South Charlotte

News briefs


Technology day: Stop by the Matthews Community Center between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. July 16 for computer assistance. Computer support includes: MS Office, Internet, digital photography and movies, Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, software for backing-up documents, Quicken, networking and general how-to advice. 100 East McDowell St. Details: 704-321-7275.


NBC Segment: Matthews-based Bright Blessings, a volunteer-driven nonprofit that reaches more than 3,000 homeless children and families in the Charlotte region annually, will be featured on NBC's "Today Show" 10 a.m. July 13. Show representatives spent two days in Charlotte. View it online at

Rea Road

Cold-blooded fun: Learn about reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates in the science program for rising first- to fifth-graders at South County Regional Library, 5801 Rea Road. Pick between two sessions: 3 p.m. July 13-14. Call 704-416-6600 or visit

Sardis Road

Blog recognized: Providence Day's Middle School News Blog was recognized as an "Outstanding Student-Produced News Blog" by, which promotes the use of social media in education. Providence Day's middle-school student blog features sports, creative writing, book and movie reviews and community service. View the blog:

Park Road

Win an iPad 2: During the American Red Cross's Donor Appreciation Days, through July 15, get a chance to win one of five Apple iPad 2s. Park Road Donor Center, 2425 Park Road. Hours: 2-7 p.m. Thursday; 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday.


Triathlon: The second annual Tri! Ballantyne and Kids Tri! Ballantyne will be hosted by the Morrison Family YMCA July 15- 16. Triathletes between the ages of 6 and 14 can participate in the Kids Tri! Ballantyne July 15 at 7 p.m. The adult race begins at 7 a.m. July 16. Proceeds help support Y programs. Volunteers needed:


Rezoning hearing: Representatives from Bissell Companies will go before the Charlotte City Council on July 18 and answer questions about the petition for the rezoning of Ballantyne Corporate Park. Bissell leaders would like to add more than 1 million square feet of office space and have agreed to fund $11 million in road improvements to the area.