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.
Master gardeners are volunteers with special training who work with the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service. Items include sun and shade perennials, herbs, ground covers, indoor plants, shrubs and trees. Master Gardeners will be on site to offer advice and answer questions.
Plant prices range from $2 to $20.
The plant sales are at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, Building A, 1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., and at the Matthews Community Farmers' Market, 188 N. Trade St., Matthews, 8 a.m.-noon. Details: Shannon Stober, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas now offers free Wi-Fi service for its blood donors and visitors at its donation center at 4447 South Blvd. The center is an independent, locally managed nonprofit that provides more than 90 percent of the blood supply to 14 area hospitals serving 11 N.C. and three S.C. counties.
The public, along with firefighters, police, military and emergency personnel, are invited to the fifth annual “Charlotte Remembers,” a memorial service for those who died in the 9-11 terror attacks. The event will start at 8:30 a.m. at Our Children's Memorial Walkway in Frazier Park, 1201 W. Fourth St.
Members of the Firefighter Steven Coakley Foundation will set up flags of remembrance representing the nationalities of those killed in the attacks next to a walkway shaped like the Twin Towers. A scroll made by the Mothers of Murdered Offspring, featuring the names of pictures of thousands who died on 9-11, will be displayed.
The Charlotte Fire Department will provide a bagpipe player, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police will provide a bugler for taps. Anyone who lost a loved one on 9-11 is invited to speak.
The Better Business Bureau Consumer Foundation will present the Latin American Scam Jam (Alto Al Fraude), 11 a.m.-noon Sept. 20 at the Mountain Lake Church of Christ, 4205 Mount Holly-Huntersville Road.
Presentations, which will be made in Spanish, include consumer tips and advice on identity theft, counterfeit checks, buying used cars and home repair fraud.
The foundation will also provide information about resources available for Spanish-speaking consumers to help prevent them from becoming victims. The event is free, but reservations are required. Reservations: in English, 704-927-8625; in Spanish, 704-927-8639.
Free flu shots, blood pressure checks, hearing tests and more are available to seniors at Senior Scene 2009, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 9 at Carmel Baptist Church, 1145 Pineville-Matthews Road, Matthews. The event also is a chance for seniors, caregivers and senior adult industry professionals to get information about Medicare Part D insurance and insurance fraud.
Seniors can also receive prescription and nonprescription drug reviews by registered pharmacists and get questions answered by representatives from U.S. Census 2010, the Social Security Administration and Veterans Affairs. N.C. Commissioner of Insurance Wayne Goodwin plans to attend.
Free admission. Reservations required only for flu shots, which are free for Medicare recipients. Reservations: 704-684-6036 by Oct. 7. Senior Scene 2009 is sponsored by The Better Business Bureau Consumer Foundation, SeniorGrapevine.org, Walgreens, All for Seniors and the Senior Health Insurance Information Program.
Details: www.charlotte.bbb.org/ seniorscene2009 or call (704) 927-8623.
Extension master gardeners in Mecklenburg County are offering free gardening classes once a month this fall and winter. The first class is “How to Get the Lawn Your Neighbors Will Envy,” at 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at Marion Diehl Recreation Center, 2219 Tyvola Road. The class will cover maintenance, smart watering and fertilizing. Preregistration required. To preregister, go to www.parkandrec.com, click on Eparks and type in Barcode 1674, or call 311. For information on this or the other classes in the series, go to www.parkandrec.com or call 311. Compiled by Kathryn Thier