To-Do List

January’s five essential dates.

Ambassador’s Ball, image by Daniel Coston

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The Ambassador’s Ball is the annual fundraiser for the Allegro Foundation, a nonprofit that helps children with disabilities, and it offers the chance to mingle with Charlotte’s international business community. This year’s special guest is His Excellency Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari, the Ambassador of Qatar. The evening is held each year at Quail Hollow Country Club. www.allegrofoundation.net

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Learn about the history of Twelfth Night, a Backcountry settlers’ celebration of the end of the Christmas season, at The Charlotte Museum of History. The evening, which begins at 6 p.m., will include caroling around bonfires, colonial games, and traditional cider and cake, as well as a candlelight tour of the museum’s Hezekiah Alexander home. www.charlottemuseum.org

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If you’re a fan of galaxies far, far away or simply enjoy the soaring sounds of John Williams’ scores, this month’s Charlotte Symphony performance is for you. Star Wars The Music, held at the Knight Theater, celebrates the 40th anniversary of Star Wars with Christopher James Lee conducting selections from all seven films. www.charlottesymphony.org

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Each year the Deltas of Charlotte Foundation presents its Legacy of Black Women Film Showcase featuring short films from local and national independent filmmakers, primarily created by black women. The event, which is held at Spirit Square and begins with a 6 p.m. reception, benefits DOCF’s scholarships. www.deltasofcharlotte.org

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Pride Magazine is hosting its annual Pride Awards featuring a formal dinner and awards ceremony. The gala starts at 6 p.m. at Uptown’s Westin hotel with a reception followed by dinner and the ceremony. This year’s event, themed “Building Communities – Changing Lives,” is a collaboration with Charlotte’s Habitat for Humanity and highlights the West Boulevard Corridor. www.pridemagazineonline.com