News Briefs: Aug. 15 to 21

BAE Systems employees pose with the armored combat vehicle that served as the collection drop box. In addition to the combat vehicle drop box, BAE Systems sponsored a coloring contest for school-aged children, relatives and family friends of employees. Contest winners will receive a pencil case, notebook and writing utensils. (Left to right) Rose Ciaburri, Cathey Glenn, Christine Dominey, Christine Davis, Charlene Eaddy, Beverly Rose-Carmichael, Deniqua Ladson, Holly Webdale, Mike Cross, and Sonel Dave. Photo courtesy of Bissell

BAE Systems employees pose with the armored combat vehicle that served as the collection drop box. In addition to the combat vehicle drop box, BAE Systems sponsored a coloring contest for school-aged children, relatives and family friends of employees. Contest winners will receive a pencil case, notebook and writing utensils. (Left to right) Rose Ciaburri, Cathey Glenn, Christine Dominey, Christine Davis, Charlene Eaddy, Beverly Rose-Carmichael, Deniqua Ladson, Holly Webdale, Mike Cross, and Sonel Dave. Photo courtesy of Bissell

Marker drive considered another success

The seventh annual Color the Park Marker Drive in the Ballantyne Corporate Park collected 16,266 packs of markers for area schools.

The markers and 930 other school supplies will be donated to Classroom Central, which gets the donations into the hands of teachers and students in need. Tenants in the corporate park take part in the annual drive as a form of competition between different companies, trying to raise the most donations in the weeklong event.

XPO Logistics, MetLife, Bank of America, BAE Systems, Computer Services Inc., Carlisle Companies and Extended Stay America were credited with being top performers in the event, according to a news release. 

Ballantyne Festival starts looking for chili participants

The 2014 Ballantyne Festival will take place Oct. 11, and organizers are beginning to look for competitors for the event’s chili cook-off.

The annual event combines family activities, chili and the year’s political candidates, and this year will include more live music and beer offerings, as well as serve as a fundraiser for Second Harvest Food Bank and the Morrison Family YMCA annual fund.

Find more information on this year’s event at www.ballantynefestival.org. The event will take place in the field outside the Morrison YMCA.

Women’s club to host animal conservation discussion

Eric Stine, a biologist/herpetologist and biology teacher at Independence High School, will speak about the conservation of reptiles and amphibians as well as other plant and animal species at a meeting of the Lower Providence Community House women’s club.

The event will take place Aug. 24, a Sunday, at 3 p.m. Stine was formerly the animal curator of the Charlotte Nature Museum. His discussion will include “exciting encounters with live animals in a fun, controlled learning environment,” according to a news release.

Cost to attend is $10 at the door. Children 12 years old and younger can attend for free with an adult. Funds raised will support the preservation and restoration of the historic Lower Providence Community House, where the club meets, at 9735 Community House Road.

Find more information at www.lowerprovidencelogcabin.org.

Charity League of Charlotte to host open house

The Charity League of Charlotte, a nonprofit which works to help children across the city, will host an open house event later this month in south Charlotte.

The event will take place Aug. 28, a Thursday, from 7 to 9 p.m. at FABO Coffee Art Bar at 8428 Park Road. People can learn about how to become a part of the women’s philanthropic group at the open house.

Find more information at www.charityleagueofcharlotte.org.

Blood drives to support area students

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is hosting its fourth annual Pints for Pencils campaign, where the center will donate school supplies to area children for every blood donation.

“Pints for Pencils is one of the many ways we support local students, who make up over 20 percent of our donor base,” Martin Grable, president and CEO of the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, said in a news release. “We encourage our community members to donate blood and help save lives while giving students the tools they need to succeed.”

People can visit www.cbcc.us to find a local blood drive.

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