Explorers honored: The Matthews Fire & EMS Explorer Post 911 recently won several honors at the N.C. Fire & EMS Explorers competition. The co-ed group of students ages 14 to 18, who are interested in firefighting and EMS careers, meets on the first Saturday and the third Thursday of each month. At the state competition, the Matthews Explorers competed against eight other teams and won the written examination, placed second in the equipment practical competition and won third in the oral examination. To join: 704-847-9400.
New location: Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont announced plans to build a new 12,000-square-foot center in the Capstone Commons shopping center. The retail store and donation center will be at 16025 Lancaster Highway. The new location will employ 20-25 people and is expected to generate approximately $500,000 in annual wages and benefits. Proceeds from the store sales will fund the organization's job training and employment programs.
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Lunch and learns: The Shepherd's Center of Charlotte is hosting two seminars for senior citizens. "Enhancing Weight Loss" is 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 26 at Summit Place of SouthPark, 2101 Runnymede Lane; and "Senior Living Made Simple" will be 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. July 28 at Carmel Place, 5512 Carmel Road. To RSVP: 704-365-1995; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fundraiser winner: Huntingtowne Farms Elementary School is one of four elementary schools to win $500 from Monkey Joe's of Charlotte for raising the most money through fundraisers at a Monkey Joe's location. To participate: 704-957-1233.
Music benefit: Ballantyne Village's Mix at Six, a seasonal music series, raised nearly $1,700 for the Ardrey Kell Band Booster Club. The six-week series hosted Charlotte bands in the central Village Plaza on Wednesday evenings. The fall season kicks off Aug. 31 and runs through Oct. 5. The fall beneficiary will be Carolina Breast Friends, a charity that provides breast cancer survivors with support options, www.mixatsixballantyne.com.