University CityChristmas choral concert: The 50-member Piedmont Community Chorus will give a free, public concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at Advent Lutheran Church, 8840 University City Blvd., Charlotte. The program, “The Music of Christmas,” will include many traditional Christmas songs and spirituals, plus a sing-along of popular holiday music and well-known classics, such as Handel’s “Messiah.” Refreshments will be served after the performance. A free-will offering will be taken to help defray expenses. Details: 704-549-1555. Two book signings: The Last Word, 230 East W.T. Harris Blvd., will host two book signings in the next two weeks. On Dec. 7, Valdese author Daniel Morton will sign copies of his book “Eyes of the Ocean” 3-5 p.m. Then on Dec. 14, Charlotte author Clarkie Brown will sign copies of her book “A Dasher Christmas” 11 a.m.-2 p.m. www.adasherchristmas.tateauthor.com. Sales proceeds will go to New Life Home Trust and Renguti School in Kenya, Africa, serving abandoned and orphaned HIV positive babies. www.newlifehometrust.org.
UNCC Luncheon exceeds goal: The Charlotte 49ers Athletic Foundation raised a record $191,000 at its 10th annual “Let Me Play” luncheon. The event, organized by Laura Schulte, president of Eastern regional banking for Wells Fargo and Co., exceeded its goal of $175,000. In 10 years, the event has raised $1.07 million. The luncheon, initiated by Judy Rose, Charlotte 49ers director of athletics, is designed to mobilize influential women in the Charlotte area in support of women’s athletics. Dance marathon: UNC Charlotte students started dancing at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 and stayed on their feet for 12 hours to celebrate raising $35,066.25 for the Levine Childen’s Hospital. The “49er Dance Mine” was the first of its kind at UNCC. It was part of a national movement in which colleges and universities across the country generate financial support for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in their communities. More than 550 students registered for the event, according to a news release from UNCC.