South Charlotte

Dentists are providing free care this week

Two dentists are opening their office this week on a day they normally are closed, to help children in their community.

Stacy and Brad Forrest of Forrest & Forrest Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Stallings are participating in the American Dental Association's Give Kids a Smile Program.

On March 9, they'll provide teeth cleaning, dental exams and fluoride treatments to 50 students from Stallings, Fairview and Hemby Bridge elementary schools.

"Our practice has been open 10 years, we live in this community, the office is in this community and the community really has always supported our office," Stacy Forrest said. "We have amazing patients, and this is a great way to give back in a small way."

The Forrests signed up for the program after receiving an email about it from the ADA. The schools are helping them find students in need of care.

Stacy Forrest said they want to reach children whose parents don't have dental insurance and who don't qualify for Medicaid.

Several of Forrest & Forrest's staff, including two hygienists, two dental assistants and a front desk employee have volunteered to work for free Friday.

"They understand the importance of it, and most of them have their own kids," Stacy Forrest said. She said dental checkups are important for all children because they get children in the habit of going to the dentist and provide important preventative care. The Forrests plan to continue participating in Give Kids a Smile and hope to expand it next year.

Details: www. forrest and forrest .com .

CrossFit expansion

CrossFit is continuing its expansion in the Charlotte area with a new gym at 1610 East 4th St., in Baldwin Court.

The gym, called Metro 2, will be a second location for Metro Fitness in Selwyn and will open in April.

CrossFit, which offers fitness classes based on military and police training, has become widely popular across the United States. Metro 2 will be housed in a 6,000-square-foot facility.

The Selwyn location, called Metro 1, will launch e3 Strength &Endurance Training, a new high-intensity, interval-based training concept that will promote muscle strength and endurance.

For more information, visit www. metro fitness club .com or call 704-365-6555.