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Ballantyne

Grant awarded: The Answer Scholarship Endowment, 6420 Rea Road, was awarded a $10,000 grant by the Leon Levine Foundation. The nonprofit endowment helps send mothers raising school-age children to college to earn a four-year or nursing degree. . Details: www.andersenfoundation.com.

Pineville

Waste regulations: Signature Waste of Pineville reminds residents that piles of branches and vegetation should not exceed 3 feet in size. Items that are too large for one person to pick up will not be removed. Items such as old furniture, mattresses and appliances will not be picked up without prior notice. To schedule a pickup, call 704-714-9400.

South Charlotte

Cancer fundraiser: Registration for the ninth annual bicycle race "24 Hours of Booty" will begin Jan. 5. The race has raised more than $5 million for cancer research. The event will be held 7 p.m. July 29-30 in Myers Park. Details: www.24hoursobooty.org.

Rea Road

Support groups: Calvary Church is launching its winter support groups at 6:45 p.m. Jan. 17. Topics include: dealing with divorce for adults and kids, cancer and caregivers, men overcoming addictions, trusting God in your circumstances, women's weight control and healthy living. Groups are confidential and open to the community. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. Early registration recommended. Details: www.calvarychurch.com/supportgroups.

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