This is one classy woman. While she'll show a little leg and isn't scared to bear her arms, you'll never see more skin than that. Oh, and heels are always a must. While the Sexy Church Lady is in the front pew every Sunday morning, she still makes an effort to support the local cultural scene as often as she can.
Your summer plans may include:
Allure of Flowers After Hours Enjoy cocktails, a taste of an edible flower garden, a tour of the Mint Museum's Allure of Flowers: Botanical Motifs in Craft, Design & Fashion and a five-course dinner. Call 704-337-2011 for more info. $105-$120. June 16, 6 p.m. Mint Museum, 500 S. Tryon St. www.mintmuseum.org.
Con A De Arte - A is for Art The event celebrates Latin American arts and culture. Artist reception from 6-7 p.m. Presentations by several visual, performing and literary artists from 7-8 p.m. Free admission. June 13, 6 p.m. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.
An Evening of Chocolate A three-course dessert dinner. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information, visit www.thesecretchocolatier.com. $50 for a table for two. June 21, 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m. The Secret Chocolatier Ballantyne, 11318 N. Community House Road, Suite 203.
Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon Despite the poet's recent passing, the 12th annual event will continue as planned. In addition to a tribute to the late author, awards will be handed out to four local women who have made an impact on the community. Also of note is the renowned HATitude! competition. Tickets can be purchased through the local UNCF office by calling 704-377-8625 or online at www.uncf.org/mawwll. $175. June 28, 10 a.m. The Westin Charlotte, 601 College St.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Biennial Conference The oldest African-American sorority paints the city pink and green for its 106th anniversary, with a Town Hall meeting at Johnson C. Smith University, service projects and a celebrity golf tournament hosted by Roland Martin at Golf Club at Ballantyne. July 12-18. For registration information, go to www.aka1908.com or contact Melody McDowell at 773-660-2001.
Brothers of the Knight Directed and choreographed by Debbie Allen, this musical is an adaptation of the classic Brothers Grimm tale, "The Twelve Dancing Princesses." This story comes to life in the form of music, dance, comedy and costumes. July 17-20. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-372-3600. www.ovensauditorium.com.
Booker T. Jones. The leader of Stax Records' house band, Booker T. found fame with the MGs for "Green Onions" and other '60s soul hits, and he can still make you get up and dance. $34.50-$64.50. Aug. 9, 8 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.
Putting together this year's neighborhood guide has really made me appreciate how cool this city is.