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Giving back

Send announcement about fundraisers and charity events to lbailey.charlotteobserver@gmail.com. Please send information at least two weeks in advance of the event.

Japanese Disaster Relief

Benefit Organ Concert: St. Peter's Episcopal Church at the corner of 7th and Tryon Streets will hold an organ recital 5 p.m. Sept. 18. The recital will be given by organist Hatsumi Miura. The program is free, though donations are requested for Japanese relief related to the recent earthquake and tsunami.

Matthews HELP Center

Pantry Items Needed: The Matthews HELP Center provides programs and services that meet life's basic needs. The Matthews branch library and town hall, 230 Matthews Station St., will display donation boxes to receive urgently needed items. Details: call 704-416-5000 or visit www.matthewshelpcenter.org.

Avon Walk Fundraiser

Actor's Theatre Hopes to Raise $5,000: Actor's Theatre of Charlotte will raise money for Avon Walk for Breast Cancer throughout the production of "In The Next Room" by Sarah Ruhl.

Each patron who uses the code "EndIt," the theatre will donate $5 of each ticket purchased to the walk. The production runs through Oct. 1. For information about the show and theater, visit www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org.

Blood drive

Pints for Pencils: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas and Classroom Central are joining forces for a campaign called "Pints for Pencils."

For each blood donation in September, CBCC will donate $1 for school supplies to Classroom Central which is able to turn every dollar contributed into more than $7 in free school supplies distributed to area students. Details: www.classroomcentral.org or www.cbcc.us.

KinderMourn

Seminar on Grief: KinderMourn will hold a free information session 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 22 at the KinderMourn Home, 1320 Harding Place, on how to support a grieving child or teenager. Details: 704-376-2580.

Kiwanis Club

Pediatric Cancer Fundraiser: The Kiwanis Club of Mecklenburg County will host a day of fun, food and music as well as Cow Chip Bingo game 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sept. 24 on the corner of Carmel and Quail View Roads. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds will go to the Mecklenburg Kiwanis Pediatric Cancer Fund. For tickets or information, call 704-236-3531 or email fshep@carolina.rr.com.

Wheels for Forest

5K for Muscular Dystrophy: The Wheels for Forest Fundraiser 5K walk/run will raise money to purchase a new or gently used wheelchair accessible van for Forest Walton.

Forest is a resident of Harrisburg, N.C., who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and is no longer able to walk. His family's current van needs replacement. The race will be Sept. 24 at Les Myersy Park, 336 Lawndale Ave., Concord. For details call 704-804-4671, visit www.wheelsforforest.weebly.com or email wheelsforforest5k@gmail.com.

Down Syndrome Association

Buddy Walk: The Down Syndrome Association of Charlotte will hold its annual Buddy Walk 2-6 p.m. Oct. 1 at Freedom Park.To register: www.dsacnc.org.

Big South Conference

5K Road Race: The Big South Conference recently announced its second annual 5K Road Race to benefit Charlotte-area middle school athletics.

The event will kick off at 8 a.m. Oct. 8 at the Blakeney Shopping Center in Ballantyne. Online registration is now open at www.BigSouth5K.com.

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