University City

Briefly

Research Park

Business expansion: The Electric Power Research Institute, also known as EPRI, bought 24 acres beside its Harris Boulevard campus, as well as a 108,000- square-foot office building. The combined facilities at University Research Park give the nonprofit power-industry-research institute about 258,000 square feet of office and lab space on 45 acres. Based in Palo Alto, Calif., the institute is one of the research park's oldest residents.

The weave

Connector to reopen: Exit 42 on Interstate 85 is scheduled to re-open at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

The exit ramps and Reagan Drive closed in January as crews built two intersections with traffic signals on North Tryon Street. The signals were designed to slow traffic and improve safety on a two-mile stretch of North Tryon known as "the weave."

Town Center

Medicine dropoff: Bring your unused or expired prescription medications to Operation Medicine Drop, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in front of Harris Teeter, 8600 University City Blvd. Sponsored by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

UNCC

Biotech assembly: The 10th annual Charlotte Biotechnology Conference will be held 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Barnhardt Student Activity Center, 9201 University City Blvd. Dr. Leroy Hood will present the keynote address. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine.

To register, visit www.CharlotteBiotechnology.com. For more information, contact Clare Cook Faggart at 704-250-5760 or ClareFaggart@uncc.edu.

Arts in Action: UNCC's College of Arts + Architecture will present a day of free performances and exhibitions 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday at UNC Charlotte Center City. Highlights of the event, part of a Wells Fargo Community Celebration, include performances by the UNC Charlotte percussion and jazz ensembles and scenes from Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night." Details: www.coaa.uncc.edu or www.charlottecultureguide.com.

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