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Sierra Club Martin Luther King Day of Service Project:
As part of the Resilient Habitat program, the Sierra Club will be doing maintenance on trees along the Little Sugar Creek Greenway in Belmont, part of Charlotte's ecodistrict. Creek ReLeaf will provide project direction and tools. REI will provide water and snacks. 9 a.m. Free. www.charlottesierraclub.org. Little Sugar Creek Greenway in Belmont, Belmont Ave. and N. Myers St.
Tai Chi with Rob Bruce at the Lawrence House:
Tai Chi is commonly practiced today as a moving meditation for health benefits. Two discounted 5-week sessions are offered, or drop-in for $15/session. Please pre-register. 10 a.m. Tuesdays. $60 for 5-week session. The Elizabeth Lawrence House and Garden at Wing Haven, 348 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghaven gardens.com.
Charlotte Business Guild Dinner: "Meet the Dunns"
Ten years after corporate exec Robert Dunn married Brenda, Robert became Roberta. Now one of Charlotte's most highly visible transgender activists, Roberta is still happily married to Brenda. They have four kids plus grandkids, and they're "taking life one step at a time - in high heels!" Meet Roberta and Brenda, and learn how, against all odds, they've made their marriage work. 5:30 p.m. Jan. 17. $20. Charlotte Lesbian & Gay Community Center, 820 Hamilton St., Charlotte. 704-565-5075. www.charlottebusinessguild.org.
"Race to Nowhere" movie:
A film about education that argues for the existence of a silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace; students are disengaged; stress-related illness and depression are rampant; and many young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired. Details: 925-310-4242. 7 p.m. St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 3016 Providence Rd.
Harrisburg Parks & Recreation Spring Sports:
Spring 2012 Youth Sports Registration is open for baseball, soccer and softball. Registration may be completed in person at the Harrisburg Parks and Recreation office from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 5 p.m., or online. Harrisburg Parks & Recreation Office, 4088 Stallings Road, Harrisburg. 704-455-7275. www.harrisburgnc.org
Veteran's Benefits Discussion:
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s commitment to service, join the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) for a panel discussion on veterans' benefits. Light refreshments provided. Please RSVP to 704-522-6222 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 1 p.m. Free. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Rd. www.cmseniorcenters.org
Historic Land Research Class @ Concord Library:
The Local History Department of the Concord Library will present a class in Historical Land Research with Dr. Mitch Simpson on at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Free. Details: 704-920-2061Cabarrus County Public Library - Concord, 27 Union St. North, Concord. 704-920-2050. www.cabarruscounty.us/library
Charlotte Basketball vs. Kennesaw State:
1 p.m. UNC Charlotte's Dale F. Halton Arena, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte. 704-687-2000. sac.uncc.edu.
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Open House:
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences is hosting an open house for prospective students from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Registration begins at 4 p.m. A general information session begins at 4:30 p.m. Free. 704-403-1555. www.cabarruscollege.edu. Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, 401 Medical Park Dr. NE, Concord. 704-783-1556. www.cabarruscollege.edu
Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam is the world's premier monster truck series. Seats starting at $25. Tickets are available at the Time Warner Cable Arena Box Office, Ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20, 2 p.m. Jan. 21; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21. $25-$75. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. 1-800-745-3000. www.MonsterJam.com.
6th Annual Health and Wellness Fair:
Local and national vendors sharing information and product samples. 1 p.m. Free. Healthy Home Market, 2707 South Blvd. 704-522-8123. www.hemarket.com
National Squirrel Appreciation Day:
It's time to honor the adorable mammals that scamper around cities, suburbs, parks and forests all over the United States. We'll feed them, read about them, and celebrate all that is squirrelly about those squirrels. To register, call 704-432-6460.All ages. Free. 2 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857. www.parkandrec.com.
Mike Minter speaks:
Metrolina Church presents Mike Minter, former Carolina Panther, as guest speaker. After retiring in 2007, he wrote a book called "Driven by Purpose: the Power of a Dream," He'll speak and sign books. 11 a.m. Free. 704-995-0823. www.MetrolinaChurch.org. Harris Road Middle School, 1251 Patriot Plantation Blvd., Concord.
Assistance League of Charlotte Membership Meeting:
General membership meeting open to people interested in making a difference. Assistance League of Charlotte is a non-profit volunteer-based organization that puts caring and commitment into action through community-based philanthropic programs. 9:30 a.m. Jan. 25. Free. 704-525-5228 Contact: Pat Runnels. Charlotte.AssistanceLeague.org. Assistance League of Charlotte, 3600 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-543-1299. www.charlotte.assistanceleague.org