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Tuesday, Nov. 06, 2012

Giving back

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Compiled by Lauren Bailey

Warm Charlotte

Collection: Four small local businesses have teamed to create a donation drive for the needy in Charlotte. Donations are accepted every Sunday in November, and a full list of drop-off locations can be found at www.WarmCharlotte.com. Donations also are accepted on the website. For details, visit the website or call 704-336-9108. On Nov. 11, Warm Charlotte will be collecting at Park Road Shopping Center.

Bob Evans

Collection for hungry: Bob Evans restaurants are collecting donations at all 565 locations for local soup kitchens, shelters and other agencies that support those in need. Bob Evans will match these donations up to $25,000. The money will be used to purchase Farmhouse Feasts for those local hunger-relief agencies. The Farmhouse Feast is a complete holiday meal that serves up to eight. Learn more at www.bobevans.com.

Common Heart

Great Turkey Countdown: The Indian Trail-based food pantry Common Cupboard, a branch of local nonprofit Common Heart, is collecting turkeys, groceries and monetary donations for its fifth annual Great Turkey Countdown. Donations can be left at The Commonplace, 116 Business Park Drive in Indian Trail. Email Turkeys@TheCommonplace.org before dropping turkeys off. The goal is to package ingredients for 500 Thanksgiving family feasts and deliver them to families in need Nov. 17. About 400 volunteers are needed to package and deliver meals. Donate turkeys 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday or 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. For more information about delivering meals or requesting a meal for a family, contact Keith at Keith@TheCommonplace.org.

Cell Phones for Soldiers

Phone drive: Ameriprise financial adviser Mark Antonich is heading the second annual Veterans Day Cell Phones for Soldiers charity drive. His office is collecting used wireless phones for Cell Phones for Soldiers, which recycles the phones and uses the proceeds to purchase prepaid phone cards for military families. Drop off used phones by Nov. 12 at Mark’s office at Ameriprise Financial in Ballantyne Corporate Park, Ballantyne One Building, 15720 John J. Delaney Drive, Suite 300. Details: www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.

CBCC

Puppies for Patients: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is recruiting blood donors to take part in the eighth annual Puppies for Patients program Nov. 1-Dec. 31. Donors who give blood during this time will sign a tag that will be attached to a stuffed puppy toy and delivered to children in local hospitals and care facilities during the holidays. CBCC relies on volunteer blood donors to fulfill the need for blood for local patients. Anyone older than 16 and at least 120 pounds is encouraged to donate. If you are interested in hosting a blood drive, call Kim Jones at 704-972-4727. Individuals can donate at a community blood drive or at a CBCC donor center. Sign up at www.ncdonor.com. Details: www.cbcc.us.

Holiday Heroes Scholarship program: High school and college students can earn a “Holiday Heroes Scholarship” from the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas. Students must choose a blood drive location in their community; select a date during Nov. 18-25 or Dec. 22-Jan. 6; recruit friends, family and neighbors to donate; and collect a minimum of 25 units. CBCC will award a $1,000 scholarship to the student who collects the most units. Details: 704-972-4727 or kljones@cbcc.us.

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue

Professionals needed: Carolina Waterfowl Rescue is looking for an electrician, a plumber and a general contractor who can advise the Petfinder Foundation Grant team regarding permits needed in Union county for a barn. To help or for more information, email info@cwrescue.org or call 704-668-9486.

Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte

Computer class: The Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte will hold an introduction-to-computers class from 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Nov. 13-Dec. 13. The cost for this four-week, two-days-a-week program is $50. Scholarships are available. Classes held at Southminster Retirement Community, 8919 Park Road. Learn Microsoft Windows, word processing, spreadsheets, Internet and email. Details: 704-365-1995 or www.shepherdscharlotte.org.

Skype class: The Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte is offering a Skype class 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 30 at Southminster Retirement Community, 8919 Park Road. Cost is $10. Learn how to see and talk to your loved ones on the computer. Details: 704-365-1995 or www.shepherdscharlotte.org.

Volunteers needed: The Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte needs drivers to take seniors to appointments, handymen, instructors for Adventures in Learning, computer class instructors and committee volunteers for education, travel, board, TV show and special events. Details: 704-365-1995 or visit www.shepherdscharlotte.org.

Wesley Chapel

Community volunteer days: Wesley Chapel needs volunteers to help 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 11 at Dogwood Park at the corner of N.C. 84 and Lester Davis Road for Community Volunteer Days. There are jobs for all ages. Earn volunteer hours and make an impact.

Presbyterian Cancer Rehab Center

Wine and cheese fundraiser: The third annual wine-and-cheese-tasting fundraiser – with a silent auction – for the Presbyterian Cancer Rehab Center will be 6-9 p.m. Nov. 14 at Blue Restaurant, 206 N College St. Tickets are $30 per person and will benefit cancer-survivor programs. Purchase tickets at www.presbyterian.org/cancerrehab or call 704-384-4048. Free parking in the Hearst Tower and free valet.

Matthews United Methodist

Shopping extravaganza: Matthews United Methodist Church will hold its ninth annual Holiday Shopping Extravaganza 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 17 at the church, 801 S. Trade St. More than 70 vendors will have unique handmade items. A bakery and eatery also will be onsite. The event is sponsored by Prime Time Adults Senior Ministries, with proceeds supporting local missions. Free parking and admission. Details: 704-847-6261 or www.matthewsumc.org.

Pilot Club

Love Lights: The Pilot Club of Charlotte will light thousands of luminarias during its 33rd annual Love Lights around Freedom Park Lake from 5-9 p.m. Nov. 17. To have luminarias lighted in honor or memory of loved ones, send your donation to Pilot International Foundation, 2419 Hatherly Road, Charlotte. Include the names to be printed on each luminaria and indicate “in memory” or “in honor.” Please include your name and address and the name/address for acknowledgement. Donations will benefit the Bryan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Duke University. Call Kay Dumas with questions at 704-814-4567. Details: www.pilotclubofcharlotte.com.

Thunder Road Marathon

New sponsor: Thunder Road Marathon is teaming with Publix Super Markets, which is serving as the official grocer and pharmacy of the race and title sponsor of the pre-race expo. The Publix Thunder Road Health & Wellness Expo will be 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 16 at The Blake Hotel, 555 S. McDowell St. The one-day event is free and open to the public, featuring sponsors, vendors and exhibits with the latest trends in running, fitness equipment, footwear and apparel. It is also the packet pickup location and registration location for all three Thunder Road races.

Volunteers needed: Volunteers are needed Nov. 13-Nov. 17 to assist with the Charlotte Thunder Road Marathon. Those interested in volunteering can register at http://runcharlotte.com/volunteers.htm.

Registration open: Registration is open for the Thunder Road Half and Full Marathon, which serves as a Boston Marathon qualifier. Register at www.runcharlotte.com. Details: marathoninfo@runforyourlife.com.

Professional Business Women

Vendors needed: The Professional Business Women’s Association of York County is looking for vendors for The Candy Cane Market 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 1 at The York Tech Baxter Hood Center. Vendor openings are available for artists, craftsmen, gift suppliers, quilters, seamstresses and church groups. Proceeds from The Candy Cane Market benefit the PBWA Scholarship Fund. Details: www.candycanemarket.com or contact Jane Dear at dear077@aim.com.

Piper Glen Women’s Club

Luncheon fundraiser: The Piper Glen Women’s Club will hold its annual holiday luncheon at noon Dec. 5 at TPC Piper Glen, 4300 Piper Glen Drive. The lunch will be a tribute to the club’s favorite charity: the United Family Services Battered Women’s Shelter. Please bring a new, unwrapped gift for a woman or child to the luncheon, which will be part of the holiday store allowing mothers and children to shop for one another. Reserve a luncheon spot by Nov. 30. Tickets are $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Mail a check payable to Piper Glen Women’s Club to 7117 Seton House Lane, Charlotte, NC 28277. Details: www.piperglenwomensclub.com.

The Arc of Union County

Casino night: The Arc of Union County, an advocacy agency that serves individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, is holding its fifth annual Casino Night fundraiser 7-11 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Rolling Hills Country Club, 2722 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased at www.thearcofunion.com. The Arc also is seeking corporate sponsors. Details: 704-261-1550, ext. 203, or email casinonight@thearcofunion.com.

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