South Charlotte

Raising funds for charities

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Compiled by Lauren Bailey

The Book Rack

Support our schools month

March is Support Our Schools month at The Book Rack, 10110 Johnston Road, Suite 5. During the month of March, The Book Rack, which has over 25,000 reduced-price used books, will donate 10 percent of each sale to the school of the customer’s choice. Since 2012, The Book Rack has donated over $9,100 to schools from this monthly fundraiser. Learn more by calling 704-544-8006 or visiting www.thebookrack.com/charlotte.

Jersey Mike’s

Grin Kids fundraiser

Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids is joining forces with Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurants in Charlotte. During the month of March, customers can make a donation to Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids at any area Jersey Mike’s restaurant. On March 30, all participating Jersey Mike’s will donate 100 percent of that day’s proceeds to the Grin Kids, which will support over 180 charities including hospitals, youth organizations, food banks and more. For a list of participating restaurants and information on the charity partners, www.jerseymikes.com/mog/charities.

Mouzon UMC

Free guitar lessons

Mouzon United Methodist Church is offering free weekly guitar lessons for community members who may not be able to afford regular lessons. Lessons will be held 6:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays in the sanctuary at Mouzon UMC, 3100 Selwyn Ave. Bring your own guitar. All skill levels welcome. Learn more by emailing Chelsea Walters at walterschelsea@hotmail.com.

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue

Big Guy’s Pizza fundraiser

Big Guy’s Pizza, 6914 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill, will hold a fundraising dinner 5-8 p.m. March 19 to raise money for Carolina Waterfowl Rescue. The event will also include raffle prizes. www.cwrescue.org.

Monthly donors needed

The local nonprofit, Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, is in desperate need of monthly donors to help support the thousands of birds and other creatures rescued and rehabilitated at the Rescue each year. Even $10 or $25 would make a big difference in the ability to care for these creatures. Visit www.cwrescue.org to learn more and to donate.

Rotary Club

Oyster roast fundraiser

The Charlotte Providence Rotary Club’s 14th annual oyster roast, BBQ and silent auction fundraiser will take place 5-8 p.m. March 19 at William R. Davie Park, 4623 Pineville-Matthews Road. Tickets are $35 and include all-you-can-eat steamed oysters, Spoon’s BBQ & fixings, clam chowder, hushpuppies, desserts/coffee, tea and OMB beer. Children under 10 are free with kid-friendly food provided. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling Fran at 704-609-2349 or emailing fran@fesmiremarshall.com. Proceeds to benefit Rotary Club charities and projects.

Exceptional Foundation

Virtual chili cook off

The Exceptional Foundation of Charlotte, a nonprofit that provides social and recreational opportunities for adults with disabilities, will hold it’s first TEF Charlotte Chili Cook-Off Online Fundraiser now through April 9. Prepare your team, create your virtual kitchen, and gets your friends and family to vote for your team by donating. Each dollar raised counts as a vote. There will be a chili celebration and the winner will be announced April 9. Learn more and sign up at www.tefcharlotte.myevent.com.

Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary

Festival of Tables

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, a civic-minded group of Charlotte-area women who seek to raise awareness and support for those in need, will hold their 28th annual Festival of Tables 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 15 at the Sheraton Hotel, 555 S. McDowell St. The event will bring together Charlotte’s finest designers and will feature a silent auction, luncheon and speaker. The event will benefit The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte, the Center of Hope shelter, and the Salvation Army Christmas Center. Tickets are available online for $40 at www.salvationarmycarolinas.org/charlotte/events/events/fot-2016-sa. www.salvationarmycharlotte.org/fot.

Common Heart

Golf Classic

The nonprofit Common Heart will host its sixth annual Common Cupboard Golf Classic at noon May 2 at Firethorne Country Club, Marvin. There will be prizes, lunch, free polo shirts for golfers, dinner and a silent auction. The cost is $125 per person if registered by April 2, or $150 thereafter. The funds will help provide Common Cupboard, which feeds about 550 families per month, with much-needed food. Register and learn more at www.commoncupboardgolfclassic.com. Business sponsorships are also available.

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. http://CommonHeart.org.

Drumstrong

10th anniversary

The 10th annual Drumstrong event, which raises funds and awareness for cancer survivorship, education and research, will take place 8 a.m.-11 p.m. May 21 at Misty Meadows Farm, 455 Providence Road South, Weddington. There will be music, art and food vendors, a health expo, a 12-hour drum circle and more. To learn more, donate, volunteer or register to drum, visit www.drumstrong.org.

Lake Norman

Davidson College

Bosom Buddies gala

Davidson College’s Connor House will hold its 16th Bosom Buddies gala 6 p.m. March 19 at the Lilly Family Gallery on the Davidson campus, 209 Ridge Road, Davidson. The event will raise funds for early breast cancer detection. The gala includes a cocktail hour, seated dinner, raffles, auctions and features keynote speaker Sherry Cadorette, a breast cancer survivor from Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer Test. Tickets are $75 and available by emailing bosombuddiesreservation@gmail.com or visiting www.connorbosombuddies.com.

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. www.mooresvillechristianmission.org.

Rusk Eating House

Hunger Games fundraiser

Rusk Eating House of Davidson College is holding a “Hunger Games” fundraiser March 18 where students, faculty, staff and community members will participate in traditional field day activities geared toward hunger awareness. The proceeds from the games and the fundraising page will be donated to Moo Meals, which helps feed low income students in the Mooresville area, and No Kid Hungry, a national organization that fights hunger. Donate and learn more at www.crowdrise.com/thehungergames/fundraiser/ruskhouse.

Nearby

Girl Scouts

Open market

The Union County Girl Scouts from Troop 2684 and 878 are hosting the third annual Wesley Chapel Open Market 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Siler Presbyterian Church, 6301 Weddington Monroe Road, Wesley Chapel. This community yard sale is currently seeking local crafters, farmers, yard sellers, business owners and Scouts that are interested in participating as vendors. To sign up as a vendor, email Sanna at helsinkilady@gmail.com. A portion of proceeds will benefit Girl Scout projects.

NAMI

Education program

National Alliance on Mental Illness Piedmont Tri-County will hold a free education series for caregivers that care for a loved one with mental illness. The 11 week course begins Monday April 18, 6:15-8:45 p.m., at First Baptist Church, 481 Hood Center Drive, Rock Hill, SC. The class will provide basic education about brain disorders and helpful ways to care for those with mood disorders, panic disorders, bipolar disorder, OCD, schizophrenia and addictive disorders. Pre-registraiton is required and class size is limited to 20 people. Contact NAMI Tri-County at 803-610-8174 or email namiptc@gmail.com to register.

Arts Council of Chester County

Oyster Roast fundraiser

The Arts Council of Chester County’s 10th Annual Oyster Roast & Auction Fundraiser will take place 6-9 p.m. March 19 at the National Guard Armory, 1025 Armory Road, Chester, SC. The event features a silent and live auction, all-you-can-eat steamed oyster bar and Lowcountry boil buffet, slaw, bread, dessert and sweet tea. Reserved tables are available for $600 and include eight tickets and preferred seating with business recognition. Half tables are available after at least one table has been purchased. Tickets are $40 for members and $45 for nonmembers. No tickets sold at the door. Tickets are available at the Arts Council, 123 Main St., and can be purchased with cash or checks only. For information, call Lauren Medlin at 803-581-2030 or email artschester@truvista.net for details or reservations.

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