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Members of the Mecklenburg Union Metropolitan Planning Organization will focus on the region's road projects at an open meeting Monday in Indian Trail, 4-7p.m. at town hall,

100 Navajo Trail.

MUMPO Secretary Bob Cook said last week the road planning group is working to persuade the federal Environmental Protection Agency that future projects will not add to air pollution problems. MUMPO is compiling a list of road projects and accompanying construction plans. One is the Monroe Connector-Bypass, though that road won't be the sole focus of the meeting.

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Ballantyne

Presbyterian Cancer Center and The Spa at Ballantyne have teamed up to offer patients and survivors a free day of pampering. This event, Marvelous Mondays, is offered quarterly to anyone with a cancer diagnosis.

The selection of services includes facials, massages, hair styling and makeup consultations. Participants can use The Spa's facilities, including fitness center, indoor grotto pool, resistance pools, whirlpool and the new outdoor pool. Registration is limited. Sign up to receive electronic updates for when to register. Visit www.presbyterian.org/cancer and click on “survivor newsletter.”

Information: 704-248-4000.

Ballantyne

The Morrison YMCA will hold its annual used book and bake sale, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 14 and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 15. Proceeds will benefit Community Outreach. The sale offers all categories of books for children and adults. The Y is collecting donated books through Sept 12. Information: 704-716 4650 or e-mail Linda.Dyer@YMCACharlotte.org.

Piper Glen

The Great Harvest Bread Company's third annual Animal Kneads Day, held last Sunday at the Shops at Piper Glen store, raised $7,200 to support the spay/neuter fund for Mecklenburg County Animal Care and Control. Normally closed on Sundays, the shop opened so Great Harvest employees could donate their time and owners Jeff and Janet Ganoung could donate the cost of goods to make hundreds of loaves of bread. Animal shelter volunteers staffed the front counter. Visitors who made a $10 donation went home with a loaf of their choice.

Matthews

Matthews commissioners have voted to establish an Historic Preservation Advisory Committee to help develop a comprehensive historic preservation plan for the town and recommend historic properties that need to be preserved.

The new committee was the result of the work by a Historic Preservation Task Force appointed last spring. Download an application to serve on the new committee at www.matthewsnc.com.

Information: E-mail jpleimann@matthewsnc.com or call 704-847-4411.

Matthews

New $2 bills will be floating around Matthews starting “Twos-day” Sept. 8 as part of the town's inaugural six-week Shop Local campaign called Go 2 Matthews.

The Matthews Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Matthews are joining together to support local businesses by sponsoring Go 2 Matthews, through Oct. 20.

Chamber members and area residents are encouraged to buy items with $2 bills to show the impact of spending their dollars locally. Though rare in circulation, the $2 bill is legal U.S. currency.

According to Matthews Mayor Lee Myers, using $2 bills is an attention-getting way to show residents that when they spend their money locally, it supports the local economy.

Union

Indian Trail

The Indian Trail Lions Club is sponsoring the ninth annual Fred Kirby Memorial Golf Tournament at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 25.

The tournament will be at Stonebridge Golf Club. Fee is $75 per player, which includes golf, carts, range balls prior to play and lunch. Prizes and trophies will be awarded. Sponsorships are available. Proceeds go to provide services in the Indian Trail/northwestern Union County area and to world, national and statewide service projects. Information: 704-821-7531; 704-882-6405.

Monroe

The Union County branch of the NAACP will hold its 39th annual Freedom Fund Banquet at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Union County Agriculture Center. Speaker is the Rev. William Barber II, state president of the NAACP.

Individual tickets and tables are available. Information: 704-233-4037 or 704-624-6457.

Monroe

Planning is under way for the Nov. 22 Union County Christmas Parade in downtown Monroe, presented by Union Smart Start and sponsored by The Enquirer-Journal. Organizations wishing to participate should download a parade packet from www.UnionSmartStart.org or call 704-226-1407. Deadline for entering is Oct. 30. Late entries from Nov. 2-6 require a higher fee. No entries accepted after Nov. 6.

York County

Rock Hill

John Bird, professor of English, has been named director of the Winthrop University's Teaching and Learning Center. The center provides programs and services that facilitate the professional and personal development of Winthrop faculty and staff.

Compiled by Cliff Harrington, Lisa Hammersly, Melinda Johnston and Celeste Smith.

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