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24 Hours of Booty

24 Minutes for 24 Hours: TotalCyclist at 10703 Park Road, Suite 1, is inviting the public to a 24-minute indoor time trail Feb. 4 to benefit 24 Hours of Booty. Registration is $24 and is open to riders of all abilities. Start times are 9 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:15 a.m. and 2 p.m. Bring your own bike. Register at www. Total cyclerace .com . Details: shauna. staveley @total cyclist .com or call 704-541-0084.

Shepherd's Center East

Valentine Tea: Shepherd's Center East will host an authentic English Tea 3:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Fireside Room at St. Stephen's United Methodist Church, 6800 Sardis Road. The tea will be complete with fine china, English fare, floral decorations and violin music by Verd Anna Cunningham of Raleigh. Cost is $25; reservations must be made by Feb. 9 by calling 704-338-1511. Proceeds will benefit the medical transportation program and services provided by Shepherd's Center East for East Charlotte senior citizens.


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 through Feb. 29. To learn more, visit www. cbcc. us or call 704-972-4700.

Coldwater Creek

Go Red Day: Coldwater Creek Store, 9830 Rea Road in Blakeney Shopping Center, is partnering with Go Red for Women to raise funds to fight heart disease. Feb. 3-5, Coldwater Creek will offer discounts based on the amount of your donation toward Go Red for Women. With a donation of $10, you will receive a 10 percent discount on purchases; $15 will offer a 15 percent discount; $20, a 20 percent discount; and $25, a 25 percent discount. Donations may be made in the form of cash or checks to the American Heart Association.

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 St. The event is open to the public and will feature a costume contest, silent auction and food. Proceeds will benefit Northwest School of the Arts' theatre department. Tickets are $30 for individuals, $50 for couples and $200 for a table of eight. Purchase tickets at www. nwsatag .com .

Armed Forces Museum

Donations needed: The Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas currently 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 minimum donation of $25 will purchase a founding membership to the museum. Each founding member will receive an enamel pin. The museum's paver program allows patrons to purchase engraved granite pavers that will honor a loved one with a permanent placement on the museum walkway. Details: www. Visit AFMAC .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 U.S. National Whitewater Center. Registration and sponsorship proceeds fund scholarships for Charlotte youth, veterans and educators to enjoy Outward Bound adventures. Details: www. river bound race .com .

Cell Phones for Soldiers

Ameriprise phone drive: Mark Antonich of Ameriprise Financial is holding his annual used cellphone collection for Cell Phones for Soldiers. The nonprofit organization collects and recycles used cellphones, with proceeds going to purchasing prepaid phone cards for military families. To donate, bring cellphones 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. cell phones for soldiers .com .