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Executive director: The Matthews Free Medical Clinic has hired Amy Carr as executive director. Carr will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations as well as financial development and community involvement. Carr is a graduate of Montreat College with a Bachelor of Arts degree and an MBA. The clinic, at 113 North Ames St., provides free quality health care to low-income, uninsured patients of Matthews and surrounding areas. The clinic relies on volunteers. Details: 704-841-8882 or email acarr @matthews fmc .org .

Winter classes: Matthews Playhouse is registering students, ages 4 through grade six, for winter classes. The curriculum includes drama, music and dance. Themes include Broadway Babes, Dr. Seuss On the Loose, Tangled Up with Fairy Tales, and Let's Give A Show. Tuition: $100 for a 10-week session, starting Jan. 26 or 28. Details: www. matthews play house .com or 704-846-8343.

Bright Blessings: Join Matthews-based Bright Blessings at the Grady Cole Center 10 a.m-2 p.m. Jan. 16 for the Martin Luther King Service Forum, a family-friendly volunteer experience featuring a volunteer fair, onsite service projects and kids' activities. Drop-in 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to help Bright Blessings prepare Care & Comfort Bags for the homeless children they serve. Younger children can help make birthday tags for Bright Blessings gift packages. Details: www. Hands On Charlotte .org or call Bright Blessings at 704-846-2329.


GOP luncheon: Mecklenburg District Attorney Andrew Murray will be the keynote speaker at the MeckGOP Lincoln Luncheon on Jan. 8 at the Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, 911 East Morehead Street, Charlotte NC 28204. Murray is the first new district attorney since Peter Gilchrist took the job in 1975. To make reservations visit There is a $5 gratuity charge. Order lunch starting at 11:30 am. The event is from noon until 1 p.m. For information about the MeckGOP, visit