Paralympic event: Approximately 60 employees from Family Dollar will compete in wheelchairs in a number of sports from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 28 at the Jewish Community Center, 5007 Providence Road. The event is part of The Hartford's Achieve Without Limits campaign to generate support of the U.S. Paralympic Team. U.S. Paralympian Jeff Glasbrenner will share his personal success story. Details: John Carideo, The Hartford, 203-240-5508.
Fall fun: First Baptist Church of Weddington's festival includes games, prizes, food, live music and hay rides from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 29 at the church, 348 Providence Road South. Details: fbcw.com.
Go greener: Mecklenburg County Solid Waste has issued a call for volunteers for the annual Wipe Out Waste Day on Nov. 12. All four Mecklenburg County Full Service Recycling Centers will be shredding household documents for no charge from 8 a.m. until noon as part of America Recycles Day. Volunteers are needed for 2.5- or 5-hour shifts from 7:30-10 a.m. or 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Duties include greeting customers and directing traffic to paper shredders. Document destruction specialists Shred-it, Pro-shred and Caraustar will be on hand. Details: wipeoutwaste.com or 704-201-2201.
Food recycling: HAWK, a local chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, will host Brian Rosa, organic recycling specialist from the N.C. Division of Environmental Assistance and Outreach, to address food diversion. Find out what happens to food that is thrown out, and what you can do to improve the situation. The meeting is Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Matthews Community Center, www.habitatsteward.org, HAWKncwf@gmail.com or 704-814-0877.