'No consolidation': The Matthews Town Board voted last week to oppose consolidation between Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte, following the Charlotte City Council's vote to establish a commission to study consolidation. "The local government structure of the town of Matthews includes experienced and dedicated elected officials and professional staff members who are able to work effectively and efficiently for the people of the town," said Matthews Mayor Jim Taylor in a press release. "We have seen no evidence that bigger government is better."
Fun night: The Harris YMCA's next Fourth- and Fifth-Grade Fun Night, full of music, dancing, games, concessions and friends, will be 7-9:30 p.m. Jan 28 at the Teen Activity Center. 5900 Quail Hollow Road. Cost is $5 members, $7 nonmembers. Details: 704-716-6910; email@example.com.
Charlotte history: The Mecklenburg Historical Association Docents, partnering with the Charlotte Museum of History and Levine Museum of the New South, are offering a five-week lecture series, "From Wagon Roads to New South City," 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Jan. 28-Feb. 25. Locations vary. Cost is $10 for the series. To register: 704-568-1774; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tax help: Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont is offering Volunteer Income Tax Assistance at its Career Development Center, 2122 Freedom Drive, during tax season, through April 17. The site will be open by appointment 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday for walk-ins. To schedule an appointment or see if you qualify for free tax preparation, call: 704-716-8482.
Town news letter: Pineville residents who are not receiving the town newsletter, Pineville Today, can call the town hall at 704-889-2291 to provide your mailing address so that you can be added to the master list for distribution every other month.
Play ball: Pineville Park and Recreation is offering a spring co-ed league that will run March through May. All games will be at Jack D. Hughes Memorial Park in Pineville. Contact Jennifer Honaker at email@example.com.
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. Cost is $20 person. 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. Reservations recommended: 704-248-4100.
Face-lift: Renovations are underway at the former Agriculture and Bradford Clinic Buildings. The former Agriculture Building is located in front of the Matthews Community Center and will be utilized for additional programs and classes offered by the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resource Department. Renovations include up fitting the rooms on the first and second floors, the addition of restrooms and an elevator. The Bradford Clinic will get restrooms to the rear of the building and a new roof. The restrooms will be used by visitors to Stumptown Park. The $968,100 renovation is expected to be completed this summer.