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Ballantyne Breakfast Club

Priorities meeting

The Ballantyne Breakfast Club will hold its Annual Priorities Meeting at 9 a.m. Feb. 13 in the Ballantyne Ballroom at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge.

The Ballantyne Chapter of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce is co-hosting the event.

Elected officials from the N.C. Senate and N.C. House of Representatives, Mecklenburg County Commissioners, Charlotte City Council, mayor’s office, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education will present, along with Charlotte city manager and Mecklenburg county manager. Officials from law enforcement, transportation, planning, parks and recreation, education and business also will attend. Participants can question representatives and give input in an informal setting.

The meetings are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served during social time beginning at 8:30 a.m. Details: www.ballantynebreakfastclub.com.

Recycled computers

Drive a success:

Ballantyne Corporate Park recently held a computer drive to benefit the Heineman Foundation. This year’s campaign surpassed previous efforts, producing 5,966 pounds of recycled computer equipment.

Donated computer equipment will be refurbished and shipped to the Technology for Education project in Guatemala. Ballantyne Corporate Park will hold another computer drive as part of its annual Earth Day event on April 21.

Ballantyne Hotel

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.

Ballantyne Ball

Benefit The Sandbox

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 non-profit organization that helps the families of children with cancer and other life-altering diseases.

Tickets are $200 each. Details: www.ballantyneball.org or call 704-726-3776.

Ballantyne Junior Open

Junior golf tournament

The 15th annual Ballantyne Junior Open will be 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 to organize the tournament. Details: www.hjgt.org.

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 non-residents. Details: 704-321-7275.

Crews Recreation Center

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. in Matthews.

Sponsored by the Town of Matthews Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resource, the dance costs $12 per person. Tickets are on sale in-person only at the Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St. East. For more information, call 704-321-7275.

Stumptown Park

Apply for Food Truck Friday

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. 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 contact Lee Anne Moore at lamoore@matthewsnc.gov. For a full schedule, visit www.matthewsfun.com.

Matthews Park and Recreation

Summer camp registration

The Matthews Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resource is now accepting registration for summer camp. A variety of camps are available for children ages 4-17. Details: www.matthewsfun.org.

Blasting to occur

Tom short road extension

Intermittent blasting is scheduled to occur through Feb. 17 at the Amber Meadow development site off of Tom Short Road Extension in Marvin.

Amber Meadow will be an age-restricted community near Tom Short and Rea Roads. Approved in May 2015 by the Marvin Village Council, the community will include 44 single-family homes on 24 acres. Eighty percent of the owners must be age 55 or older. Details: www.marvinnc.org.

Indian Trail Parks and Recreation

Outdoor recreation named top request

A recent citizen survey conducted by the Indian Trail Parks and Recreation Department showed residents would like to see more walking and bike paths, a recreation center, more special events and adult fitness and wellness programs.

Conducted in January, the online survey is a part of the department's efforts to gain public input on the next phase of development at Crooked Creek Park. A public forum was held Jan. 6, and the survey reached more than 400 Indian Trail residents.

The survey ranked walking and bike paths as the most pressing need at Crooked Creek Park, followed by a recreation center, additional playgrounds, shelters and natural areas and outdoor classrooms. More concerts and celebrations were also requested, followed by fitness programs, youth sports and summer camps.

Consulting firm Woolpert will compile a proposed park expansion master plan using information from the survey, public forum and other venues. The proposals will be brought before the Indian Trail Town Council and presented in a public forum before steps are made on the park expansion.

Additional work is already moving forward at Crooked Creek Park, including a splash pad, 18-hole disc golf course and adult exercise equipment. Those changes are funded through a recently received grant.

To give additional feedback, email Recreation Program Coordinator Katy Keller at KKeller@admin.indiantrail.org.

In Waxhaw

Committee volunteers needed

Waxhaw is accepting applications for several volunteer committees through Feb. 12.

Volunteers are needed to serve on the Design & Appearance Committee and Historic Preservation Committee and as an alternate for the Planning Board.

Details: www.waxhaw.com and search under Government, Boards & Committees and Committee Volunteer Information.

Waxhaw land use plan

Comprehensive draft available

Waxhaw citizens can now see a new draft of the town’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan via www.waxhaw.com.

The update will guide future development decisions. It is being compiled by Benchmark Planning and the Waxhaw Planning and Community Development Department. Released Feb. 3, the newest update is the second version of the Comprehensive Plan.

In Weddington

Zoning issue discussed

The Weddington Board of Adjustment will hold a quasi-judicial hearing at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at Weddington town hall, 1924 Weddington Road.

The Board of Adjustment will hear a zoning variance request for property at Lot 23 in the subdivision Lake Forest Preserve (Tax Parcel 06099406). Details: 704-846-2709.

Leigh Pressley is a freelance writer: leighpressley@aol.com.

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