Compiled by Lauren Bailey
24 Hours of Booty
24 Hours of Booty will hold its 15th annual bike ride to benefit Levine Cancer Institute 7 p.m. July 29 to 7 p.m. July 30. Registration is now open at www.24hoursofbooty.org. Volunteers also are needed.
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National Alliance on Mental Illness
Free class for parents
The National Alliance on Mental Illness will offer a free 15 hour education course for parents of children and teens with behavioral and emotional challenges such as ADHD, depression, bipolar, anxiety and OCD. The class will help develop better parenting and communication skills with your child, offer resources and teach about advocating for your child. The class will begin 6:15-8:45 p.m. Feb.16 and will continue for six consecutive Tuesday evenings at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, Room 215, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill, S.C. Pre-registration is required by calling Judy Rauppius at 803-610-8174 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Class size is limited to 15 people.
Matthews Free Medical Clinic
The Tipsy Paintbrush will host the third annual Art & Amore fundraiser for the local nonprofit Matthews Free Medical Clinic, 7-9 p.m. Feb. 13 at the studio, 116B W. John St.
A professional artist will guide guests to paint a preselected piece on a canvas to take home. Cost is $50 per person and includes a buffet dinner, door prizes and the painting class.
Proceeds will benefit the medical clinic which provides free medical care for low income, uninsured residents.
To reserve your spot, call 704-412-2398. To learn more about the clinic, visit www.matthewsfmc.org.
Pancakes for a Purpose
Pancreatic cancer fundraiser
The sixth annual Pancakes for a Purpose will be held 7-10 a.m. Feb. 27 at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 5110 Piper Station Drive, Charlotte.
Enjoy a pancake breakfast for $8 with all proceeds benefiting Pancreatic Cancer Research. Panthers memorabilia will also be raffled off. To purchase tickets, donate or learn more, visit www.PancakesforaPurpose.org or email info@PancakesforaPurpose.org.
Loaves & Fishes
The Levine-Sklut Family Foundation is challenging the Charlotte community to help feed more neighbors in need. Lori and Eric Sklut are offering to match up to $25,000 in donations to Loaves & Fishes. If the $25,000 is matched, $50,000 would provide 131,578 meals for the hungry in Mecklenburg County. That’s enough to feed 6,266 people for a week. To donate, visit www.loavesandfishes.org.
Learning Help Centers of Charlotte
Learning Help Centers of Charlotte provides year-round programs for children and families living in low-income apartment communities. Monetary donations are needed to fund the programs LHCC offers at no cost to local needy community members including after-school meals, literacy programs, homework and reading support, and summer enrichment programs. To learn more, visit www.lhcclt.org or call 980-297-5114.
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. Learn more at www.mooresvillechristianmission.org.
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. Learn more at http://CommonHeart.org.
Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary
Souper Bowl and Bake Sale
The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary and Shoe Show will hold its Souper Bowl and Bake Sale 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 16 at Forest Hill United Methodist Church, Union Street N., Concord.
Tickets are $10 each and include a bowl of artisan soup, crackers, a drink and a favor. Take out is available. Rain date: Feb. 23. Proceeds benefit the Salvation Army’s social services programs. For additional information, call 704-782-7822.