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Ballantyne

Golf benefit: The Susan G. Komen Rally for the Cure will hold two events at the Ballantyne Country Club, 11120 Ballantyne Crossing Ave. The Men's Pink Ball Tournament will be Sept. 22; check-in is at noon and cost is $100. The Gala Fundraiser is Sept. 24 and cost is $175. Details: www.bccrally.com.

Matthews

Saving trees: The N.C. Forest Service announced the winners of the 2011 North Carolina Urban Forestry Awards program. The annual program rewards cities, towns, organizations, businesses and individuals for outstanding work to protect and enhance community forests. The town of Matthews Appearance and Tree Committee won the Outstanding Tree Board or Urban Forestry Committee Grand Award.

Southampton

Help others: The Branscom family of south Charlotte will host Kyle's Karnival on Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Southampton Commons in the clubhouse at 10820 Sedgemoor Lane. Admission is $5 per child and includes a bounce house, fire truck, face painting, tattoos and balloon animals. Raffle tickets will be sold for prizes. Kyle is in first grade at Elon Park Elementary. All proceeds will be donated to the Down Syndrome Association of Charlotte for the Buddy Walk at Freedom Park Oct. 1. Details: www.dsacnc.org

Blakeney

5K fundraiser: The Big South Conference will hold its second annual 5K road race Oct. 8 at 8 a.m. at Blakeney Shopping Center. Funds raised go to middle school athletic programs. Last year's event raised $10,000 for Mecklenburg and Union counties. Online registration, www.BigSouth5K.com. Entry fee is $20 for runners registered by Sept. 30; $25 after Sept. 30. Runners can also sign up on race day starting at 7 a.m.

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