The dark, winter solstice is a good time both to turn toward an inner quiet and to bring the light of the heart into the world. It is a time of giving. This evening we will hear short teachings from the Upanishads, ancient sources of yoga philosophy, that remind us that a life oriented toward inner stillness, respect for others, generosity and compassion can be our own offering of light to the world. The Winter Solstice evening event weaving the following practices together: Asana (poses) for all levels Pranayama (breathing) Contemplation Meditation Discussion based on a sacred text $30 before December 15; $40 afterhttp://beyogaandwellness.com
Randy Paul & The Revelry bring their heartfelt intensity and rock show to Amos' Southend in support of the new release "Smoke & Bourbon". Also playing, Cravin' Melon and Athenaeum $10
The public is invited to Bite of the Apple-Art Educator's Art Exhibit which showcases artwork created by local area North Carolina and South Carolina art teachers. The annual exhibit hosted by the Civic & Cultural Arts Center of Pineville in its main gallery located at 316 Main Street, Pineville, NC 28134 is free to the general public and was created to encourage art teachers to create artwork outside of the classroom in a friendly juried competition. Light refreshments and live music by Lucinda Lucas on opening night beginning at 6:30 p.m. on November 8, 2013. FREE
Don’t miss the Colors of Christmas featuring four superstar performers in one amazing holiday show! Peabo Bryson (“A Whole New World”), CeCe Winans (“Everlasting Love”), Ruben Studdard (American Idol Winner) and Melissa Manchester (“Midnight Blue” & “Lovers After All”) share the Knight Theater spotlight for two unforgettable nights! Performing their classic, chart-topping hits, as well as holiday favorites, these incredible talents bring the most magical show of the season center stage! Begin at $54.50
Climb behind the wheel and drive or Ride-Along shotgun in a 600 HP NASCAR race car for an adrenaline pumping thrill of a lifetime! Junior Ride-Alongs are now available for kids ages 6-13 and at least 48" in height. Experience real life racing excitement with the whole family! Starting at $59http://www.DrivePetty.com
Award-winning sportswriter Scott Fowler discusses his new book. Free public event appropriate for adults and teens presented by Gaston County Public Library. No reservations required for individuals and families. Advance reservations required for organized groups. Following presentation, copies of Mr. Fowler's books will be available for personal purchase and author autograph. Information: 704-868-2164, ext. 4. Free
Thanks to The Compass Agency, families can come out early on this Saturday and enjoy these additional seasonal and holiday activities in the park: a live nativity scene, live choir music, petting zoo, pony rides, vendors and other activities. The Celebration of Lights will begin at 6pm that evening. Free!
Located at the corner of Mint and Morehead, the WFNZ/CPI Security Doghouse is the home of the greatest tailgate party in Charlotte before each Carolina Panthers home game! We roll up the doors providing a fully-staffed bar, indoor seating, live music/DJ on an outdoor stage, activities, a live WFNZ broadcast and loads of flat-screen TVs with the games on. Need a ride? Take the free shuttle from Epicentre to Doghouse (provided by Ragin’ Uptown). It’s a football tailgate party like no other! Free
CAST brings back the comedy classic "A Tuna Christmas" by Jaston Williams, Ed Howard and Joe Sears with the same zany antics that make audiences roar holiday season after holiday season. Tom Ollis and Jack Utrata play more than 20 characters with 364 costume changes. Expect 1,003 laughs. The directors are Lena Olson and Michael R. Simmons, CAST's Artistic Director. $28 adults; $22 seniors (60+); $18 students.
Charlotte Fine Art Gallery presents "Small Works for Gift-Giving," December 3-21, 2013. CFA represents nearly 25 award-winning artists from across the country--from Charlotte to California. The December exhibit will feature their diverse work: paintings, photography, woodturning, silk, jewelry, pottery, sculpture and more. Special emphasis on small works for holiday gift-giving. Free gift wrapping. Meet the artists at the exhibit's opening reception on Friday, December 6, 6-9 p.m. CFA is open Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Check website for holiday hours. FREE
Join us for a truly unique shopping experience. Purchase one of a kind handcrafted gifts made by local and regional artisans. Pottery Table Runners Jewelry Ornaments Organic Soaps & Lotions Greeting & Note Cards Aprons Pillow Cases Handbags Baskets Small Paintings Wood work Cakes, Salsa and Jams Wreaths
Volunteers from Orphans to Ambassadors and Girl Scouts Hornets Nest Council will offer holiday gift-wrapping. Proceeds will benefit Orphans to Ambassadors, Girl Scouts Hornets Nest Council and Simon Youth Foundation. Dates: November 30-December 1; December 7-8; December 14-24 (Food Court) For hours and additional details, visit www.simon.com
Eager children and their families can once again experience the magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon® Santa Photo Experience at SouthPark. Children can be photographed with Santa through December 24 in Center Court. Hours and photo package pricing available at www.simon.com.
After St. Nick has come and gone on Dec. 26, be sure to stop by to help "UnDeck the Hall." Choosing from a display of festive Christmas trees, each guest can take home one NASCAR-themed item until all are gone. The HALLiday trees in the High Octane Theater Lobby are decorated with NASCAR-themed items including autographed souvenirs and memorabilia, NASCAR-themed ornaments, die cast cars, secret surprises and more. General Admission