Compiled by Leigh Pressley
Chamber of Commerce
Ballantyne branch meets
The Ballantyne Chapter of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce will meet 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 3 at Ballantyne Village Theatre.
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Tamara Bunte of The Institute for Advanced Results, will discuss becoming your own accountability coach. Details: www.charlottechamber.com.
Red Brick Partnership
Music in downtown Matthews
The Red Brick Partnership, a downtown Matthews organization that promotes economic development in downtown, will present First Thursday at 5 p.m. March 3.
Participants can enjoy music, art and various food and drink items from downtown businesses. Details: www.redbrickpartnership.org.
Downton Abbey Tea
The Ballantyne Hotel will feature a Downton Abbey Tea inspired by the critically acclaimed PBS series 1-5 p.m. March 2-5.
The hotel’s culinary team will present Countess of Grantham’s favorite team savories and sweets. Patrons are encouraged to dress in 1920-1930s period clothing.
Food Truck Friday
Food Truck Friday returns 5-9 p.m. March 4 at Stumptown Park in Matthews.
Twelve food and dessert trucks will provide varied menus including seafood, Tex-Mex, sandwiches, specialty dishes, international cuisine, Southern comfort food and more. Entertainers perform, and area artists are scheduled to appear.
Participants can bring chairs and blankets. Pets and alcohol are not permitted. Food Truck Friday is held each Friday night through Sept. 30.
“Junie B. Jones” takes the stage
Matthews Playhouse will present “Junie B. Jones The Musical” through March 6 in Fullwood Theater in the Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St. East in Matthews.
Based on Barbara Park’s best selling books, the show follows Junie B. on her first day of first grade as everything that can go wrong does go wrong. See how Junie B. turns it around and how she learns to love reading.
March Forth With Hope
Checkers game helps foundation
The March Forth With Hope Foundation will partner with the Charlotte Checkers on March 4 to raise money for the Matthews-based nonprofit.
For every ticket purchased using the promo code MARCH4, the Checkers will donate $5 to the March Forth With Hope Foundation. Proceeds will provide financial assistance to families battling cancer and other life threatening diseases.
The organization honors Hope Stout, who was diagnosed with a severe form of bone cancer at age 12. Instead of receiving her wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Hope asked to grant wishes to the other 155 children on the list. Hope, who passed away in January 2004, would have turned 25 this year. Details: www.marchforthwithhope.org or call 704-844-9994.
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.
Interactive game for the public
Solar development program
To help citizens learn about solar development, Matthews and the American Planning Association will offer an interactive game, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 5 at Matthews town hall, 232 Matthews Station St.
The free game lets participants take on the role of residents, business owners, public officials and local planners in the fictional town of Sunnyside. Participants will discuss solar development opportunities and challenges, benefits and barriers of solar development, getting “solar ready,” financing options and understanding regulations.
To register online or get more information, visit http://bit.ly/sunnysidematthews. Registration is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis.
CPCC Ballantyne Center
CPCC Ballantyne Center will offer an E-Notary Class 9 a.m. to noon March 7.
CPCC Ballantyne Center is in the Gibson Building, 11430 N. Community House Road. Participants must be a current North Carolina Notary Public to take the E-Notary course. Cost is $79.
To register, call 704-330-4223.
Matthews Concert Band
The Matthews Concert Band will present a free performance 7:30-8:30 p.m. March 10 in Fullwood Theatre at the Matthews Community Center.
Details: Colten Marble at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matthews Community Center
The town of Matthews will sponsor two Easter events for families.
Children ages 2-5 are invited to Lunch with the Easter Bunny 11 a.m.-noon March 18 at the Matthews Community Center. Lunch will be served for adults and children. Kids can also make a craft and take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Parents should bring their own camera.
Tickets are $5 per person and must be purchased in advance at the Matthews Community Center.
The town’s Easter EGGstravaganza will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Stumptown Park in Matthews. Carnival games, candy, prizes, crafts, bounce houses, food vendors, music and egg hunts are included in the free event.
Photos with the Easter Bunny also will be available. Details: www.matthewsnc.gov.
Ballantyne Village will hold its second annual Eggstravaganza 1-3 p.m. March 26.
Activities for kids of all ages include free photos with the Easter Bunny, an Egg Hunt in Pocket Park and a chance to meet live bunnies with Mrs. Cottontail. Details: www.ballantynevillage.com.
Matthews Parks, Recreation and Cultureal Resources
Summer camp registration
Matthews Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resource is accepting registration for summer camp. A variety of camps are available for children ages 4-17. Details: www.matthewsfun.org.
Time to signup
The “BeachFest Matthews” street festival will be May 13-14 with live beach music, street food vendors, shagging on the main stage dance floor, a car show, a carnival, and activities for kids including an inflatable village and beach-themed crafts.
Exhibitors and participants are needed for display spaces and arts and crafts. Car enthusiasts can register for the Cruisin' Car Show for $5 per vehicle in advance, $10 on the day of the event.
Runners also are encouraged to register for the BeachFest Matthews Sandy Feet 5K race on May 14. Advance registration is $25; race day registration is $30.
Village of Marvin
Community garden plots
The Village of Marvin is offering a limited number of community garden plots for rent, $20 per spot. The raised garden beds measure nine-feet-by-three-feet-by-11-feet.
Gardens are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Details: Nancy Schneeberger at Village Hall at 704-843-1680.
Museum of the Waxhaws
Town and museum to partner
The town of Waxhaw and Museum of the Waxhaws recently signed a letter of intent to formally explore the possibility of museum grounds becoming a special-use park.
Both groups also will explore joint recreation programming, links to the Carolina Thread Trail and connectivity to downtown. The town and museum will work to produce an agreement that each one's board would then review.
Miller Street Dance Academy
Gala benefits Dancers Against Cancer
Miller Street Dance Academy in south Charlotte and Fort Mill will sponsor the first “Baubles and Bowties” Gala to benefit Dancers Against Cancer, 6:30-11:30 p.m. March 12 at Ballantyne Country Club, 11120 Ballantyne Crossing Ave.
The adults-only, black-tie event will include a formal dinner, drinks, a silent auction, dancing and more.
Tickets are $125 per person and are available at http://bandbgala.gesture.com. Monetary donations for those who cannot attend also are welcome. To become a sponsor or donate a silent auction item, contact Katie Knowles at 980-422-1219.
Easter Egg Hunt
Weddington’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will be 2-4 p.m. March 19 at Weddington town hall, 1924 Weddington Road.
The rain date is 2-4 p.m. March 20.
Children ages 11 and younger are invited to participate in the town’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. Games and refreshments will be available, along with time to take pictures with the Easter Bunny.
Participants are asked to bring a canned good to be donated to a local food shelter.
March 15 primary
Early voting for primary election
One-stop early voting for the March 15 Primary runs March 3-15 at seven locations in Union County.
Early voting hours are 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. March 3-9, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. March 10-11 and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. March 12.
Early voting locations are:
▪ Hemby Bridge Volunteer Fire Department, 6628 Mill Grove Road, Indian Trail.
▪ Mineral Springs Volunteer Fire Department, 5804 Waxhaw Highway.
▪ Stallings Volunteer Fire Department, 4616 Old Monroe Road, Indian Trail.
▪ Wesley Chapel Volunteer Fire Department, 8821 New Town Road.
▪ Wesley Chapel Volunteer Fire Department (Main), 315 Waxhaw-Indian Trail Road.
▪ Wingate Community Center 315 West Elm Street, Wingate.
▪ Union County Public Library-Monroe Branch, 316 E. Windsor Street, Monroe.