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Local nonprofit hopes to give away 700 Thanksgiving turkeys

Indian Trail-based food pantry Common Cupboard, a branch of local nonprofit Common Heart, began collecting turkeys and other groceries this week for its 7th annual Great Turkey Countdown. This year’s goal is to deliver Thanksgiving dinner baskets to 700 local families on Saturday, November. 22 complete with a frozen turkey and everything else needed to prepare their own Thanksgiving feast. The baskets will benefit families throughout Union County, southeast Charlotte, Matthews and Mint Hill. 

Common Heart is calling on the community for volunteers, frozen turkeys and/or $20 donations to help purchase turkeys, sides and desserts. About 400 volunteers will be needed to package meals and make deliveries to families beginning at 9 a.m. Nov. 22.  All meals will be delivered by noon.  […]

By |November 6th, 2014|Around Town, Featured Posts, Good deeds, Union County|16 Comments

The Independence High School Key Club visits Lawyer’s Glen Retirement Living Center

The Independence High School Key Club visited Lawyer’s Glen Retirement Living Center last week and not only visited with the seniors but helped them do crafts and brought them treats!

By |November 4th, 2014|Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, Independence High School|3 Comments

Three Artists-three views at Mint Hill Town Hall

The new Mint Hill Town Hall Exhibit, titled “Three Artists-Three Views,” runs through December. It features the work of Luis Ardila, John Barja, and Sharon Furner – all members of Mint Hill Arts. The artists will be honored at a public reception on Sunday, Nov. 2, 3-6 pm, at the rear of the hall.

“Each artist has a distinctive vision and style,” notes Judy Mizell, a well-known local artist, teacher, and MHA member. “Taken together, their art is a feast for the eyes, as well as the intellect.”

Columbia-born Luis German Ardila, whose preferred medium is oil, has exhibited his award-winning art throughout Europe and the Americas and has enjoyed an extensive career as an art teacher,. A recurring theme in his art is symbolism, which he believes is the key to enlightenment.   He has been influenced by 20th century Expressionism, as well as illuminators and sculptors of the Middle Ages.

John Barja, Sr., a Mint Hill businessman for over 30 years, began painting in high school and continued his study of art in college. He is known for his whimsical, often humorous pieces.  Barja is displaying for the first time ever his collection of paintings that commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I.  They are based on the poetry of Wilfred Owen, a renowned British poet who lost his life just days before the end of “The Great War.”  His moving portrayals of the horrors of war demonstrate the powerful message art can convey.  He hopes his works will provide inspiration to those interested in the arts […]

By |October 30th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|4 Comments

Free health and wellness testing at Fall Fest in Mint Hill

On Saturday Carolinas HealthCare System held a Fall Fest. Free health and wellness testing and information was provided. In addition there was food, face painting, a bouncy house and pumpkin decorating.

By |October 30th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments