University City

News calendar

Nov. 27

Make a Wisteria Holiday Wreath:

Create a rustic vine holiday wreath from an invasive plant. Decorate it with autumn natural objects. Register by Nov. 23. Ages 12 and up Please call to register Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Rd. 704-598-8857.

Mummies of the World includes ancient mummies and important artifacts from Asia, Oceania, South America, Europe, as well as ancient Egypt. Tickets range from $18-24. 9 a.m. Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St. 704-372-6261.

Puppies for Patients:

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas holds the Seventh Annual Puppies for Patients program through Dec. 31. Donate blood in November and December and sign a tag that will then be attached to a stuffed puppy and delivered to children in area hospitals. Visit for a list of blood drives near you or donate at one of the organization's four centers. 704-972-4700. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte.

Center City Walking Tour (Leisure Walk):

Charlotte NC Tours provides guided walking tours of Uptown/Center City by reservation only. Approximately 2-mile adventure that lasts around 2 hours. Days and times are limited. Call for availability and reservations. 7 p.m. $15; $12; $7. 401 E. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. 704-962-4548.

Nov. 28

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.; 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.

Nov. 29

Cabarrus Literacy Council Scrabble Fundraiser:

The Cabarrus Literacy Council will hold a Scrabble fundraiser from 6-9 p.m. on the second floor of the Speakeasy Alehouse, 9 Union St., N, in Concord. A $10 donation lets you play and support the council's adult literacy programs; food and beverages will be sold separately. Details: Cabarrus Literacy Council, at 704-920-2223.

Nov. 30

John Gorka:

8 p.m. Nov. 30. $22. 704-376-3737. . The Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., Charlotte. 704-376-3737.

Dec. 1

Luminaries: Artists behind the Viewfinder, presenting Danny Lyon:

Danny Lyon is a self-taught photographer and filmmaker who made his name as a pioneer of the "street photography" genre in the 1960s. Lyon received the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship for photography in 1969 and filmmaking in 1979. He is most noted for work he created during the Civil Rights movement, some of which can now be seen on display in The Light Factory's Streetwise: Masters of '60s Photography. Hear him speak about his amazing photography and film career. 7 p.m. Dec. 1. Free for students and members of The Light Factory; $5 for non-members. 704-333-9755. UNC Charlotte Center City Building, 320 E. Ninth St., Charlotte.

The 3rd Annual Red Pump Red Tie Affair:

JSW Media Group along with Chateau Noir, LLC, will present The Red Pump Red Tie Affair on World AIDS Day. This year's gala will be a fashioned-themed cocktail party, with heavy hors d'oeuvres, live music and entertainment, a silent auction and a "Sexy, Stylish, and Safe" runway show and design competition. We will honor prominent leaders in the community in their efforts to raise HIV/AIDS awareness and education with the "Red Pump" Award. 7 p.m. Dec. 1. General Admission: $35 VIP: $55. 704-261-5290. Hart Witzen Gallery, 136 E. 36th St., Charlotte. 704-334-1177.

Dec. 2

Corridor Conversion: West Trade Street/Beatties Ford Road:

Where are tax dollars going to help revitalize our community? What new attractions are coming to Beatties Ford Road? The Charlotte Regional Realtor Association Diversity Council holds the first in a series of programs to answer these questions about the City of Charlotte's Business Corridor Revitalization project. 9 a.m. networking and check-in: program from 9:30-11 a.m. RSVP required; free for members of the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association and the Carolina Multiple Listing Services, Inc. This event is also free for non-members. However, a $15 no-show fee is assessed to anyone who RSVPs but does not attend. Details: contact Karyn Lindsey at or 704-940-3116. Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3301 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte. 704-392-0392.

Dec. 3

Garden Walk with Andrea:

Join Andrea Sprott for a guided walk through the Elizabeth Lawrence garden. Bring a notepad and meet at the entrance to the garden. 11 a.m. Included in admission. Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary, 248 Ridgewood Ave. 704-331-0664.

Nature in the City:

Come on a wild walk through the city. Group meets at Freedom Park near the Mahlon Adams pavilion. Please call to register. Ages 16 and up. 1:30 p.m. Free. 704-432-6460. Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Ave., Charlotte. 311. Reservations can be made online through Mecklenburg Park and Recreation, at

Carolina Raptor Center Behind the Scenes:

Tour the education trail, raptor hospital and other sights. Pre-registration recommended. The tour departs promptly at 11 a.m. $5. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Rd., Huntersville. 704-875-6521, ext. 7.

Dec. 4

St. Olaf Christmas Festival, on screen:

More than 500 musicians perform a Christmas concert on the campus of Minnesota's St. Olaf College. 3:30 p.m. Dec. 4. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-979-0200.

Pet Night with Santa at Concord Mills:

Animal-lovers can bring furry family members to Pet Night with Santa and get a picture on his lap. Domestic pets only, and all pets must be leashed or in a carrier. Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. 5 p.m. Free. Concord Mills, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-979-3000.

Charlotte Youth Chess Club:

Chess instruction and practice. 2-5 p.m. most Sundays at J,C, Smith University. 2 p.m. $20. Johnson C. Smith, 100 Beatties Ford Rd. 704-661-9562.