Like those famous March winds, a fresh breath of new events just breezed in.
Tom and Linda Platt Spring Designer Collection: Representative Drew Scott will be in the store to assist customers with their selections 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. March 2-3. The Connie Roberson spring trunk show is 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. March 15-16. The Lisette L Montreal spring trunk show is 9:30 a.m.,-5 p.m. March 15-18. For each Lisette L Montreal pant customers try on, $4 will be donated to Baby Bundles. Paul Simon Women, The Village at SouthPark, 4310 Sharon Road. 704-333-6139; www.paulsimonco.com.
Soco Gallery: The Space Between by Carrie Yamaoka is on view through March 3. Opening March 8: New paintings and works on paper by New York City artist Halsey Hathaway on view through May 6. The opening reception is 6-8 p.m. March 8. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 421 Providence Road. Details: 980-498-2811; www.soco-gallery.com.
HIdell Brooks Gallery: Works by John Folsom and Mary Nelson Sinclair are on view March 3-31. 1910 South Boulevard. Details: 704-334-7302; www.hidellbrooks.com.
Elder Gallery: A solo show featuring works by Martha Armstrong runs March 3-April 1. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. 1520 S. Tryon Street. Details: 704-370-6337; www.elderart.com.
Southern Spring Home & Garden Show: America the Beautiful is the theme of this 57th annual show featuring celebrity guests, a chance to view the newest products and trends for homes and gardens, cooking demonstrations, a marketplace and displays of gorgeous gardens and interior design. March 3-5 at The Park Expo, 800 Briar Creek Road. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. $12 at the door; free for 14 and younger; advance tickets bought online are $10; Harris Teeter VIC card members can purchase tickets for $8.50 with their VIC cards. Details: www.southernshows.com.
Mint Eight-O Aloha!: The Mint Museum Auxiliary hosts this party celebrating the Mint Museum's 80th anniversary. Inspired by the classic TV series Hawaii Five-O, there's luau-style food, beverages and music of the 70s and 80s from The Bad Daddies. 8-11 p.m. March 3 at the Mint Museum Uptown. $125. www.mintmuseum.org.
Dancing With The Stars Of Charlotte Gala: Six stars of Charlotte's business community are paired with dancers from Charlotte Ballet to raise money for the ballet company and each star's charity of choice. The stars are Liz Simmons, Ed Kim, Weston Andress, Judy Wishnek, Tom Zweng and Sonja Gantt. March 4 at Knight Theater. The event is sold out, but to get on a waiting list go to www.charlotteballet.org.
Lupus Mardi Gras Gala: Founders Hall in the Bank of America Corporate Center uptown will be turned into the French Quarter for this 11th annual event. It includes music from the band Hot Sauce, Creole cuisine, a casino, silent auction, fortune teller, a Mardi Gras Masquerade Contest and the crowning of the Gala King and Queen. Proceeds support the Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter. March 4. www.lupusnc.org.
Charlotte Business Woman Of The Year: For 30 years, this prestigious award has been presented to a leading female executive or entrepreneur who has made significant, sustained contributions to the business community. The 2016 recipient is Andrea B. Smith, chief administrative officer at Bank of America. She'll be celebrated at a luncheon March 8 at Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Avenue. Registration and networking are at 11:30 a.m.; the program is from noon to 1:30 p.m. $80. Registration: www.queens.edu/bwoy.
Couture For A Cause: A runway experience to benefit Autism Charlotte with entertainment, live and silent auctions, and a fashion show featuring internationally acclaimed designer Luis Machicao's Spring Collection. 7-10:30 p.m. March 10 at the Mint Museum Uptown. Attire is Party Chic. Valet parking provided. $250 for patrons (includes preferred seating and name in the program); $150 general admission. www.autismcharlotte.org.
Camellia Fair & Plant Sale: Hosted by the Charlotte Camellia Society, this event is free and open to the public. Members will have blooms on display and the public is also invited to bring their blooms. There will be a prize for the best bloom. This fun and educational event also includes a speaker, a Q&A and details about identifying blooms. March 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Charlotte Council of Garden Clubs, 1820 East Seventh Street. Talks are at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more details, click here to go to the Charlotte Camellia Society Facebook page.
The Wyeths: Three Generations: A new exhibit of 50 paintings and drawings on loan from the Bank of America Collection is a testament to the artistic impact of five artists from the Wyeth family. On view March 11-Aug. 13 at the Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road. 704-337-2000; www.mintmuseum.org.
N.C. Fine Wines Showcase: Guests can sample 12 of North Carolina's finest award-winning wines while enjoying accompanying butlered hors d'oeuvres. 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 14 at Historic Duke Mansion. $100. www.ncfinewines.com.
Eleventy Pop-Up Shop: A rare opportunity to see this season's entire collection for men and women by the luxury Italian brand. March 16-25 at Taylor Richards & Conger and TRCWomen, 6907 Phillips Place Court. 704-366-9092 (men's store); 704-366-2905 (women's store); www.trcstyle.com.
St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival: Everyone is Irish for the day during the 21st annual Charlotte St. Patrick's Day Parade & Charlotte Goes Green Festival on March 18 uptown. The parade includes bands, cheerleading and drill teams, elected officials, neighborhood groups and more. It steps off at 11 a.m. at North Tryon and Ninth streets, then marches south to Third Street where it turns left and ends at Third and Caldwell streets. The festival is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and features Irish music, Irish dancers, bagpipers, Irish/Celtic vendors, children's entertainment, food and beverages, and more. Both the parade and festival are free. www.charlottestpatsday.com.
St. John Knits: Shop the spring collection March 11-March 26 and receive special discounts on regularly priced purchases of $1,500 or more. From 1 to 4 p.m. March 25 enjoy complimentary neck and shoulder massages. St. John Knits boutique in the luxury wing of SouthPark mall. 704-366-4416.
Memory Gala: This inaugural gala hosted by the Western Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association honors Carrington and Bill Price. It includes cocktails, silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing to music from the party band Kingdaddy. 6-11 p.m. March 25 at the Westin, 601 S. College St. Attire is black tie optional. $250. www.charlottememorygala.
Jerald Melberg Gallery: Works by Raul Diaz are on view through March 18. The exhibit The Wyeth Family runs March 25-May 6. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 625 S. Sharon Amity Road. Details: 704-365-3000; www.jeraldmelberg.com.
Oyster Roast: This annual event March 26 is hosted by Historic Rosedale and features roasted oysters with all the fixin's, sides and snacks. Plus there's craft beer from Birdsong; music by Rusty Barkley, Vic Rorrer and Johnny Barkley; and tours of the garden from Larry Mellichamp. $35 before March 10; $50 after March 10. Guests must RSVP by March 17. www.historicrosedale.org/events.
Charity League Fashion Show & Silent Auction: Bid on an array of numerous silent auction items and enjoy a fashion show of women's clothing from Chico's at Stonecrest and children's clothes from Matilda Jane. Proceeds benefit the Charity League's programs that have been helping children in the community since 1921. Emcee is WBTV anchor Molly Grantham. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 30 at Carmel Country Club, 4735 Carmel Road. $60. RSVP by March 11 at www.charityleagueofcharlotte.org.
The Future Is Abstract: View the works of four multidisciplinary contemporary artists working in abstract painting and mixed-media: Rushern Baker, DeShawn Dumas, Torkwase Dyson and Brenna Youngblood. On view through July 8 at The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551 S. Tryon St. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Admission: $9, $7 for seniors, students and active military. Details: 704-547-3700; www.ganttcenter.org.
New Gallery of Modern Art: The current exhibit is Pop Art featuring works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Donald Sultan, Anish Kapoor, Stephen Wilson and more. 435 S. Tryon St., Suite 110. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 704-373-1464; www.newgalleryofmodernart.com.