Neighborhood garden: Neighbors of Pinewood Elementary will meet at the rose garden in front of the former Pinewood Elementary site 9 a.m. May 21 to rehabilitate the neighborhood rose garden through Keep Charlotte Beautiful. Volunteers are asked to bring rakes and shovels and wear gloves. Juice, coffee and doughnuts will be provided. Details: www.neighborhoodlink.com/Madison_Park.
Take 25 initiative: In honor of National Missing Children's Day, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is encouraging parents and guardians to take 25 minutes to talk to their children about safety on May 25. The day serves as a reminder to the nation to renew efforts to reunite missing children with their families, remember those who are still missing and make child protection a national priority. Details: www.take25.org.
Poster contest: Students from Matthews Elementary School recently participated in the annual Silence the Violence Poster Contest, sponsored by the Matthews Police Department, where students are asked to use their artistic skills to tell a story on how they will work to prevent violence. Contest winners get to spend the day shadowing the mayor, town manager, police chief, fire and EMS chief, town clerk and others. This year's winners are: Emma Banner, Lena Jarieh, Laila Ghniem, Kaitlin Novak, Caittrin Sturdahl, Matheus Sadovsky, Emily Pureza, Max Hester-Newman and Julia McGann.
Landmark meeting: The Civic & Cultural Arts Center will host a meeting featuring the Historic Landmarks Commission 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 19 at the center, 316 Main St. The meeting will discuss preservation efforts in Pineville and the preservation of small towns in North Carolina. Details: 704-889-2434.
Outdoor series: The town's Rockin' and Reelin' concert and movie series will begin 7 p.m. May 20 at the Pineville Lake Park, 100 Park Lake Drive. The series is free. The first concert will feature the Chris Lane Band. Details: 704-889-2291.
Give Kids the World: Staybridge Suites is hosting the Give Kids the World barbecue 12-1:30 p.m. May 19 at the hotel, 15735 John J. Delaney Drive. Give Kids the World is a nonprofit that sends children with life-threatening illnesses and their families to the Give the Kids the World Village and attractions in Florida. The event, which includes games, raffles and lunch, will benefit the nonprofit. Admission is free and lunch is $8.
Online tool: Mecklenburg County has released an online tool to allow residents to create their own school redistricting proposals. Residents can create districts and see proposals by other residents. The Redistricting Advisory Committee will review residents' proposals before making recommendations to the county later this year. Visit maps.co.mecklenburg.nc.us/redistricting/.