Hear from officials: The Ballantyne Breakfast Club will host 22 state, county and city representatives to speak at the club's monthly meeting, 8:30 a.m. Feb. 12 at the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. During the meeting, each representative will share their priorities for Charlotte in 2011 and answer questions from the audience. Among others, members from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and Charlotte Area Transit System are scheduled to speak. The meeting is free and open to the public. Details: www.ballantynebreakfastclub.com.
Trash pickup: The city of Pineville is asking residents to follow these trash and recycling tips: Residents should ensure all trash is securely bagged; tires should not be put in the trash bins but taken to the recycling center; household construction debris should be collected separately from regular trash collection by Mecklenburg Solid Waste and Recycling by calling 311. Details: www.pinevillenc.net.
Painting benefit: The quarterly "Paint till You Drop" benefit, hosted by the Civic and Cultural Arts Center, will take place 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at the center, 316 Main St. The benefit will allow painters to create artwork while under the instruction of teachers at the CCAC. Participants are encouraged to paint until midnight. Cost is $100. All proceeds will benefit the CCAC. Details: www.ccacpineville.org.