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.
The Meadowood Stitched is an exhibition of artwork by Fiber Art Options, a group of seven artists from the Charlotte area. The exhibition explores the colors, textures and intricacies of meadow and woodland plants, animals and insects. 9 a.m. daily through Nov. 14. Free with garden admission. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Rd., Belmont. 704-825-4490. www.dsbg.org
Charlotte Fine Art Festival:
SouthPark Mall hosts the inauguration of the Charlotte Fine Art Festival at Symphony Park. More than 10,000 pieces of original artwork. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission and parking. Symphony Park at SouthPark, 4400 Sharon Rd. 631-421-1590. www.paragonartevents.com.
Raptors Behind the Scenes:
Tour the education trail and raptor hospital and enjoy sights not generally open to the public. 11 a.m., reservations required. Tours on other Saturdays through Dec. 18 as well. $5. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Rd., Huntersville. 704-875-6521 ext. 107. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org
Stage version of Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math and science with songs like "Do the Circulation," "Unpack Your Adjectives" and "Conjunction Junction." 2 p.m. $9 - $12. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343. www.matthewsplayhouse.com
Table Manners: Functional Pottery
Table Manners showcases functional pottery and food-themed art. Co-curators Jennifer Mecca and Amy Sanders with artists Linda Christianson, Victoria Christen, Amy Evans, Ursula Hargens, Allison McGowan, Connie Norman, Gillian Parke, Kari Radasch, Paula Smith and Liz Zlot Summerfield. Art by Duy Huynh, Wanda Steppe and Diane Hoeptner. 11 a.m. and each day through Nov. 23. Free. www.larkandkey.com. Lark and Key Gallery and Boutique (Southend), 128 E. Park Ave. 704-334-4616. www.larkandkey.com
Charlotte Startup Weekend:
A 54-hour event to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs, beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototyping. Participants create working startups. Final presentations and weekend wrapup, 7 p.m. Packard Place, 222 S. Church St., Charlotte. charlotte.startupweekend.org
UNC Charlotte's Center City Personally Speaking:
Your next evening out begins in UNC Charlotte's Center City Building at 6 p.m. Combines intellectual curiosity in a cocktail social setting, featuring Dr. Robin James and her book, "The Conjectural Body: Gender, Race, and the Philosophy of Music." Complimentary parking at 707 N. Brevard Street. To register, call 704-687-0085 or email email@example.com. Free. 704-687-0085. UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. 9th Street, Charlotte. clas.uncc.edu/Personally-Speaking/
Southern Christmas Show:
Ideas for holiday decorating, gift giving and entertaining, with more than 600 vendors. Every day through Nov. 20. The Park Expo and Conference Center, 2500 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte. $7.50-$9, $3 for ages 6-12, free for children younger than 6. Preview night, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 6. The Park Expo and Conference Center, 2500 E. Independence Blvd. 800-849-0248, www.southernchristmasshow.com.
An Evening of Charlotte Talks:
Joe and Terry Graedon, hosts of "The People's Pharmacy," will be guests on Charlotte Talks as host Mike Collins speaks with them about "The People's Pharmacy" turning 30. A book signing will follow. 7 p.m. $10-$30. McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St., Charlotte. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.
World Affairs Council Speaker Series:
Robert Guest is global business editor at The Economist and formerly was Tokyo correspondent for The Daily Telegraph. Noon. $45/Members and $60/non-members. Westin Charlotte, 601 S. College St., Charlotte.704-687-7762. www.worldaffairscharlotte.org.
Holly Bend Plantation Tour:
Location: Cowan's Ford Wildlife Refuge. Holly Bend Plantation, built in 1800, will be open to the public during the Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials. No registration required. 9 a.m. and also 9 a.m. on Nov. 13. Free. Latta Plantation Nature Center, Sample Rd, Huntersville. 704-875-1391.
Charlotte Art Collective Holiday Show:
Highland Creek Holiday Bazaar:
More than 60 vendors selling arts and crafts, direct sales items, and more. 11 a.m. Cox Mill Elementary School, 1450 Cox Mill Road, Concord. 704-948-5475. www.highlandcreek.com.
Respect Da Mic Poetry Slam and Workshop:
The Respect Da Mic Poetry Slam Team brings an afternoon of poetry. Free workshop and teen poetry showcase. $10. Noon, also noon Dec. 10. Harvey B Gantt Center, 551 S. Tryon St. 704-517-6333. www.respectdamic.org.
Paid in Exposure: Should journalist work for free?
Three independent journalists share advice on whether to work for free. Panel discussion, audience questions and conversation. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Room 112, Cone Center, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Free, organized by the Charlotte Society of Professional Journalists. Details and register: bit.ly/spj1115