Compiled by Leigh Pressley
New traffic pattern
As work progresses to widen South Trade Street in Matthews, crews have implemented a new pattern along the project limits.
Construction started in January 2015 to widen the roadway from east of Fullwood Lane to west of Chaphyn Lane just before the culvert at Four Mile Creek. Improvements include widening South Trade Street, installing curbs and gutters, grading, drainage and traffic signals. The area also includes a 1,300-foot section of Fullwood Lane heading south to the intersections with Trade Street, as well as construction of a one-way section of Chaphyn Lane.
The Matthews Police Department will monitor the traffic flow as motorists get accustomed to the new pattern. Details: www.matthewsnc.org.
The Matthews Art Guild is showing the photography exhibit “Angle of View”
through March 31 at the McDowell Arts Center, 123 McDowell St. adjacent to the Matthews Community Center.
Matthews Community Center
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 email@example.com.
Crews Road Recreation Center
Date night drop-off
Crews Recreation Center at 1201 Crews Road in Matthews will offer a Date Night Drop-Off 5-9 p.m. March 11. The event is held at the same time on the second Friday of every month.
Parents are invited to drop off their kids ages 6-12 to have fun playing sports, doing crafts and participating in games and activities. Dinner is included.
Food Truck Friday
Food Truck Friday will be 5-9 p.m. March 11 at Stumptown Park in Matthews.
Participants can bring chairs and blankets. Pets and alcohol are not permitted. Food Truck Friday is held each Friday night through Sept. 30.
Piper Glen Shopping Center
Shamrock 4 Miler
Stonecrest at Piper Glen Shopping Center in south Charlotte will present the Shamrock 4 Miler at 8 a.m. March 12 beginning at 6416 Rea Road.
The event includes a 4K for adults and kids and a Leprechaun Jog for children. Cost is $35 adults and $30 children for the 4K, $5 for the Leprechaun Jog. Live music, food, fun activities and visits with the Easter Bunny will follow. Details: www.shopstonecrest.com.
Easter basket weaving
Matthews community center
Nancy Duffie will lead an Easter Basket Weaving Class 9 a.m.-noon March 12 or 6-9 p.m. March 23 at the Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St.
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.
This is an adults-only, black-tie event. Tickets are $125 per person and are available at http://bandbgala.gesture.com. To become a sponsor or donate a silent auction item, contact Katie Knowles at 980-422-1219.
Ballantyne Lunch Toastmasters
The Ballantyne Lunch Toastmasters will hold an open house 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. March 14 in the Bissell Training Room of the Chandler Building in Ballantyne Corporate Park.
Networking will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by a formal Toastmasters meeting where members will demonstrate the process. Details: www.ballantynelunchtoastmasters.com.
Matthews Ballet Competition
Silent auction fundraiser
The Matthews Ballet Competition Team will hold a Silent Auction fundraiser 3-5 p.m. March 20 at the Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St. Details:
American Red Cross
Blood drive in Ballantyne
The American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. March 23 at the blood mobile at Sara’s YMCA in Ballantyne Corporate Park.
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 and her friends. Music, prizes and crafts also are planned. Details: www.ballantynevillage.com.
KidzArt in Matthews
Art classes for children
KidzArt in Matthews will offer spring classes for ages 6 and older beginning March 17 at the McDowell Arts Center, 123 McDowell St. adjacent to the Matthews Community Center.
Cost is $135 for Matthews residents, $145 nonresidents. A free trial class is available. Details: www.matthews.kidzart.com.
Town of Matthews
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 also can 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. March 19 at Stumptown Park. 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.
▪ The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resource department 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.
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.
One-stop early voting for the March 15 Primary Election is underway at seven locations in Union County.
Early voting hours are 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. March 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.
Details: Union County Board of Elections at 704-283-3809.
Weddington town hall
Easter Egg hunt
Weddington’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will be 2-4 p.m. March 19 at Weddington town hall, 1924 Weddington Road. Rain date is 2-4 p.m. March 20.
Children ages 11 and younger are invited. Participants are asked to bring a canned good to be donated to a local food shelter. Details: www.townofweddington.com.
Community garden plots
The Village of Marvin is offering a limited number of community garden plotsfor rent -- $20 per spot.
Gardens are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Details: Nancy Schneeberger at Village Hall at 704-843-1680.
Leigh Pressley is a freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.