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Family fun, sports and holiday galas
What to see and do in Charlotte this week
Published Thursday, December 5, 2013 6:09 am
by Michaela L. Duckett

It’s no secret that folks in the Queen City love to party, and this time of year our fervor goes into overdrive. 

As much as we like partying, we also like giving back. There is no occasion better than the holiday season to combine the two. So it’s no surprise that during the month of December there is no shortage of opportunities to get dressed to the nines and mix fun with philanthropy. Annual galas, celebrations and soirees raising money or collecting donations for families in need are all on the agenda this week. Plus, the Bobcats are playing three home games in a row, and D.C. Curry is bringing the funny to the Comedy Zone. Here’s a look at what’s happening around Charlotte:

NSN Holiday Gala 12/5

National Sales Network is hosting its annual holiday gala and fundraiser 6:30 -10 p.m. at Napa On Providence, 110 Perin Place. Admission for nonmembers is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Entry includes an open bar and hors d’oeuvres. A portion of proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte. Email rsvp to nsncharlotte@yahoo.com. 

Mad for the Holidays 12/5

The Bechtler Young Visionaries are going mad this holiday season. Thursday night, members and their guests will put their hair up in beehives, don skinny ties and celebrate the season in swinging ’60s style and live it up like Don Draper and the “Mad Men” gang. The holiday soiree takes place at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St., 7:30-10:30 p.m. The throwback party, which pays tribute to the Bechtler’s “Modernism in Changing Times: Works from 1968” exhibit, will feature classic cocktails and swanky hors d’oeuvres. In the spirit of the season, attendees are asked to bring art supplies for a donation to Druid Hills Academy. Tickets are $35 for members and $50 for nonmembers. 

Second String Santa 12/6

Second String Santa’s 25th annual holiday party, one of the largest charitable events in Charlotte, will be held at Silver Hammer Studios, 817 Hamilton St., 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Tickets are $20 with an unwrapped toy and $40 without a toy. Admission includes food, beer and wine. VIP tickets are $100 and include beer, wine, liquor, food and early entry. Tickets can be purchased online at SecondStringSanta.org or at the door the night of the event (cash only). Music by Black & Blue Experience and DJ Breez. 

Bobcats home games 12/6, 9, 11

The Charlotte Bobcats have three home games coming up at Time Warner Cable Arena (333 E. Trade St). Watch them take on the Philadelphia 76ers Friday night, the Golden State Warriors Monday and the Orlando Magic Wednesday. All three games begin at 7 p.m. Ticket prices start at $10. Visit nba.com/bobcats for more.

Family Fun at Romare Bearden Park 12/7

Charlotte Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation invites the community to kick off the holiday season this Saturday with Santa’s Workshop, which will be held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St. The family-friendly day at the park will include holiday crafts, special visits with Santa 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., story time at 1, 2 and 3:15 p.m. and a special Kwanzaa presentation from 2–4 p.m. Parking and shuttle will be provided at Marshall Park. Attendees are encouraged to support the Nadine Memorial “Adopt a Family” Christmas project by bringing new, unwrapped toys for those less fortunate. 

Breakfast with Santa 12/7

Have morning out with Old Saint Nick 7-9:30 a.m. at Carolina Place Mall, 11025 Carolina Place Parkway in Pineville. Mall-goers can purchase $8 tickets to meet and greet Santa, enjoy a full breakfast and hear a holiday story read by Santa Claus. Santa’s elves will also be on hand with holiday-themed entertainment and balloon animals. Tickets can be purchased weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the mall office or by calling (704) 542-4111. All ticket sales directly benefit Special Olympics of Mecklenburg County. Events begin promptly at 7:30 a.m. Early arrival is recommended.

Winter Wonderland 12/7

Phillips Place in SouthPark is transforming into a Winter Wonderland this Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Attendees can sip hot cocoa and enjoy carriage rides as Dickens carolers and balloon artists roam the streets while Santa and Mrs. Claus make an appearance. The event is free with free parking. Attendees are encouraged to bring one unwrapped toy for donation to Toys for Tots.

Red Pump event 12/7

Join The Red Pump Project this Saturday for the fifth annual Red Pump/Red Tie Affair in commemoration of World AIDS Day. The evening includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, fashion show and live performances. This year, recording artist Tarsha’ Hamilton, wife of Anthony Hamilton, is being honored for her leadership and dedication of time energy to fighting the battle against AIDS/HIV. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at 2013RedPumpRedTieAffair.eventbrite.com

Jingle Bell Bash 12/7

Support survivors of domestic violence at the Jingle Bell Bash, a benefit fundraiser for Safe Alliance. This year’s bash will be held Saturday, 7:30 – 11 p.m. at Wells Fargo Atrium (301 S. Tryon Street). Tickets are $70 per person or $125 a pair. The evening will feature live entertainment by Soul Play, dinner, an open bar and silent auction. Complimentary valet parking will be provided courtesy of Mimosa Grill. Visit SafeAlliance.org for more information.

D.C. Curry @ Comedy Zone 12/9 - 10

D.C. Curry, the funny man who many of us know as Uncle Elroy in “Friday,” is coming to Charlotte Monday for a performance and live-television taping for his new reality show. So come dressed to impress and ready to dazzle camera because your reactions to his jokes may end up on film. Curry is performing at 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Tickets begin at $15. Visit cltcomedyzone.com for more information.



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