July 4th celebration: Celebrate Independence Day July 2 in downtown Matthews. Gather in front of Town Hall, 232 Matthews Station St., at 5:30 p.m. to decorate bicycles, scooters or wagons with free patriotic items for the 6 p.m. parade that ends at Stumptown Park, 120 East Trade St. Afterward, there will be games, activities and live music.
Fossil dig: Rising first- to fifth-graders can go on a fossil dig and learn how to identify fossils 3 p.m. July 6 at the South County Regional Library, 5801 Rea Road. Registration is required and begins 10 a.m. July 2. To register, visit www.plcmc.lib.nc.us and click on the "Classes/Events" tab.
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Partnership: The city of Charlotte has contracted with Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont to allow the nonprofit to recycle or refurbish the city's computers and electronic equipment. Effective July 1, televisions, computers and related equipment will be banned from local landfills. Goodwill recycled more than 3.6 million pounds of electronics locally in 2010. Details: 704-372-3434.
Driver's education: To register for summer driver's education classes or schedule behind-the-wheel training, call Jordan Driving School, 704-566-9900.
Call for artists: The 2011 Matthews Alive Festival Board of Directors is looking for this year's official art piece to adorn the festival's promotional materials. Winner receives $750. The festival's theme is "Destination Matthews," so art should focus on the places and features that make Matthews a destination or bring tourism. Deadline is noon July 15. Details: www.matthewsalive.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.