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Mecklenburg

The International House will have a meeting noon-2 p.m. Jan. 13 to provide information about volunteer opportunities.

Talk to current and past volunteers and meet the International House staff. International House relies on volunteers to fulfill its mission. International House offers volunteers a variety of projects and work. Details: Norma Jiron at njiron@ihclt.org or 704-333-8099.

The towns

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 Street. Agenda 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.

Mint Hill

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 plan.

Edifice Construction's Scott Fandel says that tree topping is a Scandinavian tradition where 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 into place.

Monroe

Keith Donnelly, the author of the Donald Youngblood mystery series, will be the speaker at The Friends of the Union County Public Library's Winter Author Dinner 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at South Piedmont Community College Conference Center in Monroe.

The Winter Author Dinner is one of the major fundraising activities of The Friends of the Union County Public Library. Tickets are $35 and are available by calling Renee Hottle at 704-907-9190 or emailing her at rahottle@aol.com.

The Friends of Union County Public Library funds various programs offered at the Union County Public Library's four branches. Last summer the group was a sponsor of the library's Summer Reading Program for children and teens in Union County.

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