Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly News Briefs Jan. 25

Win free wedding flowers!

Calvin and Ana Young feel blessed.
He’s a Matthews Police officer and she’s a floral designer and owner of Silvia’s Floral Design. The devoted parents recently celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary.
And it’s time once again, the Matthews couple says, to give back.
For the third time, the Youngs are partnering with Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly to give one lucky area couple up to $513 of free wedding flowers through Ana’s business. She has 17 years of floral design experience with Young’s Flower Cart, owned by Calvin Young’s parents.
Entry into the contest, though, requires a little work. We want to hear your love story, in 500 words or less. Entries will be published, as space allows, in upcoming issues of Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly and the Youngs will choose the winning couple.
To enter, email your love story to kara@matthewsminthillweekly.com, noting Wedding Bells in the subject line. Please include your name, town/city and phone number and attach a photo of you and your fiancé. Entries are due by due by 5 p.m. Feb. 22.

Senior center offers health workshops

The nonprofit Levine Senior Center, 1050 DeVore Lane, in Matthews, will host two upcoming health workshops open to the community.
“Living with Diabetes” is a six-week workshop on Tuesdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 5. Participants will learn to manage the disease, eat healthier, monitor blood sugar and more.
“A Matter of Balance” classes are held twice a week, Mondays and Thursdays, for four weeks from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. beginning Feb. 11. Participants will learn how to reduce falls, increase activity, strength and balance through exercise and more.
Both workshops are free, but advanced registration is required by visiting the center library.
For more information, call 704-846-4654.

Library system wants your input

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library leaders will host a community forum in Mint Hill Feb. 7 to gather input on what residents want to see from the system between now and 2016.
The forum will be from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Mint Hill Library, 6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.
Residents also can take an online survey about library services at, www.surveymonkey.com/s/charlottecommunitysurvey. Participants can enter to win an iPad or a Kindle Fire.
The Mint Hill forum is part of a series of community meetings to help library staff develop a three-year strategic plan for library programs and services in cooperation with Mecklenburg County. This plan will cover fiscal years 2013-16, and be updated on a yearly basis. The library has already completed a community telephone survey, reaching about 600 Mecklenburg County residents, according to a news release.

Mint Hill needs committee volunteers

The Town of Mint Hill is accepting applications for an open volunteer position on its Board of Adjustment.
The board needs someone living in the town’s Extraterritorial Jurisdiction, or ETJ, to serve as an alternate. The board hears zoning appeals and requests for variances from the zoning ordinance and meets at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of every month.
Applications are available online at www.minthill.com or at town hall, 7151 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.

Matthews hires deputy town clerk

Mary Jo Gollnitz recently joined the Town of Matthews as the deputy town clerk and planning technician.
Gollnitz, a New York native, has 12 years of local government experience and has previously worked for the towns of Weddington, Marvin and Elizabethtown. She also has worked as an administrative assistant at the Keywell Company. She and her husband have two children and two grandchildren.

Libraries host Civil War series

The Matthews and Mint Hill libraries will be the host sites for a five-part reading and discussion series about the Civil War.
The series will begin Saturday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. at the Matthews Library, 230 Matthews Station St. Brian Smith, professor at Johnson C. Smith University, will lead the series called “Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the Civil War” based on the books “March”  by Geraldine Brooks, “America’s War” anthology and “Crossroads to Freedom” by James McPherson. The series continues Feb. 16 at the Mint Hill Library; March 2 in Matthews, March 16 in Mint Hill and March 30 at the Matthews branch. All presentations begin at 2 p.m. Participants must pre-register and are encouraged to attend all sessions. The series is funded by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment of the Humanities, and the North Carolina Center for the Book, a program of the State Library of North Carolina.
To register, call the Matthews Library at 704-416-5000 or the Mint Hill Library at 704-416-5200.

B of A customers can get mortgage help

Local Bank of America customers who are having difficulty making mortgage payments can receive assistance during a bank event in Charlotte from Tuesday, Jan. 29 to Thursday, Jan. 31.
The free event will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day at the Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St. Free parking will be available in the NASCAR Hall of Fame garage, 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Customers can register for the event and find a list of documents required online at www.bankofamerica.com/homeownerevent or by calling toll-free 1-855-201-7426.
Customers unable to attend the event can also make an appointment with the Charlotte Customer Assistance Center by calling 704-602-7354.

Matthews offers nonprofit aid

The Town of Matthews will accept applications through Feb. 12 from area nonprofits wanting to partner with the town for an upcoming event.
The town has $1,500 to help nonprofits in this effort, according to a news release. Applications are available online at www.matthewsnc.gov and are due by 4 p.m. Feb. 12.

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