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Common Cupboard Golf Classic returns

Nonprofit fundraiser helps feed local neighbors in need
Fore! The nonprofit Common Heart will host its 5th annual Common Cupboard Golf Classic Monday, June 8 to raise money for the food pantry.

The Common Cupboard pantry feeds local families in need, averaging about 500 families a month. In 2014,  Common Cupboard provided a week’s worth of food to more than 22,000 people representing almost 7,000 households across Union County, Matthews, Mint Hill and southeast Charlotte.
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By |April 4th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts|0 Comments

Local artists display work at Mint Hill town hall

By Leah Schmalz

As part of a continued effort to spotlight the vibrant art community, Mint Hill is displaying work from three local artists in the rear hallway of the town hall building. A reception was held last Saturday for the quarterly art exhibit, but the public is welcome to continue to view the work during regular business hours.

Ann-Marie Clarke, Ken Halstead and Jennie Martin Tomlin are the featured artists. Clarke creates her pieces with mixed media, such as scraps from other projects and pictures of models from magazines topped with paint. “I’m inspired a lot by music and things that happen in my life,” she said. “My work tends to go towards the odd and bizarre.”
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By |April 4th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

Mint Hill holds retreat to review future goals

By Leah Schmalz

Mint Hill members of council and staff met Friday and Saturday to review priorities for the upcoming fiscal year. One of the highlights was a presentation from Robert Bush, president of the Arts and Science Council (ASC).

The ASC is changing its approach with a new cultural vision plan that includes goals like increasing programming for students from pre-k through 12th grade, restoring in- and out-of-school field trips at no cost and bringing the arts to areas that are underserved, including Mint Hill. “We want to expand deeper into the county to make sure everyone has access across the community,” Bush said.

The plan requests an increase in the monetary contribution from local communities. By 2020, ASC hopes to secure $1.30 per capita from each supporting community, which amounts to about $42,000 for Mint Hill. The increase would be gradual, starting with a jump from the current contribution of $10,000 to $16,000 for next fiscal year. Over the next 10 years, ASC plans to develop a source of revenue from the public sector that would replace and expand upon contributions from the towns, city and county.
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By |March 15th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Breakiing News, Development, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|1 Comment

Forrest & Forrest Family Dentistry offers free care for local kids

By Leah Schmalz

Forrest & Forrest Family Dentistry on Lawyers Road provided children throughout the local area with free dental care last Friday. “For us it’s a great way to give back to the community,” said Dentist Stacy Forrest. She and her husband Brad Forrest, who is also a dentist, operate the family practice together.

The office has held the event annually for four years now. Kids from more than six area schools ranging from ages three through 17 received cleanings and any necessary dental work that could be done that day, including fillings, extractions and sealants.
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By |March 15th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Good deeds, History|0 Comments