Land for gardners: Matthews gardeners will soon have more land to tend, thanks to a $3,000 grant from the Nourishing North Carolina Program, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and the NC Recreation and Park Association. The money will be used to enlarge the town's Community Garden at 427 Covenant Church Lane. The small patch of land, just off N.C. 51, was donated by the state Department of Transportation.
For $30 a year plus water costs, residents now rent 8-foot-by-6-foot plots to garden. All the plots are taken and others have expressed interest, so the town will use the grant to extend the fence, prepare the soil, and purchase tools to be shared by gardeners. Contact the Matthews Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department at 704-321-7275.
Volunteers: The Mint Hill Police Department has started a Volunteers In Policing citizen volunteer program that gives the public the opportunity to help the department with fundraisers, directing traffic, answering phones, and other tasks that don't require a sworn officer. Call volunteer coordinator Al Shuford, 704-545-1085.
Art festival: Sunday Afternoon in the Park, Mint Hill's annual outdoor art festival, is scheduled for Aug. 28 in Mint Hill Park on Wilgrove. Organizers are looking for artists, crafts folk and musicians to display, perform and sell their products. There is a $5 fee to participate. Applications may be found at www.minthil.com. Contact Tina Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 704-545-6231.
Old Monroe Road: The town plans to ask voters to allow the town to float $21.5 million in bonds to widen Old Monroe Road, improve town roads and develop parks.
The town council introduced the bonds this week, and a public hearing will be at the 6:30 p.m. July 12 meeting, at the Indian Trail Town Hall off Indian Trail Road.
Voters could decide on the bonds in this fall's election. They will be asked to decide on three bonds: $10 million for widening Old Monroe Road, $4.5 million for parks improvements and $7 for transportation improvements. The council has said widening Old Monroe Road through Indian Trail is a priority.
For information, visit www.indiantrail.org.