Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts presents “Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook” Oct. 13 to 22 at Matthews Community Center. Show times are at 9:45 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13, 2 p.m. Oct. 14 and 15, 9:45 a.m. Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 and 2 p.m. Oct. 21 and 22 at the Matthews Community Center. Tickets cost $13 for adults and $11 for students and seniors. Call 704-372-1000 for details.
Various times: 100 W. McDowell St., Matthews
Charles Jeter, CMS Government Relations coordinator, and Elyse Dashew, school board member, are among the speakers addressing issues such as how our schools are funded, who decides when the money is spent and why school bonds are urgently needed. Contact Tom E. Bowers at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
9:30 to 11 a.m.; Amity Presbyterian Church, Johnston Hall, 2831 N. Sharon Amity Road.
Planet Improv celebrates the 10th birthday of its premier troupe, The Chuckleheads, with a comedy show. The show, dubbed “The Happy Birthday To Us 10 Comedy Improv Musical Variety Extravaganza Starring the Chuckleheads: A Perfect 10,” at Central Piedmont Community College’s Bryant Recital Hall, Sloan Morgan Building. Tickets cost $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Proceeds from the show will be donated to A Child’s Place. A raffle will also benefit the charity. Visit www.planetimprov.com for details.
8 p.m.; 1220 Elizabeth Ave.
The inaugural Ballantyne Community Candidate Picnic offers residents the opportunity to meet candidates and learn about their positions. Chili and drinks will be served.
2 to 4 p.m.; 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
7-Eleven invites prospective franchisees to a seminar to detail business ownership opportunities in the North Carolina area. The seminar, held at the 7-Eleven Regional Office, will include information about the 7-Eleven franchise system, business model, benefits of franchising and local success stories. Sign up at http://franchise.7-eleven.com/franchise-opportunities/Charlotte-2687.
5 to 7 p.m.; 5600 77 Center Drive, suite 320.
Charlotte Chamber Young Professionals discuss “Growing a Smart and Sustainable City” at their fall luncheon at the Hilton Charlotte Center City. Register in advance. Visit www.charlottechamber.com to register.
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 222 E. 3rd St.
Waltonwood Cotswold invites the public to sample locally brewed beer from Sycamore Brewing along with German treats made by the senior living community’s chef in honor of Oktoberfest. RSVP by Oct. 16. Call 704-496-9310 for details.
4 to 6 p.m.; 5215 Randolph Road.
Pfeiffer University hosts the grand opening of its new 26,440 square-foot Charlotte campus. The event starts with remarks from Pfeiffer President Colleen Perry Keith and special greetings from Mick Mixon, play-by-play radio announcer for the Carolina Panthers, and Peter Atkin, vice president with Cisco Meraki. Tours of the campus follow until 11:30 a.m. RSVP by calling 704-463-3034 or emailing email@example.com.
10 to 11:30 a.m.; 1515 Mockingbird Lane