South Charlotte


SouthPark and Sedgefield

New uses for schools: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools recently announced how empty school buildings will be used this year. The former Smith International Academy of Languages building, 1600 Tyvola Road, will now be for district uses, including: the Family Application Center, magnet schools office, After School Enrichment program, Bright Beginnings, International Center, Exceptional Children (from Lincoln Heights), PreK-12 support and family support. The former Sedgefield Elementary/Family Life Application Center, 715 Hartford Ave, will be used by the Q Foundation, an online GED program.

South Charlotte

Free round of golf: Teachers, police officers and firefighters can play 18 holes of golf for free with one paid round through Aug. 7 at the Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. Players must mention this offer at tee-time and present valid employment ID in the golf pro shop. Details: 704-248-4383.


Grant opportunity: The town of Matthews is accepting Tourism Grant Applications from organizations that meet legal guidelines for attracting tourism to the town. The grants may also be used for off-street parking and for activities, including art and cultural programs, events and festivals. Applications are available at Deadline Aug. 19. Questions: 704-847-4411, ext. 230.


Fall Mix at Six: Ballantyne Village announced plans for a fall 2011 Mix at Six outdoor music series every Wednesday from Aug.31 to Oct. 5. Drink specials and table seating start at 5 p.m., and the featured band performs 6-9 p.m. For band schedule: For sponsorships: 704-906-2929.


Spay/Neuter benefit: The fifth annual Animal Kneads Day with Great Harvest Bread Company, 6420 Rea Road, will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 21. Last year more than $9,000 was raised to support Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Animal Care & Control Spay/Neuter Fund. For bread pre-orders, email Julia Conner, Details: Judy Clark,

Area events

Helping libraries: Friends of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, the nonprofit dedicated to supporting the library, will host its second annual Rock & Read 5K Run/Walk on Sept. 10 at the Scaleybark Branch Library, 101 Scaleybark Road. To register or donate, visit and click on Rock & Read 5K.

Helping children: During August, all four Charlotte-area Wolfman Pizza locations are offering a 20 percent coupon to customers who donate to nonprofit Bright Blessings, which serves the homeless children. Customers are asked to bring: prepackaged cookies (single-serve, individually wrapped); boxes of juice pouches; bags of lollipops; and decorative pencils. Details: