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News calendar

Please submit your event information online. Go to events.charlotteobserver.com and click on "add to our listings."

Jan. 29

Greater Charlotte Home and Landscape Show:

Roger Hazard, TV's original home stager and host of "Sell This House" on A&E will conduct seminars along with other experts. 11 a.m. $7, 16 and under free. $1 off admission for military and seniors. Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 999 N.C. 49 N., Concord. 704-920-3976. www.showtechnology.com.

Jan. 30

Harrisburg Parks & Recreation Spring Sports:

Youth sports signups for baseball, soccer and softball. Register by Feb. 3 to avoid late fee. Details: www.harrisburgnc.org or visit Harrisburg Parks and Recreation office, 4088 Stallings Road, Harrisburg. 704-455-7275. www.harrisburgnc.org

Jan. 31

2012 Social Media Motorsports Summit (SMMSummit):

An exclusive event for sports marketing and pr executive. Social media and motorsports marketing experts will be on hand for this full-day conference. Past attendees included executives from Stewart-Haas, Roush, JR Motorsports, Chevrolet, Ford, Toyota, Sprint, Bray Law, Left Turn Marketing, NASCARScene, ESPN, Facebook, SPEED and NASCAR. Produced by MediaMensch Networks. 9 a.m. Packard Place, 222 S. Church St.

Early Spring Vegetable Gardening:

Your first tomato of the season may be months away, but there's plenty to keep you busy. Colleen McDaniel will share tricks to help you get more out of your garden during cool months. Please pre-register. Part of Wing Haven's 2012 Winter Lecture Series. 7:30 p.m. $15. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com

Feb. 1

Lecture by George Mitchell, Former U.S. special envoy for Middle East Peace:

Diplomat George Mitchell will address the "Middle East Peace Process." Parking provided. Reservations required by emailing CLAS-Event@uncc.edu or by calling 704-687-0085. Mitchell is also former U.S. Senate majority leader. 6 p.m. Free. 704-687-0085. clas.uncc.edu. UNC Charlotte Center City Building, 320 E. Ninth St., Charlotte.

Charlotte Quilters' Guild:

Sandra Smith is the guest speaker for the monthly meeting of the Charlotte Quilter's Guild. She will discuss "story quilts." 7 p.m. www.charlottequiltersguild.org. Sharon Towers, 5100 Sharon Rd.

Feb. 2

International Collectibles and Antique Show:

Collectibles and antiques. 9 a.m. Continues Feb. 3-Feb. 5. $5. Metrolina Tradeshow Expo, 7100 Statesville Rd., Charlotte. 704-714-7909. www.icashows.com.

Shade Gardening...focusing on hellebores:

Dick and Judith Knott Tyler talk about their own shady garden in which they focus on plantings for year-round interest. Please pre-register. 9:30 a.m. $20. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com

Assistance League of Charlotte Membership Open House:

Learn more about Assistance League of Charlotte at an open house. Refreshments will be served. 10 a.m. Free. 704-525-5228. Assistance League of Charlotte Center and Thrift Shop, 3600 South Tryon Street. 704-525-5228. Charlotte.AssistanceLeague.org

Groundhog Day:

Celebrate Groundhog Day with Reedy Creek Nature Center. Games, stories, and a special groundhog snack. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. All ages free. 2-3 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Rd. 704-598-8857.

Feb. 3

Forest Ecology Class:

Join David Harrington for an evening lecture and an all-day Saturday field exploration. To register, contact Esther at ecarras1@uncc.edu. 6 p.m. $81. gardens.uncc.edu/Native-Plants/schedule-of-courses.html. UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, 9090 Craver Rd. 704-687-0720. gardens.uncc.edu

Feb. 4

Souper Bowl VIII:

The soup's on to benefit Davidson Housing Coalition's "Hammers" program. Local restaurants provide soup, and proceeds benefit "Hammers," an emergency home repair program. Chambers Building at Davidson College. 11 a.m. $10 for adults, $8 for students (12 and up), and $5 for children. Ticket prices increase at the door. Purchase tickets at 704-892-4486. www.davidsonhousing.org. Davidson College, 102 N. Main St., Davidson.

Queen City Brewers Festival:

The Queen City Brewers Festival will feature beer styles and flavors to taste and learn about from official brewery representatives. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., Charlotte. 704-441-3221. www.qcbrewfest.com.

Feb. 5

Garden Patrol: Ten Birds That Help Control Garden Pests:

Help moderate garden pests naturally with bug-eating birds. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. Ages 12 and up free, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Rd. 704-598-8857.

Feb. 7

Cheryl Hicks: "Talk With You Like a Woman"

Dr. Cheryl Hicks, assistant professor of history at UNC Charlotte, brings forward the voices of black working-class women in early 20th-century New York. Attendance and parking are free. Reserve a spot by e-mailing CLAS-Event@uncc.edu or by calling. 6:15 p.m. 704-687-0085. UNC Charlotte Center City Building, 320 E. Ninth St.

Feb. 9

University City Women's Group:

Monthly meeting. Cost for lunch is $14. For reservations, contact Susan Zongker at luncheon.ucwg@gmail.com. Oasis Shrine Temple, 604 Doug Mayes Pl, Charlotte.

Free. Epworth United Methodist Church, 1030 Burrage Rd. NE, Concord.

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