Tree topping: When the town held a tree-topping ceremony for its new town hall last Wednesday, things didn't go quite as planned. Because of the extreme cold temperature, the crane wouldn't start, so the Alberta holly was raised by a lift. Since that equipment couldn't reach the top of 71-foot-high cupola, the tree was placed on the second floor. After a few days, it will be lowered and eventually incorporated into the landscape. Edifice Construction's Scott Fandel said tree-topping is a Scandinavian tradition in which a tree is raised to the top of the building when the last timber - or in this case, the last of the 120 tons of steel beams - are put in place.
Free concert: Temple Israel, a synagogue located in Shalom Park, will present a free concert featuring Neshama Carlebach and with Reverend Roger Hambrick and members of the Green Pastures Church Choir on Jan.15, at 6 p.m., 4901 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28226. For ticket reservations, contact the Temple Israel office, 704-362-2796 or email candylove @temple israelnc.org .
Meeting week: Elected officials in all three south Charlotte towns will hold their first meetings of 2012 this week. The Matthews Board of Commissioners will meet 7 p.m. Jan. 9 in Matthews Town Hall, 232 Matthews Station St. The agenda is online at www. matthewsnc .com .
The Pineville Town Council will meet 6:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at The Hut, 413 Johnston Drive. Agenda online at www. pinevillenc .net . The Mint Hill board of commissioners will meet 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at town hall, 7151 Matthews Mint Hill Road. Agenda online at www. minthill .com .
All meetings are open to the public.