University City

Community calendar

Please submit your event information online. Go to events.charlotteobserver.com and click on "add to our listings." Email photos to thecity@charlotteobserver.com. The print deadline is two weeks in advance of the event date.

Sep. 4

Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze:

Visit a seven-acre maze of corn, relying only on your group of friends and/or family to navigate your way out. Water stations and maze assistance available. Concessions for sale. You may purchase tickets via website or at the gate.Weekend Maze September 3 - November 13. Family Friendly Friday Flashlight Mazes every Friday from Sept 30 - Nov 4. 10:00 a.m. Sep. 4; $10 for ages 13+, $7 for youth ages 5-12, ages 4 and under; flashlight mazes $15 for ages 13+ and $10 for youth ages 5-12, ages 4 and under free. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. 704-875-3113. www.ruralhill.net.

Matthews Alive!:

Family-oriented festival with music, food, arts and crafts, and fun. All proceeds benefit local nonprofit organizations. Estimated start time of 10 a.m. Sept. 4 and 5. 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-321-7275. www.matthewsnc.com.

17th Annual Festival of India:

Discover the taste of Indian cuisine, see displays of arts, crafts, dance, music and demonstrations. Held over two days at the prestigious Knight Theater in Uptown Charlotte this Laboy Day. Noon Sept. 4. $5. Kids under 10 free. www.indiafestival.net/. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St., Charlotte.

Sept. 5

5k Running Program:

Program for beginner and inexperienced runners at the Johnston YMCA, focusing on proper form and bio-mechanics. Helps prepare for the Dowd Y 5k on October 22 or the Nodaween 5k. Participants will meet twice a week with a running coach with optional group runs on Saturday mornings. Fee for members, $45, program members, $65. (Fees do not include race registration fee and are not refundable). Registration at membership desk 6 a.m. Sept. 5; 6 a.m. Sept. 7; 6 a.m. Sept. 12; 6 a.m. Sept. 14; . www.ymcacharlotte.org/branches/johnston and search for triy. Johnston YMCA, 3025 N. Davidson St., Charlotte. 704-716-6300.

2011 Pedal the Park:

Pedal the Park is a ride that not only allows cyclists to see the beautiful back roads of Mecklenburg, Iredell, and Cabarrus counties, but also raises money for the Levine and Dickson Hospice House. 9:30 a.m. $25 per individual for pre-registration; $33 day of registration. Levine and Dickson Hospice House, 11900 Vanstory Drive, Huntersville. 704-375-0100. www.hpccr.org

Sept. 6

Water Color for Seniors:

Tuesdays 10-11:30 a.m. Rec Wing 2A. Instructor Frank Saunders. No experience needed. 10 a.m. $8. Covenant Recreation and Fitness Center, 1000 E. Morehead St., Charlotte. 704-334-7491. covenantpresby.org.

Amphibians of Mecklenburg:

Join Habitat and Wildlife Keepers as they welcoming Dr. Steve Price for a discussion of amphibians in the Charlotte Metro area. 7 p.m. Free. Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. -704-814-0877. www.habitatsteward.org.

Sept. 8

University City Women's Group Monthly Meeting:

The monthly meeting of the University City Women's Group begins at 9:45 for social time followed by business meeting, program and lunch. For reservations, contact Susan Zongker at luncheon.ucwg@gmail.com.. 9:45 a.m. Oasis Shrine Temple, 604 Doug Mayes Place. www.ucwg.org.

Yiasou Greek Festival 2011:

The Yiasou Greek Festival began in 1978 and since then has become one of Charlotte's largest cultural events. Opens 11 a.m. Sept. 8; 11 a.m. Sept. 9; 11 a.m. Sept. 10; noon p.m. Sep. 11. Admission is $2. Children 12 and under are admitted free, accompanied by a parent or guardian. www.yiasoufestival.org. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 600 East Blvd., Charlotte. 704-334-4771. www.htgo.org.

Firefly Lanterns:

Find our why these tiny beetles produce flashing lights in the night. Ages 5 - 7; registration required.. 3:45 p.m. Sept. 8. $10. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Whitewater River Jam:

Outdoor concert series at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. 7 p.mFree. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy. 704-391-3900. www.usnwc.org

Homeland Charlotte: How Secure?

As the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 approaches, WFAE's Public Conversations Series examines the state of homeland security in Charlotte Mecklenburg. 7 p.m. Free, reservations required. 704-549-9323. www.wfae.org/publicconversations. Police and Fire Training Academy, 1770 Shopton Road, Charlotte.

"The Myth of the American Sleepover:"

An official selection of Cannes Critics Week and winner of the Special Jury Prize at SXSW, "The Myth of the American Sleepover." 7:30 p.m. $7 non-members. Hodges Taylor Gallery, 401 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-333-9755. www.lightfactory.org.

Sept. 10

"Ask a Master Gardener Day:"

"Ask a Master Gardener Day" 8 a.m. Free. 704-336-4011. Regional Farmers Market Greenery Shed, Yorkmont Road, Charlotte. www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org

Big Red Shoe 5k:

The Cornwell Center at Myers Park Baptist Church presents Big Red Shoe 5K and fitness festival to support the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte, 8 a.m., 2011 Cornwell Center at Myers Park Baptist Church, 2001 Selwyn Avenue. Details: Jenny Yopp, Cornwell Center director 704-927-0774. www.cornwellcenter.org.

Romare Bearden: An Artist Remembers His Birthplace:

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Romare Bearden's birth, Jerald Melberg Gallery presents a major exhibition of more than 40 collages, watercolors and prints featuring the artist's memories of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. 10 a.m. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road. -704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com

Woofstock 2011:

Great Dane Friends of Ruff Love and Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue team up to present vendors, rescue dogs, a silent auction, food and drink and music. $5 donation at the door. 11 a.m. See Woofstock Charlotte on Facebook. Amos' Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-377-6874. www.amossouthend.com.

Intro to Digital Photo: Point and Shoot Camera:

1 p.m. The Light Factory, 345 N. College St., Charlotte. 704-333-9755. Register in advance online and include name and email. www.lightfactory.org.

"Home is Where the Art Is" ArtWorks945 Annual Art Sale and Auction:

ArtWorks945 is an outreach and housing retention program of the Urban Ministry Center that uses art to connect with individuals who struggle with homelessness. 5 p.m. Free. Urban Ministry Center, 945 N. College St., Charlotte. 704-926-0918. www.urbanministrycenter.org.

Pointe The Way:

The Corps de Ballet fundraiser benefiting the NCDT REACH! program. Silent auction, food, cocktails, jazz band. All proceeds enable 110 underserved Mecklenburg children to receive dance instruction at no cost. 7 p.m. $50-$60. 704-372-0101 x2773. Patricia McBride and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance, 701 N. Tryon St. www.ncdance.org/PointeTheWay.asp.

Sept. 11

Community Recognition and Appreciation Celebration:

Hope Over Fear, at the 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. The 11 a.m. service includes speaker Imam John Ederer from the Muslim American Society of Charlotte. FreeFirst United Methodist Church, 501 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-333-9081. www.fumccharlotte.org

9-11 Blood Drive - Muslims For Life Campaign:

To honor the victims of 9-11 on its 10th anniversary, "Muslims for Life" is a nationwide campaign to collect 10,000 units of blood and to reiterate the message that Islam values life. AMC Charlotte Chapter is partnering with Huntersville First Baptist Church to hold the blood drive. 1 p.m. First Baptist Church of Huntersville, 119 N. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. 704-408-3234. muslimsforlife.org.

In Remembrance: A Sept. 11 Memorial:

The Charlotte community will come together to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11. Music, poetry and prose. The centerpiece will be the presentation of René Clausen's composition, "Memorial," to be performed by more than 150 singers and 34 orchestral members. A collection will be taken to benefit the American Red Cross. 7 p.m. Free. Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3301 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte. 704-374-1564. www.mpbconline.org/music.php.

Catie Curtis:

8 p.m. $15-$17. The Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., Charlotte. 704-376-3737. bit.ly/evenmuse

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