New bridge opens: The new Mallard Creek Road bridge opened Saturday and will be the permanent replacement for the old bridge that crossed Interstate 85. The bridge was built because the old one will be torn down to accommodate space for the new ramps that will create the I-85 and I-485 turbine interchange. The old bridge will be demolished after Thanksgiving, said Jen Thompson of the N.C. Department of Transportation.
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MLK award nominations: The city is asking for nominations for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Medallion Award. Nominations are due by Dec. 5. The annual award is the highest recognition given by the city to honor the Martin Luther King holiday. Nominees must be residents of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, and the winner will be chosen for promoting King’s ideals. Submit an online form at http://crc.charmeck.org, or get more information from Terry Bradley at 704-336-5271.
Food drive: Our Foundation for Children is asking for donations for its annual food drive: rice, canned vegetables, tuna, chicken, soup, cereal, spaghetti sauce, pasta, oatmeal, beans and dry milk. For more information visit www.ourfoundationforchildren.org or call Clair Lane at 704-236-8945.
Reedy Creek Park
Post-feast walk: Walk Off the Turkey Hike at 10 a.m. Nov. 23. A medium- to fast-paced walk. Family nature walk at 1 p.m. Call 704-432-6460 to register. 2900 Rocky River Road.
Clothing swap: Bring clothes to the Chic Boutique Clothing Swap from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 19. One ticket for each piece of clothing to swap for other pieces. Tickets also available for $2. Benefits Charlotte’s Crisis Assistance ministries. Student Union, Room 200.