We already know that CMS will not honor MLK Day so that it can make up for recent snow days. But what else in the county will be closed or open? Here’s a list: Continue reading
Birthday Blessings is getting a name change and a new local facility. The nonprofit organization which was started to provide birthday parties for homeless children, will become Bright Blessings USA and will move its headquarters to Matthews.
The name change was a “strategic decision by the organization and its Board of Directors with twofold purpose: To better convey the breadth of the nonprofit’s programs and services which have evolved significantly since its founding; and to provide a unique and trademarked brand for the planned official launch of the organization’s National Affiliate Network.”
“It’s amazing to see how the Charlotte community has wrapped itself around this organization, helping it grow to where it is today,” says Amy Cervantes, volunteer executive director and co-founder. “John and I are constantly humbled by how much Bright Blessings has expanded and how many lives are being impacted as a result. Our community is truly remarkable.”
Amy and John are Mint Hill residents.
This spring the organization will open the doors to its new facility in Matthews, The Giving Village, a concept inspired by the nonprofit’s founding goal of providing relevant, hands-on volunteer opportunities for children—and people of all ages—in a safe, comfortable and uplifting environment. The nearly 4,000 square foot facility located at 608-A Matthews-Mint Hill Road will be home to the Bright Blessings programs and its supporting projects, and will host hundreds of volunteers and visitors monthly. Each aspect of the organization and its program services will be brought to life in the form of a small town operated by its “villagers”—a community of volunteers. Facility details and layout are available online at www.BrightBlessingsUSA.org
In this week’s paper, we report on Trip Rogers and his duo Thistledown Tinkers who were recently profiled on a BBC Ireland program. Here’s the segment that featured him and Tom Eure.
Also, Thistledown Tinkers have a house show coming up January 21 at 7:30 p.m. The event is at the home of Nancy Howe in Charlotte and tickets are $10 in advance. You can purchase them online by going to the Mint Hill Scottish Society website.