Halloween Hilarity Tea
Superstitions, legends and folklore will be served up with harvest tea and treats at the Halloween Hilarity on October 29 at 4 pm and 7 pm. The event will be held at the Ashcraft school house in the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village, 7601 Matthews Mint Hill Road. Call 704-573-0726 for more information. All proceeeds will benefit the Mint Hill Historic Village.

Veteran’s Day Luncheon
A Veteran’s Day Celebration and Luncheon will be held at the Levine Senior Center, 1050 DeVore Lane, Matthews from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm on Friday, November 11. All veterans welcome.

Pints for Pencils
The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC) recently wrapped up its two-month long ‘Pints for Pencils’ campaign and donated more than $6,000 in school supplies to Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Gaston County, Union County, Burke County, Cabarrus County, Catawba County, Clover, Fort Mill, Lancaster County, Rowan County and Stanly County. “Through the ‘Pints for Pencils’ campaign, we’ve been able to make an impact on the lives of both local students and patients,” said Martin Grable, president and CEO of Community Blood Center of the Carolinas. For more information on community blood drives, visit www.cbcc.us or call 704-972-4700.

Call for Artists: “Small Treasures”
Mint Hill Arts will present its annual November art exhibit: “Small Treasures.” The November show is open exclusively to Mint Hill Arts members. If you are not a member, this is the perfect time to join and become part of the hottest art organization in the greater Charlotte area. Visit their website at minthillarts.org for more information on membership. Contact Tony Billotto, MHA Gallery Chair 704-844-2036 or e-mail Anthony Billotto if your entries need special installation.  For more information regarding registration forms, waiver, fees, commissions and gift shop entries, visit our website at minthillarts.org.

Operation Medicine Drop
Operation Medicine Drop will again take place on October 29, from 9 am to 1 pm at the Walgreen’s on Lawyer’s and Lebanon Roads. Operation Medicine Drop provides the public with an opportunity to prevent poisonings, drug abuse and theft, as well as protect our waters by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications. The service is free and no questions are asked at the collection sites. Uniformed officers and DEA officials will be at the sites to protect the locations and to secure the medications.

Police target illegal bus passing
N.C. State Troopers will focus on illegal school bus passing on the roads  during the next few weeks. Mecklenburg County has one the highest numbers of offenses in the state at more than 1,000 incidents last year.  Cabarrus County had 50 reported incidents. Illegally passing  a school bus is a class-1 misdemeanor which could cost up to $200 in fines and five points toward a violator’s  license.

A unique holiday shopping opportunity
The Women of Philadelphia Presbyterian,11501 Bain School Road, Mint Hill, are holding their 41st annual craft bazaar and bake sale on Saturday, November 5 starting at 8 am with a yard sale and sausage biscuits. A chicken and dumpling dinner with all the fixings begins at 6 pm with a quilt raffle and auction beginning at 7 pm. For more information, 704-545-6172.