April’s five essential dates.
This is the third year for the Levine Children’s Hospital Gala at Quail Hollow Club. The black-tie event evening, which benefits Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Children’s Hospital, features celebrity guests, musical performances from an award-winning artist, drinks and food, and impressive auction items. Quail Hollow Club. Tickets are $62. www.givecarolinas.org
This month, the Mint Museum Auxiliary presents its annual Room to Bloom celebration and fundraiser for the museum. The money it raises includes funds to acquire works for the museum’s permanent collection. Among the events is a certain-to-sell-out coffee, lecture, and luncheon at the Charlotte Country Club featuring a talk and book signing by journalist Frances Schultz. Various locations and times, www.mintmuseumauxiliary.org
Get table decorating ideas from area designers, hear a talk by Girls on the Run founder Molly Barker, and participate in a silent auction at the annual Festival of Tables luncheon, which is a fundraiser for the programs sponsored by the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary. 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel Ballroom. Tickets are $40. www.salvationarmycarolinas.org
Big Bottles & Blues is the top event of this year’s Charlotte Wine and Food Weekend. The casual wine and food tasting features unlimited wine and beer samples, food prepared by award-winning chefs, as well as a silent and live auction. 6:30 p.m. at the LaCa Projects. Tickets start at $7., www.charlottewineandfood.org
Composer Giacomo Puccini illustrates that an Italian art form dating back to the late 1500s can be an effective medium for a Western—that quintessentially American genre—in The Girl of the West with Opera Carolina. Belk Theater. Tickets are $20-$15., www.operacarolina.org