Tech camp for girls: Rising 10th- to 12th-grade girls are invited to participate in Microsoft DigiGirlz High-Tech Camp, a four-day summer workshop to introduce them to career fields touched by technology. The camp is 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. July 18-21 at the Microsoft Charlotte Campus, 8055 Microsoft Way. Cost is free. Only first-time campers are accepted. For details and application info: www.microsoft.com/digigirlz; 980-776-1000.
Firecracker 5K: The first Charlotte Firecracker 5K starts at 7 p.m. July 3 on Windyrush Road, near Olde Providence Elementary School, and ends at the Windyrush Country Club pool. After the race, there will be a pool party with food, music and drinks. Cost is $20 through June 26, $25 from June 17 to July 2 and $30 on race day. For details and registration info: www.charlottefirecracker5K.com; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Blood drive: Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is hosting a blood drive 3-7 p.m. June 18 at Regal Cinemas, 7825 Rea Road. Donors get a free movie ticket. No appointment necessary. Details: www.cbcc.us.
Learn about magic: Magician Craig Stone will entertain rising first- to fifth-graders with his finest tricks 3 p.m. June 22 in the children's department of South County Regional Library, 5801 Rea Road. Registration is required and begins 10 a.m. June 20. Details: 704-416-6600.
Public input needed: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Neighborhood and Business Services is asking for public input on the proposed revision to the 2012 Quality of Life Study. Input is needed on the proposed boundaries of neighborhoods. The study examines both residential neighborhoods and business districts and is conducted every two years by UNC Charlotte. The public forum for the southern portion of the city is 6:30-8 p.m. June 21 at Memorial Baptist Church, 4012 Central Ave., and 6-7:30 p.m. June 30 at the Southview Recreation Center, 1720 Vilma St. Details: 704-336-2061.
CATS recognized: The N.C. Public Transportation Association has named the Charlotte Area Transit System Bus Operations Division and Special Transportation Service the safest transit system in the state. The award is given annually to an urban transit system that travels at least 1 million miles each year and ranks high in traffic and passenger-safety performance. Details: www.ridetransit.org.
Groundbreaking: Bissell Companies had a groundbreaking ceremony for two new 10-story office buildings June 9 at the Ballantyne Corporate Park, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. The project will cost $100 million. The buildings will be located at the corner of North Community House Road and Ballantyne Commons Parkway and are expected to be completed by the end of 2012. Details: www.ballantynecorporate.com.