Video contest: Smithfield Elementary won second place in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Mecklenburg County environmental video contest for its video on the school's innovative cafeteria and composting initiative. Watch the video at schools.cms.k12.nc.us/smithfieldES/.
Taste and trade show: More than 100 Matthews vendors will be at the annual business showcase 3-7 p.m. March 24 at Central Piedmont Community College's Levine Campus, 2800 Campus Ridge Road. Speak directly to business owners to learn more about new products and services. Free and open to the public. There will be a $2 charge to sample food from participating restaurants. Details: 704-847-3649.
Donations needed: The new Science Sleuths Camp for 100 rising McClintock Middle sixth-graders wants your broken small appliances for its "Camp Invention" component. Students will take apart old appliances and then invent. Drop donations off at the McClintock Collection Center at Christ Lutheran Church, 4519 Providence Road. Details: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.