Autism conference sign-ups: Registration now available for The Autism Society of North Carolina’s annual conference, Autism Grows Up, Feb. 8-9 at the Hilton University Place. Continuing education units will be awarded to professionals, and discounts are offered to groups of six or more. For details or to register, visit www.autismsociety-nc.org or call 1-800-442-2762.
Preschool open house: Parents of 2- to 5-year-olds are invited to attend an open house 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 25 at Piedmont Progressive Preschool. Parents can visit classrooms, see teachers and 2-year-old students in class, and register for the upcoming school year. For details, 704-510-1022 or www.progressivepreschool.org.
Venture Knowledge luncheon: The monthly entrepreneurial program, 11:45-1:20 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Ben Craig Center’s Iverson Room, will be “Driving preference for you and your offering ... in the middle of the sales cycle.” To register, send contact information to Carolyn Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704-548-9113. Lunch costs $10, cash only.
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49ers blood drive: UNC Charlotte is teaming with the American Red Cross for the fourth annual 49ers for Life blood drive 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Student Activities Center. Donors will get a free pint of Blue Bell ice cream and a T-shirt. People who sign up by Jan. 18 and keep their appointments will be entered to win a tablet. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code, “49ers for Life.”