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Feb. 12

Mummies of the World:

Mummies of the World, the largest exhibition of mummies and related artifacts ever assembled, makes its southern U.S. premiere at Discovery Place. Tickets range from $18-24, with special discounts available for members and groups. 9 a.m. Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St. 704-372-6261.

Darwin Day at Discovery Place:

Join Discovery Place's Explore More Life lab for this all-day event that commemorates science, humanity, and the birthday and work of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin. 9 a.m. Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St. 704-372-6261.

Valentine's Orchid Sale:

UNC Charlotte's botanical gardens holds a sale of blooming orchids, cyclamen, and other indoor plants. Orchids will be priced from $15 to $40, indoor plants from $5- $20. Proceeds support greenhouse and gardens operations. 1 p.m. and also 10 a.m. Feb. 13; 10 a.m. Feb. 14. Free admission. UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, 9090 Craver Rd. 704-687-0720.

Winter Tree ID Workshop:

Learn to identify trees from twigs and buds on a hike through the preserve. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. Age 6 to adult. Free. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Rd. 704-598-8857.

Winter Walk in the Woods:

Take a walk with a naturalist through the Reedy Creek Nature Preserve. Be prepared to walk 2-3 miles on uneven trails. No strollers, please. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. All Ages. Free. 3-4pm. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Rd. 704-598-8857.

Spring 2012 Recreational Tennis Leagues for Adults:

Registration will close Feb. 29. $15 per month. 704-443-8668. Mecklenburg County parks.

Feb. 13

Thom Tillis on the issues:

Meet N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis visits the North Mecklenburg Republican Women's Club and talks about the latest issues involving voter identification, redistricting, the May ballot initiative, vetoes, overrides and more. NorthStone Club, 15801 NorthStone Drive, Huntersville. All invited. For reservations, email The cost is $20 cash or check, payable at the door. Registration begins at 6 p.m., buffet dinner at 6:30. For more information, contact Mary Lou Richardson at 704-560-0582. Northstone Country Club, 15801 Northstone Dr., Huntersville.

Letterpress Fest: "Press Pass":

Want to experience all of Letterpress Fest? Get the Letterpress Fest "Press Pass" to save and register for the entire four days of events (excluding workshops). The first 75 to register for a pass will also receive an exclusive Letterpress Fest poster at the Meet Market on Thursday, Feb. 16. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13; 4 p.m. Feb. 14; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16. The Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St. 704-765-CHOP.

Feb. 14

Conifers for the Carolina Piedmont with Bruce Appledoorn:

Join Bruce Appledoorn for an entertaining and educational look at modern conifers. Please pre-register. Plan to stay and visit the garden after the program at no additional charge!. 9:30 a.m. $20. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave. 704-331-0664.

Small Works Show: A Group Exhibit:

RedSky Gallery holds an exhibition of small works from more than 30 regional artists. The show runs through May 4. 10 a.m. Free. RedSky Gallery - Elizabeth Avenue, 1523 Elizabeth Ave. Suite 120. 704-377-6400.

Watercolor for Seniors:

Join experienced instructor Frank Saunders to learn how to water color or to hone your craft. Every Tuesday at 10 a.m. No experience needed, drop-ins welcome. $10. Covenant Recreation and Fitness Center, 1000 East Morehead Street. 703-334-7491.

Feb. 15

Convention 101: Engaging the DNC Host Committee:

When:. 11 a.m. Wells Fargo Auditorium at the Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St., Charlotte.

Lincoln Luncheon:

N.C. Rep. Ruth Samuelson will be keynote speaker at the MeckGOP Lincoln Luncheon at the Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, 911 East Morehead St. All are invited. $5 gratuity charge. Drop in to order lunch and network starting at 11:30 am. The event is from noon until 1 p.m. Dilworth Neighborhood Bar and Grille, 911 E. Morehead St., Charlotte. 704-560-0582.

Public Lecture at UNC Charlotte:

Christina Bellon, associate professor of philosophy, California State University-Sacramento, will give a talk, "Don't Fence Me In or Out: Patterns of Exclusion and Injustice in Immigration Policy and Practice." 4 p.m. Free. UNC Charlotte, College of Health and Human Services, 9201 University City Blvd.

College Admissions Discussion:

Parents of Charlotte-area high school students in grades 9-11 are invited to learn how they can help their child conduct a successful college search. Barbara Polk from UNC Chapel Hill and Dawn Calhoun from Wake Forest University will present an overview of admission trends, the factors that make admission to college so competitive, and insight on how colleges evaluate applicants. 7 p.m. Free. 704-786-8171. Cannon School, 5801 Poplar Tent Rd., Concord. 704-786-8171.

Feb. 18

Biodiversity Hike: Uwharrie Mountains:

Explore the Birkhead Wilderness Area within 5,160 acres of wild land. Participants must be able to hike 5-6 miles on uneven terrain at a moderate pace. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. Age 16 and up. $12. 8 a.m-5p.mReedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Rd., Charlotte.

Civil War Encampment with the 38th North Carolina Infantry of 1862:

The 38th North Carolina Infantry of 1862 will hold an historic encampment and company drill. Rural Hill docents will also be on hand to share stories and skills such as open hearth cooking, woodworking, animal feedings, fiber spinning, and blacksmithing. 9:30 a.m. Free. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Rd., Huntersville. 704-875-3113. and