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A local network of teachers and organizations that hopes to use schoolyard gardens as a way to reach students has grown dramatically during its first year and is looking to expand even more.

On a typical afternoon inside the Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center gymnasium, one might experience the sights and sounds of children enjoying the facility’s after-school program or men and women playing in one of its adult basketball or volleyball leagues.

Battle of the Carolinas will pit amateur boxers from North Carolina and South Carolina against each other.

It’s time to prepare your gardens for the new plants you’ll set out next month, to shop for bulbs you’ll be planting in October; and to plant leafy greens that can mature in around 50 days.

If you’re looking for something different to do around Charlotte, you don’t need to look any further than some of the local institutions of higher education. Several upcoming events cover a range of topics – and all are free to the public.

If you are at least 60 years old and live in Mecklenburg County, free legal help is available through a program called Legal Services for the Elderly.

At the beginning of 2015, after 72 years, Organic Gardening magazine will cease publication. Rodale Inc., Organic Gardening’s publisher, says it will rebrand the magazine as Rodale’s Organic Life, offering ‘a fresh spin on food, garden, home and well-being.’

Owners of greyhounds say the dogs are loving, affectionate and gentle – all qualities of a desirable pet.

Big bass will eat insects, larvae, snakes, worms, frogs, crayfish, grass shrimp, rodents, baby ducks and even their own offspring, as well as bream, crappie and white perch.

Compiled by Erica Batten

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