New principal: Rachael J. Neill has been named principal at Quail Hollow Middle School.
A graduate of Davidson College and a Teach For America corps member, she joined Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as a teacher of exceptional children in 2005. Neill has also served as program director for Teach For America in Charlotte and spent the 2010-11 school year as a resident principal at James Martin Middle School.
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Freedom School: Last week's South Charlotte News featured the new Shalom Park Freedom School for select students at Huntingtowne Farms and Sterling elementary schools. The six-week literacy and enrichment program helps prevent learning loss in the summer. View a video of the first week: www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWLSSOc933U.
Calling all sculptors: The town of Matthews is accepting applications for its new public art project. The project will rotate sculptures by local and regional artists every six months, throughout downtown locations. Art should be able to withstand the elements, rest on pedestals and be "touchable" by the public. The art can be for sale, and if it's sold, the town will receive 10 percent of the purchase price. Deadline is Aug. 8. Art will be installed late August or September. Details: Jayson Johnston, 704-321-7275; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Old Providence Road
Art exhibition: The Carriage Club of Charlotte is having an art exhibition of local artists' work 4-6 p.m. July 13 in the auditorium, 5800 Old Providence Road. There will be a string quartet playing and a wine and cheese tasting. RSVP to Mary Pat Buskard, 704-366-4960.
Music lovers: The Summer Music Series at Stonecrest at Piper Glen, located off Interstate 485 and Rea Road, continues 7-10 p.m. July 9 with Leslie & Friends on the Fountain Stage; Sabra Callas performs on the Plaza Stage.
Digital photography: Civic & Cultural Arts Center, 316 Main St., Pineville, is offering a digital photography workshop on four consecutive Saturdays, starting July 9 from 9 a.m. to noon. Buy all four classes for $70 for members; $110 for nonmembers. Individual classes are $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Register: www.ccacpineville.org; 704-889-2434.
Anniversary special: The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a special "Thank You Carolina" package for residents of the Carolinas, available through Sept. 4. Details: 866-248-4824, www.theballantynehotel.com.