South Charlotte

Opportunities to help others

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Compiled by Lauren Bailey

The Book Rack

Charities month

October is Charities month at The Book Rack. The Book Rack is donating 10 percent each sale to the charity of the customer’s choices. There will be a featured charity each week if patrons don’t have a charity in mind. Since 2012, The Book Rack has donated $6,700 to charities during the October Give Back month. Stop by the store at 10110 Johnston Road, Suite 5, or call 704-544-8006. Learn more online at www.thebookrack.com/charlotte.

Common Heart

Love in Action fundraising banquet

Common Heart, a faith-based nonprofit in the Indian Trail community that serves the underprivileged through outreach programs, will hold its annual Love in Action fundraising banquet 7-9 p.m. Oct. 23 at Weddington United Methodist Church, 13901 Providence Road, Weddington.

The banquet will include a silent auction, buffet dinner donated by 20 restaurants and a variety show. Tickets are free, but guests are asked to bring their best donation to the fundraiser. This could mean a cash donation, nonperishable food items for the Common Cupboard, or a yearly pledge for the Patron of the Heart fundraising program. Free tickets can be reserved online at http://LoveInActionBanquet.CommonHeart.org or picked up at the Common Things Thrift Store, 321 Indian Trail Road North, Indian Trail.

Volunteers needed

The Common Cupboard food pantry, part of Common Heart, is seeking volunteers to staff an upcoming Harris Teeter food drive in Union County:

▪ 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 24 at Harris Teeter in Wesley Chapel, 5939 Weddington-Monroe Road.

One-hour time slots are available and students are welcome to serve for volunteer hours. The Cupboard provides a week’s worth of food to more than 525 families each month. Learn more at www.thecommonplace.org.

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue

Backyard Birds fundraiser

Backyard Birds in Matthews will host Don’t be Chicken, a Halloween-themed fundraiser, 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 24 at 1819 Matthews Township Parkway, Suite 800, Matthews.

The fundraiser will benefit the nonprofit Carolina Waterfowl Rescue by donating 10 percent of the stores sales during the time to the rescue. Rescue birds will be on site, including chickens dressed in their Halloween best. Bring a household supply item to donate to the rescue (such as paper towels, laundry detergent, trash bags, soap and more) and be entered to win a prize. Learn more at www.cwrescue.org.

Tega Cay Women’s Club

Garage sale

The Tega Cay Women’s Club will hold a fundraising garage sale 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 24 in the lower level of the Gelnnon Center at the Tega Cay Golf Course, 15083 Molokai Drive, Tega Cay, S.C. Proceeds will benefit the Fort Mill Care Center. Sale is part of the Tega Cay Fall Festival, and shuttle parking is available at the Tega Cay Elementary School and Runde Field. Call 865-466-8784 for more information.

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

5K fundraiser

The eighth annual Brookhaven 5K Run for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy will be held 9 a.m. Oct. 24 starting at Brookhaven Clubhouse, 3001 Stanbury Drive, Matthews. Cost is $25 in advance or $30 the day of the race. Proceeds benefit Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy. Learn more at www.brookhavenfamilyrun.com.

Little Smiles

Charity golf tournament

Little Smiles, a local nonprofit that grants wishes to terminally ill children in the Charlotte area, will host its fifth annual golf tournament 11:30 a.m. Oct. 25 at NorthStone Country Club, 15801 NorthStone Drive, Huntersville.

Cost is $500 per team or $125 per person including fees, golf carts, lunch, drink tickets, post-tournament reception, barbecue dinner and more. For non-golfing guests, a barbecue dinner, silent auction and more will begin at 6:30 p.m. for $20 per person. To register, email littlesmilesncgolf@gmail.com or to donate, visit http://www.littlesmiles.org/north-carolina-events.

Easter Seals UCP

Walk With Me

Easter Seals UCP North Carolina and Virginia will hold its 16th annual Walk With Me Charlotte event 10 a.m. Nov. 7 at Freedom Park. The walk supports the programs for children and adults with disabilities. This year’s goal is to raise $90,000. Community members can start their own walk teams, raise funds or learn more at http://www.easterseals.com/NCVA/get-involved/walk-with-me/.

Matthews Woman’s Club

Pancake fundraiser breakfast

The Matthews Woman’s Club Service League will host an Applebee’s Fundraiser Pancake Breakfast 8-10 a.m. Nov. 7 at the Matthews Applebee’s, 9616 E. Independence Blvd. Meal tickets are $6 each and funds will support the league’s charitable efforts. For more information, email Kay at Matthewswe@gmail.com. Learn more about the group at www.matthewswomen.org.

Chapman Memorial Baptist Church

Craft sale

Chapman Memorial Baptist Church will host a craft sale 9 a.m-2 p.m. Nov. 7 at the church, 608 Valleydale Road, Charlotte. Homemade items for sale include table runners, Christmas decorations, dolls, knitted and crocheted items, specialty nuts and more. Proceeds will benefit church missions.

PKD Foundation

Walk for PKD

The Charlotte Chapter of the Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Foundation will hold its Walk for PKD 9:30 a.m. Nov. 7 at Park Road Park, 6220 Park Road. Start your pledge and walk team at http://walkforpkd.org/.

Sharon Presbyterian

Choral concert

A 50-member chorus will join with soloists to present “Honor: A Salute to the Armed Forces” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Sharon Presbyterian Church, 5201 Sharon Road. The concert is free to veterans, $10 for students and seniors, and $15 for all others. Learn more and purchase tickets at www.sharonpcusa.org/special_events.

Anna’s Angels

Gallery event fundraiser

Anna’s Angel’s, which raises money for research benefiting those with Down syndrome, will hold a special art exhibit: “Conscious Art: A Gallery of Artists with Special Needs,” 6:30-10 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Foundation for the Carolinas, 220 N. Tryon St. Tickets are $60. Learn more at www.annas-angels.org.

Cookies for a Cause

Stockings of Hope

Help Cookies for a Cause fulfill its mission of stuffing 1,000 holiday stockings full of new gifts and useful essentials to cheer homeless children in the Charlotte area. Each stocking costs approximately $15 to produce. Make a monetary donation at http://www.cookies4acause.org/Stockings_of_Hope.html or drop off physical items by emailing info@cookies4acause.org. A list of items needed is available on the website.

South Iredell Senior Center

Donations needed

Donations are needed for the Senior Center’s Santa’s Gift Shop, which sells items to raise funds to support the center. Items needed include: all Christmas items, baskets, jewelry, hats, gloves, scarves, recipe books and more. (No clothes, broken items or books accepted). Items can be homemade. Drop off donations at the front desk of the Senior Center 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville.

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