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24 Hours of Booty

Registration kickoff success: Registration for the 11th annual 24 Hours of Booty cycling event sold out in less than one day.

All 1,200 slots for the Charlotte event taking place July 27-28 are now full. Slot for the reboot program are now open. The reboot program allows riders to cycle 10 a.m.-7 p.m. July 28.

A $35 registration fee and $200 fundraising commitment is required to participate in the program. To register, visit www.24hoursofbooty.org.

Best Charity Ride contest winner: The 24 Hours of Booty cycling event recently won the "Best Charity Ride" category in Endurance Magazine's annual "Best of North Carolina" contest.

Shepherd's Center East

Coffee Chat: David Gwilt from Radio 4 The Ages (1660 AM, WBCN in the Charlotte ), will share the inspiration and focus of his new radio program 10 a.m. Jan. 26 at Wilora Lake Lodge, 6053 Wilora Lake Road.

The radio show is designed for senior adults and fosters open discussion with seniors, aging experts and service organizations. The show airs Sunday mornings 9:30-11:30 a.m. Cost to attend the talk is $10 per person and will benefit the medical transportation program and services of Shepherd's Center East. Details: 704-338-1511 to register by Jan. 23.

Northwest School of the Arts' Theatre Guild

Masquerade Ball: Northwest School of the Arts' Theatre Arts Guild will hold a Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball 7 p.m.-midnight Feb. 18 at Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, 2424 North Davidson Street.

The event is open to the public and will feature a costume contest, silent auction and food from Acme Oyster House in New Orleans. The Charleston-based band, Sol Driven Train, will perform. Proceeds benefit Northwest's theater department. Tickets are $30 for individuals, $50 for couples and $200 for a table of eight. Tickets: www.nwsatag.com.

Armed Forces Museum

Donations needed: The Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas is seeking donations to fund the museum, which is scheduled to break ground in 2013.

The museum will honor the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. A tax-deductible donation of $25 will purchase a founding. Each founding member will receive an enamel pin.

The paver program allows patrons to purchase engraved granite pavers that will honor a loved one with placement on the museum walkway. Details: www.VisitAFMAC.org or call 704-661-6162.

Outward Bound

Registration Open for Trail Run: Registration is now open for the 2012 N.C. Outward Bound School's River Bound Race Series.

The race series consists of four trail races on March 10, May 19, July 21 and Sept. 22 all held at the White Water Center. Registration and sponsorship proceeds fund scholarships for Charlotte youth, veterans and educators to enjoy Outward Bound adventures. Details: www.riverboundrace.com.

Cellphones for Soldiers

Ameriprise Financial Drive: Mark Antonich of Ameriprise Financial is holding his annual used cell phone collection for Cell Phones for Soldiers.

The nonprofit organization collects and recycles used wireless phones with proceeds going to purchasing prepaid phone cards for military families. To donate, bring cell phones to Ameriprise Financial in Ballantyne Corporate Park - Ballantyne One Building, 15720 John J. Delaney Drive, Suite 300. To learn more about Cell Phones for Soldiers, visit www.celphonesforsoldiers.com.

CBCC

Pint for Pounds: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is kicking off 2012 with its fourth annual Pint for Pounds campaign to support Second Harvest Food Bank.

CBCC will donate six pounds of food for every blood donation now through Feb. 29.

In the last three years, this campaign has raised over 130,000 pounds of food to help feed the hungry in the Charlotte community. Details: www.cbcc.us or call 704-972-4700.

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