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“A Primer in Charlotte Politics,” a four-part series about local and state leaders, will be held at 7 p.m. each Tuesday, Sept 30-Oct. 21, at StoneBridge Church, 3700 Prosperity Church Road.

Organizers will discuss the City Council, county Board of Commissioners, school board and N.C. state government, and provide a civics lesson on local government and its effect on the University City area.

Details: 704-549-8272.

Michael Barnes, a representative for Charlotte City Council's District 4, will host a town hall meeting 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Vance High School, 7600 IBM Drive.

Topics will include the city's budget and the direction of development in the district, CMS operations and public safety.

People also can meet with the city manager, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools superintendent, and the police chief.

Details: Kim Pearson-Brown, 704-336-2180.

The Down Syndrome Association of Charlotte will host the Charlotte Buddy Walk from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Freedom Park, 1900 E. Blvd.

The one-mile walk helps promote awareness and support of individuals with down syndrome. The family event will include music, games, arts and crafts, a raffle and visits by professional sports mascots.

The cost is $10. The Down Syndrome Association of Charlotte supports individuals and families throughout the Charlotte metro area.

Details: http://buddywalk.kintera.org/charlotte08.

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