Urban Active's Thanksgiving Food Drive To Benefit Charlotte's Second Harvest of Metrolina:
Urban Active is partnering with Charlotte's Second Harvest of Metrolina, in an effort to help feed the less fortunate this Thanksgiving. Residents who donate 5 non-perishable food items today thru November 23rd will not only help feed an under-privileged family, but also receive either a 14 Day Free Work-Out Pass (for non-members) or a Free Personal Training Session (for members) as a thank you for their contribution. Urban Active's goal is to donate over 30,000 in can goods company-wide. 7 a.m. Nov. 20; 7 a.m. Nov. 21; 7 a.m. Nov. 22; 7 a.m. Nov. 23. Urban Active, 12325 Copper Way, Charlotte. 888-271-9912. www.urbanactive.com
Renaissance Festival, Final Huzzah!:
Donate a canned good to the box office to receive a free child admission. 10 a.m. Nov. 20. The Carolina Renaissance Festival Fairgrounds, 16445 Poplar Tent Rd., Huntersville. (704)896-5544 or toll free 877-896-5544. www.RenFestInfo.com
Intergalactic Bead and Jewelry Show:
Semi-precious and precious beads in all shapes and sizes, precious metal beads and findings, freshwater pearls, seed beads, lampwork and vintage glass beads, tools, supplies, and much more. 10 a.m. $5 on Saturday, $4 on Sunday. Children 12 and under are free. Metrolina Tradeshow Expo, 7100 Statesville Rd., 1-888-729-6904. www.beadshows.com.
Southern Christmas Show:
More than 600 vendors. Final day, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 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. www.southernchristmasshow.com. The Park Expo and Conference Center, 2500 E. Independence Blvd.
Antique Tractor Show:
Remember North Carolina's farming heritage at the antique tractor show, sponsored by the Stumptown Tractor Club. There will be tractors on display, a tractor pull contest, frying pan toss, cooking demonstrations, children's activities, and more. 1 p.m. $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for students, ages 5 and under free. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Rd., Huntersville. 704-875-2312. www.lattaplantation.org
UNC Charlotte Leadership Skills for the Project Manager:
Responsible project leadership entails both technical competency and team leadership competency. Research shows that lack of project team development can lead to substandard performance of the team and failure of the project. This course focuses on the key "people management" skills that are critical to successful project management â€" leading the project team, influencing the organization, and conflict management.
November 21 & 22. 9 a.m. Nov. 21. see website. 704-687-8900. continuinged.uncc.edu. UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. 9th Street, Charlotte.
Table Manners: Functional Pottery For The Table, A Visual Feast For Your Eyes:
Table Manners showcases a collection of functional pottery and food themed artwork. Co-curators Jennifer Mecca and Amy Sanders, production potters and busy moms, invited other "Mud Mamas" to participate - Linda Christianson, Victoria Christen, Amy Evans, Ursula Hargens, Allison McGowan, Connie Norman, Gillian Parke, Kari Radasch, Paula Smith and Liz Zlot Summerfield. Artwork by Duy Huynh, Wanda Steppe & Diane Hoeptner. 11 a.m. free. www.larkandkey.com. Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique (Southend), 128 E. Park Ave., Charlotte. 704-334-4616. www.larkandkey.com
Carolina Christmas Light Show:
The Charlotte Motor Speedway transforms into one of the largest drive-through holiday light parks in the country with more than a million LED lights in nearly 500 displays. Attractions also include a skating rink, festival of trees, Bethlehem village and carnival rides. 6 p.m. Nov. 21, Nov. 22 and Nov. 23; see website for later dates. Admission is $20 per car, minivan or SUV. Group discounts available. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S, Concord. 704-455-3267. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com
Enjoy autumn during leisurely hikes through Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, Rural Hill, and Cowan's Wildlife Refuge. Requires pre-registration. For more information or to register, call Latta Plantation Nature Center at 704-875-1391. 9 a.m. Free. Latta Plantation Nature Center, Sample Rd, Huntersville.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - Thanksgiving Day Meeting:
FA is a program based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. No dues, fees, or weigh-ins at FA meetings. 10 a.m. Free. University City United Methodist Church, 3835 West WT Harris Blvd. 704-348-1569. foodaddicts.org.
Walk off the Turkey Hike:
Moderately fast fitness hike to work off holiday food. The morning hike will be a faster hike of about 4 miles. The afternoon hike will be a moderately paced hike of about 2 miles. All ages, free. Please call to register. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Rd.. 704-598-8857.
Holiday Lights at The Garden:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden will present Holiday Lights at The Garden, with about a half million lights, a Christmas tree created with orchids, carriage rides, a model railroad and a visit from Santa. Sunday through Thursday, 5-9 p.m; Friday through Saturday, 5-10 p.m. Through Dec. 9. $12 for adults, $11 for seniors 60-plus, and $6 children 4-12. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Rd., Belmont. 704-825-4490. www.dsbg.org
1803 Howser House Open House:
The 1803 stone Howser House at Kings Mountain National Military Park will be open to the public. The house is on the back side of the park. The event is from 11 to 4, call the park for directions. Phone: 864-936-7921. 11 a.m. Included in admission. Kings Mountain National Military Park, Parker Rd, Blacksburg. 864-936-7921. www.nps.gov.kimo
Raptor Center Live Bird Presentation:
1 p.m. Included in admission. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Rd., Huntersville. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org