Monkey Joe’s teams up with local non-profit Birthday Blessings to host Family Fun Friday

birthday balloonsThis Friday, August 31, kids across Charlotte will be “bouncing for birthdays” at all four Monkey Joe’s locations to help benefit local homeless children.  Monkey Joe’s will host an area-wide Family Fun Friday event to kick off its new partnership with local non-profit Birthday Blessings, a Charlotte-based organization that brings birthday joy and support to homeless children and their families.
Family Fun Friday will offer a discounted admission of just $5 per child, along with $2 pizza and nachos and lots of free giveaways throughout the day.  20 percent of the day’s proceeds from each Monkey Joe’s location will benefit Birthday Blessings.  Event hours are 10 am to 8 pm at the Lake Norman, Matthews, Pineville, and University locations.  To benefit the recent expansion of the Blessings Baskets Program, donations of baby care-essentials and gift cards
will also be gladly accepted. Continue reading

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Civitan Club begins in Matthews

A new Civitan Luncheon club is forming in Matthews. Club organizers invite community residents to attend organizational meetings held at Beantown Tavern. The club meets on Wednesdays from 12 till 1 pm. Once the club becomes officially chartered, the meetings will change to twice a month.

Civitan is a worldwide organization of everyday citizens who want to make a difference in their community. Members enjoy personal and professional development opportunities while focusing on helping others. Civitan’s major emphasis is to help people with development disabilities. Civitan funds the Civitan International Research Center, a developmental disability research and treatment facility located at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Continue reading

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Mint Hill Eastern Star and Masonic scholarships

Back Row: Ken Carriker, John Trail Front Row: Jamie Porter, Melanie Carriker, Hannah Heat

Back Row: Ken Carriker, John Trail Front Row: Jamie Porter, Melanie Carriker, Hannah Heath

On June 22, 2009, two Mint Hill Eastern Star and Masonic Scholarship Awards in the amount of $2,000.00 each were presented to Jamie Porter and Hannah Heath by Melanie Carriker, Worthy Matron and Ken Carriker, Worthy Patron of Mint Hill Chapter #353 and John Trail, Master of Mint Hill Lodge #742. Jamie is the daughter of Paul and Katy Porter of Mint Hill. Hannah is the daughter of Richard and Deborah Heath of Mint Hill. Jamie and Hannah are recent graduates of Butler High School  and were congratulated for being outstanding students  in the community. These awards were made possible by an annual fish fry fundraiser.

Following the presentations, everyone gathered in the Mint Hill Masonic Lodge dining hall for fellowship and refrestments.

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Children’s World Museum heading to Matthews?

Jerry and Sue Helms, the founders of the Children’s World Museum, will present an overview of the museum to the Matthews town council tonight. Jerry Helms said last week he had a few locations in mind to move the museum. The museum was closed abruptly last week after Helms got word that the Mint Hill was not going to help with funding. The museum was costing around $4,000 a month to operate, most of that in rent money. Here’s the rest of the Matthews meeting agenda for tonight: Continue reading

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Mint Hill Rotary Club announces scholarship winners and Teacher of the Year

pict0277The Rotary Club of Mint Hill, at its annual Educational Emphasis Day meeting on May 21, 2009, recognized its selections of the 2009 Teacher of the Year and the four 2009 recipients of its educational grants.   The recipients and Rotarians who led the application/nomination process, as shown from left to right in the photograph are:   Rotarian Ken Cloaninger, grant recipients Nicholas Rabiipour (Butler High School) and Langston Said Mallouky (Independence High School), Teacher of the Year Peter Pickering (Independence High School), grant recipients Candice Kilzer (Cato Middle College High School) and Alina Foksha (Butler High School), and Rotarian John CasaSanta.   (Photo by Rotarian Helius Wong.) Continue reading

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Mint Hill Women’s Club releases disbursement numbers

MHWC Garden Party in 2008

MHWC Garden Party in 2008

In their 34 year history, the Mint Hill Women’s Club has given approximately $86,000 back to the community .  Their primary fundraiser is conducting LIVE/SILENT auction that is held each November. Disbursement of 2008-2009 proceeds were given as follows:

2 $1,000 CPCC scholarships (students residing in Mint Hill)
$1,000 Mint Hill Fire & Ambulance
$800 Mint Hill Library
$800 Local Elders / Families In Need
$500 Idlewild Volunteer Fire Department
$300 Mint Hill Historical Society
$300 Soldier Recognition
$250 Mint Hill Lion’s Club
$210 Samaritan’s Purse (Operation Christmas Child)
$200 Crisis Assistance Ministry (to be matched)
$200 Mint Hill Arts Council
$100 Earth Echoe’s Children’s Museum of Mint Hill
Also, in January 2009 a Card/Game Party was sponsored by the Mint Hill Women’s Club on behalf of the Levine Senior Center.  There were approximately 170 attendees who enjoyed a variety of great food and a chance to win over 50 door-prizes.  This event raised $1,000 for the Levine Senior Center.  Plans are being made to have a similar activity before year-end. Continue reading

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