South Charlotte

Enjoy a concert on the water and fight cancer

Today is the sixth annual Justin Mychals Cancer Benefit Concert, rain or shine!

Performances start at 1 p.m. and will continue until dark at the boat docks at T-Bones on the Lake. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

There will be many performers, plus a silent auction, food, concessions and plenty of fun for kids. Each year, a group of volunteers organizes this concert to benefit a local child with cancer. The first child was Justin Mychals. This year, it's Julia Nesbitt, 6, of Waxhaw. You can drive or come by boat, so grab your lawn chair and join in today's fun while helping this young girl and her family.

Share Our Strength

Tracy and Brendan Kuhlkin of Tega Cay invite area residents to join them in a fundraiser to fight childhood hunger in the Share Our Strength's Great American Dine Out at McHale's Irish Pub at 1820 Gold Hill Road and at their Rock Hill location.

They'll donate 5 percent of sales from today through Sept. 28 to Share Our Strength. If you keep your receipt and come in to eat a second time during this week-long fundraiser, you'll get a free dessert.

Saturday , McHale's will be filled with blues musicians, including 13-year-old “Smokin' Jake” Haldenwang of Tega Cay. The first annual McHalestock starts at 1 p.m. and will last until late in the evening, so you can enjoy a day of local musicians while you dine to help children.

Since McHale's opened, the Kuhlkins have donated a percentage of all sales to Pilgrim's Inn in Rock Hill to help families in need. Brendan is planning the 10th Annual Irish Benefit Golf Outing for Nov. 9. Proceeds will be donated to Pilgrim's Inn. Come help those in need while enjoying yourself.

Safe boating

George Persons invites everyone to a one-day boating course taught by the Catawba Sail and Power Squadron on Saturday at the Fort Mill Library.

The information-packed session will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will stress safety on the water.

The class is open to the public and is free according to George, a squadron member. You can pre-register and buy a booklet to study before the course.

Squadron Cmdr. Diane Woods said the course for adults and children offers lots of useful knowledge about boating, buoys, radios, anchoring and all of the rules and laws about S.C. waters. Participants get a certificate at the end of class, and some insurance companies give discounts to boat owners who have a certificate.

To register or for more information, contact Gene Stutz at genestutz@bell or Jim Van Blarcom at 803-548-5362 or