East Meck AFJROTC pitches in at festival
CHARLOTTE – East Mecklenburg High School Air Force JROTC Color Guard team presented the colors for the El Grito Festival, a family-friendly Hispanic heritage event Sept. 22 at Aldergate Senior Living Community.
Participating cadets were Alondra Garcia Castro, Josiah Warrior, Briana Pimentel, Karina Morales and America Garcia Osorio.
The festival marks a “cry of independence” or “Grito,” as was done in 1810 to motivate Mexicans to declare independence from the Spanish regime.
Diwali celebration highlights Indian culture
MATTHEWS – BAPS Charlotte is organizing a Diwali festival Oct. 23 at Matthews Town Hall.
The festival of lights is meant to signify good over evil. It will include classical Indian art made of colored paper, sand and ice, as well as handcrafted decorations. Food will include annakut (mountain of food), as well as sweet and vegetarian dishes.
The event takes place 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 23 at Matthews Town Hall, 232 Matthews Station St., Matthews. RSVP by Oct. 19 with the number of guests by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Myers wins 2019 Ford Mustang RTR Spec 2
MATTHEWS – World champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. presented a custom-built 2019 Ford Mustang RTR Spec 2 car and a $1,000 prepaid card during at a Pep Boys Cruise-In event Oct. 6 at the Pep Boys shop in town.
David Myers, of Southington, Ohio, won the car in the recent Pep Boys and Pennzoil Mustang Giveaway Sweepstakes.
Myers, a 21-year-old serving in the U.S. Army, attended the celebration and received the prizes.
“This has been a completely unbelievable experience from the moment I heard I won until now to receive this amazing Mustang from Pep Boys and Pennzoil and meet the Formula Drift champion himself, Vaughn Gittin Jr.,” Myers said.
Vaughn Gittin Jr. Motorsports designed and customized the Mustang. It includes an array of upgrades from custom tactical suspension parts to exterior elements like custom-designed body armor, exhaust and custom wheels.
The celebration and the opportunity to meet Gittin Jr. helped attract dozens of cars to the Pep Boys Cruise-In.
“At Pep Boys, we understand that a car can be so much more than just a car,” said Dave Dissinger, director of Pep Boys Speed Shops. “The giveaway and our relationships with Vaughn Gittin Jr., RTR Motorsports and Pennzoil captured the energy and spirit of the automotive industry and extended it to David Myers, a deserving fan who is serving our country.”
Artist to demonstrate texture
MINT HILL – Susan Lackey returns to Mint Hill Arts to present “Using Physical Texture in Artwork” at its October demonstration.
When Lackey discusses the use of physical texture in paintings, she means intentionally fracturing texture into the design. She will demonstrate how to use different materials to apply these rich textures and include different types of products. The textures she will demonstrate can be used in media other than acrylics.
She is a signature member of the Watercolor Society of N.C. and has won numerous awards for her paintings.
The free presentation starts at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Mint Hill Arts Gallery, 11205 Lawyers Road.
Visit www.SusanLackeyArt.com for details.
Barn to open up history
MINT HILL – The Mint Hill Historical Society will soon break ground on a village barn to provide space for local history, education programs and public gatherings.
The program starts at 5 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Carl J McEwen Historic Village, 7601 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Benefit raises money for historical foundation
MATTHEWS – The Matthews Historical Foundation will have food, cash bar and auctions at its 20th annual benefit.
The event starts from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at Sante Restaurant, 165 N. Trade St. Tickets cost $55. The event is limited to 90 people.
Register in advance by calling 704-846-6698.
Church prepares for festival
MINT HILL – Clear Creek Baptist Church will offer candy, cotton candy, hot dogs, games, hayride, bounce house and photo booth at its annual fall festival.
Everyone is welcome to the free festival, which takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26 at the church, 9015 Ferguson Road.