Scholarship: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools high school students who don't have straight As but have improved their grades since freshman year and demonstrate a financial need, could be eligible for a scholarship through the Broad Prize for Urban Education, which CMS won this year.
To be eligible, a student must graduate from a CMS high school, maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA during senior year, show academic improvement from ninth to 12th grade, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and complete the application.
All applications are due no later than March 1. Details: www.broadprize.org.
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Park now open: Renovations to Squirrel Lake Park are complete and the park is now open.
The facelift included: restroom facilities, new playground equipment, swings and a larger, improved parking lot.
Now there is also an asphalt connector trail that will run from Pleasant Plains Road through the park to Four Mile Creek Greenway, a handicap accessible fishing pier, a new shelter near the pond and improvements to existing trails in the park.
The park improvements totaled $784,180 and the town received a Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant that funded half the cost.
Gap year fair: There will be a gap year fair at Providence Day School at 7 p.m. on Jan. 17.
Sponsored by Dynamy Internship Year and Thinking Beyond Borders, the event will include a presentation by UNC Charlotte from the Global Gap Year program and gap year students.
For details about the Dynamy Internship Year, visit www.internshipyear.org.
Additional information: Kathy Cheng, firstname.lastname@example.org; 508-755-2571, ext. 18.
Charity ride: 24 Hours of Booty, Inc. announced that registration for its 2012 cancer charity cycling events, including the 11th annual 24 Hours of Booty presented by Levine Cancer Institute, will kick off Jan. 4 at 9 a.m. All participants must register online at www.24hoursofbooty.org. The annual noncompetitive cycling event for all ages and abilities is scheduled to roll on the "Booty Loop" in Myers Park from 7 p.m. July 27 to 7 p.m. July 28. To safely accommodate riders on the three-mile closed course, event registration will be capped at the first 1,200 registrants. Each rider is required to pay a $65 fee to register and raise a minimum of $400.
Organic gardening: On Jan. 9, the Charlotte Garden Club will host Don Rosenberg of Instant Organic Garden and David Blackley of Renfrow Hardware, who will present a program on organic gardening. The 7:30 p.m. event, held at The Mint Museum, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte, is free and open to the public. Refreshments served at 7 p.m. Details: www.charlottegardenclub.org; 704-846-8979.