Today: Ballantyne Presbyterian Church hosts a community picnic at 5 p.m. with food, fun and games for kids. The church is at 9925 Providence Road West, next to the new fire station. Details: www.ballantyne presbyterian.org.
Tuesday: Compassionate Friends of Charlotte, a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child, is having its annual balloon release at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult basketball leagues for men (ages 30 and older) and women (ages 16 and up) are being formed. Practices and games will be held at Crews Road Recreation Center, 1201 Crews Road, Matthews. Registration deadline is Sept. 17. Details: www.matthews fun.com or 704-708-4432.
There are a few spots left for artists and musicians to participate in Mint Hill's Sunday Afternoon in the Park, an annual outdoor art show 1-6 p.m. Aug. 24, at Mint Hill Park on Wilgrove Road. Details: Tina Ross, 704-545-6231 or E-mail Katrinar87@earthlink.net.
Pineville's Summer Concert and Movie Series continues with “High School Musical 2,” on Friday at Pineville Lake Park on Johnston Drive. Pre-movie activities begin at 7 p.m.; the movie starts at dusk. Details: Pineville Park and Recreation, 704-889-2400.
More than 55 juniors and seniors from South Mecklenburg High School recently completed a weeklong leadership course to serve as mentors to up to seven incoming freshmen. The students are part of a new pilot program involving the Carolinas College of Health Sciences.
Wednesday: A family event at Ballantyne Village Theatre will benefit the Pajama Program. It starts with family entertainment at 5:30 p.m., including Zelnik the Magician, and a movie (title to be announced) at 7 p.m. Admission is one pair of new pajamas for each attendee, or a donation of at least $5. They will go to four local social service groups that help foster kids in the Charlotte area. Details: Pam Halloran, 704-236-5807 or phalloran@ seamastercruises.com.
Jennifer Dudeck of Olympic High School is among 28 high school women from across the country recently honored for their accomplishments in computing and technology. The award, from Bank of America and the National Center for Women & Information Technology, is part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology.