Briefly: News items in South Charlotte and the region, Agu. 18, 2016

Traffic heads north on I-77 as construction continues.
Traffic heads north on I-77 as construction continues.

Survival race: The Steele Creek YMCA will host the third annual C2 Survival Race, starting at 8 a.m., on Sept. 17.

The race will be at Camp Thunderbird, 1 Thunderbird Lane, Lake Wylie, S.C. The event will feature obsticales and physical challenges along a three-plus-mile trail. All fitness levels are invited to participate, as individuals or teams.

Money raised by the event will support YMCA programs such as afterschool, camp, literacy and teen activities.

The entry fee is $50 on the day of the race. Details:

Featured guest: Ann Berry Sommers will be the featured speaker for the Sept. 6 meeting of Habitat and Wildlife Keepers (HAWK).

The meeting will be 7 p.m. at Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St.

Sommers will talk about a 100-year, statewide study of box turtles called “The Box Turtle Connection.” The research is in its 10th year. There now are 32 projects across the state collecting information on box turtles.

Details: or call 704-814-0877.

Chefs for kids: Celebrated chefs and mixologists from the Carolinas will come together on in Charlotte on Sept. 22 for the second annual Chefs for Kids’ Cancer: The Carolinas event.

Chefs for Kids’ Cancer: The Carolinas is a culinary event hosted by national nonprofit, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Held during National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the purpose of this event and CFKC’s mission is to raise awareness and support for new, improved, less toxic therapies for pediatric cancer, the No. 1 disease killer of children in the United States.

Funds raised are granted annually to five of the nation’s leading pediatric cancer centers, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and its affiliated clinics one of which is in Charlotte.

The event will be held at The Fillmore Underground, 820 Hamilton St., Charlotte, and will feature several of the Charlotte area’s most notable chefs and mixologists.

Chefs for Kids’ Cancer: The Carolinas will begin at 5:30 for VIP access with the main doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets range in price from $250 for individual tickets to $2,500 for packages. Interested attendees can purchase tickets and secure sponsorships on the event website: Details:

I-77/Gilead Road: There will be a drop-in public workshop 4-7 p.m. Sept. 1 for a project to improve the Interstate 77/Gilead Road interchange. A diverging diamond interchange has been proposed. The workshop will be held in the Board Room at Huntersville Town Hall, 101 Huntersville-Concord Road, Huntersville. Details:

Classes: Short Attention Span Theatre is ACT’s offering for seniors 55 and older. This 12-week total theater experience starts 1-3 p.m. Sept. 10 culminates with a performance of selected 10-minute plays for the community on Nov. 19. No experience or memorization is necessary. The $225 fee includes production costs. Classes are held at the Warehouse of Performing Arts Center, 9216 Westmoreland Road, Cornelius. For information contact Wrenn Goodrum at 704-707-6757 or email: