Holiday title swap: The University City Regional Library, 301 East W.T. Harris Blvd, will host “Book Talk: Festive Holiday Title Swap for Twenties and Thirties,” 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4.
Adults age 18-35 are invited to learn about new books without the commitment of a book club. Share something you are reading now, such as a favorite book or author, in an informal setting. A selection of books will be available for checkout. Light holiday refreshments will be provided, including hot cider. Wear your favorite holiday sweater or festive hat. Details: bit.ly/1tspJMS or 704-416-7200.
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Coal ash forum: Professional Engineers of North Carolina and the UNC Charlotte Energy Production Infrastructure Center will lead “N.C. Coal Ash Forum I” 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in the EPIC Building, Room G256.
A free public information workshop will be 6-8 p.m. Dec. 3 in EPIC Room G-256.
The interactive forum will give all stakeholders an opportunity to talk about the effects of the state’s new coal ash management legislation and inform future decisions around remediation and cleanup, organizers said. The Dec. 4 forum will feature a keynote address by John Daniels, chairman of the Department of Civil Environmental Engineering in UNCC’s William States Lee College of Engineering. Panel discussions will include “Where Policy Meets Practice” with N.C. Reps. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, Rick Catlin, R-New Hanover, and Mike Hagar, R-Rutherford, joined by practice scientist and engineers; “Coal Ash Pond Closures: Considerations and Best Practices,” with regional and national experts in the engineering and construction fields; and “Beneficial Use, Encapsulated Structural Fills and Other Sustainable Approaches to Coal Ash Management,” with a discussion on current practices and innovative technologies. For details and to register: www.nccoalashforum.com.
Giving Tuesday: UNC Charlotte will join the national #GivingTuesday movement to encourage the 49ers community to give back during this holiday season.
#GivingTuesday, to be observed Dec. 2, is an effort to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.
The observance will provide faculty, staff and students the chance to write a note to a U.S. service member. Blank notes will be available at three campus locations: Student Union, Belk Tower and the lawn near Cato Hall. Anyone can stop by 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or go to the Veterans Student Services Office in the Cone University Center, Room 346.
#GivingTuesday is a counter-narrative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, because it reminds individuals that the spirit of the holiday giving season should be about community, not just consumerism, said Kathy Calvin, CEO of the U.N. Foundation.