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AUG. 27 -- Labor Day Barbecue Cooking Class. The Levine Jewish Community Center of Charlotte will host a class on barbecuing, led by Robert Adler of Ernie's Barbecue ( The class covers tips about cooking on gas grills as well as smoking and grilling techniques. And, that isn't all: There will also be demonstrations on how to make a variety of appetizers and desserts. Must be 18 and over. $27-$55. 7 p.m. Levine Jewish Community Center (Camp Mindy rec. area), 5007 Providence Road. 704-366-5007.

AUG. 30 -- End of Summer Block Party. Known for its liquor, wine, champagne and beer selections, the Rustic Martini is celebrating its one-year anniversary with an end-of-summer block party. It will feature DJ AG spinning vibes on the roof, and in case you have parking worries, there will be a tented parking lot with more than 200 spaces. 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Rustic Martini, 616 N. Tryon St. 704-371-6874.

AUG. 30 -- Nawlins Blues Nights. Ruby's Dinner Club in historic downtown Concord offers a small but flavorful menu of tasty dishes. If you're craving a fancy dinner with a show, then check out its Nawlins Blues Nights. This week features a performance by the jazzy, bluesy musician Bill Averbach & Bam-Jazz, who will dish of out a series of New Orleans-styled tunes. Prices vary. 6:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Ruby's Dinner Club, 9 Union St. N. Concord. For more information or reservations, call 704-786-2123 or e-mail

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