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Giving back

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Japanese Disaster Relief

Benefit organ concert: St. Peter's Episcopal Church at the corner of 7th and Tryon streets will hold an organ recital 5 p.m. Sept. 18 by Hatsumi Miura. The program is free, though donations are requested for Japanese relief related to the recent earthquake and tsunami.

Matthews HELP Center

Pantry items needed: The Matthews HELP Center provides programs and services that meet life's basic needs. The pantry supplies are now in need of replenishing. The Matthews branch library and town hall, 230 Matthews Station St., have donation boxes in the front and back of the buildings to receive urgently needed items. The center needs: quart-size resealable freezer bags, fruit juices, pudding cups, dry cereal, boxed jello, cereal bars, powdered milk in envelopes, dried beans, spaghetti, ramen noodles, saltine crackers, cornmeal, instant grits, rice, toilet paper, razors, feminine products and toiletries. Details: 704-416-5000 or www.matthewshelpcenter.org.

Avon Walk Fundraiser

Actor's Theatre hopes to raise $5,000: Actor's Theatre of Charlotte will raise money for Avon Walk for Breast Cancer throughout the production of "In The Next Room" by Sarah Ruhl. For each patron who uses the code "EndIt," the theater will donate $5 to the walk. The production runs through Oct. 1. Details: www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org.

Blood drive

Pints for Pencils: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas and Classroom Central are joining forces for a campaign called Pints for Pencils. For each donation in September, CBCC will donate $1 for school supplies to Classroom Central. Details: www.classroomcentral.org or www.cbcc.us.

KinderMourn

Seminar on grief: KinderMourn will hold a free information session 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 22 at the KinderMourn Home, 1320 Harding Place, on how to support a grieving child or teenager. Details: 704-376-2580.

Women's Golf Association

Zumbathon: The Executive Women's Golf Association will host the Debbie Heindorf Memorial Zumbathon, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the World Dance Center, 855 Sam Newell Road, Matthews. Cost is $10 per person and will benefit Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Contact Linda Letourneau: president@ewgacharlotte.org.

Golf tournament: The Executive Women's Golf Association will host the Debbie Heindorf Memorial Golf Tournament 7:30 a.m. Sept. 24 at Regent Park Golf Club, 5055 Regent Parkway, Fort Mill. Cost is $90 per player and will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Lunch and prizes will be included. Details: www.ewgacharlotte.org or contact Megan Everett.

Susan G. Komen Rally for the Cure

Men's golf: The BCC Rally Men's Pink Ball Tournament will take place noon Sept. 22 at the Ballantyne Country Club, 11120 Ballantyne Crossing Ave. Cost is $100 per player. Register at www.bccrally.com.

Gala fundraiser: There will be a BCC Rally Gala Fundraiser 6-11 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Ballantyne Country Club, 11120 Ballantyne Crossing Ave. The theme is the World's Fair; $175 per person. Register at www.bccrally.com.

Christ Our Shepherd

Ballroom for a cause: Christ Our Shepherd Child Development Campus will hold ballroom dancing lessons 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 22-Oct. 27, at 230 W. John St., Matthews. Cost is $10 per couple; $7 per individual. Proceeds benefit Christ Our Shepherd Ministries, a nonprofit that supports single parents. To register, contact Jessica Duncan at jduncan@cosministries.org.

Make-A-Wish

Volunteer meeting: The Piedmont Region of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of S.C. will host an open volunteer meeting 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Fort Mill Public Library, 1818 2nd Baxter Crossing, Fort Mill. The meeting is open to anyone interested in joining the Piedmont region volunteers. Contact Linda Bucher at book2@comporium.net or call 843-853-7880. To learn more about Make-A-Wish, visit www.s.c.wish.org.

Indian Trail Lions Club

Memorial golf tournament: The Indian Trail Lions will sponsor the 11th annual Lion Fred Kirby Memorial Golf Tournament 9:30 a.m. Sept. 23 at Stonebridge Golf Club, 3500 Doster Road, Monroe. Proceeds will aid visually and hearing-impaired residents around Indian Trail, including Stallings, Lake Park, Hemby Bridge and Wesley Chapel. Players and hole sponsors should contact Ira Bostic at 704-893-2079 or Al Kratzer at 704-882-3069, or email Indiantraillions@windstream.net.

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