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Top News Stories Oct. 13 - 26, 2011
WHY: This list will be issued on twice monthly to assist media in identifying potential news stories that reflect the total spectrum of Mecklenburg County government services.

1. Memorial Stadium Relives the Carolina Lightnin’s Historic Run
On Saturday, Oct. 15, the Carolina Lightnin,’ Charlotte’s first professional sports team, will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their American Soccer League national championship. The event will take place at Memorial Stadium from 1 -4 p.m. Here is a video.

2. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This is a great time to raise awareness by holding events in memory of those who have lost their lives at the hands of their abusers. It is also a time to celebrate all survivors of intimate partner violence. Local events include free training sessions and a candlelight vigil. The schedule of events is online at DV Awareness Month Calendar of Events.

3. Breast Cancer Awareness Month
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Southview Recreation Center will host “Boxing out Breast Cancer” on Oct. 22, 12 noon-2 p.m. This event will focus on celebrating survivors and providing support to women that are facing breast cancer. This event is open to the community, however we are asking that all breast cancer survivors call and register by Oct. 18 so they may receive a small gift. To register, call 704-392-7452. Note: The Mecklenburg County Health Department provides clinics at two locations ( 2845 Beatties Ford Road and 249 Billingsley Road) that offer breast and cervical cancer screenings.

4. Umbrella Drive for the Homeless
The Homeless Resource Center, 618 North College Street, will sponsor an umbrella drive on Wednesday, Oct. 26 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

5. National Food Day Celebration to Highlight Importance of Sustainable Food
Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension, a division of Park and Recreation, will partner with Sow Much Good Inc. to host the first annual National Food Day Celebration on Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Bette Rae Thomas Rec Center.

6. DSS Employment Transportation Program
Assistance for low-income workers with bus passes, car repairs, or fuel. Call 704-336-4809 for information.

7. Sheriff Recognizes 320 Employees with Perfect Attendance During 2010
Sheriff Chip Bailey will recognize 320 employees with perfect attendance during 2010 at a breakfast ceremony Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Crown Plaza Hotel, 201 S. McDowell Street. Media is invited to drop by between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

8. Trade That Out-of-State Plate for a Legal License
The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) says you must get a North Carolina license plate within 30 days, and a North Carolina driver’s license within 60 days, or as soon as you get a job. PSA video.

9. Flu Shots
The Mecklenburg County Health Department continues to encourage everyone over age 6 months to get a flu shot this year. Call 704-336-6500 for an appointment.

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