Holiday Events: The town of Matthews has planned several holiday events for residents:
• Matthews Concert Band Holiday Performance, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Matthews Community Center. Free.
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• A Classic Christmas Special, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12-13, 2 p.m. Dec 14, at the Fullwood Theatre in the Matthews Community Center. Tickets are $9-10. Presented by Matthews Playhouse. Tickets at www.matthewsplayhouse.com.
• Breakfast With Santa, 9 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. Dec. 13 and 20. For ages 2-8 years. $5 per person (including adults). Tickets available at the Community Center. Space is limited.
Volunteers needed: Elwoods Barbecue & Burger Bar donates food to the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte on the first and third Wednesdays each month.
Honoring fallen veterans: National nonprofit Wreaths Across America wants to ensure veterans and military families from Waxhaw and surrounding counties are not forgotten this holiday season.
Local coordinator Esther Stevens said that on Dec. 13, fresh remembrance wreaths will be placed at memorials and headstones of fallen veterans at nearly 1,000 locations around the world.
Locally, a remembrance ceremony will be at noon at the Military Wall of Honor in Waxhaw. The Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron, MER-NC-300 and American Legion Post 208, will help ensure veterans who lost their lives are properly honored. Details: www.wreathsacrossamerica.org. John Anderson
Leaf pickups: The city of Monroe will pickup leaves through the end of February.
The city’s four leaf trucks operate weekdays, and leaves will be vacuumed up every one-and-a-half to two weeks, depending on the workload. The leaves are taken to one of two city leaf-compost sites: one is behind the National Guard Armory off Sunset Drive; the other is near Fire Station No. 4, off Old Charlotte Highway.
The shredded leaves are available at the Sunset Drive compost site to residents free for use in gardens and landscapes.
If you bag your leaves, they will be picked up weekly by Waste Pro during the regularly scheduled yard-waste pickup. The yard-waste pickup, which includes limbs as well as bagged leaves, goes to the Union County Transfer Station, where it is ground into mulch.
Details: Yard-waste and bagged-leaf pickup – Laurie Purcell, 704-282-4565; curbside leaf pickup and shredded/compostable leaves – Carol Hinson, 704-282-4651; yard waste stormwater pollution prevention and education – Carol Hambridge, 704-282-4535.