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Volunteers needed

North Mecklenburg Animal Rescue in Harrisburg is looking for volunteers and donations to help it recover from last week's flood damage.

The flooding forced the staff to evacuate 30 dogs to Wyolina Kennels in Harrisburg.

Its main kennels were completely submerged, and the shelter lost most of its supplies and many of its doghouses. But because of space restrictions at Wyolina Kennels, the dogs must be moved back soon.

Volunteers are needed especially to help clean up trash and fix pens. The shelter also needs doghouses, crates, stainless steel bowls and monetary donations or gift cards.

For a complete list of needs, visit

Send donations to P.O. Box 241, Harrisburg, NC 28075.

To volunteer, e-mail or call Beth at 704-649-7783.

West Charlotte

The 100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte and Friendship Missionary Baptist Church will host the “Know Your Numbers Men's Health Symposium” from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 3400 Beatties Ford Road.

The free event for African American men will include workshops, health screenings and health care speakers. Those attending also will learn about the importance of knowing their health-related numbers (such as cholesterol and glucose levels) and health challenges for African American men.

Details: 704-392-0392.

Western Mecklenburg

The U.S. National Whitewater Center will host the Widmer Brothers Rivers Edge Mountain Bike Marathon next Sunday.

Registration will open at 7 a.m. and close 30 minutes before the race. The first 200 to register will get a commemorative event T-shirt.

The race will serve as the Southeast Mountain Bike Marathon Championships, and 12 champions will be crowned in various categories. The 50-mile race will consist of six laps, each 8.4 miles long.

Neutral support will include a pit stocked with fruit, water, electrolyte drinks and mechanical support. After the event, racers can hit the pasta lunch and Widmer Brothers beer tent.

For registration information, visit

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