Labor Day festival: The Matthews Alive! festival will be Sept. 2-5.
This year's theme is "Destination Matthews." The festival, which takes place in downtown Matthews, is in its 19th year.
A variety of musicians and groups will perform. The list includes The Holiday Band, U-Phonik, The WannaBeatles Beatles Tribute Band, Henry Haney Project and the Band of Oz .
World of Play: ImaginOn in uptown Charlotte will present a Children's World of Play from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Friday. Kids can enjoy crafts, games and entertainment from around the world.
The organizers need cultural performers, including dancers and musicians as well as volunteers to help with planning and implementing games and crafts.
To help, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
War memorial: Construction has resumed on the North Carolina Korean War Veterans Memorial in Mint Hill Park on N.C. 218.
Memorial committee member Don Putnam says lighting and electrical issues caused construction to be suspended for several months, but now those problems are solved and they are moving ahead.
Donations may be mailed to the Korean War Memorial, 7036 Thorncliff Drive, Charlotte, 28210 or donate online at www.koreanwarmemorialnc.com.
School bus routes: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools bus drivers have been practicing their routes for the first day of school Aug. 25.
About 950 school buses have conducted dry runs. Drivers will practice driving their routes to become familiar with the street network and bus-stop locations.
Beginning Aug. 25, CMS asks all drivers be extra cautious around stopped school buses.
Parents should check the location of their child's bus stop before school starts. Details: 980-343-6715.