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National Night Out will once again be celebrated by various neighborhoods in Matthews and across the nation Tuesday.

For the event, neighbors come together in their communities to get to know one another and hear local police provide crime prevention information.

In Matthews, police will be at each neighborhood event, distributing crime prevention information and awarding safety prizes donated by area businesses including Target, the national corporate sponsor of National Night Out.

For more information on how your neighborhood can participate, contact Community Resource Officer Stason Tyrrell, 704-845-1651 or

Mint Hill

The next Sunday Afternoon in the Park event will be 1-6 p.m. Aug. 24 at Mint Hill Park.

It features artists and musicians who display, perform, demonstrate and sell their products.

Admission is free. The park is at 5233 Wilgrove-Mint Hill Road.

South Charlotte

The next “Guys Read @ The Library” event at the South County Regional Library will be on Aug. 12 at 7 p.m.

The program is for middle school and high school males who enjoy reading. The book discussed will be “Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment” by James Patterson. Snacks will be provided.

To register: 704-416-6640.

Stonecrest area

Borders is hosting a book drive in August with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.

Customers will be able to purchase children's and young adult books at a special display inside Borders stores, including locations at Stonecrest and SouthPark. The books will go to children in need in Mecklenburg County. Five percent of proceeds will be donated to Second Harvest.

The Stonecrest store is at 7836 Rea Road. Details: 704-752-3782.

Saving on gas?

For an upcoming story, we'd like to hear how gas prices are affecting your back-to-school transportation plans.

Do you know a teen working an after-school or weekend job to help pay for gas?

Are you delaying buying a car for your high school-age child because of high gas prices?

Have you decided to use school bus transportation for your child, or organize larger carpools, to save gas money?

Know a student who has decided to park the car and get back on the school bus instead?

Tell us your stories and strategies.

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