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Happy Wednesday Smarties! As we wake up the morning after the election and breathe a sigh of relief that the robocalls will stop and the pamphlets in the mailbox will go away, we can look forward to the weekend. And there is a lot to look forward to! The Symphony Lollipops series is back, The Southern Christmas Show is here, Sheepdogs are showing off at the lake and there is a fashion show at a bowling alley! How to decide, how to decide!? Just get out and enjoy!
Charlotte Symphony Lollipops: Carnivals and Clowns
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
November 10, 11:00am
Jacomo Rafael Bairos, conducting with Drew Allison and Grey Seal Puppets Come one, come all as Drew Allison and his Grey Seal Puppets perform this colorful celebration of clowns and the circus! This program features a special retelling of the Russian tale of Petrushka, the straw puppet that comes to life accompanied by Igor Stravinsky’s brilliant musical score. Cost is $15.50-$24.50.
McDowell Nature Center
November 9, 10:30am-11:15am
Bring your kids and learn about bats. Learn to separate bat myths from facts as you learn about these creatures that fly the night skies and have voracious appetites for insects. Registration required. Cost is $3.
Southern Christmas Show
The Park Expo and Conference Center
November 8-18, Sun.-Tues. 10:ooam-6:00pm; Wed.-Sat. 10:00am-9:00pm
The South’s favorite holiday tradition. A charming Olde Towne, extraordinary crafts, decorating ideas, and more than 600 merchants create a can’t-miss event. Cost is $3-$10; Children under 6 are free.
Charlotte Folk Society Gathering presents Bound for Carolina featuring David DiGiuseppe & Rob Sharer
Great Aunt Stella Center
November 9, 7:30pm-10:00pm
In Bound for Carolina, David DiGiuseppe and Rob Sharer unite history, folklore & geography as they explore the songs, stories and tunes of North Carolinians and their Irish and Scots ancestors.They combine a deep knowledge of folklore and history with years of experience as musicians. David and Rob play numerous instruments, including fiddle, wooden flute, Irish cittern, accordion, banjo, mandolin, lap dulcimer, and guitar. Refreshments, singing & jams follow concert. Free parking. Cost is Free; donations appreciated.
Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival
November 10, 8:00am
Many of the world’s best and brightest canines will be on hand to show their skills in sheep herding, Carolina DockDogs events, and the Sports Demo Area with disc flying, police K9 skills, agility and more. Also historic agriculture machinery, pumpkin chunkin’, and kid’s activities. Pets are welcome but need to remain leashed and under their owner’s control.
Kids Handprint Turkey Painting Class
Cajun Canvas, a painting bayou
November 10, 10:00am-11:30a
Children will paint on their very own 11”x14” canvas to take home and hang as cherished holiday decor.
The Commedia Pinocchio
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, ImaginOn
November 10-11, Sat., 11:00pm; Sun., 2:00pm
The little puppet who wishes he were a real boy comes to life in a slapstick spin on the classic story. Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s Tarradiddle Players perform this heart-warming story for the whole family, told in the humorous acting style of Italian Commedia dell’arte. Puppetmaker Geppetto carves Pinocchio out of a magical piece of wood, but the talking puppet can’t stay out of trouble. Can he learn his lesson – and stop lying so his nose will stop growing – long enough to become a real boy? For ages 5 -12 and cost is $16.
LKN Artisan Marketplace to Benefit Kenyan Children
KadiFit in the Oak Street Mill, Cornelius
Find one-of-a-kind gifts handcrafted by local and international artisans while helping improve the lives of Kenyan children at the Lake Norman Artisan Marketplace at KadiFit in the Oak Street Mill in Cornelius. Art and handcrafts from across the globe will be showcased at the annual Marketplace, a fundraiser for The Kilgorist Project, which educates, feeds and provides medical care for hundreds of children in rural Kenya. Sale items include jewelry, accessories, handbags, home décor items, children’s clothing and other artistry gathered from across Africa and around the world. Many of the Kenyan items are handmade by Upendo, the Kilgoris Project’s women’s co-op. Local artisans from Lake Norman and the Charlotte region also will have work available for purchase. A wide selection of bakery items, including gluten-free treats, will be offered, and live music will run throughout the day.
Holiday Craft at the Crossing Art Festival
The Shoppes at Birkdale Crossing
November 10, 10:00am-4:00pm
30 area artists will be on the green at the Shoppes at Birkdale Crossing to exhibit and sell their artwork. Jewelry, paintings, kids items, Holiday wreaths & decor, metalwork & more! This is a fantastic opportunity to get a jump on your holiday shopping and buy some truly unique gifts! Live music with Barrie Howard from 12-3pm. Brought to you by 32 Flavors Boutique.
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
November 10, 12:00pm
Encourage your child’s creative side by participating in special hands-on art activities and museum tours during Family Day at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Activities will illustrate the methods and materials addressed by artists Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee and Alexander Calder. Children ages 5 and older can create wire-frame portraits, oil pastel drawings and Picasso-inspired Cubist “funny face” portraits.
Pirate For a Day Camp!
November 10, 10:00am-4:00pm
Boys and girls ages 8-12 can set sail on the seven seas and join a crew, while learning about the pirates of the Carolina coast! Campers will experience what it was like to be a pirate in colonial NC. Also, learn navigation skills, participate in a pirate battle, and enjoy a treasure hunt with fellow buccaneers. Cost is $40 per camper. Pre-registration is required. Contact Matthew Waisner at email@example.com or 704-875-2312, ext. 305 for more information.
MMAE Holiday House
Home of Dr. Chris and Courtney Danner,Charlotte
November 9, 10:00am-5:00pm
15 premier floral designers will decorate a 7,000 sq. ft. custom French Norman stucco and timber home in Sharon Hills that will inspire you as you plan your holiday decorating. A Gift Shop will be open for holiday shopping. This year, the highlight will be on a “New” old-fashioned approach to decorating for the Christmas and Hanukkah season. The house will feature Madame Alexander dolls, a 1950’s hand-crafted dollhouse and vintage toys creating a vision of holiday magic. Cost is $15.00 at www.mmaeonline.com
South End Tailgate Party and Fall Festival
Atherton Mill and Market
November 10, 3:00pm-11:00pm
Feel the Fall. Join us for this fun, free event at the Atherton Mill in South End. Live Music, Corn Hole and Tailgate Games. Brought to you by: South End Neighborhood Association, Historic South End, Vin Master, Icehouse, Zucca Pizza Tavern.
Into the Woods, Junior
Armour Street Theatre, Davidson
November 10-11, 1:00pm, 4:00pm
Davidson Community Players’ Connie Company presents Into the Woods, Junior. The Brothers Grim “go Broadway” in Stephen Sondheim’s cockeyed fairytale where all of your favorite characters – Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and The Witch – meet and interact on their journeys. A junior version of the Tony Award-winning production, this irreverent fantasy will stir your heart. Appropriate for audiences 7+. Cost is $10.
City of Canvas: Charlotte’s WWI Camp Greene
November 11, 3:00pm
In honor of Veterans Day, learn the story of Charlotte’s Camp Greene, the World War I installation that drew thousands of people to tiny Charlotte in 1917 – 1918. Filmmaker Jack Dillard will show his documentary and discuss his work, and Jane Johnson of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Carolina Room will present an extensive display of Camp Greene memorabilia. Free but reservations required. Reserve your spot by calling 704/714-4445 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pin Up, Pin Down Fashion Event
10 Park Lanes
November 11, 6:00pm
The event will showcase local boutiques with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Levine Cancer Institute’s Carolinas Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. The fashion show begins at 8:15 p.m. The evening will include a mix of fashion and bowling, with models walking a new runway, the bowling lanes, while showcasing pieces reminiscent of the 1940s and 50s with a modern twist. The event also includes a silent auction with donations from Tiffany & Co., The Palm, 10 Park Lanes and others. Cost is $10.
$5.00 Sunday Beginners Classes
November 11, 3:00pm-4:00pm
Join us every Sunday at 3:00 pm for a Beginners Group Class! Our instructors will instruct us in popular dances such as: Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Rumba, Cha-Cha, Swing and Salsa! Each class is only $5.00!! Enjoy our enthusiastic instructors directions in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Mad Science Day
November 11, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Enjoy an afternoon of fun science experiments and programs featuring attention-grabbing and thought-provoking demonstrations from the world of science. Topics include matter, energy, sound, simple machines, light, electricity, solutions and mixtures. From burning flames to sub-zero temperatures, you’ll discover how science can be both hot and cool! Hands-on activity stations will allow you to explore topics at your leisure throughout the afternoon. Special presentations of Mr. Pin’s Science Lab will be held at 2 and 3 PM. Cost is $6-$7.
Carolina Renaissance Festival
Poplar Tent Road,Huntersville
All Weekend – 10:00am-5:30pm
The Carolina Renaissance Festival is a medieval amusement park, an 11-stage theater, a 22-acre village marketplace, an interactive circus, an arts and crafts fair, a jousting tournament and a feast — all rolled into one non-stop, day-long family adventure! Cost is $9-$19.
Bebe Gallini, Holiday Open House
19725 Oak St, Ste 1, Cornelius
Time to have some fun!!! Join us Thurs,Fri,and or Saturday for our ninth annual HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE! WE ARE COOKING UP SOME TASTY TREATS FROM OUR HOLIDAY COOKBOOK COLLECTION for you to sample. Gorgeous mercury glass candles, a new mens’ area, elegant kitchen tea towels and kitchen papers, sparkly
jewels, handmade jewelry and artwork. Enter to win one of three gift certificates. SPECIALS throughout the store!
Ashley Carol Home & Garden, Holiday Open House
20901 Catawba Ave, Cornelius
November 11, 1:00pm-6:00pm
Gorgeous Christmas floral arrangements, wreaths, unique gifts along with yummy treats and sips!