Blood drives: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas has scheduled the following blood drives in University City within the next two weeks: Noon-4:30 p.m. May 4, Robinson Presbyterian Church, 9424 Harrisburg Road; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 8 at Countryside Montessori Middle School, 4125 Johnston Oehler Road. Donors must weight at least 120 pounds. More public drives can be found at Community Blood Center of the Carolinas’ website: www.cbcc.us. For an appoingment at any location, call 704-972-4700 or visit www.carolinadonor.org. For the hours of each center, visit www.cbcc.us/about/donor-center-hours.php.
Introduction to kayaking: For beginners or kayakers who need a refresher. An ACA-certified instructor will teach the proper skills and techniques. Equipment is included. Limited to five participants. Ages 12 or older, $10. 2:30-3:30 p.m. April 27 or May 18. Call 704-432-6460 to register. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-432-6460; http://bit.ly/1gSmau2.
It sounds like a mud run: Slosh your way through mud pits, slip ’n’ slides and walking on water, then get your bubble bath on as you get lost in mounds of puffy white foam. You’ll also face the Death Drop, a three-story inflatable slide. 8 a.m. $65-$90. 5kfoamfest.com. Hodges Farm, 3900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-494-0107; www.hodgesfarmnc.com.
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City attracting international residents: Using the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent American Community Survey, an overview can be developed of foreign-born Charlotteans, according to an article by The Urban Institute at UNC Charlotte. A conservative estimate is that immigrants are close to 130,000 of your neighbors, making up around 14 percent of Mecklenburg County’s total population. A majority (50.7 percent) of these immigrants arrived in the U.S. before 2000. Charlotte-Mecklenburg did not slow during the recession. Charlotte may have faced deep economic doldrums, but nearly 6 percent of the immigrants have arrived post-2010, a testament to the city’s continuing attraction as a place in which to secure work and build quality of life. Details: http://bit.ly/1eY3bTy.
Free sports health screenings: Registration starts April 27 for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools student-athletes to receive free sports screenings during Heart of a Champion Day. Screenings will take place May 31 at the Carolinas College of Health Sciences, 1200 Blythe Blvd., Charlotte. Rising 10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders may complete the necessary forms, including a medical history, by visiting www.carolinashealthcare.org/heart-of-a-champion and clicking on the “Student Registration” tab at the left of the page. Registration will close at midnight May 25 or when enrollment reaches 2,000 students, whichever comes first. At the screenings, students will receive a free general sports screening, musculoskeletal check and a vision examination, plus an electrocardiogram and, if needed, an echocardiogram to check for heart conditions.