The Denver Area Business Association's annual Taste of Denver was April 29 at the East Lincoln Community Center. Sponsored by AlphaGraphics, the event featured local vendors and association representatives.
Cathy Melesh, a wellness educator with Juice Plus, a line of nutritional supplements, provided samples of fruit smoothies and gummy vitamins at her booth. She joined DABA because she wanted to become more connected to the Denver-area business community.
"Taste of Denver provided business-to-business networking as well as meeting people in our area to share information on good nutrition with Juice Plus," Melesh said.
There also were dance demonstrations from the Havana Banquet and Ballroom in Cornelius, which hosts regular events at the Westport Golf Club in Denver.
DABA, a nonprofit organization, offers support and networking to local businesses. It hosts monthly networking opportunities and annual events such as the business expo and a fireworks celebration.
For more information on DABA and the Taste of Denver Business Expo, go to www.dabanc.org.
Sherrills Ford library events
The Sherrills Ford Friends of the Library will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The kickoff for the summer reading program will be 3-6 p.m. May 27.
The library is beginning a reading mentoring program for boys in grades 4-6. Each boy will be paired with an adult male mentor. The program, funded by a grant from the N.C. State Youth Council, hopes to develop boys' reading ability, expose them to books and provide positive male role models. Adults interested in participating may work with one child or with a group. The boys can keep books they read.
"The amount of time the kids would spend with the adult is up to the adult and the young person," said librarian Richard Griffin, who is coordinating the program.
Generally, volunteers would be expected to spend one hour each week reading with their mentees. They may meet anywhere but are encouraged to use the library, because it is central and secure. Participants also may meet at school during lunch or another agreed-upon time.
Wherever they meet, the goals, Griffin said, are to "enjoy the company of somebody and hopefully enjoy reading."
To participate, call Griffin at the Sherrills Ford Library: 828-478-2729.