Host Felix Sabates at last year's Ambassador's Ball. The 2018 gala is Jan. 6 at Quail Hollow Club. 

Host Felix Sabates at last year's Ambassador's Ball. The 2018 gala is Jan. 6 at Quail Hollow Club. 

Ambassador's Ball: Felix Sabates hosts this signature annual fundraiser for the Allegro Foundation, a champion of children with disabilities. This year's event honors Dr. László Szabó, Ambassador of Hungary. Emcee is WCNC's Larry Sprinkle. All proceeds benefit Allegro’s free movement education programs for more than 700 children with disabilities throughout the Charlotte, Huntersville and Fort Mill areas. Event sponsors include Ally Financial, the Charlotte Hornets, CPI Security, Domtar, Novant Health, SteelFab Inc. and Wells Fargo. 6 p.m. Jan. 6, Quail Hollow Club. www.allegrofoundation.net.

Charlotte Museum of History celebrates Twelfth Night Jan. 6.

Charlotte Museum of History celebrates Twelfth Night Jan. 6.

Twelfth Night: Party 18th century-style at this celebration of the end of the Christmas season for the Backcountry settlers. There's live music, colonial party games, hot apple cider, Twelfth Night cake and a candlelight tour of the Hezekiah Alexander House. Free. 5-7:30 p.m. Jan. 6. Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive. For details, click here

Photographer Henry Rollins discusses his world travels on Jan. 10 at Spirit Square. 

Photographer Henry Rollins discusses his world travels on Jan. 10 at Spirit Square. 

Henry Rollins Travel Slideshow: For many years, Henry Rollins has used his camera to document his travels around the world. Join him for an intimate evening as he tells the stories behind the photos he’s taken, from Baghdad to Timbuktu. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10. McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square. $19.50-$39.50; $59.50 VIP (includes premium seating); $174.50 meet & greet (includes premium seating, a photo and an exclusive post-show Q&A.. For tickets click here.

Free bike rentals from The Outfitter are part of the Health & Wellness Expo Jan. 13 at Trilogy Lake Norman. 

Free bike rentals from The Outfitter are part of the Health & Wellness Expo Jan. 13 at Trilogy Lake Norman. 

Health & Wellness Expo: This second annual event is from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Twin Mills Club at Trilogy Lake Norman, 310 Exploration Blvd., Denver. Activities include free healthcare screenings provided by Carolinas Healthcare System; bike helmet fittings from Blood, Sweat & Gears; complimentary bike rentals from the Outfitter; chair massages; smoothie samples; running shoe fittings; a mass exercise class at 1:30 p.m. with fitness supervisor Jill; and a healthy cooking class at 2:30 p.m. with Chef Ben. Details: www.trilogylife.com/lakenorman.

Shop the Spring collection from Lafayette 148 New York Jan. 18-20 at Paul Simon Women.

Shop the Spring collection from Lafayette 148 New York Jan. 18-20 at Paul Simon Women.

Lafayette 148 New York: The Spring trunk show is inspired by women artists. Size range from petite to plus. Representative Ginny Torreson-Berk will be on hand to assist customers. There will also be refreshments and a chance to register to win Paul Simon gift certificates. Jan. 17-Jan. 20. Paul Simon Women, the Village at SouthPark. 704-333-6139; www.paulsimonco.com.

Meet artist Regine Bechtler Jan. 17 at New Gallery of Modern Art. 

Meet artist Regine Bechtler Jan. 17 at New Gallery of Modern Art. 

Artists Reception: Meet artists Regine Bechtler and Marek Ranis during the opening reception for their new Phantasmagorical Shape Sifters and Seascapes exhibits. 6-8 p.m. Jan. 17. Both exhibits are on view Jan. 17-Feb. 24. New Gallery of Modern Art, 435 S. Tryon St. During a special event at 6 p.m. Jan. 26, Regine Bechtler will walk guests through her creative process and influences from ancient mythology to modern fairytales. For details, click here.

The five acclaimed siblings from Houston - all in their 30s - perform Jan. 18 at Halton Theater on the campus of CPCC as part of the Charlotte Concerts season. 

The five acclaimed siblings from Houston - all in their 30s - perform Jan. 18 at Halton Theater on the campus of CPCC as part of the Charlotte Concerts season. 

The 5 Browns: This quintet of sibling pianists - all graduates of the Julliard School of Music - have wowed classical music fans globally with their five-piano concerts. They'll perform selections from one of their top-selling albums as well as favorites by Debussy, Gershwin, Smetana and Stravinsky as part of the nonprofit Charlotte Concerts season. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18. Halton Theater on the campus of Central Piedmont Community College. $50 and $60. www.charlotteconcerts.org.

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Queen's Feast: As part of Charlotte Restaurant Week, participating restaurants will offer 3 course meals for $30 or $35 Jan. 19-28. To find a participating restaurant by location or alphabetically, click here.

Children's book author Darla Desiderio signs copies of her newest book 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 20 at Park Road Books at Park Road Shopping Center. 

Children's book author Darla Desiderio signs copies of her newest book 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 20 at Park Road Books at Park Road Shopping Center. 

The Scrapper Book Signing: Local writer Darla Desiderio the author of the Gage the Flying Whippet series of children's books, signs copies of her newest book, The Scrapper. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 20. Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road Books. 704-525-9239; www.parkroadbooks.com.

The sold out Dream Gala is Jan. 20 at the Ritz-Carlton uptown. 

The sold out Dream Gala is Jan. 20 at the Ritz-Carlton uptown. 

Dream Gala: Celebrity athletes from across the country will join guests at this benefit for Dream on 3, which provides sports experiences for children with chronic illnesses or developmental disabilities. 6 p.m. Jan. 20. Ritz-Carlton. $200. Sold Out. www.dreamon3.org/dreamgala

Experience contemporary ballet during Charlotte Ballet's Innovative Works Jan. 26-Feb. 17. 

Experience contemporary ballet during Charlotte Ballet's Innovative Works Jan. 26-Feb. 17. 

Innovative Works: One of Charlotte Ballet's most popular performances, Innovative Works showcases contemporary ballet in an intimate setting. It features ballets by Sasha Janes, Myles Thatcher and Robyn Mineko Williams. Jan. 26-Feb. 17. Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance, Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon Street. Tickets and showtimes: www.charlotteballet.org.

Pride Magazine celebrates its 25th annual Pride Awards on Jan. 26 with a luncheon at the Westin. 

Pride Magazine celebrates its 25th annual Pride Awards on Jan. 26 with a luncheon at the Westin. 

Pride Awards Day Bash: Celebrate 25 years of the Pride Awards during a luncheon, networking and awards ceremony. Jan. 26 at the Westin. Networking begins at 11:15 a.m.; the lunch and program is at noon. Attire is business casual. $232. Details: www.prideawards.net.

The annual Soup of Sunday fundraiser is Jan. 28 at CPCC's Philip L. Van Every Culinary Arts Center. 

The annual Soup of Sunday fundraiser is Jan. 28 at CPCC's Philip L. Van Every Culinary Arts Center. 

Soup On Sunday: Sample some of the best soups in town at this 18th annual fundraiser for Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region. Hosted by the Central Piedmont Community College Culinary Arts department and faculty, it features 32 Charlotte-area restaurants dishing out samples of their specialty soups. There are also desserts and beverages, plus a selection of handcrafted pottery for purchase. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 28. Philip L. Van Every Culinary Arts Center, 425 N. Kings Drive (corner of Kings Drive and Seventh Street). Tickets are $30 (includes food and beverages); $40 (includes food, beverage and a handmade pottery bowl); $10 for 7-12; free for 6 and younger. To order tickets, click here.

Coming Up

Gala chair Gail Brinn Wilkins and her husband Howard Freese at last year's Crown Jewels Ball. This year's gala to benefit arts education is Feb. 17 at Quail Hollow Club. 

Gala chair Gail Brinn Wilkins and her husband Howard Freese at last year's Crown Jewels Ball. This year's gala to benefit arts education is Feb. 17 at Quail Hollow Club. 

Crown Jewels Ball: Stardust & Stetsons is the theme of the annual Charlotte Concerts gala that honors Bill Gorelick and includes silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing. Proceeds benefit arts education for more than 600 Charlotte area students. Emcee is media personality Francene Marie Morris. Feb. 17 at Quail Hollow Club. $250. Details: www.charlotteconcerts.org.

Broadcast journalist Dan Rather will speak in Charlotte Feb. 20 at Knight Theater. 

Broadcast journalist Dan Rather will speak in Charlotte Feb. 20 at Knight Theater. 

An Evening with Dan Rather: The Learning Society of Queens University of Charlotte presents this evening with the award-winning broadcast journalist. The former CBS News anchor and 60 Minutes correspondent has covered major news stories from Kennedy's assassination (he was the first to break the news the president had been killed) to staying on the air for 18 hours straight on Sept. 11, 2001 and the Indian Ocean tsunami. 7 p.m. Feb. 20. Knight Theater. $45. 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix.org.

Carolinas HealthCare Systems President and CEO Gene Woods and Charlotte Ballet's Sarah Hayes Harkins are among the businesspeople and dancers paired together to raise funds for Charlotte Ballet and other local nonprofits. 

Carolinas HealthCare Systems President and CEO Gene Woods and Charlotte Ballet's Sarah Hayes Harkins are among the businesspeople and dancers paired together to raise funds for Charlotte Ballet and other local nonprofits. 

Dancing With The Stars Of Charlotte Gala: The theme is the Most Incredible Gala, inspired by Charlotte Ballet’s premiere of The Most Incredible Thing. Local stars from some of Charlotte’s most esteemed corporations are paired with the professional dancers of Charlotte Ballet to raise funds for the ballet company and each star’s chosen charity. Gala chairs are Drs. Florence and Edward Kim. The dance pairs will compete for two awards – People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice. The People’s Choice title will be awarded for most funds raised and Judges’ Choice for the top score received from the judges. March 3 at Knight Theater. Gala Gold, Silver and Sponsor Tables are sold out; there's a waiting list for individual tickets. Detailswww.charlotteballet.org.

MUST-READ BOOKS

Park Road Books owners Frazer Dobson and Sally Brewster shared their favorite new books during a Holiday Books event at Queens University of Charlotte. 

Park Road Books owners Frazer Dobson and Sally Brewster shared their favorite new books during a Holiday Books event at Queens University of Charlotte. 

Here are the best of this season's must-reads according to Park Road Books owners Sally Brewster and Frazer Dobson. They revealed this list of their favorite new books during a Holiday Books event presented by Friends of the Library at Queens University of Charlotte. Have fun picking out a few that either you, or someone on your gift list, would enjoy. All are available at Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road at Park Road Shopping Center. Details: 704-525-9239; www.parkroadbooks.com

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Artemis: A Novel, Andy Weir, $27. "From the author of The Martian, this takes place in the first colony on the moon," Sally says. "The people in the colony are chosen to be there because of either their job skills, they have enough to pay to be there, or they won a spot in the lottery. The main character has a plan to make money and ends up coming up with a plan to save the planet."

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Bolt & Keel: The Wild Adventures of Two Rescued Cats, Kayleen BanderRee. $14.95. "These two cats are breaking stereotypes one adventure at a time," Frazer says. "The like to get out into the great outdoors and go camping and hiking." 

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Charlotte: The Signs of the Times, Christopher Lawing, $34.99. "It's filled with photos of famous Charlotte signs including the JFG coffee sign, Park Road Shopping Center, the Penguin, the Athens restaurant and Thompson's Bootery and Bloomery."

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David Tanis, Market Cooking, David Tanis, $40. "It's very focused on fresh ingredients and a lot of the recipes are vegetarian," Frazer says. 

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Dogist: Puppies, Elias Weiss Friedman, $24.95. "Extraordinary dog photos for the dog lover," Frazer says. 

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First Major: The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup, John Feinstein, $28.95. "There's a lot of tension but it's beautifully written," Frazer says. 

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Grant, Ron Chernow, $40. "This fascinating biography of the celebrated general and two-term president is written by the author of the Alexander Hamilton book," Sally says.

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How to Instant Pot, Daniel Shumski, $16.95. "A very good reference for how to use and get the most out of your Instant Pot," Frazer says. 

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The Indigo Girl, Natasha Boyd, $26.99. "Historical fiction about a young woman in the 1730s who tries to save her family's rice plantation from ruin by growing indigo," Sally says. "Everyone wants her to fail."

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The Last Ballad, Wiley Cash, $26.99. "It's inspired by the 1929 labor strike in Gastonia," Frazer says. "Some of it is hard to take because during the depression people were starving. It shows how we need to take care of each other."

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Last Castle, Denise Kiernan, $28. "Edith Vanderbilt wasn't prepared for her husband's dream of building the Biltmore Estate, but she rose to the occasion," Sally says. 

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Leonardo Da Vinci, Walter Isaacson, $35. "It's written by the author of the Steve Jobs biography," Frazer says. "He can do no wrong. It's perfect for history buffs." 

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Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan, $28. "A fascinating book about a woman named Anna, her father and gangster in Depression era Manhattan and during World War II when Anna gets a job in a shipyard," Sally says. 

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Redemption, Adam Lucas, $35. "For Carolina basketball fans, it's about how Carolina bounced back after the devastating loss of the 2016 championship," Frazer says. 

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Smitten Kitchen: Every Day, Deb Perlman, $35. "A cookbook that makes you think outside the box," Sally says. 

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What Can I Bring?, Elizabeth Heiskell, $30. "It's by a food writer from Mississippi," Frazer says. "It's great for fledgling cooks." 

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What Unites Us, Dan Rather, $22.95. "Essays by Dan Rather on patriotism and what we have in common," Frazer says. 

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When the English Fall, David Williams, $24.95. "An Amish apocalyptic novel," Frazer says. "If you're a pacifist, what do you do to protect your family when the world falls apart." 

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Wild, Dan Kainen, $25.95. "A photicular with beautiful moving pictures of endangered animals," Frazer says. "It's perfect for youngsters who are animal nerds." 

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The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Marta McDowell, $27.95. "The landscapes, gardening and agriculture that inspired the series," Frazer says.

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A World of Cookies for Santa, M.E. Forman, $16.99. "Tales of the cookies children around the world leave for Santa," Sally says. "It's a really fun book with recipes."