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More than 50 people gathered April 30 to celebrate the FBI Citizens Academy’s 14th graduating class at Villa Antonio on South Boulevard.

The free event generally draws around 4,000-7,000 people. It is considered the Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce’s community outreach event, both for the Asian population and the community at large.

Every Monday night in a room at Morningstar Lutheran Church, a group of handbell players spend three hours practicing diligently.

Thirty-two refugees and 12 volunteers talked as they stood in the back parking lot of Shadowood Apartments near Central Avenue. They were waiting for the Help Center to open. The Help Center is a weekly program created by Refugee Support Services that offers free produce and personal advice to area refugees.

Charlotte ICO will work with local agencies and community centers to offer positive outdoor experiences to youths and adults who wouldn’t typically have opportunities to explore the outdoors.

Thanks to a $6,000 grant, Central United Methodist Church soon will offer its Sunday sermons in three languages.

The local Girl Scouts Council has received a grant to continue the Girls Are It program for another year. The program features a mobile classroom-style bus where girls can take a series of two-hour, hands-on technology classes on topics such as HTML programming and nanotechnology.

Jordan Ray Preiss, a 2004 graduate of Myers Park High School and a 2009 graduate of Duke University, is one of three first-year students at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University to receive a Brody Medical Scholarship.

Lucky for Country Day's cross country and track and field teams, Scott Foy moved back to town just when he was coming into his own as a long-distance runner.

The Mecklenburg Extension Master Gardeners will offer a wide selection of plants for sale Sept. 19 at two area farmers markets. The plants are grown by master gardeners from their own gardens.

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