Nutcracker tea: Charlotte City Ballet and Pottery Barn Kids at SouthPark mall are hosting a Nutcracker Tea 9 a.m. Dec. 10 to benefit St. Jude's Hospital. With a $5 donation, children will get a performance by the Charlotte City Ballet, ballerina ornaments, snacks, mini-dance lessons and ballerina hair-styling. Reservations required. There will be a silent auction with items donated from SouthPark stores 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. There will be a free public performance 1 p.m. in Circle Court (between Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Belk). For reservations: 704-366-8550.
Religion series: Temple Beth El's 15th annual comparative religion series, "One God? Yours or Mine...A Provocative Look at the Concept of God," will be 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays from Jan. 10 to Feb. 21 at Temple Beth El, 5101 Providence Road. Religious and education leaders of Judaism, Mormonism, Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism and Hinduism will offer their perspectives and respond to questions. Details: www.beth-el.com or 704-366-1948.
Fundraiser results: The Big South 5K Road Race, held Oct. 8 at Blakeney Shopping Center, raised more than $12,000 for middle school athletics. Nearly 1,000 people participated, and 27 Mecklenburg County schools were listed as beneficiaries by registrants. Details: www.bigsouth5K.com.
Christmas contest: The annual Best Decorated House Contest is open to all Pineville residents. Judging is Dec. 16. Last year's winner is this year's judge. First place winner gets their January power bill paid in full; second place gets 50 percent of their bill paid and third place gets 25 percent off. Winners should take their bill to Town Hall, 200 Dover St., Pineville. Details: 704-889-2291.
Fill the boot: The town of Matthews Fire and EMS Department recently held its annual Fill the Boot Collection for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Staff was joined by members of the Fire and EMS Explorer Post 911 and the Matthews CERT Team. In seven hours, the department collected $6,551 from motorists who were traveling through Matthews at the intersection of John and Trade streets.
McKee Road: The town of Matthews is beginning the planning and environmental analysis process for the McKee Road Extension, Segment B. This project will connect East John Street to Campus Ridge Road. There will be a public meeting from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., where residents can view maps of roadway designs, ask questions and provide input. The project is scheduled to go to bid in the fall. The extension will provide a more direct route from McKee Road to Campus Ridge Road.
Holiday brunch: Santa Claus is coming to The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, for brunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 11. The brunch buffet includes breakfast items, a carving station and desserts. The cost is $45 for adults, $20 for children ages 5-12, and complimentary for children 4 and younger. Reservations: 704-248-4100.