This list is published twice monthly to assist media in identifying potential news stories that reflect the total spectrum of Mecklenburg County government services.
- Festival In The Park
More than 100,000 visitors are expected to visit the 47th annual Festival in the Park in Freedom Park Sept. 23-25. The festival offers music, art, food, and a great time for all. Festival in the Park, started by Grant Whitney, is run by a private group of the same name, in partnership with Park and Recreation.
- Big Shot Saturdays
The Mecklenburg County Health Department offers vaccinations required to enter kindergarten to the first 100 children on the following Big Shot Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vaccinations are free of charge. Upcoming dates: Sept. 17 at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, 1430 Alleghany Street, Sept. 24, Mecklenburg County Health Department, 2845 Beatties Ford Road.
- Flu Shots
The Mecklenburg County Health Department is currently offering flu shots by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling 704-336-6500. Flu shots cost $30 for residents 6-months of age and older, $40 for “high dose” flu shots for those 65 years of age and older to generate a stronger immunity against the flu, and $35 for flu mist for residents ages two to 49 years of age who have no medical problems and are not pregnant.
- Mecklenburg County Greenway Community Workshop
A community workshop to discuss the design and construction of proposed natural surface trails south of McAlpine Creek Greenway between Independence Blvd. and Sardis Road is scheduled for Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m., at the William R. Davis Park Conference Room. The proposed trails will enhance the greenway and McAlpine Creek and James Boyce parks. The greenway trail beside the creek will be paved following a relief sewer installation.
- Project SEARCH Highlighted at Sept. 20 BOCC Meeting
Project Search is an internship program for students with developmental disabilities. It focuses on teaching employment skills through unpaid work experiences in a local business or government agency. The program was founded at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 1996. In January 2011, Mecklenburg County Human Resources became the first organization to launch Project Search in North Carolina. In May 2011, eight students completed the first Project Search internship. Recently, two of those students were successful in finding employment. Mecklenburg County Public Service and Information created a short video to showcase the internship to perspective employment sites across the state. For more information, contact Mecklenburg County Human Resources 704-336-3138.
- Panthers Tailgate Recycling Program
Volunteers are being recruited to assist parking lot operators in distributing extra bags and sharing information with fans about what to recycle and with collection. Volunteers are needed for regular home games which start Sept. 18 and have a 1 p.m. kickoff. Volunteer commitment is from 9 a.m. – 12 noon. Volunteers meet at the Hal Marshal Center, 700 N. Tryon Street. (Free parking). For additional information, call 704- 432-1772.