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Providence United Methodist
The Relatives: Providence United Methodist Church recently gave $130,000 to The Relatives to open a transitional living residence for foster youth to become successfully independent adults.
Journey Place, as it will be called, is an extension of services provided by The Relatives to address the issues of older teens in our community. The residence will provide supervision and direction for six residents at a time, young men ages 18-21. For information about the church, visit www.providenceumc.org.
Carolina Waterfoul Rescue
Volunteeres needed: Carolina Waterfowl Rescue needs volunteers to help care for injured and abandoned water birds including ducks, geese, swans and herons.
CWR handles wild and domestic birds. During this busy season they take in hundreds of abandoned and injured baby ducks and geese, sometimes along with their injured parents. Extra help is needed to feed and clean every day until the babies grow and are released or adopted.
Garden tour: The Charlotte Garden will host the 58th annual Mint Museum Garden Tour, "Art in the Garden" 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 30 and 1-4 p.m. May 1.
Tickets are $15 in advance for Mint Museum members, $20 for nonmembers. At the Door: $20 for members and $25 for non-members.
Tickets can be purchased at Mint Museum locations. The six gardens included this year are: Dean and Judy Johnson, 2237 Vauxhall Court; Dr. Neal and Kelly Taub, 1737 Queens Road West; Mary Lou Lindsey, 5943 Brace Road; Neal and Katherine Forney, 237 Hunter Lane; Bob and Dru Quarles, 1700 Queens Road; and the Elizabeth Lawrence Garden, 348 Ridgewood Ave.
A celebratory party concludes the tour at the Mint Museum Randolph on May 1at 4:30 pm.
Road race: The Matthews Civitan Club will host the Sandy Feet 5K & 1K Fun Run at Stumptown Park April 30.
The 5K will begin at 8 a.m. and the 1K Fun Run at 9 a.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit Special Olympics and other local charities. Register online at www.sandyfeet5k.com.
Registration is $20 before April 26 and $25 after April 26. Day-of registration is $25. The 5K runners will receive a free t-shirt. The 1K is free.
Golf tournament: The Matthews Free Medical Clinic will hold its sixth annual Golf Tournament on May 2 at Raintree Country Club, 8600 Raintree Lane.
Play entry fee is $150. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. Proceeds will go to the clinic's building fund, as the two exam-room clinic is no longer meeting patient needs. There are many golfing and sponsorship opportunities available, as well as providing items for a silent auction to be conducted at the tournament. Contact the Clinic for details, 704-841-8882. For additional information, visit the website at www.matthewsfmc.org. Look under "latest news" at the bottom of the page for golf tournament details and registration forms.
Fundraiser: There were will be a fundraiser for two critically ill children, Liam Fudge and Kaitlyn Bourgeault, 6-9 p.m. May 3 at Kate's Skates, 14500 East Independence Boulevard, Indian Trail.
Cost is $15 and half of all tickets sold will go to the medical bills of Liam and Kaitlyn. The theme will be 80s-inspired. For more information about the children, visit briananddawnfudge.blogspot.com and niemannpick.blogspot.com.
Benton Heights Presbyterian
Homeless benefit: Benton Heights Presbyterian Church will hold a fundraiser breakfast to benefit the Union County Homeless Shelter 6 a.m.-10 a.m. May 7 at the church, 2701 Concord Highway, Monroe.
Kelli Fagala, an Unionville Elementary School student, has taken on the local shelter and kitchen as an ongoing service project. Benton Heights has been an important benefactor in her mission but she feels there is still more to do. Breakfast will include eggs, grits, bacon country ham, sausage, biscuits, gravy, coffee, tea and juice. Suggested donation is $7. Tax deductable checks can be made payable to Benton Heights, note: Shelter Fund.
24 Hours of Booty
Jeans and Jewels: 24 Hours of Booty will hold the second annual "Jeans and Jewels" fundraiser 7 p.m.-midnight May 14 at The Urban Garden, 1 Bank of America Center Building at 150 N. College St.
The event will feature a silent auction, DJ, raffle and fashion show. To RSVP and purchase tickets visit jeansandjewelscharlotte.com/ticketinformation.
Tickets are $50 per person with group rates available.
All proceeds will benefit 24 Hours of Booty.