Ballantyne Ball: The second annual Ballantyne Ball will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge. Proceeds from the masquerade-themed gala will benefit The Sandbox, a nonprofit organization that helps the families of children with cancer and other life-altering diseases during the most tumultuous time of their lives.
Last year, the Ballantyne Ball raised $101,000 for pediatric cancer.
Tickets are $200 each. Businesses that would like to reserve a table for 10 and receive corporate recognition may do so for $3,000 per table. Options also are available for patrons who cannot attend, but would like to give. For information and tickets, visit www.ballantyneball.org or call 704-726-3776.
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Gala fundraiser: The March Forth with Hope Foundation will sponsor the Celebrate Hope Gatsby Gala at 6 p.m. March 5 at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge. The black tie and Gatsby-style gala will include cocktails, dinner, dancing and an auction.
The March Forth with Hope Foundation honors Hope Stout, who was diagnosed with a severe form of bone cancer at the age of 12. Instead of receiving her wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Hope famously said she would rather the 155 other children on the list the time receive their dreams. Hope’s generosity back in 2003 sparked a community-wide campaign of giving that resulted in more than $1 million raised and all 155 wishes granted. Hope lost her battle with cancer in January 2004. This year’s event also marks what would have been Hope’s 25th birthday.
Tickets are $250 and are available at www.marchforthwithhope.com. For information, call 704-844-9994.
Ballantyne business supports Make-A-Wish: XPO Logistics in Ballantyne recently held a fundraiser and donated $2,410 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
This was the company’s second fundraiser of the year for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Getting an update: The Town of Waxhaw Parks & Recreation Department is seeking the services of a qualified site plan development firm to help update H.C. Nesbit Park.
The 40-acre park is an athletic facility with four fields for baseball, softball and T-ball and six soccer fields that the town operates along with the Waxhaw Athletic Association. One of the most frequented parks in the town, Nesbit Park will receive additional parking. The town also is studying amenities such as bathrooms, additional athletic fields, a maintenance building and concessions.
The town hopes to begin parking improvements before late May. www.waxhaw.com.
Registration: The Town of Matthews Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resource is now accepting registration for summer camp. A variety of camps are available for children ages 4-17.
For information and a list of summer camps, visit www.matthewsfun.org.
Film and food trucks: The Town of Matthews will sponsor its First Friday Film and Food Trucks event 6-10:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at Crews Road Recreation Center.
Activities begin at 6 p.m., followed by a showing of “Groundhog Day” at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Participants should bring blankets and lawn chairs for the movie.
For details, call 704-708-1287.
Princess Tea: The Ballantyne Hotel will offer a magical Princess Tea 1-5 p.m. Feb. 10-13. A family event to celebrate Valentine’s Day, the Princess Tea will feature a kid-friendly menu and decor fit for royalty. Guests are encouraged to dress up in their favorite princess gown, jewelry and tiara.
Cost is $36 adults, $18 children. To make a reservation, call 704-248-4100.
Father-Daughter Valentine Dance: A Valentine’s Dance for dads and daughters will be held 4-7 p.m. Feb. 13 at Crews Recreation Center, 1201 Crews Ave., Matthews. Sponsored by the Town of Matthews Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resource, the dance costs $12 per person.
Dads and daughters will enjoy dinner, music, dancing, crafts and photography. Tickets are on sale in-person only at the Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St. East. For information, call 704-321-7275.
Matthews Community Center
Craft class: Learn to weave a small waste basket at the next Basket Weaving Class 6-9 p.m. Feb. 10 or 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St. in Matthews.
Cost is $25 residents, $30 others. For information, call 704-321-7275.
Technology Learning Day: Adults who have computer questions or need help with a project are invited to Technology Learning Day 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St. Participants can stay for as little or as long as they would like. For information, call 704-321-7275.
Junior golf tournament: The 15th Annual Ballantyne Junior Open will be held Feb. 13-14 at the Golf Club at Ballantyne. Divisions for the two-day, 36-hole event are Boys 10 and Under, Boys 11-13, Boys 14-15, Boys 16-18, Girls 13 and Under and Girls 14-18.
Hurricane Junior Golf Tour is partnering with Dana Rader Golf School and will accept registration and payment through Feb. 3 at www.hjgt.org. Cost is $209 for HJFT members, $250 for non-members.
Staybridge Suites Charlotte Ballantyne is the host hotel. For information, call 704-248-5000. Rooms must be booked by Feb. 5.
Food Truck Fridays
Application deadline: Food Truck Fridays will return to Matthews this spring and summer in Stumptown Park. The series will run 5-9 p.m. Fridays, March 4-Sept. 30.
Favorite area food and dessert trucks will provide varied menus including seafood, Tex-Mex, burgers, sandwiches, specialty dishes and more. Food Truck Fridays also feature acoustic music and performing artists from the area.
To become a part of the schedule, food truck vendors should apply at www.matthewsfun.com. Performing and visual artists interested in exhibiting their work during Food Truck Fridays should email Lee Anne Moore at email@example.com.
For a full schedule, visit www.matthewsfun.com.
Matthews Public Library
Library events: The Matthews Public Library will hold several events in the coming week. The schedule includes:
Baby Storytime: 11 a.m. Feb. 3.
Sensory Storytime: 10 a.m. Feb. 3. This storytime is filled with stories, songs and activities designed for children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues and other developmental disabilities. Space is limited to 25 children. Registration begins 15 minutes before program.
Excel 2013 Basics: 9-11 a.m. Feb. 4. Learn to create a simple worksheet using Microsoft Excel. Participants must be comfortable working with a mouse.
The Matthews Public Library is at 230 Matthews Station St. For information, call 704-416-5000 or visit www.cmlibrary.org.
Development hearing set: Many Marvin and Weddington-area homeowners who live along Rea Road in Union County line are paying close attention to a proposed Raley-Miller commercial development project that could go on land at the corner of Rea and Tom Short roads.
The Charlotte-based developer proposed a 275,000-square-foot retailer center at the site that backs up to the Somerset neighborhood and is across from Hunter Oaks and Marvin Creek. Longtime residents will remember this same land as the site of a heated debate with Walmart over a proposed super-center discount store.
The Union County Board of Adjustment will hold a special use permit hearing for the proposed Raley-Miller commercial development project at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 in the First Floor Board Room at the Union County Government Center, 500 N. Main St., Monroe.
The hearing was originally planned for Jan. 11, but was postponed after the first agenda item was discussed for more than three hours. That proposal – a cellular tower that abutted a private residential property and was across from a neighborhood – was turned down.
Raley-Miller also developed Marvin Town Centre, a 120,000-square-foot retail center on the adjacent corner of Rea and Tom Short Roads. That center is anchored by Kohl’s and includes CVS, Starbucks, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Mattress Firm, a nail salon, dry cleaner and a preschool. Raley-Miller has made some adjustments to its original plan for new development, including reducing the square footage from 275,000 to 240,000 square feet. The property could include up to three restaurants with drive-through lanes, a convenience store and gas station, a car repair/maintenance store and a bank.
For information, contact the Union County Planning Department at 704-283-3565.
Intersection converted to multi-way stop: The North Carolina Department of Transportation is converting the intersection of Potter Road and New Town Road in Union County to an all-way stop. Work was delayed by rain, moisture and salt on the roads, but motorists were instructed to treat the intersection as an all-way stop beginning Feb. 1.
At a multi-way stop, drivers take turns entering the intersection, resulting in fewer and less severe crashes. Digital message signs will alert motorists of the change. The first vehicle to the intersection has the right-of-way ahead of any vehicle that has not yet arrived. When two or more cars reach an intersection at the same time, the vehicle to the right as the right-of-way. When two facing vehicles approach the intersection at the same time, both drivers can move straight ahead or turn right. If one driver is turning, the one who wants to turn left must wait on the driver traveling straight ahead. Drivers should use appropriate turn signals and be careful to avoid hitting other vehicles and pedestrians.
For information, visit www.NCDOT.gov.
Leigh Pressley is a freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.