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Patrick Snyder, 16, was awarded an Eagle Scout badge for a project he did at Wing Haven Gardens. Patrick, a student at Myers Park High School, constructed a large concrete pad for a chipper and built five benches at Wing Haven.

Patrick is part of Troop 11, sponsored by Providence United Methodist Church. Brian Crutchfield is his scout master. Patrick is the son of John and Mary Beth Snyder of Charlotte.

The Mint Museum hosts a center city kickoff celebration from 2-4 p.m. Sept. 7 on The Green uptown, to note the start of construction of its new building on Wachovia's Cultural Campus. Brass Charlotte will provide entertainment. Refreshments and art-making activities are also available.

The new Mint building is scheduled to open in fall 2010. Details:

Compiled by Staff Writer Ryan Basen