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Oct. 30

Live Bird Presentation:

See birds while learning about them from their handlers at the live bird presentation. 3 p.m. Included in admission. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Rd., Huntersville. 704-875-6521.

Nov. 1

"Unraveling the Secrets of the Mummy: Ancient Textiles" (at Discovery Place):

Angelica Docog, executive director of the Charlotte History Museum, highlights the mysteries, differences and shared experiences revealed in mummies from four continents., or 704-372-6261 ext. 300. 5:30 p.m. Free. Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-372-6261.

Marshall Curry, Documentarian:

Marshall Curry's documentary, "If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front," won this year's Documentary Editing Award at the Sundance Film Festival. The film tells of the rise and fall of a radical environmentalist who burned two Oregon timber facilities. After the screening, Curry will answer questions. Sykes Auditorium. 6:30 p.m. Free. Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-337-2200.

WFAE Public Conversations - How should we grade our teachers?:

How do we decide what an effective teacher is? How should teachers be evaluated and paid? Should student test scores be a factor? What are other school districts trying and what can Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools learn from those experiences? Panel and audience. Reservations required. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Northwest School of the Arts, 1415 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte.

Nov. 2

N.C. Governor's Conference for Women:

More than 1,500 women discuss a variety of women's issues. 7 a.m. $150. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St. 980-225-1212.

Nov. 3

International Collectibles and Antiques Fall Classic:

Home décor, antiques, furniture, collectibles, fresh produce and more. 9 a.m. Runs through Nov. 6. $10. 704-714-7909. Metrolina Expo Center, Building One, 7100 Statesville Road, Charlotte. 703-536-2954 and ask for Charlie Miller.

Morning in the Garden:

Three experts share their knowledge about top-performing plants and seasonal maintenance tasks in the Elizabeth Lawrence Garden. Registration required; enrollment limited to 15. 9:30 a.m. $65. The Elizabeth Lawrence House and Garden at Wing Haven, 348 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0665.

UNCW Charlotte Alumni Fall Dinner:

Second annual Fall Alumni Dinner. $15 ticket includes a complimentary networking reception, drinks and dinner. Purchase tickets by Oct. 30. 6 p.m. Charlotte City Club, 121 W. Trade St. 910-962-2684.

Nov. 4

Outdoor Cooking:

Learn several methods of outdoor cooking including single burner propane stove, Dutch oven, and box oven. Register by calling the Latta Plantation Nature Center at 704-875-1391. 11 a.m. $8. Latta Plantation Nature Center, Sample Rd, Huntersville.

Lecture on Comedy and Civic Engagement:

Norman Bowles, artistic director of the Fringe Benefits Theatre Company, discusses "Is This Going to be on the Test? Using Comedy to Set the Stage for Social Justice and Civic Engagement." 4 p.m. Davidson College, 102 N. Main St., Davidson. 704-894-2527.

Gallery Show:

AIGA Charlotte presents the Design for Good Poster Show. 6:30 p.m. Free. Dialect Gallery, 3204 N. Davidson St. 704-763-0506.

Charlotte Friends of Jung:

Alvaro Giraldo, lectures on the biological aspects on Jungian concepts such as animus/a and individuation. 7:30 p.m. Members $20, non-members $25. In a separate Saturday workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Giraldo leads a discussion on the the applicability of the concepts in psychotherapy and life. Members $40, non-members $45. Myers Park Baptist Church, Cornwell Center, 2001 Selwyn Ave. 704-334-7232.

Nov. 5

The Slam Will Not Be Televised:

Davidson College hosts the first Carolina Collegiate Slam with Duke University, UNC Charlotte, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Greensboro, Johnson C. Smith University, and North Carolina A&T in the Duke Family Performance Hall in the Alvarez Union at 8 p.m. Students admitted free, non-students, $3. Details: Alvarez College Union, Faculty Drive, Davidson. 501-993-8532.

The President James K. Polk Birthday Celebration:

Living history event brings back to life the Polk family of Mecklenburg County in November 1795. Performance by the Flat Possum Hoppers. Also, new exhibit, "Rounders to Baseball," opens with an 11 a.m. lecture on the Negro League in the Carolinas by Dr. Christopher Rounds of Allen University. Event starts at 10 a.m. Free. President James K. Polk State Historic Site, 12031 Lancaster Hwy., Pineville. 704-889-7145.

Scandinavian Festival, celebrating Christmas:

Scanfest 2011 includes a Scandinavian marketplace, a Viking village and Nordic treats celebrating the cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. 10 a.m. $2 per person, $5 for family of 5. Carolina Courts, 7210 Stinson Hartis Rd., Indian Trail. 704-996-3731.

Project Feeder Watch: Do it for the birds:

Calling all citizen scientists. Help gather information to continue bird conservation efforts in North America. Register by calling 704-598-8857.All ages, free. 704-598-8857. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Rd.

Live Bird Presentation:

See live raptors up close and personal while learning about them from handlers. 1 p.m. Included in admission. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Rd., Huntersville. 704-875-6521.

4th Annual Andrew Roby Pitchin' Corn for a Cure Cornhole Tournament:

The 4th annual Andrew Roby Pitchin' Corn for a Cure Cornhole Tournament. Food and drink, bands, children's activities. All proceeds go to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Foundation Fighting Blindness. Details and signup: 1 p.m. 704-334-5477. Latta Park, 510 E. Park Ave.

Nov. 6

Dilworth/Southend Chili Cook-Off:

Dilworth/South End's Second Annual Chili Cook-Off. All the chili you can taste from local restaurants and cooking teams. Live music from local bands and games. Noon. $5. Atherton Mill and Market, 2104 South Blvd.