Community relations awards: Nominations are being accepted for the 35th annual Police Community Relations Awards sponsored by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee. The award recognizes officers and work teams from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for building positive, problem-solving relationships with individual residents and neighborhood groups. To nominate an officer or team, write to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee, 600 E. Trade St., Charlotte, NC 28202, or call 704-336-3056 to request a nomination form. Forms also are available at www.charmeck.org/city/charlotte/CRC/CRCNewsroom/Pages/PCR-Award-Nominations-2014.aspx. The nomination deadline is April 1.
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Crime reduction: The Hickory Grove Division of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department achieved the biggest crime reduction of any division in the department, Officer Ericka Conway, community coordinator for the division, reported.
Lupus support group: The Lupus Foundation of America’s North Carolina Chapter will host a monthly support group meeting 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 13 at LiveWELL Carolinas!, 6801 Northlake Mall Drive (on the mall’s lower level, near Dillard’s). The group is for those living with lupus, their family and caregivers, and meets on the second Thursday of each month. Drop-ins are welcome. For more information email email@example.com, call 877-849-8271 ext. 2, or visit www.lupusnc.org.
Aquarium opens Feb. 20: The new Sea Life Aquarium Charlotte-Concord will open Feb. 20 at Concord Mills mall. The 36,000-square-foot aquarium will have more than 20 displays featuring 5,000 creatures, including sharks, rays, an octopus, seahorses, jellyfish and thousands of colorful fish. (Visit the creature list at www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord/explore-our-creatures). The grand opening at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 20 will include the unveiling of the custom mural painted by local children and a celebration of Merlin Entertainments’ 100th attraction. The aquarium will open to the public at noon. Regular admission is $21 for adults, $17 for age 3-12, and free for age 2 and younger. Through Feb. 20, tickets are $16 for all ages if purchased in advance online at www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord/buy-tickets. Annual passes are also currently on sale for special rates. Annual pass holders are invited to a sneak peek of the aquarium Feb. 15-16. Hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-7 p.m. Sundays. Details: www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord.
Library fundraiser: You have until Jan. 25 to place orders for items through Thirty-One Gifts to make a donation to the Friends of the Midland Library’s fundraising campaign. Michelle Frye, independent sales director with Thirty-One Gifts, extended the deadline until Saturday. All proceeds from the sale go toward uplifting the space for the new library. Friends of Midland Library members are working with the town of Midland and Cabarrus County to develop the proposed library space in the new Town Hall building. Thirty-One Gifts is a direct-selling provider of fashion accessories, purses and wallets, totes and organizing solutions, according to a news release from the Friends of the Library. It is founded on ideals of giving back to the community and helping women them live more rewarding, meaningful lives. For more information, contact Michelle Frye at 704-490-5654 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Beth Tallent, Midland Library, at 704-888-0149. For more information about Thirty-One Gifts products, visit www.thirtyonegifts.com.