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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 thecity@charlotteobserver.com. The print deadline is two weeks in advance of the event date.

Sept. 25

Neighborhood Association Challenge:

Charlotte's Thunder Road Marathon is calling on neighborhoods like Eastover, Foxcroft, Myers Park, Dilworth, South End, Wilmore, Gateway/Third Ward, NoDa and Plaza Midwood to take part in its "Neighborhood Association Challenge" to support runners on Nov. 12. Thunder Road Marathon will award two $500 checks to two neighborhoods that show the most support for the marathon. Contact Ashleigh@runforyourlife.com. Run For Your Life, 2422 Park Ln., Charlotte. www.runcharlotte.com.

Ethics Discussion:

Taina Bien-Aime, executive director of Equality Now, will speak on "Promoting the Legal Rights of Women Globally." 7 p.m. Sept. 25. Free. C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, 209 Ridge Rd., Davidson. 704-894-2095.

Festival in the Park:

See, hear, and learn from more than 150 artists who demonstrate and display their art. Opens 11 a.m. festivalinthepark.org.

Master Gardener Demonstration during Festival in the Park:

Visit a native-plants garden created by master gardeners to find inspiration and learn more. Master gardeners will be on hand to answer fall gardening questions. The demonstration gardens are near the Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Cumberland Avenue and Lilac Road. 12 p.m. 704-336-4011. www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org. Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Ave.

The Civil War:

Drawing on letters, diaries, firsthand accounts, and the words of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and Walt Whitman, "The Civil War," by Frank Wildhorn, covers the emotional landscape of the most difficult test the United States has ever endured. 2:30 p.m. Sep. 25 and various dates after. . CPCC (Central Campus), Overcash 300: Rehearsal Hall, 1201 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6534. tix.cpcc.edu/

Johnston YMCA youth sports:

Youth sports programs for gymnastics, soccer, swimming, martial arts, flag and flag football this fall. Details: Sam Kim, 704-716-6314 or sam.kim@ymcacharlotte.org. Times, prices and practices vary based on sport. www.ymcacharlotte.org. Johnston Memorial YMCA, 3025 N. Davidson St., Charlotte. 704-716-6300.

Sept. 26

Ethnic Relations Discussion:

A presentation by French intellectual Pap Ndiaye. Ndiaye focuses his research on black studies and will discuss racism in France and the United States. 7:30 p.m. Free. 704-894-2170. C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, 209 Ridge Rd., Davidson. 704-894-2000.

Cult Movie Monday:

Movie plot: An epidemic of organ failures devastates the planet. Out of the tragedy, Geneco emerges to provide organs for a profit. Unfortunately, one of the financing options includes repossession by a skilled assassin. 7 p.m. Free. 704-333-9755. www.lightfactory.org/cult-movie-mondays. Actor's Theatre Of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St., Charlotte. 704-342-2251. www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org

WriteRhymeReciteNite:

Poetry, spoken word, art, music. Presented by The Secret Poet's Society. 6 p.m. Sept. 19; 6 Free. 980-224-8020. Crown Station Coffee House and Pub, 1425 Elizabeth St., Charlotte. 980-224-8020. Search for "Crown Station" on Facebook.

Sept. 28

Design for Good Poster Initiative Launch:

For the AIGA Design for Good Poster Initiative, the local chapter calls on the design community to create posters that will inform about environmental and social issues and inspire positive change. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28. Free. Common Market South End, 1515 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte. 704-332-7782. www.aigacharlotte.org.

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