National Walking Day
Join the American Heart Association and Sara’s YMCA in Ballantyne on National Walking Day at noon April 6 at the Brixham Tent.
After a fun warm up, participants will take a brisk, 30-minute walk through the park. YMCA staff will be on-site after the walk to share fitness tips and answer personal training questions. Admission is free, and the walk is open to everyone.
Ballantyne Corporate Park also has a “Walking Wednesdays” group that meets at 12:15 p.m. each Wednesday in the Sara’s YMCA lobby through June. Details:
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 complete the Rapid Pass Health History report prior to the blood drive. Walk-ins are welcome. Details: www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code BCP2016.
A community volunteer project to support the American Red Cross's Home Fire Campaign also will be held 7 a.m.-7 p.m. March 23 in the Community Room at Sara’s YMCA. Participants will prepare essential fire safety awareness kits for local residents in assembly line fashion. Details: www.go-ballantyne.com.
Register for run
The 12th annual Run! Ballantyne 5K/8K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run will be May 14 at Sara’s YMCA in Ballantyne.
Cost is $30 for the 8K and $25 for the 5K through April 30, $35 for the 8K and $30 for the 5K May 1-12 and $40 for the 8K and $35 for the 5K on race day. Cost of the Fun Run is $10 through May 12 and $15 on race day. Team registration deadline is April 30. Details: www.ymcacharlotte.org.
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.
Ballantyne Book Club
The next Ballantyne Book Club meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. March 30 at Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne. This month's selection is “The Book of Strange New Things” by Michael Faber. Seating is limited. To RSVP, visit www.go-ballantyne.com.
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.
Food Truck Friday
Food Truck Friday will be 5-9 p.m. March 25 at Stumptown Park.
Twelve food and dessert trucks will provide varied menus. Entertainers perform acoustic music, 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.
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.
Admission is free. Details: http://tinyurl.com/VendorFair2016.
Sign up for BeachFest
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. 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.
Summer camp registration
The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resource is now accepting registration for summer camp. A variety of camps are available for children ages 4-17. Details:
In Union County
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 vendor fair 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.
Spring clean up
The 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.
Leigh Pressley is a freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.