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Recycling was a special point of emphasis as students at The Goddard school recently celebrated Earth Day.
Recycling was a special point of emphasis as students at The Goddard school recently celebrated Earth Day. THE GODDARD SCHOOL

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Compiled by Lauren Bailey

Goddard School

Earth Day giving: Preschoolers at The Goddard School in Indian Trail celebrated Earth Day April 20-24 by collecting recycling items, creating community gardens and holding a recycled runway fashion show using clothes created from recycled items.

The school also turned off their lights for one hour on April 22 to save energy. Learn more about The Goddard School at


Savannah trip: Donate blood through the end of May with the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, and be entered to win a trip for two to Savannah, Ga. Each blood or platelet donation counts as an entry and helps save lives in 27 hospitals throughout the Carolinas. Learn more or schedule an appointment by calling 704-972-4700 or at

New Leaf Foundation

Farm-to-table benefit: The New Leaf Foundation is building a greenhouse and community garden in inner city Charlotte to provide low-income families access to fresh produce year round.

Chef Chris Coleman of The Asbury along with chefs Matt Krentz, Paul Verica and Shane Ingram will host the Feeding Hope Benefit Dinner 6:30 p.m. May 6 at The Asbury in the Dunhill Hotel, 235 N. Tryon St.

Attendees will be treated to a five course meal prepared by these top chefs, along with live music, cash bar, raffles and more. Cost is $110 per person and tickets must be purchased in advance at or by calling The Asbury at 704-342-1193. Proceeds to benefit the construction of the greenhouse.

Autism Society

Paddleboard race benefit: My Aloha Paddle and Surf, in partnership with three-time NASCAR champion chief Ray Evernham, will host Stand Up for Autism, benefiting the IGNITE community center and the Autism Society of North Carolina on Lake Norman May 8-9 at Port City Club, 18665 Harborside Drive, Cornelius.

The event will feature Elite and Recreational paddleboard races, which are open to the public. The kick-off will be held Friday evening 6-9 p.m. at Port City Club and will include food, beverages, auctions and more. The pre-race meeting will be held 8 a.m. on Saturday. A luau will follow the races. To register, visit or purchase tickets for the kick-off or luau at

Beds for Kids

Dream Big benefit: Beds for Kids, which provides bedding and furniture for children and families in need, is partnering with Wells Fargo and Wells Fargo Championship to hold its first Dream Big Benefit. The event will feature an evening of cocktails, dinner and auctions to raise money to support these children in need. The benefit will be held May 11 at the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. Purchase tickets at Learn about Beds for Kids at

Levine Senior Center

Spring tea: The nonprofit Levine Senior Center will host its second annual Ladies Spring Tea 7-9 p.m. May 15 and 10 a.m.-noon May 16. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for ladies 15 or under.

Tickets must be purchased by May 8 and are not available at the door. There will be sandwiches, appetizers, desserts, beverages and a raffle. Vintage decoration and live music will also be featured. To buy tickets, call 704-846-4654 or stop by 1050 DeVore Lane, Matthews between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Lupus Foundation

Walk: The Lupus Foundation of America, N.C. Chapter, will hold its 14th annual Walk to End Lupus Now, 3 p.m. May 16 at CPCC Belk Plaza, 425 North Kings Drive. To register, visit

Volunteers needed: The Lupus Foundation needs 100 volunteers to help during the walk. Volunteers are needed anytime between noon-9:30 p.m. Those interested in volunteering can sign up at or email

My Sister’s House

Tennis Clinic: A tennis clinic will be held 9-11 a.m. May 16 at West Charlotte High School to raise money for My Sister’s House.

My Sister’s House is a transitional living center that provides housing for up to 26 homeless women.

Registration is $25 youths older than 5 and $35 for adults. Onsite registration will start at 8:30 a.m. To preregister, contact Mary Ann Harrington at 704-617-4685 or

Common Cupboard

Golf classic: The nonprofit Common Heart will host its fifth annual Common Cupboard Golf Classic 10 a.m. June 8 at Firethorne Country Club, 1108 Firethorne Club Drive, Waxhaw.

Cost is $100 per person if registered by May 15. There will be prizes, a silent auction, lunch and more. Proceeds will benefit Common Cupboard, which helps feed impoverished families. Sign up as a sponsor at