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WINTER FILM SERIES This latest batch of classic films centers on breakthrough efforts by world-famous directors. The remainder of the schedule consists of Woody Allen's Take the Money and Run (March 19). All films will be screened at 7 p.m. in the Wachovia Theater at ImaginOn; admission is free. For more info, call 704-336-6217.

WHERE IS THE LOVE? WITL celebrates its one year anniversary of getting folks out and talking about the issues that bug them. Topic: "When Times Get Hard Do Women Really Support Their Men?" Inspired by Will Smith's Chris Gardner biopic The Pursuit of Happyness, this free open forum/networking event is all about communicating effectively. Antonio Anderson and Daylon Goff will serve as co-hosts. Arrive at Morehead Street Tavern, Thursday, March 15, at 5:30 p.m. for the Afterwork Office Party; forum begins at 7:30 p.m. Call 704-996-1169 or e-mail:

LEARN TO MEDITATE Take it from loyal practitioners of meditation: There's nothing like it to take the stress of your workday off your shoulders. That's why the Pain & Rehab Institute is offering a free class in the breathing techniques and imagery used in ancient qi gong meditation (betcha didn't know there was more than one kind). The office is located at 128 E. Plaza Drive in Mooresville. Classes are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Call 704-649-1629 to get started on the path to serenity.

DISTINCTIVE LAUGHS Tired of the same old comedy club acts? A brand-new comedy night has dropped on the scene. Wednesdays, you're invited to experience underground comedy (shh, keep it low). Show at 8 p.m.; $5 cover. Location: The WineUp, 3306 N. Davidson St. Contact:

PHIL AND TONY'S End your week with sabor and join us at Charlotte's only all Salsa destination designed for salseros, by salseros. Featuring beginner & intermediate salsa lessons from 9-10:30 p.m. Dancing to over 90 percent salsa, mambo & cha cha cha. Professional performances by Carolina Salseros & Guests. Location: Arboretum Shopping Center, 8136 Providence Road -- Sundays, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Info: or 704-496-0799.

NATIONAL MONEY SHOW This free event is for all my big money grips holding it down, QC-style. "Got change for a hundred-grand?" That's the motto for this show rolling out its display of $100,000 bills in a $1 billion exhibition that includes a rare 1913 Liberty Head nickel valued at $3 million. Activities: educational seminars, a children's treasure hunt trivia game, and free appraisals. An occasion for the entire family to participate. March 16-18 at the Charlotte Convention Center, Hall A, 501 S. College St. Times: Fri & Sat, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sun, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Info: or call 719-482-9848.

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