New board member: The Rev. Amelia Stinson-Wesley of Pineville was appointed last week to the District 6 seat on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools board. Stinson, a Democrat, will represent the south suburban district, which generally encompasses the area south of N.C. 51, from Ballantyne and Pineville to Matthews and Mint Hill. Stinson-Wesley was one of 12 applicants to vie for the seat vacated by Tim Morgan who moved to one of the board's three at-large posts in the November election.
Blood drive: Polka Dot Bake Shop, 1730 E. Woodlawn Road, Suite H, in Park Towne Village is hosting a blood drive for the American Red Cross 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Jan. 13 and is giving free cupcakes to donors. Donors must have a photo ID and set aside one hour, though the process could be as fast as 30 minutes. Appointments are optional: 704-523-5001.
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Wine tasting: The Gallery Restaurant and Bar of the Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge is hosting a Wines of Italy tasting 6 p.m. Jan 21 with complementing fruit, cheese and lavosh. Cost is $20 person. 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. Reservations recommended: 704-248-4100.
FAFSA Day: Financial aid officers and other professionals will help students and their families complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form on FAFSA Day, Feb. 18. Students must fill out the form to be considered for most state, federal and other college funding opportunities. There are FAFSA Day locations all over the city and south Charlotte.
For locations and times and to register, visit: www.CFNC.org/fafsaday or call the College Foundation of North Carolina: 866-866-2362.
Art exhibit: Charlotte Country Day School will feature a special exhibit showcasing 10 works by Cuban artist Cundo Bermúdez, made possible by the generosity of art enthusiasts and philanthropists Sonia and Isaac Luski. The exhibit is open to the public Jan. 21 and 22, from 1 to 4 p.m., in the Hance Fine Arts Center, 1440 Carmel Road. Admission is free.
Love trees? The town of Matthews Appearance/Tree Advisory Committee has an opening for a new member. Meetings are held on the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Matthews Community Center. The committee promotes activities and programs that enhance the town's character and landscape. Contact the town clerk at 704-847-4411, ext. 231 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help the hungry: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is kicking off its fourth annual Pint for Pounds campaign to support Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. CBCC will donate six pounds of food for every blood donation now through Feb. 29. Since the campaign began, CBCC has contributed 130,398 pounds of food. For businesses, organizations and churches interested in hosting a blood drive, call Kim Jones, director of sponsorship development, 704-972-4727. Donate blood at one of CBCC's donor centers, 4447 South Blvd., or at 600 Hospital Drive in Monroe. Details: www.cbcc.us.