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Park the car Wednesday

Help clear the air: Don't drive Wednesday. That's what UNCCharlotte is asking students, faculty and staff to do.

The Charlotte region had suffered through 21 days of bad air quality through July. August's near-100-degree temperatures haven't helped.

So officials are asking folks to use alternative transportation Wednesday: Ride the bus (CATS); ride light rail (LYNX); car-pool; walk or bicycle to campus; or telecommute.

David Perlmutt

West Boulevard

Teen party

The Stratford Richardson YMCA will host a party for youths age 13 to 18 from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday at 1946 West Blvd. Guests must enter before 9:30 p.m.

Music and giveaways are planned. Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation and other local agencies will offer information about their programs.

General admission is $10. Get a $5 VIP admission card at the YMCA by calling Jessica Williams, 704-716-4818.

Karen Sullivan

Johnson C. Smith

Open houses scheduled

Interested in attending Johnson C. Smith University this fall? The school will have open houses at 4 p.m. today and 6 p.m. Wednesday in its Technology Center. Ron Carter, Smith's new president, will attend today's event.

The programs are open to all potential students. Details: Angela Jeter, 704-378-3558 or 704-378-1257. David Perlmutt

UNC Charlotte

Hydrogen Tour coming

Have gas pains? Check out the Hydrogen Tour at UNCCharlotte on Friday and Saturday. Eight emission-free, hydrogen-powered cars will stop at the university's Motorsports Engineering facility about 6 p.m. Friday to refuel at mobile fuelers.

At 8 a.m. Saturday, you can look under the hoods and chat with engineers about the technology.

The motorsports engineering facility is at Duke Centennial Hall, 9201 University City Blvd.

Details: Paul Nowell, 704-687-5828.

David Perlmutt