MAY EVENTS

An evening ensemble from Oscar de la Renta, one of the gowns that's part of  The Glamour & Romance of Oscar de la Renta  exhibit at the Mint Museum Randolph. It's on view through July 29.

An evening ensemble from Oscar de la Renta, one of the gowns that's part of The Glamour & Romance of Oscar de la Renta exhibit at the Mint Museum Randolph. It's on view through July 29.

The Glamour & Romance of Oscar de la Renta: An exhibit of sketches, photos and gown spanning four decades of historical and contemporary fashions from Oscar de la Renta Curated by Andre Leon Talley in collaboration with the House of Oscar de la Renta. On exhibit through July 29. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesdays; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 1-5 p.m. Sundays; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. $15; $10 for seniors and students. www.mintmuseum.org. 

Unstoppable  by Vesela Baker is one of the works on view through June 1 at the  Botanica  exhibit at Anne Neilson Fine Art.

Unstoppable by Vesela Baker is one of the works on view through June 1 at the Botanica exhibit at Anne Neilson Fine Art.

Botanica: In celebration of its 4th anniversary, Anne Neilson Fine Art is showcasing an exhibit of works by Jhina Alvarado, Vesela Baker, Caroline Boykin, Paige Follmann, Pam Moxley, Vikki Stockton, Eliza Thomas and Nick Veasey. On view through June 1. Anne Neilson Fine Art, 532 Governor Morrison Street, Suite 100. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 704-496-9181. www.anneneilsonfineart.com.

One of the beautifully decorated tables at last year's Festival of Tables. The 2018 fundraiser hosted by the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary is May 3 at the Sheraton. 

One of the beautifully decorated tables at last year's Festival of Tables. The 2018 fundraiser hosted by the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary is May 3 at the Sheraton. 

Festival of Tables: A luncheon, silent auction, display of decorated tables and inspirational talk. Proceeds benefit the Pathway of Hope program at the Salvation Army Center of Hope and college scholarships for youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte. Mistress of Ceremonies is Moira Quinn; keynote speaker is Jane McIntyre. 10 a.m. May 3. Sheraton hotel on South McDowell Street. $55. www.salvationarmycharlotte.org. 

Counselor and comedian David Granirer is the speaker at a May 3 event presented by HopeWay.

Counselor and comedian David Granirer is the speaker at a May 3 event presented by HopeWay.

Stand Up For Mental Health: HopeWay's annual George C. Covington Educational Event features speaker David Granirer, a counselor and stand-up comic. David, who himself has depression, promotes laughter as an important form of therapy for those struggling with mental illness. 7:30 p.m. May 3. McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square. $20; $15 for students. 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix.org. HopeWay is a nonprofit residential mental health facility. Details: www.hopewayfoundation.org.

The Wing Haven Gardeners' Garden Tour is May 5-6. 

The Wing Haven Gardeners' Garden Tour is May 5-6. 

Wing Haven Gardeners' Garden Tour: Visit beautiful and unique gardens with expert residents on hand at each site. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 5; 1-4 p.m. May 6. Day-of-tour tickets are $35 at Wng Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary, 248 Ridgewood Avenue. Proceeds benefit Wing Haven gardens, its programs and educational outreach. 704-331-0664; www.winghavengardens.com.

Reenactors will demonstrate what life was like for Allied and Axis troops during a historic reenactment May 5-6 at Latta Plantation. 

Reenactors will demonstrate what life was like for Allied and Axis troops during a historic reenactment May 5-6 at Latta Plantation. 

World War II Historic Reenactment: Reenactors will show what the lives of Allied and Axis troops were like during WWII. Battle reenactment each day at 2 p.m. There are also food vendors, self-guided tours and a chance to visit with the reenactors. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 5-6 at Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road. $9; $8 for 62 and up and students; free for 5 and younger. 704-875-2312; www.lattaplantation.org.

Photographer Jim Hoffman is one of the artists participating in the Kings Drive Art Walk May 5-6.   www.hofmannphoto.com.

Photographer Jim Hoffman is one of the artists participating in the Kings Drive Art Walk May 5-6. www.hofmannphoto.com.

Kings Drive Art Walk: Paintings, jewelry, watercolors, glass, clay, sculpture from artists around the country will be on display along the Little Sugar Creek Greenway near uptown. There's also food, jazz and strolling musicians. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 5; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 6. Little Sugar Creek Greenway. www.kingsdriveartwalk.org. 

The World Affairs Council of Charlotte honors Pat Rodgers as its 2018 World Citizen during a black tie celebration on May 8. 

The World Affairs Council of Charlotte honors Pat Rodgers as its 2018 World Citizen during a black tie celebration on May 8. 

World Citizen Award Dinner: The World Affairs Council of Charlotte honors Pat Rodgers, president and CEO of Rodgers Builders, as its 2018 World Citizen. May 8 at the Hilton Charlotte Center City. Reception 6-7 p.m.; dinner and celebration 7:15-9 p.m. $175 (general reception and dinner; $250 VIP reception and dinner). Sold Out. Call 704-687-7762 to be placed on the wait list. www.worldaffairscharlotte.org.

Shop Lafayette 148 New York's pre-Fall collection May 9-12 at Paul Simon Women at the Village at SouthPark. 

Shop Lafayette 148 New York's pre-Fall collection May 9-12 at Paul Simon Women at the Village at SouthPark. 

Lafayette 148 New York: Shop a selection of pre-Fall clothes inspired by architectural legend Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece, Fallingwater. Available in sizes from petite to plus. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. May 9-May 12. Paul Simon Women. Village at SouthPark, 4310 Sharon Road, Suite X17. 704-333-6139; www.paulsimonco.com.

Last year's HousingFest raised $50,000 for Urban Ministry Center. This year's concert is May 10 at Ovens Auditorium.

Last year's HousingFest raised $50,000 for Urban Ministry Center. This year's concert is May 10 at Ovens Auditorium.

HousingFest: Urban Ministry Center in conjunction with MaxxMusic presents this concert to help end homelessness in Charlotte. Headliners are Buddy Guy and Mavis Staples. May 10 at Ovens Auditorium. $51.50; $56.50; $66.50. Tickets: 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com. 

The Art & Soul of South End spring festival is May 12. 

The Art & Soul of South End spring festival is May 12. 

Art & Soul of South End: A spring festival for the South End neighborhood featuring food, artists, entertainment and more. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 12. 1616 Camden Road in Historic South End. www.historicsouthend.com.

Concert master Calin Lupanu (left) and principal tuba Aubrey Foard are among the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra musicians performing May 11-12.

Concert master Calin Lupanu (left) and principal tuba Aubrey Foard are among the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra musicians performing May 11-12.

Charlotte Symphony: The finale of the symphony's classical series features Christopher Warren-Green conducting three works that displaying Mozart's musical genius, including his final symphony Jupiter. 7:30 p.m. May 11-12 at Knight Theater. $19; $36; $53; $72; $89. Tickets: www.charlottesymphony.org.

Musical legend James Taylor performs May 16 at the Spectrum Center uptown. 

Musical legend James Taylor performs May 16 at the Spectrum Center uptown. 

An Evening With James Taylor & His All-Star Band: The musical legend will perform two sets with a brief intermission. 7:30 p.m. May 16 (doors open at 6:30 p.m.). Spectrum Center, 333 E. Trade Street, uptown. $68.50 and $103. Tickets: www1.ticketmaster.com. Details: www.jamestaylor.com.

Celebrate Charlotte's 250th birthday on the lawn of the Queen City's oldest home. 

Celebrate Charlotte's 250th birthday on the lawn of the Queen City's oldest home. 

Colonial Gem: Celebrate Charlotte's 250th birthday on the lawn of the Queen City's oldest home. Guests will enjoy dinner, live folk music, special tours of the historic Hezekiah Alexander Home and a moonshine tasting. Community historian Tom Hanchett will speak about the importance of preserving history in a city of newcomers. All proceeds support the Charlotte Museum of History's mission and the ongoing preservation of the historic home site. 6-8:30 p.m. May 17. The Charlotte Museum of History. $100. Details: www.charlottemuseum.org.

Colonial re-enactors are part of the MecDec Celebration May 18 uptown. 

Colonial re-enactors are part of the MecDec Celebration May 18 uptown. 

MeckDec Noon Commemoration: The annual commemoration of one of Charlotte's most important historic events, the signing of the famed Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. This annual celebration is hosted by The May 20th Society and includes military and Colonial re-enactors, historical readings and cannon firing in uptown Charlotte. Noon May 18, Independence Square, corner of Trade and Tryon streets. Free. www.may20thsociety.org.

The Charlotte Museum of History is the site of the MeckDec Celebration from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 19. 

The Charlotte Museum of History is the site of the MeckDec Celebration from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 19. 

MeckDec Celebration at The Charlotte Museum of History: Celebrate the 243rd anniversary of the signing of the legendary Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence with a day of family fun at The Charlotte Museum of History. Tour the city's oldest home, enjoy live fiddle music and experience a re-enactment of the signing of the MeckDec, followed by Colonial artillery demonstrations. Try your hand at pen-and-ink writing with quills and learn about 18th century tavern foods with cooking demos in the historic kitchen. Visit "Captain Jack's Tavern" in the barn for a Colonial beer brewing tutorial and then grab a drink from Bold Missy Brewery. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 19. Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive. $10 adults, $8 children. Details: www.charlottemuseum.org.

Dine with artists during the McColl Center Art + Innovation's annual Studio Party on May 19. 

Dine with artists during the McColl Center Art + Innovation's annual Studio Party on May 19. 

Studio Party: Enjoy cocktails, dining with artists, a live auction, dessert and dancing at this gala fundraiser for the McColl Center for Art + Innovation.  6-11 p.m. May 19. $250. $35 for the After Party only. www.mccollcenter.org.

Help homeless children reach their educational dreams by attending A Child's Place annual gala on May 19 at the Westin uptown. 

Help homeless children reach their educational dreams by attending A Child's Place annual gala on May 19 at the Westin uptown. 

A Night Of 4,000 Dreams: A celebration of A Child's Place and its supporters whose mission is to erase the impact of homelessness on the education of the more than 4,000 homeless children in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Features dinner, drinks and bidding on silent and live auction items including entertainment and travel packages. Black tie optional. 7-10 p.m. May 19. Westin, 601 S. College Street. $200. www.achildsplace.org.

The Friendship Picnic is May 25 at C3Lab in South End. 

The Friendship Picnic is May 25 at C3Lab in South End. 

Friendship Picnic: Grab your friends and join everyone at C3Lab for fun, friendship and food. Friendship Trays will be offering their usual selections of delicious lunch options; proceeds benefit the nonprofit that delivers healthy food to the homes of the elderly and infirm.. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 25. C3Lab, 2525 Distribution Street. 

Jessica Gaynelle Moss curated Black Blooded, an exhibit at New Gallery of Modern Art. 

Jessica Gaynelle Moss curated Black Blooded, an exhibit at New Gallery of Modern Art. 

Black Blooded: Curated by Jessica Gaynelle Moss, this exhibit is built like a family photo album with close to 70 pieces by 50 artists, Preview is May 15-29. The public opening celebration is 7-11 p.m. May 30. Gallery Crawl is 6-9 p.m. May 31. New Gallery of Modern Art, 435 S. Tryon Street. 704-373-1464; www.newgalleryofmodernart.

O Fourteena is the theme of the 14th annual Charlotte Squawks running May 31-June 24 at Booth Playhouse.

O Fourteena is the theme of the 14th annual Charlotte Squawks running May 31-June 24 at Booth Playhouse.

Charlotte Squawks: Saturday Night Live meets Broadway during the fourteenth edition of Squawks. Creative team Mike Collins and Brian Kahn collaborate with the area's most talented performers  to make fun of pop-culture, sports, life and politics both local and national. 7:30 p.m. May 31; 8 p.m. June 1-2; 7:30 p.m. June 5-7; 8 p.m. June 8-9; 7:30 p.m. June 12-14; 8 p.m. June 15; 2 and 8 p.m. June 16; 7:30 p.m. June 19-21; 8 p.m. June 22; 2 and 8 p.m. June 23; 3 p.m. June 24. Booth Playhouse in the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $24.50: 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix.org.

COMING UP

Harry Connick Jr. brings his  A New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration  tour to Belk Theater June 11-12. 

Harry Connick Jr. brings his A New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration tour to Belk Theater June 11-12. 

Harry Connick Jr.: The Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-Winning singer, pianist and composer brings his A New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration tour to Charlotte. 7:30 p.m. June 11-12. Belk Theater at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. $25, $49.50, $84.50, $109.50 and $225. Tickets: www.blumenthalarts.org; 704-372-1000. 

Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen will interview each other and take questions from the audience on June 15 at Belk Theater.

Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen will interview each other and take questions from the audience on June 15 at Belk Theater.

An Intimate Evening With Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen: Journalist Anderson Cooper of CNN and Bravo TVs Andy Cohen take the stage to talk about their lives and current events in news and popular culture. 8 p.m. June 15. Belk Theater in the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center uptown. Tickets: $69.50, $79.50; $105; and $350. VIP Package includes premium seating: a Meet and Greet with Anderson and Andy; and a chance to have your picture made with them. 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix.org. 

Sister Sledge performs June 16 at a fundraiser for Vision for Israel.

Sister Sledge performs June 16 at a fundraiser for Vision for Israel.

Sister Sledge: Following the 2017 death of their sister Joni, sisters Debbie and Kim continue to perform as Sister Sledge, the Grammy-nominated singers behind hits including We Are Family and He's The Greatest Dancer.They'll headline this fundraiser for Vision for Israel. 7 p.m. June 16. The River Place, 8400 Regent Parkway, Fort Mill, S.C. $49. Tickets: www.sistersledgecharlotte.eventbrite.com; 1-866-351-0075. 

The 30th Great Gatsby Gala is Aug. 25 at the Hilton Charlotte Center City. 

The 30th Great Gatsby Gala is Aug. 25 at the Hilton Charlotte Center City. 

Great Gatsby Gala: Guests will be transported back to the Roaring 20s at this 30th anniversary of this gala to benefit the National MS Society's Greater Carolina's Chapter's mission of creating a world free of MS. There's a live orchestra, swing dancing, heavy hors d' oeuvres and desserts from some of Charlotte's most celebrated restaurants, wine, beer, a silent auction and more. 7-11 p.m. Aug. 25. Hilton Charlotte Center City, 222 E Third St. Attire is Gatsby-inspired or black tie. General admission is $125; VIP is $250. Details: www.nationalmssociety.org.

JANUARY EVENTS

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. 

Vern Yip will give a talk at the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show Feb. 23-24. 

Vern Yip will give a talk at the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show Feb. 23-24. 

Southern Spring Home & Garden Show: Feb. 23-25 and March 2-4 at The Park Expo and Conference Center.

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.

SEPTEMBER EVENTS

Life-size and larger-than-life Chinese lanterns in the shapes of animals, flora and fauna are on view through Oct. 29 at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont daily starting at 5:30 p.m. 

Life-size and larger-than-life Chinese lanterns in the shapes of animals, flora and fauna are on view through Oct. 29 at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont daily starting at 5:30 p.m. 

Chinese Lantern Festival: View more than 800 illuminated plants, animals and other objects created in the ancient art of lantern making at this special exhibit on view daily starting at 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. from Sept. 7 through Oct. 29. Made of silk and paper, some of the lanterns of animals, flora and fauna are life-size and even larger-than-life. Others are made of small glass medicine bottles filled with colored liquid that glimmer and are arranged in the shape of dragons, peacocks, and giant pearls. The festival also includes Asian entertainment food and crafts. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont. Adult admission is $21.95 in advance, $24.95 at the door; seniors 60+ are $19.95 in advance, $21.95 at the door; ages 2-12 are $14.95 in advance, $15.95 the door. www.dsbg.org

Works by Cynthia Bringle (above) and more than 50 other potters will be showcased Sept. 9 on the lawn of the Mint Museum Randolph during the annual Potters Market International.    

Works by Cynthia Bringle (above) and more than 50 other potters will be showcased Sept. 9 on the lawn of the Mint Museum Randolph during the annual Potters Market International. 

 

Potters Market Invitational: More than 50 North Carolina potters will be showing their works on the lawn of the Mint Museum Randolph. Plus there are pottery demonstrations, live music and tours of the museum. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 9. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road. $12. 704-337-2000; www.mintmuseum.org.

Tour seven mid-century modern homes during the Mad About Modern Home Tour Sept. 9. 

Tour seven mid-century modern homes during the Mad About Modern Home Tour Sept. 9. 

Mad About Modern Home Tour: Tour seven mid-century modern homes in the SouthPark neighborhood during this sixth annual tour presented by Charlotte Museum of History. The homes were mainly built in the 1950s and 1960s and include features such as an original cone fireplace, floating kidney-shaped stairs, a moving library bookcase and a 007-themed bathroom. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 9. Tickets are $20 for museum members; $25-$30 for nonmembers. www.charlottemuseum.org.

Charity League of Charlotte hosts its third annual Meet & Greet on Sept. 12 at the Rusty Bucket. 

Charity League of Charlotte hosts its third annual Meet & Greet on Sept. 12 at the Rusty Bucket. 

Charity League Meet & Greet: Socialize with members of Charity League, Charlotte's oldest nonprofit, and learn more about how you can become part of this 96-year-old women's philanthropic tradition that serves Charlotte-area children in need. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern, 4810 Ashley Park Lane in SouthPark. www.charityleagueofcharlotte.org. 

Raffaldini Vineyards in Ronda, N.C.,, home to the annual Festa Italiana on Sept. 16. 

Raffaldini Vineyards in Ronda, N.C.,, home to the annual Festa Italiana on Sept. 16. 

Raffaldini Vineyards 12th Annual Festa Italiana: This day-long event is a celebration of Italian culture, food, art, music, and of course, wine. Tickets are $20 per person and include parking, admission to the festival, commemorative Festa Italiana wine glass, and either a tasting of three Raffaldini Wines or a glass of wine. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 16 at Villa Raffaldini, Ronda, N.C. 336-835-9463; www.raffaldini.com.

Shop for jewelry worn by Elizabeth Taylor and other celebrities during the Celebrity & Designer Estate Sale one-day only from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at Perry's Fine, Antique & Estate Jewelry. 

Shop for jewelry worn by Elizabeth Taylor and other celebrities during the Celebrity & Designer Estate Sale one-day only from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at Perry's Fine, Antique & Estate Jewelry. 

Celebrity & Designer Estate Sale: This one-day event features a collection of rare, superbly crafted estate jewelry. Shop for celebrity-owned pieces by Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Collins, Elvis, Farrah Fawcett, Patrick Swayze and Joan Rivers; designer pieces from Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels, and Bulgari; and vintage pieces from the Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco, Retro and Cocktail eras. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 14 at Perry's Fine, Antique & Estate Jewelry, 6525 Morrison Blvd. 704-364-1391; www.perrysjewelry.com. 

Wine, Women & Shoes on Sept. 21 benefits Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. 

Wine, Women & Shoes on Sept. 21 benefits Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. 

Wine, Women And Shoes: This benefit for Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina is for women who enjoy fine wine, great style and a great cause. It features wine tastings, a fashion show, a boutique marketplace and charming shoe guys at your beck and call. And there's a Best in Shoe Contest with categories including Fabulous Flats, Wonderful Wedges and Hottest Heels. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 21. Felix Sabates Mercedes-Benz of South Charlotte, 950 N Polk St.
Individual Tickets are $85; Girlfriends Package is $325; VIP Girlfriends Package is $500 and includes a VIP High Top Table for 5, complimentary wine with wine service for you and your friends and one raffle ticket per person. www.secondharvestmetrolina.org.

The Eileen Fisher store at Phillips Place showcases its Fall Collection 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 23. 

The Eileen Fisher store at Phillips Place showcases its Fall Collection 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 23. 

Eileen Fisher Fall Event: A showcase of the Eileen Fisher Fall Collection with special host, over 50 fashion blogger Jan Correll of Silver Is the New Blonde. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Eileen Fisher store at Phillips Place. 704-643-2247. 

The Charlotte Irish Connection is hosting A Night In The City, a benefit for the nonprofit A Child's Place on Sept. 23 at The Vue uptown. 

The Charlotte Irish Connection is hosting A Night In The City, a benefit for the nonprofit A Child's Place on Sept. 23 at The Vue uptown. 

A Night In The City: A fundraiser for A Child's Place hosted by the Charlotte Irish Connection that's filled with food, drinks, Irish music and merriment. Auction items include four ski slope tickets, a stay at a NYC hotel and more. 7:30-10 p.m. Sept. 23 at The Vue, 215 N. Pine Street. Tickets are $65; $120 per couple. Attire is Smart Casual. Free parking. All proceeds benefit A Child's Place, a nonprofit that works to erase the impact of homelessness on Charlotte children and their education. www.achildsplace.org.

Jill Dinwiddie, a champion of women's empowerment, will receive the Paradigm Award at the Dress For Success Charlotte Ultimate Power Lunch Sept. 26 at The Fillmore. 

Jill Dinwiddie, a champion of women's empowerment, will receive the Paradigm Award at the Dress For Success Charlotte Ultimate Power Lunch Sept. 26 at The Fillmore. 

Dress For Success Ultimate Power Lunch: Networking, fashion and fun are part of this benefit for Dress For Success Charlotte, which helps women achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to make sure they thrive at work and in life. A highlight of the lunch is the presentation of the Paradigm Award to Jill Dinwidde, a member of the Dress for Success Community Advisors and a fierce champion of women’s empowerment. 11:30 a.m.-1:15 Sept. 26. The Fillmore at avidXchange Music Factory, 1000 Music Factory Blvd. Tickets are $75. www.charlotte.dressforsuccess.org.

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Pink Boots Ball: The 8th annual fundraiser for Carolina Breast Friends  is an evening of fun and philanthropy. There are live and silent auctions, plus music from the Soul Psychedelique Orchestra. Attire is black tie optional. Proceeds benefit Carolinas Breast Friends Pink House, a caring place for those diagnosed with breast cancer during any stage of their journey. Sept. 30 at the Ritz Carlton, 201 E. Trade Street. Cockails at 6:30 p.m.; dinner at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $225. 704-370-7773; www.carolinabreastfriends.org

Weezie Glascock and Ginny Mabry of luxury small group travel agency Just Ladies Traveling are taking reservations now for an exciting trip in April to the Amalfi Coast and the Isle of Capri.

Weezie Glascock and Ginny Mabry of luxury small group travel agency Just Ladies Traveling are taking reservations now for an exciting trip in April to the Amalfi Coast and the Isle of Capri.

The Amalfi Coast And The Isle Of Capri: Luxury, independent small group travel agency Just Ladies Traveling is taking reservations now for an exciting trip to the Amalfi Coast and the Isle of Capri. Its limited to 16 participants and includes roundtrip air from Charlotte, airport to hotel transfers, six nights hotel, breakfast daily, an Italian cooking lesson, an excursion to the Blue Grotto and a chance to hike the Path of the Gods. The tour is led by Weezie Glascock and Ginny Mabry. Deadline for registration is Oct. 16. Details and registration: www.justladiestraveling.com.