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"Dream Makers and Risk Takers" is an exhibit designed in tandem with the TEDxCharlotte conference, reflecting the spirit of TEDx: the promotion of "ideas worth spreading" at the local level. Artists include Sean Cassidy, Craig Coleman, Kit Cube and Mike Marshall. 10 a.m. Free. Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave., 704-337-2200. www.queens.edu
Southern Appalachian Celebration Book Premiere:
Authors James Valentine and Chris Bolgiano present their new book, "Southern Appalachian Celebration." A 30-minute slide and lecture will be followed by book signings. 12:30 p.m. Free. UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, 9090 Craver Rd. 704-687-0720. gardens.uncc.edu
Bill Hanna's Big Band:
Sixteen-piece vintage dance band plays music while swing and ballroom dancers foxtrot, rumba and cha-cha. Smoke-free. 8-11 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. Free lesson at 7 p.m. Cash bar, cigar room and light dining menu available. 7 p.m. $10. 704-373-1699. www.grandcentralevents.com. Grand Central Events and Catering, 1000 Central Ave., 704-373-1699.
Jazz on the Lawn:
Spend an evening with the The Charlotte Chamber enjoying networking, food, drinks and the jazz group, Innertwyned Music Group. 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12. $15 at the Chamber/$16 online/$20 at the door. 704-378-4106. www.ez-tixx.com. VanLandingham Estate, 2010 The Plaza. 704-334-8909. www.vanlandinghamestate.com
Historic Charlotte's Blast for the Past:
11th Annual Preservation Awards, which recognize high-quality preservation and infill residential and commercial projects. Silent auction. 6:30 p.m. $70 members/ $75 non-members; couples $130 and $140. 704-375-2425. www.HistoricCharlotte.org. 701 N. Tryon St.
Let's Talk Politics:
The National Society of Black Engineers Charlotte Alumni Extension Chapter in conjunction with the Society of Women Engineers, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, the Professional Engineers of North Carolina, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers invites the public to an October meeting, "Let's Talk Politics." Details: Turquoise Shaw at firstname.lastname@example.org. Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh St.
Bids and BBQ:
Silent auction, youth games. Auction items listed on PTA website. www.croftpta.com 5 p.m. $5 for barbecue dinner; $4 for magic show. 980-343-0370. www.croftpta.com. Croft Community School, 4911 Hucks Rd. 980-343-0370.
Second Turkish Festival of Charlotte:
American-Turkish Association of North Carolina-Charlotte presents the Turkish Festival, with Turkish food, cooking workshops, children's activities, folk dancing, belly dancing, live music. 11 a.m. Adults, $2, 10 and under free. 704-544-8865. www.CharlotteTurks.org. Extravaganza Depot, 1610 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte Oyster Roast at Growlers Pour House:
Live music, "beer food," craft beer. Tickets are $15 at the door and $10 in advance. Benefits Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in memory of bartender Drew Hawkins. 1 p.m. www.charlotteoysterroast.com. Growlers Pour House, 3120 N. Davidson St. 704-910-6566.
Norsk Carolina Lodge of Sons of Norway:
The October meeting will be about Leif Erickson, with Norwegian snacks provided by members. 3 p.m. Donations accepted at: www.norskcarolina.org. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1900 The Plaza, Charlotte. 704-377-5439.