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ArtWalk & JazzFest:
Free. The Green at Matthews Station, 232 Matthews Station St., Matthews. 704-847-4411. www.matthewsnc.gov. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 30.
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Union Symphony Orchestra - Channel Surfing:
Union Symphony Orchestra with David Brook, piano. $15 +. Matthews United Methodist Church, 801 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-847-6261. www.matthewsumc.org. 4- 5:30 p.m. Oct. 1.
Providence Chamber Music Series: 2017-2018 Opening Concert:
Free. Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-366-2823. www.providenceumc.org. 7- 8 p.m. Oct. 1.
19th Annual Oktoberfest:
$4 admission. Waldhorn Restaurant, 12101 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. 704-540-7047. www.waldhorn.us/. 5- 12 a.m. Sept. 29 and 30.
5 Minute Mix & Mingle Speed Dating:
Tired of online dating and the people being 20+ years older than their photos? One word answers or no replies? Come speed dating and meet real people, face to face, in a low pressure and fun atmosphere. You’ll have 5 minutes conversations with each single. At the end of the evening, make your selections online to find your matches. If you don’t find anyone you’re interested in the first time, you can come back again for free. Register early to avoid being put on a wait list. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or more information. $35. Barelled at the Lift, 1600 E. Woodlawn Road Unit 130, Charlotte. 7- 9 p.m. Sept. 30.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Meeting:
Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a free Twelve Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating, bulimia or other food-related issues. Weekly meetings. Anuvia Prevention & Recovery Center, 100 Billingsley Road, Charlotte. 9:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Sept. 30.
Am I My Sister’s Keeper:
Join TBJ Evangelistic Association and To Serve With Love for our bi-annual Am I My Sister’s Keeper Luncheon. This luncheon is designed to empower, enlighten and build stronger, more powerful, relationships within our community. Proceeds benefit the Battered Women’s Shelter so be sure to bring feminine toiletry donations and receive $5 off your admission. Monetary donations are also accepted online and the day of the luncheon. $15 to $20. Comfort Suites, 10415 Centrum Parkway, Pineville. 12- 4 p.m. Sept. 30.
The Complete Woman Conference:
Featuring speakers Pastor Cynthia Williams — owner and principle of a private, Christian School, Oasis Performing Arts School and pastor of Oasis Christian Fellowship — and entrepreneur Terri Matthews, Mom, CEO and founder of Jaden’s Voice Inc. Please visit our website www.thecompletewomanconference.com. $10. Acopian Hall, 7000 Park Road, Charlotte. 704-900-7398. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 30.
Simple Steps 1: Is Starting a Business Right for You?:
This introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. Start-up Basics provides you with an overview of the skills and tools you need when deciding to start a business. In this session, you learn about: the advantages and disadvantages of owning a business, the most profitable form for your business, and the fundamentals of formation, organization, marketing, cash flow and funding sources. No Fee. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library — South County Regional, 5801 Rea Road, Charlotte. 704-416-6600. www.cmlibrary.org. 5:30- 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3.
FC Cincinnati at Charlotte Independence:
$15-$75. www.charlotteindependence.com. Matthews Sportsplex, 1505 Tank Town Road, Matthews. 704-336-3854. 7 p.m. Sept. 29.
TCX Class at Whole Foods Waverly with Cathy Knauss:
Whole Foods Market - Waverly, 7221 Waverly Walk Ave., Charlotte. 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Sept. 30.
Mint Hill Arts:
New Faces in Photography Exhibit at the Mint Hill Town Hall Gallery. Free. Mint Hill Town Hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Ln., Mint Hill. 704-545-9726. www.minthill.com. .9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 27, 28 and 29, Oct. 2 and 3.
2017 Art & Design Faculty Show:
The Arts at Queens presents a multimedia exhibition featuring works by the faculty, including paintings, prints, ceramics, photographs, interiors and digital media. Free. Queens University of Charlotte — Max L. Jackson Gallery, 2222 Radcliffe Ave, Charlotte. 704-337-2200. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 27.
Guild of Charlotte Artists Monthly Meeting:
Guest speaker Elizabeth Bradford artist. open to members and public. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org. 7 p.m. Sept. 27.
Pet Portraits // Watercolor with Modern Craft Collective:
Advance ticket purchase required. $55. Small Hands Big Art, 8025 Ardrey Kell Road, Charlotte. 704-246-8271. www.smallhandsbigart.com. 7- 9 p.m. Sept. 28.
Mosaics with Cheri:
Florida mosaic artist will be here to introduce you to the basics of mosaic decorative art. You will leave with two completed pieces. Extensive supplies are included. $160. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 29.
Pottery 51 - local handmade NC pottery:
Handmade ceramic pottery by more than 20 member artists. Wheel thrown and hand built pieces for sale. Classes and workshops offered. Pottery 51, 7714 Matthews, Mint Hill. 704-995-0909. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 30.
Chinese Lantern Festival:
Explore Asian culture during the Chinese Lantern Festival. Large lanterns from Zigong, China will illuminate the Garden and guests can enjoy Kung Fu shows, Asian cuisine, authentic Chinese folk art and crafts. $24.95 adult, $21.95 senior 60-plus, $15.95 for children ages 2-12. Free for children younger than 2. 30 percent off for Garden Members. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490. www.dsbg.org. 5:30-9:30 p.m. through October.
Live Animal Meet and Greet:
If you enjoy visiting the animals at McDowell Nature Center, here is your chance to meet them up close. Learn how they came to live at McDowell and see how we care for them and give them a gentle pat. Registration not required. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 1:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. Oct. 1.
Wildlife & Bird Photography Class:
This two-week class, three hours a session, features wild birds in both sessions for you to practice. The class is limited to 12 participants; call or log in to register. $60, $30 members/volunteers. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Oct. 1.
With Halloween right around the corner come and discover some subzero science. We will be conducting various hands-on experiments using dry ice and fire. There will be “smoke,” fizzy drinks, and even bubbles. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. $4. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 3-4 p.m. Oct. 1.
Calling all kids and parents: Discover what fall has in store at Reedy Creek. Through various hands-on activities such as crafts, games, stories, puppets, hikes and more, learn about animals and plants in the preserve. To register, call 980-314-1119. Ages 3 to 6. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 10-11 a.m. Oct. 2.
Babes in the Woods:
Tuck your little one in a stroller and join one of our educators for an easy walk along our paved nature trail. Relax, chat and experience what nature has to offer this month in a casual, social setting. In case of inclement weather, we will meet inside the Nature Center for indoor playtime. Registration is required. Meeting place will be at the Four Seasons Trail parking lot, below the Nature Center. In case of inclement weather, we will meet inside the Nature Center. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 10-11 a.m. Oct. 2.