Lake Norman & Mooresville

Raising funds for charities

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Compiled by Lauren Bailey

Lake Norman

Rusk Eating House

Hunger Games fundraiser

Rusk Eating House of Davidson College is holding a “Hunger Games” fundraiser March 18 where students, faculty, staff and community members will participate in traditional field day activities geared toward hunger awareness. The proceeds from the games and the fundraising page will be donated to Moo Meals (which helps feed low income students in the Mooresville area), and No Kid Hungry, a national organization that fights hunger. Donate and learn more at www.crowdrise.com/thehungergames/fundraiser/ruskhouse.

Mooresville-Lake Norman Christian Mission

Free tax services

The Mooresville-Lake Norman Christian Mission is offering free tax preparation to individuals and families with household incomes of $62,000 or less in 2015. These individuals are eligible to use MyFreeTaxes, a free national online tax filing platform, offering both online and in person. The Mooresville-Lake Norman Christian Mission is serving as a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site. To schedule an appointment, call 704-664-2357, ext. 15. www.mooresvillechristianmission.org.

South Charlotte

The Book Rack

Support our schools month

March is Support Our Schools month at The Book Rack, 10110 Johnston Road, Suite 5. During the month of March, The Book Rack, which has over 25,000 reduced-price used books, will donate 10 percent of each sale to the school of the customer’s choice. Since 2012, The Book Rack has donated more than $9,100 to schools from this monthly fundraiser. Learn more by calling 704-544-8006 or visiting www.thebookrack.com/charlotte.

Jersey Mike’s

Grin Kids fundraiser

Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids is joining forces with Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurants in Charlotte. During the month of March, customers can make a donation to Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids at any area Jersey Mike’s restaurant. On March 30, all participating Jersey Mike’s will donate 100 percent of that day’s proceeds to the Grin Kids, which will support over 180 charities including hospitals, youth organizations, food banks and more. www.jerseymikes.com.

Boy Scouts

BBQ fundraiser

Boy Scout Troop 256 will host a BBQ fundraiser 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 12 at Quail Hollow Presbyterian Church, 8801 Park Road. Plates are $8 and one pound is $10. The church will also be holding a craft fair that day. Learn more at troop256bbq.com.

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue

Big Guy’s Pizza fundraiser

Big Guy’s Pizza, 6914 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill, will hold a fundraising dinner 5-8 p.m. March 19 to raise money for Carolina Waterfowl Rescue. The event will also include raffle prizes. www.cwrescue.org.

Monthly donors needed

The local nonprofit, Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, is in desperate need of monthly donors to help support the thousands of birds and other creatures rescued and rehabilitated at the Rescue each year. Even $10 or $25 would make a big difference in the ability to care for these creatures. Visit www.cwrescue.org to learn more and to donate.

South Meck

Baseball fundraiser

The South Mecklenburg High School baseball team will hold its fifth annual charity event March 12 to raise funds for The Miracle League, a charity organization that builds custom baseball fields that allow any child with special needs to be able to experience the joy of baseball. Last year’s event raised over $20,000. The event will begin 11 a.m. with the JV game and continue with the 2 p.m. varsity game and the 5 p.m. alumni game. The South Meck Sabres will take on the Myers Park Mustangs at South Meck, 8900 Park Road.

Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary

Festival of Tables

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, a civic-minded group of Charlotte-area women who seek to raise awareness and support for those in need, will hold their 28th annual Festival of Tables 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 15 at the Sheraton Hotel, 555 S. McDowell St. The event will bring together Charlotte’s finest designers and will feature a silent auction, luncheon and speaker. The event will benefit The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte, the Center of Hope shelter, and the Salvation Army Christmas Center. Tickets are available online for $40 at www.salvationarmycarolinas.org/charlotte/events/events/fot-2016-sa. www.salvationarmycharlotte.org/fot.

Common Heart

Free tax services

For the fifth year in a row, local nonprofit Common Heart is offering free tax services for families with an annual household income of $53,000 or less. Qualified volunteers offer help with tax form preparation. Last year, the service saved residents an estimated $65,000 in preparation fees and got 279 families more than $360,000 in total refunds. The free service is available by appointment only through April 15. To make an appointment, residents should call 704-684-9007. http://CommonHeart.org.

Elsewhere

Mouzon UMC

Free guitar lessons

Mouzon United Methodist Church is offering free weekly guitar lessons for community members who may not be able to afford regular lessons. Lessons will be held 6:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays beginning in the sanctuary at Mouzon UMC, 3100 Selwyn Ave. Bring your own guitar. All skill levels welcome. Learn more by emailing Chelsea Walters at walterschelsea@hotmail.com.

NAMI

Education program

National Alliance on Mental Illness Piedmont Tri-County will hold a free education series for caregivers that care for a loved one with mental illness. The 11-week course begins 6:15-8:45 p.m. April 18 at First Baptist Church, 481 Hood Center Drive, Rock Hill, S.C. The class will provide basic education about brain disorders and helpful ways to care for those with mood disorders, panic disorders, bipolar disorder, OCD, schizophrenia and addictive disorders. Registration is required and class size is limited to 20 people. Contact NAMI Tri-County at 803-610-8174 or email namiptc@gmail.com to register.

Pilgrims’ Inn

Irish fundraiser

“Be Irish for a Night,” the 22nd annual fundraiser for Pilgrims’ Inn, will take place 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 12 at St. Anne Parish Life Center, 1696 Bird St., Rock Hill, S.C. The event features a corned beef and cabbage dinner, homemade Irish corn bread, desserts and drinks. There will also be Irish dancers, live music and a silent and live auction. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased by calling 803-327-4227. Pilgrims’ Inn offers emergency assistance, shelter and support for individuals and families in York County. Learn more at http://pilgrimsinn.org/.

Arts Council of Chester County

Oyster Roast fundraiser

The Arts Council of Chester County’s 10th Annual Oyster Roast & Auction Fundraiser will take place 6-9 p.m. March 19 at the National Guard Armory, 1025 Armory Road, Chester, SC. The event features a silent and live auction, all-you-can-eat steamed oyster bar and Lowcountry boil buffet, slaw, bread, dessert, and sweet tea. Reserved tables are available for $600 and include eight tickets and preferred seating with business recognition. Half tables are available after at least one table has been purchased. Tickets are $40 for members and $45 for others. No tickets sold at the door.

Tickets are available at the Arts Council, 123 Main St., and can be purchased with cash or checks only. For information, call Lauren Medlin at 803-581-2030 or email artschester@truvista.net for details or reservations.

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