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Compiled by Leigh Pressley

Matthews Community Center

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.

Classes are offered 3-4 p.m. Thursdays, March 17-May 12 for ages 6-11; 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 17-May 2 for ages 6-13; and 10-11 a.m. Saturdays, April 2-May 21 for ages 6-13.

The cost is $135 for Matthews residents, $145 nonresidents. A free trial class is available. Details: www.matthews.kidzart.com.

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.

Team members are raising money to fund a trip to perform at Walt Disney World in April. Auction items include sports memorabilia, gift baskets and ballet items. Details: 704-321-7275 or visit www.matthewsfun.org.

Easter events in Matthews

The town 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.

Weave an Easter basket

Nancy Duffie will lead an Easter basket weaving class 6-9 p.m. March 23 at the Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St.

The colorful basket is perfect for filling with Easter treats and is great for adults and children to make together. Beginners are welcome.

Cost is $25 for Matthews residents, $30 nonresidents. A $10 materials fee is payable in class. Details: 704-321-7275 or visit www.matthewsfun.org.

Art reception

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. Details: 704-847-9746 or visit www.matthewsfun.org.

Summer camp registration

Time to register

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.

Street festival

Sign up for BeachFest

The BeachFest Matthews street festival will be May 13-14 in Matthews.

The event will feature live beach music, street food vendors, shagging on the main stage dance floor, a car show, a carnival, and activities for kids.

Exhibitors and participants are needed. 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.

Details: www.beachfestmatthews.com or email Lee Anne Moore, Special Events Manager at lamoore@matthewsnc.gov.

Stumptown Park

Food Truck Friday

Food Truck Friday will be 5-9 p.m. March 18 at Stumptown Park in Matthews.

Twelve food and dessert trucks will provide varied menus including seafood, Tex-Mex, sandwiches, specialty dishes, international cuisine and other Southern food. There also will be entertainment.

Participants can bring chairs and blankets. Pets and alcohol are not permitted. Food Truck Friday will be each Friday night through Sept. 30. Details: www.matthewsfun.com.

Easter event

Matthews’ 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.

In Ballantyne

Wingate University information sessions:

Wingate University Ballantyne will hold information sessions on its Adult Bachelor Degree Program and its MBA Program at 6 p.m. March 22 in Suite 150 of the Harris Building, 13024 Ballantyne Corporate Place.

For information or to RSVP for the Adult Bachelor Degree, contact Tim Kane at t.r.kane@wingate.edu. To register for the MBA information session, contact Pamela Tobin at p.tobin@wingate.edu.

Sara’s YMCA

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.

Donors can cut 15-20 minutes off of their wait time by completing the Rapid Pass Health History report prior to the blood drive. Walk-ins are welcome.

To register, visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code BCP2016. For more information, visit www.go-ballantyne.com.

Kids activities

Eggstravaganza in Ballantyne

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.

South Piedmont Community College

Vendor fair

Companies interested in pursuing business opportunities with Union County, local municipalities and schools are invited to attend the “Connecting Business in Union County” vendor fair, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. April 6 at South Piedmont Community College.

The event allows business representatives to meet with procurement agents from Union County, the City of Monroe, Union County Public Schools, South Piedmont Community College, the town of Indian Trail, town of Stallings, town of Wingate and town of Waxhaw. Procurement agents will share information about upcoming bid opportunities, discuss how the Invitation for Bid or Request for Proposal processes work, how to navigate government websites and how buying surplus can save money.

There is no admission charge. Details: http://tinyurl.com/VendorFair2016.

In Marvin

Volunteer in the park

The Village of Marvin will hold a volunteer day, 9 a.m.-noon, March 19 at Marvin Efird Park, 8909 New Town Road.

Volunteers will assist with various projects, including readying trails, flower beds, open space and the playground for the upcoming spring and summer seasons. Non-Marvin taxpayers can use the volunteer hours to count toward a free annual parking pass. Details: 704-843-1680.

Cane Creek Park

GPS family egg hunt

The Union County Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor a GPS Easter Egg Family Competition at 2:30 p.m. March 19 at Cane Creek Park in Waxhaw.

Families will use GPS coordinates to find eggs and compete against other families in the park. Prizes will be awarded. Pre-registration is required at 704-843-3919, ext. 23 or lindseyfowler@co.union.nc.us.

In Monroe

New Human Services building

Union County recently began clearing land for its new Human Services Building at the intersection of U.S. 601 (Skyway Drive) and Concord Avenue in Monroe.

Abandoned structures on the 30-acre plot were demolished to make way for the new facility. Construction is scheduled to be completed in fall 2017.

In Indian Trail

Egg and scavenger hunt

The Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center will sponsor an Easter egg hunt 10 a.m.-noon March 19 at the center, 100 Navajo Trail.

The event includes free face painting, arts and crafts, photos with the Easter Bunny, an egg decorating contest and an appearance by Alice from Alice in Wonderland.

Egg Hunt times begin at 10:15 a.m. and will be held in 15-minute increments for children ages 3-10. A new Scavenger Hunt will be held for kids ages 11-12 with prizes for the most selfies taken with items on the scavenger hunt list.

Details: Susan Didier at sdidier@admin.indiantrail.org or 704-821-2541.

In Weddington

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.

Details: www.townofweddington.com.

Waxhaw Public Services

Spring clean up in Waxhaw

The town of Waxhaw Public Services department will hold a Spring Clean Up Day on March 23 for town residents.

Public services workers will pick up appliances, furniture, televisions and household goods beginning at 7 a.m. March 23. All items must be placed curbside by 7 a.m. Routes will vary and return trips will not be made.

Items not accepted include yard waste, motors, batteries, car parts, oil, paint, hazardous chemicals and tires. Details: 704-843-7439 or visit www.waxhaw.com.

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

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