Chamber brings business expo to Mint Hill

This Spring, the first Mint Hill Chamber Business Expo will bring together consumers and businesses in Mint Hill in one place. 

The expo is free to attend, and is scheduled for March 14, 4-8 pm at Blair Road United Methodist Church Family Life Center. 
The event is focused on the same three areas that the Chamber itself is focusing on, network, expand, and generate, ideas expressed in the logo, created by Sandy Barnett. 
Businesses and consumers will have the chance to get acquainted with local business leaders, and learn what types of businesses operate within the Mint Hill community.
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Mint Hill weighs future of Madness at January meeting

Mint Hill Madness, the yearly festival that has been presented by the Chamber of Commerce for the last three decades, took center stage at last Thursday’s Board of Commissioners’ meeting. 
The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce is relinquishing their management of the event turning that responsibility over to a nonprofit organization that will be created solely to manage Mint Hill Madness.
Nancy Bradley and Marty Cocking of RelyLocal,  presented the board with information and plans for the future of the festival, citing the mission of the new Madness, “to bring back vitality to Mint Hill Madness by repurposing the festival to support local 501(c)3 charitable organizations to foster community and help rebuild economic growth in Mint Hill.”
The proposition is to create a board of directors that will manage the nonprofit, Mint Hill Madness, which will make all executive decisions regarding the festival. 
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Mint Hill fire still under investigation

A fire that occurred last night in the 10000 block of Little Creek Road is still under investigation by authorities.

The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire, and was called in by the neighbors. Assistant Chief Moore, of Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department, said the damage to the home was minimal, and estimated the cost of damage at less than $15,000.

The cause of the fire, which started underneath the house, is still unknown.

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News Notes and Happenings

Homeowner Assistance
Bank of America is hosting a homeowner assistance event at the Charlotte Convention Center, 501 South College Street, from Tuesday January 29 to Thursday January 31, 8 am to 8 pm. Help with loan modification and short sales will be offered. Attendees must preregister at homeloanhelp.bankofamerica.com.

Police officers needed
The Town of Mint Hill is seeking qualified applicants for two police officer positions. Applicants must have an N.C. driver’s license, high school diploma or GED, and N.C. Basic Law Enforcement Training certification. Applicants must complete a pre-employment physical, drug screening, and psychological test. Applications may be obtained from Town Hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane.╩

Valentine’s Date Night fundraiser
The Blair Road United Methodist Church Preschool and After-School are raising funds to provide a more secure enviornment for students and staff by hosting a Valentine’s Date Night. All childcare providers for date night have passed a criminal background check and are certified in CPR and First Aid. The date night will be February 9 from 5-8 pm. Children from birth to 5th grade may attend. One child is $20, two children are $30, and three children are $35 for all three hours. Children must be preregistered and must prepay by February 4th. All funds will support SOS (securing our school).

Polar Plunge and 5K
Queen’s Grant High School will be holding the 4th annual Polar Plunge and 5K February 23 to benefit the Special Olympics. “Freezin’ for a Reason” will begin with the 5K, with registration at 8:30 am, starting at 7319 Canterway Drive. A minimum donation of $25 is required to participate in the run. The Polar Plunge will take place at 11 am at Pine Lake Country Club on Lebanon Road.

Community Forum
The Town of Mint Hill is holding a community forum on the future of the Mint Hill Library. The forum will be at the library, 6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, February 7, from 3-5 pm. RSVP to 704-416-5200. For citizens who can’t make that time, other forum times and locations are: January 31, 6-8 pm, Beatties Ford Road Library, 2412 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte; February 5, 6-8 pm, North County Reg. Library, 16500 Holy Crest Lane, Huntersville; February 6, 5-7 pm, Steele Creek Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte.╩

Baseball fundraiser
The Independence baseball team is selling brick pavers that will fill the walkway surrounding the baseball facility, engraved with your or a loved one’s name. To customize and order a paver, visit http://independencebaseball.thatsmybrick.com

Caregiver seminar
A seven-session seminar series is being held at Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care, 13001 Idlewild Road, Matthews. The seminar, “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” will be Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30, through February 28, 2013. It is jointly conducted with Mario Romeo of Connect 2 Care Inc. and the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services. To register and for more information, call Mario Romeo at 704-258-1299.

Footloose the Musical
Independence High School’s Theater Department is presenting “Footloose the Musical” February 7-10. Performances are at 7 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and the Sunday matinee is at 2:30. Tickets are $7 and available at the door.

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Bright Blessings celebrates MLK Day with service marathon

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2013, a group of local volunteers worked through the day to provide help and some happiness to local homeless children.

Throughout the day, 140 people worked to wrap books and birthday gift sets, create birthday cards, hygiene kits, make pillows, and more. 

Bright Blessings, a nonprofit organization in Matthews, hosted the day of service at their “Giving Village” in Matthews, in honor of MLK Day, providing area volunteers a way to help homeless children in the greater Charlotte region.
In 2005, co-founder Amy Cervantes started Bright Blessings with her husband John after a birthday party for their eldest son, who was turning three. 
“Well here was Alex, and he was surrounded by all these family and friends and beaming with joy and feeling very, very special and loved,” Cervantes said. “What about kids who maybe don’t get to experience that, and that led us to think about homeless childrenčdo they have a chance to celebrate their birthdays?”
The program was also founded to promote volunteerism and service among community members.
“Part of our mission here at Bright Blessings is not only to serve the homeless population, but to also encourage volunteerism through the community, and especially with families,” Cervantes said.
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Relay for Life hits the ground running

Relay for Life of Matthews-Mint Hill is off to a running start in their 2013 fundraising season.

Scheduled this year for May 17 at the Park on Fairview, Relay for Life is the signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, an overnight event where teams share in constantly walking laps to symbolize the nonstop fight against cancer.
Local groups and businesses organize teams and raise funds to support ACS, selling products and walking laps throughout the event. 
The relay starts with a Survivor Lap, to honor cancer survivors, and a Luminaria Ceremony is held at dark to honor those that have fought cancer.
Last year’s event saw nearly 300 people from the community come out to support the efforts of the teams and volunteers, and this year, more are expected.
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