Send news about your fundraising events to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send announcements at least two weeks in advance.Compiled by Lauren BaileyLake Norman Beach bash: A fundraiser will be held 6 p.m. Feb. 7 at Harvey’s Bar and Grill, 19707 Liverpool Parkway, Cornelius, to kick off a campaign to raise $100,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte.For the Third Annual Beach Bash, hosted by the Big Day at the Lake Committee, folks are encouraged to wear beach attire; enjoy the music; take advantage of food and drink discounts; and to bid on auction items. The cost is $10 at the door.Big Day at Lake is an annual event to provide participants in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte a day to have fun on Lake Norman and Lake Wylie. It will be held July 19. Sponsorships are invited. Proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte org. For information, visit www.bigdayatthelake-lkn.com.
Matthews License plates: The North Carolina General Assembly has granted Matthews permission for a special municipal license plate.The plates must be ordered; they will be issued once 300 applications are received. Order forms and a picture of a sample plate can be seen at www.matthewsnc.gov, or pick up a form at Town Hall, 232 Matthews Station St. Forms should be returned with a $30 check payable to “Town of Matthews.” Personalized plates are available for $60. Details: 704-847-4411. Federal grant: The Fire & EMS Department will receive $357,693 in federal funds to hire three firefighters.The department received the two-year funding grant as part of the federal government’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Program from the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA.The Fire & EMS Department operates with a combination of paid career firefighters and volunteers. The career firefighters staff the department on weekdays and volunteers on nights and weekends.
Charlotte Arts program: The 14th annual National Arts Program, which showcases the artistic talents of city, county and library employees, retirees and their families, will kick off Jan. 31.An opening reception at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center will be 5-6:30 p.m.; view 185 works by 110 artists, ranging from paint and photography to sculpture, craft and mixed media.The National Arts Program is a nationwide initiative that fosters creativity and artistic expression among employees, retirees and relatives of government organizations. Art grants: The N.C. Arts Council 2014-2015 grant guidelines for organizations are available at www.ncarts.org. The deadline for applications is March 3.To be eligible to apply for Arts Council grants, an organization must have nonprofit status; have been producing quality arts programs for at least two consecutive years; and have prior-year organization cash operating expenses of at least $20,000.Details: http://ncarts.org/grants/grants-for-organizations/.