum.org.

Our Big Backyard:

Splash through a stream, dig through the dirt, climb through secret tunnels and discover the world under the ground. 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Included in admission. Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte. 704-372-6261. www.charlottenaturemuseum.org.

Peetie’s Place:

Carve out a quiet corner for storytime or jump into the buzz of activity and present your own puppet show. Nature-based toys and activities are always available. 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte. 704-372-6261. www.charlottenaturemuseum.org.

Firebird: Celebrating Five Years in Charlotte:

This exhibition highlights the presence of the “Firebird” from its 2009 installation on the Bechtler plaza to its current popularity with the public and photo seekers. 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Included in admission. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-353-9200. www.bechtler.org.

Connecting the World: The Panama Canal at 100:

This exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal with early imagery of South America and American industry by artists such as Frederic Church and Martin Johnson Heade. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Included in admission. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.

Hip Hop Fitness with Lem Houston:

Instructor Lem Houston. Class is held on the gym floor. Hip Hop Fitness uses simple hip hop moves combined with upbeat music to keep you moving the whole time. Hip Hop is a great class to get your cardio workout, and have fun while doing it. 2 p.m. $5; free for first class. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1000 E. Morehead St., Charlotte. 704-333-9071. www.covenantpresby.org.

Gay America From Kinsey to Stonewall:

This exhibition was organized by Stonewall National Museum & Archives, as part of its mission to collect, preserve and disseminate materials related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender culture. Much of the material featured in this exhibition was drawn from the Stonewall National Museum & Archives collection. 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh St., Charlotte. 704-333-1887. www.museumofthenewsouth.org.

Arts of Africa:

The collection showcases the vast cultural, physical, historical and religious diversity that can be found across the African continent. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.themintmuseums.org.

Cantor & Friends:

After the tremendous success of his 2014 series, Cantor Elias Roochvarg will have a new series of monthly “musicales” (with accompaniment by Monty Bennett) 4 p.m. Temple Israel, 4901 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-362-2796. www.templeisraelinc.org.

J. Eugene Grigsby, Jr.: Returning to Where the Artistic Seed Was Planted:

This exhibit is comprised of 30 works of art that span the spectrum of Jefferson Eugene Grigsby Jr.’s extraordinary career. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-547-3700. www.ganttcenter.org.

Jan. 5

Pray Charlotte Pray:

Join others for intercessory prayer on Monday nights. The group is on hand to pray through anything you are struggling with, without judgement. All are welcome. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Mugs, 5126 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-733-9014. mugsofcharlotte.com.

Celebrate 90 years of Toastmasters!:

Monday Six-0, a South Charlotte Toastmasters Club, is celebrating the 90th Anniversary of parent organization Toastmasters international with an open house party. Refreshments will be served, and prizes will be given away to lucky attendees. All are welcome. 7 p.m.-8:15 p.m. Cisco Systems, 1900 S. Blvd., Charlotte. www.cisco.com.

Living Longer, Living Smarter:

This program is a 4 part education series offered by AARP North Carolina that will help participants plan for a long future. 10:30 a.m. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1320. www.mecklenburgcrc.org/Tyvola-Senior-Center.

Inventive Builders:

Does your child like to build? Staff and participants will work together to create cool K’nex, LEGO and other building projects. This program is for children ages 5-10. Registration required. 2:45 p.m.-4:30 p.m. $4. Tom Sykes Recreation Center, 1501 Euclid Ave., Charlotte. 704-432-4803. www.charmeck.org.

Stroke School Preschool:

Students refine freestyle and learn stroke technique for backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and more. 5:30 p.m.-6 p.m. $40. Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center. 800 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Charlotte. 704-336-3483. www.parkandrec.com.

Swim School Adult Intermediate:

Designed to meet the needs for preschoolers, this course will develop high comfort level in the water, readiness to swim and for those children who are developmentally ready, teaching beginning swimming skills. 7:15 p.m.-8 p.m. $70. Marion Diehl Recreation Center, 2219 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-432-0237. www.charmeck.org.

Kings Of The Court:

This program is designed to give teens an opportunity to enjoy basketball during a tournament style of competition. Kings Of The Court #19243. Age Category 3-Teens. 100 openings remaining. Ages at least 6 but less than 17 Gender Coed. 3 p.m. Arbor Glen Outreach Facility, 1520 Clanton Road, Charlotte. 704-432-1531.

Jan. 6

Class - Karate Kidz:

Youth and teens will be able to learn dicipline, karate techniques, and form from a certified karate instructor. Activity Karate Kidz #19057. Last day for standard registration: Jan 31. Status 35 openings remaining Ages At least 5 but less than 16 Gender Coed. 7 p.m. Arbor Glen Outreach Facility, 1520 Clanton Road, Charlotte. 704-432-1531.

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 games sports during weekly classes. Basic skills will be taught for each sport. 10 a.m.-11 a.m. $2. Elon Recreation Center, 11401 Ardrey Kell Road, Charlotte. 704-540-2426. charmeck.org.

Jan. 7

Mini Chefs:

Children will become budding young chefs as they have fun while following recipes and creating healthy foods. This class will be a treat for the tastebuds as children are exposed to new foods and food combinations. 10 a.m.-11 a.m. $4. Hickory Grove Recreation Center, 6709 Pence Road, Charlotte. 704-432-4811.

Quit Smoking the Smart Way:

This series is taught by Deb King, RN, who has more than 15 years of experience teaching smoking cessation. 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. York County Library, 138 E. Black St., Rock Hill. 803-981-5858. www.yclibrary.org.

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