Personal crisis management: Crisis management expert Judy Smith, the real-life inspiration for ABC’s “Scandal,” will speak at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Cone University Center’s McKnight Hall on the UNC Charlotte campus. The talk is sponsored by the Center for Leadership Development as part of its Forty-Niner Forum. In her free, public presentation, Smith will talk about her book “Good Self, Bad Self,” which elaborates on how people can transform their worst qualities into their biggest assets through examples of crisis management from high-profile cases. Smith is founder and president of Smith & Co., a strategic and crisis communications firm with offices in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. She developed her crisis management expertise through historical events such as the 1991 Gulf War, Los Angeles riots, President Clinton’s scandal involving Monica Lewinsky, the Gen. David Petraeus/CIA scandal and many more. Internationally, Smith has counseled several heads of state and executives of major corporations in the Phillippines, Haiti, Jamaica, Caicos Islands and Zimbabwe. Previously she was special assistant and deputy press secretary to President George H.W. Bush. There will be a book signing and reception after Smith’s presentation.
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‘One Book’: The University Regional Library, part of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library, will participate in the library’s “One Book” community read event during National Library Week, April 13-19. The library will lead the effort to have adults and teens read and discuss “Fahrenheit 451,” by Ray Bradbury. The point is not only to get people reading, but also to create a community dialogue around the themes of “Fahrenheit 451”: reading, education and intellectual freedom. The book is available through the library catalog in various print, digital and audio formats. During Library Week, participants can come out to readings, book discussions and other programs that bring the book’s themes to life. The library has invited educational institutions and governmental and community partners to join the effort, providing them with kits to help create activities and discussion promoting the value of reading and literacy. The University Regional Library is at 301 East W.T. Harris Blvd., Charlotte. For more information call 704-416-7200 or visit www.cmlibrary.org.
Movie for blood: Anyone who donates blood at a Community Blood Center of the Carolinas drive 2-5 p.m. Feb. 22 at AMC Theatres – Concord Mills 24, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord, will get a free movie ticket, according to the CBCC. All donors must weight at least 120 pounds. In addition, the center is running its fifth annual “Pints for Pounds” campaign to support Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. CBCC will donate 7 pounds of food for every blood donation now through Feb. 28. More public drives can be found at www.cbcc.us. CBCC has donation centers in Charlotte, Concord, Gastonia and Hickory; visit www.cbcc.us/about/donor-center-hours.php for center hours. Call 704-972-4700 or go to www.carolinadonor.org to make an appointment at any location.
Spring athletics leagues: Registration has begun for Harrisburg Parks and Recreation spring baseball, softball and soccer leagues. Regular registration runs through Feb. 9. Late registration adds a $25 fee and is available Feb. 10-14. Participants can register at the Harrisburg Parks and Recreation office, 4088 Stallings Road, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays or online at apm.activecommunities.com/harrisburgnc. In-person registration at the Parks & Recreation office is also available 5-8 p.m. Jan. 28 and 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 8. For more information, visit website or call the Parks and Recreation Department at 704-455-7275.