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Randolph Road

Garden club: The Charlotte Garden Club will host Robin Glover and her "All About Irises" program at 7:30 p.m. March 12 at the Mint Museum, 2730 Randolph Road. Refreshments are served at 7 p.m. Free and open to public. Details: www.charlottegardenclub.org; 704-846-8979.

Myers Park

Free spring concerts: Myers Park Presbyterian Church is partnering with the Festival Singers of Florida, Charlotte Symphony, Northwest School of the Arts and Wingate University for three free concerts, in the church's sanctuary, 2501 Oxford Place, and are open to the public.

At 7:30 p.m. March 1, the Florida Festival of Singers and Myers Park Presbyterian adult choir will feature selections by Eric Whitace and Rene Clausen, and arrangements from Keith Jarrett and Mumford & Sons. At 7 p.m. March 25, the Myers Park Presbyterian choir will join with the Charlotte Symphony and Northwest School of the Arts to perform "Durufle Requiem." And at 7:30 p.m. March 30, the Charlotte Symphony and Wingate University singers will perform Bach's "St. John Passion."

Providence Road

Award: Bissell Companies recently received the local TOBY (The Outstanding Building of the Year) Award from the Building Owners and Managers Association for Providence Park, a 28-acre Class-A office park located at Providence Road and I-485.

South Charlotte

Volunteers needed: Thompson Child & Family Focus, a nonprofit provider of treatment for at-risk children and families, will hold its 16th annual "March Madness for Reading. Volunteers read at the center, 1645 Clanton Road. Read for 15-30 minute time slots: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-10:30 a.m. or 3:30-4:30 p.m. Contact Raechelle Berry, rberry@thompsoncff.org, 704-644-4396.

Ballantyne

New music school: Streetwise Music Instruction has opened a studio in the Ballantyne Arts Center at Ballantyne Corners. Streetwise offers private music instruction for guitar, bass guitar, piano/keyboard, drums and vocals. The Ballantyne Arts Center features Streetwise Music, The Dance Academy, Ballantyne Theater Company, and Ballantyne Pre-School of the Arts. Streetwise Music offers a 15 percent discount on monthly tuition to Ballantyne Corporate Park Cardholders, as well as Morrison Family YMCA members. Contact Connie Cooper, 704-821-7625; streetwise-rocks.com.

South Charlotte

Volunteers needed: Thompson Child & Family Focus, a nonprofit provider of treatment, care and education for at-risk children and families, will hold its 16th annual "March Madness for Reading," an initiative that encourages children to embrace early literacy. This year's theme, "Hooked on Books," will inspire a passion for reading that fosters lifelong learning habits. Last year, volunteers read more than 20,000 books at the center, 1645 Clanton Road. Read to children for 15-30 minute time slots: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-10:30 a.m. or 3:30-4:30 p.m. To volunteer, contact Raechelle Berry, rberry@thompsoncff.org, 704-644-4396. Each $5 donation provides one book; donate online at www.thompsoncff.org/March_Madness_Donate.html or mail a check to Thompson Child & Family Focus, 6800 Saint Peter's Lane, Matthews, NC 28105.

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