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Fun with pickles

“Get Out and Play Day” drew hundreds to the Promenade on Providence Shopping Center recently.

Vlasic Pickles sponsored the event and its mascot, the Vlasic Stork, invited kids to a“Crunch-Off” to showcase who had the loudest pickle crunch. Taylor Fleming, 8, (center) showed off his talent during the finals of the competition.

‘Rock-A-Thon' benefit

On Monday, residents, staff and friends of Atria MerryWood will host a “Rock-A-Thon” benefit for the Alzheimer's Association.

Participants will take 12-hour shifts in rocking chairs to raise awareness of the disease. Atria MerryWood, located in south Charlotte, is bringing their own chair, decorated with oak leaves that residents can purchase and decorate with personal messages. Proceeds from the sale of oak leaves will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association.

The event will begin at 7 a.m. at the corner of Trade and Tryon in uptown Charlotte. Details: 704-523-4949.

Gluten-free cooking

Barbara D'Ambrosio of The Thoughtful Baker, who prepares treats for people with food allergies, is hosting a gluten-free cooking demo 6:30 p.m. Monday at at Earth Fare in Ballantyne.

The gluten-free and dairy-free menu will include raspberry-marinated pork tenderloin with caramelized onions, rosemary yeast rolls and apple spice muffins.

Reserve a seat by calling 704-926-1201. The store is at 12235 North Community House Road.

Second Harvest

Residents and staff from Plantation Estates, an ACTS Retirement-Life Community in Matthews, recently collected almost 4,000 pounds of food for Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.

ACTS is a not-for profit, faith-based organization that builds, owns and manages retirement communities throughout the East Coast.

“It's unfortunate how desperate area soup kitchens are for donations right now,” said Steve Messer, executive director of Plantation Estates. “We feel blessed to have the means to give back to those less fortunate. Residents want to do it again next year.”

Volunteer help wanted

Misty Meadows Mitey Riders Therapeutic Riding Program is looking for volunteers (ages 15 and older) to help with its horses and special-needs children during riding classes.

Volunteers also help with stable and shed maintenance.

Details: Janet Elmo, 704-841-0602 or