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REGIONWIDE

Signups for the Christmas Bureau have started in Mecklenburg and begin this week in Union County.

In Mecklenburg, signups continue until Nov. 14. The signup site is 801 E. Arrowood Rd.

The Union County Christmas Bureau will open Monday at 1416 Skyway Dr. in Monroe at the Monroe Plaza Shopping Center. Contact United Way or the Salvation Army for information.

In York County, the Christmas Bureau already has its maximum number of clients. Contact the United Way there for alternative assistance.

Cliff Harrington

Founded by Sharon Sanders of Weddington and Wendy Tonetti of Charlotte's Plaza-Midwood neighborhood, the nonprofit Kids First of the Carolinas needs help in its annual effort to provide for underprivileged families in financial need.

Every Christmas for more than 20 years, Kids First hosts a party for more than 300 kids and a senior citizen group. “Each child is asked about their wishes,” Sanders says. “Some ask only for socks.”

Tax-deductible donations can be mailed to: Kids First, P.O. Box 17028, Charlotte, N.C. 28227. Information or other help: volunteer directors Sanders or Tonetti: 704-995-5629.

Sari Monaco

SOUTHERN MECKLENBURG

MINT HILL

The town presented the Mint Hill Athletic Association with a check for $60,000, part of the town's 2008-2009 budget.

Also at the commissioners' meeting last week, town officials passed a resolution endorsing the $250 million park and recreation bond referendum. There are two projects in the proposal scheduled for the Mint Hill area.

Melinda Johnston

MATTHEWS

On Monday evening, Matthews commissioners will hear a recommendation that the Old Public Works Facility, at 309 South Trade Street, be incorporated into the Four Mile Creek Greenway system instead of remaining outside.

The Matthews Town Meeting will be 7 p.m. in Matthews Town Hall. M

elinda Johnston

The first Erickson Retirement Community in the Carolinas officially broke ground recently in Matthews. Named Windsor Run, the community will be built at 2010 McKee Road. The first residents should move in in late 2009 or early 2010. Information: 704-321-2112 or visit www.erickson.com.

Melinda Johnston

PINEVILLE

Real estate signs won't pepper Pineville's roads anytime soon. At Tuesday night's council meeting, staff withdrew a text change request that would have allowed developers to advertise their properties in town with small signs familiar in other parts of the county.

Though the text change included restrictions on size and number of signs, council members didn't like the idea. They said signs would clutter streets and the initiative would be difficult to enforce. Staff is reviewing the idea.

Melinda Johnston

UNION COUNTY

MONROE

The Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center is hosting the AARP Driver Safety Program on Nov. 10-11 for motorists age 50 and over.

Seniors learn defensive driving techniques, new traffic laws, and rules of the road. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Cost is $10 for the eight-hour, two-day instruction. Deadline to register: Friday. Information: 704-282-4657.

Carolinas Medical Center-Union will offer a free presentation called “Think Pink: Breast Cancer Detection and Treatment” 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesday in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Location: Outpatient Treatment Pavilion Auditorium (600 Hospital Drive, Monroe). Includes free dinner. Reservations are required: 704-993-2265.

STALLINGS

The Town Council has appointed the Monroe law firm of Perry, Bundy, Plyler & Long to represent the town.

The firm, which includes former Stallings town attorney Ligon Bundy, replaces Rhonda Hipkins, who resigned earlier this year.

Bundy and attorney Melanie D. Cox, also of Perry, Bundy, Plyler & Long, have represented the firm at town council meetings during the interim period.

The council appointed the firm unanimously 5-0. Council member Mark Franza was not present for the vote.

Marty Minchin

YORK COUNTY

LAKE WYLIE

The Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce will hold a Business After Hours at the Lake Wylie branch of the Bank of York on Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The event will be the branch's “Grand Re-opening and Halloween Party.” The bank is located at 4955 Charlotte Highway (S.C. 49).

Business After Hours is open to Chamber members and invited guests. Details: 803-831-2827.

Dan Huntley

ROCK HILL

The Woman's Club of Rock Hill is hosting Victorian Teas at the historic Armstrong-Mauldin House at 607 Aiken Ave. featuring a traditional English tea of savories and sweets.

Cost is $20 per person, seated is limited and advance reservations are required by calling 803-328-8888.

The house will be decorated for the holidays with carolers and servers in Victorian dress. Teas are Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. and Dec. 7 at 4 p.m.

Proceeds support the club's Mauldin Gardens Restoration Project. The Victorian teas are part of ChristmasVilleRockHill.com.

Dan Huntley

YORK

A new series of monthly day trips by the Culture & History Museums of York County will introduce participants to the story of the Catawba and Broad rivers 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Nov. 8. Geologist Irene Boland, naturalist Steve Fields and historian Michael Scoggins will discuss the natural and cultural history of the Broad River in western York County.

Register by Friday by contacting Barbara Ardery at 803-981-9182 or bardrey@chmuseums.org. Cost is $20 for CHM members and $25 for non-members.

Dan Huntley
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