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Jan. 26-March 7
Wing Haven programs: From hands on workshops about pruning, boxwood expertise and winter gardening to guest lecturers Jay Sifford, Andrea Sprott, Adrienne Roethling and Eudora Welty. Get more details and register for programs here. Wing Haven, 260 Ridgewood Ave.
Chef-Driven Dining in Uptown Tour: On this tour, go in-depth with chefs at five upscale dining establishments to learn their background and the restaurants’ histories, see cooking and cocktail demonstrations, tour a kitchen, get wine pairing, craft beer, and mixology education and sample chefs’ specialties. Cost: $80. This event occurs weekly on Saturdays from 3-6 p.m.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical: This brand new musical comedy was adapted from Barbara Robinson’s classic book to premiere at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. ImaginOn’s McColl Family Theatre, 300 East 7th St. This event occurs on different days from Nov. 25-Dec. 23, 2016.
NoDa Brewing Run Club: The club meets at 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday for 1, 3 and 5 mile routes. NoDa Brewing, 2921 N. Tryon St.
Every other Wednesday is Wine & Color Wednesday. Guests are invited to decompress with art supplies, coloring books, $5 glasses of wine and half priced pastries. Patrons can submit their works for a chance to win free coffee for an entire week, with the winner being announced via social media the following day. 100 W. Trade St.
Every other Thursday, vintage film lovers can sit back and enjoy classic films on Throw Back Thursday Movie Night from 5:30-7 p.m. Popcorn is free and some items are half off. Upcoming films are posted on Coco and the Director’s social media feed (Twitter @CATDCLT, IG @cocoandthedirector). 100 W. Trade St.
Each Friday, Final-E Friday Acoustic hosts local musicians that perform a variety of genres from pop and R&B to rock and country. Guests can enjoy $4 tall boys while enjoying to the music.
On Mondays, enjoy: Team Trivia at Rhino Market. It’s free to enter and prizes are involved. 8 p.m. 1500 W. Morehead St. Ste. E.
Bon Appetit!: Mezzo-soprano Susan Nicely will perform as Julia Child in the opera “Bon Appétit!.” The kitchen performance will take place in the Johnson & Wales Demonstration Kitchen. Tickets are $25 at carolinatix.org. (Johnson & Wales faculty and staff can purchase tickets at a discount.) Call 704-332-7177 ext. 113 for details. 7 p.m. both nights. 801 W. Trade St.
Somm Series: Don’t miss 5Church Charlotte’s first Somm Series with Beverage Director Patricia Smith from 6-7:30 p.m. A group of 20 guests will be guided through an interactive and instructive tasting of four different types of bubbly beverages: Champagne, prosecco, cava and sparkling wine. The 3 oz. pours will be paired with a special selection of hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $38 and can be purchased here. 127 N. Tryon St., Suite #8.
Instabeerupclt: The next installment of Instabeerupclt is Feb. 23 from 6-10 p.m. at VBGB. This event is open to everyone and is free — except for the drinks. Join hosts Corri Smith and Rémy Thurston at the location where this event first convened 2.5 years ago. 920 Hamilton St.
The Freestyle Funny Comedy Show: See four stand-up comedians — Brian “B Daht” McLaughlin, Anthony “Chico” Bean, “Darren Brand” and Demar “Drankins” Rankin — who will host a comedy show Feb. 23 featuring improv and interactive crowd games. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. The Charlotte Comedy Zone, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3.
Feb. 24-26 and March 3-5
The Southern Spring Home & Garden Show: This home improvement event celebrates the new season and associated gardening and home improvement projects. Hours and admission prices vary. The Park Expo and Conference Center, 800 Briar Creek Road.
“Whiskey of Japan” at The Gallery: A journey with Gardner Dunn, Suntory Ambassador through Suntory’s Hakushu, Yamazaki and Chita distilleries featuring a tasting of Suntory Whisky Toki, Hakushu 12-year, and Hibiki Suntory Whisky Japanese Harmony.” This event is part of the monthly series with The Whiskey Club of Ballantyne, a monthly tasting open to the public. 6:30 p.m. $65. Reserve your spot by calling (704) 248-4100. The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
Cornhole For Camp Tournament: On Feb. 25, participate to be eligible for a grand prize of $1,000. Camp Blue Skies provides a traditional camp experience for adults with developmental disabilities and this fundraiser benefits the “Send A Camper To Camp” Campaign. 2-4:30 p.m. Team entry fee: $100. To register or get more info: http://CampBlueSkies.org/Boosters. The Unknown Brewing Company, 1327 South Mint St.
Studio Party’s After Party at McColl Center: After Party tickets for this Feb. 25 event begin at $25 and get you access to beer and wine, radioactive macaroons and moon pies, art by over 80 McColl Center alumni artists, and a “funked-up dance party” with DJ That Guy Smitty. Ticket proceeds benefit McColl Center. 9:30 p.m.-midnight. McColl Center for Art + Innovation, 721 N. Tryon St.
Putting the OM in kOMbucha: Yoga with Heather Jewett: On Feb. 25, get your morning yoga on. Heather is leading a class from 10-11 a.m. at Lenny Boy Brewing Co. The cost of the class is $5, which also gets you a 6 oz beer or kombucha. Twenty percent of proceeds will support the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte. 3000 S. Tryon St.
The Showcase Game Charity Event: This game is Feb. 25 at West Mecklenburg High School’s auditorium and will include appearances by Flau’Jae, Tally and Nia from Jermaine Dupri’s “The Rap Game.” Doors open at noon, show starts at 1 p.m. 7400 Tuckaseegee Road.
Wedding Showcase: Catch Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s annual Wedding Showcase on Feb. 26. Interact with about 40 vendors from the Charlotte area’s bridal industry to kickstart wedding planning, from discussing details to booking services. The Garden will offer tours at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., with special discounts to couples who book an event to be held by Oct. 30, 2017 at the Garden. This event is free for brides, grooms and Garden members, while general admission applies for all other guests. The first 250 people to arrive get a complimentary glass of champagne, while beer, wine and nonalcoholic drinks will be available for purchase. Vendors include Jeni Buchanan Photography, Bustld andAllure Wedding Photography. Noon-4 p.m. 6500 S New Hope Rd, Belmont.
Fat Tuesday at Craft City Social Club : Celebrate Fat Tuesday Feb. 28 with jazz music from The Queen’s Guard featuring Blanche J, drink specials, tarot card readings and a live feed from Bourbon Street. VIP Mardi Gras beads will be given to the first 100 attendees to RSVP to Eventbrite, plus access to $5 house wine, $3 domestic beer, $5 hurricanes and $7 fishbowls all night at all of the hotels’ bars. 7-11 p.m. Craft City Social Club, 555 S. McDowell St.
1 Million Cups – Charlotte: This free monthly meetup provides education, connection and Support for local entrepreneurs. It allows them to pply to practice their pitch and presentation skills for six minutes in front of an audience. This event is hosted on the first Wednesday of every month between 8:30-10 a.m. at Industry Charlotte, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.
Profitable Communications for Nonprofit Communicators Workshop: Debra Plousha Moore, system chief of staff, Carolinas HealthCare System, is the keynote speaker for the Charlotte chapter of the International Association of Business Communicator’s (CIABC) annual Profitable Communications for Nonprofit Communicators Workshop (NPW), “Mission vs. Money: The Currency of Relationships.” The event takes place on Wed., March 1, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Employees of 501c3 organizations attend for no cost (a $15 fee applies for the luncheon). For-profit organization participants and nonprofit board members attend the full workshop and luncheon for $50. All attendees must register at: http://www.ciabc.com/npw2017. Piedmont Natural Gas, 4720 Piedmont Row Drive.
You’re invited: Learn from the best at the C5 Awards Party: Ever wonder how the best becomes the best? Hear the secrets of the successful at the CharlotteFive Awards Party, powered by OrthoCarolina. The C5 Awards recognize 120 of the best businesses, people and things in Charlotte, from breweries to doughnuts to thrift stores, based on reader votes. At the C5 Awards Party March 2 at Flight Beer and Music Hall, we’ll not only celebrate all the winners and hand out a bunch of giveaways, but we’ll also hear from four winners as they take the stage for 8 minutes each to share the secrets behind their success. Tickets are $10 and include happy hour apps, one drink from the bar and an evening of inspiration. Buy here! 314 N. College St.
Bar Wars: Star Wars Themed Bar Crawl: On March 4, get one Star-Wars-themed drink per stop (that means five drinks), 10 free tokens at Lucky’s Bar and Arcade, no cover charges, Bud Light specials and contests and games at each bar with prizes. Destinations include Lucky’s Bar and Arcade, Flight Beer Hall, Tin Roof, Prohibition and The Roxbury. Proceeds support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 5p.m. Tickets start at $20 person and $25 the day of.
Paws for Celebration: This March 4 cocktail event will showcase the Humane Society of Charlotte’s work and raise money to support their adoption, spay/neuter, behavior, foster, volunteer and community outreach programs. There will be heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, music by Fitz of Emit Productions for dancing and a raffle. Individual ticket: $95 early-bird (after Feb. 4: $105). YAP member: $85 early-bird (after Feb. 4: $95). Tickets will be available until Friday, Feb. 24. Sponsorship opportunities are available at: https://interland3.
Green Gala: Speakeasy & Sparkles: On March 4, enjoy live music and dancing, charity gaming tables, silent auction and more. Funds will benefit camps and recreation scholarships on the Greenway. 7 p.m. Get tickets here. Anne Springs Close Greenway Dairy Barn, 288 Dairy Barn Lane.
Haylo’s Anniversary Party: Celebrate two years of Haylo Healing Arts Lounge on March 4 from 7-11 p.m. Catch Gene Lazo’s Scenic Photographic Ride honoring clients adorned with custom tattoo art by Hayley. 1111 Central Ave. Ste. 100
Donna Scott Productions presents “Women Playing Hamlet” by William Missouri Downs: Tonya Bludsworth is directing, and the production features Glynnis O’ Donoghue, Tania Kelly, Andrea King, Sheila Proctor and Vivian T. Howell. Tickets are $22 through Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/2khthZm and will be $28 at the door. Charlotte Art League, 1517 Camden Road.
Laugh for the Cure: This fundraiser on March 9 benefits Susan G. Komen Charlotte and features silent and live auctions, hors d’oeuvres and a comedy show by headlining comedian Craig Shoemaker. 5:30 p.m. McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St.
Charlotte Chapter Launch Party: The Charlotte Chapter of Wine to Water celebrates its launch party at Sycamore Brewing March 9 from 6-9 p.m. This organization addresses the global water crisis by bringing clean water to those in need around the world through locally sourced water technologies. They have projects in Uganda, Cambodia, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Dominican Republic, the Amazon and Nepal. They also offer international volunteer trips. 2161 Hawkins St.
5th Annual Run Jen Run 5K: Join the race on March 11, beginning and ending in Symphony Park. The event features a VIP Experience tent, fun run and fun zone for kids and a free beer after the race for adults. The day benefits the GoJenGo Foundation, which offers financial assistance and emotional support to individuals and families in the Carolinas who are battling breast cancer. 8 a.m., 4400 Sharon Road.
“She’s Brave”: Join this conference for women with the mission to encourage and uplift women from all walks of life, with speakers including New York Times best selling author and creator of Momastery.com Glennon Doyle Melton and Jen and Kristen from #IMOMSOHARD, and speaker sessions with Makeda Pennycooke, women’s empowerment coach and author Rosie Molinary who is a radical self-acceptance champion and body image activist. The event is March 11, noon-6:30 p.m. at Project 658. Event information and tickets can be found here. 3646 Central Ave.
Rich & Bennett’s 17th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl: On March 11, join what is touted as the world’s largest pub crawl. Check-in is at The Pub Crawl Party Lot located at 219 E 7th St. and goes from noon – 3 p.m.
A Toast to St. Patrick Tasting: Irishman and Whiskey Connoisseur Fergus O’Kane is hosting this tasting at Gallery Restaurant on Friday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m. Sample Jameson Caskmates, Redbreast 12-year, Green Spot and Midleton Irish Whiskey complemented by Chef de Cuisine Matt Tilman’s signature Irish creation. The cost is $50 per person and reservations must be made at 704-248-4100. The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway.
“Power of One” fundraiser: This event on Thursday, March 28 features guest speakers Toussaint Romain and Venessa Harrison. Tickets are free but donations support The Project One Scholarship Fund. Register here. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Byron’s South End, 101 W. Worthington Ave.
“Utah’s Whiskey History” with High West Distillery at The Gallery:
This informative tasting led by Trevor Hague, Regional Manager of High West Distillery, will detail the history of Whiskey in Utah, as well as the first whiskey-fest out West, “Whiskey Street in Salt Lake City.” Hague will also discuss whiskey’s medicinal purposes. In addition, Hague will talk about the High West Distillery in Park City, Utah’s success and outstanding products within its portfolio. This event is part of the monthly series with The Whiskey Club of Ballantyne, a monthly tasting open to the public. 6:30 p.m. $65. Reserve your spot by calling (704) 248-4100. The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
Changing the Odds Against MS: Keith and Karen Kaplan are hosting this event March 31, five years after Keith was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. Proceeds will benefit the Tisch MS Research Center of New York. Expect a night of jazz, live and silent auctions, and casino entertainment. 6:30 p.m. VIP Reception. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Jazz, auctions and entertainment. CenterStage@ NoDa, 2315 North Davidson St.
Photo: Mark Hames/Charlotte Observer