Morrison YMCA at Ballantyne is sponsoring Middle School Madness on Saturday 7 p.m.-10:30pm. Cost is $5 for members, $7 for others.
Activities include dance with music by a DJ, basketball, a dodge ball tournament, video games, foosball, ping-pong and more. Pizza and concessions will be available for purchase. Celeste Smith
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Ballantyne Village is teaming up with Forest Hill Church, Ballantyne Country Club, other neighborhoods in the Ballantyne area and the Samaritan's Feet charity to collect 1,000 pairs of new shoes to distribute to needy children in the U.S. and around the world. Ballantyne Village will be a shoe drop location Nov. 27-Dec. 20 for “Shoes of Hope-Ballantyne.” New shoes can be purchased at Sure Fit Shoes for up to 50 percent off.
All new shoes can be donated at the Ballantyne Village Theatre, at the first-floor breezeway in front of the coffee shop, or at Sure Fit Shoes. Monetary donations, large or small, can be made out to Samaritan's Feet and will be used to purchase shoes. Checks can be dropped off at the Village Theatre, at Sure Fit Shoes, or mailed to Desire Osman, 10615 Coyle Circle, Charlotte, 28277. Celeste Smith
On Monday at 7 p.m., Matthews commissioners are planning to discuss and perhaps vote on issues pertaining to planned road improvements along South Trade Street. These include right-of-way necessary for widening the road at MARA and the Chesney Glen neighborhood, a possible turn lane there, the possible transfer of South Trade Street from the state to the town, and whether bike lanes and sidewalks should be included.
For a complete list of agenda items, visit www.matthewsnc.com/html/ nov10.html and scroll to 11A. For more information, call Matthews Town Hall at 704-847-4411. Melinda Johnston
If you're confused about the new business recycling ordinance in Matthews, help is on the way.
Business owners and representatives are invited to one of two luncheon workshops to find out more about recycling requirements.
The luncheon meetings will be 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Nov. 18 and Dec. 2 at Matthews Town Hall.
The ordinance, which goes into effect Jan. 1, requires businesses that generate large amounts of waste each week – 16 cubic yards or more – to recycle their cardboard and office paper. Compliance is mandatory.
Businesses that don't produce as much waste can choose to participate in a free weekly recycling program sponsored by the town.
RSVP for the lunch meetings at 704-432-0400 or 704-335-4304. Melinda Johnston
Bain Elementary School staff and parent leaders got their first look at plans for the new school, which may open as early as fall 2010.
Wednesday, representatives from CMS were on hand to show preliminary site plans and answer questions.
After passage of the 2007 school bonds, Bain was due for a complete renovation. But CMS official discovered that for just a little more money, they could build a new school.
Already in the design phase, the $15.8 million school will be built behind and to the left of the current school on Bain School Road across the street from Philadelphia Presbyterian Church. It will be modeled after Long Creek Elementary School, currently under construction.
The new school will consist of 39 classrooms, gymnasium, cafeteria and media center. Even when the new building opens, the newest building on the current campus will remain in service until the school's population is relieved. That's not in the plans until 2014, when a new elementary school is scheduled to be built on Arlington Church Road.
Currently Bain Elementary School has 1,045 students in 47 classrooms, with 14 of those classrooms in mobile units. Melinda Johnston
Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, Mint Hill commissioners will hold their only regularly scheduled board meeting of November on Thursday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m., in Mint Hill Town Hall.
On the agenda are two special use permit requests. One is for approval of plans to build a State Employees Credit Union near BB&T on Lawyers Road. The other is for approval of plans to build additional townhomes in Brighton Park.
Commissioners will also discuss replacing a culvert that runs underneath Thompson Road.
Information, call Mint Hill Town Hall at 704-545-9726. Melinda Johnston
Pineville's new golf cart ordinance went into effect Nov. 1. Residents have until Nov. 15 to get their carts inspected and registered. Cost is $25 per year.
This inspection ensures that adequate safety equipment is installed and prohibited modifications are not made.
The ordinance also specifies that golf carts may only be driven on town streets and only by licensed drivers ages 18 and over. For more information, or to set up an appointment for an inspection, call Pineville Police Sergeant Andrew Simerson at 704-889-1575 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Melinda Johnston
Jonesville AME Zion Church will have its first worship service today at 10 a.m. at its new location at 11700 Idlewild Road in Matthews. The church had been located in the Ballantyne area from 1884 until March 2007, when it sold its land in the fast-growing area.
The congregation used proceeds from the sale to purchase its 9,000-square-foot church building, which sits on 10.3 acres of land, according to Rev. Kirk Reid, Jonesville's pastor. The church also purchased a 4.3-acre parsonage at 2348 Sam Newell Road in Matthews which includes a ranch style house, metal building, and barn.
The church also will have a dedication service today at 3:30 p.m. Scheduled to be in attendance are Bishop George W.C. Walker, senior prelate of the AME Zion Church, who will direct the service, and AME Zion Bishop George Battle. Celeste Smith
The City of Monroe, Union County government, and Union County municipalities will co-host “GIS Day 2008” on Nov. 19.
The event is 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Griffin Room of the Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St. GIS, or geographic information systems, is a collection of computer hardware, software, and geographic data for capturing, managing, analyzing and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.
Participants at this GIS Day event will see how local governments are using GIS technology to better serve their community. Celeste Smith
Wingate University on Thursday will host “Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem,” a string band that plays a mix of country blues, vintage swing, modern songwriter flare and Appalachian fiddle tunes.
The group will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center. The group's musical instruments vary from fiddle and guitars to cardboard box with a suitcase base drum. Tickets are $15. Information: 704-233-8300 or visit www.wingate.edu/culture. Celeste Smith
The Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce will host its Annual Holiday Gala on Dec. 4 at the River Hills Country Club.
The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and continues with dinner and dancing.
Tickets are $70 per person, seating is limited so reservations are recommended.
Reservations and details: 803-831-2827. Dan Huntley
The 20th annual Lights on the Lake holiday boat parade on Lake Wylie will be held Dec. 13. Boats will meet at T Bones on the Lake dock on S.C. 49 at 6 p.m. for the line-up and a meeting of boat captains.
The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m.
The route spans both sides of the Buster Boyd Bridge.
Best public viewing is either from the deck at T Bones or the Buster Boyd boat landing. Early registration is $20 per boat and must be received by Dec. 11. Awards will be given for best decorated boat. For a registration form and details, contact the Chamber at 803-831-2827 or email email@example.com Dan Huntley
“Re>Visit: 1”, Winthrop University Galleries' first-ever alumni exhibition, will run in the Rutledge Gallery Monday through Jan. 22. The Re>Visit: 1 Alumni Exhibition showcases 19 local, national and international alumni artists working in a variety of mediums from sculpture, jewelry/metals and ceramics to photography, graphic design, printmaking and painting.
The scope of alumni work provides an understanding of expression through a range of generations from the class of 1938 to the class of 2005.
The Woman's Club of Rock Hill will have its general meeting Monday at 607 Aiken Ave.
Social hour begins at 5 p.m. The speaker will be Owen Glendening, deputy director for interpretation at the Culture & Heritage Museums of York County.
Glendening will share information about the new Environmental History Museum to be built on the Catawba River. Celeste Smith